Temur Ketsbaia

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Temuri Ketsbaia
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Ketsbaia as manager of Anorthosis in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-03-18) 18 March 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Gali, Georgia, Soviet Union
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens
Youth career
1986 Dinamo Sukhumi
1987 Dinamo Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Dinamo Tbilisi 104 (23)
1992–1994 Anorthosis 76 (36)
1994–1997 AEK Athens 84 (24)
1997–2000 Newcastle United 78 (8)
2000–2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 (3)
2001–2002 Dundee 22 (6)
2002–2006 Anorthosis 100 (39)
Total 488 (139)
National team
1990–2003 Georgia 52 (17)
Teams managed
2004–2009 Anorthosis
2009 Olympiacos
2009–2014 Georgia
2015–2016 APOEL
2016– AEK Athens

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Temuri "Temur" Ketsbaia (Georgian: თემურ ქეცბაია; born 18 March 1968) is a Georgian retired footballer and a current manager of Greek club AEK.

As a player he represented the Georgian national team and played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Anorthosis, AEK, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Dundee.

Playing career[edit]

After beginning his professional career in 1987 in his native Georgia with Dinamo Tblisi, Ketsbaia then played for Cypriot side Anorthosis, and Greek giants AEK Athens. He ran down his contract in the Greek capital and arrived at St James' Park and Newcastle United on a free transfer in 1997. Early in his career with The Magpies, Ketsbaia scored a goal in extra-time against Croatia Zagreb, ensuring a place for Newcastle United in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.[1]

In England, he is remembered for his celebration after scoring a last-minute winner against Bolton Wanderers in 1998, in which he took off his jersey and kicked the advertising hoardings. He stated that this was to relieve his frustration at being kept out of the Newcastle starting line-up.[2]

Although he was considrered something of a 'cult hero' by Newcastle fans, he was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2000, and also played for Dundee F.C., among others.

On 30 June 2007, Ketsbaia announced his retirement from professional football. His last match before retiring was held on 14 July.[3]

In May 2015, Ketsbaia played for Dundee F.C. versus Crystal Palace as part of Julian Speroni's Testimonial Match, along with former Dundee players Georgi Nemsadze, Juan Sara, Fabian Caballero and Beto Carranza.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

On 28 September 2008, he stated his interest for the vacant Newcastle manager position. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, he said: "I had a great opportunity to play at Newcastle as a player, so why not as a manager?" [5]

In the week before the match club directors had gone to the police complaining of financial irregularities being carried out by the club President who was forced to resign, despite support from Ketsbaia and club supporters.[6]

In April 2009, Ketsbaia stood down as coach of Anorthosis.[7] On 25 May 2009 the chairman of Olympiacos announced that Ketsbaia had been appointed the club's manager on a three-year deal, replacing Ernesto Valverde;[8] however, on 15 September 2009, Ketsbaia and Olympiacos parted company following early criticism from the club's supporters, despite Olympiakos not conceding a goal during his tenure.[9]

In November 2009 he was announced as manager of the Georgian national side, which he represented 49 times as a player. He claimed that while he could not promise a major tournament in the near future, the team would fight to reach one.[10]

In January 2015, Ketsbaia once again declared his interest in taking over the vacant manager job at Newcastle, after Alan Pardew moved on to Crystal Palace, however, John Carver was appointed in a temporary position instead.[11]

On 28 August 2015, Ketsbaia agreed terms with reigning Cypriot champions APOEL FC, signing a two-year contract with the club and replacing Domingos Paciência who was fired earlier at the same day.[12] On 21 April 2016, one day after APOEL's elimination in the Cypriot Cup semi-finals by Apollon Limassol, Ketsbaia's contract with APOEL was terminated,[13] although at that moment the team were four points clear at the top of the league with only four matches remaining.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 April 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/- Win %
Cyprus Anorthosis July 2004 May 2009 108 73 13 22 218 83 +135 67.59%
Greece Olympiacos May 2009 September 2009 6 5 1 0 9 0 +9 83.33%
 Georgia November 2009 November 2014 40 13 9 18 32 43 –11 32.5%
Cyprus APOEL 30 August 2015 21 April 2016 43 27 7 9 93 40 +53 62.79%
Total 197 118 30 49 352 166 +186 59.9%

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

FC Dinamo Tbilisi

AEK Athens F.C.

Anorthosis Famagusta FC

Manager[edit]

Anorthosis Famagusta FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ketsbaia secures prize at the last". The Independent. 28 August 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Spellman, Damian (1 June 2013). "Ketsbaia determined to be remembered for something other than his crazy celebration". Daily Mail. Press Association. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Ketsbaia announces retirement, Abkhazia Institute for Social and Economic Research. 30 June 2007.
  4. ^ [1], thecourier.co.uk. 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ Ketsbaia wants Newcastle job, Sunday Mirror 28 September 2008.
  6. ^ Embattled Anorthosis boss stands down, Cyprus Mail, 2 December 2008
  7. ^ "Ketsbaia calls it quits at Anorthosis". UEFA.com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. ^ Griechenland: Valverde musste trotz des Doubles gehen: Ketsbaia übernimmt Olympiakos
  9. ^ "Ketsbaia leaves Olympiakos". skysports.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Temuri Ketsbaia appointed as new Georgia coach". goal.com. 2009-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Temuri Ketsbaia wants the Newcastle United job". chroniclelive.co.uk. 2012-01-03. 
  12. ^ Σύναψη συμφωνίας με Temur Ketsbaia. APOEL FC. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Κοινή συναινέσει λύση συνεργασίας με Temur Ketsbaia (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 

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