FIFA.com takes a look at Uzbekistan, who collected the FIFA Fair Play Award at Monday's FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala, with the Central Asian nation having made rapid growth in recent times with more milestones on the horizon.
Mirdjalal Kasimov speaks to FIFA.com about his Uzbekistan side’s slow start to the final phase of Asian Zone qualifying, what they must do to reach Brazil 2014, and losing his country’s all-time scoring record to Maksim Shatskikh.
Uzbekistan have been a constant in the final stage of recent Asian FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns, but this time coach Vadim Abramov believes his side have the talent to go a step further and reach Brazil 2014.
A host of seasoned veterans have been making a splash in Asian Zone qualifying for Brazil 2014, with such evergreen stars as Maksim Shatskikh, Zheng Zhi, and Lucas Neill igniting their side's campaigns.
FIFA.com speaks with Uzbekistan coach Vadim Abramov who, after leading the White Wolves to their maiden AFC Asian Cup semi-final earlier this year, is now hunting a first-ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup™.
With Australia in Saudi Arabia, Japan visiting Uzbekistan and Iran making the trip to Qatar, FIFA.com previews Matchday 2 in the third round of Asian Zone qualifying for Brazil 2014.