David Kipiani

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David Kipiani
Aleksandr Chivadze, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani.jpg
Aleksandr Chivadze, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani in 1981
Personal information
Full name David Kipiani
Date of birth (1951-11-18)18 November 1951
Place of birth Tbilisi, USSR
Date of death 17 September 2001(2001-09-17) (aged 49)
Place of death Tbilisi, Georgia
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
School No. 35 Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968 Lokomotivi Tbilisi 1 (0)
1969 Dinamo Tbilisi 0 (0)
1970 Lokomotivi Tbilisi 28 (3)
1971–1982 Dinamo Tbilisi 246 (79)
National team
1974–1981 USSR 19 (7)
Teams managed
1984–1985 Dinamo Tbilisi
1988 Dinamo Tbilisi
1990–1991 Dinamo Tbilisi
1992–1993 Olympiakos Nicosia
1995–1997 Dinamo Tbilisi
1997 Georgia
1998 Racing Mechelen
1998 Shinnik Yaroslavl
1999–2001 Torpedo Kutaisi
2000–2001 Georgia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Olympic medal record
Representing USSR
Men’s Football
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal Team competition

David Kipiani (Georgian: დავით ყიფიანი; 18 November 1951 – 17 September 2001) was a Georgian football midfielder and manager. Kipiani principally played as a playmaker and considered on Georgia's greatest players.[1] He was known for his elegant style of play, dribbling ability and passing range.

Kipiani on stamp of Georgia, 2004

Playing career[edit]

Kipiani was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR. He played for FC Dinamo Tbilisi and the Soviet Union National Team and also for a year for Lokomotiv Tbilsi.

Kipiani was not given a chance to play World Cup finals. Many think his peak was in 1982, but missed the Spain and quit playing altogether due to severe leg injury sustained against Kuban Krasdodar on 26 April (Round 4).

Managerial career[edit]

After retirement, he coached FC Dinamo Tbilisi, FC Torpedo Kutaisi, Shinnik Yaroslavl (Russia), Mechelen (Belgium), Olympiakos Nicosia (Cyprus) and Georgian National Team.


He died in Tbilisi, Georgia from injuries sustained in a car crash near Tserovani on 17 September 2001.[2] He was 49 years old. The Georgian Cup and the stadium in the town of Gurjaani were named after him.


Among his titles as a player are Soviet League championship (1978), Soviet Cup (1976 and 1979) and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1981) all with FC Dinamo Tbilisi. David Kipiani was named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1977. As a coach, he led FC Dinamo Tbilisi to 6 Georgian titles and FC Torpedo Kutaisi to 2.


Dinamo Tbilisi


Soviet Union



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