Tajikistan national football team

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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Crown
(Persian: تاج‎, Tajik: Тоҷ)
The Persian Lion (Persian: شیر پارسی
,Tajik: шери порси)
Association Tajikistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mukhsin Mukhamadiev
Top scorer Numonjon Hakimov, Yusuf Rabiev (15)
Home stadium Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
FIFA code TJK
FIFA ranking 120 Increase 4 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 106 (July 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 180 (July 2003)
Elo ranking 141
Highest Elo ranking 87 (March 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 147 (13 March 2012, 21 March 2013)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
Flag of Tajikistan 1991-1992.svg Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Tajikistan Tajikistan 16–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–0 Tajikistan 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.

History.[edit]

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.[1] The first official competition the team entered was qualification 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.[2]

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.

The team won its first international tournament, the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup, in 2006, beating Sri Lanka 4–0 in Dhaka.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1990 Was part of USSR - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 4 1 1 15 2
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 2 1 0 1 16 2
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 8 4 1 3 9 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 1 2 1 7 4
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 2 0 4 6 14
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 25 12 4 10 52 31

Asian Cup record[edit]

Asian Cup Finals Asian Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Japan 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 1 0 1 4 5
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 2 0 1 6 5
China 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - 6 2 2 2 3 5
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Best: - - - - - - 11 5 2 4 13 15

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

References[edit]

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