Umaglesi Liga

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Umaglesi Liga
Country Georgia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990; 26 years ago (1990)
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Pirveli Liga
Domestic cup(s) Georgian Cup
Georgian Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions FC Dinamo Tbilisi
(2015–16)
Most championships FC Dinamo Tbilisi (16 titles)
Website GFF
2016 Umaglesi Liga

The Umaglesi Liga (Georgian: უმაღლესი ლიგა - lit. Highest League) is the top division of professional football in Georgia. Since 1990, it has been organized by the Professional Football League of Georgia and Georgian Football Federation. From 1927 to 1989, the competition was held as a regional tournament within the Soviet Union. The league consists of 16 teams. From 2017 Georgia is switching to Spring-Autumn system, with only 10 clubs in the top flight, which requires holding a transitional championship from August to December 2016. 14 teams will be divided into two groups of 7 and two winners of each group will decide the champion in a one-game match. The best five teams from each group will qualify for the next Spring-Autumn championship's top flight.

Format[edit]

Below is a complete record of how many teams have played in each season throughout the league's history:

 
  • 1990 = 17
  • 1991–1992 = 20
  • 1992–1993 = 17
  • 1993–1994 = 19
 
  • 1994–2000 = 16
  • 2000–2004 = 12
  • 2004–2005 = 10
  • 2005–2006 = 16
 
  • 2006–2008 = 14
  • 2008–2009 = 11
  • 2009–2011 = 10
  • 2011–2014 = 12
 
  • 2014–2016 = 16
  • 2016 (August-December) = 14
  • 2017 = 10

Member clubs 2016 transitional championship[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking[edit]

Champions[edit]

Soviet era[edit]

Post-independence[edit]

Key
00 League champions also won the Georgian Cup, i.e. they completed the domestic Double.
Season Champions Runners-up Third place
1990 Iberia Tbilisi (1) Guria Lanchkhuti Gorda Rustavi
1991 Iberia Tbilisi (2) Guria Lanchkhuti Kutaisi
1991–92 Dinamo Tbilisi (3) Tskhumi Sukhumi Gorda Rustavi
1992–93 Dinamo Tbilisi (4) Shevardeni-1906 Tbilisi Alazani Gurjaani
1993–94 Dinamo Tbilisi (5) Kolkheti-1913 Poti Torpedo Kutaisi
1994–95 Dinamo Tbilisi (6) Samtredia Kolkheti-1913 Poti
1995–96 Dinamo Tbilisi (7) Margveti Zestafoni Kolkheti-1913 Poti
1996–97 Dinamo Tbilisi (8) Kolkheti-1913 Poti Dinamo Batumi
1997–98 Dinamo Tbilisi (9) Dinamo Batumi Kolkheti-1913 Poti
1998–99 Dinamo Tbilisi (10) Torpedo Kutaisi Lokomotivi Tbilisi
1999–00 Torpedo Kutaisi (1) WIT Georgia Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi
2000–01 Torpedo Kutaisi (2) Lokomotivi Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi
2001–02 Torpedo Kutaisi (3) Lokomotivi Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi
2002–03 Dinamo Tbilisi (11) Torpedo Kutaisi WIT Georgia Tbilisi
2003–04 WIT Georgia Tbilisi (1) Sioni Bolnisi Dinamo Tbilisi
2004–05 Dinamo Tbilisi (12) Torpedo Kutaisi FC Tbilisi
2005–06 Sioni Bolnisi (1) WIT Georgia Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi
2006–07 Olimpi Rustavi (1) Dinamo Tbilisi Ameri Tbilisi
2007–08 Dinamo Tbilisi (13) WIT Georgia Tbilisi Zestafoni
2008–09 WIT Georgia Tbilisi (2) Dinamo Tbilisi Olimpi Rustavi
2009–10 Olimpi Rustavi (2) Dinamo Tbilisi Zestafoni
2010–11 Zestafoni (1) Dinamo Tbilisi Olimpi Rustavi
2011–12 Zestafoni (2) Metalurgi Rustavi Torpedo Kutaisi
2012–13 Dinamo Tbilisi (14) Dila Gori Torpedo Kutaisi
2013–14 Dinamo Tbilisi (15) Zestafoni Sioni Bolnisi
2014–15 Dila Gori (1) Dinamo Batumi Dinamo Tbilisi
2015–16 Dinamo Tbilisi (16) Samtredia Dila Gori
2016 TBD TBD TBD

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Winning seasons
Dinamo Tbilisi 16 1990, 1991, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Torpedo Kutaisi 3 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02
WIT Georgia 2 2003–04, 2008–09
Metalurgi Rustavi 2 2006–07, 2009–10
FC Zestafoni 2 2010–11, 2011–12
Sioni Bolnisi 1 2005–06
Dila Gori 1 2014–15

Top scorers[edit]

Year Top scorers Club Goals
1990 Georgia (country) Gija Guruli /
Georgia (country) Mamuka Pantsulaia
Iberia Tbilisi /
Gorda Rustavi
23
1991 Georgia (country) Otar Korgalidze Guria Lanchkhuti 14
1991–92 Georgia (country) Otar Korgalidze Guria Lanchkhuti 40
1992–93 Georgia (country) Merab Megreladze Samgurali Tskhaltubo 41
1993–94 Georgia (country) Merab Megreladze Margveti Zestafoni 31
1994–95 Georgia (country) Giorgi Daraselia Kolkheti Poti 26
1995–96 Georgia (country) Zviad Endeladze Margveti Zestafoni 40
1996–97 Georgia (country) Giorgi Demetradze /
Georgia (country) David Ujmajuridze
Dinamo Tbilisi /
Dinamo Batumi
26
1997–98 Georgia (country) Levan Khomeriki Dinamo Tbilisi 23
1998–99 Georgia (country) Mikheil Ashvetia Dinamo Tbilisi 26
1999–00 Georgia (country) Zurab Ionanidze Torpedo Kutaisi 24
2000–01 Georgia (country) Zaza Zirakishvili Dinamo Tbilisi 21
2001–02 Georgia (country) Suliko Davitashvili Lokomotivi/Merani-91 18
2002–03 Georgia (country) Zurab Ionanidze Torpedo Kutaisi 26
2003–04 Georgia (country) Suliko Davitashvili Torpedo Kutaisi 20
2004–05 Georgia (country) Levani Melkadze Dinamo Tbilisi 27
2005–06 Georgia (country) Jaba Dvali Dinamo Tbilisi 21
2006–07 Georgia (country) Sandro Iashvili Dinamo Tbilisi 27
2007–08 Georgia (country) Mikheil Khutsishvili Dinamo Tbilisi 16
2008–09 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili Zestafoni 20
2009–10 Brazil Anderson Aquino Metalurgi Rustavi 26
2010–11 Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili Zestafoni 18
2011–12 Georgia (country) Jaba Dvali Zestafoni 20
2012–13 Spain Xisco Dinamo Tbilisi 24
2013–14 Spain Xisco Dinamo Tbilisi 19
2014–15 Georgia (country) Irakli Modebadze Dila Gori 16
2015–16 Georgia (country) Giorgi Kvilitaia Dinamo Tbilisi 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2013 uefa.com, accessed 3 May 2013

External links[edit]