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Georgia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.20CET
Coached by former international Temur Ketsbaia since 2009, Georgia have recorded some impressive victories but are still pursuing an elusive maiden major finals appearance.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.20CET

Georgia team profile

Coached by former international Temur Ketsbaia since 2009, Georgia have recorded some impressive victories but are still pursuing an elusive maiden major finals appearance.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Temur Ketsbaia
Leading scorers: all-time – Shota Arveladze (26); current – Vladimer Dvalishvili, Jaba Kankava (4)
Most appearances: all-time – Levan Kobiashvili (100); current – Zurab Khizanishvili (91) 
Association formed: 1990
Nickname: Jvarosnebi (The Crusaders)
Where they play: Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi

Georgia have been playing international football independently since 1990, following the break-up of the Soviet Union, but despite a decent pool of talent headed by striker Shota Arveladze and midfielder Giorgi Kinkladze, have never come close to qualifying for a major tournament. Their best effort came at their first attempt, when they won five of ten EURO '96 qualifiers. Since then several distinguished foreign coaches including Klaus Toppmöller and Hector Cúper have been tried in an attempt to make a breakthrough. Former international Temur Ketsbaia was appointed as head coach in November 2009, but success is yet to arrive.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P50 W13 D8 L29 F53 A73
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P50 W13 D8 L29 F53 A73

Georgia came closest to reaching the UEFA European Championship at their first attempt in the EURO '96 preliminaries. A momentous 2-1 win against a Bulgaria side who 15 months earlier had reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals helped them to a third-placed finish. Georgia propped up the standings in their next two EURO qualifying campaigns but results have picked up. Ahead of 2008 they claimed a home victory against Scotland and UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying brought some impressive results.

Ketsbaia took charge in November 2009 and Georgia went on a ten-match unbeaten streak, encompassing the first half of their tilt at 2012 qualifying Group F. A 1-0 victory over Croatia, courtesy of Levan Kobiashvili's last-minute strike, left them third, just two points behind section leaders Greece, but that was forgotten amid a forgettable second half of the campaign. A draw in Malta was Georgia's only point in their remaining five games as they ended fifth in the six-team group.

Memorable EURO matches
17/10/2007: Georgia 2-0 Scotland, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Davit Siradze and Levan Mchedlidze secured a surprise win against the buoyant group leaders.

30/04/2003: Georgia 1-0 Russia, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Ivan Šušak's side held on after Malkhaz Asatiani's early header had put the hosts ahead.

16/11/1994: Georgia 5-0 Wales, EURO '96 qualifying
The country's first victory in qualifying was an emphatic one, Ketsbaia scoring twice.

Did you know?
Ketsbaia is Georgia's longest-serving national coach.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 26/06/2015 03:08 CET
Georgia1-0Belarus
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/10/2015 15:53:05
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
Georgia0-1Spain
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/10/2015 15:53:06
Finland1-1Georgia
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
04/18/2013 09:08:57
Belarus2-0Georgia
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) – Stadium: Dinamo Stadion, Minsk (BLR)
03/31/2015 15:27:12
France3-1Georgia
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Georgia0-0France
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/10/2015 15:53:05
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
Georgia0-1Finland
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/10/2015 15:53:06
Spain2-0Georgia
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER) – Stadium: Carlos Belmonte, Albacete (ESP)
12/16/2013 12:34:53
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-2Republic of Ireland
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
07/11/2015 08:26:20
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Scotland1-0Georgia
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (SCO)
07/11/2015 08:27:05
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Gibraltar0-3Georgia
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
07/11/2015 08:27:36
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia0-4Poland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
07/11/2015 08:27:37
25 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Georgia2-0Malta
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:58:45
Georgia0-2Germany
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
07/11/2015 08:28:22
9 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Georgia1-2Ukraine
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:11:10
Poland4-0Georgia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
07/11/2015 08:28:40
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
GeorgiaScotland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
07/28/2015 09:17:43
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandGeorgia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
07/28/2015 10:13:08
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
GeorgiaGibraltar
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:29:54
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
GermanyGeorgia
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:25:50

General info

  • Founded : 1990
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/08/2006, Faroe Islands 0-6 Georgia, Toftir
  • Biggest defeat:
    13/06/2015, Poland 4-0 Georgia, Warsaw
    14/11/2014, Georgia 0-4 Poland, Tbilisi
  • 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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