Giorgi Gakhokidze

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Giorgi Gakhokidze
Personal information
Full name Giorgi Gakhokidze
Date of birth (1975-11-05) 5 November 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Metalurgi Rustavi 33 (0)
1995–1996 Dinamo Tbilisi 0 (0)
1996–1997 Kolkheti 1913 Poti 10 (2)
1997–1998 Alania Vladikavkaz 43 (8)
1998–2003 PSV 42 (4)
1999–2000 Maccabi Haifa (loan) 32 (1)
2003–2006 Twente 47 (3)
2004–2005 Metalurh Donetsk (loan) 2 (0)
Total 209 (18)
National team
1996–2006 Georgia 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 March 2010

Giorgi Gakhokidze (Georgian: გიორგი გახოკიძე; born 5 November 1975 in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR) is a former Georgian footballer. He played for clubs like PSV Eindhoven, Maccabi Haifa, FC Twente and Metalurh Donetsk. Between 1996 and 2006 he was also a member of the Georgian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his career at Metalurgi Rustavi before moving to Georgian top club FC Dinamo Tbilisi, but did not play any matches and moved to FC Kolkheti-1913 Poti and later to Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz, to play in the Russian league. Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven showed interest in the player and brought him into the Netherlands. In his first season, he was unable to gain himself a spot in the first team and was sent on a loan deal with Maccabi Haifa F.C. where he developed himself into a better player.

Breakthrough and downfall[edit]

Back at PSV he still struggled to play a decent amount of matches, but in the 2001-02 season things changed. Gakhokidze played in 25 of PSV's 34 matches that season. However, mainly due to injuries he only got a total of eight matches in the following season. Recovered from the injuries he moved to FC Twente and had a good season with a lot of match rhythm and some goals as well.

Gakhokidze felt the need to return to the eastern part of Europe and switched to Ukraine based Metalurg Donetsk. At this team however he only came to a total of two matches, while at his following team FC Krylya Sovetov Samara he did not play at all. His former team FC Twente decided to contract him again, but injuries forced him to set back most of the time and he only came to 19 appearances from 2005 to the end of 2006. On 29 December 2006 Gakhokidze decided to terminate his contract and end his career at the age of 31.

International career[edit]

Besides his club appearances Gakhokidze also played in 21 matches for the Georgian national team, and scored 3 goals.

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1993/94 Georgia (country) Metalurgi Rustavi Umaglesi Liga 26 0
1994/95 Georgia (country) Metalurgi Rustavi Umaglesi Liga 7 0
1995/96 Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi Umaglesi Liga 0 0
1996/97 Georgia (country) FC Kolkheti-1913 Poti Umaglesi Liga 10 2
1997 Russia Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz Russian Premier League 29 7
1998 Russia Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz Russian Premier League 14 1
1998/99 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 4 1
1999/00 Israel Maccabi Haifa F.C. Israeli Premier League 32 1
2000/01 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 5 0
2001/02 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 25 2
2002/03 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 8 1
2003/04 Netherlands FC Twente Eredivisie 28 3
2004/05 Ukraine FC Metalurh Donetsk Vyscha Liha 2 0
2004/05 Netherlands FC Twente Eredivisie 2 0
2005/06 Netherlands FC Twente Eredivisie 15 0
2006/07 Netherlands FC Twente Eredivisie 2 0
Total 209 18

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