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Sergei Gridin celebrates one of his two goals against Azerbaijan in June 2011 ©Stanislav Filippov


Best result: never qualified
Miroslav Beránek
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:
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 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.02CET

Club 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)