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Georgia
Georgia had a tough time in World Cup qualifying ©Getty Images

Georgia

UEFA European Championship record
Never qualified

2010 FIFA World Cup
Qualifying Group 8: P10 W0 D3 L7 F7 A19 Pts3 (Pos 6th)

Georgia failed to win a match for the first time in a qualifying campaign, with Argentinian coach Hector Cúper unable to lift his men from the foot of the group. Having started out with a 2-1 defeat by the Republic of Ireland on neutral ground in Mainz, Georgia collected just three points in home draws against Cyprus, Bulgaria and Montenegro in their remaining matches. Bulgaria brought out the best and worst in Cúper's men – a 0-0 draw in Tbilisi followed by a 6-2 defeat in Sofia.

UEFA EURO 2008
Qualifying Group B: P12 W3 D1 L8 F16 A19 Pts10 (Pos 6th)

Three victories and a draw under German coach Klaus Toppmöller ensured Georgia avoided last place in their section, the Faroe Islands taking the wooden spoon instead. Georgia opened their campaign with a record 6-0 victory away to the Faroese – Shota Arveladze hitting a hat-trick – although their most impressive victory came in their penultimate fixture, a 2-0 home success against then group leaders Scotland. Georgia also beat the Faroe Islands and recorded a 1-1 draw against Ukraine, both in Tbilisi.

UEFA European Championship best performance
Georgia's best showing came in qualifying for EURO '96, their first appearance in the competition, when they recorded five wins and five defeats from their ten outings. Defeats by Moldova in their opening and closing fixtures removed any realistic chance of advancing beyond the group stage, with Germany and Bulgaria occupying the top places. Yet Georgia attained some creditable results, beating Wales and Albania both home and away, and ending their home programme with a 2-1 win against a Bulgaria side who had reached the 1994 World Cup semi-finals.

Key facts
Georgia's competitive bow was a 1-0 loss to Moldova on 7 September 1994. Their second home game two months later was a happier occasion as they beat Wales 5-0.

Last updated: 20/07/10 15.16CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/08/2006, Faroe Islands 0-6 Georgia, Toftir
  • Biggest defeat:
    08/09/2002, Switzerland 4-1 Georgia, Basel
    28/04/1999, Georgia 1-4 Norway, Tbilisi
    06/09/1995, Germany 4-1 Georgia, Nuremberg
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 30
    Levan Kobiashvili (GEO)
  • Top scorers: 16
    Shota Arveladze (GEO)
 
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