Shota Arveladze

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Shota Arveladze
შოთა არველაძე
Shota Arveladze.jpg
Arveladze in 2012
Personal information
Full name Shota Arveladze
Date of birth (1973-02-22) 22 February 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1987–1990 Dinamo Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Martve Tbilisi 30 (33)
1991–1994 Dinamo Tbilisi 67 (51)
1993–1994 Trabzonspor (loan) 18 (15)
1995–1997 Trabzonspor 76 (46)
1997–2001 Ajax 96 (55)
2001–2005 Rangers 95 (44)
2005–2007 AZ 60 (36)
2007–2008 Levante 4 (0)
Total 426 (258)
National team
1992–2007 Georgia 61 (26)
Teams managed
2008–2010 AZ (assistant)
2010–2012 Kayserispor
2012–2015 Kasımpaşa
2015 Trabzonspor
2016–2017 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2017– Pakhtakor Tashkent
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Shota Arveladze (Georgian: შოთა არველაძე; born 22 February 1973) is a Georgian former professional footballer and current manager of Pakhtakor Tashkent.

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ and Levante.

He is Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 291 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals in his 61 games for the national team.[1]

His 27 goals scored in the UEFA Cup competition ranks him 5th in the tournament's history.[2] He has the best strike record of independent Georgian Football. He was nominated as the best player of Georgia as well as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league survey.

Club career[edit]

Tbilisi and Trabzonspor[edit]

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, and Ajax, and finished at least one season as the top goal scorer at all three. In 1993, he scored an effective first Euro Tournament goal in the history of independent Georgian Football in the match against Linfield, Northern Ireland. When he led Trabzonspor in goals in 1995–96, he also led the Süper Lig, making him the second non-Turk to date to lead that league in goals after Tarik Hodžić 1983–84. He is recorded as "most loved foreign player" for Trabzonspor supporters.[citation needed]

Ajax Amsterdam[edit]

In summer 1997, Arveladze signed for Ajax Amsterdam.[3] Later, Shota declared that he was so nervous during his first training session, that he even forgot to take football boots with him.[3] He became a close friend to Ronald de Boer during his spell in Amsterdam.[3] His first game at Amsterdam Arena is a special day for the Georgian player. On August 15, 1997, Ajax Amsterdam faced Brazilian side Grêmio in a friendly game. Shota scored a goal, while his wife Tamuna gave birth to their first child, Giorgi hours before the game.[3]

Arveladze made a debut for Ajax against Vitesse Arnhem, where he replaced Gerald Sibon and scored the fourth goal for the club.[4] During his first season, Shota scored three hat-tricks in Eredivisie and total 25 goals in 31 appearances. The manager of the Amsterdam-based club Morten Olsen was very pleased with the performance of the young striker.[5] Shota was a key figure for the club during 1997–98 UEFA Cup as well. He scored 7 goals in 8 games for the club, including hat-trick against NK Maribor.[5] Ajax were eliminated in quarter-finals, against Spartak Moscow. Arveladze scored the club's single goal in a tie.[6] During his first season, Shota faced twice NAC Breda, where his twin brother Archil played. This remains as one of the most memorable facts in Shota's career.[5]

In summer 1998, Ajax signed Arveladze's close friend Giorgi Kinkladze from Manchester City for £5 million.[7] They had been friends since their childhood and that looked like a dream move for both.[5] However, Kinkladze's spell at Ajax proved unsuccessful.[8]

Rangers[edit]

Arveladze joined Rangers from Ajax for £3m in 2001.[9] He agreed a four-year deal with the club. It was obvious that the Georgian would face a fierce competitions for the starting place in the Rangers' strikeforce from the players like Tore Andre Flo, Claudio Caniggia, Michael Mols, Kenny Miller, Billy Dodds, Ronald de Boer and Russell Latapy.

During the first season with Glasgow-based club, Arveladze scored 17 goals overall, including 11 in Scottish Premier League. He only managed to take part in 30 games, after being injured in February in the quarterfinal of Scottish Cup against Forfar Athletic.[10] However, Shota scored six goals for his club, which managed to win the title.[11] Arveladze played in the final, replacing Claudio Caniggia. This was his first title with the Scottish club.[12]

The following season was the most successful in the career of the Georgian player. Rangers won treble. In March 2003, Rangers defeated their arch-rivals Celtic in League Cup Final.[13] Later in Scottish Cup Final, Rangers won another title, after they managed to defeat Dundee with a goal from Lorenzo Amoruso.[14] Arveladze's two compatriots, Giorgi Nemsadze and Zurab Khizanishvili also took part in this game. The latter joined Arveladze at Rangers during that summer.[15]

In May 2005, Arveladze declared that he will leave the club after the end of the season, in which he managed to scored 9 goals. He confirmed receiving offers from the various clubs throughout Europe, including the teams from England, Germany, Holland and Turkey.[16]

During his time at Rangers, Arveladze had a nickname Mr. Bean, because of his facial likeness to Rowan Atkinson.[17]

During a legal case in 2015, Arveladze's agent claimed that the true transfer fee had been 12 million Euro, the equivalent of £8.5 million at the time.[18] Arveladze scored the 300th goal in the SPL and was part of Rangers squads that won the domestic treble in 2002–03 and a double in 2004–05.

AZ[edit]

He departed Rangers for Dutch side AZ on a free transfer before the start of 2005–06 season, signing a two-year deal with the club.[19][20]

Under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, Shota became the key figure of the club.[21] He scored 22 goals in Eredivisie, becoming the second best top-scorer of the tournament after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scored 33 goals during the season. Alkmaar participated in UEFA Cup this time as well. In 6 game for the club, Arveladze made 2 assists and scored 2 goals, one of them against Real Betis.[22] At the end of the season, AZ Alkmaar and Arveladze agreed a contract extension to keep the Georgian international striker at the Dutch club until the summer of 2008.[23]

During the second and the final season with the club, Arveladze was appointed as the new captain of the club.[24] He was offered the armband after Denny Landzaat and Joris Mathijsen left for Wigan Athletic and Hamburger SV respectively.[24] The Georgian was praised by Louis van Gaal, under whose guidance Shota played at Ajax Amsterdam as well. Van Gaal compared Arveladze to Danny Blind and Frank Rijkaard in terms of personality, calling him the top professional in the squad.[24]

He scored 23 goals, accumulating total 48 goals for AZ in 89 competitive appearances. The Georgian striker scored 7 goals in UEFA Cup as well, two of them in Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in a 2-1 away win against Sevilla.[25]

Levante[edit]

In July 2007, Arveladze passed a medical and agreed a one-year contract with the Spanish club Levante.[26]

Unfortunately he injured during the summer training session of the club and missed nearly ten months.[27] He got injured in July and when underwent surgery in Amsterdam.[28] The Georgian returned and made a debut against Villarreal in March, replacing Juanma.[29] He managed to take part in other 3 games until the end of the season.

In April, Levante confirmed that Arveladze would retire at the end of the season.[30] The last game of his career Shota played at Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid, in which Los Blancos won 5-2.[31] He replaced Laurent Courtois.

International career[edit]

Shota Arveladze was a regular in the Georgian national team[32] and is its all-time leading scorer with 26 goals in his 61 games.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Quick feet and decision-making, an eye for goal, great technique and leadership were among his qualities.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football as a player, Arveladze was appointed as assistant manager of AZ under head coach and former Ajax coach Louis van Gaal in July 2008. He maintained this position in the 2009–10 season under Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat. For the 2010–11 season, Arveladze served as manager of Turkish side Kayserispor.[33][34] From 2012 to 2015, Arveladze managed Istanbul-based Kasımpaşa SK.

Trabzonspor[edit]

On 3 July 2015, Arveladze was named manager of Turkish side Trabzonspor. Arveladze resigned on November 2015 after back to back poor results with the team.

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

In June 2016 Arveladze was announced as the new head coach of Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.. Around the middle of the season, Arveladze was fired due to series of poor results on his side.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Tbilisi
Trabzonspor
Ajax
Rangers

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[36][37]

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Tbilisi 1990–91 7 3 - - - - 7 3
1991–92 30 22 - - - - 30 22
1992–93 23 18 - - - - 23 18
1993–94 7 8 - - 2 1 9 9
1994–95 8 11 - - - - 8 11
Total 75 62 0 0 2 1 77 63
Trabzonspor 1993–94 18 15 4 4 - - 22 19
1994–95 17 12 6 6 - - 23 18
1995–96 34 25 3 2 4 1 41 28
1996–97 27 9 6 3 4 4 37 16
Total 96 61 19 15 8 5 123 81
Ajax 1997–98 31 25 5 5 8 7 44 37
1998–99 19 7 3 1 3 0 25 8
1999–2000 17 5 1 0 2 1 20 6
2000–01 27 18 1 0 3 2 31 20
2001–02 2 0 - - 2 1 4 1
Total 96 55 10 6 18 11 124 72
Rangers 2001–02 22 11 8 6 - - 30 17
2002–03 30 15 8 1 2 0 40 16
2003–04 19 12 4 2 6 1 29 15
2004–05 24 6 2 1 7 2 33 9
Total 95 44 22 10 15 3 132 57
AZ 2005–06 31 22 5 1 6 2 42 25
2006–07 29 14 7 2 11 7 47 23
Total 60 36 12 3 17 9 89 48
Levante 2007–08 4 0 - - - - 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career totals 426 258 63 34 60 29 549 321

International[edit]

[37]

Georgia national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 2 1
1994 6 3
1995 6 2
1996 5 0
1997 6 5
1998 5 0
1999 3 3
2000 3 0
2001 6 1
2002 2 1
2003 4 3
2004 4 0
2005 3 1
2006 5 5
2007 1 1
Total 61 26

International goals[edit]

[37]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 September 1992 David Kipiani Stadium, Gurjaani  Azerbaijan 4–1 6–3 Friendly
2. 19 July 1992 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Malta 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3. 16 November 1994 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Wales 5–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
4. 16 November 1994 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
5. 26 April 1995 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Albania 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
6. 11 October 1995 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Bulgaria 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier
7. 30 March 1997 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Armenia 1–0 7–0 Friendly
8. 3–0
9. 6–0
10. 7 June 1997 Central Stadium, Batumi  Moldova 1–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11. 14 June 1997 Stadion GKS Katowice, Katowice  Poland 1–0 1–4 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
12. 4 September 1999 Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana  Slovenia 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
13. 8 September 1999 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Latvia 1–0 2–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
14. 8 September 1999 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier
15. 1 September 2001 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Hungary 1–0 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
16. 8 September 2002 St. Jakob Park, Basel   Switzerland 1–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
17. 6 September 2003 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi  Albania 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
18. 3–0
19. 11 September 2003 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier
20. 27 May 2005 Sportzentrum, Altenkirchen  New Zealand 1–2 1–3 Friendly
21. 18 August 2006 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 3–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
22. 5–0
23. 6–0
24. 6 September 2006 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev  Ukraine 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier
25. 16 November 2006 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Jordan 3–2 3–2 Friendly
26. 29 March 2007 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 April 2017[38]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Kayserispor 29 June 2010 3 October 2012 86 33 16 37 109 117 −8 038.37
Kasımpaşa 8 October 2012 13 March 2015 91 33 28 30 144 126 +18 036.26
Trabzonspor 3 July 2015 11 November 2015 15 6 3 6 18 18 +0 040.00
Maccabi Tel Aviv 16 June 2016 4 January 2017 30 16 7 7 52 33 +19 053.33
Career totals 222 88 54 80 323 294 +29 039.64

Personal life[edit]

Arveladze played football on a high level well into his thirties despite having to deal with chronic asthma his entire career.

His brothers Archil and Revaz also played International football. His son Giorgi Arveladze is also a footballer.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Georgian Cup, Turkish Cup, KNVB Cup, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Copa del Rey

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bibileishvili, Tiko (2008-06-09) Arveladze Quits Football. The Georgian Times. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ Shota's Biography (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c d Arveladze, Shota (2012). Yesterday (My Autobiography) (1st ed.). Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ajax 5-0 Vitesse (Match Report)". worldfootball.net. 19 August 1997. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Arveladze, Shota (2012). Yesterday (My Autobiography) (1st ed.). Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ajax 1-3 Spartak Moscow (Match Report)". worldfootball.net. 3 March 1998. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  7. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City – The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books Publishing. pp. 224–5. ISBN 1-85983-512-0. 
  8. ^ Smith, Dave (5 December 1999). "Kinky: Jim saved me from Ajax agony". The Sunday Mirror. 
  9. ^ "Arveladze ready for Ibrox fight". BBC.co.uk. 29 August 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Arveladze out with ankle injury". UEFA.com. 28 February 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Scottish Cup Final: Celtic undone by Lovenkrands". The Telegraph. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lovenkrands gets just reward with last-minute winner". The Guardian. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "CIS Cup Final: Hartson makes Rangers' day". The Telegraph. 17 March 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Scottish Cup Final: Amoruso adds to his worth". The Telegraph. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Rangers capture Khizanishvili". UEFA.com. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Arveladze's goodbye to Glasgow". UEFA.com. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Arveladze ends Old Firm agony for Rangers". The Guardian. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  18. ^ Walker, Mark (13 May 2015). "Former Rangers striker's agent claims club paid four times publicised fee". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 
  19. ^ "Arveladze Joins Alkmaar". SPFL.com. 8 June 2005. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Alkmaar secure Arveladze's services". UEFA.com. 7 June 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Alkmaar enjoy the high life". UEFA.com. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Alkmaar - Real Betis (Match Report)". UEFA.com. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "Arveladze committed to AZ cause". UEFA.com. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  24. ^ a b c "Forward march for Arveladze". UEFA.com. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  25. ^ "Arveladze steals Sevilla's thunder". UEFA.com. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "Arveladze accepts Levante chance". UEFA.com. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  27. ^ "Arveladze: "Me volví a sentir futbolista"". Marca.com. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  28. ^ "Amsterdam trip for injured Arveladze". UEFA.com. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  29. ^ "Levante - Villarreal (Match Report)". BDFutbol.com. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  30. ^ "Levante: Arveladze se retirará en mayo". ESPN.com. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "Real Madrid - Levante (Match Report)". BDFutbol.com. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  32. ^ Arveladze bids farewell to the national team of Georgia (in Spanish)
  33. ^ "Arveladze gaat als trainer aan de slag bij Kayserispor" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  34. ^ "Kayserispor Transfer 2010-2011 Dosyası" (in Turkish). Kayserispor. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  35. ^ mali.cetinkaya@gmail.com, Mehmet Ali Çetinkaya //. "Beşiktaş 0-2 Trabzonspor 27 Mayıs 1995 1994-1995 Sezonu Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kupası Final Maçı Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadyumu, Ankara, Türkiye". 
  36. ^ "Shota Arveladze Career statistics". mackolik.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  37. ^ a b c "Shota Arveladze". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  38. ^ "Shota Arveladze's Managerial statistics". mackolik.com. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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