Who is Istiklol’s Alisher Dzhalilov?

The 26 year old has scored three goals in five games this season. A Lokomotiv Moskva youth system graduate, the left winger went on to sign for Rubin Kazan in the Russian top tier, before a succession of loan deals to lower league sides. A Russia international at U21 level, Dzhalilov made the switch to Tajikistan last year, since earning six senior caps and scoring one goal.

The Lions’ captain said: “You can compare Istiklol with Real Madrid or Barcelona, who also dominate in their league with attractive, well-orchestrated football.”