Birth of the national team
On June 1, 1992, Kazakhstani football players entered the arena as a national team of an independent country for the first time.
The tournament practice of the newly formed team, among other competitions, included a very popular tournament the AFK Asian Cup.
Along with Kazakhstan, the teams of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took part in these competitions.
Its first match, the Kazakhstan national team played in this tournament against the national team of Turkmenistan, at the Central Stadium in Almaty.
Vladimir Niedergaus scored the only goal in this match and the first in the history of our national team.
The left halfback Niedergaus in touch kicked the ball to the far "nine".
The goal was scored five minutes before the end of the match!
This was the first victory of the Kazakhstan national team.
Subsequently, our compatriots won the tournament.
Kazakhstan national team's first squad was as follows:
Vitaly Kafanov, Vadim Egoshkin, Askar Abildayev, Sultan Abildayev, Kairat Aimanov, Sergey Anashkin, Kairat Aubakirov, Bayan Badagulov, Talgat Baysufinov, Aleksandr Bogatyrev, Ruslan Duzmambetov, Sansyzbay Zhumakhanov, Murat Esmuratov, Gani Kainazarov, Oleg Kapustnikov, Askar Kozhabergenov, Nikolay Kurgansky, Vahid Masudov, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Kanat Musataev, Yuri Naidovsky, Vladimir Niedergaus, Konstantin Pavlyuchenko, Sergey Pasko, Anatoly Povedenok, Aleksandr Sklyarov, Kairat Slambekov, Vitaly Sparyshev, Marat Syzdykov, Eugeny Sysoev, Tleukhan Turmagambetov, Valery Yablochkin.
Over the years since that historic match, the Kazakhstan national team has played 203 official games and lots of friendly matches against club teams.
Our team's opponents included 67 teams from Europe, Asia and Africa.
Samat Smakov, played 76 matches for the national team. The best scorer of the national team was recognized Ruslan Baltiev, who had scored 13 goals.
Stanislav Sarsekov, especially for www.kff.kz