In FIFA World Cup™ qualifying Turkmenistan have never progressed to the final stage, which contrasts with the former Soviet republic's greatest achievement: reaching the 2004 AFC Asian Cup. Turkmenistan reached the third stage on the road to South Africa 2010 only to finish bottom of a tough group behind Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Jordan. However, they stumbled at the first stage in qualifying for Brazil 2014, edged out by Indonesia 5-4 on aggregate.
A host of youngsters features prominently in the squad, including striking duo Suleyman Muhadow and Didar Durdyyew, both of whom excelled in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup despite the team's failure to progress beyond the group phase. But to compete against Asia's big boys they will need the experiences of midfielder Dowlet Bayramow and Nikita Gorbunow, the team's goalkeeper and captain.
Having previously enjoyed a short period in charge of Turkmenistan, Amangylyc Kocumow was handed back the reigns at the national team in early 2015. The former midfielder is also tasked with coaching the national U-23 side.
11 - Turkenistan put 11 unanswered goals past Afghanistan at home in a friendly in 2003, which remains their biggest international win.
The former stars
Kakha Gogoladze, Charyar Mukhadov