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 131 Increase 9 (24 November 2016)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003, October 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 Friendlies vs Turkmenistan on 9 November 2016 and Afghanistan 12 September 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 13 November 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alisher Dodov (1981-08-04)4 August 1981 (aged 35) 15 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
1GK Abduazizov Mahkamov (1987-07-15)15 July 1987 (aged 29) 5 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
1GK Behrouz Khair 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi

2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19)19 March 1988 (aged 28) 46 6 Kazakhstan Taraz
2DF Eraj Rajabov (1990-11-09)9 November 1990 (aged 26) 44 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1988-02-08)8 February 1988 (aged 28) 24 3 Tajikistan Istiklol
2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21)21 July 1992 (aged 24) 20 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01)1 June 1992 (aged 24) 4 0 Bulgaria Dunav Ruse
2DF Oybek Abdugafforov 2 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor

3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24)24 March 1990 (aged 26) 55 8 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16)16 January 1991 (aged 25) 44 7 Bulgaria Dunav Ruse
3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01)1 November 1994 (aged 22) 11 3 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv
3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13)13 April 1996 (aged 20) 7 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07)7 August 1995 (aged 21) 7 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14)14 July 1996 (aged 20) 7 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08)8 September 1994 (aged 22) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Muhammadjon Hassan (1998-10-15)15 October 1998 (aged 18) 4 0 Tajikistan Barkchi
3MF Bakhtiar Choriev (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 24) 4 0 Tajikistan Khujand
3MF Muhsindzhon Parpiev 2 0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat
3MF Firuz Garayev (1994-03-09)9 March 1994 (aged 22) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ

4FW Akhtam Khamrakulov (1988-01-30)30 January 1988 (aged 28) 24 4 Tajikistan Khujand
4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27)27 September 1990 (aged 26) 17 11 Tajikistan Istiklol
4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06)6 March 1994 (aged 22) 13 3 Belarus Dinamo Brest

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
GK Fathullo Boboev (1997-01-01)1 January 1997 (aged 19) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 (aged 29) 0 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
DF Idibek Khabibulloev (1990-05-25)25 May 1990 (aged 25) 0 0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat v.  Maldives, 26 March 2015
DF Sokhib Suvonkulov (1988-09-15)15 September 1988 (aged 27) 37 1 Tajikistan Istiqlol v.  Bangladesh, 16 June 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 (1994-04-28)28 April 1994 (aged 21) 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Bangladesh, 12 November 2015
DF Jakhongir Jalilov (1989-09-28)28 September 1989 (aged 26) 29 1 Retired v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016
DF Daler Tukhtasunov (1986-08-27)27 August 1986 (aged 29) 17 1 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
DF Hasan Rustamov (1987-11-30)30 November 1987 (aged 28) 6 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14)14 April 1990 (aged 26) 10 1 Russia Orenburg v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
DF Dorob Ergashev (1997-01-01)1 January 1997 (aged 19) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28)28 October 1992 (aged 23) 3 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06)6 June 1998 (aged 18) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
DF Zoir Juraboev 1 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
MF Ibrahim Rabimov (1987-08-03)3 August 1987 (aged 28) 45 7 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
MF Parviz Kashkarov (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 28) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
MF Xudojdod Uzokov (1998-10-05)5 October 1998 (aged 17) 0 0 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04)4 October 1992 (aged 23) 9 1 Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21)21 November 1995 (aged 20) 2 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12)12 May 1998 (aged 18) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
MF Firuz Karaev 1 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 28) 46 6 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Bangladesh, 7 June 2016
FW Davronjon Tukhtasunov (1990-05-14)14 May 1990 (aged 25) 17 1 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Kyrgyzstan, 29 March 2016
FW Kamil Saidov (1989-01-25)25 January 1989 (aged 27) 32 4 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016
FW Farkhod Tokhirov (1990-05-29)29 May 1990 (aged 26) 25 1 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Palestine, 6 September 2016

Managers[edit]

As of match played 13 November 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'
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 39'
3 October 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Palestine Friendly 3–3 D Davronov 22' (pen.), Ergashev 60', Umarbayev 90+3'
9 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Turkmenistan Friendly 3–0 W Dzhalilov 35', 39', 60'
13 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Afghanistan Friendly 1–0 W Dzhalilov 74'

Upcoming matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2016

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 13 November 2016, 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– 17 11
4 Tokhirjon Muminov 1992–2002 24 10
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 55 8
6 Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 2003–2010 32 8
8 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 44 6
9 Alier Ashurmamadov 1992–2006 14 6
9 Shukhrat Dzhaborov 1996–2007 19 6
9 Davron Ergashev 2008– 46 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]