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Kairat FC was founded in 1954 and previously used to be called Dinamo Almaty. According to the decrees of the AUCCTU Presidium of the USSR (dated 27.04.56, V.Grishin) and the Council of Ministers of Kazakh SSR (dated 01.06.56, D.Kunayev), as a result of the merge between VSS Urozhai and Kolhozshi on the June 18, 1956 a new Voluntary Rural Sports Society (VRSS) of the Kazakh SSR was formed. It was named Kairat. Since July the football team of the Division B Urozhai (Alma-Ata) was renamed to Kairat.

Interesting facts

Decree of the Presidium of All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions (AUCCTU) Protocol № 6 item 15 as of 27 April 1956 on merge of voluntary sports society Urozhai with the Republican sports associations of farmers. The chairman of the AUCCTU USSR - V.Grishin.

Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR dated 01 June 1956 №299 about the merge of SS Urozhai with SS Kolhozshi in a single rural sports society. Chairman of The Council Of Ministers Of The Kazakh SSR - D.Kunayev.

June 18, 1956. From the Protocol # 1 of the joint plenum of the Republican Council VSS Urozhai and Kolhozshi KazSSR

...received a proposal to name the VRSS KazSSR Kairat

...agreed to name Voluntary Rural Sports Society of the Kazakh SSR Kairat and to be further named Kairat VRSS. Barlyhan Chinzhalinov became the first Chairman of the Kairat VRSS.

Before the plenary both VSS were offered to give the names of the future VRSS. The lists featured names such as: Eginshi, Tulpar, Onim (Urozhai), Altyn dan (Golden grain), Kuresshi (Fighter), Berkut dala (Steppe eagle), Zhastar (Youth). There was no option Kairat among what was offered. However, none of the options from societies have even been considered on the agenda. The person, who suggested the name Kairat is still unknown. But, apparently, this name was suggested by senior individuals and it is not excluded that the initiative came from Dimash Akhmedovich himself.

The whole of June, 1956 the team spent away, alternately playing in Voronezh (on June 2), Stalingrad (June 6), Tbilisi (June 11), Yerevan (June 15), Krasnodar (June 22) and Rostov (June 26). For the first time under the name Kairat the team played at home exactly one month after the Plenum (July 18) against Kolhozchi  Stalinabad (3:0).

From 1954 to 1991 club played in the USSR championship, 24 seasons in the Premier League. In 1986 club achieved a record - 7th place in the USSR championship.



Kairat defence in the Soviet press and among the fans was so called “Kairat concrete”. In the 1960 season football experts argued a lot about the game tactics appointed by Kairat. Almaty team, led by N.Y. Glebov, who accepted took the charge right before the tournament used the 1+4+2+4 formation which was so-called Brazilian system, while most other clubs still played on a tested system of «double-ve». Sometimes Kairat went back to the 1+3+3+4 formation. But in any case the football experts noticed that Almaty team had a defensive trend, as the team used one striker less than other teams. In this same time in the Soviet press and among the fans appeared the term "Kairat concrete".

The Smena magazine in 1979 after the game of the Zenit Leningrad and Kairat Almaty headlined an article devoted to this match with the words: «And "concrete" has cracked...»



The rivalry between Kairat and Pakhtakor Tashkent in the USSR championships.

The Central Asian Derby was the main sporting event of the year, it was mandatory visited by top officials of both countries. It was a part of a more general confrontation at all levels that emerged in the middle of the XX century between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It was considered that these two Soviet republics dominated in the Asian part of the Soviet Union, and the relationships between them are the most important element of Moscow's policy in the Central Asian region. Hence a clear hierarchy of representation of the two republics in the party nomenclature of the USSR followed out of it, the leader of Kazakhstan, as a rule, was a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and the leader of Uzbekistan was a candidate member of the Politburo. It is enough to recall such well-known in the Soviet period figures as the first Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist party of Kazakhstan Dinmukhammed Kunayev and the first Secretary of the Cental Committee of the Communist party of Uzbekistan Sharaf Rashidov. The rivalry at that time was expressed in the desire to put their country as the most advanced and successful. One of the most effective ways of achieving this was the mutual intrigue and favorite game of the first two leaders of the union republics.

Sergey Strashenko, former player of Pakhtakor:

- The salaries were at the level of other major League teams and the rate was 250 rubles plus I received another 10 rubles for the title of Master of Sports. However, we were also given large bonuses. We considered one of the games as interplanetary one. It was at the Pakhtakor rivalry with Kairat Almaty, similar to the rivalry of Dinamo Kiev and Spartak. And after one of the victories over Kairat the salary doubled to 500 rubles and was brought to us directly to the changing room.

Timur Segizbayev, famous striker and Kairat coach:

– Kairat - Pakhtakor! Pakhtakor - Kairat! How loud and invitingly it sounded for the fans in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Full stadium in Almaty and Tashkent, rows of cars with strange plates and real battles of masters. There was no need for the additional motivation, everyone were up for it. These games were then called "international".  



Main milestones (1960-2016)

1960. Kairat became the first Kazakhstan club to take part in the USSR championship and play against the teams from the top division.

1963. Kairat got knocked out of the the semi-finals of the USSR Cup XXII, but managed to establish the best achievement among Kazakh teams in this tournament. In the semi-final, Kairat only lost in the extra time to Shakhtar Donetsk (1:2).

1966. Kairat wins the prize "For the will to the victory" based on the final results in the USSR championship.

1971. The club achieved one of the biggest international successes in Kazakh football. Kiarat Almaty becomes the first Soviet team to win the International Sports Railroad Union Cup. On the way to this success Kairat beat Locomotive from Kosice Czechoslovakia 4-1 at home and 1-0 away. Then initially lost at home to Glory Sofia - 1:3, but confidently beat them away - 3-0 and reached the final, where played against Rapid Bucharest. The first game in Bucharest ended in a draw - 1:1. In the second game in Almaty, Kairat's game managed to attend 32 000 spectators who witnessed a 1-0 win in the final.

1976. FC Kairat becomes the first Kazakhstan club to win the USSR championship.

1977. FC Kairat defender Seilda Bayshakov became the first Kazakhstan footballer, to be part of the USSR national team squad. His debut was against Hungary in Budapest in the World Cup qualifying tournament in 1978.

1980. Kairat wins the prize "For the will to the victory" for the second time.

1983. Kairat wins the USSR championship for the second time.

1986. FC Kairat midfielder Vakhid Masudov won "Best goal" of the XLIX USSR championship in October 1986.

1986. Kairat, finishing in seventh place in the USSR championship, sets the highest achievement among the Kazakh teams in this tournament.

1988. FC Kairat midfielder Evgeniy Yarovenko was part of the USSR Olympic team squad who won gold medals at XXIV Olympic Games in Seoul and became the first Kazakhstan football player to be named the Olympic champion.

1988. Kairat wins the USSR Football Federation Cup. In the final match, held in Chisinau at the Republican stadium, Kairat defeated Neftchi Baku (4-1).

1989. FC Kairat striker Evstafiy Pekhlevanidi became the first Kazakhstan player to sign a contract with a foreign club. He went to play for the Greek side Levadiakos.

1992 . The first in the history of sovereign Kazakhstan championship and Cup of Kazakhstan are being held. Both tournaments were won by FC "Kairat"..

2002 . Winner of the National Cup - Kairat becomes one of the first Kazakhstan club who took part in the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. Kairat did not manage to beat Red Star Belgrade (0-2 at home and 0-3 away).

2003. Kairat wins the Kazakh Cup for the fifth time (November 11, Kairat beat Tobol in the final). Alibek Buleshev was named as the best striker.

2004. Kairat wins the Kazakhstan Premier League for the second time (November 2, in the final match of the season Kairat beat Yesil Bogatyr (3:1)). Kazakh Cup finalist (November 11, Kairat lost to Taraz - 0:1). Samat Smakov was named Player of the Season and won the award for the best defender. Arsen Tlekhugov - top scorer with 22 goals in the championship. Aleksei Petrushin - Manager of the year. Andrei Karpovich - best midfielder. Alibek Buleshev - best striker.

2005. Third place in the Premier League. Kazakh Cup finalists (November 11, Kairat lost in the extra time against Zhenis - 1:2 (1:1)).

2005. FC Kairat made a debut in the UEFA Champions League on July 12 with a home win (2-0) over the Slovakian side Artmedia.

2006. Kairat got first victory at home in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round in the game against Fehervar (in the first match away Kairat lost - 0:1)

2008. Alibek Buleshev, who scored 77 goals in 194 appearances has topped the list of top scorers club in the Kazakhstan top division, as well as with 12 goals he topped the list of top scorers in the history of the club in the Kazakh Cup.

2009. First league winners (due to financial problems the club was forced to withdraw from the Premier League in 2009).

2011. U-21 championship winners. John Gregory became the first ever English in Kazakhstan football. KazRosGas - the main sponsor of Kairat Football Club.

2012. KazRosGas becomes the principal owner of the club with a 70% participating interest, other 30% participation remains in Almaty local government.

2013. FC Kairat finished third in the Premier League and won the right to participate in the UEFA Europa League qualifying round.


In that season FC Kairat beat Aktobe 4-1 in the final and won Kazakh League Cup. In addition, FC Kairat finishes third in the Premier League for the second year running. During the season the Club won against FC Aktobe again but this time the core was even bigger 7-1 (the result was almost the same as in 1997 when Kairat beat FC Aktobe 7-0). Based on voting amongst the leading sport press in the country Bauyrzhan Islamkhan was awarded Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Opening of the Season-2014. 

2015. For the first time in history FC Kairat finished second in the Premier League. Wins another Kazakh League Cup, 7th in total. Gerard Gohou was awarded Player of the Season. 

2016For the first time in history FC Kairat wins Kazakh Super Cup and is now a football club with the most titles in the country.

Fan Movement

From times of the Soviet Union, FC Kairat was famous for its loyal fans, who often came to Almaty Central Stadium to support their favorite team. First members of FC Kairat fan group were called «Yuzhnyi Krest» (The Southern Cross). This was in the late 80s. In 2006, the movement revived - appeared fan group Kairat Ultras – it was always located at 34th East Stand - and incorporated the scattered at that time groups of fans. Kairat Ultras existed until 2009. In 2009, a new fan movement appeared - Yuzhnyi Bars (The Southern Bars) which was created with the aim to become the official movement of Almaty football club.

Almaty Central Stadium hosted matches of Kazakhstan national team in European and World Championships qualification tournaments, as well as UEFA Champions League qualifying matches and the UEFA Europa League. The England national team, along with David Beckham, Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo, Serbia with Nemanja Vidic, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, and many other teams played at Almaty Central Stadium. Kairat Football Club regularly represents the country in the UEFA Europa League.