The most popular kind of sport in Kazakhstan - football. In Soviet times the Alma-ATA «Kairat» for a long time played in the highest League of the championship of the USSR. In 1988, Evgeny Yarovenko in the national team of the USSR became the Olympic champion. In 1994, the Federation of football of Kazakhstan was even accepted in the Asian zone of FIFA, but since 2001 Kazakhstan joined the European zone (UEFA). In 2007 Kostanay "Tobol" has won the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The current champion of the country on football is FC "Shakhtar" (Karaganda). Also played championship first League championship among women's teams, the championship of the beach football and the open championship on mini-football.