Merab Megreladze

Merab Megreladze (26 January 1956 – 24 January 2012) was Georgian football player.[1][2]

Merab Megreladze
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-01-26)26 January 1956
Place of birth Ozurgeti, Georgian SSR
Date of death 24 January 2012(2012-01-24) (aged 55)
Place of death Kutaisi, Georgia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Guria Lanchkhuti 188 (88)
1982–1986 Torpedo Kutaisi 153 (53)
1987 Guria Lanchkhuti 20 (1)
1987–1990 Torpedo Kutaisi 72 (61)
1990 IFK Holmsund 19 (3)
1991–1992 Guria Lanchkhuti 38 (9)
1992–1993 FC Samgurali Tskhaltubo 31 (41)
1993–1994 Margveti Zestafoni 31 (31)
1994–1995 Torpedo Kutaisi 13 (5)
1995–1996 FC Samgurali Tskhaltubo 38 (31)
1996–1997 Torpedo Kutaisi 22 (13)
1998–1999 Chkalovets Novosibirsk 40 (7)
Total 665 (343)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In 1977 he joined FC Guria Lanchkhuti playing in the Soviet Second League. He scored 88 goals in 188 games. He was top scorer in 1978-1979 when they were promoted to the Soviet First League and was top scorer for the next two seasons.

He then joined Torpedo Kutaisi in 1982 and was top scorer for five seasons, including 29 goals in the 1989 Soviet First League.[1]

He returned to Guria in 1987 and then again in 1991 playing in the recently formed Georgian Umaglesi Liga. In 1992 he moved to FC Samgurali Tskhaltubo where in his only season, he scored 41 goals in just 31 games, making him the top scorer in Europe for the season, although wasn't officially recognised as such.[1][3] It remains a Georgian league record.[2] He moved to FC Margveti Zestafoni where he was the league's top scorer again with 31 goals in 31 games. In total, he scored 104 goals in 140 matches in the Umaglesi Liga and 343 goals in 665 games in all competitions.[1][2]

His son Giorgi, born in 1978, also became a footballer.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Merab Megreladze - An Outstanding Top Scorer has Died". Worldsport.ge. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Khokhlyuk, Viktor (24 January 2018). "Мераб Мегреладзе – виртуоз атаки!". sports.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  3. ^ Arotaritei, Sorin; Di Maggio, Roberto. "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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