Malkhaz Asatiani (Georgian: მალხაზ ასათიანი; born 4 August 1981 in Kutaisi) is a retired Georgian football defender who last recently played for Lokomotiv Moscow. He started as an attacking midfielder but his displays at the back earned him a solid reputation as a central defender. Mostly playing as center-back at his club, Asatiani was often used as a playmaker for the national team. His passing, technical skills and eye for decisive goals made him an extremely versatile player.
|Full name||Malkhaz Asatiani|
|Date of birth||4 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back, defensive midfielder, playmaker|
|2008–2009||→ Dynamo Kyiv (loan)||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2010|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2008
His club career started in Torpedo Kutaisi. During his stay of three and a half years the team won the Georgian league title three years in a row. He then earned a transfer to Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. He plays mostly as a defender at the club and mostly as a midfielder in the national team.
On 3 December. Asatiani told the Russian newspaper, Sport-Express, that he will be leaving Lokomotiv in the end of 2010 on a free transfer. On 21 December such departure was made official.
In August 2008, Asatiani was bought on a half year loan by Dynamo Kyiv.
For the National Team, Malkhaz has played 18 international matches and scored 4 goals since his debut in 2001. One of the goals came against rivals Russia in a Euro 2004 qualifying match, something for which Asatiani received praise. He also scored important goals in the 2006 World Cup qualifying phase.
|FC Torpedo Kutaisi||1999/2000||13||3||0||0||0||0||13||3|
|FC Dinamo Kiev||2008/2009||5||0||2||1||5||0||12||1|
- Russian League (1): 2004
- Russian Cup (1): 2006-07
- Russian Super Cup (2): 2003, 2005
- Commonwealth of Independent States Cup (1): 2005
Malkhaz Asatiani at National-Football-Teams.com