FC Sheriff Tiraspol

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Sheriff Tiraspol
Full name Fotbal Club Sheriff
Founded 4 April 1997; 20 years ago (1997-04-04)
Ground Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova
Ground Capacity 12,746[1]
Owner Sheriff
President Victor Gușan
Head Coach Roberto Bordin
League Divizia Națională
2016–17 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

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.


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]


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,[7] which remains a key sponsor.[8]

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.[7]

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[edit]

Sheriff Stadium during UEFA Europa League match

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.[9]

Sheriff in European cups[edit]

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[edit]

In the 2009–10 season Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku.

In the next round, Sheriff defeated Slavia Prague with an aggregate score of 1–1 over two legs, progressing via the away goal rule due to José Nadson Ferreira's 94th-minute strike in the 2nd leg.

They were then eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League by Greek club Olympiacos in a Play-off for the Group Stage . They lost 2–0 in the first leg at home, and 1–0 in the second leg away.

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.[10]

On 1 October 2009, in the first home game Sheriff lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe S.K.[10]

On 22 October, Sheriff produced a stunning 2–0 victory over the famous Dutch club FC Twente in Tiraspol, ending Twente's 17-match unbeaten run.[10]

2 December 2009, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with FC Steaua Bucureşti.[10]

2010–11 UEFA Champions League[edit]

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League season,[11] on 14–20 July 2010, Sheriff defeated Dinamo Tirana in the second qualifying round (3:1, 0–1).

Then, on 4 August 2010 it overcame Dinamo Zagreb on penalties (1:1, 1:1, 6:5) to reach the play-off round, the final stage before the Champions League Group stage.[11]

On 18–24 August 2010, in the play-off round against FC Basel, Sheriff lost 1–0 the first match in Switzerland before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat at home.[11]

2010–11 UEFA Europa League[edit]

In the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season,[12] on 30 September 2010, Sheriff recorded a 2–0 victory over FC Dinamo Kiev in Tiraspol.

On 2 December 2010 Sheriff drew 1–1 with Dutch club AZ in Tiraspol.[12]

On 15 December 2010 Sheriff drew 0–0 against FC Dinamo Kiev in Kiev.[12]

European record[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 24 4 10 10 18 23 -5
UEFA Champions League 59 22 13 26 56 61 -5


  1. ^ Sheriff won 6-5 on penalties

UEFA rankings[edit]

UEFA team ranking 2016[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
157 Switzerland St. Gallen 10.755
158 Czech Republic Jablonec 10.585
159 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 10.575
160 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv 10.476
161 Cyprus Apollon 10.435

As of 28 May 2016. Source

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2017[13] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Zvonimir Mikulić
3 Moldova DF Ion Jardan
4 Moldova DF Petru Racu
6 Brazil DF Victor Oliveira
7 Brazil MF Joálisson
8 Curaçao MF Jeremy de Nooijer
9 Montenegro FW Stefan Mugoša
12 Moldova GK Maxim Bardîș
14 Burkina Faso DF Wilfried Balima
15 Brazil DF Cristiano da Silva
17 Moldova MF Vsevolod Nihaev
18 Moldova MF Gheorghe Anton
19 Moldova MF Artiom Bilinschii
20 Burkina Faso MF Cyrille Bayala
No. Position Player
22 Moldova FW Marin Căruntu
23 Slovakia DF Dionatan Teixeira
25 Moldova GK Sergiu Juric
26 Moldova DF Ivan Voropai
27 Moldova FW Andrei Cobeț
30 Croatia MF Josip Brezovec
32 Moldova MF Evgheni Oancea
33 Moldova MF Mihail Caimacov
37 Moldova DF Vitalie Bordian
39 Belgium FW Ziguy Badibanga
55 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mateo Sušić (captain)
90 Moldova DF Veaceslav Posmac
99 Moldova FW Vitalie Damașcan

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Club records[edit]

Most appearances (443): Vazha Tarkhnishvili

Most goals (71): Alexey Kuchuk

Record victory (19 October 2005, Moldovan Cup): Sheriff-FC Viitorul Orhei 16:0

Record defeat (UEFA Champions League, 25 July 2001): RSC Anderlecht-Sheriff 4:0[7]

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)

Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: Ismail Isa (5)[14]

Club officials[edit]


Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Veaceslav Rusnac  Moldova 12 July 2013 15 August 2014 41 32 4 5 113 25 078.05 2013–14 Divizia Națională
Zoran Zekić  Croatia 15 August 2014 26 May 2015 25 20 3 2 63 14 080.00 2014–15 Divizia Națională
2014–15 Moldovan Cup
Lilian Popescu  Moldova 27 May 2015 5 October 2015 13 7 4 2 21 9 053.85 2015 Moldovan Super Cup
Zoran Vulić  Croatia 7 October 2015 12 June 2016[16] 21 17 2 2 43 9 080.95 2015–16 Divizia Națională
Bruno Irles  France 22 July 2016[17] 23 September 2016[18] 11 7 1 3 23 9 063.64 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[19] 10 7 2 1 17 5 070.00

Information correct as of match played 10 December 2016. Only competitive matches are counted.

  • 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).



  1. ^ "Stadium capacity". sheriff-sport.com
  2. ^ Moldova 1997/98
  3. ^ Miron Goihman. Moldova Cup 1998–99, 20 October 1999
  4. ^ Moldova Cup 2000–01
  5. ^ Moldova – List of Super Cup Finals
  6. ^ More Brazilian players signed to FC Sheriff
  7. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. UEFA Profile
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Sport complex". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d FC Sheriff. 2010. UEFA Europa League
  11. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Champions League
  12. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Europa League
  13. ^ Squad
  15. ^ Coaching staff
  16. ^ "Zoran Vulic leaves FC Sheriff head coach position". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bruno Irles as FC Sheriff new head coach". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Bruno Irles left FC Sheriff". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Roberto Bordin as a new head coach". fc-sheriff.com. FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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