FC Sheriff Tiraspol based in Tiraspol, Moldova, which plays in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football. The club was founded by the Sheriff security company in 4 April 1997, who remain a key sponsor. The club was official refounded under the command of Victor Gushan (the company's president). The first Sheriff coach, Ahmad Alaskarov (who was as a coach in the old Soviet Supreme League), charged with leading the team to the Moldovan top division.
Sheriff's first football trophy is 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 is the home of Sheriff Tiraspol and is owned by the local Sheriff corporation. It has a seating capacity for 14,300 spectators. It is eligible for international events, such as the matches of the Moldova national football team.
The club was founded in 1997 by former cop Viktor Gushan, and employee of the Sheriff in Pridnestrovie. 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. The club won its first major silverware 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. Sheriff's first-ever 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.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 winnig it on default through a double. Sheriff were denied an eleventh successive title by Dacia Chişinău in 2010-11, but reclaimed the title the following season.
In 2002, the company constructed the Sheriff Stadium to serve as the team's home ground. They have dominated Moldovan football since 2001, winning all the championship titles in the Divizia Naţională since then. 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.
Official Sheriff site: http://www.fc-sheriff.com/eng/