Murtaz Khurtsilava

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Kalistratovich and the family name is Khurtsilava.
Murtaz Khurtsilava
Personal information
Full name Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava
Date of birth (1943-01-05) 5 January 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Martvili District, Georgian SSR, USSR
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1975 FC Dinamo Tbilisi 293 (15)
1975–1976 FC Torpedo Kutaisi 47 (4)
National team
1965–1973 USSR 69 (6)
Teams managed
Lokomotiv Samtredia
1977 Dinamo Zugdidi
1982 Guria Lanchkhuti
1987–1989 FC Dinamo Tbilisi (assistant)
1997–1999 FC Dinamo Tbilisi
1999 FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi
1999–2001 Georgia U-21
2001–2003 Georgia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men’s Football
Bronze 1972 Munich Team competition

Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava (Georgian: მურთაზ ხურცილავა, Russian: Муртаз Калистратович Хурцилава) (born 5 January 1943 in village Bandza, Martvili District, Georgian SSR) is a former Georgian footballer. He was a famed defender.

Khurtsilava was discovered while playing football in the school garden in Gegechkori, a small town in Caucasus -now known as Martvili- where he learnt to play football with a ball made of hay and rags. [1]

He was part of the USSR side that finished second in the 1972 UEFA European Championship, third at the 1972 Summer Olympics and fourth at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. He was also one of only two Georgians, alongside Alexandre Chivadze, to have captained the Soviet team. At the club level he played for FC Dynamo Tbilisi.

After retiring in 1977, Khurtsilava set up his own business in Tbilisi, where he now resides with his family. [2]

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Georgia by the Georgian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. [3]

Playing style[edit]

Famed for his man-to-man marking skills and no-nonsense approach to defending, Khurtsilava was a feared yet fearless defender.

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