From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Template:Infobox football biography Islambek Kuat (Template:Lang-kk; born 12 January 1993) is a Kazakh footballer who plays for Kairat and the Kazakhstan national team. Kuat scored his first goal for Kazakhstan on 10 October 2015 in a 2–1 defeat against the Netherlands in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.
He became very well known in Turkey, thanks to his goal against Latvia, which enabled the Turkish team to qualify direct as the best third-placed side in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. It was even suggested that a street in Istanbul be named in honour of Kuat, while more than one fan on social media promised to name their children in honour of the midfielder. A dozen Turkish fans presented him with gifts and a bouquet of flowers, and thanked him personally at half-time during Kairat's game against Atyrau on 17 October.
|1||10 October 2015||Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan||Template:Fb||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
|2||13 October 2015||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Template:Fb||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|||
Template:FC Kairat squad
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