FC Astana history makers, 1st Kazakh club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage

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FC Astana has entered into the history books of the UEFA Champions League by defesting APOEL FC in the playoff round and becoming the 1st cluub from Kazakhstan to qualify for the group stage of the competition, this achievement is truly memorable since Shakhtyor Karagandy who were the last Kazakh team in the playoff and who was eliminated in that stage vs Celtic, FC Astana defeated impirtant names to reach the group stage, 1st was NK Maribor, group stage participants in UCL last season, after that was HJK who played UEFA Europa League group stage last season and in which FC Astana recorded an epic and historic win in Astana Arena and finally came APOEL FC, the most powerful club from Cyprus and in recent seasons UEFA Champions League regulars.

FC Astana reached what many other Kazakh clubs tried before, to reach the group stage, Kairat Almaty, Irtysh Pavlodar, FC Astana 1964(not confuse with the actual FC Astana, FC Astana 1964 was founded in 1964 as Dinamo Astana) Tobol Kostanay, FK Aktobe and Shakhtyor Karagandy played the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, almost all of them oftenly reached the 3rd round, FK Aktobe couldn´t progress to the playoffs, they always ere eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round, Shakhtyor was the only one who reached the playoff, Tobol in their only UEFA Champions League participation was eliminated in the 2nd Qualifying round vs Slovan Bratislava, Irtysh was eliminated vs Omonia Nicosia and FC Astana 1964 was eliminated by Sheriff in the 2006-07 season

FC Astana achievement will remain forever in the history of Kazakh football and also the UEFA Champions League too, these group of players have passed into history, they´ll be remembered forever.

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Returning to the competition: Borussia Monchengladbach but in their case they played the playoff round, they were eliminated by Dynamo Kyiv in 2013-14 season

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Maccabi Tel Aviv FC , the last and only time they played UCL Group stage was in the 2004/05 season

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Also other interesting UCL stats

Teams that qualified to the UCL Group stage in their 1st ever appearance through the qualifying rounds as national champions

2015/16 FC Astana

2005/06 FC Artmedia Bratislava

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1996-97 Widzew Lodz, IFK Goteborg, SK Rapid Wien

1995-96 Aalborg BK, Ferencvaros, Grasshoppers Zurich

Teams that qualified to the UCL Group stage in their 1st ever appearance through the qualifying rounds as runners up of who have finished below the national champions place

2007/08 Sevilla

2005/06 Real Betis, Villarreal CF, FC Thun, Udinese

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2003-04 Real Sociedad de Futbol, Real Club Celta de Vigo

2002-03 Maccabi Haifa FC, FC Basel 1893, Lokomotiv Moskva

2001-02 RCD Mallorca

2000-01 sc Heerenveen, Hamburg SV, Helsingborgs IF, Leeds United, Shakhtar Donetsk

1999-2000 NK Maribor, AIK Solna, ACF Fiorentina, Hertha BSC Berlin, Boavista, Grondins de Bordeaux

1998-99 SK Sturm Graz, Athletic Club, HJK Helsinki, 1 FC Kaiserslautern, Brondby IF, RC Lens, GNK Croatia Zagreb(Dinamo Zagreb)

 

1997-98 Parma AC, Newcastle United FC, 1.FC Kosice, Lierse SK, AC Sparta Praha

1996-97 Valencia CF

 

UEFA Champions League 2015/16 Pots Allocation

For the 1st time Spain will have 5 teams in the UEFA Champions League Group Stag, 10 years ago(2005-06 season) England was the 1st country that had 5 teams too

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