Category: Central Asia

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Gerson Acevedo – A Chilean on the Kazakh Steppe

Gerson Acevedo – A Chilean on the Kazakh Steppe

Andrew Flint - Highly technically gifted players have often found it difficult to survive in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), especially o ...
Champions League Preview Part I – Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Astana, and CSKA Moscow

Champions League Preview Part I – Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Astana, and CSKA Moscow

By Saul Pope, and Manuel Veth - Group A: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) Shakhtar after beating Fenerbahçe Stadium: Arena Lviv (34,915) Note: Due to ...
FC Astana – Reaching For The Stars In Kazakhstan

FC Astana – Reaching For The Stars In Kazakhstan

By Manuel Veth - It is often said that football mirrors society, and in the case of Kazakhstan’s current champion FC Astana, the adage definitely app ...
Football on the Steppe – Stadium Pictures from Kazakhstan

Football on the Steppe – Stadium Pictures from Kazakhstan

Pictures by David McArdle - From the glitter of Astana to the post-Soviet concrete city of Karagandy, Kazakhstan is a country of contrasts. On the st ...
Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

By David McArdle - After a hurried team talk, rendered by the young coach in a style of Russian more akin to prison slang, Olawale Sunday joins me f ...
Stuart Duff – the Last King of Kazakhstan

Stuart Duff – the Last King of Kazakhstan

By David McArdle - In February 2012, the Scottish Daily Express announced Stuart Duff as the first Scot “to try Kazakhstan”, a headline which encapsu ...
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