Qualification history
Tajikistan have been involved in Asia's qualifying campaigns for each of the past five FIFA World Cups™. Although the central Asians have yet to progress to the final qualifying stage, they came close to springing a surprise in their debut competition on the road to France 1998 when they narrowly finished behind group winners China. There was to be no shock in their attempts to reach Russia, as the Tajiks finished second-from-bottom in Group B, their sole victory coming against Bangladesh, the only side who finished below them.