Tajikistan national football team

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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Persian Lions
(Persian: Шерҳои Порсӣ‎‎, Şerhoi Porsī, شیرهای پارسی)
Association Tajikistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFA
Head coach Khakim Fuzailov
Most caps Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (48)
Top scorer Yusuf Rabiev (15)
Home stadium Pamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA code TJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 149 Decrease 12 (6 July 2017)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 152 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 87 (March 2004)
Lowest 152 (28 March 2017)
First international
Tajikistan 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 футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futʙoli Toçikiston; Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال تاجیکستان‎‎, Tīm-e Melli Fūtbāl-e Tâjikestân) 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 the 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.

Following Tajikistan's disappointing 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Mubin Ergashev and his staff were relieved of their duties.[3]

Team image[edit]

Kit[edit]

The team strip is currently sponsored by Spanish sporting apparel company Joma.[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Match date: 13 June 2017[5] Opposition: Philippines
Competition: 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round Caps and goals updated as of 13 June 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Abduazizov Mahkamov (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 (age 30) 8 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
1GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
1GK Behrouz Khair 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi

2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 29) 49 6 Kazakhstan Taraz
2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1988-02-08) 8 February 1988 (age 29) 27 3 Tajikistan Istiklol
2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 25) 23 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 25) 7 0
2DF Oybek Abdugafforov (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
2DF Alexander Huber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 32) 1 0

3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 27) 58 8 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 22) 14 5 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 (age 24) 13 1 Uzbekistan Mash'al Mubarek
3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 21) 10 0 Bahrain Bahrain
3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Muhammadjoni Hasan (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
3MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Komron Mirzonadzhot 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe

4FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 29) 48 7 Tajikistan Istiklol
4FW Farkhod Tokhirov (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 27) 25 1 Tajikistan Khujand
4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 26) 20 13 Tajikistan Istiklol
4FW Shodibek Gaforov 0 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have been called up during the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alisher Dodov (1981-08-04) 4 August 1981 (age 35) 15 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Afghanistan, 13 November 2016
GK Daler Azizov 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017

DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
DF Eraj Rajabov (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 26) 44 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor v.  Afghanistan, 13 November 2016
DF Sokhib Suvonkulov (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 28) 37 1 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017

MF Firuz Karaev (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
MF Bakhtiar Choriev (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Afghanistan, 13 November 2016
MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 26) 45 7 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Muhsindzhon Parpiev (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Firuz Garayev (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017

FW Kamil Saidov (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 28) 32 4 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
FW Akhtam Khamrakulov (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 29) 24 4 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Afghanistan, 13 November 2016
FW Davronjon Tukhtasunov (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 27) 18 1 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 23) 15 3 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017

Managers[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2017

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2016
29 March 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Kyrgyzstan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
2 June 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 5–0 W J.Ergashev Goal 19'30'
Umarbayev Goal 33'
D.Ergashev Goal 49'
Sharipov Goal 71'
7 June 2016 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–0 W Nazarov Goal 8'
27 August 2016 Tajikistan 20 Years of Independence Stadium, Khujand  Syria Friendly 0–0 D
6 September 2016 State of Palestine Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Palestine Friendly 1–1 D Umarbayev Goal 39'
3 October 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Palestine Friendly 3–3 D Davronov Goal 22' (pen.)
Ergashev Goal 60'
Umarbayev Goal 90+3'
9 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Turkmenistan Friendly 3–0 W Dzhalilov Goal 35'39'60'
13 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Afghanistan Friendly 1–0 W Dzhalilov Goal 74'
2017
23 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain Friendly 1–1 D Dzhalilov Goal 4'
28 March 2017 Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Umarbayev Goal 9'
13 June 2017 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–4 L Umarbayev Goal 57' (pen.)
Vasiev Goal 61'
Dzhalilov Goal 90'

Upcoming matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2017
4 September 2017 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
9 October 2017 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 November 2017 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2018
26 March 2018 Philippines  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 13 June 2017, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Yusuf Rabiev 2003–2015 40 15
2 Numonjon Hakimov 2003–2011 34 14
3 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 2011– 20 13
4 Tokhirjon Muminov 1992–2002 24 10
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 57 8
6 Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 2003–2010 32 8
8 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 45 7
8 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 48 7
10 Alier Ashurmamadov 1992–2006 14 6
10 Shukhrat Dzhaborov 1996–2007 19 6
10 Davron Ergashev 2008– 48 6

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[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
Russia 2018 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 0 1 5 2 20
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 25 12 4 10 52 31

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals AFC 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 - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2019 To be determined - - - - - -
Total Best: - - - - - - 11 5 2 4 13 15

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]