Uzbekistan football team


Founded :1946
Captain : Odil Ahmedov
Association : Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)
Head coach : Samvel Babayan
Arenas/Stadiums : Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium
Kit Colour Home / Away :White/Blue
FIFA Ranking :62
Official Website :http://www.the-uff.com/
 
Achievements:
Asian Cup:Appearances 7 (first in 1996),Best result: Fourth place, 2011




About:

The Uzbekistan national football team represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Samvel Babayan. Uzbekistan have never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but they had been in AFC Asian Cup since the independence.

Background:

After the split from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Tajikistan on June 17, 1992. Uzbekistan have consistently been the strongest team out of the new Central Asian nations, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan. Some media outlets, especially from Russia, Croatia and the Balkans, refer to them as the "Croatia of Asia" due to their high levels of talent, similar to that of the Croatian national football team.Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.Uzbekistan failed to make further impact on the continental stage until they reached the last eight of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, where they were beaten by Bahrain after a penalty shoot-out.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 Asian qualification to the 2006 FIFA 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.In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–1 and China PR 4–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals stage by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.After having three foreign coaches in three years, Uzbekistan turned to former Uzbekistan Olympic team coach Rauf Inileev.

In the qualifying series for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their first four matches, but in the final round of qualifying finished last in Group A behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.In the qualifying series for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their group in the third round over perennial favorites Japan. Uzbekistan finished with 16 points (5 wins and 1 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 qualifying, 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 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 playoff after winning 9–8 on penalties.Uzbekistan advanced to the quarterfinals stage 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 quarterfinals stage after losing 2–0 in extra time to South Korea.

Squad:

Number  

Position  

Player

1

GK

Eldorbek Suyunov

12

GK

Ignatiy Nesterov

21

GK

Aleksandr Lobanov

2

DF

Egor Krimets

5

DF

Anzur Ismailov

13

DF

Davron Khashimov

16

MF

Stanislav Andreev

19

DF

Vitaliy Denisov

20

DF

Islom Tukhtakhodjaev

3

MF

Salamat Kutiboev

6

MF

Jaloliddin Masharipov

7

MF

Jamshid Boltaboev

8

MF

Server Djeparov 

9

MF

Odil Ahmedov

10

MF

Sardor Rashidov

14

MF

Javokhir Sokhibov

18

MF

Otabek Shukurov

17

MF

Vadim Afonin

22

MF

Jamshid Iskanderov

4

FW

Marat Bikmaev

11

FW

Igor Sergeev

15

FW

Alexander Geynrikh

23

FW

Eldor Shomurodov