FC Locomotive Tbilisi

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Locomotive Tbilisi
Locomotive logo.png
Full name Football Club Lokomotivi Tbilisi
Founded August 14, 1936; 81 years ago (1936-08-14)
Ground Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
Tbilisi, Georgia
Ground Capacity 27,223
Chairman Georgia (country) Sandro Menabde
Manager Georgia (country) Giorgi Devdariani
League Erovnuli Liga
2017 6th
Website Club website

FC Locomotive Tbilisi is a Georgian football club from the capital, Tbilisi. During the existence of the USSR the club was a part of the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society. The club has strong connections with the Georgian Railways.

History[edit]

Locomotive was founded on 14 August 1936 as a part of Lokomotiv sports society.[1] The club won Georgian championship in 1937, which gave them the permission to participate in USSR Top League. Their debut season in the highest level of the Soviet football championship came in 1938, where the club took 24th place out of 26 and got relegated. However, the Tbilisi-based club managed to get another promotion during the following season and participated in 1940 Soviet Top League. But they were eventually disqualified from the tournament. These were the only seasons when Locomotive managed to take part in the top league.[1]

From the following years until the dissolution of USSR, the club moved between the lower divisions, played in the second the third divisions of the Soviet football championship.

Nodar Akhalkatsi, the coach of FC Dinamo Tbilisi and one of the most successful managers in the Soviet football, started his managing career in Locomotive. He managed the club from 1967 to 1970.[1][2]

Since the post-Soviet era, Locomotive is one of the regular members of Erovnuli Liga. However, the club failed to win the championship. They were runners-up twice: in 2000-01 and in 2001–02 Umaglesi Liga. The club won Georgian Cup three times: in 2000, in 2002 and in 2005.

Some notable players of the club are: Levan Kenia, Levan Tskitishvili, Zurab Khizanishvili, Giorgi Arabidze, Giorgi Aburjania, Valeri Abramidze, Juan Diego González-Vigil and Endika Bordas.

Honours[edit]

  • Football championship of Georgian SSR:
    • Winners (3): 1937, 1945, 1956

European cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR Northern Ireland Linfield 1–0 1–1
1R Greece PAOK 0–7 0–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Slovakia Slovan 0–2 0–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Malta Birkirkara 1–1 0–0
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Denmark Copenhagen 1–4 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1R Armenia Banants 0–2 3–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q Luxembourg Etzella 2–2 0–0

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Georgia (country) GK Luka Sherozia
3 Georgia (country) DF Revaz Chiteishvili
4 Georgia (country) DF Nika Chanturia
5 Georgia (country) MF Aleksandre Andronikashvili
6 Georgia (country) MF Zurab Menteshashvili
7 Georgia (country) FW Irakli Sikharulidze
9 Georgia (country) FW Mamia Gavashelishvili
10 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Diasamidze
11 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Kiknadze
14 Georgia (country) MF Luka Kikabidze
15 Georgia (country) MF Irakli Komakhidze
16 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Khidesheli
17 Georgia (country) MF Irakli Bughridze
No. Position Player
20 Georgia (country) MF Levan Kenia
21 Georgia (country) DF Teimuraz Ghonghadze
23 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Gorozia
25 Georgia (country) GK Revaz Tevdoradze
27 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Gabadze
44 Georgia (country) DF Levan Kurdadze
50 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Rekhviashvili
77 Georgia (country) GK Beka Kurdadze
80 Georgia (country) DF Davit Ubilava (captain)
88 Georgia (country) MF Davit Samurkasovi
98 Georgia (country) MF Rati Ardazishvili
Georgia (country) FW Roman Chanturia (on loan from Empoli)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The history of FC Locomotive Tbilisi". FCloco.ge. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Locomotive Tbilisi managers (in Russian)

External links[edit]