(The White Falcons)
|Association||Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Aleksandr Krestinin|
|Most caps||Vadim Kharchenko (51)|
|Top scorer||Anton Zemlianukhin (12)|
|Home stadium||Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|Current||95 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||75 (April 2018)|
|Lowest||201 (March 2013)|
|Current||139 13 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||136 (January 2019)|
|Lowest||178 (February 2013)|
| Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan |
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)
| Kyrgyzstan 6–0 Maldives |
(Tehran, Iran; 13 June 1997)
| Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan |
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2019)|
The Kyrgyz Republic national football team (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Республикасынын улуттук курама командасы (Kırgız Respublikasının uluttuk kurama komandası); Russian: Сборная Киргизии по футболу (Sbornaya Kirgizii po Futbolu)) is the national team of Kyrgyzstan and is controlled by the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. It is a member of the Central Asian Football Association, which is a member of the Asian Football Confederation.
- 1 History
- 2 Records
- 3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
- 4 Recent fixtures and results
- 5 Coaching staff
- 6 Players
- 7 Records
- 8 Coaches
- 9 Rivalries
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
1992 to 2010: struggle
After the breakup of the Soviet Union and declaration of its independence, Kyrgyzstan became a fully recognized FIFA and AFC member. They played their first match away in Tashkent, against Uzbekistan on 23 August 1992 in the Central Asia Tournament, losing 3–0.
In April 1994, Kyrgyzstan played other Central Asian teams in a tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On 13 April they lost 5–1 to Turkmenistan, then on 15 April 1–0 to Tajikistan. On 17 April they drew 0–0 against Kazakhstan before losing 3–0 to the hosts two days later.
Kyrgyzstan continued to struggle, due to little interests of developing football in Kyrgyzstan. The national team often lacked basic developments to develop the national team, comparing to its Central Asian neighbors, making Kyrgyzstan remained backward behind Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the latter being the strongest team in the region. Despite this, Kyrgyzstan still managed to achieve some significant results, such as winning bronze in the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup.
Since 2010s: Rise of Kyrgyz football
With the arrival of Sergey Dvoryankov, the team had witnessed a significant resurgence. Dvoryankov had made a significant progress by calling and naturalizing a number of foreign players into the national team of Kyrgyzstan such as Ghana's David Tetteh, Elijah Ari and Daniel Tagoe; Cameroon's Claude Maka Kum; Germany's Viktor Maier, Vitalij Lux, Viktor Kelm and Edgar Bernhardt; as well as calling more Kyrgyz-born Russian players to play for the team. As for the result, Kyrgyzstan's football dramatically improved. The White Falcons had made up significantly good result during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, when Kyrgyzstan managed to defeat its long time neighbor-rival, Tajikistan, or defeating Jordan, which is regarded as a strong team who had also beaten Australia before, as well as managed to play well against Asian champions Australia despite losing both matches.
Under another Russian manager, Aleksandr Krestinin, Kyrgyzstan is heading to qualify for its first ever AFC Asian Cup since independence, when they placed themselves against India, Myanmar and Macau. On 22 March 2018, after thrashing Myanmar 5–1, Kyrgyzstan had finally qualified for their first ever AFC Asian Cup in the history.
2019 AFC Asian Cup
Kyrgyzstan participated in their first ever Asian Cup edition, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Prior to the tournament, Kyrgyzstan was considered as an underdog, being grouped with South Korea, China and the Philippines, both have better head-to-head records against Kyrgyzstan. In spite of these hardship, Kyrgyzstan made an outstanding performance, losing to China and South Korea both by just one goal margin, before cruising against the Philippines 3–1 to progress as one of the best third-place team in their maiden debut. In the knockout stage, Kyrgyzstan faced host UAE, and despite facing the host, Kyrgyzstan performed with full fighting spirit, only to lose 2–3 after 120'.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of USSR||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1994||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1998||Did not qualify||5||3||0||2||12||11|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1956||Was part of Soviet Union||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|2007||Did not enter||−||−||−||−||−||−|
|2011||Did not qualify||2008 & 2010 AFC Challenge Cup was used to determine|
qualification for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
|2015||2012 & 2014 AFC Challenge Cup are used to determine|
qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
|2019||Round of 16||15th||4||1||0||3||6||7||14||8||3||3||26||17|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|2002–present||See Kyrgyzstan national under-23 football team|
AFC Challenge Cup record
Central Asian Championship
|Host nation(s) / year||Round||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Dif||Pts|
West Asian Championship
|Host nation(s) / year||Round||Pld||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|2002||Did not enter|
In 2006, Kyrgyzstan took part in the inaugural ELF Cup in Northern Cyprus. This competition was originally intended to be for teams that were not members of FIFA; however, the organisers extended invitations to both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, who were both represented by their national futsal teams.
|Year||Round||Position||Matches||Wins||Draws*||Losses||Goals Scored||Goals Against|
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
|1||Australia||8||7||0||1||29||4||+25||21||Third round and Asian Cup|
|2||Jordan||8||5||1||2||21||7||+14||16||Asian Cup qualifying third round|
|4||Tajikistan||8||1||2||5||9||20||−11||5||Asian Cup qualifying play-off round|
Recent fixtures and results
|28 March 2017 2019 ACQ||Kyrgyzstan||1–0||Macau||Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek|
|19:30 UTC+6||Baymatov 70'||Report||Attendance: 10,600|
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)
|13 June 2017 2019 ACQ||India||1–0||Kyrgyzstan||Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore|
|20:00 UTC+5:30||Chhetri 69'||Report||Attendance: 6,213|
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
|10 October 2017 2019 ACQ||Myanmar||2–2||Kyrgyzstan||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Aung Thu 52'
Kyaw Ko Ko 90+2'
|Report||Zemlianukhin 9' (pen.)
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)
|14 November 2017 2019 ACQ||Macau||3–4||Kyrgyzstan||Estádio Campo Desportivo, Macau|
|19:30 UTC+8||Chan Pak Chun 72'
Torrão 79' (pen.)
|Report||Zemlianukhin 25' (pen.), 55'
Referee: Võ Minh Trí (Vietnam)
|2 December 2017 2017 AWSTC||Kyrgyzstan||3–0||Mongolia||Harapan Bangsa Stadium, Banda Aceh|
|16:00 UTC+7||Report||Referee: Thoriq Al-Katiri (Indonesia)|
|4 December 2017 2017 AWSTC||Brunei||0–4||Kyrgyzstan||Harapan Bangsa Stadium, Banda Aceh|
|16:00 UTC+7||Zemlianukhin 1'
Baymatov 32' (pen.), 54'
|Referee: Oki Dwi Putra (Indonesia)|
|6 December 2017 2017 AWSTC||Kyrgyzstan||1–0||Indonesia||Harapan Bangsa Stadium, Banda Aceh|
|16:00 UTC+7||Askarbek 20'||Report||Referee: Mustafa Umarela (Indonesia)|
|22 March 2018 2019 ACQ||Kyrgyzstan||5–1||Myanmar||Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon (South Korea)[note 1]|
|15:00 UTC+9||Shamshiev 2'
Zemlianukhin 5', 63'
|Report||Kyaw Ko Ko 83'||Attendance: 1,068|
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (Singapore)
|27 March 2018 2019 ACQ||Kyrgyzstan||2–1||India||Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek|
|20:00 UTC+6||Zemlianukhin 2'
|Report||Lalpekhlua 87'||Attendance: 9,588|
Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (United Arab Emirates)
|29 May 2018 Friendly||Azerbaijan||3–0||Kyrgyzstan||Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|22:00 UTC+6||Medvedev 17'
|Report||Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)|
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Kyrgyzstan||1–1||Palestine||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|21:00 UTC+6||Murzaev 2'||Report||Dabbagh 39'||Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
Referee: Aleksandr Aliyev (Kazakhstan)
|10 September 2018 Friendly||Kyrgyzstan||2–1||Syria||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|20:00 KGT (UTC+6)||Zhyrgalbek Uulu 77'
|Report||Al Soma 81' (pen.)||Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|16 October 2018 Friendly||Malaysia||0–1||Kyrgyzstan||Malacca, Malaysia|
|18:45 KGT (UTC+6)||Report||Sagynbaev 68'||Stadium: Hang Jebat Stadium|
|17 November 2018 Friendly||Kashima Antlers||2–0||Kyrgyzstan||Kashima, Japan|
|14:00 JST (UTC+9)||Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium|
|20 November 2018 Kirin Challenge Cup 2018||Japan||4–0||Kyrgyzstan||Toyota, Japan|
|19:20 (UTC+9)||Yamanaka 2'
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium|
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
|20 December 2018 Friendly||Jordan||0–1||Kyrgyzstan||Doha, Qatar|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Rustamov 86'||Stadium: Suheim bin Hamad Stadium|
Referee: Saoud Ali Al-Adba (Qatar)
|25 December 2018 Friendly||Qatar||1–0||Kyrgyzstan||Doha, Qatar|
||Report||Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
|31 December 2018 Friendly||Kyrgyzstan°�||2–1||Palestine||Doha, Qatar|
|7 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||China PR||2–1||Kyrgyzstan||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 UTC+4||Matyash 50' (o.g.)
Yu Dabao 78'
|Report||Israilov 42'||Stadium: Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|11 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Kyrgyzstan||0–1||South Korea||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Kim Min-jae 41'||Stadium: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
|16 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Kyrgyzstan||3–1||Philippines||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+4||Lux 24', 51', 77'||Report||Schröck 80'||Stadium: Rashid Stadium|
Referee: Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
|21 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||3–2 (a.e.t.)||Kyrgyzstan||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|21:00 UTC+4||Esmaeel 14'
Khalil 103' (pen.)
|Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Fu Ming (China PR)
- As of 10 January 2019
|Head coach||Aleksandr Krestinin|
|Goalkeeping coach||Zakir Jalilov|
|Fitness coach||Dmitry Gureev|
|Assistant coach||Nikolai Yuzhanin|
|Assistant coach||Vladimir Salo|
|Assistant coach||Igor Kudrenko|
|Assistant coach||Talant Samsaliev|
|Executive director||Yevgeniy Frolov|
The 35-man provisional squad was announced on 3 December 2018. The final squad was announced on 27 December 2018. Viktor Maier was replaced by Pavel Sidorenko on 2 January 2019 due to injury.
Competition: 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Caps and goals updated as of 16 January 2019.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Pavel Matyash||11 July 1987 (aged 31)||38||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|12||GK||Kutman Kadyrbekov||13 June 1997 (aged 21)||2||0||Ala-Too Naryn|
|16||GK||Valery Kashuba||14 September 1984 (aged 34)||23||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|2||DF||Valery Kichin||12 October 1992 (aged 26)||28||1||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk|
|3||DF||Tamirlan Kozubaev||1 July 1994 (aged 24)||19||1||PKNS F.C.|
|4||DF||Mustafa Iusupov||1 July 1995 (aged 23)||7||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|5||DF||Aizar Akmatov||24 August 1998 (aged 20)||4||0||Alga Bishkek|
|17||DF||Daniel Tagoe||3 March 1986 (aged 32)||21||0||Chittagong Abahani|
|6||MF||Pavel Sidorenko||26 March 1987 (aged 31)||28||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|7||MF||Tursunali Rustamov||31 January 1990 (aged 28)||13||2||Alga Bishkek|
|8||MF||Aziz Sydykov||23 June 1992 (aged 26)||27||1||Sanat Naft|
|9||MF||Edgar Bernhardt||30 March 1986 (aged 32)||31||1||GKS Tychy|
|11||MF||Bekzhan Sagynbaev||11 September 1994 (aged 24)||12||3||Dordoi Bishkek|
|12||MF||Odiljon Abdurakhmanov||18 March 1996 (aged 22)||8||0||FC Alay|
|13||MF||Murolimzhon Akhmedov||5 January 1992 (aged 27)||7||0||FC Andijon|
|18||MF||Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu||13 June 1993 (aged 25)||34||2||Dordoi Bishkek|
|20||MF||Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov||3 June 1995 (aged 23)||25||1||Bashundhara Kings|
|21||MF||Farhat Musabekov||3 January 1994 (aged 25)||29||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|22||MF||Anton Zemlianukhin||11 December 1988 (aged 30)||29||13||Ilbirs Bishkek|
|23||MF||Akhlidin Israilov||16 September 1994 (aged 24)||26||3||Unattached|
|10||FW||Mirlan Murzaev||29 March 1990 (aged 28)||40||8||Somaspor Kulübü|
|14||FW||Ernist Batyrkanov||21 February 1998 (aged 20)||6||0||Dordoi Bishkek|
|19||FW||Vitalij Lux||27 February 1989 (aged 29)||25||8||SSV Ulm|
Recent call ups
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Most capped players
- As of match played 22 March 2018, the 10 players with the most caps:
Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
- As of match played 27 March 2018
|Cholponbek Esenkul Uulu||2007–||3||9||0.33|
Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
|Meklis Koshaliyev||August 1992||February 1996||15||1||3||11||6.67|
|Yevgeniy Novikov||June 1997||February 2001||19||4||1||14||21.05|
|Nematjan Zakirov||March 2003||March 2006||12||4||2||6||33.33|
|Boris Podkorytov||March 2006||December 2006||6||3||0||3||50.00|
|Nematjan Zakirov||January 2007||December 2008||12||4||0||8||33.33|
|Anarbek Ormonbekov||January 2009||May 2011||13||3||3||7||23.08|
|Murat Jumakeev||May 2011||September 2012||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Sergey Dvoryankov||September 2012||May 2014||6||3||1||2||50.00|
|Mirlan Eshenov (Caretaker)||May 2014||October 2014||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Aleksandr Krestinin||October 2014||Presenta||23||11||4||8||47.83|
a Accurate up to and including 6 December 2017.
The principal rival of the Kyrgyzstan national football team is the culturally, as well as the northern geographical neighbor of Kyrgyzstan — Kazakhstan national football team. The matches between these two teams are of great importance for the fans of both teams, and the matches with the participation of these teams turn into a full house among the fans. Also, the matches with the Tajikistan national football team — with the southern neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, as well as with other Central Asian teams (national teams of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) have some principle.
- On 24 November 2017, the AFC announced that the match will be played on 22 March 2018 at a neutral venue, with the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic covering all the costs of the Myanmar team and of the match organisation, including airfares and accommodation. The two Member Associations will be requested to agree on the neutral venue, and if they fail to reach a consensus the AFC will make the appointment.
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