Tajikistan national football team
(Persian: تاج, Tajik: Тоҷ)
The Persian Lion (Persian: شیر پارسی
,Tajik: шери порси)
|Association||Tajikistan Football Federation|
|Head coach||Nikola Kavazović|
|Top scorer||Yusuf Rabiev (15)|
|Home stadium||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe|
|Highest FIFA ranking||112 (April 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||180 (July 2003)|
|Highest Elo ranking||87 (March 2004)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||147 (13 March 2012, 21 March 2013)|
| Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
| Tajikistan 16–0 Guam
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
| Japan 8–0 Tajikistan
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)
The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: тими миллии Тоҷикистон, Persian: تیم ملی تاجیکستان) 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 Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
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. The first official competition the team entered was the Asian Nations Cup 1996, 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.
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 qualifiers for Germany 2006, they held AFC Asian Cup semi-finalists and eventual group winners Bahrain to a goalless draw on 31 March 2004.
World Cup record 
|World Cup Finals||World Cup Qualifications|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||4||1||1||15||2|
|2002||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||1||0||1||16||2|
|2006||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||8||4||1||3||9||9|
|2010||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||1||2||1||7||4|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||2||0||4||6||14|
Asian Cup record 
|Asian Cup Finals||Asian Cup Qualifications|
|1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||1||0||1||4||5|
|2000||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||2||0||1||6||5|
|2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||2||2||2||3||5|
|2007||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
AFC Challenge Cup record 
Asian Games record 
Note: As of 2002 only U23 teams permitted to take part in Asian Games Football Tournament. So in 2006 U23 team took part in the tournament.
RCD Cup/ECO Cup record 
Other tournaments 
ELF Cup 
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.
Records versus other nations 
Current squad 
Recent callups 
The following players have been called for the last 2 years.
Top goalscorers 
As of 22 February 2010[update], the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
The records are collected based on data from RSSSF.
- Game fixtures in 1994
- Tajikistan game schedules for the World Cup in 1997
- Tajikistan profile at FIFA.com (English)
- Tajikistan profile at Ukrainian Football News (Ukrainian)
- Official Website of Tajikistan Football (Ukrainian)
|AFC Challenge Cup Champions
2006 (First title)