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Tajikistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Crowns
Association TFF
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Head coach Gela Shekiladze
Captain Parvizdzhon Umarbayev
Most caps Akhtam Nazarov (84)
Top scorer Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (20)
Home stadium Pamir Stadium
FIFA code TJK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 99 (15 February 2024)
Lowest 180 (July 2003, October 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 158 Increase 1 (3 March 2019)
Highest 85 (November 2003)
Lowest 165 (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)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2023)
Best result Quarter-finals (2023)

The Tajikistan national association football team represents Tajikistan in association football and is controlled by the Tajikistan Football Federation.

History

Tajikistan played its first official game on 11 April 1994 in Tashkent as part of a regional tournament. It lost that game against Kazakhstan 0–1. The first official competition the team entered was the qualifiers for the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, when it was seeded in the 3-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, and were beaten in the away game 0–5 after extra time. It did not enter a World Cup qualifying tournament until the 1998 FIFA World Cup edition, recording 4 victories in its preliminary group stage including a 5–0 triumph over Turkmenistan, and losing only to China, which placed it second behind its eastern neighbors, and out of the tournament.

Following Tajikistan's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, coach Mubin Ergashev and his staff were relieved of their duties.

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

After failing to have a direct spot for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Tajikistan hired Croatian manager Petar Šegrt, and Tajikistan took part in the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification, joining with Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Singapore. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the third round was played in a single round-robin group format with a centralised host, which Tajikistan's group saw its neighbour Kyrgyzstan hosting it. Tajikistan defeated Myanmar (4–0) and Singapore (1–0), before holding neighbour Kyrgyzstan to a goalless draw, topping the group and, after failing in 5 previous attempts, Tajikistan was able to qualify to its first-ever AFC Asian Cup in 2023. Tajikistan was invited to the 2022 King's Cup in Thailand held in September 2022 where Tajikistan defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 and sees them advanced to the final defeating Malaysia in the penalty shootout winning their second international trophy.

In the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Tajikistan reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history after losing 1-0 to the eventual runner-up Jordan due to a 66th minute own goal from Vahdat Hanonov.

Kit

In September 2017, Tajikistan's kit was supplied by Chinese sporting apparel company Li-Ning.

Results and fixtures

      Win       Draw       Loss       Fixture

2023

2024

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Georgia (country) Gela Shekiladze
Assistant coach Georgia (country) Tamaz Bokeria
Goalkeeper coach Tajikistan Alisher Tuychiev
Physiotherapists Tajikistan Saidjon Ergashev
Tajikistan Davron Juraev
Team Doctor Tajikistan Dr. Farrukh Avezov
Match analyst Tajikistan Alifbek Beromov
Technical director Tajikistan Salokhidin Gafurov

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
  • Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov (1992–1994)
  • Tajikistan Vladimir Ghulamhaydarov (1994–1995)
  • Tajikistan Abdulla Muradov (1996)
  • Tajikistan Zair Babayev (1997–1998)
  • Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov (1999)
  • Tajikistan Salahiddin Ghafurov (2000–2002)
  • Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov (2003)
  • Tajikistan Zair Babayev (2004)
  • Tajikistan Sharif Nazarov (2004–2006)
  • Tajikistan Mahmadjan Habibullayev (2007)
  • Tajikistan Pulad Qadirov (2008–2011)
  • Tajikistan Alimjan Rafiqov (2011–2012)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Kemal Alispahić (2012)
  • Serbia Nikola Kavazović (2012–2013)
  • Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev (2013)
  • RussiaTajikistan Muhsin Muhammadiyev (2013–2015)
  • Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev (2015–2016)
  • Tajikistan Hakim Fuzaylov (2016–2018)
  • Tajikistan Alisher Tuhtayev (2018)
  • Uzbekistan Usmon Toshev (2018–2021)
  • Tajikistan Mubin Ergashev (2021)
  • Croatia Petar Šegrt (2022–2024)
  • Georgia (country) Gela Shekiladze (2024–present)

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called for Tajikistan's 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against friendly match against  Saudi Arabia on 21 & 26 March.

Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2024, after the match against  Saudi Arabia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rustam Yatimov (1998-07-13) 13 July 1998 (age 25) 43 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
16 1GK Daler Barotov (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 25) 2 0 Tajikistan Istaravshan
23 1GK Mukhriddin Khasanov (2002-09-23) 23 September 2002 (age 21) 2 0 Tajikistan Istiklol

2 2DF Zoir Dzhuraboyev (1998-09-16) 16 September 1998 (age 25) 40 2 Uzbekistan Neftchi Fergana
3 2DF Tabrezi Davlatmir (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 25) 33 1 Tajikistan Istiklol
4 2DF Mekhrubon Karimov (2004-01-09) 9 January 2004 (age 20) 4 0 Georgia (country) Samgurali Tsqaltubo
5 2DF Manuchekhr Safarov (2001-05-31) 31 May 2001 (age 22) 38 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Fergana
6 2DF Vakhdat Khanonov (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 23) 33 3 Iran Persepolis
12 2DF Sodikjon Kurbonov (2003-01-19) 19 January 2003 (age 21) 4 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
19 2DF Akhtam Nazarov (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 31) 84 5 Tajikistan Istiklol
21 2DF Daler Imomnazarov (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 28) 5 0 Tajikistan Eskhata Khujand

7 3MF Parvizdzhon Umarbayev (captain) (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 29) 53 10 Bulgaria CSKA 1948
8 3MF Amirbek Juraboev (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 28) 56 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
10 3MF Alisher Dzhalilov (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 30) 28 5 Tajikistan Istiklol
13 3MF Amadoni Kamolov (2003-01-16) 16 January 2003 (age 21) 7 2 Tajikistan Istiklol
14 3MF Alisher Shukurov (2002-03-30) 30 March 2002 (age 22) 7 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
17 3MF Ehson Panjshanbe (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 24) 53 5 Tajikistan Istiklol
18 3MF Murodali Aknazarov (2004-11-19) 19 November 2004 (age 19) 3 0 Georgia (country) Samtredia
20 3MF Alidzhoni Ayni (2004-08-06) 6 August 2004 (age 19) 16 0 Tajikistan Istiklol
3MF Ruslan Khayloev (2003-10-29) 29 October 2003 (age 20) 4 0 Russia Tyumen
3MF Vaisiddin Safarov (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 (age 28) 2 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe

9 4FW Rustam Soirov (2002-09-12) 12 September 2002 (age 21) 20 4 Tajikistan Istiklol
11 4FW Nuriddin Khamrokulov (1999-10-25) 25 October 1999 (age 24) 17 2 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor
15 4FW Shervoni Mabatshoev (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 23) 25 3 Tajikistan Istiklol
22 4FW Shahrom Samiev (2001-02-08) 8 February 2001 (age 23) 30 8 Uzbekistan Andijon

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 Safarmad Gafforov (2004-04-14) 14 April 2004 (age 20) 0 0 Tajikistan Khatlon v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
GK Sukhrobkhuja Yusupov (2004-10-22) 22 October 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Tajikistan CSKA Pamir Dushanbe v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
GK Shokhrukh Kirgizboev (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 21) 6 0 Tajikistan Khujand v. Uzbekistan, 17 June 2023

DF Kholmurod Nazarov (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 30) 3 0 Tajikistan Ravshan Kulob 2023 AFC Asian Cup
DF Fakhriddin Akhtamov (2004-11-26) 26 November 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Tajikistan FK Khujand v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
DF Dilovari Jamshedzoda (2006-12-02) 2 December 2006 (age 17) 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
DF Barakatullo Nigmatullozoda (2006-08-17) 17 August 2006 (age 17) 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
DF Muhammadjon Naskov (1999-05-27) 27 May 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Tajikistan Ravshan Kulob v.  Singapore, 8 September 2023
DF Siyovush Asrorov (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 31) 46 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Uzbekistan, 17 June 2023
DF Alidzhon Karomatullozoda (2002-05-05) 5 May 2002 (age 21) 4 0 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Kuwait, 28 March 2023

MF Komron Tursunov (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 27) 28 6 India Gokulam Kerala 2023 AFC Asian Cup
MF Mukhammadzhon Rakhimov (1998-10-15) 15 October 1998 (age 25) 51 3 Uzbekistan Buxoro 2023 AFC Asian Cup
MF Abubakr Sulaimonov (2006-09-18) 18 September 2006 (age 17) 1 0 Tajikistan Barkchi v.  Malaysia, 17 October 2023
MF Khusrav Toirov (2004-08-01) 1 August 2004 (age 19) 2 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Uzbekistan, 17 June 2023
MF Salam Ashurmamadov (2003-03-18) 18 March 2003 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Dumiense v.  Kuwait, 28 March 2023

FW Muhammadali Azizboev (2003-01-04) 4 January 2003 (age 21) 2 0 Tajikistan Khosilot Farkhor 2023 AFC Asian Cup
FW Amirjon Safarov (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 26) 0 0 Tajikistan Ravshan Kulob vs.  Singapore, 25 September 2023
FW Masrur Gafurov (2006-01-21) 21 January 2006 (age 18) 0 0 Tajikistan Barkchi vs.  Singapore, 25 September 2023
FW Manuchekhr Dzhalilov (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 33) 51 20 Tajikistan Istiklol v.  Uzbekistan, 17 June 2023

INJ Withdrew due to injury
RET Retired
WTH Withdrawn

Records

Players in bold are still active with Tajikistan.

Most appearances

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Akhtam Nazarov 84 5 2011–
2 Davron Erghashev 72 8 2008–2022
3 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 71 10 2007–2019
4 Amirbek Juraboev 56 0 2014–
5 Dilshod Vasiev 52 9 2007–2017
6 Parvizdzhon Umarbayev 53 10 2015–
Ehson Panjshanbe 53 5 2016–
8 Nuriddin Davronov 51 9 2008–2021
Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 51 20 2011–
Mukhammadzhon Rakhimov 51 3 2016–

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Manuchekhr Dzhalilov 20 51 0.39 2011–
2 Yusuf Rabiev 15 40 0.38 2003–2015
3 Numonjon Hakimov 13 36 0.36 2003–2011
4 Tokhirjon Muminov 11 27 0.41 1993–2003
5 Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev 10 71 0.14 2007–2019
Parvizdzhon Umarbayev 10 53 0.19 2015–
7 Nuriddin Davronov 9 51 0.18 2008–2021
Dilshod Vasiev 9 52 0.17 2006–2015
9 Aliyor Ashurmamadov 8 15 0.53 1992–2006
Dzhomikhon Mukhidinov 8 32 0.25 2003–2010
Khurshed Makhmudov 8 46 0.17 2004–2016
Davron Erghashev 8 72 0.11 2008–2022
Shahrom Samiev 8 30 0.27 2015–

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L F A Pld W D L F A
1930 to 1990 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of the  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
France 1998 Did not qualify 6 4 1 1 15 2
South Korea Japan 2002 2 1 0 1 16 2
Germany 2006 8 4 1 3 9 9
South Africa 2010 4 1 2 1 7 4
Brazil 2014 8 2 1 5 7 18
Russia 2018 8 1 2 5 9 20
Qatar 2022 8 4 1 3 14 12
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Qualification in progress 4 1 2 1 8 4
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 To be determined To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/7 48 18 10 20 85 71

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
Hong Kong 1956 to Qatar 1988 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of the  Soviet Union
Japan 1992 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 5
Lebanon 2000 3 2 0 1 6 5
China 2004 6 2 2 2 3 5
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify 2008 AFC Challenge Cup / 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
Australia 2015 2012 AFC Challenge Cup / 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
United Arab Emirates 2019 16 5 3 8 25 29
Qatar 2023 Quarter-finals 8th 5 1 2 2 3 4 11 6 2 3 19 12
Saudi Arabia 2027 Qualification in progress 2 1 1 0 7 2
Total Quarter-finals 1 / 7 5 1 2 2 3 4 38 16 7 15 57 56

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Bangladesh 2006 Champions 6 5 0 1 18 2 N/A
India 2008 Runners-up 5 2 2 1 7 5 3 2 0 1 7 1
Sri Lanka 2010 Third place 5 3 0 2 8 5 Automatic Qualifier
Nepal 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4 3 2 1 0 4 0
Maldives 2014 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 4 1
Total 1 Title 16 10 2 3 32 12 9 6 1 2 15 2

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1951 to 1990 Part of the  Soviet Union
Japan Hiroshima 1994 Did not enter
Thailand Bangkok 1998 Second round 5 1 1 3 8 13
2002–present See Tajikistan national under-23 football team
Total 5 1 1 3 8 13

CAFA Nations Cup

CAFA Nations Cup
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan 2023 Group stage 3 0 2 1 3 7
Total 3 0 2 1 3 7

RCD Cup/ECO Cup

  • 1993: Third place

Other tournaments

  • 1997 West Asian Games: Fourth Place
  • 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games: Group Stage
  • 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India): Runners-up
  • 2022 King's Cup: Champions
  • 2023 Merdeka Tournament: Champions

Head-to-head record

As of match played 26 March 2024 against  Saudi Arabia.
Opponents Played Won Drawn* Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Afghanistan 6 5 1 0 12 1 +11 83.33
 Australia 2 0 0 2 0 10 -10 0
 Azerbaijan 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
 Bahrain 5 0 2 3 1 11 -10 0
 Bangladesh 10 7 2 1 29 5 +24 70
 Belarus 1 0 0 1 1 6 -5 0
 Bhutan 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100
 Brunei 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100
 Cambodia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100
 China 6 0 2 4 1 9 -8 0
 Estonia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
 Hong Kong 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 50
 Guam 1 1 0 0 16 0 +16 100
 India 5 3 1 1 11 7 +4 60
 Iran 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0
 Iraq 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 0
 Japan 4 0 0 4 1 19 -18 0
 Jordan 6 1 1 4 3 10 -7 16.67
 Kazakhstan 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6 0
 Kuwait 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
 Kyrgyzstan 14 8 3 3 16 10 +6 57.14
 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100
 Macau 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 100
 Malaysia 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 50
 Maldives 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 66.67
 Mongolia 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100
 Myanmar 5 4 0 1 15 4 +11 80
   Nepal 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 100
 North Korea 6 1 1 4 2 6 -4 16.67
 Oman 6 1 2 3 9 12 -3 16.67
 Pakistan 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 100
 [[Palestinian National Authority {{{altlink}}}|Palestinian National Authority]] 4 0 3 1 4 6 -2 0
 Philippines 5 1 1 3 7 8 -1 20
 Qatar 5 1 0 4 3 11 -8 20
 Russia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 0
 Singapore 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 50
 South Korea 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0
 Sri Lanka 4 3 1 0 11 3 +8 75
 Syria 8 3 1 4 11 7 +4 37.5
 Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 33.33
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100
 Turkmenistan 7 3 2 2 11 6 +5 42.86
 Uganda 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
 United Arab Emirates 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 0
 Uzbekistan 9 1 2 6 8 21 -13 11.11
 Vietnam 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 100
 Yemen 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 25
Total 179 69 38 72 259 237 +22 38.55

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