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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.

Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)ჯვაროსნები
jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
AssociationGeorgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVladimir Weiss
CaptainJaba Kankava
Most capsLevan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorerShota Arveladze (26)
Home stadiumBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
FIFA codeGEO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 91 Decrease 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest42 (September 1998)
Lowest156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 68 Increase 3 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest49 (11 October 1995)
Lowest108 (late 2009)
First international
Georgia (country) Georgia 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 27 May 1990)
Biggest win
Georgia (country) Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 30 March 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 5–0 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Bucharest, Romania; 24 April 1996)
 Denmark 6–1 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 7 September 2005)

HistoryEdit

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,[3] enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova[4] 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.

The team finished fifth (and last) with seven points in their qualifying group for Euro 2004, although they defeated Russia with a goal scored by Malkhaz Asatiani.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Georgia beat Albania 2–0 at home and Kazakhstan away 2–1. They finished sixth (second bottom) with ten points in Group 2.

Georgia were sixth out of seven teams in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying group with ten points. They defeated Scotland 2–0 at home and the Faroe Islands 6–0 away and 3–1 at home.

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 June 2016, Georgia beat the two-times reigning European champions Spain 1–0 in their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly.[5]

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.

HonoursEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
  1930 to   1990 Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 8 3 1 4 7 9 4/5
    2002 8 3 1 4 12 12 3/5
  2006 12 2 4 6 14 25 6/7
  2010 10 0 3 7 7 19 6/6
  2014 8 1 2 5 3 10 4/5
  2018 10 0 5 5 8 14 5/6
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total 0/9 56 9 16 31 51 89

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
  1960 to   1992 Part of   Soviet Union
  1996 Did not qualify 10 5 0 5 14 13 3/6
    2000 10 1 2 7 8 18 6/6
  2004 8 2 1 5 8 14 5/5
    2008 12 3 1 8 16 19 6/7
    2012 10 2 4 4 7 9 5/6
  2016 10 3 0 7 10 16 5/6
  2020 To be determined 8 2 2 4 7 11
  2024
Total 0/7 62 16 8 38 63 92

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 33) 56 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
12 1GK Giorgi Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 29) 15 0   Vitória de Setúbal
17 1GK Lazare Kupatadze (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Saburtalo Tbilisi

4 2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 32) 79 2   San Jose Earthquakes
22 2DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 33) 38 0   Dinamo Batumi
2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 27) 36 0   Lokomotiv Moscow
2 2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 24) 33 0   Luzern
18 2DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 30) 31 0   Arsenal Tula
3 2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 26) 21 0   Shakhtar Donetsk
16 2DF Jemal Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 23) 11 1   Ufa

7 3MF Jaba Kankava (captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 33) 86 10   Tobol
10 3MF Jano Ananidze (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 27) 45 7   Spartak Moscow
8 3MF Valeri Qazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 26) 46 10   San Jose Earthquakes
6 3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 30) 35 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Valerian Gvilia (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) 26 3   Legia Warsaw
3MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 27) 25 0   Tobol
15 3MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 24) 16 0   Twente
13 3MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 23) 16 0   Sturm Graz
20 3MF Jaba Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 27) 14 0   Dinamo Batumi
3MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 24) 13 3   Zaragoza
3MF Giorgi Kharaishvili (1996-07-29) 29 July 1996 (age 23) 6 1   Göteborg
19 3MF Levan Shengelia (1995-10-27) 27 October 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Konyaspor
3MF Zuriko Davitashvili (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 18) 2 0   Rubin Kazan

11 4FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 26) 22 5   Gent
4FW Bachana Arabuli (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 25) 7 0   Panionios
14 4FW Elguja Lobjanidze (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 27) 6 0   Taraz

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 30) 8 0   Torpedo Kutaisi v.   Denmark, 10 June 2019

DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 24) 13 1   Ferencváros v.   Republic of Ireland, 12 October 2019 INJ
DF Levan Kharabadze (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Zürich v.   Denmark, 8 September 2019

MF Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 27) 40 9   Anorthosis Famagusta v.    Switzerland, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Saba Lobzhanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 24) 7 2   Randers v.    Switzerland, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Vakhtang Chanturishvili (1993-08-05) 5 August 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Fastav Zlín v.   Denmark, 8 September 2019
MF Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Rubin Kazan v.   Denmark, 8 September 2019
MF Giorgi Merebashvili (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 33) 32 2   Wisła Płock v.   Denmark, 10 June 2019

FW Levan Mchedlidze (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 29) 32 2   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   Denmark, 10 June 2019 INJ
FW Vato Arveladze (1998-03-04) 4 March 1998 (age 21) 2 1   Korona Kielce v.   Denmark, 10 June 2019
MF Lasha Parunashvili (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Esbjerg v.   Denmark, 10 June 2019
FW Nika Kacharava (1994-01-13) 13 January 1994 (age 25) 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.

RecordsEdit

Lists of 10 players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Georgia, as of 10 June 2019 (players in bold are still available for selection):[6][7]

ManagersEdit

As of 5 September 2019[8]

Manager Georgia career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Givi Nodia 1990 1 0 1 0 000.00
  Giga Norakidze 1991–1992 4 2 0 2 050.00
  Aleksandre Chivadze 1993–1996 24 9 1 14 037.50
  Vladimir Gutsaev (caretaker) 1996 2 0 0 2 000.00
  David Kipiani 1997 7 4 1 2 057.14
  Vladimir Gutsaev 1998 5 3 2 0 060.00
  Gigla Imnadze (caretaker) 1998 1 0 0 1 000.00
  Vladimir Gutsaev 1998–1999 8 2 1 5 025.00
  Johan Boskamp 1999 5 0 1 4 000.00
  David Kipiani / Revaz Dzodzuashvili 2000–2001 16 5 5 6 031.25
  Aleksandre Chivadze 2001–2003 11 4 3 4 036.36
  Ivo Šušak 2003 2 1 0 1 050.00
  Merab Jordania 2003 3 1 0 2 033.33
  Gocha Tkebuchava (caretaker) 2004 3 0 0 3 000.00
  Alain Giresse 2004–2005 10 2 2 6 020.00
  Gaioz Darsadze (caretaker) 2005 7 2 2 3 028.57
  Klaus Toppmöller 2006–2008 24 7 4 13 029.17
  Petar Segrt (caretaker) 2008 2 0 1 1 000.00
  Héctor Cúper 2008–2009 16 1 4 11 006.25
  Temur Ketsbaia 2010–2014 40 13 9 18 032.50
  Kakhaber Tskhadadze 2014–2016 10 3 1 6 030.00
  Vladimír Weiss 2016– 34 12 10 12 035.29

Notable resultsEdit

Date Team Result Team
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

As of 19 November 2019[9][10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Georgian Football Federation". UEFA. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Georgia – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Spain fall to Georgia in final friendly ahead of Euro 2016". ESPN FC. 7 Jun 2016. Retrieved 8 Jun 2016.
  6. ^ "Georgia international footballers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Georgia national football team goal scorers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Georgia national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Georgia - International Results". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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