Levan Mchedlidze

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Levan Mchedlidze
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Personal information
Date of birth (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Empoli
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2006 Dila Gori
2006–2007 Empoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Dila Gori 2 (0)
2007– Empoli 91 (7)
2008–2010 Palermo (loan) 11 (1)
National team
2005–2006 Georgia U-17 8 (3)
2006–2007 Georgia U-19 8 (1)
2011 Georgia U-21 3 (0)
2007– Georgia 21 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2014

Levan Mchedlidze (Georgian: ლევან მჭედლიძე, [lɛvan mt͡ʃʼɛdlid͡zɛ]; born 24 March 1990 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian professional football player who is currently playing with Italian club Empoli.

Career[edit]

Originally noted in the spring of 2006 by Empoli scout Gianni Carnevali, he joined the Tuscan side on September 2006, following his impressive performances with the Georgia under-19 national team in a youth competition in Belgium, and despite some interest from FC Bayern Munich. He was officially signed only one year later, on July 2007, due to bureaucratic issues concerning his non-EU citizen status.[1]

Following Empoli's relegation into Serie B, Mchedlidze's future was put under discussion. On 30 August 2008, Serie A club Palermo announced on their website to have signed Mchedlidze on a year-long loan, with the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.[2] Later, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced to have paid €6.2 mln for the signing of the young Georgian striker,;[3] the club also confirmed the bid to be an actual permanent move, as a technical year-long loan that will be made permanent at the end of the 2008–09 season.[4]

Mchedlidze made his Serie A debut on 24 September 2008, playing fifteen minutes in a league game against Napoli,[5] then scoring his first professional goal only a few weeks later, in what ultimately proved to be the winning goal in a surprising 2–1 away win against Juventus.

Also due to his recurrent injuries which prevented him from playing regularly in his first season, Palermo agreed a one-year extension to his loan with Empoli on June 2009. On December 2009, after a lacklustre start of season, Mchedlidze did not return to Sicily from holidays in Georgia, citing lack of first team chances as the main reason behind his choice. The player was successively excluded from the first team and Palermo director of football Walter Sabatini successively confirmed the club will not arrange a deal for him. As of March 2010, the player has not returned to Sicily and his loan to Palermo was subsequently cancelled due to breach of contract.[6]

International[edit]

Despite having never played in his team also because of a knee injury during pre-season training, he was capped for the Georgia national football team at the age of 17, for the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Italy.[7] In spite of his young age, the coach Klaus Toppmöller made him play against the World Champions.

In the following match, Mchedlidze, being featured together with two other teenage team-mates (Levan Kenia and Giorgi Makaridze in the starting lineup),[8] scored the first goal in the 2–0 victory against Scotland, thus marking the first goal of his professional career.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 December 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Cup Continental Total
2008-09 Palermo Serie A 9 1 0 0 - - 9 1
2009-10 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
Total Palermo 11 1 0 0 - - 11 1
2010-11 Empoli Serie B 20 2 1 0 - - 21 2
2011-12 26 2 1 0 - - 27 2
2012-13 22 1 0 0 - - 22 1
2013-14 23 2 2 2 - - 25 4
2014–15 Serie A 8 0 2 1 - - 10 1
Total Empoli 99 7 6 3 - - 105 10
Career total 110 8 6 3 0 0 116 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Levan Mchedlidze: alcune notizie" (in Italian). Empoli FC. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Levan Mchedlidze al Palermo" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ "DICHIARAZIONE DI ZAMPARINI" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Sabatini: "Vi presento Succi e Levan"" (in Italian). Mediagol. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ "NAPOLI-PALERMO: esordio per Mchedlidze" (in Italian). Mediagol. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Levan ha rescisso, l'Empoli lo chiama...lui non risponde" (in Italian). Palermo24. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Levan il debutto del predestinato" (in Italian). 
  8. ^ "Future bright for Toppmöller's Georgia". 
  9. ^ "Youthful Georgia hurt Scotland hopes". 

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