Pakhtakor Tashkent FK

Pakhtakor Tashkent
Nickname(s) Sherlar (The Lions)
Founded 1956
Ground Pakhtakor Stadium
Ground Capacity 35,000
Owner Abduqahhor Tuhtaev
Manager Uzbekistan Grigory Kolosovskiy
League Uzbek League
2015 1st
Website Club home page

Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (Uzbek: Paxtakor Toshkent futbol klubi, 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 ten Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002–07.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001–07, 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. Pakhtakor currently holds record in number of consecutive participations in AFC Champions League, participating in 2002 to 2013 tournaments.


The early Soviet period

Pakhtakor's first official match was on 8 April 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.[4]

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.[5]

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 Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[4][5]

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.[4]

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

Pakhtakor-79 monument near Kamianske (ex-Dniprodzerzhynsk), Ukraine

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, Ukrainian SSR.[6] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[7]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[8]

Annually, in August, the club sponsors a youth tournament in memory of the lives lost in the disaster.[9]

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 Zenit Saint Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, and 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.[7]

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.[10] 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.[4]

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 Pakhtakor have become the most successful Uzbek club with 10 Uzbek League titles, and 11 Uzbek Cups. Until 2014 the club is the only team to have participated in all seasons of the AFC Champions League since its inauguration in 2002. Since 2002 the club participated 11 times in AFC Champions League.

The participation in the AFC Champions League season 2011 was not successful. On 4 May 2011 in a match against Al-Nassr Pakhtakor lost and finished its Asian campaign. In that 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 was 23,3.[11] In 2014–15 seasons Pakhtakor won its 10th and 11th League champion titles.

Uzbek El Clasico

Main article: Uzbek El Clasico

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


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.[12][13]

The famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda, Rustam Gaipov, groups "Parvoz"(ex), "Quartet", "Bojalar" and "Ummon" dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]

League and cup history

Season Pos. Cup Topscorer (League) AFC
1992 1 FR Valeriy Kechinov – 24 -
1993 2 Winner Shukhrat Maqsudov – 15 (1) -
1994 8 SF PR
1995 4 QF -
1996 6 Final Dilmurod Nazarov – 12
Ravshan Bozorov – 12
1997 5 Winner - -
1998 1 SF Mirjalol Kasymov – 22
Igor Shkvyrin – 22
1999 4 -1 -
2000 7 QF Igor Shkvyrin – 20 FR
2001 2 Winner Nagmetulla Kutibayev – 16 -
2002 1 Winner Goçguly Goçgulyýew – 14 -
2003 1 Winner Zaynitdin Tadjiyev – 13 SF

Season Pos. Cup Topscorer (League) AFC
2004 1 Winner Leonid Koshelev – 12 SF
2005 1 Winner Anvar Soliev – 29 GS
2006 1 Winner Server Jeparov – 18 GS
2007 1 Winner Alexander Geynrikh – 16 (2) GS
2008 2 Final Zaynitdin Tadjiyev – 17 (1) GS
2009 2 Winner Odil Ahmedov – 16 (1) QF
2010 2 QF Alexander Geynrikh – 11 R16
2011 3 Winner Dušan Savić – 7 GS
2012 1 SF Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov – 13 (0) GS
2013 4 SF Kakhi Makharadze
Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov – 6
Dilshod Sharofetdinov
2014 1 SF Igor Sergeev – 11  
2015 1 SF Igor Sergeev – 23 GS

^ 1999 Uzbekistan Cup did not take place


Current squad

As of 19 February 2016[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Nikita Ribkin
2 Uzbekistan DF Ibrokhim Abdullaev
4 Montenegro DF Adnan Orahovac
5 Uzbekistan DF Akbar Ismatullaev
6 Uzbekistan DF Abbos Otakhonov
7 Uzbekistan MF Azim Akhmedov
8 Uzbekistan MF Sherzod Karimov
9 Uzbekistan DF Jaloliddin Masharipov
10 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Iskanderov
11 Uzbekistan FW Igor Sergeev
12 Uzbekistan GK Temur Juraev
13 Uzbekistan MF Sukhrob Nurullaev
14 Uzbekistan DF Jamshid Boltaboev
No. Position Player
15 Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Sokhibov
17 Uzbekistan FW Akobir Turaev
18 Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Sidikov
19 Uzbekistan MF Sukhrob Berdiev
21 Uzbekistan DF Kamoliddin Tajiev (Captain)
22 Uzbekistan FW Navruzbek Olimov
23 Uzbekistan DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov
24 Uzbekistan DF Davron Khashimov
27 Uzbekistan MF Doston Ibrokhimov
28 Uzbekistan MF Stanislav Andreev
29 Uzbekistan DF Vladimir Kozak
30 Uzbekistan GK Botir Ergashev
31 Uzbekistan FW Jamshid Yusupov

Youth squad

See also: Pakhtakor-2

The following players are listed as reserve players to play in 2014 Uzbek Youth League. They are registered for 2014 Uzbek League and are eligible to play for the first team.[16]

As of 17 March 2014

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

No. Position Player
Uzbekistan GK Shokhruh Raimov
Uzbekistan DF Abbos Otakhonov
Uzbekistan DF Viktor Grigoriev
Uzbekistan DF Khumoyun Azamov
Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Siddiqov
Uzbekistan MF Izzatilla Abdullaev
No. Position Player
Uzbekistan MF Alisher Mirzaev
Uzbekistan MF Abdurasul Komilov
Uzbekistan MF Ravshan Khursanov
Uzbekistan FW Abdurakhman Abdulkhakov
Uzbekistan FW Islom Karimov
Uzbekistan FW Andrey Sidorov

Former players


Current technical staff

As of March 2014
Position Name
Head coach Uzbekistan Grigoriy Kolosovskiy
Consultant coach Uzbekistan Viktor Djalilov
Goalkeeping coach Uzbekistan Anvar Rashidov
Doctor Uzbekistan Umid Bakhramov
Fitness coach Uzbekistan Andrey Shipilov
Masseur Uzbekistan Anvar Biserov
Masseur Uzbekistan Shavkat Eryomin
Administrator Uzbekistan Davron Saidov


Office Name
President Botir Rakhimov
General director Rustam Kupaysinov
Deputy of General director Ravshan Salimov
Sport director Grigoriy Tseytlin
Head of the Youth Department Dilshod Nuraliev
Head of the department media service Nodir Abdukodirov
Head of the International Relations Fakhriddin Isamukhamedov



Winners (11): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015.
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011.
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972.
Runners-up: 1968


Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1993
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
2015: Group Stage

2000: First Round
1994–95: Preliminary Round
1998–99: Quarter-finals
2001–02: Second Round

Managerial history

Years Name
1956 Soviet Union Valentin Bekhtenev
1957 Soviet Union Yuri Hodotov
1960–63 Soviet Union Alexander Keller
1963 Soviet Union Gavriil Kachalin
1964 Soviet Union Savely Safronov
1964 Soviet Union Alexander Abramov
1964 Soviet Union Boris Nabokov
1965–66 Soviet Union Mikhail Yakushin
1967 Soviet Union Boris Arkadiev
1968 Soviet Union Yevgeni Yeliseyev
1969–70 Soviet Union Mikhail Yakushin
1971 Soviet Union Alexander Keller
1972–75 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Vyacheslav Solovyov
1975 Soviet Union Gavriil Kachalin
1976 Soviet Union Anatoli Bashashkin
1976 Soviet Union Gennadi Krasnitsky
1976–79 Soviet Union Aleksandr Kochetkov
1979 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Oleh Bazylevych
1980 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Sergey Mosagin
1981–85 Hungary Soviet Union Ishtvan Sekech
1987–88 Soviet Union Berador Abduraimov

Years Name
1989 Soviet Union Viktor Nosov
1990–91 Soviet Union Fyodor Novikov
Nov 1991–June 30, 1992 Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Russia A. Tarkhanov
1993 Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Russia Bakhodir Ibragimov
July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1996 Netherlands Hans Verèl
2001–02 Russia Sergei Butenko
2002 Uzbekistan Viktor Djalilov
2003–05 Turkmenistan T. Agamuradov
2005 Uzbekistan Ravshan Khaydarov
2006 Russia V. Nepomnyashchy
July 1, 2006–07 Uzbekistan Ravshan Khaydarov
2008–10 Uzbekistan Viktor Djalilov
Jan 1, 2010–May 3, 2010 Montenegro Miodrag Radulović
2010–Sept 27, 2011 Uzbekistan Ravshan Khaydarov
Sept 2011–Dec 27, 2011 Uzbekistan Murod Ismailov
Dec 28, 2011–June 20, 2012 Serbia Dejan Đurđević
June 20, 2012–Jan 3, 2014 Uzbekistan Murod Ismailov
Jan 3, 2014–July 7, 2015 Uzbekistan Samvel Babayan
July 7, 2015– May 27, 2016 Uzbekistan Numon Khasanov
May 27, 2016– Uzbekistan Grigoriy Kolosovskiy


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