Uzbekistan national football team
White and blue
|Association||Uzbekistan Football Association (UFA)|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran)|
|Head coach||Héctor Cúper|
|Most caps||Server Djeparov (126)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Shatskikh (34)|
|Highest||45 (November 2006–January 2007)|
|Lowest||119 (November 1996)|
|Highest||43 (November 2016)|
|Lowest||95 (February 2001)|
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 5, 1998)
(Sidon, Lebanon; October 17, 2000)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Fourth place, 2011|
The Uzbekistan national football team (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston milliy futbol terma jamoasi) represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Milliy Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Ravshan Khaydarov. Uzbekistan has never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but the team have qualified to every AFC Asian Cup since its declaration of independence. In the Asian Cup in 2011, the Uzbekistan national team reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Uzbekistan won the Gold Medal in the football tournament at the Asian Games 1994 in Japan, and was runner-up in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995.
The year of birth of football in Uzbekistan is 1912 (read more in this article), since it was then that football teams were created in Kokand, a little later in Ferghana, Andijan, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Urganch, between which began to be held long-distance matches. The first championship of Ferghana valley was held in 1914, the Championship of the Uzbekistan SSR began to be played since 1926, and the drawing of the Uzbekistan SSR Cup began to be carried out since 1939. From 1924 to 1991 Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union (USSR) as the Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic (UzSSR).
In 1928, the national team of Uzbekistan was created for the first time, which took part in the Spartakiade, which included representatives of some European countries. At this tournament, the national team of Uzbekistan held its first international match against team of jobs Switzerland and won with a score of 8:4. Until mid-1991, Uzbekistan was part of the USSR and had its own national team as well as the rest of the Union republics, which mostly played matches within teams and teams of the USSR, in particular in football tournaments of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR. The national team of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in all draws of the football tournament of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR, and in the 1986 tournament reached the final, lost to the Ukrainian SSR (modern Ukraine) team with a score of 0:1, thereby winning the silver medal of the tournament.
The most powerful football clubs, as well as semi-professional and professional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the USSR Football League (Higher League, First League, Second League and Second League B) and USSR Cup. Nonprofessional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the Uzbekistan SSR Championship and the Uzbekistan SSR Cup.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Uzbekistan gained independence, the national team of Uzbekistan of the new convocation was organized. The national team held its first matches in 1992. The first game of the national team of Uzbekistan was a match against Tajikistan, in the framework of the Central Asian Cup 1992 (the tournament was held once) initiated by FIFA. These matches are officially registered by FIFA on the basis of the fact that the national team of Uzbekistan has been allowed since 1992 to participate in tournaments held under the auspices of FIFA. At the drawing of this tournament in the format of the League, the national team of Uzbekistan was the second after the national team of Kazakhstan. In the first year of existence, the national team of Uzbekistan held matches only with the teams of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In 1993, the team has not played a single match.
In 1994, the Uzbekistan Football Federation was officially adopted by the AFC and FIFA. In the same year Uzbekistan won in the international tournament the Cup of Independence of Uzbekistan, and at the end of the year the national team won in the ending the national team of China with the score 4:2, became the winner of football tournament of the Asian Games of 1994 which took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
1994 Asian Games
|1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on October 16, 1994, in Hiroshima, Japan).|
Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.
2004 AFC Asian Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
That performance was followed by victory over Iraq in the second qualifying round for World Cup 2006 in Germany, with goals from Maksim Shatskikh and Alexander Geynrikh sending them through to the last eight.
They were knocked out in the final stage of the Asian qualification to the 2006 World Cup after losing on the away goals rule to Bahrain. The result was subject to controversy as actually three games were played; the first, a 1–0 win for Uzbekistan, was wiped out after FIFA declared the result void after a mistake by Toshimitsu Yoshida, a Japanese referee. The replay ended 1–1, and after the return finished 0–0, Uzbekistan were eliminated.
2007 AFC Asian Cup
In the 2007 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–0 and China PR 3–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
After having three foreign coaches (German Hans-Jürgen Gede, Englishman Bob Houghton and Russian Valeri Nepomniachi) in three years, Uzbekistan turned to former Uzbekistan Olympic team coach Rauf Inileev. In the qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their first four matches, but finished last in Group A of the final round behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.
2011 AFC Asian Cup
Four years later, in the 2011 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarter-finals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 in their semi-final game. Some days later, they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
In the qualifying series for the 2014 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their group in the third round over perennial favorites Japan. Uzbekistan finished with 16 points (five wins and one draw), which was more than any other team in the third round, including an impressive 1–0 away win against Japan.
In the fourth round of the qualifiers, Uzbekistan finished third in Group A behind Iran and South Korea. Uzbekistan had the same amount of points as South Korea (14 points), who had a better goal difference by one goal.
The two teams who finished third in the fourth round groups (Jordan and Uzbekistan) played each other in the fifth round to determine the AFC participant in the intercontinental play-off. The games took place on 6 and 10 September 2013. With the two teams still evenly matched at full-time in the second leg, Jordan eventually progressed to the intercontinental play-off after winning 9–8 on penalties.
2015 AFC Asian Cup
In the 2015 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the quarter-finals after finishing as runners-up in the tough Group B, which was won by China, while Saudi Arabia and North Korea were eliminated. However, the team was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals after losing 2–0 in extra time to South Korea.
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
Uzbekistan continued their quest to head to the World Cup during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification in Russia, but their campaign had been shattered with a humiliating 2–4 defeat to North Korea. However, the Uzbeks soon bounced back and won the last remaining matches to top the group and qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as well as last round. Once again, Uzbekistan in the last round, missed opportunity when they finished fourth, behind Iran, South Korea and Syria, when Uzbekistan could only manage a 0–0 draw to the South Koreans last match.
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|Was part of USSR||Was part of USSR|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Did not qualify||14||6||4||4||33||21|
|To be determined||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Hosts / Year||Result||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
Asian Games record
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|1951||Was part of USSR||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002–present||See Uzbekistan national under-23 football team|
Central Asian Championship record
|Host nation(s) / year||Round||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Dif||Pts|
Last updated 9 March 2017
|Key to FIFA World Rankings table|
Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations
- As of 7 June 2018
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
12 last matches
|15 Nov. 2016 World Cup 2018 Q||Uzbekistan
|18:00 UTC+05:00||Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|10 Nov. 2016 Friendly||Uzbekistan
||Stadium: Pakhtakor Stadium
Referee: Sherzod Qasymov (Uzbekistan)
|15 Nov. 2016 World Cup 2018 Q||South Korea
||2–1||Seoul, Republic of Korea|
||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
|23 Jan. 2017 Friendly||Uzbekistan
||Stadium: The Sevens Stadium
Referee: Hamad Ali (United Arab Emirates)
|23 March 2017 World Cup 2018 Q||Syria
|Stadium: Hang Jebat Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|28 March 2017 World Cup 2018 Q||Uzbekistan
|Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
Referee: Mohanad Qasim Eesee Sarray (Iraq)
|6 June 2017 Friendly||Uzbekistan
|Report||Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
Referee: Sherzod Qosimov (Uzbekistan)
|12 June 2017 World Cup 2018 Q||Iran
||2–0||Azadi Stadium, Tehran|
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
|25 Aug. 2017 Control match||Uzbekistan
|Report||Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
Attendance: 0 (The match was held behind closed doors. Fans and journalists were not admitted to the stadium.)
Referee: No data
|31 Aug. 2017 World Cup 2018 Q||China PR
|20:00 UTC+8||Gao Lin
|Stadium: Wuhan Sports Center Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|5 Sept. 2017 World Cup 2018 Q||Uzbekistan
|19:00 UTC+5||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Senegal
||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Morocco
|Report||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V
Referee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
|18 May 2018 Friendly||Iran
||Report||Stadium: Azadi Stadium
|9 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Uzbekistan
||–||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+04:00||Report||Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
|13 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Turkmenistan
||–||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+04:00||Report||Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Botirali Ergashev||25 June 1995||1||0|
|12||GK||Rahimjon Davronov||3 October 1996||0||0|
|21||GK||Umidjon Ergashev||20 March 1999||0||0|
|2||DF||Rustamjon Ashurmatov||7 July 1996||3||0|
|3||DF||Khozhiakbar Alidzhanov||19 April 1997||0||0|
|4||DF||Akramjon Komilov||14 March 1996||6||0|
|5||DF||Abbos Otakhonov||25 August 1995||1||0|
|13||DF||Islom Kobilov||1 April 1997||1||0|
|14||DF||Khursid Giyosov||13 April 1995||1||0|
|20||DF||Dostonbek Tursunov||13 June 1995||1||0|
|6||MF||Azizjon Ganiev||22 February 1998||2||0|
|7||MF||Odiljon Hamrobekov||13 February 1996||4||0|
|8||MF||Islom Kenjabaev||1 September 1999||1||0|
|10||MF||Azizbek Turgunbaev||1 October 1994||1||0|
|16||MF||Donier Narzullaev||11 April 1995||0||0|
|17||MF||Jaloliddin Masharipov||1 September 1993||13||1|
|18||MF||Sardor Sabirkhodjaev||6 November 1994||1||0|
|22||MF||Javokhir Sidikov||8 December 1996||2||0|
|23||MF||Jasur Jakhshibaev||24 June 1997||2||0|
|9||FW||Zabikhillo Urinboev||30 March 1995||1||0|
|11||FW||Andrey Sidorov||25 June 1995||1||0|
The following players have been called for the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ignatiy Nesterov||20 June 1983||96||0||v. |
|GK||Eldorbek Suyunov||12 April 1991||12||0||v. |
|GK||Aleksandr Lobanov||4 January 1986||20||0||v. |
|GK||Nikita Ribkin||20 January 1992||0||0||v. |
|DF||Anzur Ismailov||21 April 1985||87||2||v. |
|DF||Islom Tukhtakhodjaev||30 October 1989||57||1||v. |
|DF||Akmal Shorakhmedov||10 May 1986||28||0||v. |
|DF||Shukhrat Mukhammadiev||24 June 1989||16||0||v. |
|DF||Oleg Zoteev||5 July 1989||13||1||v. |
|DF||Sherzod Azamov||14 January 1990||3||0||v. |
|DF||Vladimir Kozak||12 June 1993||3||0||v. |
|DF||Vitaliy Denisov||24 February 1987||71||1||v. |
|DF||Egor Krimets||27 January 1992||30||3||v. |
|DF||Davron Khashimov||24 November 1992||17||0||v. |
|MF||Odil Ahmedov (Captain)||25 November 1987||88||16||v. |
|MF||Sardor Rashidov||14 June 1991||43||12||v. |
|MF||Fozil Musaev||2 January 1989||22||0||v. |
|MF||Otabek Shukurov||22 June 1996||16||2||v. |
|MF||Ikromjon Alibaev||9 January 1994||4||0||v. |
|MF||Sardor Mirzaev||21 March 1991||6||1||v. |
|MF||Javokhir Sokhibov||1 March 1995||0||0||v. |
|MF||Farrukh Sayfiev||17 January 1991||14||0||v. |
|MF||Dostonbek Khamdamov||24 July 1996||3||0||v. |
|MF||Bakhrom Abdurakhimov||11 December 1988||1||0||v. |
|MF||Server Djeparov||3 October 1982||126||25||v. |
|MF||Azizbek Haydarov||8 July 1985||85||1||v. |
|MF||Jamshid Iskanderov||16 October 1993||19||1||v. |
|FW||Marat Bikmaev||1 January 1986||45||5||v. |
|FW||Eldor Shomurodov||29 June 1995||23||6||v. |
|FW||Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov||25 September 1991||6||1||v. |
|FW||Ivan Nagaev||3 July 1989||13||0||v. |
|FW||Alexander Geynrikh RET||6 October 1984||97||31||Retired||v. |
|FW||Igor Sergeev||30 April 1993||42||11||v. |
SUS Player suspended.
Current coaching staff
In august 2018.
|Assistant Coach & Analyst|
As of 6 August 2018
|Rustam Akramov||June 1992 — October 1994||18||13||3||2||72%|
|Alexander Ivankov||July 1995 — November 1995||4||0||1||3||0%|
|Rustam Mirsadiqov||May 1997 — October 1997||12||5||3||4||42%|
|Ubirajara Veiga da Silva||October 1997 — December 1998||11||5||4||2||45%|
|Mahmud Rahimov||July 1999 — November 1999||7||6||0||1||86%|
|Viktor Borisov||February 2000||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Pavel Sadyrin||April 2000 — May 2000||1||0||0||1||0%|
|Yuriy Sarkisyan||July 2000 — October 2000||6||1||1||4||17%|
|Vladimir Salkov||December 2000 — October 2001||21||12||3||6||57%|
|Leonid Ostroushko||October 2001||1||1||0||1||100%|
|Ravshan Haydarov||January 2002 — November 2004
|Hans-Jürgen Gede||February 2005 — April 2005||3||0||1||2||0%|
|Bobby Houghton||July 2005 — December 2005||4||2||2||0||50%|
|Valeri Nepomniachi||January 2006 — December 2006||6||3||2||1||50%|
|Rauf Inileev||January 2007 — September 2008||27||13||4||10||46%|
|Mirjalal Qasimov||September 2008 — April 2010||15||4||3||8||27%|
|Vadim Abramov||April 2010 — June 2012||28||11||5||12||39%|
|Mirjalal Qasimov||June 2012– June 2015||40||19||9||12||48%|
|Samvel Babayan||June 2015 — September 2017||24||16||1||7||66%|
|Ruziqul Berdyev||October 2017||1||0||0||1||0%|
|Timur Kapadze||February 2018 — June 2018||4||0||1||3||20%|
|Hector Cuper||August 2018 —||0||0||0||0||0|
- Coach statistics. Last update: 6 August 2018
From the moment of its formation (1991) until the end of 2012, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national football team was the Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent, built and opened in 1956. This stadium is also the venue for home matches of Pakhtakor Football Club. During the USSR, this stadium was home for the Uzbekistan SSR national team. Was reconstructed in 1996, 2008 and 2012 and currently holds 35,000 spectators (before this capacity was 55,000 spectators). For today's time the national team of Uzbekistan holds only some of the matches at Pakhtakor Stadium.
From 2013 to the present, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national team is the Milliy Stadium (until 2018 was named Bunyodkor Stadium), built in 2008-2012 and accommodating 34,000 spectators. This stadium is also a home for the Bunyodkor Football Club.
The national team of Uzbekistan in different years held their home matches also in other cities and stadiums of Uzbekistan. So, at the MHSK Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 1996 and 5 matches in 2008), at the NBU Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2000), at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2012 and 1 match in 2014), at the Dinamo Stadium in Samarkand (2 matches in 1999), at the Markaziy Stadium in Qarshi (1 match in 2007), at the Metallurg Stadium in Almalyk (1 match in 2014).
Individual all-time records
Most capped players
The list of the 10 players with the most caps for Uzbekistan.
- As of 27 March 2018
As of 27 March 2018, the fifteen highest scorers are:
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- Syria play their home matches outside Syria due to security concerns from the Syrian Civil War.
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