Kazakhstan Premier League


The Kazakhstan Professional Football League (Kazakh: Қазақстан Премьер Лигасы, Qazaqstan Premer Ligasy), commonly referred to as Kazakh Premier League[1][2] or simply Premier League,[3] is the top division of football in Kazakhstan. The League is controlled by the Football Federation of Kazakhstan and was set up in 1992. The League is fed into by the First Division and starts in spring and finishes in late autumn because of the low temperatures in the winter, with each championship corresponding to a calendar year. The majority of matches have been played at weekends in recent seasons.

Kazakh Premier League
Founded1992; 29 years ago (1992)
CountryKazakhstan
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst Division
Domestic cup(s)Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Super Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsKairat (3rd title)
(2020)
Most championshipsAstana (6 titles)
TV partnersQazsport
Websitekff.kz/en
Current: 2021 Kazakhstan Premier League

Name changes


  • Top Division (1992–2001)
  • Super League (2002–2007)
  • Premier League (2008–present)

Current clubs


The following teams are competing in the 2021 season:

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Aktobe Aktobe Central Stadium (Aktobe) 13,200
Akzhayik Oral Petr Atoyan Stadium 8,320
Astana Nur-Sultan Astana Arena 30,244
Atyrau Atyrau Munayshy Stadium 8,690
Caspiy Aktau Zhastar Stadium 3,500
Kairat Almaty Central Stadium (Almaty) 23,804
Kaisar Kyzylorda Gany Muratbayev Stadium 7,500
Kyzylzhar Petropavl Karasai Stadium 11,000
Ordabasy Shymkent Kazhymukan Munaitpasov Stadium 37,000
Shakhter Karagandy Karaganda Shakhter Stadium (Karagandy) 19,000
Taraz Taraz Taraz Central Stadium 12,525
Tobol Kostanay Kostanay Central Stadium 10,500
Turan Turkistan Turkistan Arena 7,000
Zhetysu Taldykorgan Zhetysu Stadium 4,000

Soviet winners of republican level


Note that some teams such as Kairat Almaty participated in the upper leagues of the Soviet annual football competition. There was no solidly established independent Kazakh championship and the republican winner was conditionally picked by the Football Federation of Kazakh SSR. Since 1936 there was taken places republican football competition among sports societies and agencies and later among "collectives of physical culture" (CPhC → KFK). Since 1980 champion of the Soviet Kazakhstan was also awarded to "teams of masters" (professional teams) competing in football competitions of the Soviet Second League.

Sources:

Best teams in republican competitions

Kazakhstan League Seasons


Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Top Scorer(s) – Goals Best Player
1992
KairatOrbadasy (Arsenal SKIF)Irtysh (Traktor) Kogai (KSR) – 21 Volgin (KRT)
1993
Irtysh (Ansat)Ekibastuzets (Batyr)Gornyak Shmarikov (TAR) – 28 Kurganskiy (EKI)
1994
Spartak (Yelimay)Irtysh (Ansat)Ordabasy (Zhiger) Litvinenko (TAR) – 20 Musataev (ORD)
1995
Spartak (Yelimay)TarazShakhter Miroshnichenko (SPA) – 23 Miroshnichenko (SPA)
1996
TarazIrtyshSpartak (Yelimay) Antonov (IRT) – 21 Voskoboynikov (TAR)
1997
IrtyshTarazKairat Mazbaev (TAR) – 16 Voskoboynikov (TAR)
1998
Spartak (Yelimay)Ekibastuzets (Batyr)Irtysh Litvinenko (SPA) – 14 Voskoboynikov (KSR)
1999
IrtyshKyzylzhar (Access Esil)Kairat Agabaýew (KRT) – 24 Avdeev (KYZ)
2000
Astana-64 (Zhenis)Kyzylzhar (Access GG)Irtysh Mendes (IRT) – 21 Avdeev (KYZ)
2001
Astana-64 (Zhenis)AtyrauKyzylzhar (Esil B) Tlekhugov (A64) – 30 Tlekhugov (A64)
2002
IrtyshAtyrauTobol Lunev (SHA) – 16 Lovchev (A64)
2003
IrtyshTobolAstana-64 (Zhenis) Finonchenko (SHA) – 18 Zhumaskaliyev (TOB)
2004
KairatIrtyshTobol Bakaev (TOB) / Tlekhugov (KRT) – 22 Smakov (KRT)
2005
AktobeTobolKairat Tleshev (IRT) – 20 Zhumaskaliyev (TOB)
2006
Astana-64 (Astana)AktobeTobol Irismetov (ALM) – 17 David Loria (A64)
2007
AktobeTobolShakhter Irismetov (ALM) – 17 Smakov (AKT)
2008
AktobeTobolIrtysh Tleshev (IRT) – 13 Smakov (AKT)
2009
AktobeAstana (Lokomotiv)Shakhter Tleshev (AKT) / Baýramow (TOB) – 20 Smakov (AKT)
2010
TobolAktobeIrtysh Bakaev (TOB) – 16 Zhumaskaliyev (TOB)
2011
ShakhterZhetysuAktobe Bakaev (ZHE) – 18 Konysbayev (SHA)
2012
ShakhterIrtyshAktobe Bakaev (IRT) – 14 Bakaev (IRT)
2013
AktobeAstanaKairat Zenkovich (SHA) – 15 Finonchenko (SHA)
2014
AstanaAktobeKairat Foxi (AST) – 16 Islamkhan (KRT)
2015
AstanaKairatAktobe Gohou (KRT) – 22 Gohou (KRT)
2016
AstanaKairatIrtysh Pavlodar Gohou (KRT) – 22 Islamkhan (KRT)
2017
AstanaKairatOrbadasy Gohou (KRT) – 24 Gohou (KRT)
2018
AstanaKairatTobol Pizzelli (AKT) – 18 Pizzelli (AKT)
2019
AstanaKairatOrbadasy Tomasov (AST) / Eseola (KRT) – 19
2020
KairatTobolAstana João Paulo (ORD) – 12

Notes:

  • Historical names shown in brackets according to the season.
  • Best Player Award by FFK (1992–2005, 2008, 2010–) and GOAL Journal (2006–2007, 2009).

List of the league's best clubs

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
Astana 6 2 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Irtysh 5 3 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003
Aktobe 5 3 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
Kairat 3 5 1992, 2004, 2020
Spartak 3 1994, 1995, 1998
Astana-64 3 2000, 2001, 2006
Shakhter 2 2011, 2012
Tobol 1 5 2010
Taraz 1 2 1996
Ekibastuzets 2
Kyzylzhar 2
Atyrau 2
Orbadasy 1
Zhetysu 1
Total2929
Notes
  • Italics identifies either defunct or teams that lost professional status.

Performance by club


As of end of the 2020 season.
#Club92939495969798990001020304050607080910111213141516171819201st2nd3rdCupSCFDTotal
1Astana2445211111136213314
2Irtysh31272131341125643935261063410812546116
3Aktobe12941410118554121112331236971253313116
4Astana-64912141013964114310818113137
5Spartak1417113719878919123115
6Kairat111119633457713713101011103322222135591124
7Shakhter76638491051261094437361146109789423117
8Tobol1381012118763232322417677775342154111
9Taraz51482121014111512711101689941011911111081214
10Kyzylzhar1922391167121113141192114
11Atyrau22451014141565101189588911213
12Ekibastuzets4291156211161315812812213
13Ordabasy243414101161316614613912786754443435131128
14Zhetysu212569151314813155657212981112656123
15Gornyak8313511
16Kaisar102178456111013161510413895126567246
17Vostok111012812557119111412149716101211112
18Okzhetpes2018118161010121711911159111214851271122
19Akzhayik16161614161711812101211
20Caspiy1520164171011

All time top scorers


As of 1 January 2015
RankPlayerGamesGoals
1
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev
405
157
2
Oleg Litvinenko
311
147
3
Nurken Mazbaev
400
142
4
Murat Tleshev
303
138
5
Andrei Miroshnichenko
242
115
6
Ulugbek Bakayev
183
109
7
Andrei Finonchenko
274
98
8
Aleksandr Shatskikh
275
96
9
Ruslan Imankulov
366
96
10
Kairat Aubakirov
302
94
11
Vladimir Loginov
339
87
12
Viktor Antonov
207
86
13
Ruslan Duzmambetov
230
86
As the end of 2014 season. (Bold denotes players still in Premier League)

See also


References


  1. "Kazakhstan – League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  2. Galiaskar Seitzhan (13 July 2015). "Kairat Eliminates Former Euro Champions, Other Kazakh Clubs Less Lucky as Europa League Starts". The Astana Times. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  3. "Premier League". Kazakhstan Professional Football League. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
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  5. united Dynamo team of Alma-Ata and Chimkent
  6. 1938. Regional-football.ru
  7. only cup competition in 1939 and 1940, no data for 1941–1944, no competitions in 1945. Regional-football.ru
  8. 1946. Regional-football.ru
  9. 1947. Regional-football.ru
  10. 1948. Regional-football.ru