Shota Arveladze

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Shota Arveladze
შოთა არველაძე
Shota Arveladze.jpg
Arveladze in 2012
Personal information
Full name Shota Arveladze
Date of birth (1973-02-22) 22 February 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1990–1991 Martve Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Dinamo Tbilisi 67 (51)
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 418 (247)
National team
1992–2007 Georgia 61 (26)
Teams managed
2008–2010 AZ (assistant)
2010–2012 Kayserispor
2012–2015 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 Georgian former professional football player and current manager, who last coached Turkish club Kasımpaşa SK.

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ and Levante.

He is Georgia’s Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 291 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals in his 61 games for the national team.[1]

His 27 goals scored in the UEFA Cup competition ranks him 5th in the tournament's history.[2] He has the best strike record of independent Georgian Football. He was nominated as the best player of Georgia as well as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league survey.

Club career[edit]

Tbilisi, Trabzonspor and Ajax[edit]

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, and Ajax, and finished at least one season as the top goal scorer at all three. In 1993 he scored an effective first Euro Tournament goal in the history of independent Georgian Football in the match against Linfield, Northern Ireland. 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.[citation needed]

Rangers[edit]

Arveladze joined Rangers from Ajax for £2 million in 2001. During a legal case in 2015, Arveladze's agent claimed that the true transfer fee had been 12 million Euro, the equivalent of £8.5 million at the time.[3] Arveladze scored the 300th goal in the SPL and was part of Rangers squads that won the domestic treble in 2002–03 and a double in 2004–05.

AZ[edit]

He departed Rangers for Dutch side AZ on a free transfer in 2004–05.

Levante[edit]

Arveladze ended his playing career on 22 May 2008 following a season with Levante.

International career[edit]

Shota Arveladze was a regular in the Georgian national team[4] and is its all-time leading scorer with 26 goals in his 61 games.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Quick feet and decision-making, an eye for goal, great technique and leadership were among his qualities.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football as a player, Arveladze was appointed as assistant manager of AZ under head coach and former Ajax coach Louis van Gaal in July 2008. He maintained this position in the 2009–10 season under Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat. For the 2010–11 season, Arveladze served as manager of Turkish side Kayserispor.[5][6] From 2012 to 2015, Arveladze managed Istanbul-based Kasımpaşa SK.

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Tbilisi
Trabzonspor
Ajax
Rangers

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[7]

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo 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 37 16
Total 96 61 19 15 8 5 123 81
Ajax 1997–98 31 25 5 5 8 7 44 37
1998–99 19 7 3 1 3 0 25 8
1999–2000 17 5 1 0 2 1 20 6
2000–01 27 18 1 0 3 2 31 20
2001–02 2 0 - - 2 1 4 1
Total 96 55 10 6 18 11 124 72
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 12 3 17 9 89 48
Levante 2007–08 4 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career totals 418 247 63 34 60 29 541 310

International[edit]

[8]

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]

[8]

# 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 14 March 2015[9]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kayserispor Turkey 2010 2012 86 33 16 37 38.37
Kasımpaşa Turkey 2012 2015 108 40 29 39 37.04
Total 193 72 45 76 37.31

Personal life[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 Achil also played International football. His 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. ^ a b Bibileishvili, Tiko (2008-06-09) Arveladze Quits Football. The Georgian Times. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ Shota's Biography (Spanish)
  3. ^ Walker, Mark (13 May 2015). "Former Rangers striker's agent claims club paid four times publicised fee". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 
  4. ^ Arveladze bids farewell to the national team of Georgia (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Arveladze gaat als trainer aan de slag bij Kayserispor" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Kayserispor Transfer 2010-2011 Dosyası" (in Turkish). Kayserispor. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Shota Arveladze Career statistics". mackolik.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Shota Arveladze". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shota Arveladze's Managerial statistics". mackolik.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

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