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 Kakhaber Tskhadadze
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 122 Decrease 11 (3 December 2015)
Highest 42 (September 1998)
Lowest 156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 92 (9 September 2015)
Highest 49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest 108 (late 2009)
First international
 Georgia 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 96 onwards, but have not yet achieved qualification. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Stadium 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 in Boris Paichadze 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 96. 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 Kazakhstan away 1-2 and Albania 2-0 at home. They finished sixth (second bottom) with ten points in Group 2.

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

Hector Cuper 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 Temuri 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.

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]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pts
goal
place
England 1996 Did Not Qualify Group 7 15 14 - 13 3
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group 2 5 8 - 18 6
Portugal 2004 Group 10 7 8 - 14 5
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group B 10 16 - 19 6
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group F 10 7 - 9 5
France 2016 Group D 9 10 - 16 5
European Union 2020 To Be Determined

Manager History[edit]

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2 Sep '17 12 Nov '16 9 Oct '17 5 Sep '16 9 Oct '16
1  Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible second round[a] 6 Oct '16 6 Oct '17 12 Nov '16 24 Mar '17 5 Sep '17
1  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Jun '17 9 Oct '16 5 Sep '16 2 Sep '17 9 Oct '17
1  Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 Mar '17 11 Jun '17 5 Sep '17 6 Oct '17 6 Oct '16
1  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '17 9 Oct '17 6 Oct '16 9 Oct '16 11 Jun '17
1  Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Oct '17 5 Sep '16 24 Mar '17 2 Sep '17 12 Nov '16
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 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]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the Friendly matches against Estonia on November 11 and Albania on November 16, 2015.
Caps and goals as of 16 November 2015 after the match against Albania.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 30) 34 0 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
1GK Roini Kvaskhvadze (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 28) 29 0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi
1GK Giorgi Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Portugal Feirense
2DF Ucha Lobjanidze (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 28) 46 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
2DF Aleksandr Amisulashvili (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 33) 45 4 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 28) 43 1 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 26) 23 0 Cyprus Pafos
2DF Giorgi Popkhadze (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 29) 12 0 Albania Flamurtari Vlorë
2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 24) 11 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
2DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 29) 11 0 Russia SKA-Energiya
2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Jaba Kankava (Captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 29) 60 7 France Reims
3MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 29) 29 3 Ukraine Volyn Lutsk
3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 28 0 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv
3MF Levan Kenia (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 25) 27 3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
3MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 24) 26 5 Turkey Eskişehirspor
3MF Valeri Kazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 23) 13 3 Netherlands Vitesse
3MF Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 22) 10 2 Germany MSV Duisburg
3MF Mate Tsintsadze (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Lucas Hufnagel (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Germany SC Freiburg
3MF Zakaria Beglarishvili (1990-04-30) 30 April 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Estonia FC Flora
4FW Nikoloz Gelashvili (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 30) 31 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Mate Vatsadze (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 27) 12 4 Denmark AGF
4FW Bachana Tskhadadze (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 28) 8 0 Albania Flamurtari Vlorë

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 Mikheil Alavidze (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi v.  Germany, 29 March 2015
DF Zurab Khizanishvili (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 34) 92 1 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  Germany, 11 October 2015
DF Gio Gvelesiani (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Scotland, 4 September 2015
DF Lasha Salukvadze (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981 (age 34) 38 1 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Poland, 13 June 2015
DF Kakhaber Aladashvili (1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 32) 8 0 Russia SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk v.  Poland, 13 June 2015
DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Poland, 13 June 2015
DF Lasha Totadze (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Poland, 13 June 2015
DF Levan Kakubava (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Georgia (country) Tskhinvali v.  Germany, 29 March 2015
MF Giorgi Merebashvili (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 29) 18 0 Greece Levadiakos v.  Germany, 11 October 2015
MF Nika Dzalamidze (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor v.  Germany, 11 October 2015
MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  Germany, 11 October 2015
MF Guga Palavandishvili (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Germany, 11 October 2015
MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Germany Werder Bremen II v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015
MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 23) 30 3 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Scotland, 4 September 2015
MF Kakhi Makharadze (1987-10-20) 20 October 1987 (age 28) 4 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Poland, 13 June 2015
MF Gogita Gogua (1983-10-04) 4 October 1983 (age 32) 27 1 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Ukraine, 9 June 2015 PRE
FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 25) 25 2 Italy Empoli v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Statistic[edit]

Georgia vs opponent[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgian Football Federation". UEFA. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Georgia – International Results". eu-football.info. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 

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