FC Torpedo Kutaisi

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FC Torpedo Kutaisi
FCTK logo
Full name Football Club Torpedo Kutaisi
Nickname(s) FC Torpedo,
Founded 1946; 70 years ago (1946)
Ground Ramaz Shengelia Stadium
Kutaisi, Georgia
Ground Capacity 14,700
President Georgia (country) David Pruidze
Manager Georgia (country) Kakhaber Chkhetiani
League Umaglesi Liga
2015–16 6th
Website Club home page

FC Torpedo Kutaisi is a Georgian professional football club based in Kutaisi, Georgia's second largest city. ‘Torpedo Kutaisi’ was founded in 1946 and in just three years the club became the winner of the Football Championship of that time. By the end of 1964, the Football Federation of the former Soviet Union published a list of the best soccer players and 5 among them – R. Urushadze, I. Losaberidze, S. Kutivadze, J. Kherkhadze, and V. Chkhartishvili were from the Torpedo Kutaisi team.[citation needed] Furthermore, Torpedo Kutaisi players of different times were always named among the Top Ten footballers of Georgia. G. Tskhovrebovi, R. Dzodzuashvili, J. Kherkhadze, Kutivadze, T. Sulakvelidze, G. Nodia, T. Kostava and others were among them.[citation needed] Moreover, Ramaz Shengelia was recognized as the number one football player of the former USSR.[citation needed] Torpedo play their home games at Ramaz Shengelia Stadium.

History[edit]

FC Torpedo Kutaisi was founded in 1946 on the base of Kutaisi Automotive Plant.[clarification needed] In 1949 the club became the winner of the Georgian SSR Championship. In 1959 two football clubs "FC Torpedo Kutaisi" and "FC Locomotive Kutaisi" were united and the name remained "FC Torpedo Kutaisi". In 1962 "FC Torpedo Kutaisi" was firstly[clarification needed] became a participant in the Soviet Top League. Many famous Georgian football players began their career in this club.[who?] For example, when Dinamo Tbilisi won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1980–81, five footballers were the ex-players of FC Torpedo Kutaisi.[who?]

When the Georgian National Championships started in 1990, the club changed its name into "FC Kutaisi". But after three years, the club restored the old name. The last years of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st were the most successful years in the club's history. During 1999–02 the club won five domestic titles. During that time most players of the Georgia national football team were from "FC Torpedo Kutaisi".[citation needed] Besides this, Georgian managers (Jemal Kherkhadze, David Kipiani, Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Otar Gabelia, Vladimir Gutsaev and others) worked in the club as a head coach and in the staff too.

After the season 2004–05, three times Georgian Premier League Champion and two times Georgian National Cup Winner FC Torpedo Kutaisi was dissolved. Its last game was in Borisov, Belarus against BATE Borisov (First Qualifying Round of UEFA Cup 2005–06) in which FC Torpedo Kutaisi lost 5–0. After this, a new football club "FC Kutaisi Torpedo" was founded, but it was not the successor of FC Torpedo Kutaisi and had no titles.[citation needed] "FC Kutaisi Torpedo" was participating in the Georgian Premier League during two seasons (2005–06 and 2006–07), but due to financial reasons it was removed from the top league and began playing in the Pirveli Liga.

Honours[edit]

Domestic Competitions

İnternational Competitions

Soviet Time Competitions

Torpedo junior team international honours

  • Evima cup
  • Cup Winner.png (1) 2013

Torpedo fans honours

  • Torpedo The Jungles fan team
  • Balu cup
  • Cup Winner.png (1) 2012
  • West Georgia cup
  • Cup Winner.png (2) 2013, 2014

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 Maksime Kvilitaia
2 Georgia (country) DF Vazha Tabatadze
4 Georgia (country) DF Anri Chichinadze
5 Georgia (country) MF Guga Palavandishvili
6 Georgia (country) MF Oleg Mamasakhlisi
7 Georgia (country) MF Gabriel Saghrishvili
8 Georgia (country) MF Shota Babunashvili (captain)
9 Georgia (country) FW Tornike Kapanadze
10 Georgia (country) MF Vano Tsilosani
11 Georgia (country) MF Avto Endeladze
14 Netherlands DF Jürgen Colin
17 Georgia (country) FW Vakhtang Kvaratskhelia
18 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Nergadze
No. Position Player
20 Georgia (country) FW Cotne Meskhi
22 Georgia (country) MF Grigol Dolidze
23 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Kimadze
24 Georgia (country) MF Aleko Natsvlishvili
27 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Guruli
30 Georgia (country) MF Tengiz Bregvadze
33 Georgia (country) DF Zurab Pantskhava
45 Georgia (country) FW Otar Kvernadze
49 Georgia (country) GK Mamuka Kvilitaia
77 Georgia (country) MF Aleksi Benashvili
88 Georgia (country) FW Beka Tughushi
89 Georgia (country) GK Roin Kvaskhvadze
99 Georgia (country) MF Shalva Purtskhvanidze

European cups[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Armenia Erebuni 6–0 1–1
2R Belgium Lommel 1–2 1–0
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR Estonia Lantana 4–2 5–0
1R Greece AEK 0–1 1–6
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 2QR Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crvena Zvezda 2–0 0–4
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1QR Northern Ireland Linfield 1–0 0–0
2QR Denmark Copenhagen 1–1 1–3
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1QR Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 5–2 1–0
2QR Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–2 0–3
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR France Lens 0–2 0–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1QR Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 0–5
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1QR Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–1 0–1
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1QR Slovakia Žilina 0–3 3–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1QR TBD

European record[edit]

As of 12 July 2013
Competition Season Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 3 10 4 2 4 12 15
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 5 12 2 2 8 14 28
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 4 2 1 1 9 3
Total 8 26 8 5 13 35 46

UEFA Team Ranking 2016/2017[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
399 Armenia Banants 1.775
399 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan 1.775
399 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi 1.775
399 Georgia (country) Metalurgi Rustavi 1.775
403 Andorra Lusitanos 1.733

As of 22 November 2016. Source

Anthem[edit]

Torpedo,Torpedo,Torpedo!
Be cherfull and long live to you!
Kutaisi,you are the smith of gold en guys...
And Georgia awaits for them!

1. Torpedo Kutaisi Old Himn 1987 Source
2. Torpedo song by Frani 2010 Source
3. Torpedo fan club Tornados song "Gamarjveba Dges" by Adrenalin 2011 Source
4. Torpedo Kutaisi Fans Song "Itorpede" by Levan Jojua and Georgi Shengelia 2013 Source

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

Football around the world

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]