Turkmenistan national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Karakum Warriors
AssociationTürkmenistanyň Futbol federasiýasy (TFF)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachVacant[1][2][3]
CaptainArslanmyrat Amanow
Most capsArslanmyrat Amanow (44)[4]
Top scorerArslanmyrat Amanow (13)[5]
Home stadiumKopetdag Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 129 Steady (11 June 2020)[6]
Highest86 (April 2004)
Lowest174 (September 2007)
First international
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; 1 June 1992)[7]
Biggest win
 Turkmenistan 11–0 Afghanistan 
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Turkmenistan 1–6 Kuwait 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 10 February 2000)
Qatar Qatar 5–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Doha, Qatar; 31 May 2004)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage (2004 and 2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultRunners-up (2010) and (2012)

The Turkmenistan national football team (Turkmen: Türkmenistanyň milli futbol ýygyndysy) represents Turkmenistan in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Turkmenistan, the governing body for football in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan's home ground is Kopetdag Stadium in Ashgabat.


After the country gained independence, they played their first match against Kazakhstan on 1 June 1992.


Turkmenistan match against North Korea in June 2008.

They qualified for the 2004 Asian Cup by winning the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where they were placed in group G, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Sri Lanka. In the autumn of 2003, in the first leg of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC), they defeated Afghanistan 11–0 in Ashgabat. Begench Kuliyev and Rejepmyrat Agabaýew each scored a hat-trick, while Guvanchmuhammet Ovekov scored twice. Other players on the scoresheet that day were Nazar Bayramov, Omar Berdiyev and Didarklych Urazov. In the second leg the team won 0–2, with both goals scored by Begench Kuliyev. In December 2003, the national team of Turkmenistan reached the top 100 in the FIFA rankings for the first time in its history, reaching the 99th position, thanks to the successes in the 2004 Asian Cup and the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. In the 2004 Asian Cup that took place in China, Turkmmenistan was placed in group C, with neighbours Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They were knocked out in the group stages following two defeats and a draw against Saudi Arabia.


In February 2010, Turkmenistan's national football team was headed by Ýazguly Hojageldyýew, who was working for HTTU Aşgabat.[9] Under his leadership the team went to Sri Lanka to participate in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. For the first time, they made it to the final, only to see them lose against North Korea in the penalty shootout. In the same year, the Football Association of Turkmenistan invited a native Turkmen, the head coach of FC Rubin Kazan, Kurban Berdyev to resume leadership.[10][11]

In March 2011, Turkmenistan successfully entered the final round of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, beating Pakistan, Taiwan, and played in a draw with India in the qualifying competition in Kuala Lumpur. In the summer of 2011, in the race for a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, they faced Indonesia in the second round. After managing a 1–1 draw in the first leg in Ashghabat, they were eventually defeated 4–3 in the second leg, 5–4 on aggregate, thus were knocked out of the contention for Brazil 2014.

In winter 2012 the team gathered for a training camp in Turkey. In preparation for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, Ýazguly Hojageldyýew arranged a friendly match with Romania, which saw them lost 4–0.

In March 2012, the team went to Kathmandu to participate in the final tournament of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. They beat the hosts Nepal 3–0 and Maldives 3–1, while the final group stage match with Palestine ended in a goalless draw. In the semifinals, Turkmenistan defeated the Philippines 2–1. However, as in the previous edition, they lost the final match to North Korea with a scoreline of 1–2.

In October 2012, Turkmenistan's team took second place at the 2012 VFF Cup, beating the teams of Vietnam and Laos, only to lose in the final match against the South Korean University Selection team 0–4.

On 23 March 2013 Turkmenistan defeated Cambodia 7–0 in Manila, on the qualifying round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. In the second round, Turkmenistan was to meet Brunei, but the team did not arrive at the tournament, thus Turkmenistan was awarded a default 3–0 victory.[12] In the last round, Turkmenistan lost to Philippines 1–0, but managed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup finals as the best second placed team alongside Laos.[13]

In January 2014 Rahym Kurbanmämmedow was again in charge of the national team. They held three training camps in May and participated in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage, thereby losing the chance to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup.[14][15][16] In June 2014, as a result of their poor performance at the AFC Challenge Cup, the entire coaching staff was dismissed, including the head coach.[17]

2018 World Cup qualification game with Iran in Tehran

In the spring of 2015, Amangylyç Koçumow was appointed as the new head coach of the national team to prepare the team for participation in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The team started off badly, losing to one of the weakest team in Asia - Guam national football team 0–1. On 16 June 2015, for the first time, the Turkmenistan national team held a match outside Ashgabat, at the Spot toplumy Stadium in Dashoguz in the presence of 10,000 spectators, the Turkmenistan team played a draw with Iran (1–1). Then, the team lost Oman 1:3. In the home games that took place at the Kopetdag Stadium in October 2016, Turkmenistan beat India 2–1 and Guam 1–0. In November, the Turkmenistan held a friendly match with the UAE, which ended in a 1–5 defeat and an official match with Iran, in which the team lost 1–3. On 17 November 2016, the national team of Turkmenistan in the home game sensationally beat the national team of Oman 2–1. In the final stage, the Turkmenistan national team defeated India 2–1. The Turkmenistan team took the 3rd place in Group D, which did not allow the team to go to the next stage of the qualifying games for the 2018 World Cup, but gave the opportunity to fight for getting into the 2019 Asian Cup.

Turkmenistan had finally qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the second time in history, having finished second after Bahrain. In the tournament, Turkmenistan was grouped with Japan, neighbor Uzbekistan and Oman. The Turkmen side played pretty well in their first match against Asian powerhouse Japan and even took a lead until the end of the first half, but eventually fell to Japan 2–3. The next match against Uzbekistan was a complete disaster when Turkmenistan decided to play duel with more experienced Uzbekistan, leaving the team defeated 0–4, all four goals were scored in the first half. Turkmenistan then tried to make a fight against Oman, but lost 1–3 with two Omani goals scored in final minutes, thus the team was eliminated without scoring any point. Ýazguly Hojageldyýew resigned aftermath.

In March 2019, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan named Ante Miše as the head coach of the Turkmenistan national football team, signing a one year contract.[18] Croatian specialist Sandro Tomić will help to train the national team of Turkmenistan. Croatian coaches are set to develop the overall football in Turkmenistan, not just the national team. His first game, 3 month later, was a 0–0 draw at friendly match with Uganda.[19]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Was part of Soviet Union Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 8 13
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 0 2 12 7
Germany 2006 8 4 1 3 21 10
South Africa 2010 10 3 1 5 9 13
Brazil 2014 2 0 1 1 4 5
Russia 2018 8 4 1 3 10 11
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 40 17 4 20 64 56

Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Qatar 1988 Was part of  Soviet Union
Japan 1992 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 3 8
Lebanon 2000 4 3 0 1 15 6
China 2004 Round 1 12th 3 0 1 2 4 6 6 4 2 0 10 2
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Qatar 2011
Australia 2015
United Arab Emirates 2019 Group stage 21st 3 0 0 3 3 10 14 7 2 5 19 21
China 2023 TBD TBD
Total Best: Group stage 2/17 6 0 1 5 7 16 28 14 5 9 47 37

Asian Games record[edit]

Asian Games record
Host nation(s) / Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
National team
Japan Hiroshima 1994 Quarter-finals 5 1 3 1 7 9
Thailand Bangkok 1998 Quarter-finals 6 3 2 1 10 9
Total Best: Quarter-finals 11 4 5 2 17 18

Note: As of 2002, only U23 teams are allowed to participate in the Asian Games' football tournament.

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup Finals
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Did not enter
India 2008 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 2
Sri Lanka 2010 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 6 2
Nepal 2012 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
Maldives 2014 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 6
Total Best: Runners-up 16 8 4 4 27 14

Central Asian Championship record[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Uzbekistan 2018 - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - -

RCD Cup/ECO Cup record[edit]

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Iran 1965 to Turkey 1974 No international team
Iran 1993 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 6 5
Total Best: Runners-up 4 2 0 2 6 5

Records versus other nations[edit]

FIFA ranking history[edit]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.


19 November 2019 2022 FWCQ R2Turkmenistan 2–0 Sri LankaAshgabat
16:00 UTC+5 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Köpetdag Stadium
Attendance: 26,300
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)


13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2022 FWCQ R2Turkmenistan v LebanonAshgabat
Stadium: Köpetdag Stadium



Current coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach vacant position
Goalkeeper coaches vacant position
Assistant coaches Turkmenistan Maksim Belyh[20]
Assistant coaches Turkmenistan Begenç Garaýew
Doctor Turkmenistan Kyýas Hajyýew
Masseur Turkmenistan Eziz Amangeldiýew
Asst. Physiotherapist Turkmenistan Parahat Bäşimow

Current administration staff [21]

Position Name
Head of Delegation Turkmenistan Çaryýarguly Seýdiýew
Administrator Turkmenistan Resul Mämmedow
Administrator Turkmenistan Gennadiý Hristoforidi
Media Officer Turkmenistan Kiçigul Kiçigulow


Yazguly Berdymuhammedovich Hojageldiyev
Amangylych Ovezovich Kochumov
Manager From To
Turkmenistan Baýram Durdyýew June 1992 1996
Georgia (country) Elguja Gugushvili 1996 1997
Turkmenistan Täçmyrat Agamyradow 1997 1998
Ukraine Viktor Pozhechevskyi 1998 1999
Russia Turkmenistan Gurban Berdyýew 1999 1999
Turkmenistan Röwşen Muhadow 1999 2000
Turkmenistan Täçmyrat Agamyradow 2000 2001
Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov October 2002 2003
Turkmenistan Rahym Gurbanmämmedow 2003 November 2004
Turkmenistan Boris Grigorýanc 2005 2005
Turkmenistan Amangylyç Goçumow 2005 2006
Turkmenistan Rahym Gurbanmämmedow 2007 March 2009
Turkmenistan Boris Grigorýanc April 2009 Jan 2010
Turkmenistan Ýazguly Hojageldyýew Feb 2010 January 2014
Turkmenistan Rahym Gurbanmämmedow February 2014 June 2014
Turkmenistan Amangylyç Koçumow May 2015 December 2016
Turkmenistan Ýazguly Hojageldyýew January 2017 February 2019
Croatia Ante Miše March 2019 March 2020[1][2][3]

Home stadium[edit]

From the moment of its formation (1992) until now, the main home stadium of the Turkmenistan national football team is the Köpetdag Stadium in Ashgabat, built and opened in 1997. This stadium is also the venue for home matches of FK Köpetdag Aşgabat. It was reconstructed in 2015 and currently holds 26,503 spectators.

From 2013 until the end of 2012, the main home stadium of the Turkmenistan national team was the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium (until 2017 was named Olympic Stadium named after Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great), renovated 2013-2017 and accommodating 45,000 spectators. At the moment, the national team is not used for football matches.

The national team of Turkmenistan in different years held their home matches also in other cities and stadiums of Turkmenistan. So, at the Nisa Stadium in Ashgabat (Match vs China in 1997), at the Sport Toplumy in Dashoguz (Match vs Iran in 2015 and vs Bahrain in 2017[23]), at the Sport Toplumy in Balkanabat (Match vs Taipei in 2017[24][25]).


Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round against  North Korea[21] and  Sri Lanka.[26]

  • Caps and goals correct as of: 5 October 2019 after match against Kuwait.

The final squad was announced on 6 November 2019.[27]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mammet Orazmuhammedow (1986-12-20)20 December 1986 (aged 32) 17 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
16 1GK Batyr Babaýew (1991-08-21)21 August 1991 (aged 27) 0 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
22 1GK Rahat Japarow (1996-01-22)22 January 1996 (aged 22) 0 0 Kyrgyzstan FC Abdysh-Ata Kant

4 2DF Mekan Saparow (1994-04-22)22 April 1994 (aged 24) 18 1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
2 2DF Zafar Babajanow (1987-02-09)9 February 1987 (aged 31) 6 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
3 2DF Şöhrat Söýünow (1992-03-08)8 March 1992 (aged 27) 32 0 Malaysia PDRM FA
15 2DF Abdy Bäşimow (1995-12-12)12 December 1995 (aged 23) 4 1 Uzbekistan Qizilqum
24 2DF Güýçmyrat Annagulyýew (1996-06-10)10 June 1996 (aged 22) 0 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
20 2DF Gurbanguly Aşyrow 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
12 2DF Serdar Annaorazow (1990-06-29)29 June 1990 (aged 28) 29 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
6 2DF Mekan Aşyrow 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
17 2DF Amir Gurbani (1987-10-24)24 October 1987 (aged 31) 2 0 Turkmenistan Ahal

18 3MF Serdar Geldiýew (1987-10-01)1 October 1987 (aged 31) 20 0 Malaysia PDRM FA
5 3MF Wezirgeldi Ylýasow (1992-01-18)18 January 1992 (aged 26) 5 0 Uzbekistan Qizilqum
20 3MF Yhlas Magtymow 3 0 Turkmenistan Şagadam
13 3MF Ruslan Mingazow (1991-11-23)23 November 1991 (aged 27) 26 4 Kazakhstan Irtysh
21 3MF Resul Hojaýew (1997-01-07)7 January 1997 (aged 21) 1 1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
7 3MF Arslanmyrat Amanow (captain) (1990-03-28)28 March 1990 (aged 28) 44 13 Uzbekistan AGMK
19 3MF Döwletmyrat Seýitmuhammedow 1 0 Turkmenistan Kopetdag
14 3MF Altymyrat Annadurdyýew (1993-04-13)13 April 1993 (aged 25) 11 3 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr

9 4FW Wahyt Orazsähedow (1992-01-26)26 January 1992 (aged 26) 4 2 Tajikistan Istiklol
23 4FW Didar Durdyýew (1993-07-16)16 July 1993 (aged 25) 9 2 Uzbekistan Mash'al Mubarek
11 4FW Myrat Ýagşyýew (1992-01-12)12 January 1992 (aged 26) 5 2 Turkmenistan Ahal
10 4FW Mihail Titow (1997-10-18)18 October 1997 (aged 21) 5 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Iraq squad within the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2DF Jamaldin Hojanyýazow (1996-07-18)18 July 1996 (aged 23) 0 0 Azerbaijan Sumgayit


Match with Uzbekistan team in the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE

The main rivals of the Turkmenistan national team are the countries of Central Asia, the national teams of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The main and most important rival of the national team of Turkmenistan are the national teams of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The matches between the countries of Central Asia have always aroused great interest among fans of Central Asia. Football is one of the instruments of rivalry between the states of Central Asia.[citation needed]


Years Suppliers
????—2007 United States Nike
2007—2010 Germany Jako
2010—2011 Germany Adidas
2012—2016 United Kingdom Umbro
2016—2018 Spain Joma
2019—present Germany Jako[28]


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