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; 53 years ago (1968)
GroundChele Arena
Capacity6,000
ManagerGiorgi Shashiashvili
LeagueErovnuli Liga
2021Erovnuli Liga, 9th of 10
WebsiteClub website

Currently they are represented in Erovnuli Liga, the first tier of Georgian championship.

HistoryEdit

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]

Davit Khocholava, who later became Shakhtar Donetsk defender, played 25 matches for Shukura in 2014/15.

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]

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 rainy thriller.[6]

SeasonsEdit

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   Mikheil Sardalishvili - 8 1/2

Current squadEdit

As of 7 August 2021[7]

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 Gabriel Tebidze
2 DF   GEO Mirza Partenadze
4 MF   GEO Beka Varshanidze
5 DF   GEO Nika Chanturia
6 DF   GEO Gela Gogitidze
7 FW   GEO Zurab Museliani
8 MF   GEO Levan Khmaladze
9 FW   GEO David Mujiri
10 MF   GEO Nika Dzalamidze
11 FW   BRA Jacinto
12 GK   GEO Davit Shetsiruli
13 GK   GEO Luka Sherozia
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   GEO Levan Ingorokva
15 DF   GEO Irakli Komakhidze
17 FW   GEO Beka Verulidze
19 MF   GEO Gia Apkhazava
21 MF   GEO Mishiko Sardalishvili
22 DF   GEO Giorgi Gaprindashvili
23 DF   GEO Giorgi Rekhviashvili
26 MF   GEO Kakhaber Kakashvili
27 MF   GEO Gia Kvaratskhelia
31 FW   GEO Saba Jincharadze
33 MF   BRA Jefinho
40 MF   GEO Shalva Ekvtimishvili

HonoursEdit

Erovnuli Liga 2:

Winners (4): 1992-93, 2003-04, 2013-14, 2020

StadiumEdit

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.

NameEdit

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

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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).
  7. ^ "Players". Erovnuliliga. Retrieved 17 August 2019.