Also known as the Hawks, Kazakhstan's national football team are one of Central Asia's biggest sides. Regularly competing in the European qualifying groups for major tournaments like the World Cup and the European Championships, Kazakh sides have scored some impressive successes, even if they haven't yet made it to a major finals. Expect more victories and battling performances when you purchase Kazakhstan tickets from Ticketbis.
Some background information for Kazakhstan football fans
Kazakhstan is a massive nation which borders on China to the east, Russia to the north and Iran to the south, and has a shoreline on the Caspian Sea. Since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the nation has competed in major European and global qualifying tournaments.
Kazakh football first started to grow under Soviet rule, when the Kazakh Republic gained its own domestic league, and FC Kairat Almaty actually competed in the Soviet Union's top division. Kazakh players like Seilda Baishakov and Eugeny Yarovenko also gained international honours with the Soviet Union, standing independent Kazakhstan in good stead when they started to play their own fixtures.
For ten years, Kazakhstan competed against Asian nations like Iraq and China, but switched to UEFA membership in 2002, allowing the team to fight to enter the European Championship Finals. They haven't got there yet, but continue to battle for qualification every chance they get.
If you'd like to buy Kazakhstan tickets, most of their home fixtures are played at the Astana Arena in the nation's rapidly expanding capital. An impressive modern stadium, the arena is a great backdrop for the national team.
Highlights of Kazakhstan's football history
Since becoming independent in 1991, Kazakh national teams have fought hard to put their nation on the footballing map. In 1992, they signalled their quality by winning a tournament involving other newly independent central Asian nations like Uzbekistan.
In 1997, the team breezed through the first qualifying round for France 98, defeating Pakistan 7-0. However, getting past elite Asian nations like the UAE and South Korea proved beyond them.
Since switching to UEFA in 2002, Kazakhstan haven't qualified for either a European Championship or a World Cup finals. However, they have scored some major successes along the way. In 2009, they won twice in their World Cup qualifying group, they drew 0-0 with a strong Austrian side in 2012 and beat Latvia away in 2015 (while almost beating the Netherlands during the same group stages).
Whether the team is seeking to make a World Cup or just playing a friendly, expect technical proficiency and passion when you purchase Kazakhstan tickets from Ticketbis.