FC Kairat

Full name Football Club Kairat
Nickname(s) Халық командасы (The People's Team)
Founded 1954 (1954)
as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata[1]
Ground Central Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,804[2]
Chairman Kairat Boranbayev
Manager Kakhaber Tskhadadze
League Kazakhstan Premier League
2016 Kazakhstan Premier League, 2nd
Website Club home page

Football Club Kairat (Kazakh: «Қайрат» футбол клубы) is a professional football club based in Almaty, which plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League, the highest level of Kazakh football. Founded in 1954 as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata on the basis of the football club Dinamo Alma-Ata,[3] they were renamed to 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. Kairat is considered to be one of the most popular football clubs in Kazakhstan.



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 1960s to 1970s.
Logo used from 1970s to 1980s.

On 28 December 2015, Aleksandr Borodyuk was appointed as the clubs new manager,[4] before resigning as manager on 5 April following a poor start to the season.[5] On 7 April 2016, Kakhaber Tskhadadze was appointed as the clubs manager.[6]

In Europe

Kairat was the first Soviet Team to win a European cup. It happened in 1971 in Almaty, when Kairat beat 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 five times and twice times advanced to second qualifying round in 2014–15 and 2015–16 season.

Soviet era

Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League

Domestic history

Season League Kazakhstan Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st1261655482253Winners Kazakhstan B.Baiseitov
1993 11225314234118Second round Kazakhstan B.Baiseitov / Kazakhstan G.Katkov
1994 113010614364236First round Kazakhstan G.Katkov / Turkmenistan K.Berdyev
1995 93013215373541First round Turkmenistan K.Berdyev
1996 63419510613062 Kazakhstan V.Masudov
1997 3261655521453Winners Kazakhstan V.Masudov
1998 2nd24301819 Kazakhstan V.Masudov
1999 1st3302118621964WinnersTurkmenistan Rejepmyrat Agabaýew24Kazakhstan V.Nikitenko
2000 4281864481760 Kazakhstan Oleg Litvinenko13Kazakhstan V.Nikitenko / Kazakhstan A.Chernov
2001 53215710423352Winners Kazakhstan V.Masudov / Serbia Z.Krmpotić
2002 73213712413646 Kazakhstan Alibek Buleshev13Serbia Z.Krmpotić
2003 73214711514249WinnersKazakhstan Alibek Buleshev13Tajikistan V.Gulyamhaydarov / Kazakhstan L.Ostroushko
2004 1362583702183 Kazakhstan Arsen Tlekhugov22Russia L.Pakhomov / Russia A.Petrushin
2005 3301884562262 Uzbekistan Jafar Irismetov10Russia A.Petrushin / Tajikistan V.Gulyamhaydarov
2006 73012108393046 Uzbekistan Alibek Buleshev10Kazakhstan B.Baiseitov / Turkmenistan T.Agamyradow / Kazakhstan I.Khomukha
2007 13309318234330 Kazakhstan S.Klimov / Kazakhstan V.Masudov
2008 103091011252834Quarterfinal Kazakhstan V.Masudov
2009 2nd1261943632142First Round Kazakhstan S.Volgin
2010 1st103261115173829Third Round Kazakhstan S.Volgin / Kazakhstan E.Kuznetsov
2011 11328816304922QuarterfinalRussia Konstantin Golovskoy10Kazakhstan V.Nikitenko / England J.Gregory
2012 10267811233429Second RoundCroatia Josip Knežević6Kazakhstan D.Ogai / Spain J.Serer
2013 33212128443833Second RoundThe Gambia Momodou Ceesay12Slovakia V.Weiss
2014 3321859583138WinnersIvory Coast Gerard Gohou12Slovakia V.Weiss
2015 2322075601945WinnersIvory Coast Gerard Gohou22Slovakia V.Weiss
2016 2322255753071 Ivory Coast Gerard Gohou22Russia A.Borodyuk / Georgia (country) K.Tskhadadze

Continental history

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa 3–0 1–2 4–2
2R Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat 3–1 0–2 (a) 3–3
2000–01 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda 2–0 1–1 3–1
2R Turkmenistan Nebitçi Balkanabat 3–1 0–1 3–2
QF Iran Esteghlal 0–0 0–3 0–3
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–2 0–3 0–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–0 1–4 (aet) 3–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Fehérvár 2–1 (a) 0–1 2–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Kukësi 1–0 0–0 1–0
2Q Denmark Esbjerg fB 1–1 0–1 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–1 2–0 4–1
2Q Armenia Alashkert 3–0 1–2 4–2
3Q Scotland Aberdeen 2–1 1–1 3–2
PO France Bordeaux 2–1 (a) 0–1 2–2
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Teuta Durrës  5–0  1–0 6–0
2Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2 2–3
For more details on this topic, see UEFA coefficient.

The following list ranks the currient position of Kairat in UEFA club ranking:

Rank Team Points
350Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka2.575
351Republic of Ireland Dundalk2.570
352Kazakhstan Kairat2.550
353Azerbaijan Baku2.500
354Azerbaijan Gabala2.500

As of 17 July 2015.[7]





Current squad

As of 21 November 2016[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Kazakhstan GK Vladimir Plotnikov
2 Kazakhstan DF Timur Rudoselskiy
3 Kazakhstan DF Jan Vorogovsky
4 Brazil DF Bruno Soares
6 Serbia DF Žarko Marković
7 Kazakhstan MF Islambek Kuat
8 Russia MF Mikhail Bakayev
9 Kazakhstan MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (Captain)
10 Brazil MF Isael
11 Ivory Coast FW Gerard Gohou
13 Kazakhstan DF Ermek Kuantayev
14 Spain DF Cesar Arzo
15 Kazakhstan MF Baurzhan Turysbek
No. Position Player
16 Kazakhstan GK Andrei Sidelnikov
17 Kazakhstan MF Aslan Darabayev
19 Kazakhstan DF Stanislav Lunin
21 Kazakhstan DF Nurlan Dairov
22 Kazakhstan MF Madiyar Raimbek
23 Kazakhstan DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev
24 Kazakhstan FW Rifat Nurmugamet
25 Kazakhstan GK Vladimir Groshev
26 Kazakhstan DF Dilshat Musayev
27 Kazakhstan GK Stas Pokatilov (on loan from Rostov)
28 Russia MF Andrey Arshavin
30 Chile MF Gerson Acevedo
Kazakhstan DF Yeldos Akhmetov

On Loan

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

No. Position Player
18 Kazakhstan MF Vitali Li (at Irtysh Pavlodar)

For recent transfers, see 2016 FC Kairat season.

Notable managers

For more details on this topic, see List of FC Kairat managers.

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Kairat:

Name Period Trophies
Soviet Union Viktor Korolkov 1971–1972 European Railworks Cup
Soviet Union Stanislav Kaminsky 1976–1978 Soviet First League
Soviet Union Leonid Ostroushko 1983–1986 Soviet First League
Kazakhstan Bakhtiyar Baiseitov 1992–1993 Kazakhstan Premier League, Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 1996–1998 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vladimir Nikitenko 1999–2000 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 2001 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Leonid Ostroushko 2003 Kazakhstan Cup
Russia Aleksei Petrushin 2004–2005 Kazakhstan Premier League
Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 2012–2015 Kazakhstan Cup



  1. 1 2 "History". FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. Стадион [Stadium] (in Russian). FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  3. "Кайрат (футбольный клуб)" (in Russian).
  4. "Александр Бородюк – главный тренер ФК Кайрат". www.fckairat.kz/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. "АЛЕКСАНДР БОРОДЮК РАСТОРГ КОНТРАКТ С ФК КАЙРАТ". fckairat.kz (in Russian). FC Kairat. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  6. "Кахабер Цхададзе – главный тренер Кайрата". fckairat.kz (in Russian). FC Kairat. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  7. "UEFA rankings for club competitions". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. "ГЛАВНАЯ КОМАНДЫ МАТЧИ КЛУБ АКАДЕМИЯ МЕДИА ЗАЛ СЛАВЫ ФАН-ЗОНА МАГАЗИН ЗАКУПКИ ВРЕМЯ ДЛЯ ЗАЯВКИ". fckairat.kz (in Russian). FC Kairat. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  9. Кайрат и Спортинг стали партнерами. FC Kairat (in Russian). FC Kairat. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.

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