Football Club Zhetysu Taldykorgan, often known by the simplified name FC Zhetysu, was first established in 1981. Founded during the Soviet era, since 1992 the club have competed as part of Kazakhstan's independent football league, where they have experienced mixed fortunes, but have failed to fully establish themselves as regular contenders for the major prizes on offer in the country.
Over the years, Zhetysu have been known by a number of other names, including Taldykorgan in the early 1990s and Zhetysu Promservice in 1998, as part of a sponsorship deal. The club experienced a modest existence in the USSR's league system, before becoming a founding member of the Kazakhstan Premier League when it was established in 1992.
To date, the club have been unable to pick up a major trophy. In their first season in the Premier League, Zhetysu strugggled to a 21st-place finish and the following season, they suffered relegation to the Kazakhstan First Division. After bouncing back at the first attempt, the team were relegated again at the end of 1996 and have suffered multiple relegations since, spending a total of five seasons outside of the top flight between 1994 and 2006. After gaining promotion back to the Premier League in 2006, they began to establish themselves as a more solid top tier side. In 2011, they achieved their highest ever league finish, ending the campaign as runners up.
Ulugbek Bakaev is perhaps the best-known player to have played for the club and he finished the 2011 campaign as the Premier League's top goalscorer. Some of the team's other notable former talents include Guwançmuhammet Öwekow and Josip Bonacin.
Zhetysu play home matches at Zhetysu Stadium, formerly known as Spartak Stadium. Construction of the venue was completed in 1982 and it is currently able to hold approximately 4,000 supporters.