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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: 10/10/2017 09:22 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-2Austria
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:51
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Georgia
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
09/11/2017 19:04:23
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Wales1-1Georgia
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
10/07/2017 17:48:11
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-1Moldova
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:51
23 January 2017 23 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
Uzbekistan2-2Georgia
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:01:39
25 January 2017 25 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
Jordan1-0Georgia
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:07:54
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-3Serbia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:51
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Georgia5-0Latvia
Referee: not available Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:47
7 June 2017 07 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Georgia3-0St. Kitts & Nevis
Referee: not available Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/08/2017 11:36:50
Moldova2-2Georgia
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
06/17/2017 14:02:49
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
09/03/2017 16:20:45
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria1-1Georgia
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
09/06/2017 08:08:22
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia0-1Wales
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
10/07/2017 15:10:51
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Serbia1-0Georgia
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
10/10/2017 08:22:48

General info

  • Founded : 1990
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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: 17
    Shota Arveladze (GEO)
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