Turkmenistan national football team
|Association||Football Federation of Turkmenistan|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Ýazguly Hojageldyýew|
|Top scorer||Çariýar Muhadow (13)|
|Home stadium||Ashgabat Stadium|
|Current||130 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||86 (April 2004)|
|Lowest||174 (September 2007)|
|Current||151 1 (30 August 2018)|
|Highest||83 (31 March 2004)|
|Lowest||149 (September 2017)|
Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan |
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; 1 June 1992)
Turkmenistan 11–0 Afghanistan |
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 19 November 2003)
Tajikistan 5–0 Turkmenistan |
(Dushanbe; Tajikistan; 22 June 1997)
Kuwait 6–1 Turkmenistan
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 10 February 2000)
Qatar 5–0 Turkmenistan
(Doha, Qatar; 31 May 2004)
Bahrain 5–0 Turkmenistan
(Riffa, Bahrain; 3 August 2005)
|Appearances||2 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2004|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 Asian Cup record
- 4 Asian Games record
- 5 AFC Challenge Cup record
- 6 Central Asian Championship record
- 7 RCD Cup/ECO Cup record
- 8 Records versus other nations
- 9 Results and Fixtures
- 10 Honours
- 11 Coaches
- 12 Players
- 13 References
- 14 External links
After the country gained independence, they played their first match against Kazakhstan on 1 June 1992.
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. 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.
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 March 23, 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. 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.
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. 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.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of USSR||Was part of USSR|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||8||13|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup record|
|1992||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1996||Did not qualify||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2000||Did not qualify||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2007||Did not qualify||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2011||Did not qualify||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2015||Did not qualify||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|Total||Best: Round 1||2/8||3||0||1||2||4||6|
Asian Games record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|Hiroshima 1994||Quarter Finals||5||1||3||1||7||9|
|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 permitted to take part in Asian Games Football Tournament.
AFC Challenge Cup record
|AFC Challenge Cup Finals|
Central Asian Championship record
|Host nation(s) / year||Round||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Dif||Pts|
RCD Cup/ECO Cup record
Records versus other nations
Results and Fixtures
Win Draw Loss
- 2010 AFC Challenge Cup & 2012 AFC Challenge Cup – Runners-Up
- ECO Cup 1993 – Runners-Up
- 1997 Turkmenistan President's Cup – Champions
- 2002 Turkmenistan President's Cup – Runners-Up
- HCM City Cup 2008 (Vietnam) – Champions
|Baýram Durdyýew||June 1992||1996|
|Volodymyr Bezsonov||October 2002||2003|
|Rahym Gurbanmämmedow||2003||November 2004|
|Rahym Gurbanmämmedow||2007||March 2009|
|Boris Grigorýanc||April 2009||Jan 2010|
|Ýazguly Hojageldyýew||Feb 2010||January 2014|
|Rahym Gurbanmämmedow||February 2014||June 2014|
|Amangylyç Koçumow||May 2015||December 2016|
|Ýazguly Hojageldyýew||January 2017|
- Viktor Pozhechevskyi led team in the Asian Games 1998 in Thailand. He recruited several Ukrainian players including the ones that had already played for the national team of Ukraine.
- Match Date: 26 March 2017
- Opposition: Chinese Taipei
- Caps and goals correct as of: 26 March 2017 after match against Chinese Taipei.
- FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Guam-Turkmenistan - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- Record Holders for Selected Countries
- http://soccer-db.net/get_scores.php?page=2&status=%¬es=&id=tkm&game=[permanent dead link]
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- "Бердыев проконсультирует сборную Туркменистана". www.championat.com. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Государственное информационное агентство Туркменистана - TDH". tdh.gov.tm. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "AFC CHALLENGE CUP 2014". the-afc.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "AFC Challenge Cup: Philippines 2-0 Turkmenistan - AFC". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "AFC Challenge Cup: Afghanistan 3-1 Turkmenistan - AFC". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "AFC Challenge Cup: Turkmenistan 5-1 Laos - AFC". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- ihyzmatlary.com. "Не имеющая 8 месяцев главного тренера сборная Туркменистана скоро узнает соперников в квалификации ЧМ-2018 - Спорт". turkmenportal.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- New Turkmenistani (in Ukrainian)