FC Sheriff Tiraspol
|Full name||Fotbal Club Sheriff|
|Founded||4 April 1997|
|Ground||Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova|
|Head Coach||Roberto Bordin|
|Website||Club home page|
FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь), known simply as Sheriff, is a Moldovan association football club located in Tiraspol, Transnistria. The club has dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning fourteen championship titles in the Moldovan National Division out of sixteen in this time frame.
- 1 History
- 2 Overview
- 3 Sheriff Stadium
- 4 Sheriff in European cups
- 5 UEFA rankings
- 6 Current squad
- 7 FC Sheriff-2
- 8 Honours
- 9 Club records
- 10 Club officials
- 11 Managers
- 12 Footnotes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The club was founded in 2001 by former policeman Victor Gușan, and employee of the Sheriff company in Moldova. The club entered the second tier of Moldovan football, the Divizia A later that year and won its championship by 14 points to gain promotion to Divizia Națională. The club won its first major honour 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. 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. 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. Sheriff were denied an eleventh successive title by Dacia Chişinău in 2010–11, but reclaimed the title the following season. In 2014–15, they lost the title again, to FC Milsami Orhei in spite of having a superior goal difference, due to their head-to-head record.
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.
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, which remains a key sponsor.
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.
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 eight Moldovan Cup titles, including six double-winning seasons. However, the club has never reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Sheriff Stadium is the home ground of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the company Sheriff. Construction of the ground began on 1 August 2000, being completed in May 2002, with official opening in July 2002. It was renovated in 2011. The stadium has a seating capacity for 12,746 spectators and is eligible for FIFA/UEFA international events. Beside Sheriff, the stadium hosted also matches of FC Tiraspol and the Moldova national football team.
Asides from main arena of Sheriff Sports Complex, there is also a 8,000 seater stadium, Malaya Sportivnaya Arena, also situated in the same complex, along with 8 training fields, a covered training centre, housing for the players, a college for students and a 5-star hotel.
Sheriff in European cups
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
In the 2009–10 season Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku.
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.
2010–11 UEFA Champions League
2010–11 UEFA Europa League
|UEFA Europa League||24||4||10||10||18||23||-5|
|UEFA Champions League||59||22||13||26||56||61||-5|
- Sheriff won 6-5 on penalties
UEFA team ranking 2016
As of 28 May 2016. Source
- Divizia Națională (15): 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Moldovan "A" Division (1): 1997–98
- Moldovan Cup (9): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017
- Moldovan Super Cup (7): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016
- CIS Cup (2): 2003, 2009
Most appearances (443): Vazha Tarkhnishvili
Most goals (71): Alexey Kuchuk
Biggest win in UEFA competition (23 July 2013): Sheriff-FK Sutjeska 5:0
Appearances in UEFA Champions League: 13
Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 7
Player with most UEFA appearances: Vazha Tarkhnishvili (54)
Board of directors
|Veaceslav Rusnac||Moldova||12 July 2013||15 August 2014||41||32||4||5||113||25||78.05||2013–14 Divizia Națională|
|Zoran Zekić||Croatia||15 August 2014||26 May 2015||25||20||3||2||63||14||80.00||2014–15 Divizia Națională
2014–15 Moldovan Cup
|Lilian Popescu||Moldova||27 May 2015||5 October 2015||13||7||4||2||21||9||53.85||2015 Moldovan Super Cup|
|Zoran Vulić||Croatia||7 October 2015||12 June 2016||21||17||2||2||43||9||80.95||2015–16 Divizia Națională|
|Bruno Irles||France||22 July 2016||23 September 2016||11||7||1||3||23||9||63.64||2016 Moldovan Super Cup|
|(Caretaker)||23 September 2016||4 October 2016||1||1||0||0||2||0||100.00|
|Roberto Bordin||Italy||4 October 2016||10||7||2||1||17||5||70.00|
Information correct as of match played 10 December 2016. Only competitive matches are counted.
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).
- "Stadium capacity".sheriff-sport.com
- Moldova 1997/98
- Miron Goihman. Moldova Cup 1998–99, 20 October 1999
- Moldova Cup 2000–01
- Moldova – List of Super Cup Finals
- More Brazilian players signed to FC Sheriff
- FC Sheriff. UEFA Profile
- Montague, James (20 August 2012). "In Sliver of Old U.S.S.R., Hot Soccer Team Is Virtual State Secret". New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Sport complex". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- FC Sheriff. 2010. UEFA Europa League
- FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Champions League
- FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Europa League
- FC SHERIFF CLUB RECORD IN UEFA COMPETITIONS
- Coaching staff
- "Zoran Vulic leaves FC Sheriff head coach position". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Bruno Irles as FC Sheriff new head coach". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- "Bruno Irles left FC Sheriff". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- "Roberto Bordin as a new head coach". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
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