The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Uzbekistan

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This page contains a list of the greatest Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 25 of which were born in Uzbekistan. This makes Uzbekistan the birth place of the 73rd most number of Soccer Players behind Bolivia and Belarus.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Soccer Players.

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1. Vasilis Hatzipanagis (1954 - )

With an HPI of 46.39, Vasilis Hatzipanagis is the most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages on wikipedia.

Vasilis Hatzipanagis (Greek: Βασίλης Χατζηπαναγής, Greek pronunciation: [vaˈsilis xad͡zipanaˈʝis], born 26 October 1954) is a Greek former professional footballer. He played for Iraklis in the Greek Alpha Ethniki and Pakhtakor in the Soviet Supreme League. He also played for Greece and the Soviet Union side. Hatzipanagis has been described as "the Greek Maradona".

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2. Maksim Shatskikh (1978 - )

With an HPI of 42.62, Maksim Shatskikh is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Maksim Aleksandrovich Shatskikh (Russian: Максим Александрович Шацких; born 30 August 1978) is an Uzbek professional football coach of Pakhtakor Tashkent and a former player. He is widely regarded as one of the best Uzbek player of all time and is currently the top goalscorer of the national team with 34 goals in 61 games. Shatskikh is the joint all-time top scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 123 goals in 341 games together with Serhii Rebrov. He spent a decade playing for Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 to 2009. On 28 July 1999, Shatskikh became the first Asian player to score in the UEFA Champions League and is only the second Uzbek player, after Mirjalol Kasymov, to score in UEFA football competitions. At international level, he played in three AFC Asian Cups for Uzbekistan, helping them to fourth place in 2011. Most recently he played for Rukh Vynnyky. On 8 April 2016, it was announced that he ended his playing career and became a coaching staff of the Dynamo football academy.His brother Oleg Shatskikh is also a former footballer.

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3. Eldor Shomurodov (1995 - )

With an HPI of 38.78, Eldor Shomurodov is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Eldor Azamat oʻgʻli Shomurodov (born 29 June 1995) is an Uzbek professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma and captain of the Uzbekistan national team.

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4. Dimitris Papadopoulos (1981 - )

With an HPI of 38.44, Dimitris Papadopoulos is the 4th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Greek: Δημήτριος Παπαδόπουλος; born 20 October 1981 in Uzbekistan, Jizzakh region, Mirzachul district) is a Greek former professional footballer who played as a striker.

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5. Server Djeparov (1982 - )

With an HPI of 37.87, Server Djeparov is the 5th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Server Reshatovich Djeparov (Uzbek: Server Jeparov, Uzbek Cyrillic: Сервер Жепаров, Crimean Tatar: Server Reşat oğlu Ceparov; born 3 October 1982), is an Uzbek former professional football playmaker who is the head coach of Uzbekistan U-14 and the assistant coach of Uzbekistan. He has won the Asian Footballer of the Year award twice, first in 2008 and the other in 2011.

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6. Mirjalol Qosimov (1970 - )

With an HPI of 37.57, Mirjalol Qosimov is the 6th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov (Uzbek: Mirjalol Qoʻshoqovich Qosimov, Russian: Мирджалол Кушакович Касымов; in English also: Mirdjalal Kasimov or Kasymov) (born 17 September 1970) is a former head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team. He also played for the national team as a playmaker. Qosimov is currently the manager of AGMK.

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7. Odil Ahmedov (1987 - )

With an HPI of 37.08, Odil Ahmedov is the 7th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Odil Akhmedov (Uzbek Cyrillic: Одил Аҳмедов; born 25 November 1987) is a former Uzbek professional footballer who played as a central midfielder. He represented Uzbekistan national team.

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8. Peter Odemwingie (1981 - )

With an HPI of 36.40, Peter Odemwingie is the 8th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Peter Osaze Odemwingie (born 15 July 1981) is a retired Nigerian professional footballer who played as a forward and winger. Odemwingie grew up in Uzbekistan and Russia and began his career with Bendel Insurance in the Nigeria Premier League. He then earned a move to European football with Belgian side La Louvière where he spent three seasons winning the Belgian Cup before moving to French side Lille. Odemwingie scored 26 goals for Lille and also playing in the UEFA Champions League with the side, which prompted Lokomotiv Moscow to pay a fee of £10 million for his services in July 2007. He scored 23 times in three-and-a-half years for Lokomotiv before leaving for English side West Bromwich Albion in August 2010. He scored 30 Premier League goals for the Baggies which won him three Premier League Player of the Month awards. A failed move to Queens Park Rangers saw him fall out of favour with Steve Clarke and he was sold to Cardiff City in August 2013 for a fee of £2.25 million. He spent six months at Cardiff before joining Stoke City in a player-exchange with Kenwyne Jones in January 2014. Odemwingie made his debut for the Nigeria national team in a friendly against Kenya in May 2002 and has represented the country over 60 times, including at two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.

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9. Alexander Geynrikh (1984 - )

With an HPI of 34.46, Alexander Geynrikh is the 9th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Alexander Rudolfovich Geynrikh (Russian: Александр Рудольфович Гейнрих, Aleksandr Rudolfovich Geynrikh, German: Alexander Heinrich; born 6 October 1984) is a Uzbek former footballer who played as a forward for the Uzbekistan national team.

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10. Timur Kapadze (1981 - )

With an HPI of 31.66, Timur Kapadze is the 10th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Timur Kapadze (Uzbek: Temur Kapadze; Russian: Тимур Кападзе; Turkish: Timur Kapadze, Georgian: თემურ კაპაძე) is an Uzbekistani former professional football midfielder of Ahiska-Turkish descent.

Pantheon has 30 people classified as soccer players born between 1954 and 1997. Of these 30, 30 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Vasilis Hatzipanagis, Maksim Shatskikh, and Eldor Shomurodov. As of April 2022, 5 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Andrey Pyatnitsky, Jaloliddin Masharipov, and Jasurbek Yakhshiboev.

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