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Uzbekistan: The World Cup's First 'Stan?

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Could be a new face at the WC next year.....

http://futbolgrad.co...ups-first-stan/

The Uzbek capital, Tashkent, is some experience. Because Stalin sent folk there as a punishment and created totally ridiculous borders for when the USSR broke up, it means the gene pool is kaleidescopic. As a result, the burds are unbelievable. Some look east Asian, others look middle eastern and some look Scandinavian. All slim too as the country's fucked economically and noone can afford to be fat. 

Anyway, seems they're decent at fitba now too... 

Looks an easy section, Asia, but if Scotland were transplanted into Asia would we qualify? (To qualify, would need to be top 4, or 5th and win a play-off vs some Central American shower)


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Could be a new face at the WC next year.....

http://futbolgrad.co...ups-first-stan/

The Uzbek capital, Tashkent, is some experience. Because Stalin sent folk there as a punishment and created totally ridiculous borders for when the USSR broke up, it means the gene pool is kaleidescopic. As a result, the burds are unbelievable. Some look east Asian, others look middle eastern and some look Scandinavian. All slim too as the country's fucked economically and noone can afford to be fat. 

Anyway, seems they're decent at fitba now too... 

Looks an easy section, Asia, but if Scotland were transplanted into Asia would we qualify? (To qualify, would need to be top 4, or 5th and win a play-off vs some Central American shower)

 

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By the way, Francesc Fabregas - he whom so many of you jizzed yourselves over in one of your polls not so long ago - found what I said interesting & enlightening enough to ask me to write for Tell Him He's Pele (I declined, saying if he should be asking anyone it should be HJ). To paraphrase a popular line from this forum's resident wannabes, "just let that sink in".
 
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I'm away to check these Uzbek women out on Google images.


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They are the only one of the Stans that has a chance of getting to a WC. They are miles ahead of the others in the FIFA rankings.

 

Uzbekistan - 57

Turkmenistan - 129

Tajikistan - 135

Kazakhstan - 142

Afghanistan - 157

Pakistan - 180

Kyrgyzstan - 198


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There was a piece in the Blizzard about how much of a step back Kazakhstan have taken since moving to Europe. It certainly seemed odd at the time given that they'd have had much more chance of success both continentally and globally as part of Asia.
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I'm away to check these Uzbek women out on Google images.

 

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As usual when it comes to international football, it seems that Kazakhstan joined UEFA for political reasons.

 

OUR FRIENDS IN THE EAST

"How did it
transpire that Kazakhstan falls under Uefa's jurisdiction while
Uzbekistan, their neighbour to the south, play in the Asian department?"
wonders Mikael Colville-Andersen.

This
goes back to 2002, Mikael, when Kazakhstan became the 52nd member
association of Uefa. Despite its location in the heart of Asia
(bordering China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russia and, of course,
Uzbekistan), the Kazakhs were keen to leave the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) behind. It could well have had something to do with
their failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, when they had finished
their qualifying group unbeaten, and with an identical record to Iraq,
who eventually progressed. But, officially at least, their addition was
seen as a return to the fold, having formerly been a part of the
Uefa-affiliated USSR.

"They had resigned from the AFC and in that
sense were homeless," explained Mike Lee, former Uefa communications
director, at the time. "They believe that they're more naturally
European, they want to be more European-turning in their outlook as a
nation and as an economy. If a country has a historical and territorial
base that is relevant it has a right to pursue that." Kazakhstan FA
president Rakhat Aliyev added: "Practically speaking, it means more
contacts with Europe and more investment projects. It will also lead to a
better future for players and especially young people in the country.
It will lead to a higher professional level."

For the time being,
however, their switch to Europe hasn't proved so lucrative; in
qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, Kazakhstan finished bottom of Group
Two with a solitary point from 12 games.

 

http://www.guardian....knowledge.sport


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I can't speak for Uzbek ladies but I can certainly vouch for the quality of Kazakh women.

 

I think as a nation as is touched on above KZ believe they are above the other "Stan's" in all criteria and was possibly one of the reasons to get out of The AFC and into Uefa where they have been regularly trounced by some big countries in qualifying campaigns, England, Portugal, Turkey, Austria twice, Germany twice and even some team of bums based in Dublin. The League here has had John Gregory, still has Stuart Duff and Vladimir Weiss the 2nd. And a host of Czech, Slovak, African, and Balkan state journeymen. In July last year Shymkent were a baw hair away from putting the mighty Rosenborg out the Europa League. And Karaganda only went out to Slovan Liberec in extra time.

 

The league starts this Saturday and although it is a bit chilly at the moment, -13 this morning, I can't wait for the summer to kick in to watch football the way it was intended, in blazing sunshine.


Edited by The Kazakh Saint, 07 March 2013 - 04:44.

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