The Georgia national football team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საფეხბურთო ნაკრები, romanized: sakartvelos erovnuli sapekhburto nak'rebi) represents the country of Georgia in men's international football matches, and it is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 1996 onwards, but have not achieved qualification yet. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.
|Association||Georgian Football Federation (GFF)|
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
|Head coach||Willy Sagnol|
|Most caps||Jaba Kankava |
Levan Kobiashvili (100)
|Top scorer||Shota Arveladze (26)|
|Home stadium||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|Current||85 1 (31 March 2022)|
|Highest||42 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||156 (March 1994)|
Georgia 2–2 Lithuania
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 27 May 1990)
Lithuania 1–0 Georgia
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 2 September 1992)
| Georgia 7–0 Armenia |
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 30 March 1997)
| Romania 5–0 Georgia |
(Bucharest, Romania; 24 April 1996)
Denmark 6–1 Georgia
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 September 2005)
The history of the Georgia national football team began in 1990, when the team played their first international match against Lithuania, the first country to accept an invitation. The match was held on 27 May 1990 at national stadium. Georgia were coached by Givi Nodia. The friendly match ended in a 2–2 draw. This was the only match prior to the declaration of independence on 9 April 1991. Soon afterwards the team played another friendly match against Moldova.
The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFA in 1992, enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova as part of the qualifiers for Euro 1996. Georgia finished third in their group, ahead of Moldova, Wales and Albania, but seven points behind second-placed qualifier Bulgaria.
Georgia failed to qualify for 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, obtaining 10 points and finishing in fourth place, level on points with Poland. At this time Georgia reached forty-second place in the FIFA World Ranking.
During UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying the Georgia national team won one match, drew two and finished at the bottom of the group with five points. This marked the beginning of a period of decline for Georgian football.
Héctor Cúper became the manager of Georgia in August 2008. During the qualification round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Georgia failed to win any matches and finished sixth (and last) with three points. Cuper didn't extend his contract, and on 6 November 2009 Temur Ketsbaia was appointed as the new manager of the Georgian national football team. Ketsbaia resigned as manager after a 4–0 defeat at home to Poland in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers on 14 November 2014, having previously stated he would do so before the match regardless of the result.
In 2018, they were the first team to earn promotion in the new UEFA Nations League. They scored the event's first goal in a UEFA Nations League D game in Kazakhstan before beating Latvia twice and Andorra, with 2 games still to spare. In the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Georgia had a disappointing run, with their only wins came over Gibraltar. Still, having finished first place in League D, Georgia was able to qualify for the country's first ever major playoff. Georgia managed to beat Belarus 1–0 and thus the hope to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020 increased, but it went in vain after the Georgians suffered a heartbreaking home defeat to North Macedonia in the decisive match and thus missed the opportunity to make a historic debut in a major competition.
Georgia showed improvements with a strong 2-0 win over Sweden at the 2022 World Cup qualification on 11 November, 2021.
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
|31 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Greece||1–1||Georgia||Thessaloniki, Greece|
||Stadium: Toumba Stadium|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|2 June 2021 Friendly||Romania||1–2||Georgia||Ploiești, Romania|
||Report||Stadium: Ilie Oană|
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|6 June 2021 Friendly||Netherlands||3–0||Georgia||Enschede, Netherlands|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: De Grolsch Veste|
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
|2 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Georgia||0–1||Kosovo||Batumi, Georgia|
||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
|5 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Spain||4–0||Georgia||Badajoz, Spain|
|22:45||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Vivero|
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
|8 September 2021 Friendly||Bulgaria||4–1||Georgia||Sofia, Bulgaria|
||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (North Macedonia)
|9 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Georgia||0–2||Greece||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|12 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Kosovo||1–2||Georgia||Pristina, Kosovo|
|22:45||Report||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
|11 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification||Georgia||2–0||Sweden||Batumi, Georgia|
||Report||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|15 November 2021 Friendly||Georgia||1–0||Uzbekistan||Gori, Georgia|
||Report||Stadium: Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium|
Referee: Vitaliy Romanov (Ukraine)
|25 March 2022 Friendly||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–1||Georgia||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|20:45||Zivzivadze 49'||Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium|
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
|29 March 2022 Friendly||Albania||0–0||Georgia||Tirana, Albania|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Arena Kombëtare|
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
|2 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||v||Gibraltar||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Bulgaria||v||Georgia||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
|9 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||North Macedonia||v||Georgia||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|Report||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
|12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||v||Bulgaria||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|23 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||v||North Macedonia||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
- As of 15 February 2021
|Assistant Manager||Guy Chatellier|
|Assistant Manager||Hugo Collier|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Jérémy Bardot|
|Fitness Coach||Fabien Bossuet|
|Chief Analyst||Jean-Jacques Roy|
As of 19 November 2019
|Manager||Georgia career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Vladimir Gutsaev (caretaker)||1996||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Gigla Imnadze (caretaker)||1998||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|David Kipiani / Revaz Dzodzuashvili||2000–2001||16||5||5||6||31.25|
|Gocha Tkebuchava (caretaker)||2004||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Gaioz Darsadze (caretaker)||2005||7||2||2||3||28.57|
|Petar Segrt (caretaker)||2008||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|Ramaz Svanadze (caretaker)||2020–2021||1||0||1||0||0.00|
Caps and goals as of 29 March 2022 after the match against Albania.
The following players have not been called up for the upcoming matches but have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Luka Gugeshashvili||29 April 1999||0||0||Qarabağ||v. Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021|
|DF||Irakli Azarovi||21 January 2002||6||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021|
|DF||Luka Lochoshvili||29 May 1998||2||0||Wolfsberger AC||v. Sweden, 11 November 2021|
|DF||Gia Grigalava||5 August 1989||34||0||Khimki||v. Greece, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Jemal Tabidze||18 March 1996||14||1||Free agent||v. Greece, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Davit Kobouri||24 January 1998||0||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. Greece, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Jaba Kankava||18 March 1986||100||10||Slovan Bratislava||v. Sweden, 11 November 2021|
|MF||Giorgi Chakvetadze||29 August 1999||13||5||Hamburger SV||v. Sweden, 11 November 2021|
|MF||Otar Kiteishvili||26 March 1996||24||0||Sturm Graz||v. Spain, 5 September 2021 INJ|
|MF||Sandro Altunashvili||19 May 1997||2||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Bulgaria, 8 September 2021|
|MF||Jaba Jighauri||8 July 1992||22||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Bulgaria, 8 September 2021|
|MF||Murtaz Daushvili||1 May 1989||41||0||APOEL||v. Bulgaria, 8 September 2021|
|MF||Giorgi Zaria||14 June 1997||1||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Kosovo, 2 September 2021|
|FW||Tornike Okriashvili||12 February 1992||50||13||APOEL||v. Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021|
|FW||Georges Mikautadze||31 October 2000||7||1||Seraing||v. Sweden, 11 November 2021 INJ|
|FW||Giorgi Kvilitaia||1 October 1993||34||5||APOEL||v. Kosovo, 12 October 2021|
|FW||Giorgi Pantsulaia||6 January 1994||0||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Kosovo, 2 September 2021 INJ|
- As of 29 March 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Georgia.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of the Soviet Union||Part of the Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||3||1||4||7||9||4/5|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of the Soviet Union||Part of the Soviet Union|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||5||0||5||14||13||3/6|
|2020||10||3||2||5||8||12||4/5 (PO runners-up)|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||C||To be determined|
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||100.00|
|Republic of Ireland||11||0||2||9||5||18||−13||0.00|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||100.00|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||0.00|
|16 November 1994||Georgia||5–0||Wales|
|7 June 1995||Wales||0–1||Georgia|
|11 October 1995||Georgia||2–1||Bulgaria|
|10 September 1997||Georgia||0–0||Italy|
|11 October 1997||Georgia||3–0||Poland|
|1 September 2001||Georgia||3–1||Hungary|
|27 March 2002||Georgia||4–1||South Africa|
|30 April 2003||Georgia||1–0||Russia|
|15 November 2006||Georgia||2–0||Uruguay|
|7 February 2007||Georgia||1–0||Turkey|
|17 October 2007||Georgia||2–0||Scotland|
|20 August 2008||Wales||1–2||Georgia|
|26 March 2011||Georgia||1–0||Croatia|
|6 September 2013||Georgia||0–0||France|
|4 September 2015||Georgia||1–0||Scotland|
|7 June 2016||Spain||0–1||Georgia|
|8 September 2019||Georgia||0–0||Denmark|
|2 June 2021||Romania||1–2||Georgia|
|11 November 2021||Georgia||2–0||Sweden|
- Football in Georgia
- List of Georgia international footballers
- Georgia national football team results
- List of Georgian national football team captains
- Georgia national under-21 football team
- Georgia national under-19 football team
- Georgia national under-17 football team
- Georgia national futsal team
- Georgia national beach soccer team
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