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Vladimir Gutsaev (Georgian: ვლადიმერ გუცაევი, Russian: Владимир Гаврилович Гуцаев, Vladimir Gavrilovich Gutsayev; born 21 December 1952) is a retired Soviet and Georgian footballer and coach of Ossetian ethnicity. He was a member of the Parliament of Georgia from the ruling United National Movement party from 2004 to 2008.

Vladimir Gutsaev
Aleksandr Chivadze, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani.jpg
Aleksandr Chivadze, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani in 1981
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Gavrilovich Gutsaev
Date of birth (1952-12-21) 21 December 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Tbilisi, USSR
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1966–1969 FC Norchi Dinamoeli
1969–1971 FShM Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1986 Dinamo Tbilisi 303 (47)
National team
1972–1982 USSR 11 (1)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Iberia Tbilisi (director)
1991 Anorthosis Famagusta (assistant)
1991–1994 Anorthosis Famagusta
1994–1995 Alania Vladikavkaz (assistant)
1996 Georgia U-21
1997–1999 Georgia
1999–2000 Alania Vladikavkaz
2001 Torpedo Kutaisi (director)
2011–2012 WIT Georgia-2
2012–2013 FC Spartak Vladikavkaz (director of sports)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Debuting in FC Dinamo Tbilisi in 1971, he played as a striker for this club until 1986 as well as for the USSR national football team between 1972 and 1982. He is best remembered for his goal against FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1981 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final which ended in victory for FC Dinamo Tbilisi. His other achievements include winning the championship of the Soviet Union in 1978 and the Soviet Cup in 1976 and 1979. He retired in 1986, having played more than 300 matches and having scored almost 50 goals in the Soviet football competitions. Gutsaev then worked as a head coach for the Cypriot Anorthosis Famagusta FC (1991–94), the Georgia national football team (1997–99), and the Russian FC Alania Vladikavkaz (1999–2000).

Political careerEdit

In March 2004, he was elected to the Parliament of Georgia from Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement party list and has since been a member of a Parliamentary Committee for Education, Science, Culture and Sports. In July 2004, Eduard Kokoity, the leader of Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia, accused Gutsaev of having offered him 20 million USD in exchange of his "loyalty" to the Georgian government. Gutsaev dismissed Kokoity’s claims as an attempt to "garner political points" and said that his only mission to Kokoity was to persuade him to allow a South Ossetian football team to take part in the Georgian national championship.[1]