FC Zestafoni

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FC Zestafoni
FC Zestafoni Logo.png
Full name Football Club Zestafoni
Nickname(s) Zesta, Feroelebi (Ferroians), Margvelebi (Margvetians)
Founded 2004; 10 years ago (2004)
Ground David Abashidze Stadium
Zestafoni, Georgia
Ground Capacity 4,558
Owner Georgia (country) Ilia Kokaia
Manager Georgia (country) Giorgi Geguchadze
League Umaglesi Liga
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page

Football Club Zestafoni is a Georgian football club based in Zestafoni. They play in the Umaglesi Liga, the top division in Georgian football. They play their home games at David Abashidze Stadium. At that time Zestafoni have their own club FC Metallurg Zestafoni. A new club was formed as Margveti Zestafoni joined Pirveli Liga and promoted in the first season. Margveti was a member of Umaglesi Liga and achieve their best season in 1995-96 by finished runner-up. FC Zestafoni was founded on 18 June 2004 by the initiative of the shareholders of JSC Giorgi Nikoladze Zestafoni Ferro-Alloy Plant. From the same year FC Zestafoni is engaged in the National Championship of Georgia among the highest league teams.

Currently, FC Zestafoni presents one large football mechanism. Part of the whole system is "Zestafoni – 2" (first participant of the first league of Georgian Championship) and teams of football players born in 1997-1998 and 1999-2000, that compete among youngsters and children’s league of Georgian Championship.


FC Metalurgi Zestafoni (1937–1989)[edit]

From the beginning of the 20th century football was given rise in Georgia. In 1906 the first football fan club was founded in Tbilisi. This happened by the patronage of Mr. Lgotac. He was the one who on 23 February 1907 established the first football club in Georgia. The Club, called "Comet", had its own regulations, funds, uniforms and a stadium.

Though it should be mentioned, that football was played far earlier in Georgia, mainly in the sea-side cities, first of all in Poti, where local groups competed in "passing/tossing a ball" with British mariners. That's why Poti is considered to be a cradle of Georgian football.

As to Zestafoni, in out city, football has been played since the beginning of the 20th century. First football players from Zestafoni were students of the local gymnasium (currently secondary school #1). According to our data, Zestafoni football team held its first match with one of the clubs of western Georgia (according to different sources Senaki or Ozurgeti) in 1918, during a celebration organized to commemorate Independence of Georgia. First international match held in Zestafoni was also during the independence period, in 1920. Zestafoni team competed with a group of British Occupational Forces and defeated it by 2–1.

In the 20's Zestafoni football players held various matches with teams of neighboring cities. In 1927 first Football Championship in held in Georgia. First Champion of Georgia is Team of Batumi.

In 30's two football teams are established in Zestafoni – "Mertskhali" (Swallow) and "Locomotive", that often take part in local and regional tournaments.

A truly new era in the history of Zestafoni football starts form the second half of the 30's, after a metallurgical giant, "Zestafoni Ferro-Alloy Plant", has been put into exploitation. It was by the initiative of professional committee of the plant, that a meeting of workers of the physical culture was held on 10 May 1937. A decision of establishing a football team was made on the meeting. The team was called "Metallurgi".

In August 1938, "Metallurgi" participates in the union tournament held by sport-society "Metallurgist" in Minsk, where the team defeats "Electrostal Moscow", "Krasni Oktiabr Staliningrad", "Metallurg Leningrad" and loses in final to "Serp i Molot". In 1938 FC Metallurgi Zestafoni is engaged in Georgian Championship, where it participates regularly until 1989.

Various football players from "Metallurgi" played for leading Georgian Football Clubs on various degrees, for example: Lokomotivi Tbilisi – Guram Shavdia, Zaur Chubinidze; Torpedo Kutaisi – Guram Nishnianidze; Dinamo Tbilisi – Giorgi (Jora) Chumburidze, Guram Kochiashvili, Dodik Khundadze, Guram Petriashvili, Kartlos Tsintsadze, Nodar Kiknadze.

Metalurgi Zestafoni (1999–2004)[edit]

As FC Margveti Zestafoni faced financial problem and relegated in 1998. A new club using the city legend team name Metallurgi Zestafoni was formed in 1999. The club promoted to Umaglesi Liga in 2001. But the club faced financial problem and relegated in 2003. In 2003–04, the club finished bottom in Pirveli Liga and disestablished .

FC Zestafoni (2004–)[edit]

On 18 June 2004 FC Zestafoni was established. The club was invited to join Umaglesi Liga


Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA P Cup Europe Notes Manager
2004–05 Umaglesi Liga 5 36 16 5 15 38 48 53 Runner-up -
2005–06 Umaglesi Liga 4 30 18 7 5 44 22 61 Runner-up -
2006–07 Umaglesi Liga 4 26 16 9 1 55 11 57 Runner-up -
2007–08 Umaglesi Liga 3 26 18 5 3 56 16 59 Winner Intertoto 1-st Round
2008–09 Umaglesi Liga 4 30 16 4 10 43 27 52 Quarter-finals UEFA Cup 1-st qualifying round
2009–10 Umaglesi Liga 3 36 19 10 7 58 33 67 Quarter-finals UEFA Europa League 2-nd qualifying round
2010–11 Umaglesi Liga 1 36 24 6 6 72 19 78 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League 3-rd qualifying round
2011–12 Umaglesi Liga 1 36 24 7 5 73 33 79 Runner-up UEFA Champions League 2011–12 3-rd qualifying round

UEFA Europa League Play-offs

2012–13 Umaglesi Liga 5 32 12 6 14 35 38 42 Round of 16 UEFA Champions League 2012–13 2-nd qualifying round
2013–14 Umaglesi Liga 2 32 19 5 8 48 23 62 Round of 16 -
2014–15 Umaglesi Liga UEFA Europa League 2-nd qualifying round


David Abashidze stadium was built by "Zestafoni Ferro-alloy Plant", started operating in 1952. Though a couple of matches were held on the stadium before its opening in 1951.

In 1952–1989 and 1999–2003 participant of Georgian Championship, FC Metallurgi held matches on the Zestafoni central stadium, in 1990–1998 it was a home stadium for FC Margveti.

Since 2004 FC Zestafoni is holding domestic matches on the stadium.

In 1981 reconstruction works were done on arena, west stand was roofed, east stand was constructed, after these works capacity of the Stadium increased to 8,000 seats.

In 2004, after establishing FC Zestafoni, central Stadium was repaired and is still being repaired to renew the arena and comply with international standards.

In 2005 works were done to renew the grass surface on the Stadium. Georgian workers have constructed new drainage system of German technology. Field is watered by a watering system of an American Company "Rainbird" (by the way this watering system was successfully used on 8 Stadiums during 2004 European Championship in Portugal).

On the David Abashidze Stadium (former Central) Stadium field surface “Natural Green Carpet” is made by the Ukrainian firm “Lidia-Park”.

FC Zestafoni management is building a new base for the club. Lots of new football fields have been constructed in Zestafoni (among them one with an artificial surface). Relevant infrastructure is being made – work out rooms are being repaired, building of a new tribunes with personal seats is planned, along with the installment of a modern score-board.

Today capacity of the Stadium increased to 4,558 individual seats.

On 9 April 2010 the stadium was named after David Abashidze who contributed tremendously to the development and revival of football in Zestafoni.


All Clubs from Zestafoni-city in Georgian Umaglesi Liga[edit]

As of 8 December 2014
Club Seasons Years Matchs Wins Draws Loses GF GA Points
FC Margveti Zestafoni 8 1991-1998 247 98 43 106 397 443 337
FC Metallurgi 2 2001-2003 64 15 11 38 50 123 56
FC Zestafoni 11 2004-2015 335 186 71 78 551 292 629
Total 21 1991-2015 646 299 125 222 998 858 1022

FC Zestafoni. All competitions statistic[edit]

As of 6 December 2014
Competition Wins Draws Loses GF GA Points
Georgian Umaglesi Liga 186 71 78 551 292 629
Georgian Cup 40 15 14 123 51
Georgian Super Cup 1 1 1 3 2
UEFA Champions League 1 2 3 6 9
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 4 5 6 27 16
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 0 1 2 3


Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q Kazakhstan Tobol 2–0 0–3
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Gyori ETO 1–2 1–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery 6–0 5–1
2Q Sweden Helsingborgs 1–2 2–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q San Marino Faetano 5–0 0–0
2Q Slovakia Dukla Banska Bystrica 3–0 0–1
3Q Ukraine Karpaty Lviv 0–1 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova Dacia Chisinau 3–0 0–2
3Q Austria Sturm Graz 1–1 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League PO Belgium Brugge 3–3 0–2
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 2–2 0–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 0–0 0–3

UEFA Team Ranking 2013/2014[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
232 Scotland Dundee United FC 6.313
233 Sweden Malmö FF 6.265
234 Sweden Kalmar FF 6.265
235 Georgia (country) Zestafoni 5.975
236 Croatia NK Slaven Belupo 5.925
237 Iceland FH Hafnarfjördur 5.850
238 Poland Ruch Chorzów 5.775
239 Sweden IFK Göteborg 5.765

Goals in Georgian Umaglesi Liga[edit]


Name Position Country Years Goals
Nikoloz Gelashvili Forward Georgia (country) 2008–2011 63
Jaba Dvali Forward Georgia (country) 2010–2012, 2014 55
Zurab Ionanidze Forward Georgia (country) 2005–2009 48
Rati Tsinamdzgvrishvili Forward Georgia (country) 2008–2013 24
Tornike Gorgiashvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–2013 21
Gogi Pipia Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–2011 21
Shota Grigalashvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2009–2012 18

Topscorers by season

Season Name Goals
2004/05 Georgia (country) Zaza Zirakishvili 10
2005/06 Georgia (country) Zurab Ionanidze 17
2006/07 Georgia (country) Gogi Pipia 13
2007/08 Brazil Gilvan Gomes 12
2008/09 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili 20
2009/10 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili 16
2010/11 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili 18
2011/12 Georgia (country) Jaba Dvali 20
2012/13 Georgia (country) Tornike Gorgiashvili 7
2013/14 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Sabanadze 8
2014/15 Georgia (country) Jaba Dvali 10...
Goal N. Name Country Date
1 Giorgi Kurtsikidze Georgia (country) Aug 2, 2004
100 Zurab Ionanidze Georgia (country) Nov 18, 2006
200 Nikoloz Gelashvili Georgia (country) Nov 2, 2008
300 Nikoloz Gelashvili Georgia (country) Aug 29, 2010
400 Zaal Eliava Georgia (country) Dec 14, 2011
500 Giorgi Kukhianidze Georgia (country) Mar 2, 2014

Matches in Georgian Umaglesi Liga[edit]

As of 30 November 2014
Name Position Country Years Matches
Roin Kvaskhvadze Goalkeeper Georgia (country) 2005–13 155
Aleks Benashvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–13 136
Giorgi Khidesheli Defender Georgia (country) 2005–13, 2014 126
Sevasti Todua Defender Georgia (country) 2005–10 116
Tornike Aptsiauri Midfielder Georgia (country) 2010–13 114
Zurab Ionanidze Forward Georgia (country) 2005–10 113
Tornike Gorgiashvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–13 112
Jaba Dvali Forward Georgia (country) 2009–12, 2014 110
Zaal Eliava Defender Georgia (country) 2009–12 108
Irakli Dzaria Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–11 108
Nikoloz Gelashvili Forward Georgia (country) 2007–11 107
Shota Grigalashvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2009–12 101
Murtaz Daushvili Midfielder Georgia (country) 2005–11 99

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 December 2014[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Bojan Pavlović
2 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Khidesheli
3 Georgia (country) DF Tornike Grigalashvili
6 Georgia (country) DF Tedore Grigalashvili
7 Georgia (country) FW Giorgi Pantsulaia
8 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Chankotadze
9 Georgia (country) FW Beka Mikeltadze
10 Georgia (country) FW Giorgi Iluridze
11 Georgia (country) FW Jaba Dvali (captain)
13 Georgia (country) GK Davit Kupatadze
14 Georgia (country) MF Levan Sharikadze
No. Position Player
21 Georgia (country) MF Mikheil Sardalishvili
22 Georgia (country) DF Mirian Robakidze
25 Brazil MF Rene Santos
28 Georgia (country) GK Kakhaber Meshveliani
32 Georgia (country) FW Tornike Kapanadze
42 Georgia (country) MF Mikheil Vatcharadze
70 Georgia (country) MF Vakhtang Chanturishvili
77 Georgia (country) MF Lasha Gvalia
80 Georgia (country) MF Avto Endeladze
88 Georgia (country) DF Malkhaz Gagoshidze
99 Georgia (country) MF Guram Samushia

Management and Team's staff[edit]

Position Name
General Director Georgia (country) Mikheil Khutsishvili
Vice-Director Georgia (country) Vasil Gvelesiani
PR-Manager & Press-officer Georgia (country) Sergo Putkaradze
Manager of International Affairs Georgia (country) Tamara Nodia
Head Coach Georgia (country) Gia Geguchadze
Assistant Georgia (country) Guram Aspindzelashvili
Assistant Georgia (country) Kakhaber Chkhetiani
Phizio Serbia Ivan Vucetic
Coach Georgia (country) David Janelidze



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