Football in Uzbekistan
Football is the most popular sport in Uzbekistan, a country that gained independence in 1991. The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation. Uzbekistani football celebrated its greatest day in 1994, when the national team won the Asian Games at a time when the country was just finding its feet after gaining independence. But in 2003, the national association enjoyed more success: for the first time, the country's U-20 team qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship, to be held in the UAE. Berador Abduraimov is the most famous Uzbekistani footballer. He played for Pakhtakor Tashkent and also represented the Soviet Union.
The first Goal Project
The laying of an artificial turf pitch near to the national stadium in Tashkent was identified as the association's most urgent requirement since it would make it possible for national teams at all levels to train all year round. The Goal Bureau approved this project on 15 October 2003. Uzbekistan had originally planned to build new association headquarters, but had to shelve that proposal due to insufficient finances.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial pitch in Tashkent
Project approved
15 October 2003
Opened on 29 March 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000