Tajikistan national football team

The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futboli Toçikiston) 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.

Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Crowns[citation needed]
(Tajik: Тоҷҳо / Tâjhâ)
The Persian Lions[citation needed](Russian: Персидские Львы 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 coachPetar Segrt
Most capsDavron Erghashev (71)
Top scorerManuchekhr Dzhalilov (19)
Home stadiumPamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA codeTJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Increase 1 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest106 (July 2013)
Lowest180 (July 2003, October 2003)
First international
 Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
 Tajikistan 16–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–0 Tajikistan 
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2006)
Best resultChampions (2006)

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]

Due to the unsuccessful performance of Tajikistan in recent years, Usmon Toshev, the Uzbek coach, was appointed to reinvigorate the Tajik side. Under Usmon, Tajikistan performed well in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, managing 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. Ultimately, with the withdrawal of North Korea, Tajikistan paid dearly when its points against Mongolia were not counted, thus following Tajikistan 1–4 away loss to Japan, an Asian powerhouse, Tajikistan was officially out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Eventually, despite Myanmar replacing Mongolia to finish bottom thus added six points for Tajikistan, the Tajiks could not reduce the deficit due to poor goal difference and thus missed out on the final round.

Team imageEdit

KitEdit

In September 2017, Tajikistan's kit was supplied by Chinese sporting apparel company Li-Ning.[6] In 2022, Tajikistan switched to having their kit was supplied by Italian sporting apparel company Macron.

Home stadiumEdit

Tajikistan play their home matches at the Pamir Stadium

Results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

1 February 2021 Friendly Jordan   2–0   Tajikistan Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Ersan   36' (pen.)
  • Abu Zrayq   43'
Report Stadium: Theyab Awana Stadium
Referee: Sultan Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
5 February 2021 Friendly Jordan   0–1   Tajikistan Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: Theyab Awana Stadium
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al Ali (United Arab Emirates)
25 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Tajikistan   3–0   Mongolia Dushanbe, Tajikistan
18:00 18:00 UTC+5
Report Stadium: Pamir Stadium
Attendance: 9,300
Referee: Ali Al Qaysi (Iraq)
24 May 2021 Friendly Iraq   0–0   Tajikistan Basra, Iraq
21:30 UTC+5 Stadium: Al-Fayhaa Stadium
Attendance: 0
29 May 2021 Friendly Thailand   2–2   Tajikistan Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+5
Stadium: Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium
7 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Japan   4–1   Tajikistan Suita, Japan
19:30 UTC+5
Report
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Referee: Abdelreham Al Jassim (Qatar)
15 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Tajikistan   4–0   Myanmar Osaka, Japan
19:25 UTC+5
Report Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)
16 November 2021 Friendly Kazakhstan   1–0   Tajikistan Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
18:00 UTC+5 Zaynutdinov   12' Report Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Amine Kourgheli (Belarus)

2022Edit

25 March 2022 (2022-03-25) Navruz Cup Uganda   1–1
(5–4 p)
  Tajikistan Namangan, Uzbekistan
16:30 UTC+6
Report
Referee: R. Lutfullin
Penalties
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) Navruz Cup Tajikistan   1–0   Kyrgyzstan Namangan, Uzbekistan
16:00 UTC+6 Umarbayev   54' Report Referee: R. Lutfullin
8 June 2022 (2022-06-08) AFC AC Q Tajikistan   v   Myanmar Bishkek
--:-- UTC+6
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) AFC AC Q Singapore   v   Tajikistan Bishkek
--:-- UTC+6
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) AFC AC Q Kyrgyzstan   v   Tajikistan Bishkek
--:-- UTC+6

Coaching staffEdit

As of 1 February 2022
Position Name
Head Coach   Petar Segrt[7]
Assistant Coach   Gela Shekiladze[7]
Assistant Coach   Tamaz Bokeria [7]

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Uganda on 25 March 2022 and an as yet unknown team on 29 March 2022.[8]

Caps and goals updated as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Uganda.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rustam Yatimov (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 23) 22 0   Istiklol
16 1GK Daler Barotov (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Khujand
23 1GK Mukhriddin Khasanov (2002-09-23) 23 September 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Istiklol

2 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 23) 17 1   Surkhon Termez
3 2DF Alidzhoni Karomatullozoda (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 23) 1 0   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
4 2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 34) 71 8   Bunyodkor
5 2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 29) 25 0   Istiklol
6 2DF Vahdat Hanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 21) 12 0   Persepolis
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 29) 61 5   Istiklol
20 2DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Turon
22 2DF Manuchehr Safarov (2001-05-31) 31 May 2001 (age 20) 16 0   Persepolis
12 2DF Mekhrubon Karimov (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Dynamo Dushanbe

7 3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 27) 32 7   Lokomotiv Plovdiv
10 3MF Alisher Dzhalilov (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 28) 13 4   AGMK
13 3MF Islom Zoirov (2002-01-12) 12 January 2002 (age 20) 8 1   Istiklol
14 3MF Mukhammadzhon Rakhimov (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 23) 35 1   Istiklol
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 23) 31 2   Navbahor Namangan
18 3MF Karomatullo Saidov (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 22) 7 0   Khujand
24 3MF Fathullo Olimzoda 0 0   Dynamo Dushanbe
25 3MF Alidzhoni Ayni (2004-08-06) 6 August 2004 (age 17) 4 0   Regar-TadAZ

11 4FW Rustam Soirov (2002-09-12) 12 September 2002 (age 19) 7 0   Istiklol
15 4FW Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 21) 4 0   Istiklol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 31) 41 19   Istiklol
8 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 28) 35 4   Khujand
9 4FW Sheriddin Boboyev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 23) 22 2   Maktaaral

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 Daler Azizov (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Regar-TadAZ v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021
GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Istiklol v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021

DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 32) 14 1   Lee Man v.   Mongolia, 25 March 2021 INJ
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 23) 20 0 Free agent v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021
DF Naimdzhon Ibragimzoda (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Khujand v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021
DF Khuseyn Nurmatov (2000-05-10) 10 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Istaravshan v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021

MF Ilhomjon Barotov (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 31) 9 1   Istaravshan v.   Myanmar, 15 June 2021
MF Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 26) 22 6   Churchill Brothers v.   Myanmar, 15 June 2021
MF Abdulmumin Zabirov (2001-08-04) 4 August 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Khujand v.   Myanmar, 15 June 2021
MF Khusrav Toirov (2003-09-25) 25 September 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Dynamo Dushanbe v.   Myanmar, 15 June 2021
MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 31) 50 8   Borneo v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021
MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 26) 39 0   United City v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021

FW Nuriddin Khamrokulov (1999-10-25) 25 October 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Khatlon v.   Myanmar, 15 June 2021
FW Shahrom Samiev (2001-02-08) 8 February 2001 (age 21) 11 4   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino v.   Kazakhstan, 16 November 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
WTH Withdrawn

RecordsEdit

As of match played 29 March 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Tajikistan.

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 8 1 2 5 9 20
  2022 8 4 1 3 14 12
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 42 16 7 19 76 63

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

AFC Challenge Cup Finals AFC Challenge Cup Qualifications
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  2006 Champions 6 5 0 1 18 2
  2008 Runners-up 5 2 2 1 7 5 3 2 0 1 7 1
  2010 Third place 5 3 0 2 8 5
  2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4 3 2 1 0 4 0
  2014 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 4 1
Total Best: Champions 16 10 2 3 32 12 9 6 1 2 15 2

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
National Team
  Hiroshima 1994 Did not enter
  Bangkok 1998 Second round 5 1 1 3 8 13
Total Best: Second round 5 1 1 3 8 13

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.

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

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  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. ^ a b c "Петр Сегрт: «Только объединившись, мы сможем достичь результата» – Федерация Футбола Таджикистана".
  8. ^ "Sostav Natsionalnoj Sbornoj Tadzhikistana Na Kubok Navruz 2022 V-Namangane". fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 18 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  9. ^ Фатхулло Фатхуллоев – 60 матчей за сборную Таджикистана!. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  10. ^ "DPR KOREA LIFT HERO INTERCONTINENTAL CUP 2019 TITLE". AIFF. 19 July 2019. Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

External linksEdit

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