FC Sheriff Tiraspol

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Sheriff Tiraspol
FC Sheriff.svg
Full name Fotbal Club Sheriff
Nickname(s) The Wasps
Founded 4 April 1997; 21 years ago (1997-04-04)
Ground Sheriff Stadium
Ground Capacity 12,746[1]
Owner Sheriff
President Victor Gușan
Head Coach Goran Sablić
League Divizia Națională
2017 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Fotbal Club Sheriff (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь), commonly known as Sheriff Tiraspol or simply Sheriff, is a Moldovan football club based in Tiraspol.

Formed in 1996 as Tiras Tiraspol, the team was refounded as Sheriff the following year, taking its name from the company which has since been sponsoring it. The first trophy of "the Wasps" was the Moldovan Cup, which they won in the 1998–99 season, when they also made their debut in the first division. Their honours include 16 championship titles, 9 Cups and 7 Super Cups – all competition records. On the European stage, Sheriff reached the group stage of the UEFA Europa League on four occasions.

They play their home games in yellow and black kits at the Sheriff Stadium, which has a capacity of 12,746.


The club was originally established in 1996 and introduced in the Moldovan "B" Division as FC Tiras Tiraspol. On 4 April 1997, former policeman Victor Gușan, an employee of the security corporation Sheriff which remains a key sponsor, refounded it as FC Sheriff Tiraspol.[2][3]

Sheriff achieved promotion to the second tier of Moldovan football, the Moldovan "A" Division, and under the guidance of Ahmad Alaskarov, was charged with leading the team to the Moldovan top division.[2] Later that year the club won the championship by 14 points, being promoted to Divizia Națională.[4] The club won its first major honour with the 1999 Moldovan Cup. In the final at the Republican Stadium, Sheriff scored an injury-time equaliser before winning the match against Constructorul Chișinău 2–1 after extra time.[5] Sheriff's first National Division title came in the 2000–01 season, which also included their second Moldovan Cup triumph as they beat Nistru Otaci on penalties after a goalless match.[6] The league triumph was the first of a run of ten consecutively up to 2010, also including league-cup doubles in 2002, 2006 and 2008–10. Sheriff won each Moldovan Super Cup from 2004 to 2010, but did not have to play a match on four occasions due to winning it on default through a double.[7] Sheriff were denied an 11th-straight title by Dacia Chișinău in 2010–11, but reclaimed the title the following season. In 2014–15, Sheriff again lost the championship despite being level with both Milsami Orhei and Dacia Chișinău at the top of the table with 55 points; Milsami would finish in first place because of its superior head-to-head record against both Sheriff and Dacia, with Dacia second and Sheriff third, despite Sheriff having the superior goal difference amongst the clubs.

The team won the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup in 2003 and 2009, becoming the first team from Moldova to win an international title. Sheriff were the first club in Moldova to sign players from Brazil and Africa.[8]


From 2001–02 to 2008–09, the club tried to reach the group stage in the UEFA Champions League every year, but failed in the second qualifying round every time. Its European fortunes improved after 2009. Sheriff has appeared in three UEFA Europa League group stages (2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14) with decent results, although they didn't manage to qualify to the knock-out stage. In 2017 they qualified to the group stage for the fourth time, after beating favorites Legia Warsaw on away goals in the play-off round.

2009–10 UEFA Europa League[edit]

In the 2009–10 season, Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku. In the next round, Sheriff defeated Slavia Prague 1–1 on aggregate, progressing via the away goal rule due to Nadson's 94th-minute strike in the second leg. They were then eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League by Greek club Olympiacos in the qualifying play-off for a spot in the group stage. Sheriff lost 2–0 in the first leg at home, and 1–0 in the second leg away.

However, by virtue of losing in the play-off round, Sheriff qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, where they were drawn into Group H alongside Fenerbahçe, Twente and Steaua București. On 17 September 2009, their first Europa League match, Sheriff drew 0–0 away against Steaua.[9] On 1 October, Sheriff's first Europa League home match, the club lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe.[9] On 22 October, Sheriff produced a stunning 2–0 home victory over Twente, ending Twente's 17-match unbeaten run.[9] 2 December, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with Steaua.[9] Sheriff failed to progress past the group stage after finishing third in Group H with five points, ahead of Steaua.

2010–11 UEFA Champions League[edit]

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League,[10] on 14–20 July 2010, Sheriff defeated Dinamo Tirana in the second qualifying round (3–1, 0–1). Then, on 4 August, the club defeated Dinamo Zagreb on penalties (6–5) after identical 1–1 draws at home and away, thereby reaching the play-off round.[10] On 18–24 August, in the play-off round against Basel, Sheriff lost 1–0 in Switzerland before losing 3–0 at home.[10]

2010–11 UEFA Europa League[edit]

Sheriff playing a UEFA Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur at home in 2013

Dropping to the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after their play-off defeat to Basel,[11] Sheriff was drawn into Group E alongside Dynamo Kyiv, AZ and BATE Borisov. After losing their first match 2–1 away against AZ on 15 September 2010, on 30 September, Sheriff defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 at home. After losing two-straight matches against BATE – 0–1 at home and 3–1 away on 21 October and 4 November respectively – on 2 December, Sheriff drew 1–1 with AZ at home,[11] then on 15 December, Sheriff drew 0–0 against Dynamo Kyiv away in Kiev.[11] Accumulating five points, Sheriff failed to progress past the group stage after finishing last in Group E.


Stadionul Sheriff seen from the outside

Sheriff Stadium is the home ground of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the corporation Sheriff. Construction of the ground began on 1 August 2000, being completed in May 2002, with official opening in July 2002. It was renovated in 2011. The stadium has a seating capacity for 12,746 spectators and is eligible for FIFA/UEFA international events. Beside Sheriff, the stadium hosted also matches of FC Tiraspol and the Moldova national team.

Asides from main arena of Sheriff Sports Complex, there is also a 8,000 seater stadium, Malaya Sportivnaya Arena, also situated in the same complex, along with eight training fields, a covered training centre, housing for the players, a college for students and a five-star hotel.[12]





  • Moldovan Super Cup
    • Winners (7) – Record: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • Runners-up (2): 2012, 2014


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 July 2018[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Moldova DF Petru Racu
7 Luxembourg FW Gerson Rodrigues
8 Curaçao MF Jeremy de Nooijer
9 Brazil FW Jô Santos
11 Burkina Faso FW Abdoul Gafar Sirima
14 Burkina Faso DF Benjamin Balima
15 Brazil DF Cristiano
18 Moldova MF Gheorghe Anton
19 Croatia MF Antun Palić
20 Croatia GK Zvonimir Mikulić
21 Moldova GK Nicolai Cebotari
No. Position Player
23 Serbia DF Vladimir Kovačević (on loan from Kortrijk)
32 Moldova MF Evgheni Oancea
33 Moldova GK Serghei Pașcenco
35 Croatia DF Ante Kulušić
39 Belgium FW Ziguy Badibanga
45 Sierra Leone FW Alhaji Kamara
55 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mateo Sušić (captain)
77 Belarus MF Yury Kendysh
88 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Rifet Kapić (on loan from Grasshoppers)
90 Moldova DF Veaceslav Posmac
97 Moldova FW Alexandru Boiciuc (on loan from Vejle)

UEFA Reserve squad[edit]

As of 18 July 2018[14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 Moldova FW Andrei Cobeț
17 Moldova MF Alexandr Belousov
No. Position Player
22 Moldova DF Vadim Dijinari
26 Moldova DF Ivan Voropai

Records and statistics[edit]

Most appearances (443): Vazha Tarkhnishvili

Most goals (71): Alexey Kuchuk

Record victory (19 October 2005, Moldovan Cup): Sheriff–Viitorul Orhei, 16–0

Record defeat (UEFA Champions League, 25 July 2001): Anderlecht–Sheriff, 4–0[2]

Biggest win in UEFA competition (23 July 2013): Sheriff–Sutjeska, 5–0

Appearances in UEFA Champions League: 13

Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 7

Player with most UEFA appearances: Vazha Tarkhnishvili (54)

Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: Ismail Isa (5)[15]

European record[edit]

Accurate as of 17 August 2018
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 66 21 14 31 63 70 −7 031.82
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 40 6 19 15 24 39 −15 015.00
Total 106 27 33 46 87 109 −22 025.47

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.


UEFA rankings[edit]

At the end of the 2017–18 season, Sheriff Tiraspol ranked 97th in the UEFA club coefficient rankings, up from 145th the previous season.

Rank Team Points
97 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 14.750

As of 1 July 2018. Source

Club officials[edit]


Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Veaceslav Rusnac  Moldova 12 July 2013 15 August 2014 41 32 4 5 113 25 078.05 2013–14 Divizia Națională
Zoran Zekić  Croatia 15 August 2014 26 May 2015 25 20 3 2 63 14 080.00 2014–15 Divizia Națională
2014–15 Moldovan Cup
Lilian Popescu  Moldova 27 May 2015 5 October 2015 13 7 4 2 21 9 053.85 2015 Moldovan Super Cup
Zoran Vulić  Croatia 7 October 2015 12 June 2016[17] 21 17 2 2 43 9 080.95 2015–16 Divizia Națională
Bruno Irles  France 22 July 2016[18] 23 September 2016[19] 11 7 1 3 23 9 063.64 2016 Moldovan Super Cup
Victor Mihailov (interim)  Moldova 23 September 2016 4 October 2016 1 1 0 0 2 0 100.00
Roberto Bordin  Italy 4 October 2016[20] 24 April 2018[21] 62 40 14 8 145 40 064.52 2016–17 Divizia Națională
2016-17 Moldovan Cup
2017 Divizia Națională
Victor Mihailov (interim)  Moldova 24 April 2018[21] 7 June 2018[22] 5 2 2 1 6 4 040.00
Goran Sablić  Croatia 7 June 2018[22] Present 12 7 2 3 35 6 058.33

Information correct as of match played 5 August 2018. Only competitive matches are counted.

  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won
Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).


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