Tajikistan national football team
(Persian: تاج, Tajik: Тоҷ)
The Persian Lion (Persian: شیر پارسی
,Tajik: шери порси)
|Association||Tajikistan Football Federation|
|Head coach||Mubin Ergashev
|Top scorer||Numonjon Hakimov, Yusuf Rabiev (15)|
|Home stadium||Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe|
|FIFA ranking||148 9 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||106 (July 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||180 (July 2003)|
|Highest Elo ranking||87 (March 2004)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||147 (13 March 2012, 21 March 2013)|
| Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
| Tajikistan 16–0 Guam
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
| Japan 8–0 Tajikistan
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)
The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: тими миллии Тоҷикистон, Persian: تیم ملی 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.
- 1 History
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 Asian Cup record
- 4 AFC Challenge Cup record
- 5 Asian Games record
- 6 RCD Cup/ECO Cup record
- 7 Other tournaments
- 8 Kit
- 9 Records versus other nations
- 10 Managers
- 11 Players
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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. 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.
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.
World Cup record
|World Cup Finals||World Cup Qualifications|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of USSR||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||4||1||1||15||2|
|2002||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||1||0||1||16||2|
|2006||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||8||4||1||3||9||9|
|2010||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||1||2||1||7||4|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||2||0||4||6||14|
Asian Cup record
|Asian Cup Finals||Asian Cup Qualifications|
|1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||1||0||1||4||5|
|2000||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||2||0||1||6||5|
|2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||6||2||2||2||3||5|
|2007||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
AFC Challenge Cup record
Asian Games record
Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
RCD Cup/ECO Cup record
In 2006, Tajikistan took part in the inaugural ELF Cup in Northern Cyprus. This competition was originally intended to be for teams that were not members of FIFA; however, the organisers extended invitations to both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, who were both represented by their national futsal teams. Tajikistan failed to get past the group stage.
The team strip is currently sponsored by English sporting apparel company Umbro. (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.
Records versus other nations
The following players have been called throughout 2014.