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.
|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||86 3 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||42 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||156 (March 1994)|
|Current||65 3 (26 October 2020)|
|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)
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.
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.
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|
|2022||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||To be determined||8||2||2||4||7||11||4/5|
|2024||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|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: 64 countries||245||75||53||117||284||348||−64||30.61|
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
|15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Switzerland||1–0||Georgia||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|19 November 2019 Friendly||Croatia||2–1||Georgia||Pula, Croatia|
||Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina|
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
|5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Estonia||0–1||Georgia||Tallinn, Estonia|
||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena|
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Georgia||1–1||North Macedonia||Tbilisi, Georgia|
||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Peter Kjærsgaard-Andersen (Denmark)
|8 October 2020 Euro 2020 play-offs SF||Georgia||1–0||Belarus||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Armenia||2–2||Georgia||Tychy, Poland|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Tychy City Stadium|
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
|14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||North Macedonia||1–1||Georgia||Skopje, North Macedonia|
||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|12 November 2020 Euro 2020 play-offs F||Georgia||v||North Macedonia||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi|
|18:00 (21:00 UTC+4)||Report|
|15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Georgia||v||Armenia||Batumi, Georgia|
|21:00 UTC+4||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
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.
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||24 January 1998||0||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. North Macedonia, 8 September 2020|
|DF||Giorgi Navalovski||28 June 1986||40||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. North Macedonia, 8 September 2020|
|MF||Giorgi Kutsia||27 October 1999||0||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. North Macedonia, 8 September 2020|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- RET Retired from international football.
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|
|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|
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