Finally, Uzbekistan national team will, in a matter of days, have a new head coach. The 62-year old Argentine Héctor Raúl Cúper is expected to sign a contract with the Uzbekistan Football Association this week.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has accepted the invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and will today attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2018 in Moscow, which will take place at the 80,000 seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia – which is also where the final of the tournament will be held.
Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kopadze announced the squad for the away friendly match against Uruguay on June 7. Kopadze called up only the home-based players, and the core of the White Wolves is made up of the winners of the 2018 AFC U-23 Cup, who have been playing together for the last 5 years. The match will also be the first match for Uzbeksitan team against a World Cup winner.
Uzbekistan national football team will play a friendly against Iran in Tehran on Saturday. For this match Uzbekistan interim head coach Temur Kopadze called up only Uzbekistan-based young players and seems to be taking the opportunity to build a new team to prepare for the Asian Cup 2019 in the UAE.
Lokomotiv midfielder Sardor Mirzayev bagged a brace as Uzbekistan's reigning champions defeated UAE's Al Wahda 4-1 on Matchday Five of the 2018 AFC Champions League Group B on Tuesday.
Last year’s semi-finalists Persepolis of Iran sealed their place at the 2018 AFC Champions League Knockout Stage with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf on Monday.