FC Istiklol

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Full name Football Club Istiklol
Founded November 2007
Ground Central Republican Stadium
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Ground Capacity 24,000
Chairman Shohruh Saidov[1]
Manager Mubin Ergashev
League Tajik League
2014 Tajik League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Istiklol (Tajik: Футбольный клуб «Истиклол») is a professional football club based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The currently play in the top division of the country. The name and jersey colour of the team seems too have been inspired by Esteghlal Tehran F.C., one of the most popular football clubs in Iran and Persian-Speaking world.


Istiklol (Dushanbe) was established in November 2007, under the Presidency of Shohruh Saidov. In 2008, Istiklol competed in the Dushanbe Group of the second under the guidance of head coach Kanat Latifov, winning all 27 league games with a +147 goal difference and winning promotion to the Tajik League.[2]

In 2009, in their debut in the Tajik League, led by new head coach Salohiddin Gafurov, the team finished fourth.[3] The team had some experienced players and some young players mostly from Tajikistan national under-17 football team that won bronze in AFC U-17 Championship 2006 and reached round 16 at 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championship, winning two trophies - the traditional winter-spring tournament Rustam Doltabaev and the Tajik Cup.[3]

In 2010, under coach Alimzhon Rafikov the team won the Super Cup,[3] the national cup and league.[4] In the first Tajikistan's Super Cup, defeating three-time national champion Vakhsh Qurghonteppa 2-0, following two goals from Dilshod Vasiev in extra time.[3] In the final of the 2010 Tajik Cup, which traditionally takes place on October 5 - the birthday of the country's President Emomali Rahmon, Istiqlol with large score 5-0 defeated FK Khujand.[4] Following victory in the 2010 Tajik League, FC Istiqlol qualified for the first time for both the CIS Cup and the 2011 AFC President's Cup.[5]

League and domestic cup history[edit]

Season League Tajik Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2009 1st 4th 18 11 3 4 41 18 36 Winner Tajikistan Kanat Latifov
Tajikistan Salohiddin Ghafurov
2010 1st 1 32 26 6 0 76 17 84 Winner Yusuf Rabiev 30 Tajikistan Salohiddin Ghafurov
Tajikistan Alimzhon Rafikov
2011 1st 1 40 35 3 2 130 16 108 Runner-Up Yusuf Rabiev 32 Tajikistan Alimzhon Rafikov
2012 1st 3 24 16 5 3 76 13 53 Runner-Up Dilshod Vasiev 24 Tajikistan Alimzhon Rafikov
Serbia Nikola Kavazović
2013 1st 2 18 14 1 3 47 8 46 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 10[6] Serbia Nikola Kavazović
Tajikistan Oleg Shirinbekov
2014 1st 1 18 16 2 0 65 10 50 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 15 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev[7]


Team Honours[edit]

Tajik League (3)
2010,[4] 2011,[8] 2014
Tajik Cup (4)
2009,[3] 2010,[4] 2013, 2014
Tajik Super Cup (4)
* 2010,[3] 2011, 2012, 2014
AFC President's Cup (1)

Individual Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 March 2015[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Nikola Stošić
2 Tajikistan DF Siёvush Asrori
3 Tajikistan DF Sokhib Suvonkulov
4 Tajikistan DF Eraj Rajabov
6 Spain DF José Ballester
7 Tajikistan MF Umedzhon Sharipov
8 Tajikistan MF Nuriddin Davronov
9 Tajikistan MF Khurshed Makhmudov
10 Spain FW Manolo Bleda
11 Tajikistan MF Jakhongir Jalilov
15 Ukraine DF Petro Kovalchuk
No. Position Player
16 Tajikistan GK Alisher Tuychiev
17 Tajikistan FW Dilshod Vasiev
18 Tajikistan MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev
19 Tajikistan DF Akhtam Nazarov
20 Tajikistan DF Ziёvuddin Fuzaylov
21 Tajikistan MF Romish Jalilov
22 Iran DF Mehdi Chahjouyi
24 Tajikistan MF Alisher Safarov
35 Tajikistan GK Kurban Boboev
39 Tajikistan MF Parvizdzhon Umarbaev
63 Tajikistan MF Manuchekhr Dzhalilov

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
12 Tajikistan FW Jahongir Ergashev (at Khujand)

Famous players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps (in bold) while playing for the team.[citation needed]


  • Official sponsor Li Ning[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Istiplol Dushanbe squad list at Tajik FA website (Russian)
  2. ^ Tajikistan 2008 at RSSSF.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tajikistan 2009 at RSSSF.com
  4. ^ a b c d Tajikistan 2010 at RSSSF.com
  5. ^ http://www.fc-istiklol.tj/2010-11-22-09-33-52.html
  6. ^ Истиклол: итоги выступления в чемпионате Таджикистана-2013. http://fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Мубин Эргашев – новый главный тренер Истиклола. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablest/taji2011.html
  9. ^ "Istiklol". FC Istiklol. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "China’s company to be sponsor of Dushanbe’ football club Istiklol". Retrieved 2010-04-18. 

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