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Kazakhstan Teams Against European Top Managers - Part II

Kazakhstan Teams Against European Top Managers - Part II

Keeping on reckoning the celebrated coaches' rare visits to Kazakhstan with national or club teams in the official FIFA and UEFA competitions.

In Kazakhstan, there are infrequent opportunities to see high-profile European coaches in action. We have listed Otto Rehhagel, Leo Beenhakker, Javier Clemente, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Frank Rijkaard as the earlier examples of that rare experience. Let's take a look at the second part of our review highlighting another five top managers who had visited the country.

Fabio Capello

Matches vs Kazakhstan team(s)

England 5-1 Kazakhstan (World Cup Qualification, 11/10/2008 London)

Kazakhstan 0-4 England (World Cup Qualification, 06/06/2009 Almaty)

Russia 0-0 Kazakhstan (Friendly, 31/03/2015 Khimki)

The way things happened

England national team guided by the imperious Italian had no problems against Kazakhstan in a game at full-packed Almaty Central Stadium. The home crowd gathered to watch Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and especially David Beckham who received a huge cheer from the fans when Capello let him come off the bench. And the English stars had provided the showpiece by easing past the hosts with a 4-0 scoreline.


The win is always a pleasure, even if our opponent are not a top team. But in the first half, especially 30 minutes into the match, Kazakhstan were good, they attacked.– Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello (Kazakhstan vs England World Cup qualifying game, 06-06-2009)
England manager Fabio Capello (L) and Stuart Pearce (R) at the Central Stadium in Almaty (Photo credit: FFK Press Office)

Guus Hiddink

Matches vs Kazakhstan team(s)

Russia 6-0 Kazakhstan (Friendly, 23/05/2008 Moscow)

Kazakhstan 0-3 Turkey (World Cup Qualification, 03/09/2010 Astana)

Turkey 2-1 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification, 02/09/2011 Istanbul)

Netherlands 3-1 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification, 10/10/2014)

The way things happened

Turkey's 3-0 away win over Kazakhstan was Guus Hiddink's first official game in the Ay Yıldızlar's dugout. His outfit delivered a convincing display, with Hamit Altıntop blasting home absolutely fantastic one-touch thunderbolt from a corner, the goal that later would win the FIFA Ferenc Puskás Award. As the host side were poor up front, Hiddink has had a much more serene night than in his next two meetings with Kazakhstan.


It wasn't easy to start out in this great stadium's an atmosphere. We played against a well-organised team. I treat Kazakhstan team with respect.– Guus Hiddink.

Guus Hiddink (Kazakhstan vs Turkey EURO Qualifying game 03-09-2010)
Turkey manager Guus Hiddink at the Astana Arena (Photo credit: FFK Press Office)

Joachim Löw

Matches vs Kazakhstan team(s)

Kazakhstan 0-3 Germany (EURO Qualification, 12/10/2010 Astana)

Germany 4-0 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification, 26/03/2011 Kaiserslautern)

Kazakhstan 0-3 Germany (World Cup Qualification, 22/03/2012 Astana)

Germany 4-1 Kazakhstan (World Cup Qualification, 26/03/2013 Nuremberg)

The way things happened

Before winning the World Cup, Jogi Löw had visited Kazakhstan in two qualifying campaigns in a row as his Germany team registered predictable victories in both occasions. Each of those games played at the Astana Arena saw the Mannschaft produce a stratospheric level of play, chalking up a comfortable 6-0 aggregate triumph which was a fair outcome of the masterclass.


Kazakhstan players tried hard and fought from the opening minute until the final one. I liked the number 10 [Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev] while, generally speaking, Kazakhstan looked good, and one can see that you are developing and moving forward.– Joachim Löw.

Joachim Löw (Kazakhstan vs Germany news conference, 12-10-2010)
Joachim Löw at the press conference in Astana (Photo credit: FFK Press office)

Giovanni Trapattoni

Matches vs Kazakhstan team(s)

Kazakhstan 1-2 Republic of Ireland (World Cup Qualification, 07/09/2012 Astana)

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan (World Cup Qualification, 15/10/2013 Dublin)

The way things happened

The most successful club manager in the history of Serie A, Trapattoni wasn't the part of coaching elite in the day he arrived at Astana with the Republic of Ireland team. The Italian maestro had been under increasing pressure after the EURO 2012 slump, and Kazakhstan encounter had showed the issues were not without reason. However, Kazakhstan failed to capitalise on the Green Army's obvious vulnerability, suffering a harsh defeat despite being 1-0 ahead with a couple of minutes remaining. The visiting side wiped out an opening goal from Kairat Nurdauletov by striking twice at the death to extend Trap's tenure at the Irish side.


Kazakhstan performed well, they were the better side, and we were lucky to win the game.– Giovanni Trapattoni.

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni during his Republic of Ireland spell (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Diego Simeone

Matches vs Kazakhstan team(s)

Atlético Madrid 4-0 FC Astana (Champions League Group Round, 21/10/2015 Madrid)

FC Astana 0-0 Atlético Madrid (Champions League Group Round, 03/11/2015 Astana)

The way things happened

Cholo Simeone became one of the most highly rated experts in training grounds across Europe, the status he gained thanks to an incredible product he gave as Atlético Madrid die-hard strategist. Since he joined the club, Los Rojiblancos had been sensational in La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League where they have tested FC Astana last fall. And to Kazakhstan champions' huge credit, Atlético were held to a 0-0 draw at the Astana Arena. Even Simeone's indomitable warriors couldn't put the debutants to the sword in their fortress.


It was not possible to score. Those who had not seen Astana play at home might have been surprised, but we were not. I had said it was going to be a difficult game, tough, hard.– Diego Simeone.

Stanimir Stoilov and Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid vs FC Astana, 21-10-2015)
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone shakes hands with his FC Astana colleague Stanimir Stoilov (Photo credit: Juanjo Martín)

Honourable mention

Oleg Blokhin: Kazakhstan 1-2 Ukraine (World Cup Qualification, 26/03/2005 Almaty), Ukraine 2-0 Kazakhstan (World Cup Qualification, 12/10/2005 Kiev), FC Aktobe 2-3 Dynamo Kyiv (Europa League Qualification, 22/08/2013 Aktobe), Dynamo Kyiv 5-2 FC Aktobe (Europa League, 29/08/2013 Kiev)

Morten Olsen: Denmark 3-0 Kazakhstan (World Cup Qualification, 26/03/2005 Copenhagen), Kazakhstan 1-2 Denmark (World Cup Qualification, 12/10/2005 Almaty)

Roy Hodgson: Finland 0-0 (PSO 1-3) Kazakhstan (International Tournament, 28/02/2006 Larnaca), Kazakhstan 0-2 Finland (EURO Qualification 11/10/2006 Almaty), Finland 2-1 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification 22/08/2007 Tampere)

Thomas Schaaf: Werder Bremen 6-3 FC Aktobe (Europa League Qualification, 20/08/09 Bremen), FC Aktobe 0-2 Werder Bremen (Europa League Qualification, 27/08/09 Aktobe)

Berti Vogts: Kazakhstan 2-1 Azerbaijan (EURO Qualification 03/06/2011 Astana), Azerbaijan 3-2 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification, 06/09/2011 Baku)

Dick Advocaat: Shakhter Karagandy 1-1 AZ Alkmaar (Europa League Group Round, 24/10/2013 Astana), AZ Alkmaar 1-0 FC Aktobe (Europa League Group Round, 07/11/2013 Alkmaar)

Huub Stevens: PAOK FC 2-1 Shakhter Karagandy (Europa League Group Round, 19/09/2013 Thessaloniki), Shakhter Karagandy 0-2 PAOK FC (Europa League Group Round, 28/11/2013 Astana)

Fatih Terim: Turkey 3-1 Kazakhstan (EURO Qualification, 16/11/2014 Istanbul), Kazakhstan 0-1 Turkey (EURO Qualification, 12/06/2015 Almaty)

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