Georgia national football team
|Association||Georgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
|Head coach||Temuri Ketsbaia|
|Most caps||Levan Kobiashvili (100)|
|Top scorer||Shota Arveladze (26)|
|Home stadium||Boris Paichadze National Stadium|
|Highest FIFA ranking||42 (September 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||152 (March 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||49 (11 October 1995)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||108 (late 2009)|
| Georgia 1–1 Azerbaijan
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 1927)
Georgia 2–2 Lithuania
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
| Georgia 7–0 Armenia
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
| 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.
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, enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova 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.
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.
World Cup record
|World Cup record|
|1998||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2006||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2010||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Recent results and fixtures
- *This match was not regarded as a FIFA-sponsored national match
- Caps as of 16 October 2013, after 2014 World Cup qualification match against Spain.
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.
Most capped Georgia players
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (August 2011)|
As of June 2013, the seven players with the most caps for Georgia are:
Georgia vs opponent
|Republic of Ireland||5|
Top Georgia goalscorers
As of October 11, 2011, the eight players with the most goals for Georgia are:
|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)|
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