Mikheil Kavelashvili

Mikheil Kavelashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ ყაველაშვილი; born 22 July 1971 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian former footballer and politician.

Mikheil Kavelashvili
Personal information
Full name Mikheil Kavelashvili
Date of birth (1971-07-22) 22 July 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Bolnisi, Georgia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1989–1991 Dinamo Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Dinamo Tbilisi 132 (80)
1994–1995Spartak Vladikavkaz (loan) 24 (12)
1995–1997 Manchester City 28 (3)
1997–1999Grasshoppers (loan) 59 (20)
1999–2002 Zürich 81 (28)
2002–2003 Luzern 25 (5)
2003–2004 Sion 10 (6)
2004–2005 Aarau 16 (8)
2004Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2006 Basel 14 (4)
National team
1991–2002 Georgia 46 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 May 2008

As with many leading Georgian players, Kavelashvili began his career with FC Dinamo Tbilisi, emerging from their youth system in 1989. A skillful striker, he soon established himself in the Dinamo side before earning a move to Russian club FC Spartak Vladikavkaz in 1995.

He began training with Manchester City F.C. on 1 March 1996 [1] before finally joining the club on transfer deadline day. He made his city debut on 6 April scoring in the derby game against Manchester United F.C.. Following City's relegation he played 24 games (2 goals) in the Football League First Division. The number was not enough to secure a renewal of his work permit and so he was sent out on loan to Grasshopper Club Zürich, winning a Swiss Super League in 1998. He has since played the majority of his football in Switzerland, featuring for Fussballclub Zürich, FC Lucerne, FC Sion and FC Aarau (as well as a loan spell back at Vladikavkaz). He most recently signed for FC Basel in 2005.

With his national team won Malta International Football Tournament 1998[1]

In 2016 he was elected as a member of Parliament of Georgia.

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Dinamo TbilisiEdit

VladikavkazEdit

GrasshoppersEdit

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