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Ketsbaia as manager of Anorthosis in 2008
|Date of birth||18 March 1968|
|Place of birth||Gali, Georgia, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
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.
On 30 June 2007, Ketsbaia announced his retirement from professional football. His last match before retiring was held on 14 July.
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.
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?" 
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.
In April 2009, Ketsbaia stood down as coach of Anorthosis. 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; 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.
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.
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.
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. 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, although at that moment the team were four points clear at the top of the league with only four matches remaining.
- As of 20 April 2016
|Anorthosis||July 2004||May 2009||108||73||13||22||218||83||+135||67.59%|
|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%|
|APOEL||30 August 2015||21 April 2016||43||27||7||9||93||40||+53||62.79%|
FC Dinamo Tbilisi
AEK Athens F.C.
Anorthosis Famagusta FC
Anorthosis Famagusta FC
- Cypriot First Division (2): 2004-05, 2007-08
- Cypriot Cup (1): 2006-07
- Cypriot Super Cup (1): 2007
- Uefa Champions League Group Stage (1): 2008-09
- "Ketsbaia secures prize at the last". The Independent. 28 August 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- 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.
- Ketsbaia announces retirement, Abkhazia Institute for Social and Economic Research. 30 June 2007.
- , thecourier.co.uk. 26 May 2015.
- Ketsbaia wants Newcastle job, Sunday Mirror 28 September 2008.
- Embattled Anorthosis boss stands down, Cyprus Mail, 2 December 2008
- "Ketsbaia calls it quits at Anorthosis". UEFA.com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
- Griechenland: Valverde musste trotz des Doubles gehen: Ketsbaia übernimmt Olympiakos
- "Ketsbaia leaves Olympiakos". skysports.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- "Temuri Ketsbaia appointed as new Georgia coach". goal.com. 2009-11-06.
- "Temuri Ketsbaia wants the Newcastle United job". chroniclelive.co.uk. 2012-01-03.
- Σύναψη συμφωνίας με Temur Ketsbaia. APOEL FC. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- Κοινή συναινέσει λύση συνεργασίας με Temur Ketsbaia (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- Temur Ketsbaia career statistics at Soccerbase
- Where are they now – Temuri Ketsbaia
- Temur Ketsbaia all goals and appearances in national team
- Temur Ketsbaia at National-Football-Teams.com