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Giorgi Demetradze

Georgi Demetradze (Georgian: გიორგი დემეტრაძე, born 26 September 1976) is a retired Georgian international footballer. He played as a striker.

Georgi Demetradze
Personal information
Full name Georgi Demetradze
Date of birth (1976-09-26) 26 September 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Kakheti Telavi 31 (16)
1994–1997 Dinamo Tbilisi 69 (51)
1997–1998 Feyenoord 7 (0)
1998–1999 Alania Vladikavkaz 44 (35)
2000 Dynamo Kyiv 26 (15)
2001–2003 Real Sociedad 13 (1)
2002Lokomotiv Moscow (loan) 6 (0)
2002Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 16 (6)
2003–2005 Metalurh Donetsk 66 (31)
2005 Alania Vladikavkaz 11 (1)
2006 Maccabi Tel Aviv 13 (3)
2006–2007 Metalurh Donetsk 19 (4)
2007–2008 Arsenal Kyiv 18 (3)
2008–2009 FC Baku 10 (2)
2009–2010 Spartak Tskhinvali 6 (1)
National team
1996–1997 Georgia U21 6 (1)
1996–2007 Georgia 56 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Tbilisi, Demetradze played for the Dinamo Tbilisi youth team and signed for the club in 1994 after spending two seasons with Kaheti Telavi. He has become the Georgian league top scorer with Dinamo.

In 1997 Demetradze moved to Rotterdam to play for Feyenoord, but an injury limited his playing time. After one season in Netherlands, he moved to Russia to play for Alania Vladikavkaz. With them Demetradze has become Russian Top Division top scorer in 1999. In 2000, he transferred to Dynamo Kyiv to become a Ukrainian champion. While there he famously missed an open goal against Manchester United in the Champions League that would have seen the English side eliminated from the competition.

After a year at Real Sociedad Demetradze returned to Russia where he spent half a season with Lokomotiv Moscow and half a season with Alania.

In 2003, he moved to Ukraine again, to play for Metalurh Donetsk. He spent 2.5 seasons with them. In mid-2005 he went to play for Alania for the third time. After Alania were relegated, Demetradze transferred to Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2005 Demetradze participated in three different Leagues. In 2007, he returned to Ukraine and played for Arsenal Kyiv. A year later he signed an annual contract with Azerbaijani football club FC Baku.

Post retirementEdit

He was arrested by Georgian police in July 2010, and on 23 March 2011 he was found guilty of extortion from people who lost at illegal betting on sports, and sentenced to six years of imprisonment.[1] He was released from prison as a political prisoner on 13 January 2013.[2] Demetradze later married Tea Moseshvili and had a baby girl Natalia Demetradze on 3 March 2017.

Career statisticsEdit

All data on his participation in the top league of Ukraine can be found at the FFU official website and supplemented by the National Football Teams website.

Club Season League Ref.
Division Apps Goals
Kakheti Telavi 1992–93 Umaglesi Liga 9 2 [3]
1993–94 22 14 [3]
Total 31 16
Dinamo Tbilisi 1994–95 Umaglesi Liga 17 8 [3]
1995–96 26 17 [3]
1996–97 26 26 [3]
Total 69 51
Feyenoord 1997–98 Eredivisie 7 0 [4][3]
Alania Vladikavkaz 1998 Russian Premier League 15 14 [3]
1999 29 21 [3]
Total 44 35
Dynamo Kyiv 1999–00 Ukrainian Premier League 14 7 [3]
2000–01 12 8 [3]
Total 26 15
Real Sociedad 2000–01 La Liga 4 0 [4][3]
2001–02 9 1 [4][3]
Total 13 1
Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 2002 Russian Premier League 6 0 [4][3]
Lokomotiv Moscow (loan) 2002 Russian Premier League 16 6 [4][3]
Metalurh Donetsk 2002–03 Ukrainian Premier League 15 8 [3]
2003–04 28 18 [3]
2004–05 23 5 [3]
Total 66 31
Alania Vladikavkaz 2005 Russian Premier League 11 1 [4]
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2005–06 Israeli Premier League 13 3 [3]
Metalurh Donetsk 2005–06 Ukrainian Premier League 3 2 [3]
2006–07 16 2 [3]
Total 19 4
Arsenal Kyiv 2007–08 Ukrainian Premier League 18 3 [3]
FC Baku 2008–09 Azerbaijan Premier League 10 2 [3]
FC Tskhinvali 2009–10 Umaglesi Liga 6 1 [5]
Career total 355 169

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Лучшего бомбардира чемпионата России осудили в Грузии на шесть лет (in Russian). Vzglyad Newspaper. 23 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Former footballer Giorgi Demetradze leaves prison". InterPressNews. 13 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Giorgi Demetradze". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Georgi Demetradze » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "G. Demetradze". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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