Levan Kenia

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Levan Kenia
ლევან ყენია
Levan Kenia retouched.jpg
Personal information
Full name Levan Kenia
Date of birth (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Slavia Prague
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2005 Dinamo Tbilisi
2005–2007 Lokomotivi Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Lokomotivi Tbilisi 19 (4)
2008 Schalke 04 II 2 (0)
2009–2012 Schalke 04 11 (0)
2012–2013 Karpaty Lviv 20 (3)
2013–2014 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 (0)
2014– Slavia Prague[1] 0 (0)
National team
2006 Georgia U-17 2 (0)
2007–2008 Georgia U-19 5 (0)
2008–2012 Georgia U-21 5 (1)
2007–2013 Georgia 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2013

Levan Kenia (Georgian: ლევან ყენია; born 18 October 1990) is a Georgian footballer who currently plays for czech team Slavia Prague.

Club career[edit]

He joined Schalke 04 from Lokomotivi Tbilisi in January 2008, signing a contract with the club that runs until June 2012[2] Kenia made his debut for Schalke 04 against APOEL F.C. in a UEFA Cup match on 2 October 2008 coming on as a 65th minute substitute for Gerald Asamoah.[3] Formerly, Kenia trained for two weeks at the age of 14 with FC Barcelona.[4]

On 11 April 2009, Kenia made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke in a match against Karlsruher SC.[5]

On 14 August 2012, Kenia joined Ukrainian Premier League side FC Karpaty Lviv on a two-year contract. After spending one year in Ukraine, Kenia returned to Germany and signed contract with Fortuna Düsseldorf for two years. [6]

At Düsseldorf however he could never fulfill the expectations. Signed as the playmaker, he played only eleven games during the 2013-14 season. In the second half of the campaign he even earned just a single cap playing four minutes. On 1 July 2014, according to previous rumors, it was announced that his contract was dissolved.[7]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the national team on 8 September 2007 against Ukraine, replacing Alexander Iashvili.[8] Georgia's former head coach Klaus Toppmöller said he had never before seen a player of his age with such accomplished technical abilities.[9] Kenia, along with fellow teenagers Levan Mchedlidze and Giorgi Makaridze, played in their UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign starring in a 2–0 victory over Scotland.[10] Toppmöller praised Kenia, "Kenia was one of the best on the pitch."[11]

He scored his first international goal in 27 May 2008 against Estonia.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2005-06 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2006-07 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
2007-08 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 19 4 0 0 0 0 19 4
Schalke 04 2008-09 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2009-10 10 0 2 1 0 0 12 1
2010-11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011-12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 0 2 1 1 0 14 1
Karpaty Lviv 2012-13 20 3 2 1 0 0 22 4
Total 20 3 2 1 0 0 22 4
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2013-14 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career total 61 7 5 2 1 0 67 9
(Last edit: 25 July 2014)

International goals[edit]

Levan Kenia: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2008 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–1 1–1 Friendly Match
2 20 August 2008 Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales  Wales 1–1 1–2 Friendly Match
3 6 September 2008 Stadion am Bruchweg, Mainz, Germany  Republic of Ireland 1–2 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal[edit]

Levan is also the nephew of former SC Freiburg midfielder Georgi Kiknadze.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slavii posílil Gruzínec Kenija. Testovala ho Barcelona, hrál bundesligu, iSport.cz, Retrieved 10-31-2014 (Czech)
  2. ^ "Levan Kenia Signs With Schalke 04". Geofootball. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Schalke 04 1 – 1 Apoel Nicosia". ESPN. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Magath: Sein erster Härtetest" (in German). kicker.de. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Knappen landen wichtigen 2:0-Arbeitssieg gegen den Karlsruher SC" (in German). FC Schalke 04. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Levan Kenia kommt zur Fortuna" (in German). Fortuna Düsseldorf. 
  7. ^ "Levan Kenia und Fortuna Düsseldorf gehen getrennte Wege" (in German). derwesten.de. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Georgia 1-1 Ukraine". Sky Sports. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "ISP Exclusive: World's Top 30 Young Talents". Iran Sports Press. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Clive Lindsay (17 October 2007). "Georgia 2-0 Scotland". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Schalke capture Georgian wunderkind". UEFA.com. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Lasha Chankvetadze (30 May 2008). "Estonia 1-1 Georgia". Geofootball.com. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 

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