Mikheil Kavelashvili

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Mikhail Kavelashvili
Personal information
Full name Mikhail Guramovich Kavelashvili
Date of birth (1971-07-22) 22 July 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Tblisi, Georgia
Height 180 cm
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1989-1991 Dinamo Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Dinamo Tbilisi 132 (80)
1994-1995 Vladikavkaz (loan) 24 (12)
1995-1997 Manchester City 28 (3)
1997-1999 Grasshoppers (loan) 59 (20)
1999-2002 Zürich 81 (28)
2002-2003 Luzern 25 (5)
2003-2004 Sion 10 (6)
2004-2005 Aarau 16 (8)
2004 Vladikavkaz (loan) 7 (0)
2005-2006 Basel 14 (4)
National team
1992-2002 Georgia 45 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2008
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Guramovich and the family name is Kavelashvili.

Mikhail Guramovich Kavelashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ გურამის ძე ყაველაშვილი; born 22 July 1971 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian former footballer.

As with many leading Georgian players, Kavelashvili began his career with FC Dinamo Tbilisi, emerging from their youth system in 1989. A skillful striker, he soon established himself in the Dinamo side before earning a move to Russian club FC Spartak Vladikavkaz in 1995.

He began training with Manchester City F.C. on March 1, 1996 [1] before finally joining the club on transfer deadline day. He made his city debut on April 6 scoring in the derby game against Manchester United F.C.. Following City's relegation he played 24 games (2 goals) in the Football League First Division. The number was not enough to secure a renewal of his work permit and so he was sent out on loan to Grasshopper Club Zürich, winning a Swiss Super League in 1998. He has since played the majority of his football in Switzerland, featuring for Fussballclub Zürich, FC Lucerne, FC Sion and FC Aarau (as well as a loan spell back at Vladikavkaz). He most recently signed for FC Basel in 2005.

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