FC Merani Martvili

FC Merani Martvili is a Georgian association football club based in Martvili, which currently takes part in Liga 2, the second division of Georgian league system.

Merani Martvili
FC Merani Martvili logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Merani Martvili
Founded2006
GroundMurtaz Khurtsilava Stadium
Martvili
Capacity1,850
ManagerTsotne Moniava
LeagueErovnuli Liga 2
20208th

Being one of the youngest clubs, Merani has spent five seasons in the top division and once reached the final of David Kipiani Cup.

HistoryEdit

Football clubs from Martvili have previously been called Salkhino Gegechkori (Soviet times), Chkondidi Martvili and Salkhino Martvili.

FC Merani was founded by Georgian ex-minister of communications Pridon Injia in 2006.[1]

In their first season in Pirveli liga under head coach Malkhaz Zhvania Merani came the third and until the promotion to Umaglesi Liga in 2011/12 they were among top five clubs.

In 2010 Merani became a first II league club to play in David Kipiani Cup semifinals where they lost 1-2 on aggregate to WIT Georgia, the Cup winners of the season.[2]

The next year Merani successfully completed their season and as a second-placed team gained promotion to the top flight.

Among the next five seasons in Umaglesi Liga Merani achieved the best result in their first year when they came the 5th during the regular season and earned a place in the championship round. In other cases the club was mostly involved in relegation battles.

In 2015/16 Merani were relegated. In the same year they managed to reach the Cup final after having eliminated Dila, Kolkheti-1913 and Chikhura in previous rounds, but in the title-deciding game held in Zestafoni the team was beaten by Torpedo Kutaisi.[3]

Merani came close back to Erovnuli Liga in 2017, although they were unable to beat Kolkheti Poti in promotion play-offs.[4]

At the end of the next season Merani lost last two league games and surprisingly finished at the bottom of the table, which implied an automatic relegation.[5]

After one year spent in Liga 3 Merani returned to the second division. In 2020 they retained a place in it after the victory over FC Gori in a play-off tie.[6]

In early 2021 Pridon Injia quit the club and Jesi Surmava, the head of Martvili Football School, took over the management, which resulted in major changes among both staff and squad members.[7]

SeasonsEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA P Cup Notes
2007/08 2nd 3 27 13 5 9 36 25 44
2008/09 2nd 3 30 18 6 6 45 24 60 Quarter-finals
2009/10 2nd 3 28 17 2 9 44 31 53 Semi-finals
2010/11 2nd 2 32 22 7 3 60 15 73 Round of 16 Promoted
2011/12 1st 8 28 6 3 19 31 55 21 Quarter-finals
2012/13 1st 8 22 7 2 13 23 36 23 Round of 32 Relegation group
2013/14 1st 12 22 4 3 15 16 41 15 Round of 8 Relegation group
2014/15 1st 11 30 9 9 12 29 33 36 Round of 16
2015/16 1st 15 30 5 8 17 28 62 23 Round of 32 Relegated
2016 2nd 4 16 9 5 2 31 11 26 Runner-up Relegation play-off, won
2017 2nd 2 36 24 8 4 67 16 80 Round of 8 Promotion play-off, lost
2018 2nd 10 36 8 12 16 36 47 36 Round of 16 Relegated
2019 3rd 1 36 26 4 6 78 24 82 Round of 8 Promoted
2020 2nd 8 18 6 6 6 23 20 30 Round of 32 Relegation play-off, won
2021 2nd Round of 16

Current squadEdit

As of 7 August 2021[8]

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 Saba Kajaia
2 DF   GEO Zurab Lataria
3 DF   GEO Beka Bibilashvili
4 DF   GEO Nikoloz Kharabadze
5 DF   GEO Giorgi Gegia
6 MF   GEO Lasha Jgamaia
7 DF   GEO Vasil Gogolidze
8 MF   GEO Zviad Sikharulia
9 FW   MLI Sheikne Sila
10 MF   GEO Tsotne Patsatsia
11 FW   GEO Zviad Kantaria
13 MF   GEO Kichi Meliava
14 MF   GEO Nika Shalamberidze
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   GEO Mikheil Rukhaia
17 MF   GEO Davit Jikia
19 MF   GEO Irakli Janjgava
20 MF   GEO Data Tsulaia
21 GK   GEO Giorgi Begashvili
22 FW   GEO Davit Lomtadze
23 DF   GEO Zurab Endeladze
28 DF   GEO Nikoloz Apakidze
30 MF   GEO Nika Kitia
31 MF   GEO Tsotne Meskhi
33 MF   GEO Bakar Laghadze
39 GK   GEO Lasha Gordulava

Other teamsEdit

Merani also has a reserve team, which as Merani-2 competes in Liga 4 Red Group.[9]

ManagerEdit

Tsotne Moniava was appointed as head coach in February 2021. He had trained Merani U19 team for six previous years.[10]

StadiumEdit

Merani plays home matches at Murtaz Khurtsilava stadium, which has the capacity of 1,850 seats.

In February 2017 this arena hosted the Georgian Super Cup game.[11]

HonoursEdit

  • David Kipiani Cup
    • Runners-up 2016

NameEdit

Merani is a Georgian word for pegasus.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of the club". fcmerani.ge (in Georgian).
  2. ^ "Georgian Cup 2009-10". soccerway.com.
  3. ^ "Torpedo win a new title". kutaisipost.ge (in Georgian).
  4. ^ "Merani vs Kolkheti". eliga.ge.
  5. ^ "Pirveli liga 2018". soccerway.com.
  6. ^ "Merani to remain in Liga 2". 1tv.ge (in Georgian).
  7. ^ "Jesi Surmava confirms the take-over". 1tv.ge (in Georgian).
  8. ^ "Merani players". gff.ge.
  9. ^ "Liga 4, 2021". gff.ge.
  10. ^ "New head coach appointed (in Georgian)". fcmerani.ge. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Super Cup game to be held in Martvili". goal.ge.