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
FIFA ranking 153 Decrease 14 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 42 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 101 (14 June 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest Elo ranking 108 (late 2009)
First colours
Second colours
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 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]

Finals record
Qualification record
Year
Result
Group
Pts
goal
place
France 1998 Did Not Qualify Group 2 10 7 - 9 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Group 8 10 12 - 12 3
Germany 2006 Group 2 10 14 - 25 6
South Africa 2010 Group 8 3 7 - 19 6
Brazil 2014 Group I 5 3 - 10 4
Russia 2018 Group D
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined

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
European Union 2020 To Be Determined

Manager History[edit]

2016 UEFA European Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Poland Germany Scotland Republic of Ireland Georgia (country) Gibraltar
1  Poland 6 4 2 0 20 3 +17 14 Advance to final tournament 2–0 2–2 11 Oct 4–0 7 Sep
2  Germany 6 4 1 1 16 4 +12 13 4 Sep 2–1 1–1 11 Oct 4–0
3  Scotland 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 11 Final tournament or play-offs 8 Oct 7 Sep 1–0 1–0 6–1
4  Republic of Ireland 6 2 3 1 12 5 +7 9 1–1 8 Oct 1–1 7 Sep 7–0
5  Georgia 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3 0–4 0–2 4 Sep 1–2 8 Oct
6  Gibraltar (Y) 6 0 0 6 1 34 −33 0 0–7 0–7 11 Oct 4 Sep 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Y) Cannot qualify directly as one of the top two teams, but may still qualify as third-placed team.

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
2  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
3  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Jun '17 9 Oct '16 5 Sep '16 2 Sep '17 9 Oct '17
4  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
5  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '17 9 Oct '17 6 Oct '16 9 Oct '16 11 Jun '17
6  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]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the friendly match against Ukraine on 9 June 2015, and the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Poland on 13 June 2015.
Caps and goals as of 13 June 2015 after the match against Poland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 29) 33 0 Greece Olympiacos
1GK Nukri Revishvili (1987-03-02) 2 March 1987 (age 28) 25 0 Russia Mordovia Saransk
1GK Roin Kvaskhvadze (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Cyprus Pafos
2DF Ucha Lobjanidze (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 28) 42 0 Cyprus Omonia
2DF Aleksandr Amisulashvili (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 33) 39 3 Turkey Karşıyaka
2DF Lasha Salukvadze (1981-12-21) 21 December 1981 (age 33) 38 1 Georgia (country) Dila Gori
2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 28) 37 1 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 23) 8 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
2DF Kakha Aladashvili (1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 32) 8 0 Russia SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk
2DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 29) 6 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori
2DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 20) 3 0 England Reading
3MF Jaba Kankava (Captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 29) 54 6 France Reims
3MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 22) 29 3 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Gogita Gogua (1983-10-04) 4 October 1983 (age 31) 27 1 Unattached
3MF Levan Kenia (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 24) 26 3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
3MF Aleksandre Kobakhidze (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 28) 26 3 Ukraine Volyn Lutsk
3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 25 0 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv
3MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 23) 22 4 Belgium Genk
3MF Valeri Kazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 22) 7 1 Netherlands Vitesse
3MF Kakhi Makharadze (1987-10-20) 20 October 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
4FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 25) 25 2 Italy Empoli
4FW Mate Vatsadze (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 26) 8 2 Denmark Aarhus
4FW Giorgi Chanturia (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 22) 8 1 Unattached
4FW Bachana Tskhadadze (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 27) 5 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 27) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi v.  Germany, 29 March 2015
GK Omar Migineishvili (1984-09-02) 2 September 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Georgia (country) Tskhinvali v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
DF Levan Kakubava (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Georgia (country) Tskhinvali v.  Germany, 29 March 2015
DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 26) 20 0 Cyprus Pafos v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
DF Akaki Khubutia (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 29) 20 0 Unattached v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
DF Davit Kvirkvelia (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 35) 59 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
DF Giorgi Rekhviashvili (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
DF Teimuraz Gongadze (1985-09-08) 8 September 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014 PRE
MF Nika Dzalamidze (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor v.  Germany, 29 March 2015
MF Mate Tsintsadze (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
MF Giorgi Papava (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
MF Giorgi Merebashvili (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 29) 17 0 Greece Veria v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Germany Werder Bremen II v.  Poland, 14 November 2014
MF Irakli Dzaria (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 26) 10 1 Georgia (country) Dila Gori v.  Poland, 14 November 2014 PRE
MF Levan Khmaladze (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 30) 12 0 Cyprus Pafos v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
MF Avtandil Ebralidze (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Portugal Gil Vicente v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014
MF David Targamadze (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 26) 20 2 Ukraine Oleksandriya v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014
MF Grigol Dolidze (1982-10-25) 25 October 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Georgia (country) Samtredia v.  Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2014
FW Nikoloz Gelashvili (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 30) 23 1 Cyprus Pafos v.  Poland, 14 November 2014 PRE
FW Vladimir Dvalishvili (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 29) 32 5 Denmark OB v.  Gibraltar, 14 October 2014

PRE Preliminary squad.

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.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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