Georgia national football team
The Georgia national football team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საფეხბურთო ნაკრები, translit.: sakartvelos erovnuli sapekhburto nak'rebi) represents the country of Georgia in international football matches, and 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||Vladimir Weiss|
|Most caps||Levan Kobiashvili (100)|
|Top scorer||Shota Arveladze (26)|
|Home stadium||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|Current||91 1 (28 November 2019)|
|Highest||42 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||156 (March 1994)|
|Current||68 3 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||49 (11 October 1995)|
|Lowest||108 (late 2009)|
| Georgia 2–2 Lithuania |
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 27 May 1990)
| 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)
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Managers
- 7 Notable results
- 8 Record by opponents
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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 and Wales, 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.
In the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying the Georgia national team won one match, drew two and finished 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.
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||3||1||4||7||9||4/5|
|2022||To be determined||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
UEFA European Championship recordEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Soviet Union|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||5||0||5||14||13||3/6|
|2020||To be determined||8||2||2||4||7||11||—|
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
|15 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||1–1||Georgia||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
|19 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Georgia||2–1||Kazakhstan||Tbilisi, Georgia|
||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
|23 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Georgia||0–2||Switzerland||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|15:00 (18:00 UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
|26 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Republic of Ireland||1–0||Georgia||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|20:45 ( UTC±0)||
||Report||Stadium: Aviva Stadium|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|7 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Georgia||3–0||Gibraltar||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Denmark||5–1||Georgia||Copenhagen, Denmark|
||Stadium: Parken Stadium|
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
|5 September 2019 Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Georgia||Istanbul, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium|
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Georgia||0–0||Denmark||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: François Letexier (France)
|12 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Georgia||0–0||Republic of Ireland||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|17:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
|15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Gibraltar||2–3||Georgia||Gibraltar|
|20:45 ( UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Victoria Stadium|
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
|15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Switzerland||1–0||Georgia||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matche against Switzerland on 15 November 2019 and the friendly against Croatia on 19 November 2019.
Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019 after the match against Croatia.
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||Roin Kvaskhvadze||31 May 1989||8||0||Torpedo Kutaisi||v. Denmark, 10 June 2019|
|DF||Lasha Dvali||14 May 1995||13||1||Ferencváros||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 October 2019 INJ|
|DF||Levan Kharabadze||26 January 2000||3||0||Zürich||v. Denmark, 8 September 2019|
|MF||Tornike Okriashvili||12 February 1992||40||9||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Switzerland, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Saba Lobzhanidze||18 December 1994||7||2||Randers||v. Switzerland, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Vakhtang Chanturishvili||5 August 1993||5||0||Fastav Zlín||v. Denmark, 8 September 2019|
|MF||Khvicha Kvaratskhelia||12 February 2001||1||0||Rubin Kazan||v. Denmark, 8 September 2019|
|MF||Giorgi Merebashvili||15 August 1986||32||2||Wisła Płock||v. Denmark, 10 June 2019|
|FW||Levan Mchedlidze||24 March 1990||32||2||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. Denmark, 10 June 2019 INJ|
|FW||Vato Arveladze||4 March 1998||2||1||Korona Kielce||v. Denmark, 10 June 2019|
|MF||Lasha Parunashvili||14 February 1993||2||0||Esbjerg||v. Denmark, 10 June 2019|
|FW||Nika Kacharava||13 January 1994||17||1||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Republic of Ireland, 26 March 2019|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- RET Retired from international football.
As of 5 September 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|
|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|
Record by opponentsEdit
|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|
|Total: 63 countries||240||73||50||117||278||343||−65||30.42|
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- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
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- "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
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- "Georgia international footballers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- "Georgia national football team goal scorers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
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