Tajikistan national football team

Tajikistan
Nickname(s) The Crowns
(Tajik: Тоҷҳо)
The Persian Lions
(Tajik: Шерҳои форсй)
Association Tajikistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Head coach Vacant
Most caps Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (64)
Top scorer Yusuf Rabiev and Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (15)
Home stadium Pamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA code TJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 163 (22 May 2018)
Highest 85 (November 2003)
Lowest 161 (14 November 2017)
First international
Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Tajikistan 16–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–0 Tajikistan
(Osaka, Japan; 11 October 2011)

The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futʙoli Toçikiston; Russian: Сборная Таджикистана по футболу) is a football (soccer) team that 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

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 the qualifiers 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 the 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 World Cup qualifying campaign, Mubin Ergashev and his staff were relieved of their duties.[3]

Tajikistan were drawn into a 2019 Asian Cup qualification group with the Philippines, Yemen and Nepal. Following their defeat to Philippines on 27 March 2018, confirming Tajikistan's failure to qualify for the Asian Cup, manager Khakim Fuzailov resigned.[4]

Team image

Kit

The team strip is currently sponsored by Chinese sporting apparel company Li Ning.[5]

Players

Current squad

Match date: 26 March 2018[6] Opposition: Philippines
Competition: 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abduazizov Mahkamov (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 12 0 Alay Osh
13 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev 0 0 Barkchi
16 1GK Rustam Rizoev (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 0 0 Regar-TadAZ

2 2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 27 0 Istiklol
3 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 1 0 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
4 2DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 0 0 Khujand
5 2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 10 0 Baltika Kaliningrad
6 2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 53 6 Istiklol
14 2DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 3 0 New Radiant
15 2DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 1 0 Khujand
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 31 3 Istiklol

7 3MF Muhammadjoni Hasan (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 5 0 Istiklol
8 3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 48 8 Madura United
9 3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 14 0 Nasaf Qarshi
11 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 4 0 Istiklol
12 3MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 6 0 Istiklol
18 3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 64 8 Istiklol
20 3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 10 0 Istiklol
22 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 13 0 Istiklol

10 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 17 3 FK Energetik Mary
17 4FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 50 8 Istiklol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 24 15 Sriwijaya
23 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 1 0 Istiklol

Recent call ups

The following players have been called up during the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Daler Azizov 0 0 Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 0 0 Istiklol v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
GK Nuriddinjon Boboev (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 0 0 Khujand v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

DF Sokhib Suvonkulov (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 37 1 Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
DF Oybek Abdugafforov (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 3 0 Istiklol v.    Nepal, 5 September 2017
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 1 0 Istiklol v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
DF Vahdat Khanonov 0 0 Barkchi v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

MF Muhsindzhon Parpiev (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 2 0 Barkchi v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Firuz Garayev (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 0 0 Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 13 1 Mash'al Mubarek v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 5 0 Istiklol v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Komron Mirzonadzhot 0 0 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Hurshed Beknazarov 0 0 Khujand v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 17 6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

FW Davronjon Tukhtasunov (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 18 1 Khujand v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
FW Farkhod Tokhirov (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 25 1 Khujand v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
FW Shodibek Gaforov 0 0 Khosilot Farkhor v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017

Managers

As of match played 27 March 2018

Results and fixtures

Previous matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultTajikistan scorers
2016
29 March 2016 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Kyrgyzstan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
2 June 2016 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 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–0 W Nazarov  8'
27 August 2016 20 Years of Independence Stadium, Khujand  Syria Friendly 0–0 D
6 September 2016 Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Palestine Friendly 1–1 D Umarbayev  39'
3 October 2016 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Palestine Friendly 3–3 D Davronov  22' (pen.)
Ergashev  60'
Umarbayev  90+3'
9 November 2016 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Turkmenistan Friendly 3–0 W Dzhalilov  35', 39', 60'
13 November 2016 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Afghanistan Friendly 1–0 W Dzhalilov  74'
2017
23 March 2017 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain Friendly 1–1 D Dzhalilov  4'
28 March 2017 Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Umarbayev  9'
13 June 2017 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–4 L Umarbayev  57' (pen.)
Vasiev  61'
Dzhalilov  90'
4 September 2017 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Dzhalilov  25'
Vasiev  30'
9 October 2017 Central Stadium, Hisor    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W Davronov  20' (pen.)
Umarbayev  60' (pen.)
Dzhalilov  87' (pen.)
14 November 2017 Central Stadium, Hisor  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–0 D
2018
21 March 2018 Helong Sports Center Stadium, Changsha  China PR U-21 Friendly 1–2 L
27 March 2018 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Nazarov  64'

Upcoming matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultTajikistan scorers
2018

Records

Most capped players

As of match played 27 March 2018[10]
Name Years Caps Goals
1Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev2007–648
2Davron Ergashev2008–536
3Dilshod Vasiev2006–508
4Nuriddin Davronov2008–488
5Ibrahim Rabimov2004–459
6Eraj Rajabov2008–440
7Yusuf Rabiev2003–20154015

Top goalscorers

As of match played 27 March 2018, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
Name Years Caps Goals
1Yusuf Rabiev2003–20154015
1Manuchekhr Dzhalilov2011–2415
3Numonjon Hakimov2003–20113414
4Tokhirjon Muminov1992–20022410
5Ibrahim Rabimov2004–459
6Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev2007–628
6Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov2003–2010328
6Nuriddin Davronov2008–488
6Dilshod Vasiev2006–508
10Alier Ashurmamadov1992–2006146
10Shukhrat Dzhaborov1996–2007196
10Davron Ergashev2008–536
10Parvizdzhon Umarbayev2015–176

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1990Was part of USSR------- Was part of USSR
1994Did not enter------- Did not enter
1998Did not qualify------- 6411152
2002Did not qualify------- 2101162
2006Did not qualify------- 841399
2010Did not qualify------- 412174
2014Did not qualify------- 6204614
2018Did not qualify------- 6015220
2022To be determined To be determined
2026To be determined To be determined
Total-0/21------ 25124105231

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1992Did not enter------ Did not enter
1996Did not qualify------ 210145
2000Did not qualify------ 320165
2004Did not qualify------ 622235
2007Did not enter------ Did not enter
2011Did not qualify------
2015Did not qualify------
2019Did not qualify------ 165382529
TotalBest: ------ 27105123844

AFC Challenge Cup

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