Turkmenistan national football team

The Turkmenistan national football team (Turkmen: Türkmenistanyň milli futbol ýygyndysy) represents Turkmenistan in men's international football and it is controlled by the Football Federation of Turkmenistan, the governing body for football in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan's home stadiums are the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium and the Kopetdag Stadium. The team represents FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Turkmenistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Emerald
Greens
Karakum Warriors
AssociationTürkmenistanyň Futbol federasiýasy (TFF)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachSaid Seýidow
CaptainArslanmyrat Amanow
Most capsArslanmyrat Amanow (53)[1]
Top scorerWladimir Baýramow (16)[2]
Home stadiumAshgabat Olympic Stadium
Kopetdag Stadium
FIFA codeTKM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 135 Steady (6 October 2022)[3]
Highest86 (April 2004)
Lowest174 (September 2007)
First international
 Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; 1 June 1992)[4]
Biggest win
 Turkmenistan 11–0 Afghanistan 
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Turkmenistan 1–6 Kuwait 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 10 February 2000)
 Qatar 5–0 Turkmenistan 
(Doha, Qatar; 31 May 2004)
 Tajikistan 5–0 Turkmenistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 22 June 1997)
 Bahrain 5–0 Turkmenistan 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 3 August 2005)
 South Korea 5–0 Turkmenistan 
(Goyang, South Korea; 5 June 2021)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage (2004, 2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultRunners-up (2010, 2012)

HistoryEdit

After the country gained independence, they played their first match against Kazakhstan on 1 June 1992, and against fellow Central Asian nation Uzbekistan on 28 June the same year.

2000sEdit

 
Turkmenistan match against North Korea in June 2008.

They qualified for the 2004 Asian Cup by winning the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where they were placed in group G, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Sri Lanka. In the autumn of 2003, in the first leg of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC), they defeated Afghanistan 11–0 in Ashgabat. Begench Kuliyev and Rejepmyrat Agabaýew each scored a hat-trick, while Guvanchmuhammet Ovekov scored twice. Other players on the scoresheet that day were Nazar Bayramov, Omar Berdiyev and Didarklych Urazov. In the second leg the team won 0–2, with both goals scored by Begench Kuliyev. In December 2003, the national team of Turkmenistan reached the top 100 in the FIFA rankings for the first time in its history, reaching the 99th position, thanks to the successes in the 2004 Asian Cup and the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. In the 2004 Asian Cup that took place in China, Turkmenistan was placed in group C, with neighbours Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They were knocked out in the group stages following two defeats and a draw against Saudi Arabia.

2010sEdit

In February 2010, Turkmenistan's national football team was headed by Ýazguly Hojageldyýew, who was working for HTTU Aşgabat.[6] Under his leadership the team went to Sri Lanka to participate in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. For the first time, they made it to the final, only to see them lose against North Korea in the penalty shootout. In the same year, the Football Association of Turkmenistan invited a native Turkmen, the head coach of FC Rubin Kazan, Kurban Berdyev to resume leadership.[7][8]

In March 2011, Turkmenistan successfully entered the final round of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, beating Pakistan, Taiwan, and played in a draw with India in the qualifying competition in Kuala Lumpur. In the summer of 2011, in the race for a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, they faced Indonesia in the second round. After managing a 1–1 draw in the first leg in Ashghabat, they were eventually defeated 4–3 in the second leg, 5–4 on aggregate, thus were knocked out of the contention for Brazil 2014.

In winter 2012 the team gathered for a training camp in Turkey. In preparation for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, Ýazguly Hojageldyýew arranged a friendly match with Romania, which saw them lost 4–0.

In March 2012, the team went to Kathmandu to participate in the final tournament of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. They beat the hosts Nepal 3–0 and Maldives 3–1, while the final group stage match with Palestine ended in a goalless draw. In the semifinals, Turkmenistan defeated the Philippines 2–1. However, as in the previous edition, they lost the final match to North Korea with a scoreline of 1–2.

In October 2012, Turkmenistan's team took second place at the 2012 VFF Cup, beating the teams of Vietnam and Laos, only to lose in the final match against the South Korean University Selection team 0–4.

On 23 March 2013 Turkmenistan defeated Cambodia 7–0 in Manila, in the qualifying round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. In the second round, Turkmenistan was to meet Brunei, but the team did not arrive at the tournament, thus Turkmenistan was awarded a default 3–0 victory.[9] In the last round, Turkmenistan lost to Philippines 1–0, but managed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup finals as the best second placed team alongside Laos.[10]

In January 2014 Rahym Kurbanmämmedow was again in charge of the national team. They held three training camps in May and participated in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage, thereby losing the chance to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup.[11][12][13] In June 2014, as a result of their poor performance at the AFC Challenge Cup, the entire coaching staff was dismissed, including the head coach.[14]

 
2018 World Cup qualification game with Iran in Tehran

In the spring of 2015, Amangylyç Koçumow was appointed as the new head coach of the national team to prepare the team for participation in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The team started off badly, losing to one of the weakest team in Asia – Guam national football team 0–1. On 16 June 2015, for the first time, the Turkmenistan national team held a match outside Ashgabat, at the Spot toplumy Stadium in Dashoguz in the presence of 10,000 spectators, the Turkmenistan team played a draw with Iran (1–1). Then, the team lost Oman 1:3. In the home games that took place at the Kopetdag Stadium in October 2016, Turkmenistan beat India 2–1 and Guam 1–0. In November, the Turkmenistan held a friendly match with the UAE, which ended in a 1–5 defeat and an official match with Iran, in which the team lost 1–3. On 17 November 2016, the national team of Turkmenistan in the home game sensationally beat the national team of Oman 2–1. In the final stage, the Turkmenistan national team defeated India 2–1. The Turkmenistan team took the 3rd place in Group D, which did not allow the team to go to the next stage of the qualifying games for the 2018 World Cup, but gave the opportunity to fight for getting into the 2019 Asian Cup.

Turkmenistan had finally qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the second time in history, having finished second after Bahrain. In the tournament, Turkmenistan was grouped with Japan, neighbor Uzbekistan and Oman. The Turkmen side played pretty well in their first match against Asian powerhouse Japan and even took a lead until the end of the first half, but eventually fell to Japan 2–3. The next match against Uzbekistan was a complete disaster when Turkmenistan decided to play duel with more experienced Uzbekistan, leaving the team defeated 0–4, all four goals were scored in the first half. Turkmenistan then tried to make a fight against Oman, but lost 1–3 with two Omani goals scored in final minutes, thus the team was eliminated without scoring any point. Ýazguly Hojageldyýew resigned in the aftermath.

In March 2019, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan named Ante Miše as the head coach of the Turkmenistan national football team, signing a one-year contract.[15] Croatian specialist Sandro Tomić will help to train the national team of Turkmenistan. Croatian coaches are set to develop the overall football in Turkmenistan, not just the national team. His first game, 3 month later, was a 0–0 draw at friendly match with Uganda.[16]

Team imageEdit

KitEdit

Years Suppliers
????–2007   Nike
2007–2010   Jako
2010–2011   Adidas
2012–2016   Umbro
2016–2018   Joma
2019–present   Jako[17]

Home stadiumEdit

From the moment of its formation (1992) until now, the main home stadium of the Turkmenistan national football team is the Köpetdag Stadium in Ashgabat, built and opened in 1997. This stadium is also the venue for home matches of FK Köpetdag Aşgabat. It was reconstructed in 2015 and currently holds 26,503 spectators.

From 2003 until the end of 2012, the main home stadium of the Turkmenistan national team was the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium (until 2017 was named Olympic Stadium named after Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great), renovated 2013–2017 and accommodating 45,000 spectators. At the moment, the national team is not used for football matches.

The national team of Turkmenistan in different years held their home matches also in other cities and stadiums of Turkmenistan. So, at the Nisa Stadium in Ashgabat (Match vs China in 1997), at the Sport Toplumy in Dashoguz (Match vs Iran in 2015 and vs Bahrain in 2017[18]), at the Sport Toplumy in Balkanabat (Match vs Taipei in 2017[19][20]).

RivalriesEdit

 
Match with Uzbekistan team in the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE

The main rivals of the Turkmenistan national team are the countries of Central Asia, the national teams of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The main and most important rival of the national team of Turkmenistan are the national teams of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The matches between the countries of Central Asia have always aroused great interest among fans of Central Asia. Football is one of the instruments of rivalry between the states of Central Asia.[citation needed]

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

27 May Friendly Thailand   1–0   Turkmenistan Sisaket, Thailand
17:30 UTC+7
  • Adisak   88'
Report Stadium: Sisaket Provincial Stadium
Attendance: 16,614
Referee: Warintron Sassadee
8 June AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Turkmenistan   1–3   Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 21,591
Referee: Omar Al-Yaqoubi (Oman)
11 June AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Bangladesh   1–2   Turkmenistan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 5,598
Referee: Clifford Daypuyat (Philippines)
14 June AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Bahrain   1–0   Turkmenistan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+5
Report Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 2,970
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Said Seýidow
Goalkeeper coaches   Gylyç Çaryýew
Assistant coaches   Myrat Durdyýew
Assistant coaches   Wladimir Karpow
Assistant coaches   Begenç Gulyýew

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Thailand on 27 May 2022, and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches against Malaysia, Bangladesh and Bahrain between 8–14 June 2022.[23][24]

Caps and goals correct as of 26 May 2022.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rasul Çaryýew (1999-09-30) 30 September 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Ahal
1GK Batyr Babaýew (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 31) 1 0   Nebitçi
1GK Dovletmukhammed Dzhallov Unknown 0 0   Altyn Asyr

2DF Mekan Saparow (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 28) 29 1   Altyn Asyr
2DF Zafar Babajanow (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 35) 12 1   Altyn Asyr
2DF Gurbangeldi Batyrow (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 34) 12 1   Altyn Asyr
2DF Güýçmyrat Annagulyýew (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 26) 7 2   Altyn Asyr

3MF Ahmet Ataýew (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 32) 28 1   Altyn Asyr
3MF Ilýa Tamurkin (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 33) 11 0   Ahal
3MF Vezirgeldy Ilyasov (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 30) 9 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Myrat Annaýew (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 29) 7 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Furkat Tursunow (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 31) 3 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Welmyrat Ballakow (1999-04-04) 4 April 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Rovshengeldy Khalmammedov (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Begençmyrat Myradow (2001-08-09) 9 August 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Berdimurad Rezhebov (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Altyn Asyr
3MF Yhlas Saparmammedov (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Köpetdag Aşgabat
3MF Begmyrat Baýow (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Altyn Asyr

4FW Arslanmyrat Amanow (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 32) 53 13   Sri Pahang FC
4FW Altymyrat Annadurdyýew (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 29) 22 7   Altyn Asyr
4FW Elman Tagaýew (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 33) 8 1   Ahal
4FW Mihail Titow (1997-10-18) 18 October 1997 (age 25) 7 1   Altyn Asyr
4FW Rahman Myratberdiýew (2001-10-31) 31 October 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Altyn Asyr

Player recordsEdit

As of 9 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Turkmenistan.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Arslanmyrat Amanow is Turkmenistan's most capped player with 53 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Arslanmyrat Amanow 53 13 2009–present
2 Bahtiýar Hojaahmedow 40 1 2008–2017
Kamil Mingazow 40 3 1992–2004
4 Serdar Annaorazow 39 0 2012–present
Omar Berdiýew 39 1 2000–2010
Begençmuhammet Kulyýew 39 11 1997–2006
7 Gurbangeldi Durdyýew 36 2 1992–2004
8 Wladimir Baýramow 35 16 2000–2013
9 Amandurdy Annadurdyýew 33 2 1992–2003
10 Şöhrat Söýünow 32 0 2011–present

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Wladimir Baýramow is Turkmenistan's top scorer with 16 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Wladimir Baýramow 16 35 0.46 2000–2013
2 Çaryýar Muhadow 13 18 0.72 1992–2000
Arslanmyrat Amanow 13 53 0.25 2009–present
4 Rejepmyrat Agabaýew 12 30 0.4 1994–2004
5 Begençmuhammet Kulyýew 11 39 0.28 2000–2013
6 Berdymyrat Şamyradow 10 24 0.42 2008–2015
7 Guwançmuhammet Öwekow 9 23 0.39 2003–2010
Muslim Agaýew 9 25 0.36 1994–2007
9 Altymyrat Annadurdyýew 7 22 0.32 2015–present
10 Didargylyç Urazow 6 18 0.33 1996–2003
Mämmedaly Garadanow 6 22 0.27 2004–2011

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1990 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 8 13
    2002 6 4 0 2 12 7
  2006 8 4 1 3 21 10
  2010 10 3 1 5 9 13
  2014 2 0 1 1 4 5
  2018 8 4 1 3 10 11
  2022 6 3 0 3 8 11
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 46 20 4 21 72 70

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1988 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1992 Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
  1996 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 3 8
  2000 4 3 0 1 15 6
  2004 Round 1 12th 3 0 1 2 4 6 6 4 2 0 10 2
        2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 Group stage 21st 3 0 0 3 3 10 14 7 2 5 19 21
  2023 Did not qualify 9 4 0 5 11 16
Total Best: Group stage 2/17 6 0 1 5 7 16 28 18 5 14 58 53

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
National team
  Hiroshima 1994 Quarter-finals 5 1 3 1 7 9
  Bangkok 1998 Quarter-finals 6 3 2 1 10 9
Total Best: Quarter-finals 11 4 5 2 17 18

Note: As of 2002, only U23 teams are allowed to participate in the Asian Games' football tournament.

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Challenge Cup record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Did not enter
  2008 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 2
  2010 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 6 2
  2012 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
  2014 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 6
Total Best: Runners-up 16 8 4 4 27 14

Central Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  2018 - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - -

RCD Cup/ECO CupEdit

Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1965 to   1974 No international team
  1993 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 6 5
Total Best: Runners-up 4 2 0 2 6 5

Head-to-head recordEdit

FIFA ranking historyEdit

HonoursEdit

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