Georgia national football team
|Association||Georgian Football Federation (GFF)
საქართველოს ფეხბურთის ფედერაცია
|Head coach||Kakhaber Tskhadadze|
|Most caps||Levan Kobiashvili (100)|
|Top scorer||Shota Arveladze (26)|
|Home stadium||Boris Paichadze National Stadium|
|Current||122 11 (3 December 2015)|
|Highest||42 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||156 (March 1994)|
| Georgia 2–2 Lithuania
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
The Georgia national football team (Georgian: საქართველოს ეროვნული საფეხბურთო ნაკრები, Sakartvelos erovnuli sap'ekhburt'o nakrebi) is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 96 onwards, but have not yet achieved qualification. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi.
- 1 History
- 2 FIFA World Cup records
- 3 UEFA European Championship records
- 4 Manager History
- 5 2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
- 6 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group D
- 7 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Statistic
- 10 Georgia vs opponent
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The history of Georgia national football team began in 1990, when the team played their first international match against Lithuania, the first country to accept an invitation. The match was held on May 27, 1990 in Boris Paichadze Stadium. Georgia were coached by Givi Nodia. The friendly match ended in a 2–2 draw. This was the only match prior to the declaration of independence on April 9, 1991. Soon afterwards the team played another friendly match against Moldova.
The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFA in 1992, enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1–0 defeat to Moldova as part of the qualifiers for Euro 96. Georgia finished third in their group, ahead of Moldova and Wales, but seven points behind second-placed qualifier Bulgaria.
Georgia failed to qualify for 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, obtaining 10 points and finishing in fourth place, level on points with Poland. At this time Georgia reached forty-second place in FIFA rankings.
In the Euro 2000 qualifying Georgia national team won one match, drew two and finished bottom of the group with five points. This marked the beginning of a period of decline for Georgian football.
Hector Cuper became the manager of Georgia in August 2008. During the qualification round for the FIFA 2010 World Cup Georgia failed to win any matches and finished sixth (and last) with three points. Cuper didn't extend his contract and on November 6, 2009 Temuri Ketsbaia was appointed as the coach of the Georgian national football team, Ketsbaia resigned as manager after a 4-0 defeat at home to Poland in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers on November 14, 2014, having previously stated he would do so before the match regardless of the result.
FIFA World Cup records
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did Not Qualify||8||3||1||4||7||9||4/5|
|2018||To Be Determined||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
UEFA European Championship records
|1996||Did Not Qualify||Group 7||15||14 - 13||3|
|2000||Group 2||5||8 - 18||6|
|2004||Group 10||7||8 - 14||5|
|2008||Group B||10||16 - 19||6|
|2012||Group F||10||7 - 9||5|
|2016||Group D||9||10 - 16||5|
|2020||To Be Determined|
2016 UEFA European Championship qualification
|1||Germany||10||7||1||2||24||9||+15||22||Qualify for final tournament||—||3–1||1–1||2–1||2–1||4–0|
|3||Republic of Ireland||10||5||3||2||19||7||+12||18||Advance to play-offs||1–0||1–1||—||1–1||1–0||7–0|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group D
|1||Wales||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2 Sep '17||12 Nov '16||9 Oct '17||5 Sep '16||9 Oct '16|
|1||Austria||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible second round[lower-alpha 1]||6 Oct '16||—||6 Oct '17||12 Nov '16||24 Mar '17||5 Sep '17|
|1||Serbia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11 Jun '17||9 Oct '16||—||5 Sep '16||2 Sep '17||9 Oct '17|
|1||Republic of Ireland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||24 Mar '17||11 Jun '17||5 Sep '17||—||6 Oct '17||6 Oct '16|
|1||Moldova||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5 Sep '17||9 Oct '17||6 Oct '16||9 Oct '16||—||11 Jun '17|
|1||Georgia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6 Oct '17||5 Sep '16||24 Mar '17||2 Sep '17||12 Nov '16||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|14 November 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Georgia||0 – 4||Poland||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|21:00 UTC+04:00||Report||Glik 51'
|Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
|25 March 2015 Friendly||Georgia||2 – 0||Malta||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|21:00 UTC+04:00||Kankava 83'
|Stadium: Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
|29 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Georgia||0 – 2||Germany||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 UTC+04:00||Reus 39'
|Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Attendance: 54,549 (full)
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|9 June 2015 Friendly||Ukraine||2 – 1||Georgia||Linz, Austria|
|22:00 UTC+04:00||Kravets 57'
|Vatsadze 81'||Stadium: Linzer Stadion
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)
|13 June 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Poland||4 – 0||Georgia||Warsaw|
|20:00 UTC+04:00||Milik 62'
|Stadium: Stadion Narodowy
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
|4 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Georgia||1 – 0||Scotland||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 UTC+04:00||Kazaishvili 38'||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan
|7 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Republic of Ireland||1 – 0||Georgia||Dublin, Ireland|
|22:45 UTC+04:00||Walters 69'||report||Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|8 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Georgia||4 – 0||Gibraltar||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:00 UTC+04:00||Vatsadze 30'
Okriashvili 35' (pen.)
|report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)
|11 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Germany||2 – 1||Georgia||Leipzig, Germany|
|22:45 UTC+04:00||Müller 50' (pen.)
|report||Kankava 53'||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|11 November 2015 Friendly||Estonia||3 – 0||Georgia||Tallinn, Estonia|
|21:00 UTC+04:00||Purje 60'
|Report||Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Northern Ireland)
|16 November 2015 Friendly||Albania||2 – 2||Georgia||Tirana, Albania|
|23:00 UTC+04:00||Basha 89'
|Stadium: Qemal Stafa Stadium
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
The following players have not been called up for the upcoming matches but have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Roin Kvaskhvadze||31 May 1989||3||0||Pafos||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|GK||Mikheil Alavidze||5 November 1987||0||0||Dinamo Batumi||v. Germany, 29 March 2015|
|DF||Zurab Khizanishvili||6 October 1981||92||1||Inter Baku||v. Germany, 11 October 2015|
|DF||Giorgi Gvelesiani||5 May 1991||0||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. Scotland, 4 September 2015|
|DF||Lasha Salukvadze||21 December 1981||38||1||Dila Gori||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|DF||Kakhaber Aladashvili||11 August 1983||8||0||SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|DF||Lasha Dvali||14 May 1995||3||0||MSV Duisburg||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|DF||Lasha Totadze||24 August 1988||0||0||Dinamo Tbilisi||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|DF||Levan Kakubava||15 November 1990||4||0||Tskhinvali||v. Germany, 29 March 2015|
|MF||Giorgi Merebashvili||15 August 1986||18||0||Levadiakos||v. Germany, 11 October 2015|
|MF||Nika Dzalamidze||6 January 1992||7||0||Çaykur Rizespor||v. Germany, 11 October 2015|
|MF||Nika Kvekveskiri||29 May 1992||2||0||Inter Baku||v. Germany, 11 October 2015|
|MF||Guga Palavandishvili||14 August 1993||1||0||Dila Gori||v. Germany, 11 October 2015|
|MF||Giorgi Papunashvili||2 September 1995||3||0||Werder Bremen II||v. Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015|
|MF||Jano Ananidze||10 October 1992||30||3||Spartak Moscow||v. Scotland, 4 September 2015|
|MF||Kakhi Makharadze||20 October 1987||4||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent||v. Poland, 13 June 2015|
|MF||Gogita Gogua||4 October 1983||27||1||Unattached||v. Ukraine, 9 June 2015 PRE|
|FW||Levan Mchedlidze||24 March 1990||25||2||Empoli||v. Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- RET Retired from international football.
Top Georgia goalscorers
Georgia vs opponent
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