Mikheil Meskhi

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Mikheil Meskhi
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Personal information
Full name Mikheil Meskhi
Date of birth (1937-01-12)12 January 1937
Place of birth Tbilisi, USSR
Date of death 22 April 1991(1991-04-22) (aged 54)
Place of death Tbilisi, USSR
Height 1.69m (5ft 6¾in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
School No. 35 Tbilisi
FShM Tbilisi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1969 FC Dinamo Tbilisi 284 (54)
1970 FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi 4 (0)
National team
1959–1966 USSR 35 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Mikheil Meskhi (Georgian: მიხეილ მესხი; Russian: Михаил Шалвович Месхи; born 12 January 1937 in Tbilisi; died 22 April 1991 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian footballer. Nicknamed the "Georgian Garrincha" for his dazzling wing play, Meskhi was a creative force on the left flank for the Soviet Union.

During his career he played for Dynamo Tbilisi (1954-1969) and Lokomotiv Tbilisi (1970). He earned 35 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in the 1962 World Cup. He also appeared on the Soviet squad for the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, which the Soviets won.

In 1998, Meskhi was voted the best player in the history of Georgian football, and a member of the 20th Century Georgian "Dream Team."[1]


  1. Goduadze, Lasha (2006). "Georgian Dream Team". Georgian Football Federation website. Retrieved 2008-07-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]

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