FC Telavi is a Georgian association football club from the city of Telavi, competing in Erovnuli Liga, the first tier of Georgian league system.

FC Telavi
FC Telavi Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Telavi
FoundedJuly 19, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-07-19)
GroundGivi Chokheli Stadium
Telavi, Georgia
Capacity12,000
ChairmanIrakli Vashakidze
ManagerGiorgi Tsetsadze
LeagueErovnuli Liga
20216th of 10
WebsiteClub website

They have been a member of the top flight since 2020.

HistoryEdit

The football club was founded in 2016 by former football players Irakli Vashakidze, Soso Grishikashvili and Aleksandre Amisulashvili.[1] Telavi successfully completed their first season in Regionuli Liga in 2016 and earned a place in III division. The next year they finished 2nd in Group White and in promotion play-offs defeated Guria 3-2 on aggregate.[2]

In 2018, Telavi took a foothold in Liga 2 coming 5th in the final table. On David Kipiani Cup Telavi eliminated four opponents, including Dila Gori, and reached the semifinals where they lost to Torpedo Kutaisi, future champions of the competition.[3]

The next year they booked another promotion play-off, beat Rustavi in both games and advanced to Erovnuli Liga.[4] With this result the team achieved three promotions within the four seasons. Also, after a twelve-year pause the first-tier football finally returned to the capital of Kakheti.

Following this promotion nine new players, including four foreigners, strengthened the squad for 2020.[5] During their very first season the club was widely praised for decent performance. Having lost just two games out of 18, FC Telavi finished in the 6th place.[6]

The next season began poorly. After being winless for 17 games Telavi seemed a primary candidate for relegation, which resulted in the exit of manager. Starting from mid-June the team experienced some revival, producing an unbeaten run for seven matches, including five wins. They secured six more victories in the last quarter of the season, leapfrogged the rivals and accomplished a great escape. With this achievement Giorgi Mikadze claimed Manager of Erovnuli Liga Round 4 (October-December) award.[7]

SeasonsEdit

Year Division Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Cup Manager
2017 3rd, White Group 2/10 18 10 5 3 30 18 35 3rd Round Giorgi Dekanosidze
Promotion Group 3/10  18 12 3 3 56 15 39
2018
2nd
5/10 36 12 12 12 45 43 48 12 finals Denis Khomutov
2019 3/10  36 19 6 11 70 36 63 18 finals Revaz Gotsiridze
2020
1st
6/10 18 4 12 2 21 14 24 14 finals
2021 6/10 36 12 8 16 35 53 44 18 finals Revaz Gotsiridze;
Giorgi Mikadze
2022 Giorgi Chelidze;
Giorgi Tsetsadze

Current squadEdit

As of 14 August 2022[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 Luka Sanikidze
2 DF   GEO Tsotne Kapanadze
3 DF   GEO Zurab Gigashvili
4 DF   GEO Ilia Beriashvili (C)
5 MF   GEO Zurab Tevzadze
6 MF   GEO Saba Piranashvili
7 MF   BRA Vitinho
8 MF   SRB Strahinja Pavišić
9 MF   GEO Levan Grdzelidze
10 FW   GEO Beka Kavtaradze
11 FW   GEO Lasha Kokhreidze
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 GK   GEO Levan Tandilashvili
14 DF   GEO Mirian Jikia
15 MF   GEO Lasha Kochladze
17 FW   GEO Giorgi Kvernadze
20 DF   GEO Vazha Patsatsia
22 DF   GEO Vako Bachiashvili
23 FW   GEO David Mujiri
29 MF   GEO Eldar Parkinashvili
30 FW   GEO Guram Kavelashvili
33 GK   UKR Bohdan Bezkrovnyi
35 DF   NGA Rafael Chukwurah

StadiumEdit

Givi Chokheli football ground is home to FC Telavi, although the club played most of their home games in the last two seasons on Kavkasioni Rugby Arena.

In October 2020, local authorities made a presentation on construction plans for a brand new stadium.[9]

SponsorsEdit

In early 2018, FC Telavi signed a sponsorship contract with m2 Development company.[10]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ვინ თქვა, კახეთში ფეხბურთი არ უყვართო?! თელავში გუნდი ფეხბურთელებმა აღადგინეს". sportall.ge (in Georgian). 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ "„თელავმა" პლეი-ოფში „გურიას" სძლია და მე-2 ლიგაში აღზევდა". reginfo.ge. 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "„ტორპედო" საქართველოს დავით ყიფიანის სახელობის თასის ფინალში გავიდა". topnews.ge (in Georgian). 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ "„თელავმა" „რუსთავი" დაამარცხა და ეროვნულ ლიგაში დაწინაურდა". 1tv.ge. 11 December 2019.
  5. ^ "თელავმა ცხრა ფეხბურთელი დაიმატა". 1tv.ge (in Georgian). 29 February 2020.
  6. ^ "2020 Final table". eliga.ge.
  7. ^ "გიორგი მიქაძე ეროვნული ლიგის მეოთხე წრის საუკეთესო მწვრთნელია". 1tv.ge (in Georgian). 10 December 2021. Retrieved 11 Dec 2021.
  8. ^ "Players". soccerway.com.
  9. ^ "თელავს თანამედროვე სტანდარტების შესაბამისი სტადიონი ექნება". telavi.gov.ge (in Georgian). 30 October 2020.
  10. ^ "m2 becomes main sponsor of FC Telavi". m2.ge. 1 March 2018.