Kazakhstan national football team


The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы, Qazaqstan Ūlttyq Futbol qūramasy) represents Kazakhstan in men's international football and it is governed by the Kazakhstan Football Federation. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.

Kazakhstan
Nickname(s)Қаршығалар (The Hawks)
AssociationKazakhstan Football Federation (KFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachTalgat Baysufinov
CaptainGafurzhan Suyumbayev
Most capsSamat Smakov (76)
Top scorerRuslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadiumAstana Arena
FIFA codeKAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 124 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest83 (September 2016)
Lowest166 (May 1996)
First international
Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan 
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan 
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)
WAFF Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup stage (1 times)

History


AFC Member (1992–2002)

The country of Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union on December 16, 1991. Its national team then split from the Soviet Union national football team (a UEFA member) and joined the Asian Football Confederation. At the time, they were one of strongest teams in Central Asia, and one of the most improving teams in Asia.

The team played their first match against another former-Soviet debutant, Turkmenistan, on June 1, 1992, as part of a Central Asian tournament. Kazakhstan won 1–0. The tournament also saw the footballing debuts of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. After beating Libya in a friendly in North Korea on July 3, Kazakhstan played the remainder of its Central Asian fixtures and avoided defeat in all of them. They beat Uzbekistan 1–0 at home on July 16, then drew 1–1 away in Turkmenistan on September 14, in Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and Uzbekistan on October 14. The final match was a 2–0 home victory over Kyrgyzstan on October 25.[2]

Kazakhstan entered qualification for the first time in the attempt to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the first round they were placed in Group 9 alongside Pakistan and Iraq. Kazakhstan's first qualifying match was won 3–0 at home in Almaty on May 11, 1997, against Pakistan. On June 6 they travelled to Baghdad to face Iraq and won 2–1, then five days later won an away match against Pakistan, 7–0 in Lahore. The result remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained their 100% start to World Cup football by beating Iraq at home 3–1 on June 29.

In the second and final round of qualification, Kazakhstan came last in the group. Their only victory was on October 18, 1997, when they beat the United Arab Emirates 3–0 at home. Kazakhstan drew three other games – all at home (versus Uzbekistan, Japan and South Korea).

In the first round of Asian qualifying, Kazakhstan were placed in Group 6 alongside Iraq, Nepal and Macau. All games in the group were to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after Nepal failed to organise matches in Kathmandu in March 2001. After an Iraqi protest, the first three games for each team were moved to Baghdad, Iraq.

Kazakhstan started off well in Baghdad by beating Nepal 6–0 with two goals by Oleg Litvinenko on April 12, and Macau 3–0 two days later. On April 16 they held Iraq to a 1–1 draw in front of 50,000. Ruslan Baltiev put the Kazakhs in front in the 6th minute and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail equalised with a penalty in the 31st.

In Almaty Central Stadium, Kazakhstan beat Nepal 3–0 with two goals by Maksim Igorevich Shevchenko on April 21. Two days later they beat Macau 5–0, Dmitriy Byakov and Igor Avdeyev scored two each after a goalless first half. The final game on April 25 saw a 1–1 draw against Iraq in front of 25,000. Litvinenko put Kazakhstan ahead in the 32nd but Iraq equalised ten minutes later. Despite being level on points, Iraq advanced on goal difference mainly due to a 9–1 victory over Nepal.

UEFA Member (2002–present)

Being a transcontinental country, Kazakhstan joined UEFA in 2002. They had to wait until the 2002 FIFA World Cup finished on June 30 before making the switch, as they had entered the tournament as an AFC member. Kazakhstan therefore could not enter qualification for UEFA Euro 2004, as the draw had been made on 25 January 2002. Since joining UEFA, Kazakhstan has been a relative minnow within the continent, with most of their qualifications being unsuccessful and often finish near dead last or bottom.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, now as members of UEFA, Kazakhstan was placed in the last drawing pot with Andorra and Luxembourg,[3] being placed in Group 2 alongside Turkey, Denmark, future UEFA Euro 2004 winners Greece, Ukraine, Georgia and Albania.[4]

Their first official UEFA match was on 8 September 2004 and ended in a home defeat by 2–1 against Ukraine. Kazakhstan lost their next 9 matches, including a 6–0 home defeat against Turkey, their tied-biggest defeat up to 2018 and conceding a home defeat to Greece into four minutes of the stoppage time. Their sole point of the qualifying came in the next match, on 8 October 2005, in a 0–0 away draw against Georgia played behind closed doors, before losing the last match at home against Denmark.[5]

For the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Kazakhstan was once again placed in the last drawing pot. Their campaign started with two away draws against Belgium (0–0) and Azerbaijan (1–1). They lost the next three matches before getting their first official win as UEFA members in a 2–1 home triumph against Serbia with goals from Kairat Ashirbekov and Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev. After a home loss against Armenia, Kazakhstan got their sixth and seventh points after drawing again with Azerbaijan (1–1) and Belgium (2–2), both at home. Losses against Poland and Portugal were followed by their second win, this time away from home, with Sergei Ostapenko scoring the winning goal against Armenia. Their last match was a delayed game against Serbia, ending in defeat. In the end, Kazakhstan finished with 10 points and in 6th out of the 8 Group A teams.[6]

The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification had Kazakhstan in the 5th of 6 drawing pots, drawn in Group 6 with Croatia, England, Ukraine, Belarus and Andorra.[7] They started the campaign with a 3–0 home win against Andorra on 20 August 2008.[8] However, that was the only opponent they managed to get points from, after they won the reverse fixture 3–1 on 9 September 2009 and losing all the other group matches. Kazakhstan finished in 5th, ahead only of Andorra, who lost all of their matches.[9]

Kazakhstan was drawn in the Group A of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and lost the first five matches without managing to score a single goal before defeating Azerbaijan on 3 June 2011 by 2–1 with two goals from Sergey Gridin. They lost their next three games before ending the qualifying with a goalless home draw against Austria. They ended in the last place with 4 points, three behind Azerbaijan.[10][circular reference]

Following recent unimpressive qualifying campaigns, Kazakhstan was once again in the last drawing pot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Their campaign in Group C started with two defeats before getting their first point in a goalless home draw against Austria on 12 October 2012. Losses to Austria and twice to Germany were followed by their first and only win of the qualification by 2–1 against Faroe Islands on 6 September 2013. They still got a fifth point in a 1–1 away drawn against the same opponents. Kazakhstan finished in 5th place, ahead only of the Faroese.

The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying had Kazakhstan once more in the last drawing pot. Their first match was a home 0–0 draw against Latvia on 9 September 2014, followed by six consecutive losses before another goalless draw, away from home, against Iceland. After their seventh defeat of the qualifying, Kazakhstan ended the campaign with a 1–0 away win against Latvia on 13 October 2015. The goal scored by Islambek Kuat got the Kazakhs the 5th place, tied in points with the Latvians, but with a better head-to-head record.[11]

Once again in the last drawing pot, Kazakhstan had an unimpressive 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, failing to win a single match. After two home draws against Poland and Romania in their first three matches, Kazakhstan lost their following six matches, ending the qualifying with a 1–1 home draw against Armenia and finishing last in Group E.[12]

For the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, Kazakhstan was in Pot 3 of League D, the fourth and lowest division of the UEFA Nations League. Drawn in Group 1 with Georgia, Latvia and Andorra, their campaign started with a 2–0 home loss against group winners Georgia. Away draws against Andorra and Latvia had Georgia with 9 points after the three first matches, with all the other teams tied with 2 points. Kazakhstan defeated Andorra by 4–0 on 16 October, but the Georgia win against Latvia got the Georgians promoted to League C with two matches still to be played. Their sixth and last point came in a 1–1 home draw against Latvia, before being defeated by Georgia in the last group match and finishing in the second place of the group.[13]

The UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying for Kazakhstan once again was unsuccessful, with the team continued to fail in the qualification due to being inferior to Russia and Belgium. However, Kazakhstan won ten points in the qualification, its best performance up to date in any Euro qualifications, including a shock 3–0 home win over Scotland,[14] and a 1–1 away draw over Cyprus, though they still finished fifth at the end.[15]

Kits


Kit suppliers

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996 Adidas
1996–1998 Puma
1998–1999 Grand Sport
1999–2000 Adidas
2000–2002 Nike
2002–2003 Umbro
2003–2004 Nike
2004–2005 Puma
2005–2008 Diadora
2008–2012 Umbro
2012–present Adidas

Source: FootballShirtsVoltage.com[16]

Rivalries


Though currently an UEFA member, Kazakhstan's best rivalries are mostly with fellow AFC members from Central Asia's Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan; two most important are against Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, dated back from early USSR rule. This has remained in interests for many Kazakhs, due to its inferiority in the UEFA qualification stages contrast to their previous strong image in the AFC competitions.

Results and fixtures


https://www.worldfootball.net/teams/kasachstan-team/21/

2020

4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Lithuania  0–2  Kazakhstan Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3 Report Zaynutdinov  4'
Kuat  86'
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Kazakhstan  1–2  Belarus Almaty, Kazakhstan
20:00 UTC+6
Report
Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Kazakhstan  0–0  Albania Almaty, Kazakhstan
19:00 UTC+6 Report Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
11 November 2020 Friendly Montenegro  0–0  Kazakhstan Podgorica, Montenegro
20:00 UTC+6 Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (North Macedonia)

2021

4 June 2021 Friendly North Macedonia  4–0  Kazakhstan Skopje, North Macedonia
18:00
Report Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Milovan Milačić (Montenegro)

Coaches


As of 18 November 2020
Technical Staff
Position Name
Head Coach Talgat Baysufinov
Assistant Coaches Igor Svechnikov
Sergey Kalyubin
Goalkeeping Coach Nikolay Rodionov
Fitness Coach Marat Yeslyamov
Observer Timur Kusainov
Physiotherapist Tadeush Perekhod
Kit Manager Maksim Shaubert

Coaching history

As of match played 4 June 2021

Players


Current squad

The following players were called up for friendly match against North Macedonia on 4 June.
Caps and goals are correct as of 4 June 2021, after the game against North Macedonia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 28) 23 0 Kairat
15 1GK Mukhammedzhan Seysen (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Taraz

2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 31) 47 0 Tobol
16 2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 30) 39 4 Kairat
22 2DF Aleksandr Marochkin (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 31) 15 0 Tobol
7 2DF Ruslan Valiullin (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Tobol
18 2DF Yerkin Tapalov (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Akzhayik
17 2DF Mikhail Gabyshev (1990-01-02) 2 January 1990 (age 31) 1 0 Shakhter Karagandy
23 2DF Alibek Kasym (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Kyzylzhar
20 2DF Nurlan Dairov (1995-06-26) 26 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Kyzylzhar
24 2DF Maksat Taikenov (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Caspiy

13 3MF Azat Nurgaliyev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 35) 43 3 Tobol
5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 28) 39 5 Astana
21 3MF Abzal Beysebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 28) 34 0 Astana
8 3MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 30) 30 0 Tobol
10 3MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-06-17) 17 June 1989 (age 32) 26 2 Tobol
6 3MF Bauyrzhan Baytana (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 29) 2 0 Taraz
14 3MF Vladislav Vasilyev (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Energetik-BGU Minsk

9 4FW Aleksey Shchyotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 30) 35 3 Rotor Volgograd
19 4FW Tanat Nuserbayev (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 34) 28 3 Turan
14 4FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 27) 23 3 Astana

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Kazakhstan's squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dmytro Nepohodov (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 33) 13 0 Astana v.  North Macedonia, 4 June 2021 INJ
GK Bekkhan Shayzada (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Ordabasy v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
GK Aleksandr Mokin (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 40) 22 0 Tobol v.  France, 28 March 2021
GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 35) 2 0 Ordabasy v.  Belarus, 14 October 2020
GK Danil Ustimenko (2000-08-08) 8 August 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Kairat v.  Belarus, 7 September 2020
GK Igor Shatsky (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 32) 1 0 Shakhter Karagandy v.  Lithuania, 4 September 2020 INJ

DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 21) 8 0 Kairat v.  North Macedonia, 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Olzhas Kerimzhanov (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 32) 4 0 Turan v.  North Macedonia, 4 June 2021 INJ
DF Yan Vorogovsky (1996-09-07) 7 September 1996 (age 24) 18 1 Kairat v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
DF Temirlan Yerlanov (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 28) 10 1 Aktobe v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
DF Marat Bystrov (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 29) 8 0 Akhmat Grozny v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Timur Rudoselsky (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Kaysar v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
DF Dmitry Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 31) 45 2 Aktobe v.  France, 28 March 2021 INJ
DF Yury Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 33) 53 5 Aktobe v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020 INJ
DF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 29) 11 0 Tobol v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020
DF Sultan Abilgazy (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Tobol v.  Belarus, 14 October 2020

MF Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 26) 12 1 Ordabasy v.  North Macedonia, 4 June 2021 INJ
MF Aybol Abiken (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 12 1 Kairat v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Timur Dosmagambetov (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 32) 9 0 Taraz v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Elkhan Astanov (2000-05-21) 21 May 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Ordabasy v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Ramazan Orazov (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Aktobe v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Daniyar Usenov (2001-02-18) 18 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Kairat v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
MF Bakhtiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 23) 16 7 CSKA Moscow v.  France, 28 March 2021 INJ
MF Yury Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 25) 17 1 Aktobe v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020
MF Aslan Darabayev (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 32) 8 0 Caspiy v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020
MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 28) 46 3 Al-Ain v.  Montenegro, 11 November 2020 DQ
MF Duman Narzildayev (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 27) 1 0 Kaisar v.  Montenegro, 11 November 2020 INJ

FW Artur Shushenachev (1998-04-07) 7 April 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Kairat v.  North Macedonia, 4 June 2021 INJ
FW Maksim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 25) 19 1 Aktobe v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
FW Abat Aymbetov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 25) 13 2 Astana v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
FW Ramazan Karimov (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Caspiy v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
FW Maksim Samorodov (2002-06-29) 29 June 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Aktobe v.  Ukraine, 31 March 2021
FW Sergey Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 30) 52 8 Ordabasy v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020
FW Toktar Zhangylyshbay (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Ordabasy v.  Lithuania, 18 November 2020 INJ
FW Aybar Zhaksylykov (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Zhetysu v.  Belarus, 14 October 2020

DQ Banned from football for several months/years.
PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
SUS Suspended for the next match.
WD Player was withdrawn from the roster for non-injury related reasons.
RET Retired from the national team.

Player records


As of 4 June 2021[17]
Players in bold are still active with Kazakhstan.

Competitive record


FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union
1994 Did not enter
1998 Did not qualify125342221
2002 6420202
2006 120111629
2010 102081129
2014 10127621
2018 10037626
2022 To be determined201113
2026 ------
Total 0/21 - 60 12 11 37 71 128

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W 1 D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Was part of Soviet Union (UEFA member)
1996 Not a member of UEFA
2000 to 2004 Candidate member of UEFA[n 1]
2008 Did not qualify142481121
201210118624
201610127718
2020103161317
2024 To be determined------
Total 0/15000000 4478293780
  1. In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

UEFA Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 D 1 Group stage 2nd61328747th
2020–21 C 4 Group stage 4th611459TBD45th
2022–23 TBD Future event
Total Group stage
League C
2/2 12 2 4 6 13 16 45th

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1992 Was part of Soviet Union (UEFA member)
1996Did not qualify 410316
2000 430183
2004 Not a member of AFC
Total0/12000000 840499

Asian Games record

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1951Did not exist
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994Did not enter
199810th place521286
2002–present See Kazakhstan national under-23 football team
Total1/13521286

West Asian Championships record

2000 WAFF Championship

Head to head records


As of 4 June 2021.

All Time Results

The following table shows Kazakhstan's all-time international record, correct as of 4 June 2021.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total2125050112222354

See also


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