Malkhaz Asatiani

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Malkhaz Asatiani
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Personal information
Full name Malkhaz Asatiani
Date of birth (1981-08-04) 4 August 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1997–1999 Torpedo Kutaisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Torpedo Kutaisi 76 (15)
2003–2010 Lokomotiv Moscow 125 (6)
2008–2009 Dynamo Kyiv (loan) 11 (0)
National team
1997–2003 Georgia U21 18 (2)
2001–2010 Georgia 42 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2008

Malkhaz Asatiani (Georgian: მალხაზ ასათიანი; born 4 August 1981 in Kutaisi) is a retired Georgian football defender who last recently played for Lokomotiv Moscow. He started as an attacking midfielder but his displays at the back earned him a solid reputation as a central defender. Mostly playing as center-back at his club, Asatiani is often used as a playmaker for the national team.[citation needed] His passing, technical skills and eye for decisive goals make him an extremely versatile player.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

His club career started in Torpedo Kutaisi. During his stay of three and a half years the team won the Georgian league title three years in a row. He then earned a transfer to Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. He plays mostly as a defender at the club and mostly as a midfielder in the national team.

On 3 December. Asatiani told the Russian newspaper, Sport-Express, that he will be leaving Lokomotiv in the end of 2010 on a free transfer. On 21 December such departure was made official.

In August 2008, Asatiani was bought on a half year loan by Dynamo Kyiv.

National[edit]

For the National Team, Malkhaz has played 18 international matches and scored 4 goals since his debut in 2001. One of the goals came against rivals Russia in a Euro 2004 qualifying match, something for which Asatiani received praise. He also scored important goals in the 2006 World Cup qualifying phase.

Statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Eurocups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Torpedo Kutaisi 1999/2000 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
2000/2001 23 5 0 0 0 0 23 5
2001/2002 25 1 0 0 0 0 25 1
2002/2003 15 6 0 0 0 0 15 6
Total 76 15 0 0 0 0 76 15
Lokomotiv Moscow 2003 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
2004 19 1 1 0 2 0 22 1
2005 28 3 2 1 12 2 42 6
2006 14 0 2 0 1 0 17 0
2007 14 1 0 0 5 0 19 1
2008 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 89 6 6 1 20 2 115 9
FC Dinamo Kiev 2008/2009 5 0 2 1 5 0 12 1
Total 5 0 2 1 5 0 12 1
Lokomotiv Moscow 2009 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2010 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Career total 195 21 8 2 25 2 228 24

Honours[edit]

Torpedo Kutaisi[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

External links[edit]

Malkhaz Asatiani at National-Football-Teams.com