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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 (66)
Top scorerYusuf Rabiev (15)
Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (15)
Home stadiumPamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA codeTJK
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Steady (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest106 (July 2013)
Lowest180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 148 Increase 16 (20 July 2019)[2]
Highest85 (November 2003)
Lowest165 (October 2018)
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: 7, 10, 15 July 2019[7]
Opposition: India, Syria & North Korea
Competition: 2019 Intercontinental Cup
Caps and goals updated as of 19 July 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rustam Yatimov (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Istiklol
16 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 17) 0 0   Lokomotiv-Pamir

2 2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26) 39 0   PKNP
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 21) 11 0   Istiklol
4 2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 27) 16 0   Istiklol
6 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 20) 8 0   Istiklol
13 2DF Alisher Barotov (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Khatlon
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 26) 44 5   Istiklol

5 3MF Ilhomjon Barotov (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 28) 4 1   Istaravshan
7 3MF Muhammadjon Rakhimov (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 20) 11 1   Istiklol
8 3MF Karomatullo Saidov (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 19) 6 0   Khatlon
12 3MF Otabek Karimov (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Istaravshan
15 3MF Daler Yodgorov (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Istiklol
20 3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 23) 14 0   Regar-TadAZ
21 3MF Sharafdzhon Solehov (1999-12-14) 14 December 1999 (age 19) 8 1   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
22 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 23) 26 0   Istiklol

10 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 20) 9 1   Istiklol
11 4FW Shahrom Samiyev (2001-02-08) 8 February 2001 (age 18) 6 2   Istiklol
14 4FW Tohir Malodustov (2000-09-12) 12 September 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Barkchi
18 4FW Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 23) 12 4   Istiklol
23 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 25) 25 3   Khujand

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 Behrouz Hayriev (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Istiklol v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 2 0   Barkchi v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
GK Abduaziz Mahkamov (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 (age 32) 12 0   Alay Osh v.   China PR, 11 June 2019
GK Fathullo Boboev (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Regar-TadAZ v.   China PR, 11 June 2019

DF Bakhtior Kalandarov (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Regar-TadAZ v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Hussein Nurmatov (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 18) 3 0   Barkchi v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Vahdat Hanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Barkchi v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Dorobjon Ergashev (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 25) 8 0   TIRA-Persikabo v.   China PR, 11 June 2019
DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 26) 5 0   Khujand v.   China PR, 11 June 2019
DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Khujand v.   China PR, 11 June 2019

MF Muhsindzhon Abdugaffor (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
MF Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Barkchi v.   Bahrain, 20 December 2018
MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 24) 19 6   Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.   China PR, 11 June 2019
MF Alisher Dzhalilov (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Istiklol v.   China PR, 11 June 2019

FW Muhammadjon Loiqov (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Belshina Bobruisk v.   Bahrain, 20 December 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
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
7 June 2019   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Afghanistan Friendly
1–1 D
Samiyev   88'
11 June 2019   Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou   China PR Friendly 0–1 L
7 July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad   India 2019 Intercontinental Cup 4–2 W Tursunov   56'
Boboev   59'
Rakhimov   71'
Samiyev   77'
10 July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad   Syria 2019 Intercontinental Cup 2–0 W Tursunov   56'
Barotov   67'
15 July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad   North Korea 2019 Intercontinental Cup 0–1 L
19 July 2019   TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad   North Korea 2019 Intercontinental Cup 0–1 L

Upcoming matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2019
5 September 2019   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Kyrgyzstan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
10 September 2019   MFF Football Centre, Ulanbaatar   Mongolia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
15 October 2019   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Japan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
14 November 2019   Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon   Myanmar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
19 November 2019   Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek   Kyrgyzstan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
26 March 2020   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Mongolia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
4 June 2020   Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama   Japan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
9 June 2020   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe   Myanmar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of match played 19 July 2019[8]
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 66 9
2 Davron Erghashev 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
8 Akhtam Nazarov 2012– 44 5

Top goalscorersEdit

As of match played 11 June 2019, 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
5 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 66 9
7 Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 2003–2010 32 8
7 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 48 8
7 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 50 8
10 Alier Ashurmamadov 1992–2006 14 6
10 Shukhrat Dzhaborov 1996–2007 19 6
10 Davron Erghashev 2008– 53 6
10 Parvizdzhon Umarbayev 2015– 19 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
  2023 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
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. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 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. ^ УСМОН ТОШЕВ НАЗВАЛ СОСТАВ СБОРНОЙ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НА ТУРНИР HERO INTERСONTINENTAL CUP 2019. fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  8. ^ Фатхулло Фатхуллоев – 60 матчей за сборную Таджикистана!. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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