Tajikistan national football team

The Tajikistan national football team (Tajik: Тими миллии футболи Тоҷикистон, Timi milliji futʙoli Toçikiston; Russian: Сборная Таджикистана по футболу) represents Tajikistan in international 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.

Tajikistan
Nickname(s)The Crowns
(Tajik: Тоҷҳо / Tâjhâ)
The Persian Lions(Tajik: Шерҳои форсй / Ŝerhâi fârsi)
Sons of the Highlands (Tajik: Бачаҳои Кӯҳистон / Baĉahâi Kuhistân)
Pamirians(Tajik: Помириҳо / Pâmirihâ)
AssociationTajikistan Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachUsmon Toshev
Most capsFatkhullo Fatkhuloev (68)
Top scorerManuchekhr Dzhalilov (17)
Home stadiumPamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA codeTJK
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 121 5 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest106 (July 2013)
Lowest180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 149 5 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest85 (November 2003)
Lowest165 (October 2018)
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)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2006)
Best resultChampions (2006)
Bangabandhu Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Team image

Kit

The team strip is currently sponsored by Chinese sporting apparel company Li-Ning.[6]

Players

Current squad

Match date: 9, 14 & 19 November 2019[7]
Opposition: Malaysia, Myanmar & Kyrgyzstan
Competition: Friendly & 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rustam Yatimov (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 12 0 Istiklol
16 1GK Fathullo Boboev (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 1 0 Regar-TadAZ
23 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 3 0 Lokomotiv-Pamir

2 2DF Manuchehr Safarov (2001-05-31) 31 May 2001 5 0 Khujand
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 12 0 Istiklol
4 2DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 12 0 TIRA-Persikabo
5 2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 20 0 Istiklol
6 2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 58 7 Khujand
9 2DF Farkhod Vosiyev (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 14 1 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 50 5 Bashundhara Kings

7 3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 24 6 Lokomotiv Plovdiv
8 3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 49 8 Oman
10 3MF Alisher Dzhalilov (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 6 1 Istiklol
11 3MF Muhammadjon Rakhimov (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 15 1 Istiklol
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 19 0 Istiklol
18 3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 68 9 Buxoro
20 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 32 0 Navbahor Namangan
22 3MF Karomatullo Saidov (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 7 0 Khatlon

12 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 31 4 Saif
13 4FW Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 14 4 Istiklol
14 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 14 1 Istiklol
15 4FW Shahrom Samiyev (2001-02-08) 8 February 2001 6 2 Istiklol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 30 17

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 Behrouz Hayriev (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 1 0 Istiklol v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 2 0 Barkchi v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
GK Abduaziz Mahkamov (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 12 0 Alay Osh v.  China PR, 11 June 2019
GK Dilshod Dodoboev (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 0 0 Istaravshan v.  Mongolia, 10 September 2019

DF Bakhtior Kalandarov (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 3 0 Regar-TadAZ v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Hussein Nurmatov (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 3 0 Barkchi v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Vahdat Hanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 2 0 Barkchi v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Dorobjon Ergashev (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 0 0 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 5 0 Khujand v.  China PR, 11 June 2019
DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 1 0 Khujand v.  China PR, 11 June 2019
DF Alisher Barotov (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 2 0 Khatlon v.  North Korea, 19 July 2019
DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 39 0 Rahmatganj MFS v.  Mongolia, 10 September 2019
DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 8 0 Istiklol v.  Japan, 15 October 2019

MF Muhsindzhon Abdugaffor (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 2 0 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
MF Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 2 0 Barkchi v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
MF Daler Yodgorov (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 0 0 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  North Korea, 19 July 2019
MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 14 0 Regar-TadAZ v.  North Korea, 19 July 2019
MF Sharafdzhon Solehov (1999-12-14) 14 December 1999 8 1 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Mongolia, 10 September 2019
MF Ilhomjon Barotov (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 5 1 Istaravshan v.  Japan, 15 October 2019
MF Otabek Karimov (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 4 0 Istaravshan v.  Japan, 15 October 2019

FW Muhammadjon Loiqov (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 2 0 Belshina Bobruisk v.  Bahrain, 20 December 2018
FW Tohir Malodustov (2000-09-12) 12 September 2000 1 0 Barkchi v.  Japan, 15 October 2019

Managers

As of 5 December 2018
PeriodHead coach
1992–1994 Sharif Nazarov
1994–1995 Vladimir Ghulamhaydarov
1996 Abdulla Muradov
1997–1998 Zair Babayev
1999 Sharif Nazarov
2000–2002 Salahiddin Ghafurov
2003 Sharif Nazarov
2004 Zair Babayev
2004–2006 Sharif Nazarov
2007 Mahmadjan Habibullayev
2008–2011 Pulad Qadirov
2011–2012 Alimjan Rafiqov
2012 Kemal Alispahic
2012–2013 Nikola Kavazovic
2013 Mubin Ergashev
2013–2015 Muhsin Muhammadiyev
2015–2016 Mubin Ergashev
2016–2018 Hakim Fuzaylov
2018 Alisher Tuhtayev
2018– Usmon Toshev

Results and fixtures

Previous matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultTajikistan scorers
2018
13 December 2018 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly 1–2 L Solehov  90'
16 December 2018 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly 0–1 L
20 December 2018 Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Bahrain Friendly 0–5 L
2019
7 June 2019 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Afghanistan Friendly
1–1 D
Samiyev  88'
11 June 2019 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou  China PR Friendly 0–1 L
7 July 2019 TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad  India 2019 Intercontinental Cup 4–2 W Tursunov  56'
Boboev  59'
Rakhimov  71'
Samiyev  77'
10 July 2019 TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad  Syria 2019 Intercontinental Cup 2–0 W Tursunov  56'
Barotov  67'
15 July 2019 TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad  North Korea 2019 Intercontinental Cup 0–1 L
19 July 2019 TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad  North Korea 2019 Intercontinental Cup 0–1 L
5 September 2019 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Kyrgyzstan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round) 1–0 W A. Dzhalilov  41'
10 September 2019 MFF Football Centre, Ulanbaatar  Mongolia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round) 1–0 W D. Ergashev  81'
15 October 2019 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Japan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round) 0–3 L
9 November 2019 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia Friendly 0–1 L
14 November 2019 Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay  Myanmar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round) 3–4 L M. Dzhalilov  36' (pen.), 76'
Vosiyev  57'
19 November 2019 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
1–1 D
J. Ergashev  17'

Upcoming matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultTajikistan scorers
2019/2020
26 March 2020 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Mongolia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
4 June 2020 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Japan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)
9 June 2020 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Myanmar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (2nd Round)

Records

Most capped players

As of match played 19 November 2019[8]
Name Years Caps Goals
1Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev2007–689
2Davron Erghashev2008–587
3Dilshod Vasiev2006–508
4Akhtam Nazarov2012–505
5Nuriddin Davronov2008–498
6Ibrahim Rabimov2004–459
7Eraj Rajabov2008–440
8Yusuf Rabiev2003–20154015

Top goalscorers

As of match played 19 November 2019, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
Name Years Caps Goals
1Manuchekhr Dzhalilov2011–3017
2Yusuf Rabiev2003–20154015
3Numonjon Hakimov2003–20113414
4Tokhirjon Muminov1992–20022410
5Ibrahim Rabimov2004–459
5Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev2007–689
7Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov2003–2010328
7Nuriddin Davronov2008–498
7Dilshod Vasiev2006–508
10Davron Erghashev2008–587
11Alier Ashurmamadov1992–2006146
11Shukhrat Dzhaborov1996–2007196
11Parvizdzhon Umarbayev2015–246

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990Was part of Soviet Union Was part of Soviet Union
1994Did not enter Did not enter
1998Did not qualify 6411152
2002 2101162
2006 841399
2010 412174
2014 6204614
2018 6015220
2022To be determined To be determined
2026To be determined To be determined
Total0/21 32125155551

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1992Did not enter Did not enter
1996Did not qualify 210145
2000 320165
2004 622235
2007Did not enter Did not enter
2011Did not qualify
2015
2019 165382529
2023To be determined 000000
TotalBest: 0/8 27105123844

AFC Challenge Cup

RCD Cup/ECO Cup record

Other tournaments

ELF Cup

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.

References

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Preceded by
Newly Created
AFC Challenge Cup Champions
2006 (First title)
Succeeded by
2008 India 
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