Turkmenistan national football team

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Turkmenistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Emeralds
Akhal-Teke's
Greens
Karakum Warriors
AssociationTürkmenistanyň Futbol federasiýasy (TFF)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachAnte Miše[1]
CaptainArslanmyrat Amanow
Most capsArslanmyrat Amanow (38)[2]
Top scorerÇariýar Muhadow (13)[3]
Home stadiumAshgabat Stadium
FIFA codeTKM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 135 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[4]
Highest86 (April 2004)
Lowest174 (September 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 150 Increase 3 (16 June 2019)[5]
Highest83 (31 March 2004)
Lowest154 (27 March 2018)
First international
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; 1 June 1992)[6]
Biggest win
 Turkmenistan 11–0 Afghanistan 
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 19 November 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Tajikistan 5–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Dushanbe; Tajikistan; 22 June 1997)
 Kuwait 6–1 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 10 February 2000)
 Qatar 5–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Doha, Qatar; 31 May 2004)
 Bahrain 5–0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
(Riffa, Bahrain; 3 August 2005)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage (2004 and 2019)

The Turkmenistan national football team (Turkmen: Türkmenistanyň milli futbol ýygyndysy, Russian: Сборная Туркмении по футболу) 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 Ashgabat Stadium in Ashgabat. Turkmenistan have never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup.

History[edit]

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

2000s[edit]

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.

2010s[edit]

In February 2010, Turkmenistan's national football team was headed by Ýazguly Hojageldyýew, who was working for HTTU Aşgabat.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

2018 World Cup qulification 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 June 16, 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 November 17, 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 Asian Cup for the second time in history.

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 USSR Was part of USSR
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 Kong1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea1960 Did not enter
Israel1964 Did not enter
Iran 1968 Did not enter
Thailand 1972 Did not enter
Iran 1976 Did not enter
Kuwait 1980 Did not enter
Singapore 1984 Did not enter
Qatar 1988 Did not enter
Japan 1992 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 3 8
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 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 qualify Did not qualify
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify Did not qualify
Australia 2015 Did not qualify Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2019 Group stage 21st 3 0 0 3 3 10 14 7 2 5 19 21
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
Iran 1993 Runners-Up

Records versus other nations[edit]

FIFA ranking history[edit]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Turkmenistan scorers
2015
11 June 2015 Guam Guam FA National Training Center, Dededo  Guam 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
16 June 2015 Turkmenistan Sport Toplumy Stadium, Daşoguz  Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–1 D Mingazow Goal 45+1'
3 September 2015 Oman Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb  Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–3 L Amanow Goal 82'
8 October 2015 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat  India 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Abylow Goal 8'
Amanow Goal 60'
13 October 2015 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat  Guam 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–0 W Abylow Goal 16'
5 November 2015 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates Friendly match 1–5 L Muhadow Goal 57'
12 November 2015 Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–3 L Saparow Goal 62'
17 November 2015 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat  Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Geworkýan Goal 40'
Muhadow Goal 67'
2016
29 March 2016 India Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi  India 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Amanow Goal 48'
S. Ataýew Goal 70'
8 August 2016 Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly match 0–1 L
11 October 2016 Kyrgyzstan Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan Friendly match 0–1 L
9 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Tajikistan Friendly match 0–3 L
2017
26 March 2017 China Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taiwan  Chinese Taipei 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–1 W Annadurdyýew Goal 23'
Mingazow Goal 24'
Chen Chia-chun Goal 83' (o.g.)
13 June 2017 Turkmenistan Sport Toplumy Stadium, Daşoguz  Bahrain 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Ýagşyýew Goal 86'
23 August 2017 Qatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Qatar Friendly match 1–2 L Hojaýew Goal 67'
5 September 2017 Singapore Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Singapore Singapore 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–1 D Annadurdyýew Goal 82'
10 October 2017 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat Singapore Singapore 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Orazsähedow Goal 18'90+3'
14 November 2017 Turkmenistan Sport Toplumy Stadium, Balkanabat Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Ýagşyýew Goal 21'
Annadurdyýew Goal 39'
2018
27 March 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa Bahrain Bahrain 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–4 L
25 December 2018 Turkey Miracle Resort Hotel Center, Antalya  Afghanistan Friendly match 2–0 W Orazsähedow Goal 48'
Annagulyýew Goal 51'
2019
9 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi Japan Japan 2019 AFC Asian Cup 2–3 L Amanow Goal 26'
Ataýew Goal 79' (pen.)
13 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Rashid Stadium, Dubai Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 2019 AFC Asian Cup 0–4 L
17 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Oman Oman 2019 AFC Asian Cup 1–3 L Annadurdyýew Goal 41'
9 June 2019 United Arab Emirates Rashid Stadium, Dubai Uganda Uganda Friendly match 0–0 D

Honours[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Croatia Ante Miše[16]
Assistant coaches Croatia Sandro Tomić

Coaches[edit]

Manager From To
Turkmenistan Baýram Durdyýew June 1992 1996
Georgia (country) Guja 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 Present

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

  • Caps and goals correct as of: 26 March 2017 after match against Chinese Taipei.

The 29-man provisional squad was announced on 20 December 2018.[18] The final squad was announced on 27 December 2018.[19]

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
2 2DF Zafar Babajanow (1987-02-09)9 February 1987 (aged 31) 6 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
3 2DF Güýçmyrat Annagulyýew (1996-06-10)10 June 1996 (aged 22) 0 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
4 2DF Mekan Saparow (1994-04-22)22 April 1994 (aged 24) 18 1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
5 2DF Wezirgeldi Ylýasow (1992-01-18)18 January 1992 (aged 26) 0 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
6 2DF Gurbangeldi Batyrow (1988-07-28)28 July 1988 (aged 30) 7 1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
7 3MF Arslanmyrat Amanow (1990-03-28)28 March 1990 (aged 28) 35 8 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
8 3MF Ruslan Mingazow (1991-11-23)23 November 1991 (aged 27) 20 4 Czech Republic Příbram
9 4FW Wahyt Orazsähedow (1992-01-26)26 January 1992 (aged 26) 4 2 Kyrgyzstan FC Dordoi Bishkek
10 4FW Süleýman Muhadow (1993-12-24)24 December 1993 (aged 25) 18 4 Turkmenistan Ahal
11 4FW Myrat Ýagşyýew (1992-01-12)12 January 1992 (aged 26) 5 2 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
12 2DF Serdar Annaorazow (1990-06-29)29 June 1990 (aged 28) 29 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
13 3MF Merdan Gurbanow (1991-08-30)30 August 1991 (aged 27) 4 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
14 3MF Ilýa Tamurkin (1989-05-09)9 May 1989 (aged 29) 9 0 Turkmenistan Merw
15 4FW Mihail Titow (1997-10-18)18 October 1997 (aged 21) 0 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
16 1GK Batyr Babaýew (1991-08-21)21 August 1991 (aged 27) 0 0 Turkmenistan Ahal
17 4FW Altymyrat Annadurdyýew (captain) (1993-04-13)13 April 1993 (aged 25) 11 3 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
18 3MF Serdar Geldiýew (1987-10-01)1 October 1987 (aged 31) 20 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
19 3MF Ahmet Ataýew (1990-09-19)19 September 1990 (aged 28) 22 0 Malaysia Sabah
20 4FW Myrat Annaýew (1993-05-06)6 May 1993 (aged 25) 4 0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
21 3MF Resul Hojaýew (1997-01-07)7 January 1997 (aged 21) 1 1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
22 1GK Nikita Gorbunow (1984-02-14)14 February 1984 (aged 34) 7 0 Turkmenistan Merw
23 3MF Döwran Orazalyýew (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 25) 3 0 Turkmenistan Ahal

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