FC Shukura Kobuleti

FC Shukura Kobuleti, commonly known as Shukura Kobuleti or simply Shukura, is a Georgian football club from Kobuleti, the second largest city of Adjara.

FC Shukura Kobuleti
Shukura Kobuleti Logo.png
Full nameFC Shukura Kobuleti
Founded1968; 55 years ago (1968)
GroundChele Arena
ManagerUcha Sosiashvili
LeagueErovnuli Liga
20221st in Erovnuli Liga 2, Promoted
WebsiteClub website

After the 2022 season, they were promoted to Erovnuli Liga, the top tier of Georgian championship.


Established in 1968, Shukura played three seasons in the Soviet third division.[1]

After an independent Georgian league was formed in 1990, the club took part in II league competition before getting promoted to Umaglesi Liga for 1993/94. After one season, though, they lost the relegation battle.[2]

A decade later the team managed to earn another promotion after 2003/04, but facing severe financial problems, Shukura was unable to play in the first tier.[3]

In 2011/12 Shukura won the third division and advanced to II league. They had another successful season in 2013/14, when the club returned to the top flight and also for the first time reached the semifinals of David Kipiani Cup after Umaglesi Liga clubs WIT Georgia and Merani had been eliminated.[4]

In October 2019 Giorgi Shashiashvili took the helm of Shukura and a year later led the club to successful completion of their promotion goal,[5] although after one season the club returned to league 2.

The team came close to the Cup final in 2021. Having initially beaten Dinamo Tbilisi, Shukura was ahead of Samgurali three minutes before the stoppage time, but still lost a dramatic five-goal thriller.[6]

In 2022, Shukura sealed the first place in Liga 2 for the third time in a decade and claimed the champion's record-breaking fifth title in the history of this division.[7]


Season Div. Pos Notes Top goalscorer Cup
2012/13 2nd 3rd of 12 Group B   Giorgi Chelebadze - 13 1/8
2013/14 2nd 1st of 13 Group A, promoted   Giorgi Chelebadze - 22 1/2
2014/15 1st 7th of 16   Giorgi Chelebadze - 7 1/8
2015/16 1st 10th of 16   Elguja Lobjanidze - 7 1/4
2016 1st 5th of 7 White Group   Koba Shalamberidze - 4 1/16
2017 1st 10th of 10 Relegated   Davit Chagelishvili - 8 1/16
2018 2nd 7th of 10   Giorgi Chelebadze - 10 1/4
2019 2nd 6th of 10   Giorgi Kurmashvili - 7 1/16
2020 2nd 1st of 10 Promoted   Jefinho - 11 1/16
2021 1st 9th of 10 Relegated   Mikheil Sardalishvili - 8 1/2
2022 2nd 1st of 10 Promoted   Zurab Museliani - 12 1/4

Current squadEdit

As of 1 May 2023[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 Gogi Kulua
3 MF   GEO Aleko Ananidze
4 DF   GEO Aliko Chakvetadze
5 MF   GEO Aleksandre Andronikashvili
6 DF   GEO Lasha Kasradze
7 FW   GEO Beka Verulidze
8 MF   GEO Tsotne Patsatsia
\9 MF   RSA Bantu Mzwakali
10 MF   GEO Mishiko Sardalishvili (C)
11 MF   GEO Gia Apkhazava
12 GK   GEO Giorgi Abramishvili
13 MF   GEO Gaga Gazdeliani
14 DF   GEO Luka Asatiani
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW   GEO Sandro Gelashvili
17 FW   GEO Giorgi Janelidze
19 MF   GEO Ilia Sabiashvili
20 DF   GEO Levan Kurdadze
21 MF   GEO Nikoloz Basheleishvili
22 DF   GEO Irakli Lekvtadze
23 MF   GEO Luka Lortkipanidze
24 FW   GEO Giorgi Gogolashvili
25 MF   CIV Abdoul Aziz Doumbia
27 DF   GEO Roman Chachua
30 MF   GEO Lasha Kvaratskhelia
31 MF   JPN Koken Kuroki


Erovnuli Liga 2:

Winners (5): 1992-93, 2003-04, 2013-14, 2020, 2022

Notable playersEdit

Davit Khocholava, who later became Shakhtar Donetsk defender and the national team member, played 25 matches for Shukura in 2014/15.


Chele Arena, home ground to FC Shukura, is named after Revaz Chelebadze, the famous football player born in Kobuleti. It has the capacity of 6,000 seats. In 2023 a plan to build a new stadium with a capacity of 8,000 seats is in works.

Other teamsEdit

Shukura have a reserve team, taking part in the Regionuli Liga tournament.[9]


Shukura literally means a lighthouse, which is duly depicted on the club's emblem.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Shukura in 1960s". wildstat.com.
  2. ^ "1993/94 in Umaglesi liga". soccerway.com.
  3. ^ "Pirveli liga in 2003/04". soccerway.com.
  4. ^ "Georgian Cup 2013/14". flashscore.com.
  5. ^ "Liga 2 in 2020". gff.ge.
  6. ^ "ზედიზედ მეორედ თასის ფინალში". samgurali.ge (in Georgian). 24 November 2021.
  7. ^ "ქობულეთის ეროვნული 2-ის შუქურა ჩემპიონია". crystalsport.ge (in Georgian). 6 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Players". erovnuliliga.ge. Retrieved 1 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Regional league, 2022". gff.ge (in Georgian).