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  • Tajikistan has set a purpose of FIFA World Cup qualification by 2026
  • The Central Asian nation has featured in two FIFA U-17 World Cups
  • A whole bunch of native pitches have been constructed previously few years

Tajikistan won’t be acquainted to many soccer followers, however the Central Asian nation is placing within the groundwork to make sure they finally develop into a well-recognized identify at continental, and even world, stage.

Tajikistan is a landlocked nation of some 10 million inhabitants sharing borders with Kyrgyz Republic, China PR, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Previously a part of the USSR, it had simply began to make a real influence in Soviet soccer just for the autumn of the Iron Curtain to stymie momentum for the native sport.

A few years in the past the Tajikistan Soccer Federation (TFF) set about creating an formidable purpose for the nation’s No1 sport. Constructed on grassroots and whole-of-game growth, the decade-long plan goals to conclude with qualification for the newly-expanded 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

It might be a big achievement given Tajikistan are but to qualify for an AFC Asian Cup and their World Cup story as an impartial nation commenced solely in the course of the France 1998 qualifiers. Nevertheless, two {qualifications} for the FIFA U-17 World Cup – a feat but to be achieved by many neighbouring nations within the area – signifies a robust base has already been put in place.

Young Tajik boys playing football in front of the Medressa-i-Kuhna, Hissar, Tajikistan

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Soviet glory days

A nationwide affiliation was based in 1936 as a sub-federation of the Soccer Federation of the USSR. However Tajikistan needed to wait till the dying days of the Soviet Union for a serious breakthrough on a nationwide scale. 

28 October 1988 stays a daily reference in Tajikistan’s soccer narration. On that day, Pamir Dushanbe received the USSR second division and for the primary time a staff from Tajikistan took its place within the senior league of a sprawling 300-million robust nation. 

The capital membership did excess of merely make up the numbers, regardless of the handicap of a 6,000-kilometre spherical journey to succeed in Moscow. Backed by common 20,000 capability house crowds, Pamir completed mid-table of their remaining season and reached the Soviet Cup semi-finals earlier than being ousted by mighty CSKA Moscow.

4 Tajiks represented the USSR in the course of the Seventies and 80s making a handful of appearances. Many well-known names within the native sport got here to the fore throughout this era, with central defender Alexei Cherednik – a 1988 Olympic gold medallist with the USSR – maybe reaching the best success.

Constructing blocks in place

Qualifying by way of a quickly growing Asian youth scene, Tajikistan’s return to the FIFA U-17 World Cup final 12 months following a 12-year absence is one other sign of an upward pattern for this largely mountainous nation.

Youth and grassroots growth stays a key plank of the TFF’s ‘Dream 2026’ marketing campaign. “The Tajikistan Soccer Federation pays nice consideration to the event of youth soccer within the nation,” TFF Media and Communications Supervisor Faridun Saliev instructed FIFA.com.

“Yearly in Tajikistan, championships are held for youngsters throughout (5 teenage) classes. And in 2019, the Asian Soccer Confederation acknowledged the Tajikistan Youth Soccer League as the very best in Asia.”

The sheer quantity of infrastructure being made accessible throughout the nation is due to an initiative of the nation’s president, Emomali Rahmon. Greater than 500 mini-pitches have been constructed all through the republic over the previous three years, together with over 300 over the previous two years in Dushanbe alone.

At worldwide stage, Tajikistan have hosted girls’s soccer and futsal tournaments run by the CAFA (Central Asian Soccer Affiliation), which is headquartered in Dushanbe.

Tajikistan stays within the hunt for unprecedented qualification into the third spherical of AFC World Cup qualifying. Even when they fail, a maiden ticket to the Asian Cup – a feat achieved by regional rivals Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan final 12 months – could be very a lot a practical goal.

Whether or not their began intention of that includes on world soccer’s biggest stage in 2026 involves fruition stays to be seen, however the constructing blocks of a sturdy and newly enhanced construction are definitely taking form.

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