FC Sheriff Tiraspol

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Sheriff Tiraspol
Logo
Full name Fotbal Club Sheriff
Founded 1997[1]
Ground Sheriff Stadium
Ground Capacity 14,300
Chairman Victor Gușan
Manager Veaceslav Rusnac
League Divizia Naţională
2012–13 Divizia Naţională, 1st (champions)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь, known simply as Sheriff) is an association football club located in Tiraspol, Transnistria (Moldova). The club has dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning twelve championship titles in the Moldovan National Division out of thirteen in this time frame.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1997 by former policeman Viktor Guşan, and employee of the Sheriff in Moldova. The club entered the second tier of Moldovan football, the "A" Division later that year and won its championship by 14 points to gain promotion to National Division.[2] The club won its first major silver with the 1999 Moldovan Cup. In the final at the Republican Stadium, Sheriff scored an injury-time equaliser before winning the match against Constructorul Chisinau 2–1 after extra time.[3] Sheriff's first National Division title came in the 2000–01 season, which also included their second Moldovan Cup triumph as they beat Nistru Otaci on penalties after a goalless match.[4] The league triumph was the first of a run of ten consecutively up to 2010, also including league-cup doubles in 2002, 2006 and 2008–10. Sheriff won each Moldovan Super Cup from 2004 to 2010, but did not have to play a match on four occasions due to winning it on default through a double.[5] Sheriff were denied an eleventh successive title by Dacia Chişinău in 2010–11, but reclaimed the title the following season.

The team won the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup in 2003 and 2009, becoming the first team from Moldova to win an international title. Sheriff were the first club in Moldova to sign contract players from Brazil and Africa.[6]


Overview[edit]

FC Sheriff Tiraspol is based in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway state of Transnistria, generally recognized as part of Moldova. The club plays in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football. The club was founded by the Sheriff security company on 4 April 1997,[7] which remains a key sponsor.[1]

The club was officially refounded under the leadership of Victor Guşan, the company's president. The first Sheriff coach, Ahmad Alaskarov, was charged with leading the team to the Moldovan top division.[7]

Sheriff's first football trophy was the 1998–99 Moldovan Cup. The club won promotion to the top flight in 1998, after its first-ever season, and dominated the Moldovan National Division with ten consecutive titles from 2001 to 2010, winning an eleventh in 2012. The side also have seven Moldovan Cup titles, including six double-winning seasons. However, the club has never reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Sheriff Stadium[edit]

Sheriff Stadium during UEFA Europa League match

Sheriff Stadium is the home ground of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the Sheriff corporation. It was constructed by the company in 2002. It has a seating capacity for 14,300 spectators and is eligible for international events, such as the matches of the Moldova national football team.

Sheriff in Eurocups[edit]

From 2001–02 to 2008–09, the club tried to reach the group stage in the UEFA Champions League every year, but failed in the second qualifying round every time.

2009–10 UEFA Europa League[edit]

In the 2009–10 season Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku.

In the next round, Sheriff defeated Slavia Prague with an aggregate score of 1–1 over two legs, progressing via the away goal rule due to José Nadson Ferreira's 94th minute strike in the 2nd leg.

They were then eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League by Greek club Olympiacos in a Play-off for the Group Stage . They lost 2–0 in the first leg at home, and 1–0 in the second leg away.

Sheriff then progressed to the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, and were faced with tough opponents. On 17 September 2009, in their first game in the Europa League, Sheriff managed to snatch a 0–0 away draw from FC Steaua Bucureşti.[8]

On 1 October 2009, in the first home game Sheriff lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe S.K.[8]

On 22 October, Sheriff produced a stunning 2–0 victory over famous Dutch club FC Twente in Tiraspol, ending Twente's 17-match unbeaten run.[8]

2 December 2009, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with FC Steaua Bucureşti.[8]

2010–11 UEFA Champions League[edit]

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League season,[9] on 14–20 July 2010, Sheriff defeated Dinamo Tirana in the second qualifying round (3:1, 0–1).

Then, on 4 August 2010 overcame Dinamo Zagreb on penalties (1:1, 1:1, 6:5) to reach the play-off round, the final stage before the Champions League Group stage.[9]

On 18–24 August 2010, in the play-off round against FC Basel, Sheriff lost 1–0 the first match in Switzerland before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat at home.[9]

2010–11 UEFA Europa League[edit]

In the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season,[10] on 30 September 2010, Sheriff recorded a 2–0 victory over FC Dinamo Kiev in Tiraspol.

On 2 December 2010 Sheriff drew 1–1 with Dutch club AZ in Tiraspol.[10]

On 15 December 2010 Sheriff drew 0–0 against FC Dinamo Kiev in Kiev.[10]

European record[edit]

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup
UEFA Europa League

Staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Managers[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 January, 2014, according to the TEAM. FC Sheriff website.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Spain DF Melli
7 Moldova MF Valentin Furdui
8 Moldova MF Valentin Bîrdan
9 Brazil FW Juninho Potiguar
11 Brazil MF Ricardinho
12 Moldova GK Dumitru Stajila
14 Burkina Faso MF Wilfried Balima
15 Ivory Coast DF Marcel Metoua
16 Moldova FW Vadim Paireli
20 Brazil MF Cadú
21 Israel MF Kobi Moyal
No. Position Player
22 Guinea DF Djibril Tamsir Paye
23 Brazil MF Ernandes
24 Moldova MF Veaceslav Lisa
25 Moldova GK Serghei Juric
26 Slovenia DF Miral Samardžić (captain)
29 Bulgaria FW Ismail Isa
88 Serbia MF Marko Stanojević
89 Moldova MF Igor Dima
90 Moldova FW Henrique Luvannor
99 Brazil FW Jhulliam

Reserves[edit]

Reserve squad is FC Sheriff-2 Tiraspol:

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Moldova GK Denis Macogonenco
12 Moldova GK Pavel Galac
15 Moldova DF Artur Apostolov
Moldova DF Alexandr Bolshakov
21 Moldova DF Igor Bordan
Moldova DF Nicolai Volcov
22 Moldova MF Serghei Caimacov
No. Position Player
Moldova MF Artiom Razgoniuc
Moldova MF Dmitri Semirov
Moldova MF Stanislav Sinkovsci
33 Moldova FW Andrei Macritchi
10 Moldova FW Artiom Puntus

Honours[edit]

2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
1997-98
1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013
2003, 2009

Club records[edit]

Most appearances (443): Vazha Tarkhnishvili

Most goals (71): Alexey Kuchuk

Record victory (19 October 2005, Moldovan Cup): Sheriff-FC Viitorul Orhei 16:0

Record defeat (UEFA Champions League, 25 July 2001): RSC Anderlecht-Sheriff 4:0[7]

Biggest win in UEFA competition (23 July 2013): Sheriff-FK Sutjeska 5:0

Appearances in UEFA Champions League: 0

Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 18

Player with most UEFA appearances: Vazha Tarkhnishvili (54)

Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: Aleksandr Erokhin (4)[11]


Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

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