Abkhazia national football team

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Abkhazia
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Abkhazia
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachBeslan Ajinjal
Top scorerRuslan Shoniya (8)
Home stadiumRepublican stadium, Sukhumi
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Abkhazia 1–1 Nagorno-Karabakh 
(Sukhumi; 25 September 2012)
Biggest win
 Abkhazia 9–0 Chagos Islands 
(Sukhumi; 29 May 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Nagorno-Karabakh 3–0 Abkhazia 
(Stepanakert; 21 October 2012)
CONIFA World Football Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2014)
Best resultChampions, 2016
CONIFA European Football Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best result3rd place, 2019

The Abkhazia national football team is the team representing the partially recognised state of Abkhazia. They are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA (AFC), and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championships.

They competed at the first ConIFA World Football Cup in 2014 finishing 8th overall,[1] and they hosted and won the second ConIFA World Football Cup in 2016.

History[edit]

After the revival in 2012, Abkhazia competed internationally always under the umbrella of the CONIFA. The team made their debut in the CONIFA World Cup in 2014 and won the edition that they hosted in 2016.

In 2019, Abkhazia made their first appearance ever in the CONIFA European Cup, where they finished in the third position.

International record[edit]

At CONIFA World Football Cup[edit]

Year Position GP W D L GF GA
Sápmi 2014 8th 5 1 3 1 6 6
Abkhazia 2016 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 4 1 0 15 1
Ogaden 2018 9th 6 4 1 1 15 4
North Macedonia 2020 Did not qualify
Total 16 9 5 2 36 11

At CONIFA European Football Cup[edit]

Year Position GP W D L GF GA
Székely Land 2015 Did not enter
Northern Cyprus 2017 4th 5 1 3 1 5 6
Republic of Artsakh 2019 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 5 2 3 0 6 3
Total 10 3 6 1 11 9

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the 2019 CONIFA European Football Cup.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Inal Katsuba (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 24) 8 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
1 1GK Ilia Sherba (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 32) 0 0 Abkhazia Gagra
99 2DF Lev Tarba (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
2 2DF Georgi Zhanaa (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 25) 15 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
97 2DF Lev Baburin (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Russia Baltica-M
3 2DF Astamur Tsishba (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 32) 13 1 Abkhazia Gagra
76 3MF Timur Agrba (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
65 3MF Giga Benidze (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Abkhazia Dinamo Sukhum
5 3MF Tarash Khagba (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 29) 18 3 Abkhazia Dinamo Sukhum
66 3MF Daur Chanba (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Serbia OFK Bačka
45 3MF Viktor Pimpiia (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 21) 4 1 Abkhazia Ritsa
6 3MF Akaki Zvanba (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Abkhazia New Athos
7 3MF Alan Khugaev (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 28) 13 0 Russia Spartak Vladikavkaz
34 3MF Danil Chirikba (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Abkhazia New Athos
8 3MF Shabat Logua (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 25) 18 3 Serbia OFK Bačka
95 3MF Gudisa Smyr (2000-03-06) 6 March 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Russia FC Druzhba Maykop
33 3MF Roman Zikrach (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Kazakhstan FC Kairat
10 4FW Dmitri Maskayev (1987-12-27) 27 December 1987 (age 32) 4 1 Russia Torpedo Moscow
11 4FW Ramin Bartsits (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 30) 0 0 Abkhazia Gagra
72 4FW Danilo Ardzinba (1999-05-27) 27 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Russia FC Strogino Moscow

Top goalscorers[edit]

Only matches at CONIFA tournaments are counted.

# Player Goals
1 Ruslan Shoniya 8
2 Dmitri Kortava 6
3 Shabat Logua 5
4 Ruslan Akhveldiani 4
5 Vladimir Argun 3
Dmitri Maskayev 3
Astamur Tarba 3
Amal Vardania 3

Matches played[edit]

25 September 2012 FriendlyAbkhazia 1–1 Nagorno-KarabakhAbkhazia Sukhumi
Gublia Goal 75' Report Barikyan Goal 80' Stadium: Republican Stadium
Referee: Serhiy Streletskyi (Ukraine)
23 September 2013 FriendlyAbkhazia 3–0 South OssetiaAbkhazia Sukhumi
Almaskhan Dzeniya Goal
Aleksei Bondarenko Goal (pen.)
Anrik Tania Goal
Report Stadium: Republican Stadium
2 June 2014 2014 ConIFA WC GSAbkhazia 2–1 SápmiSápmi Östersund
Amal Vardania Goal 19'
Vladimir Argun Goal 72'
Jirijoonas Kanth Goal 51' Stadium: Jämtkraft Arena
19 March 2015 FriendlyAbkhazia 1–0 Luhansk PRAbkhazia Sukhumi
Stadium: Republican Stadium
14 May 2015 FriendlyAbkhazia 1–0 Donetsk PRAbkhazia Sukhumi
Stadium: Republican Stadium
19 May 2015 FriendlyAbkhazia 0–0 Donetsk PRAbkhazia Sukhumi
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
29 May 2016 2016 ConIFA WC GSAbkhazia 9–0 Chagos IslandsAbkhazia Sukhumi
20:00 Dmitri Kortava Goal 18' (pen.)
Vladimir Argun Goal 19'
Dmitri Akhba Goal 34'
Albert Prus Goal 39'43'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 47'57'
Astamur Tarba Goal 50'
Victor Pimpia Goal 88'
Report Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
1 June 2016 2016 ConIFA WC QFAbkhazia 2–0 SápmiAbkhazia Sukhumi
20:00 Dmitri Kortava Goal 35'73' (pen.) Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
4 June 2016 2016 ConIFA WC SFNorthern Cyprus 0–2 AbkhaziaAbkhazia Sukhumi
20:00 Levan Logua Goal 9'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 69'
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
5 June 2016 2016 ConIFA WC SFAbkhazia 1–1
(6–5 p)
 PanjabAbkhazia Sukhumi
20:00 Ruslan Shoniya Goal 88' Goal 57' Amar Purewal Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Penalties
Anri Khagba Penalty scored
Anri Khagush Penalty missed
Dmitriy Akhba Penalty missed
Tarash Khagba Penalty scored
Ruslan Shoniya Penalty scored
Alan Khugaev Penalty scored
Shabat Logua Penalty scored
Vladimir Argun Penalty scored
Penalty scored Amar Purewal
Penalty scored Radjpal Virk
Penalty scored Terlochan Singh
Penalty missed Karum Shanker
Penalty missed Jhai Dhillon
Penalty scored Aran Basi
Penalty scored Amarvir Sandhu
Penalty missed Aaron Minhas
28 May 2017 FriendlyAbkhazia 1–2 Donetsk PRAbkhazia Sukhumi
Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
5 June 2017 2017 ConIFA EC GSAbkhazia 2–1 South OssetiaNorthern Cyprus Kyrenia
20:00 Dmitri Kortava Goal 1'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 90+1'
Alan Kadjaev Goal 61' Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
6 June 2017 2017 ConIFA EC GSKárpátalja 2–2 AbkhaziaNorthern Cyprus Kyrenia
20:00 Szabó Roland Goal 33'
Ohar Roman Goal 77'
Anatoli Semyonov Goal 20'50' Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
9 June 2017 2017 ConIFA EC SFPadania 0–0
(6–5 p)
 AbkhaziaNorthern Cyprus Kyrenia
20:00 Stadium: Mete Adanır Stadium
31 May 2018 2018 ConIFA WC GSAbkhazia 3–0 TibetEngland Enfield
12:00 Ruslan Akhvlediani Goal 12'
Dmitri Maskayev Goal 61'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 77'
Report Stadium: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Referee: Raymond Mashamba
2 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WC GSAbkhazia 0–2 KárpátaljaEngland Enfield
14:00 Report Zsolt Gajdos Goal 11'
István Sándor Goal 90+8'
Stadium: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
3 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WC GSAbkhazia 2–2 Northern CyprusEngland Enfield
15:00 Dmitri Maskayev Goal 21'
Vladimir Argun Goal 90' (pen.)
Report Ünal Kaya Goal 27'
Kenan Oshan Goal 77'
Stadium: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
5 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WC PR1Abkhazia 6–0 Tamil EelamEngland Aveley
15:00 Ruslan Akhvlediani Goal 40'71'
Shabat Logua Goal 63'
Ruslan Shoniya Goal 74'88'
Astamur Tarba Goal 83'
Report Stadium: Parkside
Referee: Karl Parker
9 June 2018 2018 ConIFA WC PR3Kabylia 0–2 AbkhaziaEngland Aveley
15:00 Report Shabat Logua Goal 29'
Georgi Zhanaa Goal 56'
Stadium: Parkside
Referee: Kristian Michel
2 June 2019 2019 ConIFA EC GSAbkhazia 3–1 ChameriaRepublic of Artsakh Askeran
16:00 Dmitri Maskayev Goal 48'
Shabat Logua Goal 49'74'
Report Flavio Prendi Goal 30' Stadium: Askeran City Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ahmed Sabah Radha Ahmed
3 June 2019 2019 ConIFA EC GSSápmi 0–1 AbkhaziaRepublic of Artsakh Martakert
18:00 Report Georgi Dgebuadze Goal 45+2' Stadium: Vigen Shirinyan Stadium
Attendance: 2,300
Referee: Ahmed Sabah Radha Ahmed
4 June 2019 2019 ConIFA EC GSArtsakh 1–1 AbkhaziaRepublic of Artsakh Martuni
18:00 Norik Mkrtchyan Goal 33' Report Shabat Logua Goal 8' Stadium: Avakyan Arena
Attendance: 1,080
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov
6 June 2019 2019 ConIFA EC SFAbkhazia 1–1
(0–3 p)
 Western ArmeniaRepublic of Artsakh Stepanakert
18:30 Alan Khugaev Goal 33' Report Davit Manoyan Goal 32' (pen.) Stadium: Stepanakert Republican Stadium
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Ivan Mrkalj
8 June 2019 2019 ConIFA EC 3rdAbkhazia 0–0
(5–4 p)
 ChameriaRepublic of Artsakh Stepanakert
Stadium: Stepanakert Republican Stadium
Attendance: 6,200
Referee: Dmitrii Zhukov

Honours[edit]

ConIFA World Football Cup
CONIFA European Football Cup

Managers[edit]

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Abkhazia Juma Kvaratskhelia 2012–2017 21 9 9 3 042.9
Abkhazia Beslan Ajinjal 2014–2019 12 7 4 1 058.3
Totals 33 16 13 4 48.5

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