Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileev has named a strong squad with six overseas-based players for the AFC Asian Cup 2007™.
Leading the Uzbeks’ assault for AFC Asian Cup™ glory would be former AFC Player of the Year runner-up Maksim Shatskikh (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), with support from the likes of Aziz Ibragimov (Slovan, Slovakia), Pavel Solomin (Saturn, Russia), Ulugbek Bakaev (Tobol, Kazakhstan), Marat Bikmaev (Rubin, Russia), Alexey Nikolaev (Aktobe, Kazakhstan) and Vitaliy Denisov (Dnipro, Ukraine).
Uzbekistan have been drawn in Group C with Iran, China and co-hosts Malaysia and will play their pool matches in Kuala Lumpur.
UZBEKISTAN SQUAD FOR AFC ASIAN CUP™ -
GK: Pavel Bugalo, Ignatiy Nesterov, Gayrat Hasanov.
DF: Hayrulla Karimov, Batyr Karaev, Asror Alikulov, Anzur Ismailov, Alexey Nikolaev, Islom Inomov, Vitaliy Denisov.
MF: Aziz Ibragimov, Azizbek Haydarov, Server Djeparov, Marat Bikmaev, Hikmat Hashimov, Mansurjon Saidov, Timur Kapadze, Ildar Magdeev, Ikbol Akramov.
FW: Pavel Solomin, Ulugbek Bakaev, Alexander Geynrikh, Maksim Shatskikh.
RESERVES: Komoliddin Tadjiyev, Ilhomjon Suyunov, Victor Karpenko, Odil Ahmedov, Anvar Gafurov, Khamza Karimov, Jasur Khasanov.