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FC Sheriff Tiraspol

Sheriff Tiraspol
Full name Fotbal Club Sheriff
Founded 1997[1]
Ground Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol
Ground Capacity 14,300
Chairman Victor Gușan
Manager Zoran Zekić
League Divizia Naţională
2013–14 Divizia Naţională, 1st (champions)

FC Sheriff Tiraspol (Russian: ФК Шериф Тирасполь), known simply as Sheriff is an association football club located in Tiraspol, Transnistria (Moldova). The club has dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning thirteen championship titles in the Moldovan National Division out of fourteen in this time frame.


  • History 1
  • Overview 2
  • Sheriff Stadium 3
  • Sheriff in Eurocups 4
    • 2009–10 UEFA Europa League 4.1
    • 2010–11 UEFA Champions League 4.2
    • 2010–11 UEFA Europa League 4.3
    • European record 4.4
  • Staff 5
    • Coaching staff 5.1
    • Managers 5.2
    • Current squad 5.3
  • Honours 6
  • Club records 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The club was founded in 1997 by former policeman Viktor Guşan, and employee of the Sheriff in Moldova. The club entered the second tier of Moldovan football, the "A" Division later that year and won its championship by 14 points to gain promotion to National Division.[2] The club won its first major silver with the 1999 Moldovan Cup. In the final at the Republican Stadium, Sheriff scored an injury-time equaliser before winning the match against Constructorul Chisinau 2–1 after extra time.[3] Sheriff's first National Division title came in the 2000–01 season, which also included their second Moldovan Cup triumph as they beat Nistru Otaci on penalties after a goalless match.[4] The league triumph was the first of a run of ten consecutively up to 2010, also including league-cup doubles in 2002, 2006 and 2008–10. Sheriff won each Moldovan Super Cup from 2004 to 2010, but did not have to play a match on four occasions due to winning it on default through a double.[5] Sheriff were denied an eleventh successive title by Dacia Chişinău in 2010–11, but reclaimed the title the following season.

The team won the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup in 2003 and 2009, becoming the first team from Moldova to win an international title. Sheriff were the first club in Moldova to sign contract players from Brazil and Africa.[6]


FC Sheriff Tiraspol is based in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway state of Transnistria, generally recognized as part of Moldova. The club plays in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football. The club was founded by the Sheriff security company on 4 April 1997,[7] which remains a key sponsor.[1]

The club was officially refounded under the leadership of Victor Guşan, the company's president. The first Sheriff coach, Ahmad Alaskarov, was charged with leading the team to the Moldovan top division.[7]

Sheriff's first football trophy was the 1998–99 Moldovan Cup. The club won promotion to the top flight in 1998, after its first-ever season, and dominated the Moldovan National Division with ten consecutive titles from 2001 to 2010, winning an eleventh in 2012. The side also have seven Moldovan Cup titles, including six double-winning seasons. However, the club has never reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Sheriff Stadium

Sheriff Stadium during UEFA Europa League match

Sheriff Stadium is the home ground of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the Sheriff corporation. It was constructed by the company in 2002. It has a seating capacity for 14,300 spectators and is eligible for international events, such as the matches of the Moldova national football team.

Sheriff in Eurocups

From 2001–02 to 2008–09, the club tried to reach the group stage in the UEFA Champions League every year, but failed in the second qualifying round every time.

2009–10 UEFA Europa League

In the 2009–10 season Sheriff finally reached the third qualifying round when they defeated Inter Turku.

In the next round, Sheriff defeated Slavia Prague with an aggregate score of 1–1 over two legs, progressing via the away goal rule due to José Nadson Ferreira's 94th minute strike in the 2nd leg.

They were then eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League by Greek club Olympiacos in a Play-off for the Group Stage . They lost 2–0 in the first leg at home, and 1–0 in the second leg away.

Sheriff then progressed to the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, and were faced with tough opponents. On 17 September 2009, in their first game in the Europa League, Sheriff managed to snatch a 0–0 away draw from FC Steaua Bucureşti.[8]

On 1 October 2009, in the first home game Sheriff lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe S.K.[8]

On 22 October, Sheriff produced a stunning 2–0 victory over the famous Dutch club FC Twente in Tiraspol, ending Twente's 17-match unbeaten run.[8]

2 December 2009, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with FC Steaua Bucureşti.[8]

2010–11 UEFA Champions League

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League season,[9] on 14–20 July 2010, Sheriff defeated Dinamo Tirana in the second qualifying round (3:1, 0–1).

Then, on 4 August 2010 it overcame Dinamo Zagreb on penalties (1:1, 1:1, 6:5) to reach the play-off round, the final stage before the Champions League Group stage.[9]

On 18–24 August 2010, in the play-off round against FC Basel, Sheriff lost 1–0 the first match in Switzerland before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat at home.[9]

2010–11 UEFA Europa League

In the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season,[10] on 30 September 2010, Sheriff recorded a 2–0 victory over FC Dinamo Kiev in Tiraspol.

On 2 December 2010 Sheriff drew 1–1 with Dutch club AZ in Tiraspol.[10]

On 15 December 2010 Sheriff drew 0–0 against FC Dinamo Kiev in Kiev.[10]

European record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 24 4 10 10 18 23 -5
UEFA Champions League 56 21 12 25 54 59 -5
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League


Coaching staff


Current squad

As of 3 November, 2014, according to the TEAM. FC Sheriff website.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Serghei Pașcenco
6 DF Petar Lela
7 MF Maxim Antoniuc
8 MF Radu Gînsari
9 FW Juninho Potiguar
10 MF Thiago Galvão
11 MF Ricardinho
14 FW Wilfried Balima
15 DF Marcel Metoua (captain)
16 FW Vadim Paireli
18 MF Leonel Olímpio
19 FW Fred Benson
20 MF Cadú
No. Position Player
21 MF Elkin Blanco
22 DF Igor Bondarenco
23 MF Ernandes
25 GK Sergiu Juric
28 DF Artur Apostolov
29 FW Ismail Isa
30 DF Andrei Mureşan
32 GK Matías Degra
33 DF Valerii Macritchii
88 DF Ligger
89 FW Maxim Iurcu
91 MF Serghei Gheorghiev


2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013

2003, 2009

Club records

Most appearances (443): Vazha Tarkhnishvili

Most goals (71): Alexey Kuchuk

Record victory (19 October 2005, Moldovan Cup): Sheriff-FC Viitorul Orhei 16:0

Record defeat (UEFA Champions League, 25 July 2001): RSC Anderlecht-Sheriff 4:0[7]

Biggest win in UEFA competition (23 July 2013): Sheriff-FK Sutjeska 5:0

Appearances in UEFA Champions League: 13

Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 7

Player with most UEFA appearances: Vazha Tarkhnishvili (54)

Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: Ismail Isa (5)[11]


  1. ^ a b Montague, James (20 August 2012). "In Sliver of Old U.S.S.R., Hot Soccer Team Is Virtual State Secret".  
  2. ^ Moldova 1997/98
  3. ^ Miron Goihman. Moldova Cup 1998–99, 20 October 1999
  4. ^ Moldova Cup 2000–01
  5. ^ Moldova - List of Super Cup Finals
  6. ^ More Brazilian players signed to FC Sheriff
  7. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. UEFA Profile
  8. ^ a b c d FC Sheriff. 2010. UEFA Europa League
  9. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Champions League
  10. ^ a b c FC Sheriff. 2011. UEFA Europa League

External links

  • Official website
  • The Europa League: There's a New Sheriff in Town
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