FC Bunyodkor

FC Bunyodkor

Infobox Football club
clubname = Bunyodkor

fullname = Football Club Bunyodkor
nickname =
shortname =
founded = 6 July 2005
dissolved =
ground = MHSK Stadium
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
capacity = 16,000
chairman = flagicon|UZB Isok Akbarov
ceo =
mgrtitle = Head Coach
manager = flagicon|BRA Zico
captain =
league = Uzbek League
season = 2007-08
position = Uzbek League, 2nd
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FC Bunyodkor ( _uz. "Bunyodkor", Uzbek Cyrillic: Бунёдкор; _ru. Бунёдкор) is an Uzbek football club based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The club finished second in the the 2007 Uzbek League season and are currently competing in the 2008 AFC Champions League. In August 2008, the club changed its name to Bunyodkor from PFC Kuruvchi to reflect the club's success on the pitch and its increasing professionalism off the pitch. [http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=631 Kuruvchi Renamed to Bunyodkor] ]

The relatively unknown club made international headlines when it claimed to be close to signing world-famous FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. [cite web|url=http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=605|title=Samuel Eto'o in Tashkent!] [cite web|url=http://www.championat.ru/football/news-124771.html|title=Eto'o arrives in Tashkent for talks with Kuruvchi(Russian)] [cite web|url=http://www.setantasports.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/07/14/La-Liga-Etoo-to-Uzbekistan/?facets/sport-space/great-britain-locale/football/|title=La Liga: Eto'o to Uzbekistan?!] , although Eto'o has not yet been signed by the club.cite web|url=http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/80611,etoo-in-uzbekistan-for-talks.aspx|title=Eto'o In Uzbekistan For Talks|accessdate=2008-10-02|date=2008-07-18] Just a couple of days after Eto'o's visit to Tashkent, three other players from Barcelona visited the team - FC Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol, and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas. [cite web|url=http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=613|title=Master-class with Spain football stars was successful|] On the 25th of August, 2008, AEK Athens Brazilian superstar Rivaldo announced to the Greek press that he is joining Bunyodkor on a reported $14 million two-year contract. [http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=566291&sec=europe&&cc=5901 Rivaldo quits AEK Athens to head to Uzbekistan] ]


Bunyodkor, which means “creator” in Uzbek, was created on 6 July 2005, with the name "Neftgazmontaj-Quruvchi," which was typically abbreviated "Kuruvchi” (the Uzbek word for "builder"). In 2005, the club played initially in the championship of Tashkent region and played its way into the playoff for promotion into the Uzbekistan 1-Division, the second level of Uzbek football. Kuruvchi gained promotion that year, its first, and under the management of Khikmata Ergasheva, Kuruvchi won the second division in its first attempt, winning 27 of 38 matches with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

With its victory in the second level of Uzbek football, the 2007-2008 Season was Kuruvchi's debut in the Uzbek Oliy League. Never before had a club moved with such alacrity from the lower reaches of Uzbek competition into the top league.

Bunyodkor bursts onto World scene

On 14 July 2008, the club, then called Kuruvchi, announced through their official website that they had signed FC Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o on a six-month contract. The story was confirmed by Bahtier Babayev, the club's Sporting Director, stating that it was a performance-related contract. He also went on to say that the Cameroonian football star would sign on 17 July, and that the transfer had taken place due to the good relationship enjoyed between both clubs' presidents. Despite this, FC Barcelona official spokesperson denied any knowledge of such a transfer, stating 'I don't think it's very likely'. [cite web|url=http://www.pfc-kuruvchi.com/eng/news_details.asp?newsID=602|title=Once again about Eto'o] [cite web|url=http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_3817974,00.html|title=Uzbekistan side claim Eto'o coup]

On 16 July 2008, the Uzbek radio Maxima reported that Samuel Eto'o and Barcelona managers are expected to arrive to Tashkent to hold talks with the Uzbek Football Federation and to promote youth football (Barcelona and Bunyodkor have a yearly renewable deal to help in youth football). The following day, Eto'o confirmed that he was thinking of joining Kuruvchi - the team stated that they would have confirmation on whether Eto'o would join the team on July 23, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=786093|title=Kuruvchi: Eto'o? We'll know on Wednesday]

Shortly thereafter, Bunyodkor and FC Barcelona managements announced that the two clubs had reached agreement to play a friendly in Tashkent and the Uzbek side will be able to train at Camp Nou.cite web|url=http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/club/temporada08-09/07/n080723102530.html|title=Agreement with Kuruvchi FC|accessdate=2008-07-24|date=2008-07-23]

As of 31 July 2008, Eto'o's status had become no clearer, as Bunyodkor was still in the running to obtain the services of the Cameroonian international, but he was also being sought by Milanese powerhouses A.C. Milan and Internazionale.cite web|url=http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=558850&sec=europe&&cc=3888|title=Barca deny Trezeguet interest|accessdate=2008-08-04|date=2008-07-31]

Although unsuccessful in obtaining Eto'o's services by September 2008, Bunyodkor brought two famous Brazilians to Tashkent: Rivaldo as a midfielder and Zico as manager. Rivaldo signed a contract that he termed "very good for the end of my career" to play for Bunyodkor.cite web|url=http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=566790&sec=europe&cc=5901|title=Rivaldo leaves AEK, bound for Uzbekistan|accessdate=2008-09-22|date=2008-08-27] Three weeks later, his countryman Zico signed on to manage the club on a one-year deal.cite web|url=http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hFM1-lfOQcm8_XZFgGil4xCLNHUA|title=Brazil soccer great Zico to coach Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor for one year|accessdate=2008-09-22|date=2008-09-22]

Current squad

Managers and staff

* Zico - Head Coach
* Hikmat Ergashev - Assistant Coach
* Rahimov Abdusattar - Coach
* Otadjanov Murod - Coach
* Vyacheslav Tigay - Coach
* Aleksandr Volkov - Coach
* Tokhir Solihov - Administrator
* Kahramon Nurmuhammedov - Doctor
* Vasiliy Yevgrafov - Massager


External links

* [http://www.fcbunyodkor.com/ FC Bunyodkor Official Website] uz icon / ru icon / en icon

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