Taraz

Founded In
1961
Location
Taraz, Kazakhstan

Taraz

About Taraz

Football Club Taraz was first established 1960 under the name Metallist. Initially competing in the USSR's league pyramid, the team experienced a modest existence, but emerged as one of the major clubs in Kazakhstan in the early years after the country gained independence. However, their performance levels have since dropped and the team have suffered multiple relegations to the second tier since the turn of the new millennium.

During their time in the Soviet league, the club experienced little in the way of success, but underwent a number of name changes, becoming known as Voskhod and Energetik in the late 1960s and Alatau in the early 1970s. In 1975, the team took on the name Khimik and in the early 1990s, the team was renamed to Fosfor. Finally, in 1994, the club adopted the Taraz name, which they have retained ever since.

The team's greatest success came in the 1996 season, when Taraz were crowned as the Premier League champions for the first time. To date, this remains their only top flight title win. At the end of the 2001 season, the side were relegated to the second tier, but bounced back at the first opportunity. In 2004, they lifted the Kazakhstan Cup, before suffering another relegation to the second tier at the conclusion of the 2007 campaign. Fortunately, they were once again able to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Oleg Voskoboynikov was named as Kazakhstani Footballer of the Year in both 1996 and 1997, during his spell with the club. Other notable former players include Aleksandr Shmarikov, Nurken Mazbaev and Oleg Litvinenko.

Taraz play their home matches at Taraz Central Stadium, which opened back in 1976. The stadium is under the ownership of the Municipality of Taraz and is able to hold a capacity crowd of 12,525 people.