The most famous football clubs in Central Asia (part 2)

FC Istiklol, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

FC Istiklol is the modern football power club in Tajikistan. Since its November 2007 establishment, the club has won nine top division league titles, including the last seven in a row. Ustiklol is also the winner of AFC President’s Cup in 2012.

FC Ravshan, Kulob, Tajikistan

Founded in the mid-1960s in the Khatlon region of southern Tajikistan, FC Ravshan has a passionate and loyal following in the region.

Making their Asian Cup Winners’ Cup debut in 1994, Ravshan became one of the first Central Asian clubs to take part in continental competition. The club went on to win league titles in 2012 and 2013 and earned promotion back to the top level of football league in the country.

Altyn Asyr, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Altyn Asyr, meaning “golden age” in Turkmen language, has become the most dominant club in Turkmen modern football. The club has recently overtaken FC Kopetdag as the most successful club of the Yokary Liga.

Altyn Asyr is also the first Turkmenistan club to be able to participate in the AFC Cup Final in 2018. Featuring the bulk of the Turkmenistan national team, this year has seen Altyn Asyr seal the seventh successive league title.

FC Alay, Osh, Kyrgyz Republic

Founded in 1960, FC Alay quickly became the pride of Kyrgyz Republic’s south. The club has taken the city of Osh to intercontinental competition.

Although the club never reached the top levels of Soviet football, their most successful period came in the mid-2010s as they won four Kyrgyz Republic league titles and took part in five versions of the AFC Cup.

FC Nasaf, Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Hailing from the southern region of Uzbekistan, FC Nasaf has never won their domestic league. However, they still have a strong following and a proud history in Asian competitions.

In 2002, they reached the semi-finals of the Asian Club Championship. In 2011, they won the 2011 AFC Cup final against Kuwait SC, which made Nasaf to become the first and only Central Asian club to win the competition.