FC Samtredia

FC Samtredia (Georgian: სკ სამტრედია), commonly known simply as Samtredia, is a Georgian association football club based in the city of Samtredia.

FC Samtredia
FC Samtredia Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Samtredia
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936) as Sanavardo Samtredia
GroundErosi Manjgaladze Stadium, Samtredia, Georgia
Capacity3,000
ChairmanGia Omanadze
CoachLeri Megeneishvili
LeagueErovnuli Liga 2
202110th in Erovnuli Liga, relegated

The club was relegated to Erovnuli Liga 2, the second tier of Georgian football system, after the 2021 season. Their home ground is Erosi Manjgaladze Stadium.

Samtredia has won the champion's title and the Super Cup.

HistoryEdit

In the Soviet leaguesEdit

Established in 1936, Samtredia spent years in the Georgian championship before the club obtained the right to participate in the Soviet Second League, the third tier of the Soviet football system. Several times Lokomotivi Samtredia finished their season as runners-up, twice won the league, although eventually failed to win the knock-out stages of the competition against winners of other two zones.[1]

Season League Pos Notes
1973 II, zone 4 12
1974 II, zone 3 9
1975 II, zone 1 10
1976 II, zone 1 13
1977 II, zone 4 12
1978 II, zone 4 8
1979 II, zone 4 2
1980 II, zone 9 1 Play-off, lost
1981 II, zone 9 2
1982 II, zone 9 2
1983 II, zone 9 4
1984 II, zone 9 4
1985 II, zone 9 10
1986 II, zone 9 7
1987 II, zone 9 1 Play-offs, lost
1988 II, zone 3 8
1989 II, zone 9 4

Below are all-time results of FC Samtredia during these 17 consecutive seasons in the Second league.

M W D L GD
626 300 121 205 992-813

Following the 1989 season the Samtredian team as well as all other Georgian clubs withdrew from their relevant Soviet leagues after Georgian Football Federation broke ties with the Soviet Football Federation and formed an independent championship.

After IndependenceEdit

Sanavardo Samtredia became member of a new national Umaglesi liga. While twice, in 1993/94 and 1995/96, they finished in the 4th place, in 1994/1995 the club ended the season with the silver, which implied qualification for the preliminary round of UEFA Cup. The debut in European football competitions turned out unsuccessful, though.[2]

In 2014/15 Samtredia reached the final of David Kipiani Cup. In previous rounds they had knocked out four opponents, including contenders for the title Dinamo Batumi, Torpedo Kutaisi and Chikhura, but resistance offered to Dinamo Tbilisi proved insufficient.[3]

The most fruitful period for Samtredia was in mid-2010s when they finished among top three teams of Umaglesi liga for three seasons in a row. Moreover, in 2016, under head coach Giorgi Tsetsadze they became champions for the first time in their history after victory over Chikhura Sachkhere in the championship playoffs.[4] Samtredia completed the season with the double after they beat Georgian Cup holders Torpedo Kutaisi in the Super Cup game.[5]

In 2019 the club took part in Liga 2, although returned to the top division after one season. Manager Kakhaber Kacharava, who guided Samtredia back to the top flight, had to quit the club in September 2020 after just one point earned in last five league games and a shock Cup defeat from Liga 3 minnows Tbilisi City.[6]

New head coach Giorgi Mikadze steered Samtredia away from the relegation zone, but in February 2021 he was replaced by Giorgi Tsetsadze, who had once brought the club to their only champion's title.[7] His second tenure lasted eight months, though. The team lost a survival struggle and finished at the bottom of the table.

SeasonsEdit

Season Div Position Notes Top scorers Cup
2006/07 2nd 11th of 18
2007/08 2nd 8th of 10
2008/09 2nd 1st of 11 Promoted 1/8
2009/10 1st 7th of 10   Zaur Khachiperadze - 11 1/8
2010/11 1st 10th of 10 Relegated   Giga Kverenchkhiladze - 4 1/16
2011/12 2nd 9th of 10   Papuna Shatirishvili - 3 1/16
2012/13 2nd 5th of 12   Zaur Khachiperadze - 9 1/8
2013/14 2nd 1st of 14 Promoted   Zviad Kantaria - 11 1/16
2014/15 1st 6th of 16   Tornike Kapanadze - 7 Runners-up
2015/16 1st 2nd of 16   Budu Zivzivadze - 16 1/4
2016 1st 1st of 14 Winner   Budu Zivzivadze - 11 1/4
2017 1st 3rd of 10   Davit Rajamashvili - 8 1/8
2018 1st 9th of 10 Relegation play-off, lost   Giorgi Pantsulaia - 6 1/8
2019 2nd 2nd of 10 Promotion play-off, won   Guram Samushia - 15 1/8
2020 1st 7th of 10   Nijat Gurbanov - 4 1/8
2021 1st 10th of 10 Relegated   Nikola Prelčec - 4 1/16

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR   FK Vardar 0–2 0–1 0–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Gabala 2–1 1–5 3–6
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Qarabag 0–1 0–5 0–6
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Tobol 0–1 0–2 0–3

Notable playersEdit

Born in Samtredia, Kаkha Kaladze began his football career at the age of 11 in FC Samtredia's junior team as a striker.

Current squadEdit

As of 31 July 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 Davit Kupatadze
2 DF   GEO Giorgi Mchedlishvili
3 MF   GEO Tamaz Tsetskhladze
4 DF   GEO Jemal Gogiashvili
6 DF   GEO Luka Asatiani
7 MF   GEO Mate Kvirkvia
8 MF   GEO Anatoli Mesiachenko
9 MF   GEO Otar Kobakhidze
10 FW   GEO Giorgi Iluridze
11 MF   GEO Giorgi Arabidze (on loan from Nacional)
13 GK   GEO Rezo Lomidze
15 DF   GEO Shalva Nadiradze
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   GEO Giorgi Akhaladze
17 MF   GEO Giorgi Lomtadze
18 DF   GEO Irakli Kamladze
20 MF   GEO Givi Ioseliani
21 MF   GEO Avto Endeladze
22 MF   GEO Luka Robakidze
23 FW   CRO Nikola Prelcec
26 MF   SRB Strahinja Pavišić
30 GK   GEO Beka Kurdadze
31 FW   GEO Luka Shengelia
33 DF   GEO Andro Giorgadze
35 MF   GEO Giorgi Gadrani

ManagersEdit

  •   Levan Anjaparidze (Jan - Jul 2011)
  •   Koba Mikadze (Aug - Oct 2011)
  •   Gia Bendeliani (Oct 2011 - Sep 2012)
  •   Leri Megeneishvili (Sep - Dec 2012)
  •   Dato Chelidze (Jan - Jun 2013)
  •   Ucha Sosiashvili (Jul - Dec 2013)
  •   Gela Sanaia (Jan - Oct 2014)
  •   Giorgi Tsetsadze (Oct 2014 - Sep 2018)
  •   Giorgi Daraselia (Sep - Dec 2018)
  •   Kakhaber Kacharava (Jan 2019 - Aug 2020)
  •   Giorgi Mikadze (Aug 2020 - Jan 2021)
  •   Giorgi Tsetsadze (Feb - Oct 2021)
  •   Leri Megeneishvili (since Oct 2021)

HonoursEdit

SponsorsEdit

Since 2019 Archi development company has been a general sponsor of FC Samtredia.[10]

NameEdit

Throughout their history Samtredia have also been named Lokomotivi, Sanavardo, Juba and Iberia[11] with the current name regained in 2006.

Samtredia literally means a place where pigeons reside and comes from Georgian word mtredi - pigeon.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Samtredia in 1970-80s". wildstat.com.
  2. ^ "Samtredia vs Vardar 1995 History". uefa.com.
  3. ^ "Dinamo beat Samtredia to make it three in a row". uefa.com.
  4. ^ "Chikhura vs Samtredia 11 Dec 2016". socceway.com.
  5. ^ "სამტრედია - ტორპედო: პირველი სუპერთასი და პირველი დუბლი". sportall.ge (in Georgian). 27 Feb 2017.
  6. ^ "ოფიციალურად: "სამტრედია" კაჭარავამ დატოვა". goal.ge (in Georgian).
  7. ^ "გია ცეცაძე: სამტრედიაში იმიტომ დავბრუნდი, რომ ეს ჩემი უსაყვარლესი გუნდია". 1tv.ge (in Georgian).
  8. ^ "Players". Erovnuliliga. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  9. ^ Georgia - List of Champions - RSSSF
  10. ^ "არქი "სამტრედიას" გენერალური სპონსორი გახდა". sportall.ge (in Georgian).
  11. ^ "The history of FC Samtredia". fcsamtredia.com. 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 18 December 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2017.

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