Kazakhstan Soccer Betting Odds
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Head coach: Miroslav Beranek
Captain: Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev
Most caps: Ruslan Baltiev (73)
Top scorer: Ruslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadium: Astana Arena
Football is the most popular sport in Kazakhstan, a country that gained independence in 1991. Until 2002, the national association was part of the Asian Football Confederation, but then successfully applied to join UEFA. To date, the U-20 team recorded Kazakhstan's greatest success by qualifying for the FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999. Timur Segizbaiev, Kurvlbak and Ordabaiev are all famous names from the past, having represented the Soviet Union during the 1970s. The most famous club is Kairat Almaty, who played in the USSR top flight.
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.