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The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futʙoli Toçikiston; Russian: Сборная Таджикистана по футболу) is a football (soccer) team that represents Tajikistan in association football, and is controlled by the Tajikistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Tajikistan. Tajikistan's home ground is the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.

Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Crowns[citation needed]
(Tajik: Тоҷҳо / Tâjhâ)
The Persian Lions[citation needed](Tajik: Шерҳои форсй / Ŝerhâi fârsi)
Sons of the Highlands[citation needed](Tajik: Бачаҳои Кӯҳистон / Baĉahâi Kuhistân)
Pamirians[citation needed](Tajik: Помириҳо / Pâmirihâ)
AssociationTajikistan Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachUsmon Toshev
Most capsFatkhullo Fatkhuloev (64)
Top scorerYusuf Rabiev and Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (15)
Home stadiumPamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA codeTJK
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Steady (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest106 (July 2013)
Lowest180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 160 Increase 3 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest85 (November 2003)
Lowest161 (14 November 2017)
First international
Tajikistan Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Tajikistan Tajikistan 16–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–0 Tajikistan Tajikistan
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)

Contents

HistoryEdit

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan played its first match against Uzbekistan on 17 June 1992. It was not until 1994 that the Tajikistan National Football Federation was admitted to FIFA.

Tajikistan played its first official game on 11 April 1994 in Tashkent as part of a regional tournament. They lost that game against Kazakhstan 0–1.[3] The first official competition the team entered was the qualifiers for the 1996 Asian Cup, when it was seeded in the three-team Group 8 with Uzbekistan and Bahrain. Bahrain later withdrew, leaving Tajikistan to a play-off against their Middle Asian neighbors. Tajikistan won the first game 4–0, but were beaten in the away game 0–5 after extra time. They did not enter a World Cup qualifying competition until the France 1998 edition, recording four victories in their preliminary group stage including a 5–0 triumph over Turkmenistan, and losing only to China, which placed them second behind their eastern neighbors, but out of the competition.[3]

In a three-team qualifying section for Korea/Japan 2002, they had a record 16–0 win over Guam before losing 2–0 to Iran. After beating Bangladesh 4–0 on aggregate in the preliminary round of the qualifiers for Germany 2006, they held AFC Asian Cup semi-finalists and eventual group winners Bahrain to a goalless draw on 31 March 2004.

The team won its first international tournament, the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup, in 2006, beating Sri Lanka 4–0 in Dhaka.

Following Tajikistan's disappointing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, Mubin Ergashev and his staff were relieved of their duties.[4]

Tajikistan were drawn into a 2019 Asian Cup qualification group with the Philippines, Yemen and Nepal. Following their defeat to Philippines on 27 March 2018, confirming Tajikistan's failure to qualify for the Asian Cup, manager Khakim Fuzailov resigned.[5]

Team imageEdit

KitEdit

The team strip is currently sponsored by Chinese sporting apparel company Li-Ning.[6]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Match date: 13 December, 16 December, and 20 December 2018[7]
Opposition: Oman & Bahrain
Competition: Friendly
Caps and goals updated as of 20 December 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 2 0   Barkchi
16 1GK Fathullo Boboev (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Khatlon
23 1GK Behrouz Hayriev (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Istiklol

2 2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26) 35 0   PKNP
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 20) 5 0   Istiklol
4 2DF Bakhtior Kalandarov (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 26) 3 0   Regar-TadAZ
5 2DF Dorobjon Ergashev (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
12 2DF Vahdat Hanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Barkchi
13 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 20) 4 0   Metallurg Bekabad
14 2DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 24) 7 0   TIRA-Persikabo
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 26) 40 2   Istiklol
22 2DF Hussein Nurmatov (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 18) 3 0   Barkchi

6 3MF Karomatullo Saidov (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 19) 3 0   Khatlon
7 3MF Muhammadjon Rakhimov (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 20) 7 0   Istiklol
8 3MF Sharafdzhon Solehov (1999-12-14) 14 December 1999 (age 19) 3 1   Barkchi
11 3MF Muhsindzhon Abdugaffor (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
15 3MF Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Barkchi
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Istiklol
20 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 23) 20 0   Istiklol

9 4FW Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 23) 7 2   Istiklol
10 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 25) 23 3   Khujand
18 4FW Muhammadjon Loiqov (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0   UAS Zhitkovichi
21 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Istiklol

Recent call upsEdit

The following players have been called up during the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 26) 3 0   New Radiant v.   Palestine, 4 October 2018

MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 29) 64 8   Istiklol v.   Palestine, 4 October 2018

FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 31) 50 8   Istiklol v.     Nepal, 10 October 2018

ManagersEdit

As of 5 December 2018
Period Head coach
1992–1994   Sharif Nazarov
1994–1995   Vladimir Ghulamhaydarov
1996   Abdulla Muradov
1997–1998   Zair Babayev
1999   Sharif Nazarov
2000–2002   Salahiddin Ghafurov
2003   Sharif Nazarov
2004   Zair Babayev
2004–2006   Sharif Nazarov
2007   Mahmadjan Habibullayev
2008–2011   Pulad Qadirov
2011–2012    Alimjan Rafiqov
2012   Kemal Alispahic
2012–2013   Nikola Kavazovic
2013   Mubin Ergashev
2013–2015    Muhsin Muhammadiyev
2015–2016   Mubin Ergashev
2016–2018   Hakim Fuzaylov
2018   Alisher Tuhtayev
2018–   Usman Tashev

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2017
23 March 2017   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Bahrain Friendly 1–1 D Dzhalilov   4'
28 March 2017   Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha   Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Umarbayev   9'
13 June 2017   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–4 L Umarbayev   57' (pen.)
Vasiev   61'
Dzhalilov   90'
4 September 2017   Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu     Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Dzhalilov   25'
Vasiev   30'
9 October 2017   Central Stadium, Hisor     Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W Davronov   20' (pen.)
Umarbayev   60' (pen.)
Dzhalilov   87' (pen.)
14 November 2017   Central Stadium, Hisor   Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–0 D
2018
21 March 2018   Helong Sports Center Stadium, Changsha   China PR U-21 Friendly 1–2 L
27 March 2018   Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila   Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Nazarov   64'
2 October 2018   Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet     Nepal 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 2–0 W Fatkhuloev   27' (pen.)
Tursunov   69'
4 October 2018   Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet   Palestine 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 0–2 L
9 October 2018   Cox's Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar   Philippines 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 2–0 W Tursunov   31'
Nazarov   90+7'
12 October 2018   Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka   Palestine 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 0–0 D (3–4p)
13 December 2018   Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat   Oman Friendly 1–2 L Solehov   90'
16 December 2018   Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat   Oman Friendly 0–1 L
20 December 2018   Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town   Bahrain Friendly 0–5 L
2019
11 June 2019   Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou   China PR Friendly
July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad TBD 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)
July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad TBD 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)
July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad TBD 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)

Upcoming matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2018

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of match played 27 March 2018[8]
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 64 8
2 Davron Ergashev 2008– 53 6
3 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 50 8
4 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 48 8
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Eraj Rajabov 2008– 44 0
7 Yusuf Rabiev 2003–2015 40 15

Top goalscorersEdit

As of match played 27 March 2018, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Yusuf Rabiev 2003–2015 40 15
1 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 2011– 24 15
3 Numonjon Hakimov 2003–2011 34 14
4 Tokhirjon Muminov 1992–2002 24 10
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 62 8
6 Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 2003–2010 32 8
6 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 48 8
6 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 50 8
10 Alier Ashurmamadov 1992–2006 14 6
10 Shukhrat Dzhaborov 1996–2007 19 6
10 Davron Ergashev 2008– 53 6
10 Parvizdzhon Umarbayev 2015– 17 6

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1990 Was part of   Soviet Union Was part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 15 2
   2002 2 1 0 1 16 2
  2006 8 4 1 3 9 9
  2010 4 1 2 1 7 4
  2014 6 2 0 4 6 14
  2018 6 0 1 5 2 20
  2022 To be determined To be determined
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 32 12 5 15 55 51

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 5
  2000 3 2 0 1 6 5
  2004 6 2 2 2 3 5
     2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify
  2015
  2019 16 5 3 8 25 29
Total Best: 0/8 27 10 5 12 38 44

AFC Challenge CupEdit

RCD Cup/ECO Cup recordEdit

Other tournamentsEdit

ELF CupEdit

In 2006, Tajikistan took part in the inaugural ELF Cup in Northern Cyprus. This competition was originally intended to be for teams that were not members of FIFA; however, the organisers extended invitations to both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, who were both represented by their national futsal teams. Tajikistan failed to get past the group stage.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Member Association - Tajikistan". FIFA.com. FIFA.
  4. ^ "Уволен тренерский штаб сборной Таджикистана". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ "ХАКИМ ФУЗАЙЛОВ ИЗВИНИЛСЯ ПЕРЕД БОЛЕЛЬЩИКАМИ ЗА НЕВЫХОД СБОРНОЙ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НА КУБОК АЗИИ-2019 И ПОДАЛ В ОТСТАВКУ". fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation Tajikistan. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Team of Tajikistan will play against Nepal in white form" (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  7. ^ "ОПРЕДЕЛИЛСЯ СОСТАВ СБОРНОЙ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НА ДЕКАБРЬСКИЕ ТОВАРИЩЕСКИЕ МАТЧИ". fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Фатхулло Фатхуллоев – 60 матчей за сборную Таджикистана!". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Newly Created
AFC Challenge Cup Champions
2006 (First title)
Succeeded by
2008 India