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Guram Kashia (Georgian: გურამ კაშია, translit.: guram k'ashia, pronounced [ɡurɑm kʼɑʃiɑ]; born 4 July 1987) is a Georgian footballer who plays as a centre-back for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer and captains the Georgian national team.[1]

Guram Kashia
Guram Kashia.jpg
Kashia with Vitesse in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 37
Youth career
2003–2006 Dinamo Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Dinamo Tbilisi 91 (12)
2010–2018 Vitesse 244 (20)
2018– San Jose Earthquakes 22 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Georgia U21 10 (2)
2009– Georgia 74 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019

Formed at Dinamo Tbilisi, he spent most of his career at Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse, where he was captain. In eight years in the Netherlands, he played 292 official matches (24 goals) and won the KNVB Cup in 2017.

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Club careerEdit

Dinamo TbilisiEdit

Kashia started playing for FC Dinamo Tbilisi. He is still a big fan of his former club.[2]

VitesseEdit

In 2010, Kashia moved to the Netherlands and signed for Vitesse.[3] Kashia soon became a regular member of the starting line-up of the club and two seasons after joining, Kashia was elected as the captain of the club. During his career at Vitesse, he amassed a total of 292 matches.

In August 2015, Kashia was named as Best Player of August in Eredivisie.[4]

Kashia led Vitesse to the domestic KNVB Cup in 2016–17, starting all but one of their six games and recording a goal and an assist. In his five starts, the club outscored their opponents 12–2, including a 2–0 victory over eventual league champions Feyenoord Rotterdam in the quarterfinals.

In October 2017, Kashia wore a rainbow-striped captain's armband for Vitesse against Heracles Almelo in support of LGBT rights, leading to a backlash in his own country. In August 2018, he became the inaugural recipient of UEFA's #EqualGame award for his act.[5]

His name was also transliterated as Goeram Kasjia in Dutch.[6]

San Jose EarthquakesEdit

On 14 June 2018, Kashia joined Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes on a multi-year contract,[7] joining compatriot Valeri Qazaishvili.[1]

International careerEdit

Kashia made his Georgia debut on 1 April 2009 against Montenegro.[8] In October 2012, he scored the only goal in the national team against Finland in 2014 World Cup qualifier.[9]

Kashia was named Georgian Footballer of the Year twice: in 2012 and in 2013.[10] As of 14 June 2018, Kashia captains his country.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 19 May 2018[11][12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other 1 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Tbilisi 2006–07 Umaglesi Liga 11 2 11 2
2007–08 15 1 15 1
2008–09 29 1 3 0 32 1
2009–10 33 8 6 1 4 1 43 10
2010–11 3 0 4 0 7 0
Total 91 12 6 1 11 1 0 0 108 14
Vitesse Arnhem 2010–11 Eredivisie 28 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 3
2011–12 32 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 39 3
2012–13 33 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 41 2
2013–14 32 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 37 3
2014–15 26 1 2 0 0 0 4 1 32 2
2015–16 27 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 5
2016–17 34 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 39 2
2017–18 32 3 0 0 6 0 5 1 43 4
Total 244 20 20 2 14 0 14 2 292 24
Career total 335 32 26 3 25 1 14 2 400 38

1 Includes European competition play-offs and Johan Cruyff Shield.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Georgia's goal tally first.[13]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2012 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 1 June 2018 Silberstadt Arena Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria   Malta 1–0 1–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

Dinamo Tbilisi
Vitesse

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mendola, Nicholas (14 June 2018). "San Jose signs Miazga's running mate Kashia to fix defense". soccer.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Guram Kashia - Dinamo is always in my heart". fcdinamo.ge. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Official: Vitesse Sign Nacer Barazite, Matej Delac, Marcus Pedersen, Guram Kashia & Laryea Kingston". Goal.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Guram Kashia was Named as the Best Player of August in Dutch Championship". worldsport.ge. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Guram Kashia: Georgia captain becomes first recipient of Uefa #EqualGame award". BBC Sport. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Vitesse vernedert Sparta na vertrek Fraser" (in Dutch). NOS. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.sjearthquakes.com/post/2018/06/14/news-earthquakes-acquire-vitesse-and-georgia-national-team-captain-guram-kashia
  8. ^ "Georgia - Montenegro (Report)". eu-football.info. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Best Georgian Footballer 2013 revealed". Georgian Journal. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Finland-Georgia football match 1:1". Georgian Journal. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Guram Kashia » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  12. ^ "G. Kashia". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Kashia, Guram". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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