Tajikistan national football team

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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 Decrease 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 106 (July 2013)
Lowest 180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 163 Steady (22 May 2018)
Highest 85 (November 2003)
Lowest 161 (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.[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[edit]

Kit[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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 (age 31) 12 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
13 1GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi
16 1GK Rustam Rizoev (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ

2 2DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26) 27 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3 2DF Zoir Juraboev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
4 2DF Khurshed Beknazarov (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand
5 2DF Iskandar Dzhalilov (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Russia Baltika Kaliningrad
6 2DF Davron Ergashev (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 30) 53 6 Tajikistan Istiklol
14 2DF Manouchehr Ahmadov (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Maldives New Radiant
15 2DF Firdavs Chakalov (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Tajikistan Khujand
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 25) 31 3 Tajikistan Istiklol

7 3MF Muhammadjoni Hasan (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 19) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
8 3MF Nuriddin Davronov (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 27) 48 8 Indonesia Madura United
9 3MF Jahongir Aliev (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 (age 22) 14 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
11 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
12 3MF Romish Jalilov (1995-11-21) 21 November 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
18 3MF Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 28) 64 8 Tajikistan Istiklol
20 3MF Nozim Babadjanov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 23) 10 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
22 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 22) 13 0 Tajikistan Istiklol

10 4FW Jahongir Ergashev (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 24) 17 3 Turkmenistan FK Energetik Mary
17 4FW Dilshod Vasiev (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 30) 50 8 Tajikistan Istiklol
21 4FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 27) 24 15 Indonesia Sriwijaya
23 4FW Sheriddin Boboev (1999-04-21) 21 April 1999 (age 19) 1 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 Daler Azizov 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
GK Kurbanali Boboev (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 0 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
GK Nuriddinjon Boboev (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

DF Sokhib Suvonkulov (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 29) 37 1 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
DF Oybek Abdugafforov (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.    Nepal, 5 September 2017
DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
DF Vahdat Khanonov 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

MF Muhsindzhon Parpiev (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Firuz Garayev (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ v.  Yemen, 28 March 2017
MF Umedzhon Sharipov (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 (age 25) 13 1 Uzbekistan Mash'al Mubarek v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Faridoon Sharipov (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Komron Mirzonadzhot 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Philippines, 13 June 2017
MF Hurshed Beknazarov 0 0 Tajikistan Khujand v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017
MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 23) 17 6 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Yemen, 14 November 2017

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

Managers[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Tajikistan scorers
2016
29 March 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Kyrgyzstan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
2 June 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 5–0 W J.Ergashev Goal 19'30'
Umarbayev Goal 33'
D.Ergashev Goal 49'
Sharipov Goal 71'
7 June 2016 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Bangladesh 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–0 W Nazarov Goal 8'
27 August 2016 Tajikistan 20 Years of Independence Stadium, Khujand  Syria Friendly 0–0 D
6 September 2016 State of Palestine Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Palestine Friendly 1–1 D Umarbayev Goal 39'
3 October 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Palestine Friendly 3–3 D Davronov Goal 22' (pen.)
Ergashev Goal 60'
Umarbayev Goal 90+3'
9 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Turkmenistan Friendly 3–0 W Dzhalilov Goal 35'39'60'
13 November 2016 Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe  Afghanistan Friendly 1–0 W Dzhalilov Goal 74'
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'

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[10]
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 GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS 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 - - - - - - 25 12 4 10 52 31

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS 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: - - - - - - 27 10 5 12 38 44

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]