Tajikistan national football team

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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Persian Lions
(Persian: Шерҳои Порсӣ‎‎, Sherhoi Porsi, شیرهای پارسی)
Association Tajikistan Football Federation
Sub-confederation CAFA
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mubin Ergashev
Most caps Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (48)
Top scorer Yusuf Rabiev (15)
Home stadium Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
FIFA code TJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 148 Increase 12 (3 December 2015)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003)
First international
Flag of Tajikistan 1991-1992.svg Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)

The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi Millii Futboli Tojikiston; Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال تاجیکستان‎‎) 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.

Team image[edit]

Kit[edit]

The team strip is currently sponsored by English sporting apparel company Umbro.[3] (until 2024) when will be change for a new deal with Chinese manufacturer Li-Ning for It is red, white and green to reflect the colors of the Tajik national flag.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers vs Bangladesh 12 November 2015.[4]
Caps and goals updated as of 12 November 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Emomali Soniev (1996-11-07)7 November 1996 (aged 18) 0 0 Tajikistan Ravshan
16 1GK Alisher Dodov (1981-08-04)4 August 1981 (aged 34) 12 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
13 1GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 (aged 28) 0 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
2 2DF Daler Tukhtasunov (1986-08-27)27 August 1986 (aged 29) 15 1 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
12 2DF Siyovush Asrori (1992-07-21)21 July 1992 (aged 23) 12 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
14 2DF Hasan Rustamov (1987-11-30)30 November 1987 (aged 27) 7 0 Tajikistan Khujand
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1988-02-08)8 February 1988 (aged 27) 16 2 Tajikistan Istiqlol
11 2DF Jakhongir Jalilov (1989-09-28)28 September 1989 (aged 26) 27 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
4 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa
3 2DF Alisher Safarov (1998-06-24)24 June 1998 (aged 17) 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa
6 2DF Sohib Khakimov (1991-04-28)28 April 1991 (aged 24) 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand
5 3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14)14 July 1996 (aged 19) 1 0 Tajikistan Khujand
15 3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07)7 August 1995 (aged 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
7 3MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08)8 September 1994 (aged 21) 1 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
8 3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16)16 January 1991 (aged 24) 35 6 Tajikistan Istiqlol
18 3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24)24 March 1990 (aged 25) 48 8 Tajikistan Istiqlol
10 3MF Khurshed Makhmudov (Captain) (1982-08-08)8 August 1982 (aged 33) 40 4 Tajikistan Istiqlol
20 3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbaev (1994-11-01)1 November 1994 (aged 20) 4 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
9 3MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04)4 October 1992 (aged 23) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27)27 September 1990 (aged 25) 8 7 Tajikistan Istiqlol
17 3MF Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 27) 44 6 Tajikistan Istiqlol
22 4FW Kamil Saidov (1989-01-25)25 January 1989 (aged 26) 32 4 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
23 4FW Akhtam Khamrakulov (1988-01-30)30 January 1988 (aged 27) 20 4 Tajikistan Khujand

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have been called throughout 2014 and 2015 and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alisher Tuychiev (1976-03-03)3 March 1976 (aged 39) 41 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015
GK Rustam Rizoev (1988-10-27)27 October 1988 (aged 26) 0 0 Tajikistan Energetik v.  Kazakhstan, 12 August 2014
GK Muminjon Gadoyboev (1993-03-18)18 March 1993 (aged 22) 0 0 Tajikistan Parvoz v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
GK Abduaziz Mahkamov 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
GK Mirali Murodov (1990-04-20)20 April 1990 (aged 25) 0 0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat v.  Australia, 8 September 2015
DF Sokhib Suvonkulov (1988-09-15)15 September 1988 (aged 27) 37 1 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Bangladesh, 16 June 2015
DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01)1 June 1992 (aged 23) 1 0 Russia Volga v.  Estonia, 7 June 2014
DF Davronjon Tukhtasunov (1990-05-14)14 May 1990 (aged 25) 17 1 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Australia, 8 September 2015
DF Alisher Safarov 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
DF Idibek Khabibulloev (1990-05-25)25 May 1990 (aged 25) 0 0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat v.  Maldives, 26 March 2015
DF Eraj Rajabov (1990-11-09)9 November 1990 (aged 24) 36 2 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Australia, 8 September 2015
DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14)14 April 1990 (aged 25) 11 0 Russia Gazovik v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015
DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19)19 March 1988 (aged 27) 42 4 Kazakhstan Zhetysu v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015
DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28)28 October 1992 (aged 22) 1 0 Bahrain Al Ahli v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015
MF Bakhtiyor Hasanov (1988-03-09)9 March 1988 (aged 27) 1 0 Tajikistan Energetik v.  Estonia, 7 June 2014
MF Abdurasul Rakhmanov (1994-02-13)13 February 1994 (aged 21) 1 0 Tajikistan Energetik v.  Afghanistan, 4 May 2014
MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21)21 November 1995 (aged 19) 2 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13)13 April 1996 (aged 19) 1 0 Belarus Shakhtsyor v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
MF Rasul Payzov (1992-02-16)16 February 1992 (aged 23) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04)4 October 1992 (aged 23) 4 0 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Bangladesh, 16 June 2015
MF Ibrahim Rabimov (1987-42-07)7 June 1987 (aged 27) 45 7 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Bangladesh, 16 June 2015
MF Bakhtiar Choriev (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 23) 2 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Australia, 8 September 2015
FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06)6 March 1994 (aged 21) 7 1 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Belarus, 4 September 2014
FW Farkhod Tokhirov (1990-05-29)29 May 1990 (aged 25) 24 1 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015

Managers[edit]

As of match played 12 November 2015

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2015
11 June 2015 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Jordan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–3 L Dzhalilov 66'
16 June 2015 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Bangladesh 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–1 D Fatkhuloev 88'
8 September 2015 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Australia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–3 L
8 October 2015 Kyrgyzstan Spartak Stadium, Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–2 D Jalilov 65', Vasiev 71' (pen.)
13 October 2015 Jordan Al-Hassan Stadium, Irbid  Jordan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–3 L
12 November 2015 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Bangladesh 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 5–0 W Dzhalilov 16', 26', 59', 73', Nazarov 51' (pen.)

Upcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2016
24 March 2016 Russia 2018 WCQ
United Arab Emirates 2019 ACQ
Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  Australia
29 March 2016 Russia 2018 WCQ
United Arab Emirates 2019 ACQ
Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Kyrgyzstan

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 12 November 2015, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
# Player Goals Career
1 Yusuf Rabiev 15 2003–
2 Numonjon Hakimov 14 2003–2011
3 Tokhirjon Muminov 10 1993–2000
4 Ibrahim Rabimov 9 2003–
5 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 8 2006–
6 Djomikhon Mukhidinov 7 2003–2008
Alier Ashurmamadov 7 1992–2005
Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 7 2011–
9 Nuriddin Davronov 6 2008–
Dilshod Vasiev 6 2007–
Khurshed Makhmudov 6 2005–

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

Asian Cup[edit]

Asian Cup Finals 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 - - - - - -
Total Best: - - - - - - 11 5 2 4 13 15

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]