Turkmenistan Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Green Men
Head coach: Yazguly Hojageldiyev
Top scorer: Charyar Mukhadov (13)
Home stadium: Ashgabat Olympic Stadium
Football is the most popular sport in Turkmenistan, 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. Valerii Nepomniachi is probably the most famous name in Turkmen football. He was the coach who led Cameroon to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. The Africans surprised many with their 1-0 win over defending champions Argentina in the opening match and finally bowed out in the quarter-finals.
The artificial turf installed in Kopeddag Stadium in Ashgabat some time ago as part of the first Goal project is being used frequently. In March 2004, a second project - for new or refurbdassociation headquarters - was approved. An existing building have been purchased and converted according to the association's needs. These new headquarters replace the current rented, limited facilities in the Kopeddag Stadium, finally improving working conditions for the association's employees.
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.