From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Kurban Bekiyevich Berdyev (Template:Lang-tk, Template:Lang-ru; born 25 August 1952) is a Turkmen football manager, and a former Soviet footballer. He is the vice-president and coach of FC Rostov. He holds Russian citizenship.
Berdyev grew up with Kolhozçy Aşgabat where he played in cadet and junior teams since 1966. He joined the professional team in 1971.
- Soviet Top League (7 seasons, 155 games, 23 goals) – FC Kairat (1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985), FC SKA Rostov-on-Don (1979, 1980). Highest place- 8th with Kairat (1977, 1984).
- Soviet First League (7 seasons, 211 games, 32 goals) – Kolhozçy Aşgabat (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978), FC Kairat (1983), First League Winner with FC Kairat in 1983.
- Soviet Second League (2 seasons) – Kolhozçy Aşgabat (1975), FC Rostov (1980).
- 1986–1989 – FC Khimik Dzhambul (Soviet Second League);
- 1991–1993 – FC Taraz (Kazakhstan Premier League);
- 1993–1994 – Gençlerbirliği (Turkish Premier Super League);
- 1994–1995 – FC Kairat (Kazakhstan Premier League);
- 1996–1997 – FC Caspiy (Kazakhstan Premier League);
- 1997–1999 – Nisa Aşgabat (Turkmenistan League);
- 1999 – Turkmenistan national football team;
- 2000–2001 – FC Kristall Smolensk (Russian First Division);
- 2001–2013 – FC Rubin Kazan (Russian Premier League);
- 2014-2016 – FC Rostov (Russian Premier League);
On 18 December 2014, Berdyev was appointed as a manager of FC Rostov. In the end of 2014-15 season, Rostov stayed up in the Russian Football Premier League by winning the relegation play-offs. In the 2015-16 season, Rostov unexpectedly qualified the Champions League spot, taking the 2nd spot in the league. Berdyev resigned from Rostov on 6 August 2016. On 9 September 2016, he returned to FC Rostov to the position of vice-president/coach.
- Nisa (1998–1999)
- Rubin (2002–2013)
- Russian First Division (1): 2002
- Russian Premier League (2): 2008, 2009
- Russian Cup (1): 2012
- Russian Super Cup (2): 2010, 2012
- Rostov (2014–2016)
Highest advances in the continental club competitions
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup – 2nd round (1998–1999)
- UEFA Champions League – 3rd place in the Group stage (2009–2010), (2010–2011);
- UEFA Europa League – Quarterfinals (2012–2013)
- Best soccer coach in Russia (Russian Football Union version) – 2009
Berdyev always carries his pray beads with him. He never appears without them. " I don’t consider it a token or a tradition. It’s just something I need. I just feel that I have to keep them in my hands when I’m watching a game. I don’t feel well without them. There were a couple of times when I accidentally forgot to take them to matches, even though it wasn’t my fault. And I was feeling uncomfortable through the game, as if I was missing something. Thus this is just a need I feel. I think Muslims will understand me."
Education – Ashgabat Railroads Vocational School (1967–71), Turkmen State University (1971–1975), Moscow Higher Coaching School (1989–1991).
Berdyev has two sons and a daughter. The eldest, 37-year-old son from his first marriage Marat Berdyev — a musician and producer. Junior Alaberdy Berdyev - schoolboy, plays football in the "FC Rubin Kazan" youth academy. Daughter Aylar — a student.
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