FC Locomotive Tbilisi

FC Locomotive Tbilisi is a Georgian football club from the capital, Tbilisi. During the existence of the USSR the club was a part of the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society. The club has strong connections with the Georgian Railways.

Locomotive Tbilisi
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Full nameFootball Club Lokomotive Tbilisi
FoundedAugust 14, 1936; 84 years ago (1936-08-14)
GroundMikheil Meskhi Stadium
Tbilisi, Georgia
Capacity27,223
ChairmanAlex Topuria
ManagerGiorgi Chiabrishvili
LeagueErovnuli Liga
20204th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Locomotive was founded on 14 August 1936 as a part of Lokomotiv sports society.[1] The club won Georgian championship in 1937, which gave them the permission to participate in USSR Top League. Their debut season in the highest level of the Soviet football championship came in 1938, where the club took 24th place out of 26 and got relegated. However, the Tbilisi-based club managed to get another promotion during the following season and participated in 1940 Soviet Top League. But they were eventually disqualified from the tournament. These were the only seasons when Locomotive managed to take part in the top league.[1]

From the following years until the dissolution of USSR, the club moved between the lower divisions, played in the second the third divisions of the Soviet football championship.

Nodar Akhalkatsi, the coach of FC Dinamo Tbilisi and one of the most successful managers in the Soviet football, started his managing career in Locomotive. He managed the club from 1967 to 1970.[1][2]

Since the post-Soviet era, Locomotive is one of the regular members of Erovnuli Liga. However, the club failed to win the championship. They were runners-up twice: in 2000-01 and in 2001–02 Umaglesi Liga. The club won Georgian Cup three times: in 2000, in 2002 and in 2005.

Some notable players of the club are: Levan Kenia, Levan Tskitishvili, Zurab Khizanishvili, Giorgi Arabidze, Giorgi Aburjania, Valeri Abramidze, Juan Diego González-Vigil and Endika Bordas.

HonoursEdit

European cupsEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR   Linfield 1–0 1–1
1R   PAOK 0–7 0–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR   Slovan 0–2 0–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR   Birkirkara 1–1 0–0
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Copenhagen 1–4 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1R   Banants 0–2 3–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q   Etzella 2–2 0–0
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Universitatea Craiova 2–1 N/A
2Q   Dynamo Moscow 2–1 N/A
3Q   Granada N/A 0–2

Current squadEdit

As of 10 March, 2021.[3]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 Revaz Tevdoradze
2 DF   GEO Rati Mchedlishvili
3 DF   GEO Aleksandre Gureshidze
4 DF   GEO Guram Kashia
5 DF   GEO Aleksandre Andronikashvili
6 MF   GEO Beka Dartsmelia
7 MF   GEO Temuri Shonia
8 MF   GEO Davit Samurkasovi
9 FW   GEO Mamia Gavashelishvili
10 FW   GEO Irakli Sikharulidze
14 MF   MAR Imran Oulad Omar
16 DF   GEO Nika Sandokhadze
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   GEO Irakli Chiabrishvili
19 FW   GEO Kakha Kakhabrishvili
20 FW   GEO Giorgi Iakobidze
21 MF   GEO Tornike Dzebniauri
22 DF   GEO Tornike Kirkitadze
23 MF   GEO Levan Jordania
24 MF   GEO Givi Mukbaniani
25 GK   GEO Giorgi Mamardashvili (on loan from Dinamo Tbilisi)
27 DF   GEO Giorgi Gabadze
33 DF   GEO Beka Buighlishvili
35 DF   GEO Giorgi Kveladze
40 DF   GEO Davit Ubilava (captain)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The history of FC Locomotive Tbilisi". FCloco.ge. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ Locomotive Tbilisi managers (in Russian)
  3. ^ "Lokomotivi Tbilisi roster". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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