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Football Club Chikhura Sachkhere, commonly known as Chikhura Sachkhere or simply Chikhura, is a Georgian football club based in Sachkhere. They play in the Erovnuli Liga.

Chikhura Sachkhere
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Full nameFootball Club Chikhura Sachkhere
Founded1938; 81 years ago (1938)
GroundCentral Stadium
Sachkhere, Georgia
Capacity2,000
ChairmanNugzar Dekanoidze
ManagerSamson Pruidze
LeagueErovnuli Liga
20184th

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HistoryEdit

The name Chikhura derives from the name of a river in Sachkhere. The club was founded in 1938. During World War II, the club disbanded, but re-formed after it ended. [1] Chikhura has had different names throughout of the history of the club, including: "Spartaki", "Kolmeurne", "Peikari". [1]

Since 2002, Chikhura has been financed by the Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili. [1]

Their home is the 2,000-seat "Central stadium", where they have played since their establishment but for the Europa League they play at 27,223-seat Mikheil Meskhi Stadium which is located 130 km from their hometown.

In 2013 the club achieved the greatest success in its history when they played in the Georgian Cup final against Dinamo Tbilisi and lost 3–1 but qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round. This was the first season that Chikhura Sachkhere appeared in European Competition, their first opponent in 2013–14 UEFA Europa League was Liechtenstein's Cup Winners Vaduz.

The next season, Chikhura eliminated Turkish club Bursaspor in the second round of Europa League. [2] This remains one of the most memorable successes in the history of the club.

StatisticsEdit

DomesticEdit

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA P Cup Europe Notes Manager
1993–94 Pirveli Liga West 13 26 3 2 21 16 70 11 Relegated
1995–96 Pirveli Liga West 19 38 10 3 25 62 124 33 Relegated
2001–02 Regionuli Liga West
2002–03 Regionuli Liga West Promoted
2003–04 Pirveli Liga 6 30 15 5 10 41 29 50 Round of 32
2004–05 Pirveli Liga 8 30 12 7 11 38 35 43 Round of 32
2005–06 Pirveli Liga 1 34 24 6 4 87 34 78 Round of 16 Promoted
2006–07 Umaglesi Liga 12 26 5 6 15 13 46 21 Quarter-finals Relegated
2007–08 Pirveli Liga East 5 27 12 7 8 40 37 43 Round of 32
2008–09 Pirveli Liga East 2 30 19 7 4 56 21 64 Round of 16 Samson Pruidze
2009–10 Pirveli Liga 6 28 14 7 7 41 28 49 Quarter-finals Samson Pruidze
2010–11 Pirveli Liga 4 32 20 6 6 58 25 66 Round of 16 promotion play-off, lost Samson Pruidze
2011–12 Pirveli Liga 1 14 8 2 4 25 15 26 Round of 16 Promoted Samson Pruidze
2012–13 Umaglesi Liga 4 32 17 6 9 49 38 57 Runner-up Samson Pruidze
2013–14 Umaglesi Liga 4 32 13 7 12 56 50 46 Runner-up UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying round Samson Pruidze
2014–15 Umaglesi Liga 5 30 13 7 10 39 36 46 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round Samson Pruidze
2015–16 Umaglesi Liga 4 30 17 6 7 53 26 57 Semi-finals Samson Pruidze
2016 Umaglesi Liga 2 14 9 3 2 29 15 30 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round Samson Pruidze
2017 Erovnuli Liga 5 36 17 4 15 47 54 55 Winner UEFA Europa League 1st qualifying round Samson Pruidze

European competitionsEdit

Competition P W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 22 6 9 7 19 26
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Vaduz 0–0 1–1
2Q   Thun 1–3 0–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Horizont Turnovo 3–1 1–0
2Q   Bursaspor 0–0 0–0 [a]
3Q   Neftchi Baku 2–3 0–0
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Zimbru Chișinău 2–3 1–0
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Rheindorf Altach 0–1 1–1
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 2–1
2Q   Maribor 0–0 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Fola Esch 2–1 2–1
2Q   Aberdeen 1–1 0–5
Notes
  1. ^ Chikhura Sachkhere won 4–1 on penalties.

HonoursEdit

Winners (1): 2017
Winners (1): 2013

PlayersEdit

As of 25 July 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Avto Kapanadze
2   DF Revaz Chiteishvili
3   DF Irakli Kamladze
6   MF Oleg Mamasakhlisi
7   MF Teimuraz Markozashvili
8   DF Davit Maisashvili
10   MF Irakli Lekvtadze
11   FW Tornike Mumladze
12   FW Miskheil Ergemlidze
13   GK Zurab Mtskerashvili
14   FW Giorgi Pantsulaia
No. Position Player
15   MF Giorgi Koripadze
17   MF Besik Dekanoidze
18   MF Zurab Kapanadze
21   FW Miskheil Sardalishvili
23   MF Demur Chikhladze
24   DF Lasha Chikvaidze
25   DF Davit Megrelishvili
26   MF Rati Ardazishvili (on loan from Locomotiv Tbilisi)
30   GK Dino Hamzić
37   DF Shota Kashia
  DF Bakari Mirtshkulava

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The history of FC Chikhura". FCChikhura.ge. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ Chikhura - Bursaspor (UEFA Match Report)

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