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, Dushanbe
FIFA code TJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 145 Increase 19 (14 July 2016)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 163
Highest 87 (March 2004)
Lowest 147 (13 March 2012, 21 March 2013)
First international
Flag of Tajikistan 1991-1992.svg 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 millii futʙoli Toçikiston; 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.

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]

The following players were named for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers vs Bangladesh on 2 June 2016 and 7 June 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 7 June 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abduazizov Mahkamov (1987-07-15)15 July 1987 (aged 28) 1 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
16 1GK Alisher Dodov (1981-08-04)4 August 1981 (aged 34) 14 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
22 1GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 (aged 28) 0 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
30 1GK Fathullo Boboev (1976-03-03)3 March 1976 (aged 40) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe

2 2DF Daler Tukhtasunov (1986-08-27)27 August 1986 (aged 29) 17 1 Tajikistan Khujand
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06)6 June 1998 (aged 18) 1 0 Tajikistan Barki Tajik
4 2DF Eraj Rajabov (1990-11-09)9 November 1990 (aged 25) 40 2 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat
6 2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19)19 March 1988 (aged 28) 45 5 Tajikistan Istiklol
9 2DF Hasan Rustamov (1987-11-30)30 November 1987 (aged 28) 6 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
12 2DF Siyovush Asrori (1992-07-21)21 July 1992 (aged 23) 15 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1988-02-08)8 February 1988 (aged 28) 19 3 Tajikistan Istiklol
24 2DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28)28 October 1992 (aged 23) 3 0 Tajikistan Khujand
26 2DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14)14 April 1990 (aged 26) 10 1 Russia Orenburg
31 2DF Dorob Ergashev (1992-07-21)21 July 1992 (aged 23) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ

5 3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07)7 August 1995 (aged 20) 3 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
7 3MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04)4 October 1992 (aged 23) 7 1 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa
8 3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16)16 January 1991 (aged 25) 39 6 Tajikistan Istiklol
11 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13)13 April 1996 (aged 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Barki Tajik
14 3MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08)8 September 1994 (aged 21) 2 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
15 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1982-08-08)8 August 1982 (aged 33) 1 0 Tajikistan Barki Tajik
18 3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24)24 March 1990 (aged 26) 50 8 Tajikistan Istiklol
20 3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbaev (1994-11-01)1 November 1994 (aged 21) 7 1 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
25 3MF Ibrahim Rabimov (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 (aged 28) 45 7 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
27 3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14)14 July 1996 (aged 19) 3 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
29 3MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21)21 November 1995 (aged 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
32 3MF Parviz Kashkarov (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 28) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
33 3MF Firuz Garayev (1994-03-09)9 March 1994 (aged 22) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
34 3MF Xudojdod Uzokov (1992-10-04)4 October 1992 (aged 23) 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa

10 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06)6 March 1994 (aged 22) 9 3 Belarus Dinamo Brest
13 4FW Farkhod Tokhirov (1990-05-29)29 May 1990 (aged 26) 23 1 Tajikistan Khujand
17 4FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 28) 46 6 Tajikistan Istiklol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27)27 September 1990 (aged 25) 12 7 Tajikistan Istiklol
23 4FW Akhtam Khamrakulov (1988-01-30)30 January 1988 (aged 28) 22 4 Tajikistan Khujand

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have been called throughout 2015 and 2016 and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emomali Soniev (1996-11-07)7 November 1996 (aged 19) 0 0 Tajikistan Ravshan v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
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 Idibek Khabibulloev (1990-05-25)25 May 1990 (aged 25) 0 0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat v.  Maldives, 26 March 2015
DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14)14 April 1990 (aged 25) 11 0 Russia Gazovik v.  Jordan, 13 October 2015
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
DF Alisher Safarov (1998-06-24)24 June 1998 (aged 17) 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
DF Sohib Khakimov (1991-04-28)28 April 1991 (aged 24) 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
DF Jakhongir Jalilov (1989-09-28)28 September 1989 (aged 26) 29 1 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016
DF Daler Tukhtasunov (1986-08-27)27 August 1986 (aged 29) 16 1 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016
MF Bakhtiar Choriev (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 23) 2 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Australia, 8 September 2015
MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07)7 August 1995 (aged 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
FW Kamil Saidov (1989-01-25)25 January 1989 (aged 27) 34 4 Tajikistan Barki Tajik v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016
FW Davronjon Tukhtasunov (1990-05-14)14 May 1990 (aged 25) 17 1 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016

Managers[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2016

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.)
2016
24 March 2016 Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  Australia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–7 L
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 19',30', Umarbayev 33', D.Ergashev 49', Sharipov 71'
7 June 2016 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–0 W Nazarov 8'

Upcoming matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2016
6 September 2016 State of Palestine Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium  Palestine Friendly

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 2003–2015
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 - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2019 To be determined - - - - - -
Total Best: - - - - - - 11 5 2 4 13 15

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]