(Reuters) - Factbox on Kyrgyzstan ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
FIFA world ranking: 91
Ranking in Asia: 12
Previous Asian Cups: 0
Nickname: White Falcons
Coach: Aleksandr Krestinin
Regular captain: Azamat Baymatov
Player to watch: Anton Zemlianukhin
Sept 10 Kyrgyztan 2-1 Syria Bishkek
Oct 16 Malaysia 0-1 Kyrgyzstan Melaka
Nov 20 Japan 4-0 Kyrgyzstan Toyota
Dec 20 Jordan 0-1 Kyrgyzstan Doha
Dec 25 Qatar 1-0 Kyrgyzstan Doha
Jan 7 China v Kyrgyzstan Abu Dhabi
Jan 11 Kyrgyzstan v South Korea Al Ain
Jan 16 Kyrgyzstan v Philippines Dubai
Kyrgyzstan will be making their first appearance at the Asian Cup finals having qualified for the tournament from a group that featured India, Macau and Myanmar.
The former Soviet Republic gained membership of the Asian Football Confederation in 1994 and lack experience at continental level.
They have enjoyed a mixed build-up, but talented performers such as Anton Zemlianukhin and Vitaly Lux enhance their hopes of a place in the knockout rounds.
Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien