Shota Arveladze

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Shota Arveladze
შოთა არველაძე
Shota Arveladze.jpg
Personal information
Full name Shota Arveladze
Date of birth (1973-02-22) 22 February 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kasımpaşa (manager)
Youth career
1990–1991 Martve Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Dinamo Tbilisi 75 (62)
1993–1997 Trabzonspor 96 (61)
1997–2001 Ajax 96 (55)
2001–2005 Rangers 95 (44)
2005–2007 AZ 60 (36)
2007–2008 Levante 4 (0)
Total 426 (258)
National team
1992–2007 Georgia 61 (26)
Teams managed
2008–2010 AZ (assistant)
2010–2012 Kayserispor
2012– Kasımpaşa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shota Arveladze (Georgian: შოთა არველაძე; born 22 February 1973) is a former Georgian professional football player and currently the manager of Kasımpaşa SK of the Turkish Super Lig. He is Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 291 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals during his 61 games on the national team.[1]

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, and Ajax, and finished at least one season as the top goal scorer at all three. When he led Trabzonspor in goals in 1995–96, he also led the Süper Lig, making him the second non-Turk to date to lead that league in goals after Tarik Hodžić 1983–84. He is recorded as "most loved foreign player" for Trabzonspor supporters. Arveladze joined Rangers from Ajax for £2 million in 2001, and was part of the squad that won the domestic treble in 2002–03 and the double in 2004–05. He departed for Dutch side AZ on a free transfer in 2004–05. He was also a regular in the Georgian national team, and was the nation's all-time leading scorer. In 1993 he scored an effective first Euro Tournament goal in the history of independent Georgian Football in the match against Linfield, Northern Ireland.

His 27 goals scored in UEFA Cup competition ranks him 5th in the tournament's history.[2] Fast on his feet, extraordinarily quick decision-making, an eye for goal, great technique and leadership were among his main qualities. He has the best strike record of independent Georgian Football, he was nominated as the best player of Georgia and in addition he was nominated as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league survey. After retiring from football as a player, Arveladze was appointed in July 2008 as assistant manager of AZ under head coach Louis van Gaal, and in the 2010–11 season, he took up his first post as manager at Turkish side Kayserispor.[3][4] Since 2012, Arveladze is managing Istanbul-based Kasımpaşa SK.

Career[edit]

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, and Ajax, and finished at least one season as the top goal scorer at all three. When he led Trabzonspor in goals in 1995–96, he also led the Süper Lig, making him the second non-Turk to date to lead that league in goals after Tarik Hodžić 1983–84. He is recorded as "most loved foreign player" for Trabzonspor supporters. Arveladze joined Rangers from Ajax for £2 million in 2001. He scored the 300th goal in the SPL. He was part of the squad that won the domestic treble in 2002–03 and the double in 2004–05. He departed for Dutch side AZ on a free transfer in 2004–05. He was also a regular in the Georgian national team, and was the nation's all-time leading scorer. In 1993 he scored an effective first Euro Tournament goal in the history of independent Georgian Football in the match against Linfield, Northern Ireland. He is now retired from international football.[5] His twin brother Archil also played international football for Georgia. Arveladze played football on a high level well into his thirties despite having to deal with chronic asthma his entire career. He ended his playing career on 22 May 2008 and joined AZ's coaching staff, under former Ajax coach Louis van Gaal. Shota's son Giorgi Arveladze, and is trying to follow his father's footsteps. He scored the most goals in the top leagues of different countries from the former Soviet Union. Shota is the top scorer of the Georgia national football team, and he was the top scorer in the Championships of both Turkey and the Netherlands. His 27 goals scored in UEFA Cup competition ranks him 5th in the tournament's history. [2] Fast on his feet, extraordinarily quick decision-making, an eye for goal, great technique and leadership were among his main qualities. He has the best strike record of independent Georgian Football, he was nominated as the best player of Georgia and in addition he was nominated as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league survey.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football as a player, Arveladze was appointed as assistant manager of AZ under head coach Louis van Gaal in July 2008. He maintained this position in the 2009–10 season under Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat. Since the 2010–11 season, Arveladze is serving as manager of Turkish side Kayserispor. In October 2012 he moved to Kasımpaşa.

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Tbilisi
Trabzonspor
Ajax
Rangers

Career statistics[edit]

Player[edit]

[6]

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tbilisi 1990–91 7 3 - - - - 7 3
1991–92 30 22 - - - - 30 22
1992–93 23 18 - - - - 23 18
1993–94 7 8 - - 2 1 9 9
Total 67 51 0 0 2 1 69 52
Trabzonspor 1993–94 18 15 4 4 - - 22 19
1994–95 17 12 6 6 - - 23 18
1995–96 34 25 3 2 4 1 41 28
1996–97 27 9 6 3 4 4 34 16
Total 96 61 19 15 8 5 120 81
Ajax 1997–98 31 25 5 5 8 7 44 37
1998–99 19 7 3 1 3 0 25 8
1999–00 17 5 1 0 2 1 20 6
2000–01 27 18 1 0 3 2 31 20
2001–02 1 0 - - 2 1 3 1
Total 96 55 9 6 18 10 123 71
Rangers 2001–02 22 11 8 6 - - 30 17
2002–03 30 15 8 1 2 0 40 16
2003–04 19 12 4 2 6 1 29 15
2004–05 24 6 2 1 7 2 33 9
Total 95 44 22 10 15 3 132 57
AZ 2005–06 31 22 5 1 6 2 42 25
2006–07 29 14 7 2 11 7 47 23
Total 60 36 9 3 17 9 86 48
Levante 2007–08 4 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career totals 417 247 63 34 60 38 540 319

International[edit]

[7]

Georgia national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 2 1
1994 6 3
1995 6 2
1996 5 0
1997 6 5
1998 5 0
1999 3 3
2000 3 0
2001 6 1
2002 2 1
2003 4 3
2004 4 0
2005 3 1
2006 5 5
2007 1 1
Total 61 26

International goals[edit]

[7]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 September 1992 David Kipiani Stadium, Gurjaani  Azerbaijan 4–1 6–3 Friendly
2. 19 July 1992 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Malta 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3. 16 November 1994 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Wales 5–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
4. 16 November 1994 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
5. 26 April 1995 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Albania 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
6. 11 October 1995 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Bulgaria 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
7. 30 March 1997 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Armenia 1–0 7–0 Friendly
8. 3–0
9. 6–0
10. 7 June 1997 Central Stadium, Batumi  Moldova 1–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11. 14 June 1997 Stadion GKS Katowice, Katowice  Poland 1–0 1–4 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
12. 4 September 1999 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana  Slovenia 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
13. 8 September 1999 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Latvia 1–0 2–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
14. 8 September 1999 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
15. 1 September 2001 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Hungary 1–0 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
16. 8 September 2002 St. Jakob Park, Basel  Switzerland 1–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
17. 6 September 2003 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Albania 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
18. 3–0
19. 11 September 2003 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
20. 16 November 2005 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Jordan 3–2 3–2 Friendly
21. 27 May 2005 Sportzentrum, Altenkirchen  New Zealand 1–2 1–3 Friendly
22. 18 August 2006 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 3–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
23. 5–0
24. 6–0
25. 6 September 2006 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv  Ukraine 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
26. 29 March 2007 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2013.[8]
As of 18 May 2013
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Turkey Kayserispor 2010 2012 86 33 16 37 38.37
Turkey Kasımpaşa 2012 Present 72 27 21 24 37.50
Total 158 60 37 61 37.97

Personal[edit]

Arveladze played football on a high level well into his thirties despite having to deal with chronic asthma his entire career.

His twin brother Archil also played international football for Georgia. Shota's son Giorgi Arveladze is also a footballer.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Georgian Cup, Turkish Cup, KNVB Cup, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Copa del Rey

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibileishvili, Tiko (2008-06-09) Arveladze Quits Football. The Georgian Times. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ a b Shota's Biography (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Arveladze gaat als trainer aan de slag bij Kayserispor" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Kayserispor Transfer 2010-2011 Dosyası" (in Turkish). Kayserispor. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ Arveladze bids farewell to the national team of Georgia (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Shota Arveladze Career statistics". mackolik.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Shota Arveladze". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Shota Arveladze's Managerial statistics". mackolik.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

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