Thursday, March 15, 2018

West Asia(excluding Iran and Saudi Arabia)


UAE 1990 World Cup

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is all-time team for West Asia(excluding Iran and Saudi Arabia).  I have created all-time teams for both nations and an all inclusive team for West Asia.  Basically, I want to look deeper into the talented pools from the region.  Three national teams from this region have qualified for the World Cup Finals: Kuwait 1982, Iraq 1986 and UAE 1990. Qatar will host the World Cup Finals in 2022. 

Unfortunately, none of the them fared well at the World Cup Finals.  Kuwait was better known for the incident against France in 1982. A goal scored by the French was disallowed after the intervention of Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed when he walked down to the pitch to speak to the fourth official. UAE's World Cup Finals was remembered for conceding eleven goals.  Iraq lost all three of their games in the tournament by just one goal, and would have drawn the opening game against Paraguay had the referee not disallowed a legitimate Iraqi goal.

I have also looked at East AsiaCentral AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

Kuwait World Cup 1982

Team
GK: Ali Al-Habsi (Oman)
Ali Al-Habsi was one of the few players from the Arabian Peninsula who made it in Europe, especially he is a goalkeeper. He played over 100 games in the English league. At the time of writing, he plays for Al-Hilal FC in Saudi Arabia.   He has played for Bolten Wanderers, Wigan, Reading and Lyn Oslo. He was Wigan Athletic Player of the Year in 2011. He has been a member of the national team since he was 17 years old.  He had over 110 caps for Oman.  He won the Arab Gulf Cup in 2009.  He was Arab Goalkeeper of the Year: 2004.
Ali Al-Habsi 
GK: Ahmed Al-Tarabulsi (Kuwait)
Al-Tarabulsi is originally from Lebanon, but was granted Kuwaiti citizenship to play for Kuwait's national team. He also played for Kuwait at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1982 World Cup Finals. Besides playing football, he is also good in Quran recitation and won first place in International Quran Recital Competition 1986 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

GK: Muhsin Musabah (UAE)

Mushin Musabah played in all of his country's games in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, in which UAE qualified for their first ever World Cup Finals.  He started all three games in the Finals in Italy. He was also an important player for his country's run to the final of the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. He had over 100 caps. In his club career, he played for Sharjah in UAE.

RB: Osama Hussain (Kuwait)

Osama Hussain joined Al Arabi in 1984, first he played in Al Arabi U14. After that when he grow up and reach 16 years he was able to play for Al Arabi first team.  In 1990, Luiz Felipe Scolari choose him to Kuwait national football team when he was 20. he played in The Gulf Cup, AFC Asian Cup,Olympic Games and the Asian Games. He played 95 matches with Kuwait.

RB: Khalil Allawi (Iraq)

Between 1981 and 2001, Khalil Allawi represented Iraq over 80 times. Along with his brother Karim Mohammed Allawi, he participated in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.  He scored several goals during the World Cup Qualifiers.  He also played in the 1984 Summer Olympics.  He also played for Amanat Baghdad, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Rasheed Club, etc in Iraq.

CB: Marcone (Qatar)
Born in Brazil, Marcone became a naturalised player for Qatar.  He was the captain of Qatar team at 2010 Asian Games as one of the three overage players. He started his career with Vitoria in Brazil. In 1998, he signed with Venezia in Italy, but never appeared a game due to the fact the club had too many non-EU players.  He was on loan to AC Bellinzona in Switzerland.  In July 2004, he went to play in Qatari.  He played Al-Shamal, Al-Gharafa and El Jaish SC. He started to represent Qatar in 2008.
Marcone
CB: Adnan Dirjal (Iraq)
Adnan Dirjal was one of Iraq's most famous players.  He missed the 1986 World Cup Finals because of an injury, but he represented Iraq in three Olympics: 1980, 1984, 1988.  He played with Al-Zawraa and Al-Talaba. His most successful club spell came at Al-Rasheed, the club owned by Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, where he captained the club to three Iraqi league titles, two cups and a record three Arab Club Championships during the mid to late 80s.

CB: Rahim Karim Bdaiwi (Iraq)
Rahim Karim is one of the best defenders Iraq has ever produced. He started his career with Al-Minaa in 1965.  After making his debut for Iraq in 1969, Rahim became an important part of the national team and went on to play in 1972  and 1976 Asian Cup. He was also part of Iraq’s first ever World Cup qualification campaign in 1973.  

CB: Adel Khamis (Qatar) 
Khamis started his career with Al Gharafa in 1983, when the team was in the Qatari Second Division. He made his debut for the Qatar national team in 1984 when he was just 18 years old. He was the first Qatari footballer to play abroad, appearing for Kuwait's Qadsia from 1997 to 1998. He is the second-most capped player for Qatar with 110 caps.

LB: Bassim Abbas (Iraq)
Bassim Abbas helped Iraq to qualify for the World Youth Cup in 2000. He had over 90 caps for the Iraq senior national team.  He was best remembered as a part of the Iraqi national team that won the 2017 Asian Cup.  Iraq was the "cinderella" team of the tournament, where Iraq was a war-torn country during the Second Gulf War. He also won the West Asian Football Federation Championship in 2002. For his club career, he played in Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar and Turkey.  
Bassim Abbas
LB: Gilbert Sami (Iraq)
He played from 1955-1958 for the Assyrian Sports Club in Baghdad as a left full back and centre half. He joined Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in 1958. From 1960-1963 he represented Montakhab Al-Shurta (Police XI) and then went onto play for Aliyat Al-Shurta until 1973. With the Police teams, Gilbeert won the Iraqi Division One on five occasions, and lifted the Kas Jumhouriya (Republics Cup) twice.

DM: Ali Rehema (Iraq)
Ali Rehema  played every minute of Iraq's title-winning campaign at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. After plying his trade with Al Talaba, Al Quwa Al Jawiya and Arbil FC, Rehema earned his first international move when he joined Libyan club Al-Ahly in 2007. After spending a season with the club, he joined Al Wakra, where he continues to play to this day.

CM: Nashat Akram (Iraq) 
Nashat Akram won the 2007 Asian Cup with the Iraqi national team, winning the man of the match award in the final and being voted for the Team of the Tournament as well as finishing in third place in the AFC Footballer of the Year award in 2007. He represented Iraq at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where Iraq finished 4th. At club level, he played for Al-Shorta, Al-Shabab, Dalian Yifang, Al-Gharafa and Dutch club FC Twente. He was Iraqi Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008.
Nashat Akram
CM: Abdullah Omar (Bahrain)
Born in Chad, Abdullah Omar played for Bahrain. He was capped over 40 times. He started his career with Al-Muharraq SC. Between 2009 and 2012, he played for Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2014, he played for Al-Ittihad Club in Saudi Arabia. He was only of the few player from the Persian Gulf to play in an UEFA country.

CM: Nasir Khamees (UAE)
Nasir Khamees went to the 1990 World Cup Finals along with his brother Fahd Khamees who was the captain of the team. He was known for his career with Al Wasl FC Club in Dubai, winning six league championships and the 86th President Cup. He was known as one of UAE's greatest player.

CM: Ismail Matar (UAE)
Ismail Matar was awarded the Golden Ball at the 2003 World Youth Championships after being voted the tournament's best player. He also led the UAE to their first ever trophy, the 2007 Arabian Gulf Cup. Matar scored 5 goals in 5 games, and was named player of the tournament and the top scorer. He spent most of his career with Al Wahda FC at home.

AM: Omar Abdulrahman (UAE)
Since 2011, Omar Abdulrahman is a key player for UAE. He helped UAE to finish third at the 2015 Asian Cup and won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2013. He was the winner of Asian Footballer of the Year in 2016.  Fromm2008 to 2018,  he has only played for Al Ain FC. He helped them to reach the Final of 2016 Champions' League Final. He was the MVP of the tournament.  In August, 2018, he was sent on loan to Saudi club Al-Hilal FC.
Omar Abdulrahman 
AM/RW/LW:  Khalfan Ibrahim (Qatar)
Khalfan Ibrahim was named the Asian Player of the Year in 2006, becoming the first Qatari to win the title. He played for Al Arabi at youth level before moving to Al Sadd in 2004 on a professional contract. He is sometimes dubbed as the "Maradona of Qatar" and is also nicknamed "Khalfaninho" by his supporters in reference to Ronaldinho.

FW: Ammo Baba (Iraq)
Ammo Baba scored the first international goal for Iraq in 1957 Pan Arab Games. After brilliant scoring record for both Iraq and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, he was offered a contract by Notts County to play for them, but he could not leave the country, due to a sudden coup led by the Iraqi General Abdul-Karim Qasim on July 14, 1958.

FW: Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani (UAE)
Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani was born in UAE in 1964.  He played his entire career with his hometown team Al-Shaab between 1980 to 1999.  He was capped 161 times for UAE between 1983 and 1997.  He is the all-time appearance leader for UAE, the top 10 cap leader in the world.  He scored his first goal for UAE in 1984 against Kuwait.  He went to the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. He was named UAE Player of the Century.
Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani 
FW: Ahmed Radhi (Iraq)
Ahmed Radhi was largely recognised as Iraqi's greatest players.  He was the Asian Player of the Year in 1988.  With Iraq, he played 121 matches between 1982 and 1997.  He won 2 Arab Cups, 1 Pan-Arab Games and an Arabian Gulf Cup. He also represented Iraq in 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico and the Summer Olympics in 1988.  He also scored Iraq's only goal at the World Cup Finals in a first round match against Belgium in 1986.  He played for Al-Rasheedm in Iraq.
Ahmed Radhi

ST:  Jassem Yaqoub (Kuwait)
Jasem Yaqoub was widely considered to be Kuwait's greatest player.  From 1972 to 1982, he represented Kuwiat at the Golden period of the national team. He won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1982.  He went to the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. He also won the Asian Cup in the 1980.  He played his entire career with Qadsia SC, win ng the Kuwaiti league in 1968-69, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1977-78 season.
Jassem Yacoub 
ST: Hussein Saeed (Iraq) 
Hussein Saeed was considered to be Iraq's greatest player.  He was their all-time leading scorer and cap record holder.  He led Iraq to the World Cup Finals in 1986, Iraq's first ever World Cup Finals.  He also won two Gulf Cups in 1979 and 1984.  He also won the MVP award in 1984.  He also won a Gold Medal in the 1982 Asian Games.  In 1975, he joined Al-Talaba where he spent all 14 years of his career, achieving three league titles and getting the top goalscorer of the league award in three seasons.
Hussein Saeed

Honorable Mention
Hamdan Al-Kamali (UAE), Fahad Khamees (UAE), Zohair Bakhit (UAE), Abdulrahim Jumaa (UAE), Younis Mahmoud (Iraq),  Faisal Al-Dakhil (Kuwait), Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait), Yusif Dokhi (Kuwait),  Fathi Kameel (Kuwait),  Wael Sulaiman (Kuwait), Jassem Al-Houwaidi (Kuwait), Faisal Ibrahim (Jordan),  Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait), Amer Deeb (Jordan), Abdullah Abu Zama (Jordan),  Jamal Abu Abed (Jordan), Mansour Muftah (Qatar), Sebastián Soria (Qatar), Mubarak Aber (Qatar), Adel Khamis (Qatar), Meshal Mubarak (Qatar), Musaed Neda (Kuwait), Ahmed Salmeen (Bahrain), A'ala Hubail (Bahrain), Omar Kharbin (Syria)


Squad Explanation
-- It i difficult to compare players from different countries.  I did my best to include the best from the region.
-- All of the players were from the Persian Gulf States.  Players from Syria and Jordan only made Honorable Mention.
-- It is difficult to research on defenders. I am not sure if Adel Khamis (Qatar) was a centerback.
-- Dhurgham Ismail (Iraq) is one of the few Gulf State players to play in a UEFA league.  However, he is too young to be considered an all-timer.  Hamdan Al-Kamali (UAE) also played in France.
-- Marcone had played in the Brazilian league, where almost no other players from the region has achieved.  Of course, he is Brazilian so it actually was not so impressive that he played in Brazil.  In the end, I still selected him became he represented Bahrain, making him eligible for this team.  His birthplace should not be a matter.  
-- I am not sure about Abdullah Omar of Bahrain.  He had a career in Europe, which is rare for players from this region. Omar Abdulrahman(UAE) is the Asian player of the Year in 2016.
-- Omar Kharbin (Syria) is still very young.  He led Syria to a dramatic run in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
-- Faisal Al-Dakhil (Kuwait) is the last player dropped.  I selected Ammo Baba over him.  Baba could have became the first player from the Arab Gulf to play in Europe.
-- Amer Deeb sometimes listed as Jordan's greatest player.
-- Fahad Khamees (UAE) was the captain of UAE at Italia 1990, but I chose Adnan Khamis Al-Taliyani over him.

Formation


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Central Asia Greatest All-Time Team

1994 Asian Games Gold Medalist
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Soviet UnionRussiaUkraine
The former Soviet Union without (Ukraine and Russia).
AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran.
ChinaJapanSouth Korea.
Hong Kong
East AsiaWest Asia(without Iran and Saudi Arabia),
Central AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It is also colloquially referred to as "the stans" as the countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of". Central Asia is sometimes referred to as Turkestan. 

Central Asia has a population of about 70 million, consisting of five republics: Kazakhstan (pop. 18 million), Kyrgyzstan (6 million), Tajikistan (9 million), Turkmenistan (6 million), and Uzbekistan (31 million). Afghanistan (pop. 35 million).  All the countries , except Afghanistan, was a part of the Soviet Central Asia.

Except Kazakhstan, all of them played in AFC.  Since 2002, Kazakhstan has been playing in the UEFA. 

Team
GK: Yuri Pshenichnikov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Born in Uzbekistan, Yuri Pshenichnikov played for FC Pakhtakor Tashkent from 1960 to 1967.  From 1968 to 1971, he played for CSKA Moscow.  He was the Soviet Goalkeeper of the Year in 1968. He earned 19 caps for the USSR national football team between 1966 and 1970.  He was the starting keeper at the UEFA Euro 1968, where the Soviets lost to the eventual winner Italy by a coin toss.
Yuri Pshenichnikov 
GK: Vladimir Lisitsin (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Lisitsin played twice for USSR.  He was blamed by Soviet coach Yevgeny Lyadin for the loss against East Germany in the 1964 Olympic Qualifier.  He was expelled from the team.  Forces club career, he played mainly with FC Kairat in Kazakhstan, but he also played for Dynamo Moscow and Sparktak Moscow.  He was born in Kazakhstan of Russian ethnicity.

GK: Ignatiy Nesterov (Uzbekistan)
Born in Uzbekistan of Russian ethnicity, Ignatiy Nesterov has played over 90 times for Uzbekistan.  He represented them in four editions of Asian Cup: 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Before signing for Pakhtakor in 2002, Nesterov played for FK Samarqand-Dinamo.  He joined Bunyodkor in 2009 and then, now with Lokomotiv Tashkent.  With Pakhtakor and Bunyodkor, he won 10 Uzbek league titles in 11 seasons and 8 of those seasons with winning the Double.

RB: Samat Smakov (Kazakhstan)
Samat Smakov is Kazakhstan's all-time appearance record leader with 76 caps between 2000 and 2016. He was Kazakhstan FF "Best Player of the year" in 2004 and 2008. He played for many clubs in Kazakhstan.  He held FC Aktobe's club record for most Premier League appearances, before being surpassed by Yuri Logvinenko.  He also had a lengthy career with FC Kairat Almaty.  Outside of Kazakhstan, he played two seasons with FC Rostov in Russian Premier League. 
Samat Smakov 
CB: Evgeni Yarovenko (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Evgeni Yarovenko was born in Kazakhstan, Soviet Union as an ethnic Ukrainian.  He was a member of the Soviet Olympic team that won the Gold medal in 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul.  He also played twice for the senior national team in 1987. He started with Almaty club FC Kairat in Kazakhstan, where he played from 1983 to 1988.  Then he joined FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Rotor Volgograd. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, he played for many clubs in Russia, Ukraine and Finland. 
Evgeni Yarovenko
CB: Valeri Glushakov (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Born in Kazakhstan under the Soviet Union, Valeri Glushakov was capped at under-21 level by the Soviet Union. In 1977, he made his debut with Spartak Moscow. He moved to Pakhtakor Tashkent FK before joining CSKA Moscow in 1980,  where he would play for them in three different stints. He played in Finland briefly after the breakup the Soviet Union.

CB: Oleg Pashinin (Uzbekistan)
Pashinin played for FC Lokomotiv Moscow from 1992 to 2007 winning two Russian league titles. In 2001, he was sent on a loan to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima for a half season in the J-League, which was then coached by Russian coach Valery Nepomnyashchy.  He helped the club to reach 3rd place at the second stage of the J-League. He was capped by Uzbekistan 12 times.

SW: Oleksiy Cherednyk (Tajikistan/USSR)
Born in Tajikistan of Ukrainian ethnicity while under the Soviet Union, Oleksiy Cherednyk represented the senior national team of the Soviet Union twice in 1989.  He made his debut against Bulgaria in 1989. He also won the Olympic Gold medal in 1988. At the club level, he played with Pamir Dushanbe and FC Dnipro in the Soviet Union, winning a Soviet league title in 1988.  From 1990-1993, he played with Southampton in England.  He returned to play in Ukraine in 1994 at the end of his career.
Oleksiy Cherednyk 
LB: Sergei Mandreko (Tajikistan/CIS)
Between 1990-1992,  he played for the Pamir Dushanbe, completing in the last two championships of the USSR (1990, 1991) and then in the championship of Tajikistan. In the summer of 1992, he moved Austrian Rapid Wien club in Austria, where he played until 1997. He also played with "Hertha Berlin and Bochum. Internationally,  he capped at senior level by CIS four times. He later also played for both Russia and Tajikistan.

LB: Vitaliy Denisov (Uzbekistan)
He is the son of Gennadi Denisov. In 2007-2013 he played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukrainian Premier League. In 2013, he joined Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is still playing at the time of writing.  He was the Uzbekistan Player of the Year in 2013.  He was voted Best left-back of Russian Football Premier League in 2014.  He is capped 73 times for Uzbekistan.

CM: Mirjalol Qosimov (Uzbekistan)
Qosimov's club career was associated with Pakhtakor and Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia. He was the first Uzbekistani and the second Asian player to have scored in UEFA competitions. In 1995, he scored for Alania against Liverpool in the UEFA Cup. He was capped by the Soviet Union at the youth level.  From 1992 to 2005, he was capped 67 times for Uzbekistan winning the Gold Medal at the 1994 Asian Games.  He was Uzbekistan Player of the Year: in 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Mirjalol Qosimov
CM: Valeri Broshin (Turkmenistan/USSR)
During his career Valeri Broshin played for clubs such as FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and PFC CSKA Moscow. He earned 3 caps for the Soviet Union between 1987 and 1990, and participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. After the end of the Soviet Union, he received Turkmenistan citizenship in order to be eligible to play on the Turkmenistan national football team.  He earned 11 caps between 1997 and 1998.

CM Andrey Pyatnitsky (Uzbekistan/USSR/CIA/Russia)
Born in Uzbekistan, Andrey Pyatnitsky started his career with Pakhtakor Tashkent.  He played for  CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Sokol Saratov, both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1990, he played one match for the USSR. In 1992, he played for the CIS 5 times and then for the Uzbekistan twice. Then he played for Russia and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup

CM: Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan)
At time of writing, Odil Ahmedov has over 80 caps and led Uzbekistan to the semifinal of the 2010 Asian Cup.  From 2006 to 2010, Odil Ahmedov played for Pakhtakor at home.  After his stunning performance at the Asian Cup in 2010, he joined Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league, where he was their player of the year in 2011 ahead of teammate Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov. He moved to FC Krasnodar before going to Shanghai SPIG in 2016. 
Odil Ahmedov
CM: Valery Kechinov (Uzbekistan/Russia)
Kechinov was born in Uzbekistan and started his professional career at local Pakhtakor in 1992, with whom he won the Uzbek League title, before moving to Spartak Moscow. Kechinov won six Russian Premier League titles and one Cup. He then played for Saturn and Shinnik. He was Uzbekistan Footballer of the Year in 1992. Capped twice by Uzbekistan in 1992, but later switched to play for Russia.  

AM: Ruslan Baltiev (Kazakhstan)
Ruslan Baltiev started his career in FC Zhetysu in 1997 and moved to Kazakhstani club FC Kairat a year later.  In 2001, he moved to FC Sokol Saratov in Russia before joining FC Dinamo Moscow and FC Moscow.   He later played for FC Tobol and FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi. He played 73 times for Kazakhstan.

AM: Server Djeparov (Uzbekistan)
Server Djeparov won the Asian Footballer of the Year twice in 2008 and 2011.  Since 2002, he played over a 100 times for Uzbekistan. He was the captain of the team that reached the semifinal of the 2011 Asian Cup.  From 2001 to 2007, he played for Pakhtakor before moving abroad.  He has played for FC Seoul and Seongnam FC in South Korea as well as clubs in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakstan.  Server Djeparov is of Crimean Tatar and Russian descent and speaks fluent Russian.
Server Djeparov 
FW: Alexander Tarkhanov (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Born in Kazakhstan, he played for SKA-Khabarovsk while he was in the Soviet Army.  He moved to CSKA Moscow, where he played for 9 seasons and served as their captain for 4 years. From 1976 to 1983, he was capped 6 times for the Soviets.  He made his debut in 1976 against Argentina. He played in a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier, but was not selected for the final tournament squad.

ST: Berador Abduraimov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Berador Abduraimov is regarded as one of the best strikers and greatest football players in the history of Uzbek football. He started his career in 1960 with Pakhtakor in the Soviet Top League. In 1962, when he was only 19, Abduraimov became the Soviet Top League top goalscorer with 22 goals and Pakhtakor finished 6th the season in the league.  In the same year he became Merited Master of Sport. He also played for Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow and Meliorator Yangiyer.  He played for the USSR at the youth level.

ST: Gennadi Krasnitsky (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Gennadi Krasnitsky was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during the Soviet Union.  He played for his home town club Pakhtakor Tashkent, where he spent his entire career from 1960 to 1970. He became the first Uzbekistani player to score 100 goals in Soviet Top League to enter the Grigory Fedotov club. The club of top-scoring footballers in Uzbekistan is named after him - Gennadi Krasnitsky club, was founded in 2010. He was capped 3 times in 1961 for the Soviet Union.
Gennadi Krasnitsky
ST: Vladimir Fyodorov (Uzbekistan/USSR)
Born in Uzbekistan, he played for them between 1972 and 1979, making his debut as a teenager in 1972. He was one of the FC Pakhtakor Tashkent players killed in the 1979 Dniprodzerzhynsk mid-air collision. He was only 23 years old.  For the national team, he played 18 times for the Soviet Union. He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

RW/ST: Sergey Kvochkin (Kazakhstan/USSR)
Sergey Kvochkin was selected as the best Kazakhstani footballer in the UEFA Jubilee Awards.  He spent his entire career with FC Kairat, where he played 232 matches in the Soviet league. In 1962, Kvochkin as a member of the USSR national team went on tour in Latin America, during which he managed to score the winning goal of the Brazilian Olympic team at the legendary stadium Maracana. 

ST: Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan)
Maksim Shatskikh is a Uzbek international of Russian origin. He played for Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 to 2009. He is the all-time scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goal.  On 28 July 1999, Shatskikh became the first Asian player to score in the UEFA Champions League. He had 61 caps for Uzbekistan and played in three AFC Asian Cups for Uzbekistan, helping them to fourth place in 2011.
Maksim Shatskikh
Honorable Mention
Mikhail An (Uzbekistan/USSR), Timur Kapadze (Uzbekistan), Alexander Geynrikh (Uzbekistan), Gennadi Denisov (Uzbekistan/USSR), Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan), Andrei Fyodorov (Uzbekistan), Fevzi Davletov (Uzbekistan), Igor Shkvyrin (Uzbekistan), Vladimir Maminov (Uzbekistan), Andrei Karpovich (Kazakhstan), Oleg Voskoboynikov(Kazakhstan), Aleksandr Khapsalis (Kazakhstan/USSR), Kuralbek Ordabayev (Kazakhstan/USSR), Vladimir Niederhaus (Kazakhstan/USSR), Yuriy Logvinenko (Kazakhstan), Sergo Kutivadze (Kazakhstan/USSR), Sergei Stukashov (Kazakhstan/USSR), Eduard Son (Kazakhstan/USSR), Edgar Gess (Tajikistan/USSR), Sergei Nikulin (Tajikistan/USSR), Oleksiy Cherednyk (Tajikistan/USSR), Oleg Shirinbekov (Tajikistan/USSR), Rashid Rakhimov (Tajikistan/Russia)

Squad Explanation
-- The Central Asian Football Association is a subgroup within the AFC. Iran is actually a member of this group, but I only included countries that were listed geographically considered to be Central Asia.  Kazakhstan actually played in the UEFA.
--  Ali Daei, Ali Parvin, Khodadad Azizi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Karim Bagheri, Ali Karimi and others can easily make this team if i considered Iranian players.
-- The blog meant to be the all-time team for Central Asia, not the formerly Soviet Central Asia.  Afghanistan is the only country not in the Soviet Union.  And since no player from them is selected for this team,  they are irrelevant to this team. By default, this blig team became the All-Time Team for Soviet Central Asia. 
-- All  players from the Soviet era who were born in Soviet Central Asian were considered for this team.  Footballers who were not born in the area but played for clubs in the region are ineligible. They must be born there.  Ethnicity is not a consideration for this team.  Most players selected are European Slavs. 
-- For players after the breakup the Soviet Union, only players who were capped by one of the Central Asian countries are considered.  
-- The selection procession was geared toward the Soviet Central Asian players who had played at the highest level under the Soviet Union. So there were a number of players who were capped by the Soviet Union. I did try to balance the team by giving some preference toward  players who played for the independent republics in Central Asia. 
--  I cannot find any player from Kyrgyzstan. 
-- My former Soviet Union without Ukraine and Russia all-time team excluded players from the Soviet Central Asia.  Yuri Pshenichnikov would have made that team.
-- Andrei Yakubik was a Moscow-born ethnic Russian who played for Pakhtakor.  He is ineligible. Berador Abduraimov on the other hand was born in Uzbekistan.
-- Valeri Broshin was born in Leningrad, but he chose to play for Turkmenistan after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He went to the 1990 World Cup Finals with the Soviet Union. Unlike Andrei Yakubik, he represented a Central Asian country in football.
-- Valeri Broshin and Andrey Pyatnitsky are the only players who went to the World Cup Finals.
-- Andrey Pyatnitsky had played for Uzbekistan in 1992, despite going to the WC Finals with Russia in 1994. He was born in Uzbekistan too.  
-- Igor Shkvyrin helped Uzbekistan to win the Gold Medal at the 1994 Asian Games, which was the crowning moment for Uzbekistan.  but I selected more experienced players from the Soviet era over him. He only made honorable mention.
-- Andrey Pyatnitsky and Valery Kechinov were capped by Russia, but they also earned caps for Uzbekistan.  So they are eligible.
-- Berador Abduraimov was never capped by Uzbekistan or the Soviet Union, but he was regarded one of the greatest Uzbek player.  Sergey Kvochkin also never played for Kazakhstan or USSR, but he was Kazakhstan's selection for the UEFA Jubilee Awards.  Both players were born in the region under the Soviet Union, which made them eligible.
-- Vassilis Hatzipanagis was a Greek player who was born in Uzbekistan under Soviet Union before moving back to Greece.  He had played for the Olympic team for the USSR.  He was cap-tied to the Soviet Union and was ineligible to play for Greece during his career.  He also played for Pakhtakor Tashkent FK.  By that definition, he was not much different from the players on this team. He should be eligible for this team based upon his birth right.  However, I omitted him for this team because he is considered the greatest ever Greek player and was Greece's selection for the UEFA Jubilee Award in 2004.  I have made a special case for him and put him on my All-Time Greek team because the Greek fans wanted him to be on their team.
-- While in the Soviet Union, Vassilis Hatzipanagis was considered to be the same level as his Olympic teammate Oleg Blokhin.  He would be the greatest footballer born in the region.
-- Eduard Son and Mikhail Son are of Korean ethnicity. They are on my honourable mention.

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