Giorgi Demetradze

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Georgi Demetradze
Personal information
Full name Georgi Shalvovich Demetradze
Date of birth (1976-09-26) 26 September 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Kaheti Telavi 31 (16)
1994–1997 Dinamo Tbilisi 67 (51)
1997–1998 Feyenoord Rotterdam 8 (0)
1998–1999 Alania Vladikavkaz 43 (35)
2000 Dynamo Kyiv 26 (15)
2001 Real Sociedad 13 (1)
2002 Lokomotiv Moscow 6 (0)
2002 Alania Vladikavkaz 16 (6)
2003–2005 Metalurh Donetsk 67 (30)
2005 Alania Vladikavkaz 11 (2)
2006 Maccabi Tel Aviv 13 (3)
2006-2007 Metalurh Donetsk 16 (2)
2007-2008 Arsenal Kyiv 18 (3)
2008-2009 FK Baku 10 (2)
2009-2010 Spartaki-Tskhinvali Tbilisi 4 (0)
National team
1996–2007 Georgia 56 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 July 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2009

Georgi Demetradze (Georgian: გიორგი დემეტრაძე, born 26 September 1976 in Tbilisi) is a retired Georgian international footballer. He was a striker.

Career[edit]

Demetradze played for the Dinamo Tbilisi youth team and signed for the club in 1994 after spending two seasons with Kaheti Telavi. He has become the Georgian league top scorer with Dinamo.

In 1997 Demetradze moved to Rotterdam to play for Feyenoord, but an injury limited his playing time. After one season in Netherlands, he moved to Russia to play for Alania Vladikavkaz. With them Demetradze has become Russian Top Division top scorer in 1999. In 2000 he transferred to Dynamo Kyiv to become a Ukrainian champion. While there he famously missed an open goal against Manchester United in the Champions League that would have seen the English side eliminated from the competition.

After a year at Real Sociedad Demetradze returned to Russia where he spent half a season with Lokomotiv Moscow and half a season with Alania.

In 2003 he moved to Ukraine again, to play for Metalurh Donetsk. He spent 2.5 seasons with them. In mid-2005 he went to play for Alania for the third time. After Alania were relegated, Demetradze transferred to Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2005 for some reason he managed to participate in three different Leagues! In 2007 he returned to Ukraine and played for Arsenal Kyiv. A year after that he has signed an annual contract with Azerbaijani football club FK Baku

Post retirement[edit]

He was arrested by Georgian police in July 2010, and on 23 March 2011 he was found guilty of extortion from people who lost at illegal betting on sports, and sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment.[1] He was released from prison as a political prisoner on 13 January 2013.[2]

Playing career[edit]

All data on his participation in the top league of Ukraine can be found at the FFU official website and supplemented by the National Football Teams website.

Year Country - Club League (Season) Tier Games/Goals Honors
1999-00 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Top League 1st level 014/7 Champion
2000-01 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Top League 1st level 012/8 Champion
2002-03 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk Top League 1st level 015/8
2003-04 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk Top League 1st level 028/18 Top scorer
2004-05 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk Top League 1st level 24/4
2005-06 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk Top League 1st level 03/2
2006-07 Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk Top League 1st level 16/2
2007-08 Ukraine Arsenal Kyiv Top League 1st level 18/3

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