FC Dila Gori

FC Dila Gori is a Georgian football club based in Gori. The club takes part in Erovnuli Liga, the first tier of Georgian football system, and plays their home games at Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium.

FC Dila Gori
FC Dila Gori (Logo).jpg
Full nameFootball Club Dila Gori
Nickname(s)Guarders
Founded1949; 73 years ago (1949)
GroundTengiz Burjanadze Stadium
Gori, Georgia
Capacity5,000
ManagerAndriy Demchenko
LeagueErovnuli Liga
20213rd
WebsiteClub website

Dila won the Georgian Cup in 2012 and Georgian Championship in 2015.

HistoryEdit

In the Soviet leaguesEdit

Founded in 1949, the club was named after poem "Dila" (literally - morning) written by Joseph Stalin, who was born in the city and spent his youth there.[1]

Until 1961 they played under the name Dinamo Gori in Group A of Georgian republican championship. Following the second place in 1965, the next year Dila took part in the Soviet third league and despite an unbeaten run at home finished 11th among 20 clubs in zone 4, Group B.[2]

In 1969 Dila won the competition among the Caucasian teams.[3] The club played several seasons in zone 4 of the Soviet Second League and after 1979 moved to zone 9 where Transcaucasia was represented. In 1967, 1974 and 1986 Dila reached the 3rd place which was their best result in the Soviet third division.

In Georgian leaguesEdit

In 1990 Georgia formed an independent league, which included all clubs from the first three Soviet football divisions. Before 2000 Dila were an average team sitting in mid-table, but in the second decade their performance deteriorated. Although most of the seasons Dila participated in the top league, twice they were relegated to Liga 2 and once to Liga 3.

In 2010 the rise started with Dila gaining two consecutive promotions within two years. In 2012 the club clinched their first title after winning the Georgian Cup[4] and during the next five seasons four times represented Georgia in qualifying rounds of UEFA club competitions, including the Champions League. Also, twice in a row Dila participated in Europa League play-offs. During this period they were reinforced by national team members Nukri Revishvili, Giorgi Navalovski, Otar Martsvaladze and Mate Vatsadze.

The club achieved their biggest success in the 2014/15 season under 25-year-old head coach Ucha Sosiashvili.[5] Dila, whose squad included experienced players Aleksandre Kvakhadze, Irakli Modebadze and Nika Kvekveskiri, entered the title race in an early stage and concluded the season with six points clear from their two immediate rivals.

Facing some financial difficulties, FC Dila as a municipal property was sold at a public auction in 2016.[6] Since then an Israeli business group has been an owner of the club.

For two consecutive seasons in 2020 and 2021 Dila emerged victorious from a long tight contest over the league bronze medals.

SeasonsEdit

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA P Cup Europe Notes Manager
1990 Umaglesi Liga 10 34 12 6 16 52 58 42 Round of 8
1991 Umaglesi Liga 11 19 7 3 9 29 32 24
1991–92 Umaglesi Liga 10 38 14 8 16 64 64 50 Round of 16
1992–93 Umaglesi Liga 13 32 11 5 16 39 49 38 Round of 8
1993–94 Umaglesi Liga 9 18 4 2 12 12 35 14 Round of 8
1994–95 Umaglesi Liga 8 30 10 7 13 25 35 37 Round of 8
1995–96 Umaglesi Liga 8 30 12 4 14 53 55 40 Quarter-finals
1996–97 Umaglesi Liga 8 30 10 7 13 30 39 37
1997–98 Umaglesi Liga 9 30 11 4 15 31 36 37 Semi-finals
1998–99 Umaglesi Liga 10 30 10 5 15 37 54 35 Round of 8
1999–00 Umaglesi Liga 8 14 2 0 12 9 38 6 Quarter-finals
2000–01 Umaglesi Liga 10 10 5 1 4 19 11 16 Quarter-finals relegation play-off, Relegated
2001–02 Pirveli Liga 2 10 6 1 3 19 13 19 Round of 8 Promoted
2002–03 Umaglesi Liga 7 10 5 3 2 15 8 18 Quarter-finals
2003–04 Umaglesi Liga 6 22 10 4 8 28 20 34 Semi-finals Inter-Toto Cup
2004–05 Umaglesi Liga 10 36 2 4 30 20 88 10 Round of 8
2005–06 Umaglesi Liga 11 30 9 4 17 35 44 31 Round of 16
2006–07 Umaglesi Liga 13 26 3 6 17 21 56 15 Round of 16
2007–08 Umaglesi Liga 14 26 1 5 20 12 53 8 Quarter-finals Relegated
2008–09 Pirveli Liga East 5 30 12 9 9 48 31 45 Not Played Relegated
2009–10 Meore Liga East 1 Not Played Promoted Gia Tsetsadze
2010–11 Pirveli Liga 3 32 20 9 3 58 21 69 Round of 16 promotion play-off, Promoted Gia Tsetsadze
2011–12 Umaglesi Liga 5 28 10 7 11 38 32 37 Winner Gia Tsetsadze
Teimuraz Makharadze
2012–13 Umaglesi Liga 2 32 22 2 8 60 26 48 Quarter-finals UEFA Europa League Play-off Temur Shalamberidze
Giorgi Daraselia
Valdas Ivanauskas
2013–14 Umaglesi Liga 9 32 11 8 13 44 36 41 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League Play-off Giorgi Devdariani
2014–15 Umaglesi Liga 1 30 19 7 4 50 21 64 Quarter-finals Ucha Sosiashvili
2015–16 Umaglesi Liga 3 30 19 5 6 51 25 62 Second Round UEFA Champions League 2Q Ucha Sosiashvili
2016 Umaglesi Liga 5 12 5 2 5 13 12 17 Second Round UEFA Europa League 1Q relegation play-off, Won Ucha Sosiashvili
2017 Erovnuli Liga 7 36 11 8 17 41 51 41 Quarter-finals Ziv Avraham Arie, Giorgi Dekanosidze, Giorgi Daraselia
2018 Erovnuli Liga 5 36 17 12 7 60 40 63 Round of 16 Giorgi Daraselia, Ramaz Sogolashvili
2019 Erovnuli Liga 7 36 11 10 15 40 44 43 Round of 16 Giorgi Dekanosidze, Georgi Nemsadze
2020 Erovnuli Liga 3 18 8 6 4 29 17 30 Quarter-finals Georgi Nemsadze
2021 Erovnuli Liga 3 36 17 10 9 48 35 61 Round of 16 UEFA UCL 1Q Andriy Demchenko

European competitionsEdit

Dila Gori debuted in UEFA competitions in 2004. Although the club did not obtain an Intertoto Cup slot based on their league position, they replaced a higher placed team, which abstained from the participation. After being held to a goalless draw at home, Marek Dupnitsa beat Dila in the return leg.[7] Later the next decade there were three more cases when the Georgian side achieved relatively better results in away games than back home.

As the Cup winners, the team reached Europe League play-offs in 2012. During this campaign Dila eliminated two opponents, including Anorthosis Famagusta, which was further subjected to UEFA sanctions for crowd disturbances occurred during their home game.[8]

The next year Dila similarly prevailed in two rounds of the competition before their road to the group stage was blocked by Rapid Vienna. The team's performance against Igor Tudor's Hajduk Split was widely hailed this season.

In the next three seasons the club wrapped up their European seasons after the first round.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q   Marek Dupnitsa 0–2 0–0 0–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q   AGF Aarhus 3–1 2–1 5–2
3Q   Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1 3–0 3–1
PO   Marítimo 0–2 0–1 0–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q   AaB 3–0 0–0 3–0
3Q   Hajduk Split 1–0 1–0 2–0
PO   Rapid Wien 0–3 0–1 0–4
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Partizan 0–2 0–1 0–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Shirak 1–0 0–1 1–1[a]
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Žilina 2–1 1–5 3–6
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  1. ^ Shirak won 4–1 on penalties.
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 2 0 0 2 0 3
UEFA Europa League 12 6 1 5 13 10
UEFA Europa Conference League 1 0 0 1 1 5
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 17 6 2 9 14 20

StadiumEdit

 
Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium

The club play their home matches at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium, a 5,000 seater football stadium situated in Gori.

Crest and coloursEdit

The club's colors are Red and light blue.

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturersEdit

Period Kit Supplier Kit Sponsor
2010–2011 Saller HeidelbergCement
2011–2012 Jako
2012–2013 Nike
2013–2014 Saller AGP
2014–2015 Saller Lider-Bet

Current squadEdit

As of 23 September 2021[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   GEO Revaz Chiteishvili
3 DF   GEO Andro Nemsadze
4 DF   GEO Anri Chichinadze
6 MF   GEO Tsotne Mosiashvili
7 MF   GEO Paata Gudushauri
8 DF   GEO Davit Maisashvili
9 FW   GEO Tornike Kapanadze
10 MF   TOG Didier Kougbenya
11 FW   GEO Irakli Bugridze
12 MF   KEN Amos Nondi
13 FW   GEO Nugzar Spanderashvili
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF   BRA Alef Santos
20 MF   GEO Nika Gagnidze
23 DF   RWA Thierry Manzi
24 DF   GEO Irakli Bidzinashvili
25 DF   BRA Wanderson
28 FW   GUI Ousmane Camara (on loan from Vålerenga)
30 GK   GEO Mikheil Mujrishvili
33 DF   CGO Ramaric Etou
39 MF   GEO Giorgi Alimbarashvili
40 MF   MWI Francisco Madinga

HonorsEdit

Erovnuli Liga

Georgian Cup

ManagersEdit

Top GoalscorersEdit

Season Name Goals
2011-12   Davit Chagelishvili 5
2012-13   Roman Akhalkatsi, Irakli Modebadze 4
2013-14   Irakli Modebadze 9
2014-15   Irakli Modebadze 16
2015-16   Otar Martsvaladze 19
2016   Aleko Gamtsemlidze 3
2017   Giorgi Pantsulaia 8
2018   Mykola Kovtalyuk 21
2019   Alvin Fortes 8
2020   Mykola Kovtalyuk 10
2021   Tornike Kapanadze 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UEFA.com (2012-07-31). "Dila Gori hoping to strike gold for Georgia". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  2. ^ "1966 Championship". Wildstat.
  3. ^ "1969 Championship". Wildstat.
  4. ^ "Dila wins the national Cup". FC Dila.
  5. ^ "Dila and 25-year-old coach claim maiden title". uefa.com.
  6. ^ "გორის "დილა" გაიყიდა". Radio Liberty (in Georgian). 4 Oct 2016.
  7. ^ "Dila vs Marek". flashscore.com.
  8. ^ "UEFA rules on Anorthosis game". uefa.com.
  9. ^ "Georgia - FC Dila Gori - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". soccerway.com.

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