Tajikistan national football team
The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futʙoli Toçikiston; Russian: Сборная Таджикистана по футболу) represents Tajikistan in international 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.
|Nickname(s)||The Crowns|
(Tajik: Тоҷҳо / Tâjhâ)
The Persian Lions(Tajik: Шерҳои форсй / Ŝerhâi fârsi)
Sons of the Highlands(Tajik: Бачаҳои Кӯҳистон / Baĉahâi Kuhistân)
Pamirians(Tajik: Помириҳо / Pâmirihâ)
|Association||Tajikistan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Usmon Toshev|
|Most caps||Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (68)|
|Top scorer||Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (17)|
|Home stadium||Pamir Stadium (24,000)|
|Current||121 (11 June 2020)|
|Highest||106 (July 2013)|
|Lowest||180 (July 2003, October 2003)|
| Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan |
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
| Tajikistan 16–0 Guam |
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
| Japan 8–0 Tajikistan |
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Champions (2006)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2018)|
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. 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.
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.
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.
Due to the unsuccessful performance of Tajikistan in recent years, Usmon Toshev, the Uzbek coach, was appointed in order to reinvigorate the Tajik side. Under Usmon, Tajikistan performed well in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, managed to beat neighbor Kyrgyzstan 1–0 and holding the same opponent 1–1 away. However, Tajikistan suffered a heartbreaking shock 3–4 loss to minnows Myanmar away, in what was considered to be a shock given Myanmar's poor form in early games, thus putting Tajikistan into trouble.
Match date: 9, 14 & 19 November 2019
Opposition: Malaysia, Myanmar & Kyrgyzstan
Competition: Friendly & 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019.
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|
|GK||Abduaziz Mahkamov||15 July 1987||12||0||Alay Osh||v. China PR, 11 June 2019|
|GK||Dilshod Dodoboev||8 November 1996||0||0||Istaravshan||v. Mongolia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Manouchehr Ahmadov||28 October 1992||5||0||Khujand||v. China PR, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Firdavs Chakalov||24 February 1996||1||0||Khujand||v. China PR, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Alisher Barotov||10 September 1999||2||0||Khatlon||v. North Korea, 19 July 2019|
|DF||Siyovush Asrorov||21 July 1992||39||0||Rahmatganj MFS||v. Mongolia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Zoir Juraboev||16 September 1998||8||0||Istiklol||v. Japan, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Daler Yodgorov||1 May 2000||0||0||CSKA Pamir Dushanbe||v. North Korea, 19 July 2019|
|MF||Nozim Babadjanov||7 August 1995||14||0||Regar-TadAZ||v. North Korea, 19 July 2019|
|MF||Sharafdzhon Solehov||14 December 1999||8||1||Khujand||v. Mongolia, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Ilhomjon Barotov||21 July 1990||5||1||Istaravshan||v. Japan, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Otabek Karimov||4 January 1998||4||0||Istaravshan||v. Japan, 15 October 2019|
|FW||Tohir Malodustov||12 September 2000||1||0||Barkchi||v. Japan, 15 October 2019|
- As of 5 December 2018
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
Win Draw Loss
|8 October 2020||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe||Mongolia||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)|
|TBD||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe||India||Friendly|
|12 November 2020||Noevir Stadium, Kobe||Japan||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)|
|17 November 2020||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe||Myanmar||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)|
Most capped playersEdit
- As of match played 19 November 2019
- As of match played 19 November 2019, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1992||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||4||5|
|2007||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
AFC Challenge CupEdit
Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Central Asian ChampionshipEdit
RCD Cup/ECO Cup recordEdit
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.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
- "Member Association - Tajikistan". FIFA.com. FIFA.
- Уволен тренерский штаб сборной Таджикистана. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- 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.
- "Team of Tajikistan will play against Nepal in white form" (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- УСМОН ТОШЕВ НАЗВАЛ ИГРОКОВ, ВЫЗВАННЫХ В СБОРНУЮ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НА НОЯБРЬСКИЕ МАТЧИ. fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
- Фатхулло Фатхуллоев – 60 матчей за сборную Таджикистана!. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
- Tajikistan profile at FIFA.com
- Tajikistan profile at Ukrainian Football News (in Ukrainian)
- Official Website of Tajikistan Football (in Ukrainian)
| AFC Challenge Cup Champions
2006 (First title)