Abkhazia national football team

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Abkhazia
AssociationFootball Federation of Abkhazia
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachBeslan Gubliya
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, UEFA, or the AFC, and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championships, or the AFC Asian Cup.

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

History[edit]

After a revival in 2012, Abkhazia competed internationally 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 third.

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 5 4 1 0 15 1
Ogaden 2018 9th 6 4 1 1 15 4
North Macedonia 2020 Cancelled
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 5 2 3 0 6 3
County of Nice 2021 Qualified
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 26) 8 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
1 1GK Ilia Sherba (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 34) 0 0 Georgia (country) Gagra
99 2DF Lev Tarba (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
2 2DF Georgi Zhanaa (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 26) 15 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
97 2DF Lev Baburin (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Russia Baltica-M
3 2DF Astamur Tsishba (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 33) 13 1 Georgia (country) Gagra
76 3MF Timur Agrba (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Abkhazia Nart Sukhum
65 3MF Giga Benidze (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Sukhum
5 3MF Tarash Khagba (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 31) 18 3 Georgia (country) Dinamo Sukhum
66 3MF Daur Chanba (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Serbia OFK Bačka
45 3MF Viktor Pimpiia (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 23) 4 1 Abkhazia Ritsa
6 3MF Akaki Zvanba (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Abkhazia New Athos
7 3MF Alan Khugaev (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 30) 13 0 Russia Spartak Vladikavkaz
34 3MF Danil Chirikba (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Abkhazia New Athos
8 3MF Shabat Logua (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 26) 18 3 Serbia OFK Bačka
95 3MF Gudisa Smyr (2000-03-06) 6 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Russia FC Druzhba Maykop
33 3MF Roman Zikrach (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Kazakhstan FC Kairat
10 4FW Dmitri Maskayev (1987-12-27) 27 December 1987 (age 34) 4 1 Russia Torpedo Moscow
11 4FW Ramin Bartsits (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Georgia (country) Gagra
72 4FW Danilo Ardzinba (1999-05-27) 27 May 1999 (age 22) 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

Results[edit]

2020[edit]

25 September 2020 Friendly Abkhazia  0–0  Donetsk PR Abkhazia Sukhumi
Report Stadium: Dinamo Stadium

2021[edit]

11 July 2021 Friendly Abkhazia  1–0 PFC Sochi Abkhazia Sukhumi
Alan Kvitsinia 54' [citation needed] Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Attendance: 2000

Honours[edit]

ConIFA World Football Cup
CONIFA European Football Cup

Managers[edit]

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
2007–2008 2 0 2 0 000.0
Abkhazia Juma Kvaratskhelia 2012–2017 25 12 9 4 048.0
Abkhazia Beslan Ajinjal 2017–2019 12 7 4 1 058.3
Abkhazia Beslan Gubliya 2020– 2 1 1 0 050.0
Totals 41 20 16 5 48.78

See also[edit]

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