FC Sheriff Tiraspol

Sheriff Tiraspol
Full name Fotbal Club Sheriff
Founded 4 April 1997
Ground Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova
Ground Capacity 12,746[1]
Owner Sheriff (company)
President Moldova Victor Gușan
Head Coach Italy Roberto Bordin
League Divizia Naţională
2015–16 1st

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


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. In 2014–15, they lost the title again, to FC Milsami Orhei in spite of having a superior goal difference, due to their head-to-head record.

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.[8]

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 eight 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
Main article: Sheriff Stadium

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 12,746 spectators and is eligible for international events, such as the matches of the Moldova national football team.

Sheriff in European cups

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.[9]

On 1 October 2009, in the first home game Sheriff lost 1–0 to Fenerbahçe S.K.[9]

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.[9]

2 December 2009, Sheriff drew 1–1 at home with FC Steaua Bucureşti.[9]

2010–11 UEFA Champions League

In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League season,[10] 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.[10]

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.[10]

2010–11 UEFA Europa League

In the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season,[11] 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.[11]

On 15 December 2010 Sheriff drew 0–0 against FC Dinamo Kiev in Kiev.[11]

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

UEFA rankings

UEFA team ranking 2016

Rank Country Team Points
157SwitzerlandSt. Gallen10.755
158Czech RepublicJablonec10.585
159MoldovaSheriff Tiraspol10.575
160UkraineKarpaty Lviv10.476

As of 28 May 2016. Source

Current squad

As of 5 November 2016[12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Bulgaria GK Bozhidar Mitrev
25 Moldova GK Sergiu Juric
28 Moldova GK Alexei Koșelev

6 Brazil DF Victor Oliveira
14 Burkina Faso DF Benjamin Balima
15 Ivory Coast DF Marcel Metoua
19 Moldova DF Serghei Svinarenco
21 Moldova DF Maxim Potîrniche
26 Croatia DF Dino Škvorc
37 Moldova DF Vitalie Bordian
55 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mateo Sušić (captain)
90 Serbia DF Vujadin Savić

4 Sierra Leone MF Khalifa Jabbie
No. Position Player
7 Brazil MF Joálisson
8 Moldova MF Radu Gînsari
17 Moldova MF Vladislav Ivanov
20 Burkina Faso MF Cyrille Bayala
24 Ghana MF Seidu Yahaya
30 Croatia MF Josip Brezovec
34 Moldova MF Ivan Urvanțev
88 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Zoran Kvržić

9 Croatia FW Josip Ivančić
11 Brazil FW Ricardinho
29 Moldova FW Eugeniu Rebenja
31 Switzerland FW Danijel Subotić
93 Moldova FW Maxim Iurcu

Current youth players with first-team experience

As of 5 November 2016[upper-alpha 1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Moldova GK Maxim Bardîș
32 Moldova MF Evgheni Oancea
91 Moldova DF Igor Bondarenco
No. Position Player
Moldova GK Denis Macogonenco
Moldova MF Dmitri Semirov
Moldova FW Andrei Cobeț


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)[13]

Club officials

Coaching staff

As of 7 October 2016[14]
Position Name
Head coach Italy Roberto Bordin
Assistant coach Italy Andrea Vezzu
Assistant coach Moldova Victor Mihailov
Goalkeeping coach Ukraine Taras Grebeniuk
Physical fitness coach Brazil Michel Huff

Board of directors

As of 7 October 2016
Position Name
President Moldova Victor Gușan
General director Georgia (country) Vazha Tarkhnishvili


  • Belarus Vitali Rashkevich (interim) (Aug 11, 2012 – Aug 15, 2012)
  • Romania Mihai Stoichiță (Aug 15, 2012 – April 2, 2013)
  • Belarus Vitali Rashkevich (interim) (April 3, 2013 – July 8, 2013)
  • Moldova Veaceslav Rusnac (July 12, 2013 – Aug 15, 2014)
  • Croatia Zoran Zekić (Aug 15, 2014 – May 26, 2015)
  • Moldova Lilian Popescu (May 27, 2015 – 5 Oct 2015)
  • Croatia Zoran Vulić (7 Oct 2015 – July 2016)
  • France Bruno Irles (22 July 2016 – 23 Sep 2016)
  • Italy Roberto Bordin (4 Oct 2016 – )


  1. Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.


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