Levan Kobiashvili

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Levan Kobiashvili
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Kobiashvili in 2004
Personal information
Full name Levan Kobiashvili
Date of birth (1977-07-10) 10 July 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left wingback
Youth career
1983–1992 Avaza Tbilisi
1992–1993 Olimpi Rustavi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Olimpi Rustavi 48 (0)
1995–1998 Dinamo Tbilisi 36 (3)
1997 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 21 (5)
1998 SC Freiburg (loan) 26 (3)
1998–2003 SC Freiburg 123 (27)
2003–2010 Schalke 04 168 (9)
2010–2014 Hertha BSC 101 (7)
National team
1994 Georgia U17 2 (0)
1995 Georgia U21 1 (0)
1996–2011 Georgia 100 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Levan Kobiashvili (Georgian: ლევან კობიაშვილი, born 10 July 1977) is a retired Georgian footballer.

Career[edit]

His career began in his hometown with Awasa Tbilisi. Moving to play for Metalurg Rustavi, Dinamo Tbilisi and Alania Vladikavkaz he was transferred to SC Freiburg in 1998, where he was one of several Georgians in the squad. In his first half season with Freiburg, he helped the club earn promotion to the Bundesliga. The club managed to avoid relegation the following season, and in 2001 even qualified for the UEFA Cup, finishing fifth in the league. The following season, however, Freiburg were relegated back the second division. After earning promotion to the Bundesliga a second time, in 2003, Kobiashvili transferred to FC Schalke.[1] With Schalke, he finished second in the Bundesliga twice, in 2005 and in 2007, and played in the final of the DFB-Pokal in 2005. In 2005–06, he helped Schalke reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, which Schalke lost to the eventual champions FC Sevilla. In 2008, he reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, which Schalke lost to FC Barcelona. Over six and a half years with Schalke, Kobiashvili made his way into Schalke's international record books. Having played thirty five international club matches, he ranks third among Schalke players, and is tied for fourth with Klaus Fischer, Kevin Kurányi, and Licoln on goals scored in international competitions, with seven.

On 20 December 2009 he announced he would be leaving FC Schalke 04[2] to transfer to Hertha BSC. He joined his new club on 1 January 2010.[3]

Position[edit]

He plays primarily as a left wingback or left winger. His main strengths are his stamina and passing. Levan has a very strong left foot and is an excellent set-piece taker.

Suspension[edit]

During a relegation playoff game against 2. Bundesliga team Fortuna Düsseldorf, Kobiashvili punched referee Wolfgang Stark after the final whistle. Hertha lost the playoff 4–3 on aggregate goals and was relegated from the Bundesliga as a result. Kobiashvili was banned for one year, retroactively beginning 16 May 2012.[4] The German Football Association later reduced Kobiashvili's suspension for seven and a half months, to end 31 December 2012.[5]

Club[edit]

[6][7]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hertha BSC 2013–14 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2012–13 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
2011–12 33 2 3 0 0 0 36 2
2010–11 32 3 2 0 0 0 34 3
2009–10 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
Total 107 7 5 0 1 0 113 7
Schalke 04 2009–10 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2008–09 29 0 3 0 5 0 37 0
2007–08 13 1 2 0 5 0 20 1
2006–07 29 3 4 1 1 0 34 4
2005–06 32 1 3 0 13 4 48 5
2004–05 32 3 7 0 13 3 52 6
2003–04 29 0 1 0 8 0 38 0
Total 168 9 20 1 45 7 233 17
SC Freiburg 2002–03 28 10 3 0 0 0 31 10
2001–02 31 4 3 1 6 1 40 6
2000–01 31 7 4 2 0 0 35 9
1999–2000 33 6 4 1 0 0 37 7
1998–99 26 3 1 0 0 0 27 3
1997–98 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 164 31 15 4 6 1 185 36
Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 1997 21 5 0 0 1 0 22 5
Total 21 5 0 0 1 0 22 5
Dinamo Tbilisi
1997–98 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1996–97 7 3 0 0 4 0 11 3
1995–96 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Total 36 3 0 0 4 0 40 3
Olimpi Rustavi 1994–93 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
1993–94 23 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Total 48 0 0 0 0 0 48 0
Career Total 544 55 40 5 57 8 641 68

* Includes Liga-Pokal and DFL-Supercup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Georgia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2001 Népstadion, Budapest  Hungary 1–4 1–4 2002 World Cup qualifier
2. 27 March 2002 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  South Africa 1–0 4–1 Friendly
3. 29 March 2003 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–2 Euro 2004 qualifier
4. 4 June 2005 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 2–3 2–3 2006 World Cup qualifier
5. 16 August 2006 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 4–0 6–0 Euro 2008 qualifier
6. 15 November 2006 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Uruguay 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 2–0
8. 11 October 2008 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Cyprus 1–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualifier
9. 28 March 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca  Cyprus 1–2 1–2 2010 World Cup qualifier
10. 14 October 2009 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 2–6 2–6 2010 World Cup qualifier
11. 3 March 2010 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Estonia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
12. 26 March 2011 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Croatia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Tbilisi
FC Schalke 04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Levan Kobiashvili wechselt zu Hertha BSC" (in German). schalke04.de. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hertha move again to sign Kobiashvili". UEFA.com. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kobiashvili kommt" (in German). herthabsc.de. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Quinn, Phillip (30 May 2012). "Levan Kobiashvili Banned For One Year, Four Others Also Banned". sbnation.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kobiashvili ban reduced by tribunal". espnstar.com. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Levan Kobiashvili". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kobiashvili, Levan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 

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