Georgia national football team

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Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)ჯვაროსნები
jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
AssociationGeorgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVladimír Weiss
CaptainJaba Kankava
Most capsLevan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorerShota Arveladze (26)
Home stadiumBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
FIFA codeGEO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current92 Increase 1 (25 October 2018)[1]
Highest42 (September 1998)
Lowest156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current71 Increase 14 (17 November 2018)[2]
Highest49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest108 (late 2009)
First international
Georgia (country) Georgia 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 27 May 1990)
Biggest win
Georgia (country) Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 30 March 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 5–0 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Bucharest, Romania; 24 April 1996)
 Denmark 6–1 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 September 2005)

The Georgia national football team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საფეხბურთო ნაკრები, translit.: sakartvelos erovnuli sapekhburto nak'rebi) 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 27 May 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 9 April 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,[3] enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova[4] 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 6 November 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 14 November 2014, having previously stated he would do so before the match regardless of the result.

In June 2016, Georgia beat the reigning European champions Spain 1–0 in their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly.[5]

In 2018, they were the first team to earn promotion in the new UEFA Nations League. They scored the event's first goal in a UEFA Nations League D game in Kazakhstan before beating Latvia twice and Andorra, with 2 games still to spare.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 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 10 0 5 5 8 14 5/6
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/9 56 9 16 31 51 89

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
France 1960 to Sweden 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 0/7 60 16 8 36 63 89

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D matches against Andorra on 15 November and Kazakhstan on 19 November 2018.
Caps and goals as of 16 November 2018 after the match against Latvia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 32) 47 0 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
1GK Roin Kvaskhvadze (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 29) 8 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
1GK Lazare Kupatadze (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi

2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 31) 69 2 United States San Jose Earthquakes
2DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 32) 35 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 26) 32 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 23) 22 0 Switzerland Luzern
2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 25) 15 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
2DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 23) 11 1 Poland Pogoń Szczecin
2DF Jemal Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Russia Ufa

3MF Jaba Kankava (captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 32) 77 9 Kazakhstan Tobol
3MF Valeri Qazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 25) 38 10 United States San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Giorgi Merebashvili (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 32) 30 1 Poland Wisła Płock
3MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 26) 20 0 Kazakhstan Tobol
3MF Valerian Gvilia (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 24) 18 2 Switzerland Luzern
3MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 23) 11 0 Spain Lugo
3MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Austria Sturm Graz
3MF Giorgi Chakvetadze (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 19) 6 4 Belgium Gent
3MF Vakhtang Chanturishvili (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava
3MF Giorgi Kharaishvili (1996-07-29) 29 July 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Sweden Göteborg
3MF Luka Zarandia (1996-02-17) 17 February 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Poland Arka Gdynia

4FW Nika Kacharava (1994-01-13) 13 January 1994 (age 24) 15 1 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
4FW Bachana Arabuli (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Hungary Puskás Akadémia

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 Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 28) 13 0 Portugal Rio Ave v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
GK Zauri Makharadze (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018

DF Lasha Shergelashvili (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 26) 7 0 Latvia RFS v.  Latvia, 9 September 2018
DF Levan Gegetchkori (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
DF Levan Kharabadze (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018

MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 26) 40 6 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 26) 34 9 Russia Krasnodar v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
MF Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 25) 15 2 Russia Ural Yekaterinburg v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
MF Jaba Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 26) 13 0 France Grenoble v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 23) 9 1 Spain Zaragoza v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
MF Giorgi Arabidze (1998-03-04) 4 March 1998 (age 20) 4 3 Portugal Nacional v.  Kazakhstan, 6 September 2018
MF Saba Lobzhanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 23) 5 1 Denmark Randers v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
MF Giorgi Beridze (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Hungary Újpest v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
MF Beka Vachiberadze (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Latvia RFS v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018

FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 28) 31 2 Italy Empoli v.  Latvia, 16 October 2018
FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 25) 14 4 Belgium Gent v.  Kazakhstan, 6 September 2018
FW Vladimir Dvalishvili (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 32) 44 6 Georgia (country) Saburtalo Tbilisi v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
FW Budu Zivzivadze (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Luxembourg, 5 June 2018
  • 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 16 October 2018 (players in bold are still available for selection):[6][7]

Managers[edit]

As of 16 October 2018[8]

Manager Georgia career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Georgia (country) Givi Nodia 1990 1 0 1 0 000.00
Georgia (country) Giga Norakidze 1991–1992 4 2 0 2 050.00
Georgia (country) Aleksandre Chivadze 1993–1996 24 9 1 14 037.50
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev (caretaker) 1996 2 0 0 2 000.00
Georgia (country) David Kipiani 1997 7 4 1 2 057.14
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev 1998 5 3 2 0 060.00
Georgia (country) Gigla Imnadze (caretaker) 1998 1 0 0 1 000.00
Georgia (country) Vladimir Gutsaev 1998–1999 8 2 1 5 025.00
Netherlands Johan Boskamp 1999 5 0 1 4 000.00
Georgia (country) David Kipiani / Revaz Dzodzuashvili 2000–2001 16 5 5 6 031.25
Georgia (country) Aleksandre Chivadze 2001–2003 11 4 3 4 036.36
Croatia Ivo Šušak 2003 2 1 0 1 050.00
Georgia (country) Merab Jordania 2003 3 1 0 2 033.33
Georgia (country) Gocha Tkebuchava (caretaker) 2004 3 0 0 3 000.00
France Alain Giresse 2004–2005 10 2 2 6 020.00
Georgia (country) Gaioz Darsadze (caretaker) 2005 7 2 2 3 028.57
Germany Klaus Toppmöller 2006–2008 24 7 4 13 029.17
Croatia Petar Segrt (caretaker) 2008 2 0 1 1 000.00
Argentina Héctor Cúper 2008–2009 16 1 4 11 006.25
Georgia (country) Temur Ketsbaia 2010–2014 40 13 9 18 032.50
Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze 2014–2016 10 3 1 6 030.00
Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 2016– 28 11 8 9 039.29

Notable results[edit]

Date Team Result Team
16 November 1994  Georgia 5–0  Wales
7 June 1995  Wales 0–1  Georgia
11 October 1995  Georgia 2–1  Bulgaria
10 September 1997  Georgia 0–0  Italy
11 October 1997  Georgia 3–0  Poland
1 September 2001  Georgia 3–1  Hungary
27 March 2002  Georgia 4–1  South Africa
30 April 2003  Georgia 1–0  Russia
15 November 2006  Georgia 2–0  Uruguay
7 February 2007  Georgia 1–0  Turkey
17 October 2007  Georgia 2–0  Scotland
20 August 2008  Wales 1–2  Georgia
26 March 2011  Georgia 1–0  Croatia
6 September 2013  Georgia 0–0  France
4 September 2015  Georgia 1–0  Scotland
7 June 2016  Spain 0–1  Georgia

Record by opponents[edit]

As of 16 November 2018[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Georgian Football Federation". UEFA. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Spain fall to Georgia in final friendly ahead of Euro 2016". ESPN FC. 7 Jun 2016. Retrieved 8 Jun 2016.
  6. ^ "Georgia international footballers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Georgia national football team goal scorers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Georgia national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Georgia - International Results". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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