Malkhaz Asatiani

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Malkhaz Asatiani
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Personal information
Full name Malkhaz Asatiani
Date of birth (1981-08-04) 4 August 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1997-1999 Torpedo Kutaisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999-2003 Torpedo Kutaisi 76 (15)
2003-2010 Lokomotiv Moscow 125 (6)
2008-2009 Dynamo Kyiv (loan) 11 (0)
National team
1997-2003 Georgia U21 18 (2)
2001-2010 Georgia 42 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2008

Malkhaz Asatiani (Georgian: მალხაზ ასათიანი; born 4 August 1981 in Kutaisi) is a retired Georgian football defender who last recently played for Lokomotiv Moscow. He started as an attacking midfielder but his displays at the back earned him a solid reputation as a central defender. Mostly playing as center-back at his club, Asatiani is often used as a playmaker for the national team.[citation needed] His passing, technical skills and eye for decisive goals make him an extremely versatile player.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

His club career started in Torpedo Kutaisi. During his stay of three and a half years the team won the Georgian league title three years in a row. He then earned a transfer to Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. He plays mostly as a defender at the club and mostly as a midfielder in the national team.

On 3 December. Asatiani told the Russian newspaper, Sport-Express, that he will be leaving Lokomotiv in the end of 2010 on a free transfer. On 21 December such departure was made official.

In August 2008, Asatiani was bought on a half year loan by Dynamo Kyiv.

National[edit]

For the NT, Malkhaz has played 18 international matches and scored 4 goals since his debut in 2001. One of the goals came against rivals Russia in a Euro 2004 qualifying match, something for which Asatiani received praise. He also scored important goals in the 2006 World Cup qualifying phase.

Statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Eurocups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Torpedo Kutaisi 1999/2000 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
2000/2001 23 5 0 0 0 0 23 5
2001/2002 25 1 0 0 0 0 25 1
2002/2003 15 6 0 0 0 0 15 6
Total 76 15 0 0 0 0 76 15
Lokomotiv Moscow 2003 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
2004 19 1 1 0 2 0 22 1
2005 28 3 2 1 12 2 42 6
2006 14 0 2 0 1 0 17 0
2007 14 1 0 0 5 0 19 1
2008 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 89 6 6 1 20 2 115 9
FC Dinamo Kiev 2008/2009 5 0 2 1 5 0 12 1
Total 5 0 2 1 5 0 12 1
Lokomotiv Moscow 2009 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2010 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Career total 195 21 8 2 25 2 228 24

Honours[edit]

Torpedo Kutaisi[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

External links[edit]

Malkhaz Asatiani at National-Football-Teams.com