Georgia national football team

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.

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 86 Increase 3 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest42 (September 1998)
Lowest156 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 65 Increase 3 (26 October 2020)[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
(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.

Ketsbaia's periodEdit

On January 1, 2010 , the famous Georgian football player Temur Ketsbaia headed the team . Under his leadership, the team showed a historic result - in 2010 it did not lose the game. The national teams of Greece , Croatia , Israel and Latvia met the Georgian team in the qualifying group for the 2012 European Championship . This was followed by the most noisy victory in the history of Georgian football - 1: 0 with Croatia , where the Georgians defeated Croatia, the favorite of the group, with a goal scored by Levan Kobiashvili in the 90th minute. But then the crisis in the team started. Finally, Georgians are only in the qualifying group for the 2012 European Championship. They overtook the Maltese team and took the penultimate fifth place. Veterans Levan Kobiashvili and Aleksandre Iashvili ended their national team career.

In the qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup , the Crusaders met the current world and European champions Spain and France , as well as the teams of Finland and Belarus . Team of the cycle has started, the beat Belarus 1: 0 defeated, and 4 days in Spain with a minimal difference lost. Despite a good start, the team threw the following matches, ended the meeting with the Finnish team in Helsinki in a draw 1: 1, and in a few days lost to Belarus 2: 0. Finally, the Georgian team, which was ahead of only Belarus in the penultimate group, took the fourth place. During the cycle, Ketsbaia had a conflict with defender, Zurab Khizanishvili and Alexander Amisulashvili , who have refused to play in Georgia national team if Ketsbaia have to be manager. After losing three of the first four matches in the Euro 2016 qualifiers (Ireland 1:2, Scotland 0:1, Poland 0:4), Ketsbaia resigned as coach. He was replaced by Kakhaber Tskhadadze , who held the post for 1 year and resigned in early 2016 after a salary scandal. Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss has been appointed to replace him.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 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
    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 To be determined
      2026
Total 0/8 56 9 16 31 51 89

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

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 the   Soviet Union Part of the   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 4/5
  2024 To be determined
Total 0/8 68 18 10 40 70 100

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D 1 1st Promoted 6 5 1 0 12 2
2020–21 C 2 2 4 1 3 0 5 4
Total 10 6 4 0 17 6

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 20 October 2020[6][7]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2019Edit

15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifyingSwitzerland   1–0  GeorgiaSt. Gallen, Switzerland
20:45 (UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Kybunpark
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
19 November 2019 FriendlyCroatia  2–1  GeorgiaPula, Croatia
20:45 (UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

2020Edit

5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueEstonia  0–1  GeorgiaTallinn, Estonia
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
8 October 2020 Euro 2020 play-offs SFGeorgia  1–0  BelarusTbilisi, Georgia
20:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueArmenia  2–2  GeorgiaTychy, Poland
20:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Tychy City Stadium
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueNorth Macedonia  1–1  GeorgiaSkopje, North Macedonia
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueGeorgia  v  ArmeniaBatumi, Georgia
21:00 UTC+4 Stadium: Batumi Stadium
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueGeorgia  v  EstoniaBatumi, Georgia
21:00 UTC+4 Stadium: Batumi Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match against Belarus on 8 October, and the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League fixtures against Armenia and North Macedonia on 11 and 14 October 2020, respectively.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 34) 60 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
12 1GK Giorgi Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 30) 16 0   Almería
17 1GK Lazare Kupatadze (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Saburtalo Tbilisi

2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 33) 80 2   San Jose Earthquakes
2 2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 25) 36 0   Tenerife
3 2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 27) 23 0   Shakhtar Donetsk
5 2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 28) 40 0   Rotor Volgograd
8 2DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 31) 32 0   Arsenal Tula
14 2DF Nikoloz Mali (1999-01-27) 27 January 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Saburtalo
15 2DF Mamuka Kobakhidze (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 28) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi
2DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 25) 15 1   Ferencváros
2DF Jemal Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 24) 13 0   Ufa

3MF Valeri Qazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 50 10   San Jose Earthquakes
4 3MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 28) 30 0   Tobol
6 3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 31) 38 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
7 3MF Jaba Kankava (captain) (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 34) 90 10   Tobol
9 3MF Giorgi Chakvetadze (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 21) 9 5   Gent
18 3MF Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 19) 5 1   Rubin Kazan
19 3MF Levan Shengelia (1995-10-27) 27 October 1995 (age 25) 7 0   Konyaspor
20 3MF Jaba Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28) 17 0   Dinamo Batumi
21 3MF Valerian Gvilia (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26) 30 3   Legia Warsaw
22 3MF Zuriko Davitashvili (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 19) 3 0   Rotor Volgograd
23 3MF Saba Lobzhanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 25) 11 2   Ankaragücü
3MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 25) 18 0   Oviedo
3MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 24) 18 0   Sturm Graz

10 4FW Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 28) 44 12   Anorthosis Famagusta
11 4FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 27) 27 5   Anorthosis Famagusta
13 4FW Nika Kacharava (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 26) 21 3   Lech Poznań
4FW Elguja Lobjanidze (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 28) 7 0   Kaisar

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
DF Davit Kobouri (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   North Macedonia, 8 September 2020
DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 34) 40 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   North Macedonia, 8 September 2020

MF Giorgi Kutsia (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   North Macedonia, 8 September 2020
  • 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):[9][10]

ManagersEdit

As of 19 November 2019[11]

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– 45 16 15 14 035.56

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
8 October 2020   Georgia 1–0   Belarus

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  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 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Georgia national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Georgia - International Results". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "ვლადიმირ ვაისმა საქართველოს ნაკრების შემადგენლობა დაასახელა" [Vladimír Weiss named the composition of the Georgian national team]. Georgian Football Federation (in Georgian). 28 September 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Georgia international footballers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Georgia national football team goal scorers of all-time". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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