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Bunyodkor
Bunyodkor logo.jpg
Full name Football Club Bunyodkor
Nickname(s) The Swallows
Founded 6 July 2005
Ground JAR Stadium
(Capacity: 8,460)
Chairman Uzbekistan Isoq Akbarov
Head Coach Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
League Uzbek League
2009 Uzbek League, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

FC Bunyodkor (Uzbek: Bunyodkor, Uzbek Cyrillic: Бунёдкор; Russian: Бунёдкор) is an Uzbek football club based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The club finished second in the 2007 Uzbek League season and made the semi-finals of the 2008 AFC Champions League. In August 2008, the club changed its name to Bunyodkor from PFC Kuruvchi to reflect the club's success on the pitch and its increasing professionalism off the pitch.[1]

The relatively unknown club made international headlines when it claimed to be close to signing world-famous Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o,[2][3][4] although he did not sign with them.[5] On 25th August 2008, AEK Athens Brazilian superstar Rivaldo announced to the Greek press that he was joining Bunyodkor on a reported $14 million two-year contract.[6]

The team's logo has some similarities with the F.C._Barcelona logo.

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History

Bunyodkor, which means “creator” in Uzbek, was created on 6 July 2005, with the name "Neftgazmontaj-Quruvchi," which was typically abbreviated "Kuruvchi” (the Uzbek word for "builder"). In 2005, the club played initially in the championship of Tashkent region and played its way into the playoff for promotion into the Uzbekistan 1-Division, the second level of Uzbek football. Kuruvchi gained promotion that year, its first, and under the management of Khikmat Ergashev, Kuruvchi won the second division in its first attempt, winning 27 of 38 matches with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

With its victory in the second level of Uzbek football, the 2007-2008 Season was Kuruvchi's debut in the Uzbek Oliy League. Never before had a club moved with such alacrity from the lower reaches of Uzbek competition into the top league.

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Famous signings

On 14 July 2008, the club, then called Kuruvchi, announced through their official website that they had signed FC Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o on a six-month contract. The story was confirmed by Bahtier Babayev, the club's Sporting Director, stating that it was a performance-related contract. He also went on to say that the Cameroonian football star would sign on 17 July, and that the transfer had taken place due to the good relationship enjoyed between both clubs' presidents. Despite this, FC Barcelona official spokesperson denied any knowledge of such a transfer, stating 'I don't think it's very likely'. [7][8]

On 16 July 2008, the Uzbek radio Maxima reported that Davut Kivrak and Barcelona managers are expected to arrive to Tashkent to hold talks with the Uzbek Football Federation and to promote youth football (Barcelona and Bunyodkor have a yearly renewable deal to help in youth football). The following day, Eto'o confirmed that he was thinking of joining Kuruvchi - the team stated that they would have confirmation on whether Eto'o would join the team on July 23, 2008.[9]

Shortly thereafter, Bunyodkor and FC Barcelona managements announced that the two clubs had reached agreement to play a friendly in Tashkent and the Uzbek side will be able to train at Camp Nou.[10]

In 2008 Bunyodkor made it to the AFC Champions League where they made the semi-finals where they were beaten over two legs by Adelaide United 3-1 on aggregate.

As of 31 July 2008, Eto'o's status had become no clearer, as Bunyodkor was still in the running to obtain the services of the Cameroonian international, but he was also being sought by Milanese powerhouses A.C. Milan and Internazionale.[11]

Just a couple of days after Eto'o's visit to Tashkent, two other players from Barcelona visited the team - Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol, as well as Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas.[12]

Although unsuccessful in obtaining Eto'o's services by September 2008, Bunyodkor brought two famous Brazilians to Tashkent: Rivaldo as a midfielder and Zico as manager. Rivaldo signed a contract that he termed "very good for the end of my career" to play for Bunyodkor.[13] Three weeks later, his countryman Zico signed on to manage the club on a one-year deal.[14] Rivaldo recently extended his deal with a 4 year contract. On June 8 2009 Luiz Felipe Scolari was announced as Bunyodkor's new head coach.[15]

Achievements

2008, 2009
2008

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Semi-Final
2009: Quarter-Final

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Ignatiy Nesterov
3 Turkmenistan DF Goçguly Goçgulyýew
4 Uzbekistan DF Hayrulla Karimov
5 Republic of Macedonia FW Stevica Ristić
6 Uzbekistan DF Anvar Ghofurov
7 Uzbekistan MF Aziz Haydarov
8 Brazil DF Edson Ramos
9 Uzbekistan DF Shavkat Salomov
10 Brazil MF Rivaldo
11 Brazil FW Denilson
12 Uzbekistan GK Murod Zukhurov
14 Uzbekistan DF Shavkat Raimqulov
15 Uzbekistan FW Miraziz Jalalov
18 Uzbekistan MF Timur Kapadze
No. Position Player
19 Uzbekistan MF Jasur Hasanov
20 Uzbekistan FW Anvarjon Soliev
22 Uzbekistan MF Victor Karpenko
23 Uzbekistan DF Sahob Juraev
24 Uzbekistan DF Anzur Ismailov
25 Uzbekistan GK Pavel Bugalo
28 Uzbekistan MF Ruslan Melziddinov
29 Brazil MF João Víctor
30 Uzbekistan MF Server Djeparov
31 Uzbekistan DF Alexander Kovalyev
32 Uzbekistan GK Mukhiddin Khudoyrov
33 Uzbekistan DF Abdughahhor Hojiakbarov
35 Uzbekistan MF Sandjar Turaqulov

Players Transfers

In

Out

Managers and staff

The club's old logo as Kuruvchi

FC Bunyodkor in Asia

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2008 AFC Champions League Group Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2-0 0-1
Group Iran Sepahan F.C. 2-0 1-1
Group Syria Al Ittihad 1-0 2-0
QF Iran Saipa 5-1 2-2
SF Australia Adelaide United FC 1-0 0-3
2009 AFC Champions League Group Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2-1 0-4
Group United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 0-0 0-2
Group Iran Sepahan F.C. 2-2 1-0
Round of 16 Iran Persepolis F.C. 1-0
Quarterfinal South Korea Pohang Steelers 3-1 1-4(aet)

Coaches

Year Manager
2009-present Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
2009 Uzbekistan Hikmat Irgashev
2009 Uzbekistan Amet Memet
2008-2009 Brazil Zico
2007-2008 Uzbekistan Mirdjalal Kasimov

References

  1. ^ Kuruvchi Renamed to Bunyodkor
  2. ^ "Samuel Eto'o in Tashkent!". http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=605. 
  3. ^ "Eto'o arrives in Tashkent for talks with Kuruvchi". http://www.championat.ru/football/news-124771.html. (Russian)
  4. ^ "La Liga: Eto'o to Uzbekistan?!". http://www.setantasports.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/07/14/La-Liga-Etoo-to-Uzbekistan/?facets/sport-space/great-britain-locale/football/. 
  5. ^ "Eto'o In Uzbekistan For Talks". 2008-07-18. http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/80611,etoo-in-uzbekistan-for-talks.aspx. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Rivaldo quits AEK Athens to head to Uzbekistan". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2008-08-25. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=566291&sec=europe&&cc=5901. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Once again about Eto'o". http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=602. 
  8. ^ "Uzbekistan side claim Eto'o coup". http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_3817974,00.html. 
  9. ^ "Kuruvchi: Eto'o? We'll know on Wednesday". http://www.goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=786093. 
  10. ^ "Agreement with Kuruvchi FC". 2008-07-23. http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/club/temporada08-09/07/n080723102530.html. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Barca deny Trezeguet interest". 2008-07-31. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=558850&sec=europe&&cc=3888. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  12. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=613|title=Master-class with Spain football stars was successful}
  13. ^ "Rivaldo leaves AEK, bound for Uzbekistan". 2008-08-27. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=566790&sec=europe&cc=5901. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  14. ^ "Brazil soccer great Zico to coach Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor for one year". 2008-09-22. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hFM1-lfOQcm8_XZFgGil4xCLNHUA. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  15. ^ "Felipão deixa elite e assume time de Rivaldo no Uzbequistão". 2009-06-09. http://esportes.terra.com.br/interna/0,,OI3814225-EI1863,00-Felipao+assume+time+de+Rivaldo+no+Uzbequistao.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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