FC Sheriff Tiraspol
|Full name||Fotbal Club Sheriff|
|Founded||4 april 1997|
|Ground||Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol|
|2014–15||Divizia Naţională, 3rd|
FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь), known simply as Sheriff, is an association football club located in Tiraspol, Transnistria (Moldova). The club has dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning thirteen championship titles in the Moldovan National Division out of fifteen in this time frame.
The club was founded in 1997 by former policeman Viktor Guşan, and employee of the Sheriff in Moldova. The club entered the second tier of Moldovan football, the "A" Division later that year and won its championship by 14 points to gain promotion to National Division. The club won its first major silver 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 Sheriff corporation. It was constructed by the company in 2002. It has a seating capacity for 12,746 spectators and is eligible for international events, such as the matches of the Moldova national football team.
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||56||21||12||25||54||59||-5|
|Season||Round||Opponents||Home leg||Away leg||Aggregate|
|3||Dinamo Zagreb||1–1||1–1 (a.e.t.)||2–2 (6–5 p)|
|Season||Round||Opponents||Home leg||Away leg||Aggregate|
|2009–10||Group H||Steaua Bucureşti||1–1||0–0||3rd place|
|2010–11||Group E||AZ Alkmaar||1–1||1–2||4th place|
|2012–13||Play-off||Olympique de Marseille||1–2||0–0||1–2|
|Group K||Tottenham Hotspur||0–2||1–2||3rd place|
As of 30 june 2015, according to the TEAM. FC Sheriff website.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Divizia Națională (13): 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
- Moldovan "A" Division (1): 1997-98
- Moldovan Super Cup (6): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015
- 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)
- Lilian Popescu : Head coach
- Alexei Savinov : Assistant
- Marcel Reșitca : Assistant
- Oleg Turcanu : Team manager
- Taras Grebeniuk : Goalkeeper coach
- Vladimir Vremes : Doctor
- Veaceslav Alekseev : Masseur
- Aleksandr Karamanov : Masseur
- Veaceslav Palii : Masseur
- Vladimir Muntean : Team Administrator
- Sergei Borovski (Jan 2, 1998–Jan 1, 1999)
- Mihai Stoichiță (Jan 1, 2002–June 30, 2002)
- Gavril Balint (July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003)
- Ihor Nakonechny (July 1, 2003–June 30, 2004)
- Leonid Kuchuk (Jan 1, 2004–Dec 31, 2009)
- Andrei Sosnitskiy (Jan 1, 2010–April 30, 2011)
- Vitali Rashkevich (April 30, 2011–May 29, 2012)
- Milan Milanović (July 1, 2012–Aug 10, 2012)
- Vitali Rashkevich (interim) (Aug 11, 2012–Aug 15, 2012)
- Mihai Stoichiță (Aug 15, 2012–April 2, 2013)
- Vitali Rashkevich (interim) (April 3, 2013–July 8, 2013)
- Veaceslav Rusnac (July 12, 2013–Aug 15, 2014)
- Zoran Zekić (Aug 15, 2014–May 26, 2015)
- Lilian Popescu (May 27, 2015 - )
- 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.
- 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
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