Vitaly Daraselia

Vitaly Kukhinovich Daraselia (Georgian: ვიტალი დარასელია; 9 January 1957 – 13 December 1982) was a Georgian football player.

Vitaly Daraselia
Vitaly Daraselia 1981.jpg
Daraselia in the Netherlands in 1981
Personal information
Full name Vitaly Kukhinovich Daraselia
Date of birth (1957-01-09)9 January 1957[1][2]
Place of birth Ochamchire, Georgia
Date of death 13 December 1982(1982-12-13) (aged 25)
Place of death Zestaponi, Georgia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974 Amirani Ochamchire
1975–1982 FC Dinamo Tbilisi 192 (26)
National team
1978–1982 USSR 22 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit


Daraselia was born to a Georgian father and Abkhaz mother on 9 January 1957. His birth date was later changed by Soviet sports officials to 9 October 1957 so that he could play longer for the national junior team.[1][2] Daraselia also played for FC Dinamo Tbilisi and Soviet Union senior national team. He scored a winning goal for FC Dinamo Tbilisi in 1981, in the final game of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, rushing into the penalty area past two defenders, just 3 minutes before the full-time whistle.


In 1982 he played his only World Cup.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

His son, Vitaly Daraselia Jr. (born 1978), also played internationally as an association football midfielder, while his daughter Christina became a football official.[1] In September 1978, when FC Dinamo Tbilisi was going to play against SSC Napoli in Italy, Vitaly's wife was expecting their second child. Before the game Daraselia told his teammates, that he would name his son after the one who would score the goal. Vitaly scored himself.[3]


Daraselia died in a traffic accident on 13 December 1982 when his car plunged from a mountain cliff into a river. His body was carried away by the river and was completely buried in sand. It was found 13 days later using a search and rescue dog.[2]


Daraselia on a 2007 stamp of Abkhazia

The stadium in Daraselia's home town of Ochamchire in Georgia bears his name. In December 2009, Daraselia's mother reported that the footballer's house-museum in Ochamchire was plundered and burned down.[4]


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