Georgia national football team

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Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ჯვაროსნები
Jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
Association Georgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Temuri Ketsbaia
Captain Jaba Kankava
Most caps Levan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorer Shota Arveladze (26)
Home stadium Boris Paichadze National Stadium
FIFA code GEO
FIFA ranking 103 Decrease -3
Highest FIFA ranking 42 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 152 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 91
Highest Elo ranking 49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest Elo ranking 108 (late 2009)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Georgia (country) Georgia 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
Biggest win
Georgia (country) Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6–1 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Copenhagen, Denmark; September 7, 2005)

The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 96 onwards, but have not yet achieved qualification. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi.

History[edit]

The history of Georgia national football team began in 1990, when the team played their first international match against Lithuania, the first country to accept an invitation. The match was held on May 27, 1990 in Boris Paichadze Stadium. Georgia were coached by Givi Nodia. The friendly match ended in a 2–2 draw. This was the only match prior to the declaration of independence on April 9, 1991. Soon afterwards the team played another friendly match against Moldova.

The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFA in 1992,[1] enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova[2] as part of the qualifiers for Euro 96. Georgia finished third in their group, ahead of Moldova and Wales, but seven points behind second-placed qualifier Bulgaria.

Georgia failed to qualify for 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, obtaining 10 points and finishing in fourth place, level on points with Poland. At this time Georgia reached forty-second place in FIFA rankings.

In the Euro 2000 qualifying Georgia national team won one match, drew two and finished bottom of the group with five points. This marked the beginning of a period of decline for Georgian football.

The team finished fifth (and last) with seven points in their qualifying group for Euro 2004, although they defeated Russia with a goal scored by Malkhaz Asatiani.

In the FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifiers Georgia beat Kazakhstan away 1-2 and Albania 2-0 at home. They finished sixth (second bottom) with ten points in Group 2.

Georgia were sixth out of seven teams in the Euro 2008 qualifiers with ten points. They defeated Scotland 2-0 and the Faroe Islands 3-1 at home and 0-6 away.

Hector Cuper became the manager of Georgia in August 2008. During the qualification round for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Georgia failed to win any matches and finished sixth (and last) with three points. Cuper didn't extend his contract and on November 6, 2009 Temuri Ketsbaia was appointed as the coach of the Georgian national football team.

FIFA World Cup records[edit]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pts
goal
place
France 1998 Did Not Qualify Group 2 10 7 - 9 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Group 8 10 12 - 12 3
Germany 2006 Group 2 10 14 - 25 6
South Africa 2010 Group 8 3 7 - 19 6
Brazil 2014 Group I 5 3 - 10 4
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined

UEFA European Championship records[edit]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pts
goal
place
England 1996 Did Not Qualify Group 7 15 14 - 13 3
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group 2 5 8 - 18 6
Portugal 2004 Group 10 7 8 - 14 5
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group B 10 16 - 19 6
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group F 10 7 - 9 5
France 2016 Group D

Manager History[edit]

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification[edit]

Legend
Qualified directly for the finals
Advanced to the play-offs
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Gibraltar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Georgia (country) Germany Gibraltar Poland Republic of Ireland Scotland
Georgia  29 Mar '15 8 Oct '15 14 Nov '14 7 Sep '14 4 Sep '15
Germany  11 Oct '15 14 Nov '14 4 Sep '15 14 Oct '14 7 Sep '14
Gibraltar  14 Oct '14 13 Jun '15 7 Sep '14 4 Sep '15 11 Oct '15
Poland  13 Jun '15 11 Oct '14 7 Sep '15 11 Oct '15 14 Oct '14
Republic of Ireland  7 Sep '15 8 Oct '15 11 Oct '14 29 Mar '15 13 Jun '15
Scotland  11 Oct '14 7 Sep '15 29 Mar '15 8 Oct '15 14 Nov '14


Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Liechtenstein on 5 March 2014.

Caps as of 6 March 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 28) 23 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
12 1GK Nukri Revishvili (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 27) 25 0 Malta Valletta
13 1GK Roin Kvaskhvadze (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
2 2DF Ucha Lobjanidze (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 27) 32 1 Ukraine Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk
3 2DF Akaki Khubutia (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 28) 14 0 Russia Mordovia Saransk
4 2DF Guram Kashia (Captain) (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 26) 29 1 Netherlands Vitesse
5 2DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 24) 15 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
14 2DF Lasha Salukvadze (1981-12-25) 25 December 1981 (age 32) 36 1 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
15 2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
16 2DF Dato Kvirkvelia (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 33) 56 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
18 2DF Giorgi Khidesheli (1988-01-23) 23 January 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
22 2DF Levan Kakubava (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Georgia (country) Spartaki Tskhinvali
6 3MF Avtandil Ebralidze (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Gil Vicente
7 3MF Jaba Kankava (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 28) 46 4 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
8 3MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 27) 18 3 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
9 3MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 22) 12 1 Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa
10 3MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 21) 25 3 Russia Rostov
11 3MF Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 21) 1 1 Romania CFR Cluj
17 3MF Valeri Kazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Vitesse
20 3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 24) 21 0 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv
21 3MF Irakli Dzaria (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 25) 5 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
19 4FW Vladimir Dvalishvili (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 27) 29 4 Poland Legia Warsaw
23 4FW Bachana Tskhadadze (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have not been called up for the upcoming matches but have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Omar Migineishvili (1984-06-02) 2 June 1984 (age 29) 1 0 Georgia (country) Zestafoni v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
DF Aleksandr Kvakhadze (1984-08-17) 17 August 1984 (age 29) 12 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
DF George Popkhadze (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 27) 11 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
DF Mate Ghvinianidze (1986-12-10) 10 December 1986 (age 27) 7 0 Ukraine Sevastopol v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
DF Gulverd Tomashvili (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
DF Zurab Khizanishvili (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 32) 90 1 Turkey Kayserispor v.  Finland, 10 September 2013
DF Aleksandr Amisulashvili (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 31) 36 3 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara v.  Finland, 10 September 2013
DF Mamuka Kobakhidze (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
MF Shota Grigalashvili (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 27) 10 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
MF Levan Khmaladze (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 29) 10 0 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
MF Elguja Grigalashvili (1989-12-30) 30 December 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
MF David Targamadze (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 24) 19 2 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Finland, 10 September 2013
MF Grigol Dolidze (1982-10-25) 25 October 1982 (age 31) 1 0 Georgia (country) Zestafoni v.  Finland, 10 September 2013
MF Davit Devdariani (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 26) 6 0 Denmark AGF v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
MF Tornike Gorgiashvili (1988-04-27) April 27, 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
MF Irakli Maisuradze (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Malta Valletta v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
MF Merab Gigauri (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi v.  Denmark, 5 June 2013
FW Nikoloz Gelashvili (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 28) 18 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
FW Irakli Modebadze (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 29) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Spain, 15 October 2013
FW Giorgi Iluridze (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Finland, 10 September 2013
FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24) 21 2 Italy Empoli v.  Kazakhstan, 14 August 2013
FW Irakli Sirbiladze (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 31) 4 0 Finland Inter Turku v.  Kazakhstan, 14 August 2013

Statistic[edit]

Most capped Georgia players[edit]

As of June 2013, the seven players with the most caps for Georgia are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Levan Kobiashvili 1996– 100 12
2 Zurab Khizanishvili 1999– 89 1
3 Kakha Kaladze 1996–2011 83 1
4 Georgi Nemsadze 1992–2004 69 0
5 Alexander Iashvili 1998– 67 15
6 Gocha Jamarauli 1994–2004 62 6
7 Shota Arveladze 1997–2007 60 26

 Georgia vs opponent[edit]

Opponent Wins Draws Losses
 Albania 8 2 3
 Armenia 3 1 1
 Azerbaijan 2 2 2
 Belarus 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1 3
 Cameroon 1
 Croatia 1 1
 Cyprus 1 1 3
 Denmark 1 2
 Egypt 1
 England 2
 Estonia 2 1 1
 Faroe Islands 2
 Finland 1 1
 France 1 3
 Germany 3
 Greece 1 6
 Hungary 1 1
 Iceland 1
 Iran 1
 Israel 1 2 3
 Italy 1 7
 Jordan 1
 Kazakhstan 1 1 1
 Latvia 2 2 3
 Lebanon 2
 Liechtenstein 1
 Lithuania 3 1 3
 Luxembourg 2 1
 Malta 4 2 1
 Moldova 4 2 4
 Montenegro 1 1
 New Zealand 1
 Nigeria 1
 Northern Ireland 1
 Norway 3
 Paraguay 1
 Poland 1 2
 Portugal 1
 Qatar 1
 Republic of Ireland 5
 Romania 2 4
 Russia 1 1 1
 Saudi Arabia
 Scotland 1 1
 Slovakia 1
 Slovenia 1 1 2
 South Africa 1
 Spain 2
  Switzerland 1 1
 Tunisia 1 1
 Turkey 1 1 3
 Ukraine 3 5
 Uruguay 1
 Wales 3
55 Countries 54 37 94

Top Georgia goalscorers[edit]

As of October 11, 2011, the eight players with the most goals for Georgia are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps)
1 Shota Arveladze 1997–2007 26 (60)
2 Temuri Ketsbaia 1991–2002 18 (50)
3 Alexander Iashvili 1998– 15 (67)
4 Giorgi Demetradze 1996–2007 12 (56)
5 Levan Kobiashvili 1996– 12 (100)
6 Georgi Kinkladze 1991–2005 9 (54)
7 Mikhail Kavelashvili 1994–2002 8 (45)
7 David Siradze 2004– 8 (24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgian Football Federation". UEFA. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 

External links[edit]