The Uzbekistan national football team (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston milliy futbol terma jamoasi) represents Uzbekistan in international football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan is the most successful national team from Central Asia. Although they have never qualified to the World Cup, the team has qualified to every AFC Asian Cup since post-independence formation. During the 2011 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time. Uzbekistan has also competed at other competitions such as the Asian Games, where they won the gold medal in the football tournament in 1994 in Japan, and finishing as the runners-up at the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995.
The Milliy Stadium (Uzbek: Milliy stadioni; Russian: Стадион Миллий) is a football stadium in the city of Tashkent — the capital of Uzbekistan. Located in Chilanzar District of Tashkent, on Bunyodkor Avenue. It seats 34,000 spectators, thus becoming the second largest stadium in Uzbekistan after the Pakhtakor Stadium, which seats 35,000 spectators. It is the home arena of the FC Bunyodkor and Uzbekistan national football team.
From its opening in September 2012 until June 2018, the stadium was called "Bunyodkor Stadium". In June 2018, the stadium was renamed "Milliy", which translated from the Uzbek language means "National", that is, "National Stadium" (Uzbek: Milliy stadioni).
Construction of the stadium began in January 2009, at the site of the demolished MHSK Stadium, which accommodated 16,500 spectators. Its original shape was designed by GMP Architekten, an architectural firm based in Germany. The construction of the stadium was completed in August 2012.
The stadium was solemnly opened on September 28, 2012, with the participation of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan — Islam Karimov, as well as the stadium full of fans and spectators. The grand opening of the stadium was accompanied by songs by famous singers of the Uzbek pop, and a friendly match was held between the Tashkent football clubs Bunyodkor and Pakhtakor (3:3).
The first official match at the Bunyodkor Stadium was played on March 26, 2013 in the match between the national teams of Uzbekistan and Lebanon as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, in which the national team of Uzbekistan won with a score of 1:0. Subsequently, the Bunyodkor Stadium became the main home stadium for the Uzbekistan national team. Prior to this, the main home stadium of the national team of the country was another Tashkent stadium — Pakhtakor Stadium.