This blogger Artur Yanturi of Russia copied my blog team. His entry was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2018. I also updated mine periodically. I looked mistakes. He kept my mistakes. He seemed to be someone from the formerly Soviet Union. He should know the topic much more than I do, but he still made my mistakes. He also copied many many of my blog entries. His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.
Central Asia is an expansive region that extends 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 commonly referred to as "the stans" due to the fact that the countries within the region typically have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan," which translates to "land of." Additionally, Central Asia is sometimes known as Turkestan.
With a population of approximately 70 million people, Central Asia is comprised of five republics: Kazakhstan with a population of 18 million, Kyrgyzstan with 6 million, Tajikistan with 9 million, Turkmenistan with 6 million, and Uzbekistan with 31 million inhabitants. Afghanistan, with a population of 35 million, also shares cultural and historical connections with the region. It's noteworthy that all of these countries, except Afghanistan, were previously part of the Soviet Central Asia.
In terms of football affiliations, all of the Central Asian countries, except Kazakhstan, participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). However, since 2002, Kazakhstan has been competing in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as part of its football structure.
-- For players after the breakup the Soviet Union, only players who were capped by one of the Central Asian countries are considered. If a certain player decided to play for Russia, he is not eligible for this team, but if he played for the Soviet Union before the breakup, he is considered to be a Central Asian player. The same applied to all nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. He was named second team 33 Best Players of the Soviet league in 1987 and 1988.
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.
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.
LW: Vassilis Hatzipanagis (Uzbekistan/Greece)
Born in Uzebekistan, USSR of Greek refugee parents, Vassilis Hatzipanagis played for the Soviet Olympic team. He was highly rated in the Soviet Union. He returned to Greece in 1976, where he played for Greece in one single friendly march. He was ineligible to play for Greece due to his selection to the Soviet youth team. However, he was considered to be Greece's greatest player and was elected as Greece's UEFA Jubilee Player. In his club career, he played for Pakhtakor(USSR) and Iraklis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mikhail An (Uzbekistan/USSR), Vladimir Fyodorov (Uzbekistan/USSR), Timur Kapadze (Uzbekistan), Alexander Geynrikh (Uzbekistan), Gennadi Denisov (Uzbekistan/USSR), Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan), Andrei Fyodorov (Uzbekistan), Fevzi Davletov (Uzbekistan), Oleg Pashinin (Uzbekistan), Valery Kechinov (Uzbekistan/Russia), 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), Ruslan Baltiev (Kazakhstan), Sergo Kutivadze (Kazakhstan/USSR) Sergei Stukashov (Kazakhstan/USSR) Eduard Son (Kazakhstan/USSR), Oleksiy Cherednyk (Tajikistan/USSR), Oleg Shirinbekov (Tajikistan/USSR), Edgar Gess (Tajikistan/USSR), Nazar Petrosyan (Turkmenistan/USSR), Rashid Rakhimov (Tajikistan/Russia).
-- In 2021, I reviewed the eligibly of the Greek diaspora in Central Asia (see below). I made several dramatic changes to this team. Then, in February 2022, I did a comprehensive review of the blog. I gave a more detailed analysis of the selection process over here.
-- Ali Daei, Ali Parvin, Khodadad Azizi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Karim Bagheri, Ali Karimi and others would have been interesting for 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 former Soviet Union. And since no player from there was selected for this team, by default, this blog team became the All-Time Team for Soviet Central Asia. However, I am now studying the case of Nadiem Amiri (Germany). He was born in Germany to Afghan parents. He has been capped by Germany at the senior level. His case would be interesting for the direction of this blog team. At this moment, I only accepted players who were "cap-tied" to a non-Central Asia before the existence of Central Asian national teams (Please see the rules for players from the Soviet era and Greek diaspora).