Jaba Kankava

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Jaba Kankava
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Personal information
Full name Jaba Kankava
Date of birth (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reims
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Dinamo Tbilisi 14 (0)
2005 Alania Vladikavkaz 12 (0)
2005–2006 Arsenal Kyiv 24 (4)
2007–2015 Dnipro 91 (4)
2010–2012 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih (loan) 37 (2)
2015– Reims 47 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Georgia U17 3 (0)
2003–2004 Georgia U19 5 (0)
2004–2006 Georgia U21 8 (0)
2004– Georgia 63 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 May 2017

Jaba Kankava (Georgian: ჯაბა კანკავა) (born 18 March 1986) is a Georgian footballer. He currently plays in Midfield for Reims, having previously played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Alania Vladikavkaz,[1] Arsenal Kyiv and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Career[edit]

In 2004 Jaba Kankava Started his football career in Dinamo Tbilisi, where Gia Geguchadze was just appointed as head coach. He started to create a new club with youngsters, so Jaba became a main member of them. In his first year, Kankava won Georgian Cup, and played successfully on European League. He scored the winning goal against Slavia Prague and qualified Georgians most titled Club - Dinamo, on group stages of Uefa league. After a successful season in Dinamo, Jaba moved to Alanya Vladikavkaz and played 12 matches. In 2005, Kankava changed club and signed a contract with Arsenal Kyiv. He played 24 matches and scored 4 goals. in 2007, Jaba agreed to sign a 3-year contract with new club Dnipro. Newly arrived Kankava was among the starting squad from the first games but he was fouled and given a red card against Dynamo Kyiv because of a tough tackle, so he missed several games and was among the bench players. After spending 8 years in Dnipro, he played 91 matches and scored 4 goals. From 2015, Jaba is the member of Ligue 1 club - Reims.

International career[edit]

Kankava played 5 games in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying and 9 games in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying. He also played 2 friendlies i[2] 4 in 2006,[3] 2 in 2007[4] and 2 in 2008.

Kankava scored a goal against Croatia in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Georgia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 March 2006 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard  Malta 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 16 November 2007 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha  Qatar 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3. 3 June 2011 Stadion Poljud, Split  Croatia 1–0 1–2 Euro 2012 qualifier
4. 6 September 2011 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard  Malta 1–0 1–1 Euro 2012 qualifier
5. 14 October 2014 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé  Gibraltar 3–0 3–0 Euro 2016 qualifier
6. 25 March 2015 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Malta 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 12 October 2015 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig  Germany 1–1 2–1 Euro 2016 qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 25 May 2017
National team Season Apps Goals
Georgia 2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 8 1
2007 7 1
2008 2 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 7 2
2012 7 0
2013 6 0
2014 7 1
2015 8 2
2016 2 0
2017 1 0
Total 63 7

European[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

UEFA Europa League runner-up (1) 2014–15

Awards[edit]

On 20 March 2014, Kankava saved the life of FC Dynamo Kyiv captain, Oleh Husyev, after Husyev was dazed in a collision and his tongue blocked his airway.[5] On 12 April 2014 before Dnipro played Metalurh Zaporizhya at the Dnipro Arena, Kankava was awarded the Order of Merit for his actions in Dnipropetrovsk.[6]

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