Kurban Berdyev

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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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.


Playing career

Berdyev grew up with Kolhozçy Aşgabat where he played in cadet and junior teams since 1966. He joined the professional team in 1971.

Coaching career

It was in Rubin Kazan where Berdyev made his name as a coach getting the team promoted to Russian Premier League in 2002, and grabbing the bronze medals there in their debut year (2003).

On 18 December 2014, Berdyev was appointed as a manager of FC Rostov.[1] 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.[2] On 9 September 2016, he returned to FC Rostov to the position of vice-president/coach.[3]

Managerial honours

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Kurban Berdyev and Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiev with the Russian Premier League Champions Cup during the ceremony of awarding FC Rubin with the Russian Premier League gold medals
Nisa (1998–1999)
Rubin (2002–2013)
Rostov (2014–2016)

Highest advances in the continental club competitions

Personal honours

Personal life

Berdyev has never appeared in public without his beads.

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."[4]

Education – Ashgabat Railroads Vocational School (1967–71), Turkmen State University (1971–1975), Moscow Higher Coaching School (1989–1991).

Berdyev is known as a very introverted person.[5]

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.[6] Daughter Aylar — a student.

In 2012, he was decorated by the Russian Federation with the Order of Friendship Medal.[7]



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