FC Chiatura

FC Chiatura is a Georgian football club from Chiatura, promoted to Liga 3 after the 2020 season.

Chiatura
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Full nameFootball Club Chiatura
Nickname(s)Chiatura
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936)
GroundTemur Maghradze Stadium
Chiatura, Georgia
ManagerBadri Bregvadze
LeagueLiga 3
20202nd, Liga 4

HistoryEdit

Formed in 1936, Chiatura won the Georgian championship in 1975, and also clinched the domestic Cup title in 1978 and 1979. The club spent four seasons in the Soviet Second league.[1]

In 1992/93 season the club finished second in the Pirveli Liga which paved the way for the Umaglesi in 1993/94. Magaroeli participated in the top flight also in 1997/98.

In 2007/08 they won the second division with a 23-point margin.[2]

Until 2016 the club competed in Liga 2 where they mostly were involved in relegation battles. After finishing sixth in the regular 2016 season, Magaroeli lost a relegation tie against Meshakhte Tkibuli.

The next year they won Liga 3, although failed to move up after a poor performance in the promotion tournament.[3]

In 2018, Chiatura finished in 12th place in a 20-team league and along with all other bottom-half clubs were relegated to the newly formed Liga 4.

In 2019 Georgian top goalscorer 34 year-old Jaba Dvali joined Chiatura.[4]

In 2020 the club finished second. Even though this result fell short of the promotion, some changes of the league format announced in January 2021 by GFF awarded Magaroeli a slot in Liga 3 for the upcoming season.

SeasonsEdit

Year League Pos MP W D L GD P Notes
2011/12 Pirveli Liga Group A 3 of 10 18 11 4 3 30-16 37
2012/13 Pirveli Liga Group A 5 of 12 33 13 6 14 42-66 45
2013/14 Pirveli Liga Group B 6 of 14 26 12 4 10 44-46 40
2014/15 Pirveli Liga Group B 5 of 10 36 17 3 16 53-52 54
2015/16 Pirveli Liga 12 of 18 34 9 15 10 41-48 42
2016 Pirveli Liga Group Red 6 of 9 16 7 2 7 15-21 20 Relegation round, lost
2017 Liga 3 Red Group 1 of 10 18 12 4 2 32-14 40
Liga 3 Promotion Group 7 of 10 18 5 2 11 15-33 17
2018 Liga 3 12 of 20 38 12 15 11 39-47 47 Relegated
2019 Liga 4 8 of 10 27 8 4 15 29-45 28
2020 Liga 4 White Group 2 of 8 14 6 6 2 23-11 24 Promoted
2021 Liga 3

PlayersEdit

As of April 2021[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GEO Dimitri Megrelishvili
3 DF   GEO Jimi Giorgadze
4 DF   GEO Lasha Khachapuridze
6 MF   GEO Giga Abramishvili
7 MF   GEO Lasha Kutchashvili
8 MF   GEO Dimitri Margvelashvili
9 FW   GEO Giorgi Tevdoradze
10 MF   GEO Gugua Iakobashvili
13 GK   GEO Zurab Mtskerashvili
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   UKR Levan Koshadze
17 FW   GEO Giorgi Samkurashvili
19 FW   GEO Koba Kapanadze
22 MF   GEO Aleksandre Bablidze
24 MF   GEO Shalva Tskipurishvili
28 DF   GEO Zaza Nadiradze
29 DF   GEO Nika Gaprindashvili (C)
34 FW   GEO Temur Nadiradze

HonoursEdit

StadiumEdit

The club hosts their league games on Temur Maghradze stadium that has a capacity of 11,650.

NameEdit

The club several times changed the name from Chiatura to Magaroeli and back. The latter literally means a miner implying the existing Chiatura mine complex in this town.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Magaroeli in Soviet leagues". Wildstat.
  2. ^ "2007-08 season". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "2017 table for promotion group". Soccerway.
  4. ^ "Dvali joins Chiatura". Leadersport.
  5. ^ "Chiatura squad". soccerway.com.

External linksEdit