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 coachWilly Sagnol
CaptainGuram Kashia
Most capsJaba Kankava
Levan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorerShota Arveladze (26)
Home stadiumBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
FIFA codeGEO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 85 Increase 1 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest42 (September 1998)
Lowest156 (March 1994)
First international
Unofficial
 Georgia 2–2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 27 May 1990)
Official
 Lithuania 1–0 Georgia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 2 September 1992)
Biggest win
 Georgia 7–0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 30 March 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 5–0 Georgia 
(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, 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.[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. 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.[6]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2021Edit

31 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Greece   1–1   Georgia Thessaloniki, Greece
21:45
  • Kakabadze   76' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: Toumba Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
2 June 2021 Friendly Romania   1–2   Georgia Ploiești, Romania
21:00
Report
Stadium: Ilie Oană
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
6 June 2021 Friendly Netherlands   3–0   Georgia Enschede, Netherlands
18:00
Report Stadium: De Grolsch Veste
Attendance: 0
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
2 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   0–1   Kosovo Batumi, Georgia
20:00 Report
Stadium: Batumi Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
5 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Spain   4–0   Georgia Badajoz, Spain
22:45
Report Stadium: Nuevo Vivero
Attendance: 8,444
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
8 September 2021 Friendly Bulgaria   4–1   Georgia Sofia, Bulgaria
20:30
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 504
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (North Macedonia)
9 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   0–2   Greece Batumi, Georgia
20:00 Report
Stadium: Batumi Stadium
Attendance: 8,444
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
12 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Kosovo   1–2   Georgia Pristina, Kosovo
22:45
Report
Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 3,550
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
11 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   2–0   Sweden Batumi, Georgia
21:00
Report Stadium: Batumi Stadium
Attendance: 6,800
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
15 November 2021 Friendly Georgia   1–0   Uzbekistan Gori, Georgia
18:00
Report Stadium: Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Vitaliy Romanov (Ukraine)

2022Edit

25 March 2022 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina   0–1   Georgia Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 Zivzivadze   49' Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
29 March 2022 Friendly Albania   0–0   Georgia Tirana, Albania
18:00 Report Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Bulgaria   v   Georgia Sofia, Bulgaria
20:00 Report Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Georgia   v   Bulgaria Tbilisi, Georgia
20:00 Report Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
23 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Georgia   v   North Macedonia Batumi, Georgia
20:00 Report Stadium: Batumi Stadium
26 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Gibraltar   v   Georgia Gibraltar,Gibraltar
20:45 Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

As of 15 February 2021
Position Name
Manager   Willy Sagnol
Assistant Manager   Guy Chatellier
Assistant Manager   Hugo Collier
Goalkeeping Coach   Jérémy Bardot
Fitness Coach   Fabien Bossuet
Chief Analyst   Jean-Jacques Roy

Coaching historyEdit

As of 19 November 2019[7]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania on 25 and 29 March 2022.[8]

Caps and goals as of 29 March 2022 after the match against Albania.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 36) 72 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
12 1GK Giorgi Mamardashvili (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Valencia
17 1GK Lazare Kupatadze (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi

4 2DF Guram Kashia (captain) (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 34) 94 2   Slovan Bratislava
2 2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 26) 48 0   Cracovia
2DF Solomon Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 30) 44 0   Gagra
3 2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 29) 33 0   Copenhagen
23 2DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 27) 24 1   Ferencváros
5 2DF Guram Giorbelidze (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 26) 10 0   Dynamo Dresden
14 2DF Grigol Chabradze (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 26) 9 0   Dinamo Batumi
2DF Mamuka Kobakhidze (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Dinamo Batumi

8 3MF Valeri Qazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 29) 58 11   Ulsan Hyundai
21 3MF Valerian Gvilia (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 27) 43 3   Raków
16 3MF Nika Kvekveskiri (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 29) 43 0   Lech Poznań
6 3MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 27) 30 1   Gil Vicente
11 3MF Saba Lobzhanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 27) 22 2   Hatayspor
9 3MF Zuriko Davitashvili (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 21) 16 2   Dinamo Batumi
7 3MF Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 21) 13 5   Dinamo Batumi
19 3MF Heorhiy Tsitaishvili (2000-11-18) 18 November 2000 (age 21) 7 0   Wisła Kraków
18 3MF Vladimer Mamuchashvili (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Dinamo Batumi

4FW Budu Zivzivadze (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 28) 10 1   Újpest
20 4FW Davit Volkovi (1995-06-03) 3 June 1995 (age 26) 3 1   Zira

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 Luka Gugeshashvili (1999-04-29) 29 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Qarabağ v.   Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021

DF Irakli Azarovi (2002-01-21) 21 January 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021
DF Luka Lochoshvili (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Wolfsberger AC v.   Sweden, 11 November 2021
DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 32) 34 0   Khimki v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Jemal Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 26) 14 1 Free agent v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Davit Kobouri (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   Greece, 31 March 2021

MF Jaba Kankava (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 36) 100 10   Slovan Bratislava v.   Sweden, 11 November 2021
MF Giorgi Chakvetadze (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 22) 13 5   Hamburger SV v.   Sweden, 11 November 2021
MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 26) 24 0   Sturm Graz v.   Spain, 5 September 2021 INJ
MF Sandro Altunashvili (1997-05-19) 19 May 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Bulgaria, 8 September 2021
MF Jaba Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 29) 22 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Bulgaria, 8 September 2021
MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 33) 41 0   APOEL v.   Bulgaria, 8 September 2021
MF Giorgi Zaria (1997-06-14) 14 June 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021

FW Tornike Okriashvili (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 30) 50 13   APOEL v.   Uzbekistan, 15 November 2021
FW Georges Mikautadze (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 21) 7 1   Seraing v.   Sweden, 11 November 2021 INJ
FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 28) 34 5   APOEL v.   Kosovo, 12 October 2021
FW Giorgi Pantsulaia (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021 INJ

Notes
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.

RecordsEdit

As of 29 March 2022[9]
Players in bold are still active with Georgia.

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 8 2 1 5 6 12 4/5
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 64 11 17 36 57 101

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 10 3 2 5 8 12 4/5 (PO runners-up)
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 70 19 10 41 71 101

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 D 1 1st 6 5 1 0 12 2   40th
  2020–21 C 2 3rd 6 1 4 1 6 6   42nd
  2022–23 C To be determined
Total 12 6 5 1 18 8 40th

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 29 Mart 2022[10][11]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

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
2 June 2021   Romania 1–2   Georgia
11 November 2021   Georgia 2–0   Sweden

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  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. ^ "Sweden shocker in Georgia opens door for Spain". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "ცვლილება ეროვნული გუნდის შემადგენლობაში" [Change in the composition of the national team]. Georgian Football Federation (in Georgian). 8 November 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Georgia - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  10. ^ "Georgia national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Georgia - International Results". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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