FC Kolkheti Khobi

FC Kolkheti Khobi is a Georgian association football club based in the town of Khobi. They currently compete in Liga 3, the third tier of Georgian league system.

Kolkheti Khobi
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Full nameFootball Club Kolkheti Khobi
Founded1936; 86 years ago (1936)
GroundPaata Tatarishvili Tsentraluri Stadioni
Khobi, Georgia
Capacity12,000
ManagerLevan Nodia
LeagueLiga 3
20219th of 14, Liga 3
WebsiteClub website

The club has spent several seasons in the top division.

HistoryEdit

Established in 1936, Kolkheti played many years in Georgian championship during the Soviet Union. In 1988 the club won the title and advanced to the Soviet Second league where the next year they finished in the 5th place.[1]

After 1990, when Umaglesi Liga was formed, Kolkheti participated in initial three seasons. Later they spent several years in the second and third divisions. The club returned to the top flight for 1999/2000 season only to finish at the bottom of the table.[2]

In 2007, the club rejoined Pirveli Liga, where they played for ten successive seasons. Another promotion attempt was made in 2015/16 when Kolkheti finished 3rd in Liga 2. They shared equal points with WIT Georgia, who won automatic promotion, while Kolkheti participated in play-offs due to disadvantage in goal difference. The club suffered a narrow defeat in a one-legged tie,[3] although it was known beforehand that due to the club's failure to get an Umaglesi Liga license, even the victory would not have led to promotion.[4]

Furthermore, at the end of 2016 Kolkheti lost their Liga 2 place following the relegation semi-finals against Skuri.[5] The return leg, marred by violent conduct against a referee, was aborted, which cost the club dearly. The GFF Disciplinary Committee handed Kolkheti a 0–3 defeat and a 5,000₾ fine.[6]

Gia Guruli, the famous Dinamo Tbilisi striker, worked as manager of Kolkheti between December 2014 and October 2016.

In late 2020, fifteen players were simultaneously tested COVID-19 positive,[7] which halted the club's league campaign for two weeks.

SeasonsEdit

Year League Pos P W D L GF–GA Pts Cup
2007/08 Pirveli Liga Group A 8/10 27 10 8 9 35-27 38
2008/09 Pirveli Liga Group A 8/11 30 11 3 16 30-47 36 1st Round
2009/10 Pirveli Liga 10/15 28 9 3 16 36-52 30
2010/11 Pirveli Liga 7/17 32 12 10 10 28-34 46 1st Round
2011/12 Pirveli Liga Group A 7/10 18 5 5 8 18-19 20 Round of 32
Relegation round 2/8 20 9 7 4 25-13 34
2012/13 Pirveli Liga Group B 4/16 30 18 3 9 43-28 57 2nd Round
2013/14 Pirveli Liga Group B 9/10 26 8 6 12 31-54 30 2nd Round
2014/15 Pirveli Liga Group B 8/10 36 12 10 14 46-51 46
2015/16 Pirveli Liga 3/18 34 18 10 6 60-29 64 1st Round
2016 Pirveli Liga 5/10  16 5 6 5 20-24 21 2nd Round
2017 Liga 3 Red Group 3/10 18 8 5 5 25-18 29 3rd Round
Promotion Round 9/10 18 3 4 11 9-39 13
2018 Liga 3 5/20 38 17 10 11 54-35 61 2nd Round
2019 Liga 3 6/10 36 11 8 17 39-54 41 2nd Round
2020 Liga 3 6/10 18 5 7 6 27-24 22 2nd Round
2021 Liga 3 9/14 26 6 13 7 32-39 31 1st Round

Current squadEdit

As of April 2022

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 Nika Gadelia
4 DF   GEO Irakli Chankvetadze
5 DF   GEO Zurab Chanturidze
6 MF   GEO Giorgi Bokuchava
7 MF   GEO Tengo Pipia
9 FW   GEO Tornike Metreveli
10 FW   GEO Giorgi Chedia (C)
11 MF   GEO Giorgi Beraia
12 MF   GEO Lasha Mepishvili
13 MF   GEO Giorgi Mirzoevi
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   GEO Giorgi Metreveli
17 MF   GEO Levan Vartagava
20 DF   GEO Badri Lolua
22 MF   GEO Otar Toradze
23 MF   GEO Gogi Pipia
24 GK   GEO Zaza Gelashvili
25 MF   GEO Irakli Pipia
26 FW   GEO Irakli Shonia
27 DF   GEO Levan Gogenia
33 GK   GEO Nika Jokhadze

HonoursEdit

NameEdit

Although the club is widely known with the current name, previously was also referred to as Olimpia Khobi and FC Khobi.

The very name stems from Colchis, an ancient state situated at the eastern Black Sea coast.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FC Kolkheti Khobi". wildstat.com.
  2. ^ "Umaglesi Liga 1999-2000". flashscore.com.
  3. ^ "ზუგდიდი-კოლხეთი (ხ) 2:1 - ზუგდიდი (გა)დარჩა". sportall.ge (in Georgian). 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ "ზუგდიდთან" უნდა დავამტკიცოთ, რომ ხობის "კოლხეთი" უმაღლეს ლიგაში გადასვლას იმსახურებდა". sportall.ge (in Georgian), 29 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Skuri vs Kolkheti Khobi". soccerway.com.
  6. ^ "ხობის „კოლხეთი" 5 ათასი ლარით დააჯარიმეს". livepress.ge (in Georgian), 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ "ხობის "კოლხეთის" ფეხბურთელებს კორონავირუსი დაუდასტურდათ". radioatinati.ge (in Georgian) 18 November 2020.

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