FC Sheriff Tiraspol

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Fotbal Club Sheriff (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь), commonly known as Sheriff Tiraspol or simply Sheriff, is a Moldovan professional football club based in Tiraspol, a city located in the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria. Founded in 1997 as Tiras Tiraspol and rebranded the following year as Sheriff, it quickly established itself within Moldovan football.

Sheriff
FC Sheriff.svg
Full nameFotbal Club Sheriff
Nickname(s)
  • Zholto-chornyye (The Yellow-Blacks)
  • Osy (The Wasps)
Founded
  • 1997; 25 years ago (1997)
    as FC Tiras Tiraspol
GroundSheriff Stadium
Capacity12,746[1]
OwnerSheriff
PresidentVictor Gușan
Head CoachStjepan Tomas
LeagueDivizia Națională
2021–22Divizia Națională, 1st of 8
WebsiteClub website
Current season

"The Wasps" recorded their debut in the first league in the 1998–99 season, when they also won their first trophy, the Moldovan Cup. They have since amassed twenty championship titles, eleven Cups and seven Super Cups–all competition records. On the European stage, Sheriff has reached the group stage of the UEFA Europa League on four occasions and became the first ever Moldovan side to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2021, where they would go on to beat eventual champions Real Madrid.

The club takes its current name from its main sponsor, Sheriff, a company which operates various industries in Transnistria. Home games are played in yellow and black kits at the Sheriff Stadium, to which the club moved in 2002 and which has a capacity of 12,746.

HistoryEdit

The club was originally established in 1996 and introduced in the Moldovan "B" Division as FC Tiras Tiraspol. On 4 April 1997, former policeman Victor Gușan, an employee of the security corporation Sheriff which remains a key sponsor, refounded it as FC Sheriff Tiraspol.[2][3]

Sheriff achieved promotion to the second tier of Moldovan football, the Moldovan "A" Division, and under the guidance of Ahmad Alaskarov, was charged with leading the team to the Moldovan top division.[2] Later that year the club won the championship by 14 points, being promoted to Divizia Națională.[4] The club won its first major honour with the 1999 Moldovan Cup. In the final at the Republican Stadium, Sheriff scored an injury-time equaliser before winning the match against Constructorul Chișinău 2–1 after extra time.[5] Sheriff's first National Division title came in the 2000–01 season, which also included their second Moldovan Cup triumph as they beat Nistru Otaci on penalties after a goalless match.[6] The league triumph was the first of a run of ten consecutively up to 2010, also including league-cup doubles in 2002, 2006 and 2008–10. Sheriff won each Moldovan Super Cup from 2004 to 2010, but did not have to play a match on four occasions due to winning it on default through a double.[7] Sheriff were denied an 11th-straight title by Dacia Chișinău in 2010–11, but reclaimed the title the following season. In 2014–15, Sheriff again lost the championship despite being level with both Milsami Orhei and Dacia Chișinău at the top of the table with 55 points; Milsami would finish in first place because of its superior head-to-head record against both Sheriff and Dacia, with Dacia second and Sheriff third, despite Sheriff having the superior goal difference amongst the clubs.

The team won the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup in 2003 and 2009, becoming the first team from Moldova to win an international title. Sheriff were the first club in Moldova to sign players from Brazil and Africa.[8]

EuropeEdit

From 2001–02 to 2008–09, the club tried to reach the group stage in the UEFA Champions League every year, but failed in the second qualifying round every time. Its European fortunes improved after 2009. Sheriff has appeared in three UEFA Europa League group stages (2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14) with decent results, although they didn't manage to qualify to the knock-out stage. In 2017, they qualified to the group stage for the fourth time, after beating favorites Legia Warsaw on away goals in the play-off round.

2009–10 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

In the 2009–10 season, Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku. In the next round, Sheriff defeated Slavia Prague 1–1 on aggregate, progressing via the away goal rule due to Nadson's 94th-minute strike in the second leg. They were then eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League by Greek club Olympiacos in the qualifying play-off for a spot in the group stage. Sheriff lost 2–0 in the first leg at home, and 1–0 in the second leg away.

However, by virtue of losing in the play-off round, Sheriff qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, where they were drawn into Group H alongside Fenerbahçe, Twente and Steaua București. On 17 September 2009, their first Europa League match, Sheriff drew 0–0 away against Steaua.[9] On 1 October, Sheriff's first Europa League home match, the club lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe.[9] On 22 October, Sheriff produced a stunning 2–0 home victory over Twente, ending Twente's 17-match unbeaten run.[9] 2 December, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with Steaua.[9] Sheriff failed to progress past the group stage after finishing third in Group H with five points, ahead of Steaua.

2010–11 UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League,[10] on 14–20 July 2010, Sheriff defeated Dinamo Tirana in the second qualifying round (3–1, 0–1). Then, on 4 August, the club defeated Dinamo Zagreb on penalties (6–5) after identical 1–1 draws at home and away, thereby reaching the play-off round.[10] On 18–24 August, in the play-off round against Basel, Sheriff lost 1–0 in Switzerland before losing 3–0 at home.[10]

2010–11 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Dropping to the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after their play-off defeat to Basel,[11] Sheriff was drawn into Group E alongside Dynamo Kyiv, AZ and BATE Borisov. After losing their first match 2–1 away against AZ on 15 September 2010, on 30 September, Sheriff defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 at home. After losing two-straight matches against BATE – 0–1 at home and 3–1 away on 21 October and 4 November respectively – on 2 December, Sheriff drew 1–1 with AZ at home,[11] then on 15 December, Sheriff drew 0–0 against Dynamo Kyiv away in Kyiv.[11] Accumulating five points, Sheriff failed to progress past the group stage after finishing last in Group E.

2013–14 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, Sheriff played in a group with Tottenham Hotspur, Anzhi Makhachkala and Tromsø, in which they finished third.

2017–18 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

In the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, Sheriff played in a group with Lokomotiv Moscow, Copenhagen, Fastav Zlín, in which they finished third once more.

2021–22 UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

In the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, Sheriff became the first Moldovan team to qualify for the group stages of the competition after a 3–0 aggregate win over Dinamo Zagreb.[12] They were drawn into Group D to face Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk.[13] On 15 September, Sheriff won their opening group game, 2–0 against Shakhtar Donetsk,[14] before following it up with an upset 2–1 away victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on 28 September 2021, with Sébastien Thill scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute.[15] Despite losing their next three games against Inter Milan and Real Madrid, they secured qualification for the preliminary knockout round of the Europa League on 24 November 2021 when Shakhtar Donetsk lost to Inter Milan. They ended their campaign with a 1–1 away draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, which meant they ended up with a very respectable 7 points from their 6 games.

2021–22 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Sheriff had serious squad problems before the start of the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds. The departure of important players such as Cristiano da Silva Leite, Frank Castañeda, Danilo Arboleda, Dimitris Kolovos and Fernando Peixoto Costanza caused serious problems in the squad. Sheriff replaced all the departures with new players like Regi Lushkja, Gaby Kiki, Renan Guedes and Patrick Kpozo. However, the rules of the Moldovan championship allow teams to announce their new players from 23 February. Since the deadline for registration in the Europa League was February 2, coach Yuriy Vernydub was obliged to include players who had not played much in the starting line-up, such as Stjepan Radeljić, Stefanos Evangelou and Charles Petro.

They were the first ever Moldovan side to play in the knockout stages of a European competition, and were drawn against S.C. Braga of Portugal. They won 2–0 in the initial home leg - with the goalscorers being Sébastien Thill and Adama Traoré in a game where Sheriff put in a solid performance despite having a vastly different squad to the one that stunned Real Madrid. Finally, the European campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat and a dramatic penalty shootout that ended 3–2 in favour of Braga.

StadiumEdit

Sheriff Stadium is the home ground of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the corporation Sheriff. Construction of the ground began on 1 August 2000 and was completed in May 2002, with the official opening in July 2002. It was renovated in 2011. The stadium has a seating capacity for 12,746 spectators and is eligible for FIFA/UEFA international events. Beside Sheriff, the stadium has also hosted matches for FC Tiraspol and the Moldova national team.

Aside from the main arena of Sheriff Sports Complex, there is also an 8,000 seater stadium, Malaya Sportivnaya Arena, also situated in the same complex, along with eight training fields, a covered training centre, housing for the players, a college for students and a five-star hotel.[16]

In June 2022, UEFA ordered that no European games would be permitted to be played in Transnistria, as a direct consequence of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[17]

Current squadEdit

As of 13 August 2022[18]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MDA Dumitru Celeadnic
2 MF   GHA Patrick Kpozo
3 DF   MWI Charles Petro
4 DF   BRA Heron
6 DF   BIH Stjepan Radeljić
7 FW   BFA Abou Ouattara
8 MF   SEN Mouhamed Diop (on loan from Kocaelispor)
9 FW   NED Kay Tejan (on loan from TOP Oss)
10 MF   BFA Cedric Badolo (on loan from Pohronie)
12 MF   NIG Abdoul Moumouni
15 DF   CMR Gaby Kiki
16 DF   TRI Keston Julien
17 MF   GHA Salifu Mudasiru (on loan from Asante Kotoko)
18 MF   MLI Moussa Kyabou (on loan from USC Kita)
19 MF   MDA Serafim Cojocari
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   GHA Edmund Addo
22 MF   ALB Regi Lushkja
23 FW   KAZ Danil Ankudinov
28 FW   BRA Pernambuco (on loan from Lviv)
30 MF   GRE Giannis Fivos Botos (on loan from AEK Athens)
33 GK   MDA Serghei Pașcenco
35 GK   UKR Maksym Koval
40 GK   GHA Razak Abalora
41 DF   GRE Stefanos Evangelou
42 DF   BRA Renan Guedes
61 FW   NGA Rasheed Akanbi
70 FW   GNB Steve Ambri
80 FW   NGA Iyayi Atiemwen
99 FW   GUI Momo Yansané

HonoursEdit

FC Sheriff Tiraspol honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Moldovan National Division 20 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020–21, 2021–22
Moldovan "A" Division 1 1997–98
Moldovan Cup 11 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2021–22
Moldovan Super Cup 7 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016
International CIS Cup 2 2003, 2009

  Record

Records and statisticsEdit

European recordEdit

As of match played 2 August 2022
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 89 33 19 37 93 91 +2 037.08
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 51 10 22 19 34 51 −17 019.61
Total 140 43 41 56 127 142 −15 030.71

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

MatchesEdit

UEFA rankingsEdit

As of 28 September 2021, Sheriff Tiraspol is ranked 58th in the UEFA club coefficient rankings, up from 108th the previous season.

Rank Team Points
56   1899 Hoffenheim 23.000
57   Malmö FF 22.500
58   Sheriff Tiraspol 21.500
59   Rennes 21.500
60   Borussia Mönchengladbach 21.000

As of 26 August 2021. Source

Club officialsEdit

ManagersEdit

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Veaceslav Rusnac   Moldova 12 July 2013 15 August 2014 41 32 4 5 113 25 078.05 2013–14 Divizia Națională
Zoran Zekić   Croatia 15 August 2014 26 May 2015[21] 25 20 3 2 63 14 080.00 2014–15 Divizia Națională
2014–15 Moldovan Cup
Lilian Popescu   Moldova 27 May 2015[22] 5 October 2015 13 7 4 2 21 9 053.85 2015 Moldovan Super Cup
Zoran Vulić   Croatia 7 October 2015 12 June 2016[23] 21 17 2 2 43 9 080.95 2015–16 Divizia Națională
Bruno Irles   France 22 July 2016[24] 23 September 2016[25] 11 7 1 3 23 9 063.64 2016 Moldovan Super Cup
Victor Mihailov (interim)   Moldova 23 September 2016 4 October 2016 1 1 0 0 2 0 100.00
Roberto Bordin   Italy 4 October 2016[26] 24 April 2018[27] 62 40 14 8 145 40 064.52 2016–17 Divizia Națională
2016-17 Moldovan Cup
2017 Divizia Națională
Victor Mihailov (interim)   Moldova 24 April 2018[27] 7 June 2018[28] 5 2 2 1 6 4 040.00
Goran Sablić   Croatia 7 June 2018[28] 27 April 2019[29] 35 21 5 9 64 24 060.00 2018 Divizia Națională
Zoran Zekić   Croatia 30 April 2019[30] 21 October 2020 53 41 8 4 136 21 077.36 2019 Divizia Națională
2018–19 Moldovan Cup
Victor Mikhailov (Caretaker)   Moldova 21 October 2020 18 December 2020 7 5 1 1 14 3 071.43
Yuriy Vernydub   Ukraine 18 December 2020 24 February 2022[31] 53 39 9 5 152 26 073.58 2020–21 Divizia Națională
Dmytro Kara-Mustafa (Acting)   Ukraine 24 February 2022[32] 21 June 2022 14 11 1 2 28 5 078.57 2021–22 Divizia Națională
Stjepan Tomas   Croatia 21 June 2022[33] 1 0 1 0 0 0 000.00

Information correct as of match played 6 July 2022. Only competitive matches are counted.

  • 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).

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