FC Istiklol

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Istiklol
IstiqlolDushanbe logo.gif
Full name Football Club Istiklol
Nickname(s) Tajik: Шерҳо (The lions)
Founded November 2007; 10 years ago (2007-11)
Ground Central Republican Stadium
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Capacity 24,000
Chairman Shohruh Saidzoda[1]
Manager Alisher Tukhtaev
(Caretaker)
League Tajik League
2017 Tajik League, 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Not to be confused with Uzbek club, FK Istiqlol Fergana.

Football Club Istiklol (Tajik: Дастаи Футболи Истиқлол, Dastayi Futboli Istiqlol) is a professional football club based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They currently play in the top division of the country. The name of the team was inspired by Esteghlal Tehran, one of the most popular football clubs in Iran and Asia.

History[edit]

Istiklol (Dushanbe) was established in November 2007, under the Presidency of Shohruh Saidov. In 2008, Istiklol competed in the Dushanbe Group of the Second Division 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] Dilshod Vasiev scored the clubs first Tajik League goal in their 2–0 victory over Ravshan Kulob on 4 April 2009.[4]

In 2010, under coach Alimzhon Rafikov the team won the Super Cup,[3] the national cup and league.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6] On 20 March 2012, Istiklol's contract with Rafikov had expired at the end of the 2011 season and they had decided not to renew it, with Mubin Ergashev taking over in a caretaker capacity.[7]

As of January 2014 the club's manager has been Mubin Ergashev.[8]

On 22 November 2015, Manuel Bleda scored the clubs 500th league goal.[9] Istiklol's 4–2 victory over Barki Tajik on 17 April 2016, saw the club stretch their unbeaten run in the Tajik League to 40 games, with their last defeat occurring in November 2013 against Khayr Vahdat. During this run Istiklol have scored 146 goals, conceding just 17.[10]

On 10 July 2016, Istiklol fired their entire coaching staff, including manager Mubin Ergashev.[11] Three days later, 13 July 2016, Istiklol announced Nikola Lazarevic as their new manager.[12]

On 25 September 2016, Istiklol suffered their first League defeat since 3 November 2013, a stretch of 51 games, 2–1 away to Ravshan Kulob.[13] On 29 October 2016, Istiklol defeated Barki Tajik 5–1, to claim their fifth Tajik League title.[14] Two days later, 31 October 2016, Istiklol announced that they had appointed Mukhsin Mukhamadiev for the 2017 season.[15] On 18 September 2017, Istiklol defeated Panjshir 5-0 to secure their sixth Tajik League title.[16] On 18 October 2017, Istiklol drew 2-2 with Bengaluru in the second leg of their Inter-zone play-off final, progressing to the final of the AFC Cup for the second time in three seasons.[17] On 4 November 2017, Istiklol were defeated 1-0 by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya thanks to a second half Emad Mohsin goal.[18] After being knocked out of the 2018 AFC Cup at the group stage, manager Mukhsin Mukhamadiev resigned as manager six-days later on 22 May 2018, with Alisher Tukhtaev being appointed as acting head coach.[19]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2010–2012 Li-Ning[20]
2013– Joma[21] Dushanbe International Airport

Domestic 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 1st 32 26 6 0 76 17 84 Winner Yusuf Rabiev 30 Tajikistan Salohiddin Ghafurov
Tajikistan Alimzhon Rafikov
2011 1st 1st 40 35 3 2 130 16 108 Runner-Up Yusuf Rabiev 32 Tajikistan Alimzhon Rafikov
2012 1st 3rd 24 16 5 3 76 13 53 Runner-Up Dilshod Vasiev 24 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev (Caretaker)
Serbia Nikola Kavazović
2013 1st 2nd 18 14 1 3 47 8 46 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 10[22] Serbia Nikola Kavazović
Tajikistan Oleg Shirinbekov
2014 1st 1st 18 16 2 0 65 10 50 Winner Dilshod Vasiev 15 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev
2015 1st 1st 18 16 2 0 69 5 50 Winner Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 22[23] Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev
2016 1st 1st 18 14 3 1 67 20 45 Winner Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 22 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev
Serbia Nikola Lazarevic
2017 1st 1st 21 17 4 0 64 14 55 Runner-Up Dilshod Vasiev 16 Tajikistan Mukhsin Mukhamadiev

Continental history[edit]

As of match played 16 May 2018
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC President's Cup 10 6 3 1 20 7
AFC Cup 33 14 8 11 51 41
Total 43 19 11 12 71 47
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 AFC President's Cup Group B State of Palestine Jabal Al Mukaber 2–0 1st
Bhutan Yeedzin 8–0
Myanmar Yadanarbon 1–1
Final Stage
Group A
Chinese Taipei Taipower FC 0–2 3rd
Turkmenistan Balkan 1–1
2012 AFC President's Cup Group C State of Palestine Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari 1–0 1st
Turkmenistan Balkan 2–1
Final Stage
Group A
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2–0 1st
Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown 1–1
Final State of Palestine Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari 2–1
2015 AFC Cup Group C Kuwait Qadsia 2–0 2–2 1st
Turkmenistan Ahal 5–2 2–1
Iraq Erbil 0–0 1–3
Round of 16 Syria Al-Wahda 1–1 (p)
Quarter-finals Malaysia Pahang 4–0 1–3 5–3
Semi-finals Kuwait Al-Kuwait w/o[24][25] 0–4 w/o
Final Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 0–1
2016 AFC Cup Group B Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 0–1 0–2 4th
Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–0 2–4
Lebanon Tripoli 1–3 0–1
2017 AFC Cup Group D Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr 1–0 1–1 1st
Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 3–1 4–1
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2–0 4–1
Inter-zone play-off semi-final Philippines Ceres Negros 4–0 1–1 5–1
Inter-zone play-off final India Bengaluru 1–0 2–2 3–2
Final Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0–1
2018 AFC Cup Group D Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 1–0 3–2 2nd
Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr 2–3 2–2
Turkmenistan Ahal 1–0 1–0

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Tajik League (6)
2010,[5] 2011,[26] 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017[16]
Tajik Cup (6)
2009,[3] 2010,[5] 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
TFF Cup (4)
2014,[27] 2015,[27] 2017,[28] 2018[29]
Tajik Supercup (7)
2010,[3] 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016[30], 2018[31]
AFC President's Cup (1)
2012

Individual[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 March 2018[32]

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 Siyovush Asrorov
3 Tajikistan DF Tabrezi Davlatmir
5 Ukraine DF Artem Baranovskyi
6 Tajikistan DF Davron Ergashev
11 Tajikistan MF Muhammadjoni Hasan
13 Tajikistan MF Nozim Babadjanov
14 Tajikistan FW Sheriddin Boboev
17 Tajikistan FW Dilshod Vasiev
18 Tajikistan MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev
No. Position Player
19 Tajikistan DF Akhtam Nazarov
20 Tajikistan MF Amirbek Juraboev
21 Tajikistan MF Romish Jalilov
23 Tajikistan MF Ehson Panjshanbe
27 Tajikistan DF Alisher Sharipov
28 Tajikistan FW Komron Tursunov
33 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Garbar
35 Tajikistan GK Mehvar Sulaimonov
36 Tajikistan GK Behrouz Hayriev
70 Tajikistan MF Shakhrom Sulaimonov (loan from Utenis Utena)

Famous players[edit]

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

Club officials[edit]

Management team[33]

Notable managers[edit]

Information correct as of match played 8 September 2018. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Nikola Kavazović  Serbia January 2012 June 2013 46 36 6 4 129 22 078.26 AFC Presidents Cup (1), Tajik Supercup (1)
Oleg Shirinbekov  Tajikistan July 2013 13 January 2014[34] 12 9 1 2 26 5 075.00 Tajik Cup (1)
Mubin Ergashev  Tajikistan 13 January 2014[35] 10 July 2016[11] 78 56 13 9 251 66 071.79 Tajik League (2), Tajik Cup (2), Tajik Supercup (3)
Nikola Lazarevic  Serbia 13 July 2016[12] 31 December 2016[15] 16 11 4 1 62 13 068.75 Tajik League (1), Tajik Cup (1)
Mukhsin Mukhamadiev  Tajikistan 1 January 2017[15] 22 May 2018[19] 53 38 10 5 130 47 071.70 Tajik League (1), Tajik Supercup (1)
Alisher Tukhtaev  Tajikistan 22 May 2018[19] 11 8 2 1 28 13 072.73
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Istiplol Dushanbe squad list at Tajik FA website (in Russian)
  2. ^ Tajikistan 2008 at RSSSF.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tajikistan 2009 at RSSSF.com
  4. ^ "Забьет ли "Истиклол" 500-й гол в высшей лиге?". fc-istiklol.tj/ (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tajikistan 2010 at RSSSF.com
  6. ^ http://www.fc-istiklol.tj/2010-11-22-09-33-52.html
  7. ^ "Истиклол не стал продлевать контракт с Алимджоном Рафиковым". fc-istiklol (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mubin Ergashev". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Бледа Родригес стал автором 500-го гола "Истиклола" в чемпионатах Таджикистана". fc-istiklol.tj/ (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 23 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Истиклол довел беспроигрышную серию до сорока матчей". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Тренерский штаб Истиклола отправлен в отставку". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Никола Лазаревич – новый главный тренер Истиклола". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Равшан нанес сенсационное поражение "Истиклолу" в 15-м туре". fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation Tajikistan. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 216.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Истиклол стал пятикратным чемпионом страны по футболу!". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c "Главным тренером "Истиклола" назначен Мухсин Мухамадиев". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Истиклол - шестикратный чемпион Таджикистана!". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "«Истиклол» в финале Кубка АФК-2017!". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Istiklol 0-1 Air Force Club". the-afc.com. The AFC. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c "Мухсин Мухаммадиев ушел в отставку". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  20. ^ "Китайская компания Li Ning выступит спонсором душанбинской футбольной команды Истиклол". news.tj/ru (in Russian). Asia Plus. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Истиклол в новом футбольном сезоне выступит в экипировке испанского Joma". news.tj (in Russian). Asia Plus. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  22. ^ Истиклол: итоги выступления в чемпионате Таджикистана-2013. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Манучехр Джалилов стал лучшим бомбардиром чемпионата Таджикистана-2015". fft.tj/ (in Russian). Tajikistan Football Federation. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  24. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association". FIFA.com. 16 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "FIFA suspension of Kuwait FA implications to AFC Cup". AFC. 17 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. 
  26. ^ "Tajikistan 2011". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  27. ^ a b "Финал Кубка ФФТ: В решающем матче сойдутся Истиклол и Регар-ТадАЗ". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Истиклол выиграл первый трофей в сезоне!". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "ИСТИКЛОЛ СТАЛ ЧЕТЫРЕХКРАТНЫМ ОБЛАДАТЕЛЕМ КУБКА ФЕДЕРАЦИИ!". fft.tj (in Russian). Football Federation Tajikistan. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  30. ^ "Истиклол в шестой раз выиграл Суперкубок Таджикистана". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  31. ^ "Истиклол - семикратный обладатель Суперкубка Таджикистана-2018". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  32. ^ "Istiklol". FC Istiklol. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  33. ^ "Тренеры и сотрудники". fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  34. ^ "Олег Ширинбеков освобожден от занимаемой должности". fc-istiklol.tj/ (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  35. ^ Мубин Эргашев – новый главный тренер Истиклола. fc-istiklol.tj (in Russian). FC Istiklol. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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