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FC Kairat

FC Kairat
Full name Football Club Kairat
Nickname(s) The People's Team
Founded 1954 (1954)
as Dinamo Alma-Ata[1]
Ground Central Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,804[2]
Chairman Kairat Boranbayev
Manager Vladimír Weiss
League Kazakhstan Premier League
2013 Kazakhstan Premier League, 3rd
Website Club home page

Football Club Kairat (Kazakh: Қайрат Футбол Клубы) is a Kazakh association football club based in Almaty that plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Founded in 1954 as Dinamo Alma-Ata, the became Urozhai in 1955 and Kairat in 1956.[1] The club's home ground is the Central Stadium, which has a capacity of 23,804.

They were the leading Kazakh team during the Soviet era, the only ever club to compete at the Soviet Top League, and to win the Soviet First League (second tier of competition) in both 1976 and 1983. The team achieved an all-time high Soviet Top League finish of 7th in 1986 and altogether spent 24 seasons in the Soviet Top League, a record for a Central Asian team. During the existence of the Soviet Union, Kairat was a part of the Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR.

European stage

FC Kairat Almaty was the first Soviet Team to win a European Cup. It happened in 1971 in Almaty, when Kairat beat FC Rapid Bucharest with 2-1 and clinched European Railworks Cup, a defunct club tournament now. After the Football Union of Kazakhstan joined UEFA, Kairat played in qualifying rounds of European cups four times, but only advanced to second qualifying round in 2014-15 season.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Red Star Belgrade 0–2 0–3 0–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q FC Artmedia Petržalka 2–0 1–4(aet) 3–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q FC Fehérvár 2–1(a) 0–1 2–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q FK Kukësi 1–0 0–0 1–0
2Q Esbjerg fB 1–1 0–1 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q


At the end of 2006 season, the main sponsor of the club, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (National railways company), withdrew. This precipitated a financial crisis which lasted until the start of 2007 season. Consequently, most of the club's players switched to other teams. The club entered the 2007 season with an inexperienced, young team. In July 2007, a group of private investors took over the club and invested around U.S. $4 million in it. The club progressed to the quarter-final of the National Cup of Kazakhstan but was very close to relegation, finishing in thirteenth position that season. At the beginning of 2009, the club declared itself bankrupt and was relegated to the First Division. In November 2009, Kairat became the champion of the First Division and was promoted to the Kazakhstani Premier League.

Logo used from 60's to 70's.
Logo used from 70's to 80's.

League results


1992, 2004

1992, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2014


1976, 1983



Current Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Zaurbek Pliyev
3 DF Mark Gurman
5 DF Aleksandr Kislitsyn
6 DF Žarko Marković
7 MF Zhambyl Kukeyev
8 MF Samat Smakov
9 MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan
10 MF Josip Knežević
13 DF Ermek Kuantayev
14 FW Bauyrzhan Baitana
16 GK Dmitri Khomich
17 MF Aslan Darabayev
18 DF Timur Rudoselskiy
No. Position Player
19 MF Mikhail Bakayev
20 DF Ľubomír Michalík
21 FW Momodou Ceesay
22 MF Aslan Orazayev
23 FW Miloš Lačný
24 GK Serhiy Tkachuk
26 FW Sito Riera
27 MF Artur Yedigaryan
29 MF Vitali Li
30 FW Gerard Gohou
31 MF Isael
32 MF Islambek Kuat

Notable past managers


Notable past players

See also


  1. ^ a b "History". FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Стадион [Stadium] (in Русский). FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Unofficial fans site South Cross, founded in 1987
  • All time statistics
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