Givi Chokheli

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Givi Chokheli
Personal information
Full name Givi Dmitriyevich Chokheli
Date of birth (1937-06-27)27 June 1937
Place of birth Telavi, Georgian SSR, USSR
Date of death 25 February 1994(1994-02-25) (aged 56)
Place of death Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956 Nadikvari Telavi
1956–1965 Dinamo Tbilisi 159 (4)
National team
1960–1962 USSR 19 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970, 1974 Dinamo Tbilisi

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2008.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2008

Givi Dmitriyevich Chokheli (Georgian: გივი ჩოხელი; Russian: Гиви Дмитриевич Чохели) (27 June 1937 in Telavi - 25 February 1994 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian football defender.[1]

Chokheli played most of his career for Dinamo Tbilisi. After ending his playing career he worked in various coaching positions for Dinamo Tbilisi and in 1969-1970 and 1974 was a head coach. He was classified as a Master of Sport of the USSR in 1959.

He played for Soviet Union national team (19 matches), and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and at the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship, where the Soviet Union won the gold medal. The Soviet back line was anchored by the famous trio of Chokheli, Anatoli Maslyonkin, and Anatoly Krutikov in the early 1960s.[1]

The statue of Chokheli in front of Municipal Stadium, Telavi.

Telavi's Municipal Stadium features a statue of Chokheli in front of it.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Футбольный феномен 1937-го (The 1937 Football Phenomenon, Part I)" (in Russian). The Evening, Moscow. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2008-07-11. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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