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)
Captain Jaba Kankava
Most caps Levan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorer Shota Arveladze (26)
Home stadium Boris Paichadze National Stadium
FIFA code GEO
FIFA ranking 126 Decrease 9 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 42 (16th September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 156 (15th March 1994)
Elo ranking 88
Highest Elo ranking 49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest Elo ranking 108 (late 2009)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic Georgia 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
Biggest win
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6–1 Georgia 
(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, Ketsbaia resigned as manager after a 4-0 defeat at home to Poland in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers on November 14, 2014, having previously stated he would do so before the match regardless of the result.

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
European Union 2020 To Be Determined

Manager History[edit]

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Poland Germany Scotland Republic of Ireland Georgia (country) Gibraltar
1  Poland 4 3 1 0 15 2 +13 10 Advance to final tournament 2–0 2–2 11 Oct '15 13 Jun '15 7 Sep '15
2  Germany 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7 4 Sep '15 2–1 1–1 11 Oct '15 4–0
3  Scotland 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7 Final tournament or play-offs 8 Oct '15 7 Sep '15 1–0 1–0 29 Mar '15
4  Republic of Ireland 4 2 1 1 10 3 +7 7 29 Mar '15 8 Oct '15 13 Jun '15 7 Sep '15 7–0
5  Georgia 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 3 0–4 29 Mar '15 4 Sep '15 1–2 8 Oct '15
6  Gibraltar 4 0 0 4 0 21 −21 0 0–7 13 Jun '15 11 Oct '15 4 Sep '15 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2014. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Poland on 14 November 2014.
Caps and goals as of 14 November 2014 after the match against Poland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 28) 29 0 Greece OFI Crete
12 1GK Roin Kvaskhvadze (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou
13 1GK Omar Migineishvili (1984-09-02) 2 September 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
2 2DF Ucha Lobjanidze (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 27) 39 1 Cyprus Omonia
3 2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
4 2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 27) 33 1 Netherlands Vitesse
5 2DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 25) 20 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
6 2DF Akaki Khubutia (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 28) 20 0 Russia FC Mordovia Saransk
18 2DF Levan Kakubava (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Cyprus AC Omonia
21 2DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Latvia Skonto Rīga
23 2DF Igor Cheminava (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Estonia Sillamäe Kalev
7 3MF Jaba Kankava (Captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 28) 52 5 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
8 3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 25) 24 0 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv
10 3MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 22) 27 3 Russia Spartak Moscow
14 3MF Mate Tsintsadze (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
15 3MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 22) 18 4 Belgium Racing Genk
16 3MF Giorgi Papava (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
17 3MF Nika Dzalamidze (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
19 3MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 27) 21 3 Ukraine Volyn Lutsk
20 3MF Giorgi Merebashvili (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 28) 17 0 Greece OFI Crete
22 3MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
9 4FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24) 23 2 Italy Empoli
11 4FW Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 21) 4 1 Romania CFR Cluj

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 Giorgi Nadiradze (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Georgia (country) Spartaki Tskhinvali v.  United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2014
GK Nukri Revishvili (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 27) 23 0 Russia Tosno v.  Liechtenstein, 5 March 2014
DF Davit Kvirkvelia (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 34) 59 0 Georgia (country) Samtredia v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
DF Giorgi Rekhviashvili (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Turkey Boluspor v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
DF Teimuraz Gongadze (1985-09-08) 8 September 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014 (preliminary)
DF Lasha Salukvadze (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981 (age 32) 37 1 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2014
DF Giorgi Khidesheli (1988-01-23) 23 January 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Georgia (country) Zestafoni v.  United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2014
MF Irakli Dzaria (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 26) 10 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Poland, 14 November 2014 (preliminary)
MF Avtandil Ebralidze (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Portugal Gil Vicente v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
MF Levan Khmaladze (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 29) 12 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
MF Valeri Kazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
MF David Targamadze (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 25) 20 2 Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014
MF Grigol Dolidze (1982-10-25) 25 October 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Georgia (country) Samtredia v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014
FW Nikoloz Gelashvili (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 29) 23 1 Albania Flamurtari Vlorë v.  Poland, 14 November 2014 (preliminary)
FW Vladimir Dvalishvili (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 28) 32 5 Denmark OB v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
FW Otar Martsvaladze (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 30) 21 2 Russia Tosno v.  United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2014
FW Bachana Tskhadadze (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  United Arab Emirates, 3 June 2014

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 1996–2011 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 1998–2011 67 15
6 Gocha Jamarauli 1994–2004 62 6
7 Shota Arveladze 1997–2007 60 26

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)
Levan Kobiashvili 1996– 12 (100)
6 Georgi Kinkladze 1991–2005 9 (54)
7 Mikhail Kavelashvili 1994–2002 8 (45)
David Siradze 2004– 8 (24)

Georgia vs opponent[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]