Tajikistan Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: The Crown, The Persian Lion
Head coach: Alimzhon Rafikov
Top scorer: Yusuf Rabiev (15)
Home stadium: Pamir Stadium
Football is the most popular sport in Tajikistan, a country that gained independence in 1991. The national association regularly takes part in competitions organised by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation at senior and youth level. However, the country has not yet enjoyed any real success. While funds are limited, costs for travel and accommodation for international matches are prohibitively high. It is therefore extremely difficult for the national teams to gain experience, apart from in official competitions.
On 4 March 2002, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of new association headquarters in Dushanbe. Various problems with the handing over of land to the association seriously delayed the start of work. Nevertheless, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter still opened the new association headquarters in September 2004. The association hopes that this new building will boost the game and help to promote football in a more efficient manner.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.