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The main milestones in the history of Kazakhstani football 1971-1989

The names of the cities are indicated in accordance with the time they were renamed in the period of independence in the history of Kazakhstan:
 

 Alma-Ata

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Almaty

 

Shevchenko

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Aktau

Kokchetav

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Kokshetau

 

Kyzyl-Orda

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Kyzylorda

Aktyubinsk

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Aktobe

 

Taldy-Kurgan

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Taldykorgan

Dzhambul

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Zhambyl, later Taraz

 

Chimkent

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Shymkent

Tselinograd

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Akmola, then Astana

 

Kustanai

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Kostanay

Dzhezkazgan

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Zhezkazgan

 

Karaganda

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Karagandy

 

1971.
One of the greatest international successes of Kazakhstani club football. Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” had become the first Soviet team to win the International Sports railway workers’ Union Cup. On its way towards this success “Kairat” had defeated “Locomotive” from Košice (Czechoslovakia) - 4:1 at home and 1:0 in away game. Then it first lost at home to “Slavia” from Sophia (Bulgaria) - 1:3, but had comfortably defeated it in away game - 3:0 and got in the finals to meet “Rapeed” from Bucharest (Romania). Their first game in Bucharest was a draw - 1:1. And at home in Alma-Ata “Kairat” won 1:0 in front of 32 thousand supporters.

 

1971.
Fullback of Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” Seilda Baishakov was declared the best debutant of the top flight USSR Championship by “Smena” youth magazine according to the polls.

 

1973.
The youth national team of Kazakhstan was a runners-up in the All-Union tournament “Pereprava”.

 

1975.
Football club “Bulat” from Temirtau became the second Kazakhstani team to win the Millions’ Cup. In the final game “Bulat” won “Saturn” from Ramenskoye 1:0.

 



  FC “BULAT” (Temirtau)
Return home after their victory in the Millions’ Cup.  1975

 

1976.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” became the first Kazakhstani club to win the first league USSR Championship.

 

1976.
Alma-Ata’s forward Alexander Khapsalis and Pavlodar’s fullback Alexander Kadeikin had become U-19 European Champions as parts of the USSR combined team.

 

1977.
Fullback of Alma-Ata’s “Kairat Seilda Baishakov became the first Kazakhstani football player to be included in the USSR national team. He debuted in the USSR team against Hungary in Budapest in 1978 World Cup’s qualifying round.

 

1980.
Pavlodar’s “Tractor” won the second league USSR Championship in the VII zone, then defeated “Dynamo” of Samarkand and “Torpedo” of Tolyatti in the second group of the second league’s final tournament, thereby it qualified to represent Kazakhstan in the first league of USSR Championship.

 

1980.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” for the second time received the prize “For the will to win” as a result of the USSR top flight Championship.

 

1981.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” won the winter international tournament organized by the “Nedelya” newspaper on indoor pitches in Moscow. In the final match “Kairat” and “Dynamo” of Moscow played a draw in the main time. As a result the winner was determined after penalties and “Kairat” won 5:4.

 

1983.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” won the USSR first league championship for the second time.

 

1985.
The youth football of Kazakhstan celebrated its first big victories in the USSR. In Minsk FC “Sputnik-2” from Ust-Kamenogorsk won the “Leather ball” tournament in the elder group. At the same time “Zhalyn” from Dzhambul won the competition in the average age group in Kazan.

 

1986.
Halfback of Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” Vakhid Massudov was voted a scorer of the best goal in the XLIX USSR top flight Championship in the polls held by “Football Review” TV-programme in October 1986. He had scored that goal in a home match against “Dnepr” from Dnepropetrovsk.

 

1986.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” took the seventh place in USSR topflight hampionship, which was the highest achievement of a Kazakhstani club in that tournament.

 

1988.
Halfback of Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” Yevgeniy Yarovenko won the final part of the football tournament at the Seoul Olympic Games with the USSR Olympic combined team and became the first Kazakhstani football player to become the Olympic champion.

 

1988.
Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” won the USSR Football Federation Cup. In the final game in Kishinev’s Republican Stadium “Kairat” defeated “Neftchi” from Baku 4:1.

 

1988.
The first official participation of a women’s club from Kazakhstan in an All-Union competition. “Pretendent” women’s football club took part in the II All-Union tournament held by “Sobesednik” weekly magazine in the town of Kashira near Moscow.

 

1989.
The Football Association of the Kazakh SSR is formed.

 

1989.
Forward of Alma-Ata’s “Kairat” Yevstafiy Pekhlevanidi became the first Kazakhstani football player to sign a contract with a foreign club. He went to Greece to play for “Levadiakos”.



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