FC Istiklol

Football Club Istiklol (Tajik: Дастаи Футболи Истиқлол, Dastayi Futboli Istiqlol) is a professional football club based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They currently play in the top division of the country. The club is named after the independence of Tajikistan. Istiklol from Tajik to English is translated as Independence.

Istiklol
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Full nameFootball Club Istiklol
Nickname(s)Tajik: Шерҳо (The lions)
FoundedNovember 2007; 12 years ago (2007-11)
GroundCentral Republican Stadium
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Capacity20,000
ChairmanShohruh Saidzoda[1]
ManagerVitaliy Levchenko
LeagueTajik League
2019Tajik League, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Not to be confused with Uzbek club, FK Istiqlol Fergana.

HistoryEdit

Istiklol (Dushanbe) was established in November 2007, under the Presidency of Shohruh Saidov. In 2008, Istiklol competed in the Dushanbe Group of the Second Division under the guidance of head coach Kanat Latifov, winning all 27 league games with a +147 goal difference and winning promotion to the Tajik League.[2]

In 2009, in their debut in the Tajik League, led by new head coach Salohiddin Gafurov, the team finished fourth.[3] The team had some experienced players and some young players mostly from Tajikistan national under-17 football team that won bronze in AFC U-17 Championship 2006 and reached round 16 at 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championship, winning two trophies – the traditional winter-spring tournament Rustam Doltabaev and the Tajik Cup.[3] Dilshod Vasiev scored the club's first Tajik League goal in their 2–0 victory over Ravshan Kulob on 4 April 2009.[4]

In 2010, under coach Alimzhon Rafikov the team won the Super Cup,[3] the national cup and league.[5] In the first Tajikistan's Super Cup, defeating three-time national champion Vakhsh Qurghonteppa 2–0, following two goals from Dilshod Vasiev in extra time.[3] In the final of the 2010 Tajik Cup, which traditionally takes place on October 5 – the birthday of the country's President Emomali Rahmon, Istiqlol with large score 5–0 defeated FK Khujand.[5] Following victory in the 2010 Tajik League, FC Istiqlol qualified for the first time for both the CIS Cup and the 2011 AFC President's Cup.[6] On 20 March 2012, Istiklol's contract with Rafikov had expired at the end of the 2011 season and they had decided not to renew it, with Mubin Ergashev taking over in a caretaker capacity.[7]

As of January 2014 the club's manager has been Mubin Ergashev.[8]

On 22 November 2015, Manuel Bleda scored the club's 500th league goal.[9] Istiklol's 4–2 victory over Barki Tajik on 17 April 2016, saw the club stretch their unbeaten run in the Tajik League to 40 games, with their last defeat occurring in November 2013 against Khayr Vahdat. During this run Istiklol have scored 146 goals, conceding just 17.[10] Also, the team was qualified for the 2015 AFC Cup final against Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. of Malaysia, in which both teams were the finalist for the first time in the competition. Istiklol were defeated by the team with the score of 1-0 on the home soil in Dushanbe.

On 10 July 2016, Istiklol fired their entire coaching staff, including manager Mubin Ergashev.[11] Three days later, 13 July 2016, Istiklol announced Nikola Lazarevic as their new manager.[12]

On 25 September 2016, Istiklol suffered their first League defeat since 3 November 2013, a stretch of 51 games, 2–1 away to Ravshan Kulob.[13] On 29 October 2016, Istiklol defeated Barki Tajik 5–1, to claim their fifth Tajik League title.[14] Two days later, 31 October 2016, Istiklol announced that they had appointed Mukhsin Mukhamadiev for the 2017 season.[15] On 18 September 2017, Istiklol defeated Panjshir 5–0 to secure their sixth Tajik League title.[16] On 18 October 2017, Istiklol drew 2–2 with Bengaluru in the second leg of their Inter-zone play-off final, progressing to the final of the AFC Cup for the second time in three seasons.[17] On 4 November 2017, Istiklol were defeated 1–0 by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya thanks to a second half Emad Mohsin goal.[18] After being knocked out of the 2018 AFC Cup at the group stage, manager Mukhsin Mukhamadiev resigned as manager six-days later on 22 May 2018, with Alisher Tukhtaev being appointed as acting head coach.[19]

On 3 December 2018, Khakim Fuzailov was announced as Istiklol's new manager.[20] Fuzailov resigned as manager of Istiklol on 27 June 2019 after they failed to progress from the group stages of the AFC Cup, with Alisher Tukhtaev being appointed as Caretaker Manager in his place.[21] On 27 September 2019, Istiklol beat Kuktosh 6-1, to secure their eighth Tajik League title.[22] On 24 November 2019, Istiklol won 4-2 penalties to clinch their eighth Tajik Cup title.[23]

On 21 January 2020, Istiklol defeated Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-0, to win their first ever AFC Champions League match.[24] After Mubin Ergashev took charge of Istiklol for their two AFC Champions League matches, Vitaliy Levchenko was appointed as the clubs new manager on 17 February 2020, with Alisher Tukhtaev returning to an assistants role.[25]

SponsorshipEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2010–2012 Li-Ning[26]
2013– Joma[27] Dushanbe International Airport

Domestic historyEdit

Season League Tajik Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2009 1st 4th 18 11 3 4 41 18 36 Winner   Kanat Latifov
  Salohiddin Ghafurov
2010 1st 1st 32 26 6 0 76 17 84 Winner Yusuf Rabiev 30   Salohiddin Ghafurov
  Alimzhon Rafikov
2011 1st 1st 40 35 3 2 130 16 108 Runner-Up Yusuf Rabiev 32   Alimzhon Rafikov
2012 1st 3rd 24 16 5 3 76 13 53 Runner-Up Dilshod Vasiev 24   Mubin Ergashev (Caretaker)
  Nikola Kavazović
2013 1st 2nd 18 14 1 3 47 8 46 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 10[28]   Nikola Kavazović
  Oleg Shirinbekov
2014 1st 1st 18 16 2 0 65 10 50 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 15   Mubin Ergashev
2015 1st 1st 18 16 2 0 69 5 50 Winner Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 22[29]   Mubin Ergashev
2016 1st 1st 18 14 3 1 67 20 45 Winner Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 22   Mubin Ergashev
  Nikola Lazarevic
2017 1st 1st 21 17 4 0 64 14 55 Runner-Up Dilshod Vasiev 16   Mukhsin Mukhamadiev
2018 1st 1st 21 16 3 2 36 16 51 Winner Sheriddin Boboev 12   Mukhsin Mukhamadiev
  Alisher Tukhtaev (Caretaker)
2019 1st 1st 21 16 3 2 61 19 51 Winner Sheriddin Boboev 16   Khakim Fuzailov
  Alisher Tukhtaev (Caretaker)

Continental historyEdit

As of match played 11 March 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC President's Cup 10 6 3 1 20 7
AFC Cup 39 16 10 13 61 48
AFC Champions League 3 1 0 2 3 5
Total 52 22 13 16 84 59
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 AFC President's Cup Group B   Jabal Al Mukaber 2–0 1st
  Yeedzin 8–0
  Yadanarbon 1–1
Final Stage
Group A
  Taipower FC 0–2 3rd
  Balkan 1–1
2012 AFC President's Cup Group C   Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari 1–0 1st
  Balkan 2–1
Final Stage
Group A
  Dordoi Bishkek 2–0 1st
  Phnom Penh Crown 1–1
Final   Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari 2–1
2015 AFC Cup Group C   Qadsia 2–0 2–2 1st
  Ahal 5–2 2–1
  Erbil 0–0 1–3
Round of 16   Al-Wahda 1–1 (p)
Quarter-finals   Pahang 4–0 1–3 5–3
Semi-finals   Al-Kuwait w/o[30][31] 0–4 w/o
Final   Johor Darul Ta'zim 0–1
2016 AFC Cup Group B   Naft Al-Wasat 0–1 0–2 4th
  Al-Faisaly 0–0 2–4
  Tripoli 1–3 0–1
2017 AFC Cup Group D   Altyn Asyr 1–0 1–1 1st
  Alay Osh 3–1 4–1
  Dordoi Bishkek 2–0 4–1
Inter-zone play-off semi-final   Ceres Negros 4–0 1–1 5–1
Inter-zone play-off final   Bengaluru 1–0 2–2 3–2
Final   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0–1
2018 AFC Cup Group D   Alay Osh 1–0 3–2 2nd
  Altyn Asyr 2–3 2–2
  Ahal 1–0 1–0
2019 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 2   AGMK 2–4
2019 AFC Cup Group D   Dordoi Bishkek 4–1 1–2 2nd
  Altyn Asyr 1–1 1–1
  Khujand 3–0 2–3
2020 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 2   Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0
Play-off round   Al-Ahli 0–1
2020 AFC Cup Group D   Dordoi Bishkek
  Altyn Asyr
  Khujand 2–0

HonoursEdit

TeamEdit

Tajik League (8)
2010,[5] 2011,[32] 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,[16] 2018,[33] 2019,[22]
Tajik Cup (8)
2009,[3] 2010,[5] 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018,[34] 2019[23]
TFF Cup (5)
2014,[35] 2015,[35] 2017,[36] 2018,[37] 2019[38]
Tajik Supercup (9)
2010,[3] 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016,[39] 2018,[40] 2019[41], 2020[42]
AFC President's Cup (1)
2012

IndividualEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 March 2020[43]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Rustam Yatimov
2   DF Marko Milić
3   DF Tabrezi Davlatmir
5   DF Iskandar Dzhalilov
6   DF Zoir Juraboev
7   MF Viktor Svezhov
9   FW Wahyt Orazsähedow
10   MF Alisher Dzhalilov
11   MF Muhammadjon Rakhimov
12   DF Ziyovuddin Fuzaylov
13   FW Rustam Soirov
14   FW Sheriddin Boboev
16   GK Dilshod Dodoboev
No. Position Player
17   MF Ehson Panjshanbe
18   MF Saidmuxtor Azimov
19   MF Khurshed-Timur Dzhuraev
20   MF Salam Ashurmamdov
21   DF Oleksiy Larin
22   MF Sharifbek Rakhmatov
26   DF Shakhzod Davlatov
30   FW Mukhammad Khakimzoda
40   DF Sorbon Giyosov
63   FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov
77   GK Nikola Stošić
  DF Vahdat Hanonov
  MF Amadoni Kamolov

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
70   MF Shakhrom Sulaimonov (at Lokomotiv Pamir)
No. Position Player

Foreign playersEdit

This is a list of foreign players who've played for Istiklol.[44]

Famous playersEdit

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team.[citation needed]

Club officialsEdit

Management team[45]

Notable managersEdit

Information correct as of match played 11 March 2020. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Nikola Kavazović   Serbia January 2012 June 2013 46 36 6 4 129 22 078.26 AFC Presidents Cup (1), Tajik Supercup (1)
Oleg Shirinbekov   Tajikistan July 2013 13 January 2014[46] 12 9 1 2 26 5 075.00 Tajik Cup (1)
Mubin Ergashev   Tajikistan 13 January 2014[47] 10 July 2016[11] 78 56 13 9 251 66 071.79 Tajik League (2), Tajik Cup (2), Tajik Supercup (3)
Nikola Lazarevic   Serbia 13 July 2016[12] 31 December 2016[15] 16 11 4 1 62 13 068.75 Tajik League (1), Tajik Cup (1)
Mukhsin Mukhamadiev   Tajikistan 1 January 2017[15] 22 May 2018[19] 53 38 10 5 130 47 071.70 Tajik League (1), Tajik Supercup (1)
Alisher Tukhtaev (Caretaker)   Tajikistan 22 May 2018[19] 3 December 2018[20] 20 15 2 3 44 20 075.00 Tajik League (1), Tajik Cup (1)
Khakim Fuzailov   Tajikistan 3 December 2018[20] 27 June 2019[21] 16 10 3 3 44 20 062.50 Tajik Supercup (1)
Alisher Tukhtaev (Caretaker)   Tajikistan 27 June 2019[21] 31 December 2019 20 14 4 2 62 19 070.00 Tajik League (1)
Mubin Ergashev   Tajikistan 1 January 2020 17 February 2020 2 1 0 1 1 1 050.00
Vitaliy Levchenko   Tajikistan 17 February 2020[25] 1 1 0 0 2 0 100.00
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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