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FC Pakhtakor

Pakhtakor Tashkent Football Club
Nickname(s) Sherlar (The Lions)
Founded 1956
Ground Pakhtakor Stadium
Ground Capacity 35,000
Owner Abduqahhor Tuhtaev
Co-chairmen Samvel Babayan
Manager Uzbekistan Murod Ismailov
League Uzbek League
2012 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (Uzbek: Paxtakor futbol klubi (Toshkent), Russian: Футбольный клуб Пахтакор Ташкент) is an Uzbek professional football club, based in the capital Tashkent. Pakhtakor literally means "cotton-grower" in English.

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek club to play in the top-level Soviet football league and was the only Central Asian club to appear in a Soviet Cup final. Playing in the Uzbek League since 1992, the club has been the undisputed powerhouse in Uzbekistan since the fall of the Soviet Union, winning eight Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002–2007.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001–2007, winning eleven cups in total.[2] Players for the club have won Uzbek footballer of the Year honours eight times, and Pakhtakor teammates swept the top three spots in 2002. Club managers have been named Uzbek coach of the year twice.[3]

The team is also a perennial competitor in the AFC Champions League, having reached the semi-finals of the competition twice in 2003 and 2004.[4]


The early Soviet period

Pakhtakor's first official match was on April 8, 1956, and is considered to be the club's "birthday". Its first match was played against a team from the city of Perm, Russia (then called Molotov city), presumably FC Zvezda Perm. The first goal in Pakhtakor history was scored by Laziz Maksudov on a penalty shot and Maksudov's goal was the only and game-winning strike.[5]

The team was formed in three months, and the government invited the senior trainer Valentin Bekhtenev from Moscow to recruit the best Tashkent players for the new Pakhtakor. At the time, the club was to represent Uzbekistan in Soviet football.[6]

In 1959, the club was promoted to the Soviet Top League for the first time. During the 1960s, Pakhtakor's squad was anchored by the striker Gennadiy Krasnitskiy, who led it to a 6th place finish in 1962. After periods back and forth between the Top League and the Soviet First League, the club reached the final of the Soviet Cup competition in 1968 – the only Central Asian club to reach a Soviet Cup final – losing to FC Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[5][6]

In 1971, Pakhtakor again departed into the First League, but was not long detained in the lower division as it gained promotion the following year.[5]

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek side to appear in the history of the USSR Championship during the Soviet era, appearing the highest echelon 22 times, and recording 212 wins, 211 draws, and 299 loses. Their best league finish was 6th place, which they achieved twice, in 1962 and 1982.

Aircrash 1979

In August 1979, Pakhtakor made it back to the Soviet Top League, but shortly thereafter disaster struck the club and Soviet football. During a flight to play Dinamo Minsk, Pakhtakor's plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine.[7] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[8]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[9]

  • Idgay Borisovich Tazetdinov (Trainer), (13.01.1933)
  • Mikhail Ivanovich An (Half-back), (19.11.1952)
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Fedorov (Forward), (05.01.1956)
  • Alim Masalievich Ashirov (Defender), (25.01.1955)
  • Ravil Rustamovich Agishev (Defender), (14.03.1959)
  • Constantine Alexandrovich Bakanov (Half-back), (25.05.1954)
  • Yuri Timofeevich Zagumennykh (Defender), (07.06.1947)
  • Alexander Ivanovich Korchenov (Half-back), (04.05.1949)
  • Nikolai Borisovich Kulikov (Defender), (25.04.1953)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Makarov (Half-back), (09.03.1947)
  • Sergey Constantinovich Pokatilov (Goalkeeper), (20.12.1950)
  • Victor Nikolayevich Churkin (Forward), (25.01.1952)
  • Sirozhiddin Akhmedovich Bazarov (Forward), (10.08.1961)
  • Shukhrat Musinovich Ishbutaev (Forward), (08.02.1959)
  • Vladimir Valievich Sabirov (Forward), (14.01.1958)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Chumaks (Manager), (08.12.1932)
  • Mansur Inamdzhanovich Talibdzhanov (Club administrator), (04.04.1944)

Annually, in August, the club sponsors a youth tournament in memory of the lives lost in the disaster.[10]

Following the tragedy in 1979 and spurred on by its prolific goalscorer Andrei Yakubik a few years later, Pakhtakor had its best record in 1982, finishing sixth and in front of several Russian and Ukrainian football powerhouses such as FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, PFC CSKA Moscow, and FC Shakhtar Donetsk amongst the few. Pakhtakor had a point deducted that season due to exceeding the allowed limit for the games tied (drawn), but it did not influence the club's final standings.[8]

The lean years: 1984–1990

After leading Pakhtakor to its best finish, age finally caught up with Yakubik and he moved back to his hometown of Moscow to continue his football career.[11] With the departure of their great forward, the club struggled and spent six years in the Soviet First League. Although the discontent of their fans grew, Pakhtakor's reemergence as a major footballing force followed fast upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union.[5]

Modern period, since 1992

After the USSR collapsed, a new page began in the club's history. 1992 saw Pakhtakor participate in the first season of the Uzbek Oliy League. Since 1992 FC Pakhtakor have become the most successful Uzbek club with 8 Uzbek League titles, and 10 Uzbek Cups. The club is the only team to have participated in all seasons of the AFC Champions League since its inauguration in 2002.

The participation in the AFC Champions League Season 2011 was not successful. On 4 May 2011 in match against Al Nassr Pakhtakor lost and the end of Asian campaign for the club in this year. In this match, because of many injured players, Pakhtakor's coach Ravshan Khaydarov formed starting squad from youth team players and club made record in the AFC Champions League history as the youngest team of the tournament with average players age of 21,8. The average age of club players for season 2011 is 23,3.[12]


Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium was built in 1956 with capacity of 55.000 spectators. Stadium renovated in 1996. In July 2007 club management announced next renovation of stadium. Reconstruction works were finished in 2009, the amount of capacity was reduced to 35.000 and stadium became all-seater stadium. In January 2010, the stadium was chosen as best sporting facility 2009 of Uzbekistan.[13]

In popular culture

Famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda and Bojalar dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]


Current squad

As of 15 August 2013[16][17]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Nikita Ribkin
4 Serbia DF Bojan Miladinović
5 Uzbekistan DF Akbar Ismatullaev
6 Uzbekistan DF Murod Khalmukhamedov
7 Georgia (country) MF Kakhi Makharadze
9 Uzbekistan FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov
10 Armenia MF Zhora Hovhannisyan
11 Uzbekistan FW Timur Khakimov
12 Uzbekistan GK Alexander Lobanov
14 Uzbekistan MF Sherzod Karimov
15 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Iskanderov
17 Uzbekistan MF Aram Babayan
19 Uzbekistan FW Igor Sergeev
20 Uzbekistan FW Anvarjon Soliev
22 Uzbekistan FW Abdul Aziz Yusupov
No. Position Player
23 Uzbekistan DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov
24 Uzbekistan DF Davronbek Khashimov
26 Uzbekistan MF Dilshod Sharofetdinov
28 Uzbekistan MF Stanislav Andreev
29 Uzbekistan DF Vladimir Kozak
30 Uzbekistan GK Temur Juraev
34 Uzbekistan MF Oybek Kilichev
36 Uzbekistan DF Jaloliddin Masharipov
37 Uzbekistan MF Abdulloh Olimov
38 Uzbekistan MF Abbosbek Makhstaliev
39 Uzbekistan MF Bakhodir Mirzarakhimov
45 Uzbekistan DF Maksimilian Fomin
54 Uzbekistan DF Viktor Grigoriev
55 Uzbekistan DF Anvar Rajabov

For recent transfers, see List of Uzbek football transfers 2013

Out on loan

As of 15 August 2013[18]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Uzbekistan GK Nodir Ashurmatov (at Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh)
Uzbekistan GK Sergey Smorodin (at Uzbekistan FK Andijan)
Uzbekistan GK Eldor Tajibaev (at Uzbekistan FC Shurtan Guzar)
Uzbekistan GK Akmal Tursunboev (at Uzbekistan FK Andijan)
Uzbekistan DF Azamat Sharipov (at Uzbekistan FK Buxoro)
3 Uzbekistan DF Gulom Urunov (at Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona)
21 Uzbekistan DF Ildar Mamatkazin (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan DF Azamat Abdullaev (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan DF Akmal Kholmurodov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan DF Tokhir Shamshitdinov (at Uzbekistan FK Guliston)
Uzbekistan DF Kamoliddin Tajiev (at China Jiangsu Sainty F.C.)
Uzbekistan MF Akram Bakhridtinov (at Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan)
Uzbekistan MF Islom Ismoilov (at Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan)
Uzbekistan MF Oyatilla Muhiddinov (at Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan)
No. Position Player
Uzbekistan MF Anvar Rakhimov (at Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh)
Uzbekistan MF Azamat Bobojonov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan MF Davlatbek Yarbekov (at Uzbekistan Kokand 1912)
Uzbekistan FW Egor Krimets (at China Beijing Guoan)
Uzbekistan FW Bakhriddin Vakhobov (at Uzbekistan FK Buxoro)
Uzbekistan FW Alisher Azizov (at Uzbekistan FK Buxoro)
18 Uzbekistan FW Sanat Shikhov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan FW Farrukh Shotursunov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan FW Sergey Rekun (at Uzbekistan FK Guliston)
Uzbekistan Bobur Doniyorov (at Uzbekistan Sherdor)
Uzbekistan Bobur Iskandarov (at Uzbekistan Zarafshon Navoi)
Uzbekistan Abdurakhman Abdulhakov (at Uzbekistan Zarafshon Navoi)
Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Juraboev (at Uzbekistan Zarafshon Navoi)

Reserves squad

The following players are listed as reserve players to play in 2013 Uzbek Youth League. They are registered for 2013 Uzbek League and are eligible to play for the first team.[17][19]

As of 15 August 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Uzbekistan GK Asilbek Amanov
Uzbekistan DF Mukhsinjon Ubaydullaev
Uzbekistan DF Jamoliddin Sokhibov
Uzbekistan MF Jaloliddin Saidov
No. Position Player
Uzbekistan MF Hayrullo Jakbarov
Uzbekistan MF Farkhod Mirakhmatov
Uzbekistan MF Omadbek Sotvoldiev
Uzbekistan FW Igor Rogovanov

Former players

Main article: List of FC Pakhtakor players


Current Technical Staff

As of 21 February 2013
Position Name
Manager Uzbekistan Murod Ismailov
Assistant Coach Uzbekistan Grigoriy Kolosovskiy
Consultant Coach Uzbekistan Viktor Djalilov
Goalkeeping Coach Uzbekistan Anvar Rashidov
Doctor Uzbekistan Barat Elmuratov
Fitness coach Uzbekistan Andrey Shipilov
Masseur Uzbekistan Anvar Biserov
Masseur Uzbekistan Pavel Davidov
Administrator Uzbekistan Davron Saidov
Team manager Uzbekistan Ravshan Salimov


Current Board of Directors and Administrators

Office Name
President Botir Rakhimov
Vice-president Samvel Babayan
Head Director Rustam Kupaysinov
Reserve Team Director Asqar Tolibjonov
Reserve Team Assistant Director Oybek Qosimov
Sport Director Grigoriy Tseytlin

League and Cup history

Season Position Uzbek Cup Topscorer (League) AFC CL
1992 1 First round Valeriy Kechinov – 24 -
1993 2 Winner Shukhrat Maqsudov – 15 (1) -
1994 8 Semifinal - -
1995 4 Quarterfinal - -
1996 6 Final Dilmurod Nazarov - 12
Ravshan Bozorov – 12
1997 5 Winner - -
1998 1 Semifinal Mirjalol Kasymov - 22
Igor Shkvyrin – 22
1999 4 - - -
2000 7 Quarterfinal Igor Shkvyrin – 20 -
2001 2 Winner Negmetullo Qutiboev – 16 -
2002 1 Winner Goçguly Goçgulyýew – 14 -
2003 1 Winner Zaynitdin Tadjiyev – 13 Semifinal
2004 1 Winner Leonid Koshelev – 12 Semifinal
2005 1 Winner Anvar Soliev – 29 Group Stage
2006 1 Winner Server Jeparov – 18 Group Stage
2007 1 Winner Alexander Geynrikh – 16 (2) Group Stage
2008 2 Final Zaynitdin Tadjiyev – 17 (1) Group Stage
2009 2 Winner Odil Ahmedov – 16 (1) Quarterfinal
2010 2 Quarterfinal Alexander Geynrikh – 11 Round of 16
2011 3 Winner Dušan Savić – 7 Group stage
2012 1 Semifinal Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov – 13 (0) Group Stage
  • 1999 Uzbekistan Cup did not take place

Uzbek El Classico

The match between Pakhtakor and Neftchi Farg'ona is held since 1992. First match between clubs was played on May 25, 1992 in Tashkent.

Main article: Uzbek El Clasico

IFFHS World Club Ranking

FC Pakhtakor is listed in Top 400 club by IFFHS. In the newest annual list of Top 400 club of 2011 published on January 13, 2012, Pakhatkor is placed on 267th position.[20]

Last updated list: 1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011

Date of issue Type of ranking Position Points
November 2008 monthly 121
5 December 2008 monthly 125
4 February 2009 monthly 159 93.0
5 October 2009 monthly 102 117.0
7 January 2010 monthly 98
3 February 2010 monthly 98
March 2010 monthly 87
7 April 2010 monthly 108
May 2010 monthly 122
3 June 2010 monthly 165
1 December 2009 – 29 November 2010 annual 313
September 2011 monthly 332
4 October 2011 monthly 375
4 December 2011 monthly 253
1 January 2011 – 31 December 2011 annual 267



Winners (9): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
  • Uzbekistani Cup:
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972
Runners-up: 1967


Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2008
4th place: 2002–03
Semi-Final: 2004

Performance in AFC competitions

2002–03: 4th place
2004: Semi-Finals
2005: Group Stage
2006: Group Stage
2007: Group Stage
2008: Group Stage
2009: Quarter-Finals
2010: Round-Of-16
2011: Group Stage
2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2000: First Round
1994–95: Preliminary Round
1998–99: Quarter-Finals
2001–02: Second Round

Managerial history


External links

  • Official website (Uzbek) (Russian) (English)

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