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Kazakhstan team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.27CET
A former republic of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan joined the Asian Football Confederation after independence in 1992 but were accepted as a UEFA member a decade later.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.27CET

Kazakhstan team profile

A former republic of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan joined the Asian Football Confederation after independence in 1992 but were accepted as a UEFA member a decade later.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach:
Yuri Krasnozhan
Leading scorers:
all-time – Ruslan Baltiev (13); current – Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev, Sergei Ostapenko (6)
Most appearances:
all-time – Ruslan Baltiev (73); current – Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev (57)
Association formed:
1992
Nickname:
None
Where they play:
Astana Arena, Astana

A former republic of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan joined the Asian Football Confederation after independence in 1992 but were accepted as a UEFA member a decade later. The ninth biggest country in the world but with a relatively small population approaching 18 million, its national football team have been involved in only two UEFA European Championship qualifying campaigns, finishing sixth out of eight teams on the road to UEFA EURO 2008 and sixth out of six four years later. FIFA World Cup qualifying has brought similar disappointment, with just five points claimed in the 2014 campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P24 W3 D5 L16 F17 A45
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P24 W3 D5 L16 F17 A45

Granted UEFA membership too late to participate in UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying, Kazakhstan had to wait another four years for their first taste of UEFA European Championship action. Their 2008 campaign began promisingly, Arno Pijpers' side drawing their opening fixture 0-0 in Belgium. They went on to beat Serbia 2-1 in Almaty – their first competitive win as full UEFA members – a 1-0 victory in Armenia and 2-2 draw with Belgium taking them to ten points from 14 games.

There was less to celebrate four years later in a campaign Kazakhstan started under the guidance of German coach Bernd Storck, finishing with Beránek in charge. Drawn in a section containing Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Austria and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan finished bottom of Group A with just four points, their only triumph a 2-1 home win against Azerbaijan.

Memorable EURO matches
21/11/07: Armenia 0-1 Kazakhstan, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Sergei Ostapenko's goal in Yerevan earned Kazakhstan their first away win in UEFA competition.

17/10/07: Kazakhstan 1-2 Portugal, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
The hosts were on course for a fine 0-0 draw with six minutes left, before three late goals.

24/03/07: Kazakhstan 2-1 Serbia, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev sealed Kazakhstan's first competitive win since gaining full UEFA membership.

Did you know?
No Kazakh footballer represented the USSR until 1977 when defender Seilda Baishakov won his two caps. A decade later another defender, Evgeny Yarovenko, also made two appearances before helping the Soviet side to gold at the 1988 Olympics Games.

*Last updated 07/02/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.21CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:25 CET
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Kazakhstan2-2Poland
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
05/31/2017 12:23:01
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Montenegro5-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
07/13/2017 14:13:58
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Kazakhstan0-0Romania
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
05/31/2017 12:23:02
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Denmark4-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
06/02/2017 12:21:29
22 March 2017 22 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Cyprus3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: not available Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/31/2017 07:30:29
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Armenia2-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
06/01/2017 11:57:05
Kazakhstan1-3Denmark
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Almaty Ortalyk Stadion, Almaty (KAZ)
06/17/2017 13:28:09
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
KazakhstanMontenegro
Referee: TBD Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
07/25/2017 13:08:31
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandKazakhstan
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
07/24/2017 09:10:34
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaKazakhstan
Referee: TBD Stadium: Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)
07/14/2017 11:09:04
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
KazakhstanArmenia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
07/10/2017 15:39:04

General info

  • Founded : 1914
  • Stadium : Astana Arena
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    03/06/2011, Kazakhstan 2-1 Azerbaijan, Astana
    24/03/2007, Kazakhstan 2-1 Serbia, Almaty
  • Biggest defeat:
    26/03/2011, Germany 4-0 Kazakhstan, Kaiserslautern
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 3
  • Player with most appearances: 22
    Samat Smakov (KAZ)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Dmitriy Byakov (KAZ)
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