Tajikistan national football team

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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 (64)
Top scorerYusuf Rabiev and Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (15)
Home stadiumPamir Stadium (24,000)
FIFA codeTJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Decrease 2 (20 December 2018)[1]
Highest106 (July 2013)
Lowest180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 158 Increase 1 (9 January 2019)[2]
Highest85 (November 2003)
Lowest161 (14 November 2017)
First international
Tajikistan Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan 
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Tajikistan Tajikistan 16–0 Guam 
(Tabriz, Iran; 26 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–0 Tajikistan 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[edit]

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[edit]

Kit[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Match date: 13 December, 16 December, and 20 December 2018[7]
Opposition: Oman & Bahrain
Competition: Friendly
Caps and goals updated as of 20 December 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 2 0 Tajikistan Barkchi
16 1GK Fathullo Boboev (1997-10-09) 9 October 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Tajikistan Khatlon
23 1GK Behrouz Hayriev (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol

2 2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26) 35 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
4 2DF Bakhtior Kalandarov (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ
5 2DF Dorobjon Ergashev (1997-12-14) 14 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
12 2DF Vahdat Hanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Tajikistan Barkchi
13 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad
14 2DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Tajikistan Khujand
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 26) 40 2 Tajikistan Istiklol
22 2DF Hussein Nurmatov (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 18) 3 0 Tajikistan Barkchi

6 3MF Karomatullo Saidov (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Tajikistan Khatlon
7 3MF Muhammadjoni Hasan (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
8 3MF Sharafdzhon Solehov (1999-12-14) 14 December 1999 (age 19) 3 1 Tajikistan Barkchi
11 3MF Muhsindzhon Abdugaffor (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
15 3MF Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Tajikistan Barkchi
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
20 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 22) 20 0 Tajikistan Istiklol

9 4FW Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 22) 7 2 Tajikistan Istiklol
10 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 24) 23 3 Tajikistan Khujand
18 4FW Muhammadjon Loiqov (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Belarus UAS Zhitkovichi
21 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Tajikistan Istiklol

Recent call ups[edit]

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 Abduazizov Mahkamov (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 (age 31) 12 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
GK Rustam Rizoev (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 30) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018

DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Russia Baltika Kaliningrad v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
DF Davron Erghashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 30) 53 6 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Maldives New Radiant v.  Palestine, 4 Ootcber 2018
DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Maldives Victory v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018

MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 27) 48 8 Indonesia Madura United v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 (age 22) 14 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018
MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 28) 64 8 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Palestine, 4 October 2018
MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 23) 10 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018

FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 30) 50 8 Tajikistan Istiklol v.    Nepal, 10 October 2018
FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 28) 24 15 Indonesia Sriwijaya v.  Philippines, 27 March 2018

Managers[edit]

As of 5 December 2018
Period Head coach
1992—1994 Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov
1994—1995 Tajikistan Vladimir Ghulamhaydarov
1996 Tajikistan Abdulla Muradov
1997—1998 Tajikistan Zair Babayev
1999 Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov
2000—2002 Tajikistan Salahiddin Ghafurov
2003 Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov
2004 Tajikistan Zair Babayev
2004—2006 Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov
2007 Tajikistan Mahmadjan Habibullayev
2008—2011 Tajikistan Pulad Qadirov
2011—2012 Tajikistan|Russia Alimjan Rafiqov
2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina Kemal Alispahic
2012—2013 Serbia Nikola Kavazovic
2013 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev
2013—2015 Tajikistan|Russia Muhsin Muhammadiyev
2015—2016 Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev
2016—2018 Tajikistan Hakim Fuzaylov
2018 Tajikistan Alisher Tuhtayev
2018— Uzbekistan Usman Tashev

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2017
23 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain Friendly 1–1 D Dzhalilov Goal 4'
28 March 2017 Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Umarbayev Goal 9'
13 June 2017 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–4 L Umarbayev Goal 57' (pen.)
Vasiev Goal 61'
Dzhalilov Goal 90'
4 September 2017 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W Dzhalilov Goal 25'
Vasiev Goal 30'
9 October 2017 Tajikistan Central Stadium, Hisor    Nepal 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W Davronov Goal 20' (pen.)
Umarbayev Goal 60' (pen.)
Dzhalilov Goal 87' (pen.)
14 November 2017 Tajikistan Central Stadium, Hisor  Yemen 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–0 D
2018
21 March 2018 China Helong Sports Center Stadium, Changsha  China PR U-21 Friendly 1–2 L
27 March 2018 Philippines Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Philippines 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L Nazarov Goal 64'
2 October 2018 Bangladesh Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet    Nepal 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 2–0 W Fatkhuloev Goal 27' (pen.)
Tursunov Goal 69'
4 October 2018 Bangladesh Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet  Palestine 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 0–2 L
9 October 2018 Bangladesh Cox's Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar  Philippines 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 2–0 W Tursunov Goal 31'
Nazarov Goal 90+7'
12 October 2018 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Palestine 2018 Bangabandhu Cup 0–0 D (3–4p)
13 December 2018 Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly 1–2 L Solehov Goal 90'
16 December 2018 Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly 0–1 L
20 December 2018 Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Bahrain Friendly 0–5 L

Upcoming matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2018

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018[8]
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 64 8
2 Davron Ergashev 2008– 53 6
3 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 50 8
4 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 48 8
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Eraj Rajabov 2008– 44 0
7 Yusuf Rabiev 2003–2015 40 15

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018, the players with the most goals for Tajikistan are:
Name Years Caps Goals
1 Yusuf Rabiev 2003–2015 40 15
1 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 2011– 24 15
3 Numonjon Hakimov 2003–2011 34 14
4 Tokhirjon Muminov 1992–2002 24 10
5 Ibrahim Rabimov 2004– 45 9
6 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 2007– 62 8
6 Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 2003–2010 32 8
6 Nuriddin Davronov 2008– 48 8
6 Dilshod Vasiev 2006– 50 8
10 Alier Ashurmamadov 1992–2006 14 6
10 Shukhrat Dzhaborov 1996–2007 19 6
10 Davron Ergashev 2008– 53 6
10 Parvizdzhon Umarbayev 2015– 17 6

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result 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 4 1 1 15 2
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 16 2
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 9 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 7 4
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 6 14
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 6 0 1 5 2 20
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 32 12 5 15 55 51

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Japan 1992 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 5
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 6 5
China 2004 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 3 5
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify
Australia 2015 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify 16 5 3 8 25 29
Total Best: 0/8 27 10 5 12 38 44

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]