Georgia national football team

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Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ჯვაროსნები
Jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
Association Georgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vladimír Weiss
Captain Jaba Kankava
Most caps Levan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorer Shota Arveladze (26)
Home stadium Boris Paichadze National Stadium
FIFA code GEO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 121 Decrease 3 (12 January 2017)
Highest 42 (September 1998)
Lowest 156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 91 Decrease 1 (25 January 2017)
Highest 49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest 108 (late 2009)
First international
 Georgian SSR 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
Biggest win
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6–1 Georgia 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; September 7, 2005)

The Georgia national football team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საფეხბურთო ნაკრები, Sakartvelos erovnuli sap'ekhburt'o nakrebi) is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 1996 onwards, but have not achieved qualification yet. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.

History[edit]

The history of Georgia national football team began in 1990, when the team played their first international match against Lithuania, the first country to accept an invitation. The match was held on May 27, 1990 on national stadium. Georgia were coached by Givi Nodia. The friendly match ended in a 2–2 draw. This was the only match prior to the declaration of independence on April 9, 1991. Soon afterwards the team played another friendly match against Moldova.

The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFA in 1992,[1] enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova[2] as part of the qualifiers for Euro 1996. Georgia finished third in their group, ahead of Moldova and Wales, but seven points behind second-placed qualifier Bulgaria.

Georgia failed to qualify for 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, obtaining 10 points and finishing in fourth place, level on points with Poland. At this time Georgia reached forty-second place in FIFA rankings.

In the Euro 2000 qualifying Georgia national team won one match, drew two and finished bottom of the group with five points. This marked the beginning of a period of decline for Georgian football.

The team finished fifth (and last) with seven points in their qualifying group for Euro 2004, although they defeated Russia with a goal scored by Malkhaz Asatiani.

In the FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifiers Georgia beat Albania 2–0 at home and Kazakhstan away 2–1. They finished sixth (second bottom) with ten points in Group 2.

Georgia were sixth out of seven teams in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying group with ten points. They defeated Scotland 2–0 at home and the Faroe Islands 6–0 away and 3–1 at home.

Héctor Cúper became the manager of Georgia in August 2008. During the qualification round for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Georgia failed to win any matches and finished sixth (and last) with three points. Cuper didn't extend his contract and on November 6, 2009 Temur Ketsbaia was appointed as the coach of the Georgian national football team. Ketsbaia resigned as manager after a 4–0 defeat at home to Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on November 14, 2014, having previously stated he would do so before the match regardless of the result.

In June 2016, Georgian team made a stunt by winning against reigning European champions Spain 1–0.[3]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup records[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Position
1930 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 8 3 1 4 7 9 4/5
South Korea Japan 2002 8 3 1 4 12 12 3/5
Germany 2006 12 2 4 6 14 25 6/7
South Africa 2010 10 0 3 7 7 19 6/6
Brazil 2014 8 1 2 5 3 10 4/5
Russia 2018 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 - - - - - -  –
Total 0/20 - 46 9 11 26 43 75 -

UEFA European Championship records[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1960 to 1992 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - - -
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 5 0 5 14 13 3/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 1 2 7 8 18 6/6
Portugal 2004 8 2 1 5 8 14 5/5
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 3 1 8 16 19 6/7
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 2 4 4 7 9 5/6
France 2016 10 3 0 7 10 16 5/6
European Union 2020 To Be Determined
Total 0/15 60 16 8 36 63 89 -

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Republic of Ireland 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4 10 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 5 Sep 24 Mar 11 Jun 1–0 6 Oct
2  Serbia 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4 8 Possible second round[a] 2–2 11 Jun 3–2 9 Oct 2 Sep
3  Wales 4 1 3 0 8 4 +4 6 9 Oct 1–1 2 Sep 1–1 4–0
4  Austria 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 4 0–1 6 Oct 2–2 5 Sep 24 Mar
5  Georgia 4 0 2 2 3 5 −2 2 2 Sep 24 Mar 6 Oct 1–2 1–1
6  Moldova 4 0 1 3 2 11 −9 1 1–3 0–3 5 Sep 9 Oct 11 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the friendly matches against Uzbekistan on January 23, 2017 and Jordan on January 25, 2017.
Caps and goals as of 25 January 2017 after the match against Jordan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Roini Kvaskhvadze (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 27) 5 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
12 1GK Omar Migineishvili (1984-06-02) 2 June 1984 (age 32) 2 0 Georgia (country) Samtredia
23 1GK Oto Goshadze (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi

2 2DF Ucha Lobjanidze (Captain) (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 29) 52 1 Kazakhstan Atyrau
5 2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa
16 2DF Lasha Shergelashvili (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Latvia Rīgas Futbola Skola
4 2DF Jimmy Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Russia Ural Yekaterinburg
18 2DF Giorgi Rekhviashvili (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 29) 1 0 Georgia (country) Locomotive Tbilisi
20 2DF Giorgi Kimadze (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
3 2DF Tornike Grigalashvili (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere
15 2DF Tedore Grigalashvili (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi

7 3MF Giorgi Ganugrava (1988-02-21) 21 February 1988 (age 29) 10 0 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere
19 3MF Temuri Shonia (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 26) 2 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi
6 3MF Oleg Mamasakhlisi (1995-11-25) 25 November 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
17 3MF Giorgi Kharaishvili (1996-07-29) 29 July 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi
13 3MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
14 3MF Lasha Parunashvili (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Denmark Esbjerg fB

9 4FW Vladimer Dvalishvili (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 30) 39 5 Kazakhstan Atyrau
22 4FW Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
8 4FW Saba Lobjanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 22) 2 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
14 3MF Beka Tugushi (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
10 4FW Bachana Arabuli (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
11 4FW Budu Zivzivadze (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Denmark Esbjerg fB

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have not been called up for the upcoming matches but have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 31) 38 0 Russia Krylia Sovetov v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
GK Nukri Revishvili (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 29) 33 0 Unattached v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
GK Giorgi Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Portugal Moreirense v.  Wales, 9 October 2016

DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 29) 51 1 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 25) 19 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 30) 19 0 Azerbaijan Neftçi v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Spain Gimnàstic v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Wales, 9 October 2016
DF Zourab Tsiskaridze (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 30) 2 0 Czech Republic Teplice v.  Wales, 9 October 2016
DF Aleksandr AmisulashviliRET (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 34) 50 4 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Austria, 5 September 2016

MF Jaba Kankava (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 30) 62 7 France Reims v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 25) 34 8 Russia Krasnodar v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 24) 34 4 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 30) 34 3 Turkey Göztepe v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 27) 32 0 Hungary Diósgyőri v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Valeri Kazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 24) 21 4 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 23) 14 2 Russia Ural Yekaterinburg v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Jambul Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Valerian Gvilia (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Jaba Lipartia (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
MF Levan Kenia (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 26) 29 4 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Austria, 5 September 2016
MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 24) 5 0 Azerbaijan Gabala v.  Austria, 5 September 2016
MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Sevilla Atlético v.  Austria, 5 September 2016
MF Nika Dzalamidze (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 25) 7 0 Poland Górnik Łęczna v.  Kazakhstan, 29 March 2016

FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 26) 31 2 Italy Empoli v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
FW Davit Skhirtladze (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Denmark Silkeborg v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
FW Giorgi Arabidze (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Moldova, 12 November 2016
FW Nika Kacharava (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Russia Rostov v.  Wales, 9 October 2016
FW Otar Martsvaladze (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 32) 22 2 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Austria, 5 September 2016
FW Mate Vatsadze (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 28) 15 4 Denmark Viborg v.  Kazakhstan, 29 March 2016
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Records[edit]

Lists of 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Georgia, as of 12 November 2016 (players in bold are still available for selection):[4][5]

Managers[edit]

As of 25 January 2017 [6]

Manager Georgia career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Georgia (country) Givi Nodia 1990 1 0 1 0 0%
Georgia (country) Giga Norakidze 1991–1992 4 2 0 2 50%
Georgia (country) Aleksandre Chivadze 1993–1996 24 9 1 14 37.5%
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev (caretaker) 1996 2 0 0 2 0%
Georgia (country) David Kipiani 1997 7 4 1 2 57.14%
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev 1998 5 3 2 0 60%
Georgia (country) Gigla Imnadze (caretaker) 1998 1 0 0 1 0%
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev 1998–1999 8 2 1 5 25%
Netherlands Johan Boskamp 1999 5 0 1 4 0%
Georgia (country) David Kipiani / Revaz Dzodzuashvili 2000–2001 16 5 5 6 31.25%
Georgia (country) Aleksandre Chivadze 2001–2003 11 4 3 4 36.36%
Croatia Ivo Šušak 2003 2 1 0 1 50%
Georgia (country) Merab Jordania 2003 3 1 0 2 33.33%
Georgia (country) Gocha Tkebuchava (caretaker) 2004 3 0 0 3 0%
France Alain Giresse 2004–2005 10 2 2 6 20%
Georgia (country) Gaioz Darsadze (caretaker) 2005 7 2 2 3 28.57%
Germany Klaus Toppmöller 2006–2008 24 7 4 13 29.17%
Croatia Petar Segrt (caretaker) 2008 2 0 1 1 0%
Argentina Héctor Cúper 2008–2009 16 1 4 11 6.25%
Georgia (country) Temur Ketsbaia 2010–2014 40 13 9 18 32.5%
Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze 2014–2016 10 3 1 6 30%
Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 2016– 10 1 4 5 10%

Notable Results[edit]

Date Team Result Team
16.11.1994  Georgia 5–0  Wales
07.06.1995  Wales 0–1  Georgia
11.10.1995  Georgia 2–1  Bulgaria
10.09.1997  Georgia 0–0  Italy
11.10.1997  Georgia 3–0  Poland
01.09.2001  Georgia 3–1  Hungary
30.04.2003  Georgia 1–0  Russia
15.11.2006  Georgia 2–0  Uruguay
07.02.2007  Georgia 1–0  Turkey
17.10.2007  Georgia 2–0  Scotland
20.08.2008  Wales 1–2  Georgia
26.03.2011  Georgia 1–0  Croatia
06.09.2013  Georgia 0–0  France
04.09.2015  Georgia 1–0  Scotland
07.06.2016  Spain 0–1  Georgia

Georgia vs opponent[edit]

As of 25 January 2017 [7][8]

Opponents P W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Albania 14 8 3 3 23 13 +10 57.14
 Armenia 5 3 1 1 11 4 +7 60.00
 Austria 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 00.00
 Azerbaijan 6 2 2 2 8 6 +2 33.33
 Belarus 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 50.00
 Bulgaria 5 1 1 3 6 15 −9 20.00
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
 Croatia 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 50.00
 Cyprus 5 1 1 3 5 7 −2 20.00
 Denmark 3 0 1 2 4 10 −6 00.00
 Egypt 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
 England 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 00.00
 Estonia 5 2 1 2 6 7 −1 40.00
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 100.000
 Finland 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 00.00
 France 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6 00.00
 Germany 5 0 0 5 2 12 −10 00.00
 Gibraltar 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 100.000
 Greece 7 0 1 6 5 14 −9 00.00
 Hungary 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 50.00
 Iceland 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 00.00
 Iran 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 00.00
 Israel 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 16.67
 Italy 8 0 1 7 2 14 −12 00.00
 Jordan 2 1 0 1 3 3 +0 50.00
 Kazakhstan 4 1 2 1 3 3 +0 25.00
 Latvia 7 2 2 3 9 10 −1 28.57
 Lebanon 2 0 0 2 4 7 −3 00.00
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
 Lithuania 7 3 1 3 9 6 +3 42.86
 Luxembourg 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 66.67
 Malta 8 5 2 1 11 5 +6 62.50
 Moldova 11 4 3 4 15 12 +3 36.36
 Montenegro 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 00.00
 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 00.00
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 00.00
 Northern Ireland 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 00.00
 Norway 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 00.00
 Paraguay 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
 Poland 5 1 0 4 4 13 −9 20.00
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 00.00
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
 Republic of Ireland 8 0 0 8 4 16 −12 00.00
 Romania 7 0 2 5 4 19 −15 00.00
 Russia 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 33.33
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
 Scotland 4 2 0 2 4 3 +1 50.00
 Slovakia 2 1 0 1 3 3 +0 50.00
 Slovenia 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 25.00
 South Africa 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.000
 Spain 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 33.33
  Switzerland 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 00.00
 Tunisia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 50.00
 Turkey 5 1 1 3 5 12 −7 20.00
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
 Ukraine 9 0 3 6 6 16 −10 00.00
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
 Uzbekistan 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 00.00
 Wales 4 3 1 0 9 2 +7 75.00
Total: 59 countries 211 60 42 109 233 315 −82 28.44

Kits[edit]

Georgia's kit are currently supplied by German brand Adidas. They replaced German company Jako who supplied Georgia's kits between 2008 and 2013.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1992–1999
Italy Lotto 2000–2003
Germany Puma 2004–2005
Italy Diadora 2006–2007
Germany Jako 2008–2013
Germany Adidas 2014–present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgian Football Federation". UEFA. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Spain fall to Georgia in final friendly ahead of Euro 2016". ESPN FC. 7 Jun 2016. Retrieved 8 Jun 2016. 
  4. ^ "Georgia international footballers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Georgia national football team goal scorers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Georgia national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Georgia - International Results". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 

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