Georgia national football team

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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
CaptainJaba Kankava
Most capsLevan Kobiashvili (100)
Top scorerShota Arveladze (26)
Home stadiumDinamo Arena (54,549)
Batumi Stadium (20.000)
FIFA codeGEO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 96 Decrease 5 (16 September 2021)[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.

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 0/7 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 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 31 March 2021[6][7]

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2020Edit

5 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Estonia   0–1   Georgia Tallinn, Estonia
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
8 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Georgia   1–1   North Macedonia Tbilisi, Georgia
20:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Attendance: 0
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
Attendance: 0
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
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
12 November 2020 Euro 2020 play-offs F Georgia   0–1   North Macedonia Tbilisi, Georgia
21:00 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Georgia   1–2   Armenia Tbilisi, Georgia
21:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

2021Edit

25 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Sweden   1–0   Georgia Solna, Sweden
20:45
Report Stadium: Friends Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
28 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   1–2   Spain Tbilisi, Georgia
20:00
Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Attendance: 15000
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
31 March 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Greece   1–1   Georgia Thessaloniki, Greece
21:45
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
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
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
8 September 2021 Friendly Bulgaria   4–1   Georgia Sofia, Bulgaria
20:30
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (North Macedonia)
9 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   v   Greece Batumi, Georgia
20:00 Report Stadium: Batumi Stadium
12 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Kosovo   v   Georgia Pristina, Kosovo
22:45 Report Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
11 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Georgia   v   Sweden Batumi, Georgia
21:00 Report Stadium: Batumi Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giorgi Loria (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 35) 68 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
17 1GK Lazare Kupatadze (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Dinamo Batumi
12 1GK Giorgi Mamardashvili (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Valencia

4 2DF Guram Kashia (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 34) 89 2   Slovan Bratislava
2 2DF Otar Kakabadze (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 26) 43 0   Cracovia
3 2DF Davit Khocholava (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 28) 30 0   Copenhagen
5 2DF Guram Giorbelidze (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Dynamo Dresden
13 2DF Grigol Chabradze (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 25) 5 0   Dinamo Batumi
16 2DF Irakli Azarovi (2002-01-21) 21 January 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Dinamo Batumi
14 2DF Luka Lochoshvili (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Wolfsberger AC

7 3MF Jaba Kankava (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 35) 98 10   Slovan Bratislava
8 3MF Valeri Qazaishvili (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 28) 55 11   Ulsan Hyundai
6 3MF Murtaz Daushvili (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 32) 41 0   APOEL
9 3MF Otar Kiteishvili (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 25) 24 0   Sturm Graz
15 3MF Giorgi Aburjania (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 26) 25 1   Gil Vicente
20 3MF Jaba Jighauri (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 29) 22 0   Dinamo Batumi
10 3MF Giorgi Chakvetadze (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 22) 12 5   Gent
23 3MF Zuriko Davitashvili (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 20) 10 1   Arsenal Tula
21 3MF Heorhiy Tsitaishvili (2000-11-18) 18 November 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Chornomorets Odesa
19 3MF Sandro Altunashvili (1997-05-19) 19 May 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi
18 3MF Vladimer Mamuchashvili (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi

11 4FW Giorgi Kvilitaia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 27) 32 5   APOEL
22 4FW Georges Mikautadze (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 20) 6 1   Seraing

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 Giorgi Makaridze (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 31) 17 0   Almería v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020

DF Lasha Dvali (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 26) 20 1   Ferencváros v.   Netherlands, 6 June 2021
DF Saba Kvirkvelia (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 29) 41 0   Rotor Volgograd v.   Romania, 2 June 2021
DF Gia Grigalava (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 32) 34 0   Arsenal Tula v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Jemal Tabidze (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 25) 14 1   Ufa v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Mamuka Kobakhidze (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 29) 2 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Davit Kobouri (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   Greece, 31 March 2021
DF Giorgi Navalovski (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 35) 41 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020
DF Nikoloz Mali (1999-01-27) 27 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Saburtalo Tbilisi v.   North Macedonia, 14 October 2020

MF Saba Lobzhanidze (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 26) 18 2   Hatayspor v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021
MF Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 20) 8 3   Rubin Kazan v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021 INJ
MF Giorgi Zaria (1997-06-14) 14 June 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021
MF Giorgi Papunashvili (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 26) 16 3   Apollon Limassol v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020
MF Giorgi Kutsia (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Dinamo Tbilisi v.   Estonia, 5 September 2020 PRE
MF Lasha Parunashvili (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Esbjerg v.   Greece, 31 March 2020

FW Giorgi Pantsulaia (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Dinamo Batumi v.   Kosovo, 2 September 2021 INJ
FW Nika Kacharava (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 27) 23 3   Anorthosis Famagusta v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020
FW Elguja Lobjanidze (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 28) 10 0   Tobol v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020
FW Beka Mikeltadze (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Newcastle Jets v.   Estonia, 18 November 2020

Notes
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.

RecordsEdit

As of 2 September 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

ManagersEdit

As of 19 November 2019[10]

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 2016–2020 47 16 15 16 034.04
  Ramaz Svanadze (caretaker) 2020–2021 1 0 1 0 000.00
  Willy Sagnol 2021- 4 1 1 2 025.00

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  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. ^ "ვილი სანიოლმა სექტემბრის მატჩებისთვის შემადგენლობა დაასახელა" [Willy Sagnol has named the squad for the games in September]. Georgian Football Federation (in Georgian). 25 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Georgia - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  10. ^ "Georgia national team managers". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

External linksEdit