Tajikistan 2022-23 Home (#7- UMARBAYEV) Jersey/Shirt
This is a Macron Tajikistan national team 2022-23 home jersey featuring the number of star midfielder Parvizdzhon Umarbayev.
Since being accepted as a FIFA member in 1994, Tajikistan have achieved little success at international with their only major achievement being winning the AFC Challenge Cup in 2006. They have improved their performances in recent years however and reached an all-time high FIFA ranking of 106 in 2013. With their domestic league progressing in recent years, as well as an increasing number of Tajik players moving abroad, hopes are high that they can qualify for their maiden AFC Asian Cup in 2023.
Parvizdzhon Umarbayev is one of the leading players in the current generation of Tajik football and is one of the very few footballers from Tajikistan to be playing their club football at a top tier European league. Umarbayev was born in Tajikistan and initially played his youth football with local side Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda, located in the western part of the country near the border with Uzbekistan. In 2009, he joined the youth team of Russian Premier League club Rubin Kazan, where he was eventually promoted to their senior team in 2012. Umarbayev only played one match for the senior team at Rubin Kazan and later had spells with Russian 2nd tier clubs Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk & Khimik Dzerzhinsk before returning to Tajikistan in 2015, signing with FC Istiklol. After two strong seasons with Istiklol, in 2016 Umarbayev joined Lokomotiv Plovdiv, one of the top clubs in Bulgaria and a regular qualifier for the UEFA Europa League. He has remained with Lokomotiv since then and played a key role in the club winning consecutive Bulgarian Cup titles in 2018-19 & 2019-20. Although Umarbayev played one match for Russia’s U-18 national team in 2012, he has represented Tajikistan at senior international level sine debuting in 2015 and has since scored 7 goals in 32 matches for his country.