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.
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
©UEFA.com 1998-2014. All rights reserved.
|The home team is listed first.||Last updated: 17/12/2014 23:48 CET|
|Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)|
|Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) – Stadium: Dinamo Stadion, Minsk (BLR)|
|Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)|
|Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: Florian Meyer (GER) – Stadium: Carlos Belmonte, Albacete (ESP)|
|Georgia||1-2||Republic of Ireland|
|Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) – Stadium: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (SCO)|
|Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) – Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)|
|Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Referee: TBD – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO)|
|Republic of Ireland||Georgia|