Shakhter Karagandy

Founded In
1958
Location
Qarağandy (Karaganda), Kazakhstan

Shakhter Karagandy

About Shakhter Karagandy

Football Club Shakhter Karagandy, sometimes known as Shakhtyor Karaganda, was first established in 1958 as part of the USSR's league system, where they went on to become one of the most successful Kazakh teams. Since the formation of the Kazakhstan Premier League in 1992, the team have played consistently in the division, achieving major success along the way. They are nicknamed both 'The Miners' and 'The Moles'.

Over the years, Shakhter Karagandy have produced several moments of controversy. In September 2008, they played a match against FC Vostok, which was later found to have been fixed. Initially, they were disqualified from the Premier League, but the punishment was later reduced to a nine point deduction in the league. Another source of controversy has been their pre-match ritual, which involves the sacrifice of a sheep. The tradition has drawn widespread criticism from animal rights groups, including PETA, and UEFA have warned the club against performing the ritual before European matches.

After third place finishes in both 1995 and 2007, the team picked up their first Kazakh league title in 2011. The following season saw the club successfully retain their league title. Then, in 2013, they added both the Kazakhstan Cup and the Kazakhstan Super Cup to their trophy haul. In 2013-14, Shakhter played Scottish club Celtic in a qualifier for the UEFA Champions League. After winning the first leg 2-0, they lost the return leg 3-0. However, as a result, they dropped into the UEFA Europa League, marking the first time a team from Kazakhstan had reached the group stage of a major European tournament.

Notable players to have played for the side include the likes of Yevgeny Lunev, Andrei Finonchenko, Ulan Konysbayev and Igor Zenkovich.

Shakhter's home games are played at Shakhtyor Stadium, which opened in 1958. The stadium was renovated in 2001 and 2006, and is now able to hold a capacity crowd of around 19,000 people.

Kazakhstan
Premier League