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, although they came very close to Euro 2020. 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||Guram Kashia (102)|
|Top scorer||Shota Arveladze (26)|
|Home stadium||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena and Adjarabet Arena|
|Current||77 1 (6 April 2023)|
|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.
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.
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.
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|2 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||4–0||Gibraltar||Tbilisi, Georgia|
||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Morten Krogh (Denmark)
|5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Bulgaria||2–5||Georgia||Razgrad, Bulgaria|
||Stadium: Huvepharma Arena|
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)
|9 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||North Macedonia||0–3||Georgia||Skopje, North Macedonia|
||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
|12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||0–0||Bulgaria||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
|23 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Georgia||2–0||North Macedonia||Tbilisi, Georgia|
||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|26 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Gibraltar||1–2||Georgia||Gibraltar|
||Stadium: Victoria Stadium|
Referee: Rob Harvey (Ireland)
|17 November 2022 Friendly||Morocco||3–0||Georgia||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Sharjah Stadium|
Referee: Adel Al Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
|25 March 2023 Friendly||Georgia||6–1||Mongolia||Batumi, Georgia|
||Report||Batbold 31'||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
|28 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||1–1||Norway||Batumi, Georgia|
||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||v||Georgia||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis|
|20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Scotland||v||Georgia||Glasgow, Scotland|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
|8 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||v||Spain||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|11 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||v||Georgia||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
|15 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||v||Cyprus||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||v||Scotland||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|19 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Spain||v||Georgia||Valladolid, Spain|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: El Sardinero|
- As of 20 June 2022
|Assistant Manager|| Adel Chedli |
|Goalkeeping Coach||Davit Gvaramadze|
|Analyst|| Irakli Chitauri |
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
|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|
The following players were called up for a friendly match against Mongolia and a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match against Norway on March 25 and 28, 2023.
Caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2023, after the match against Norway.
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||Levan Shovnadze||19 November 1997||0||0||Samgurali||v. Gibraltar, 26 September 2022|
|GK||Lazare Kupatadze||1 January 1996||2||0||Saburtalo||v. Bulgaria, 12 June 2022|
|DF||Davit Khocholava||8 February 1993||39||0||Copenhagen||v. Mongolia, 25 March 2023 INJ|
|DF||Luka Lochoshvili||29 May 1998||5||0||Cremonese||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|DF||Guram Giorbelidze||25 February 1996||11||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Gibraltar, 26 September 2022|
|DF||Grigol Chabradze||20 April 1996||8||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Gibraltar, 26 September 2022|
|MF||Anzor Mekvabishvili||5 June 2001||7||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. Mongolia, 25 March 2023 INJ|
|MF||Otar Kiteishvili||26 March 1996||29||1||Sturm Graz||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|MF||Levan Shengelia||27 October 1995||11||0||Panetolikos||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|MF||Vladimer Mamuchashvili||28 August 1997||7||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|MF||Sandro Altunashvili||19 May 1997||2||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|MF||Valerian Gvilia||24 May 1994||44||3||Unattached||v. Bulgaria, 12 June 2022|
|FW||Giorgi Kvilitaia||1 October 1993||35||5||APOEL||v. Morocco, 17 November 2022|
|FW||Valeri Qazaishvili||29 January 1993||62||15||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Gibraltar, 26 September 2022|
|FW||Beka Mikeltadze||26 November 1997||2||0||Newcastle Jets||v. Bulgaria, 12 June 2022|
- As of 28 March 2023
- 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|
|2024–25||B||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|
|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|
|26 March 2011||Georgia||1–0||Croatia|
|6 September 2013||Georgia||0–0||France|
|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|
|5 June 2022||Bulgaria||2–5||Georgia|
- 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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