Young foreign players should be brought in," the president of the Uzbek Football Federation UFF , Mirabror Usmonov, has said at a meeting with journalists, the Regnum news agency reported on 19 September. The report quoted him as saying that the Uzbek president had instructed the UFF to work on attracting skillful foreign players to the national championship, and that the government would give money needed to buy such footballers. In a separate report, the Russian news agency Interfax said the same day Rivaldo - the best footballer of and world champion as a member of the Brazilian national team in - had left Greek Super League club AEK Athens to get 5m euros from the Uzbek club. I have taken a difficult decision. Something very pleasant has been waiting for me at the end of my career and I cannot reject it," the news agency quoted year-old Rivaldo as saying. It was a very interesting offer.
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Summary - Vysshaya Liga - Tajikistan - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway
After the country gained independence, they played their first match against Kazakhstan on 1 June In the second leg the team won 0—2, with both goals scored by Begench Kuliyev. In December , the national team of Turkmenistan reached the top in the FIFA rankings for the first time in its history, reaching the 99th position, thanks to the successes in the Asian Cup and the World Cup qualifiers. They were knocked out in the group stages following two defeats and a draw against Saudi Arabia. For the first time, they made it to the final, only to see them lose against North Korea in the penalty shootout. After managing a 1—1 draw in the first leg in Ashghabat, they were eventually defeated 4—3 in the second leg, 5—4 on aggregate, thus were knocked out of the contention for Brazil In winter the team gathered for a training camp in Turkey.