FC Astana and their amazing campaign to win their 1st Kazakhstan League title

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FC Astana became Kazakhstan champions for the 1st time in their history and with this they`ll play UEFA Champions League for the 1st time starting from the 2nd qualifying round, with this they broke the hegemony that FK Aktobe and Shakhtyor Karagandy had in previous years, in an exciting championship Astana battled with Aktobe and Kairat for the title in the final rond of the championship and Astana won all their matches and benefited from the defeats from their direct competititors to claim the title.

Also they had a good European campaign by reaching the UEFA Europa League playoffs only to be defeated by Villarreal CF from Spain, FC Astana was at the brink of reaching something historic for Kazakh football, that was to be the 2nd Kazakh club to play UEFA Europa League Group Stage after Shakhtyor Karagandy did the same last season, FC Astana defeated Pyunik, Hapoel Tel Aviv and a very favorite like AIK Solna.

They also won the Kazakhstan Supercup this year winning 3-2 vs Kairat Almaty on penalty shoot outs after finishing 0-0 in regular time.

These things that FC Astana have achieved like their first championship, 2 cups, the supercup and also reaching Europa League playoffs are very important for a team who was founded in 2009 as Lokomotiv Astana and in 2011 they were renamed as FC Astana and now they aim to play UEFA Champions League group stage, they have a great team with many talented and good players.

 

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