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UEFA Nations League: Georgia - Andorra Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

GeorgiaGeorgiaBoris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - TbilisiSaturday 13 October 2018
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group D1 - Matchday 3
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No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Georgia - Squad list
League phase
1Giorgi Loria27/01/198632Krylya Sovetov - 20
12Roin Kvaskhvadze31/05/198929Torpedo Kutaisi - 00
14Lazare Kupatadze08/02/199622Saburtalo - 00
2Otar Kakabadze27/06/199523Luzern - 20
3David Khocholava08/02/199325Shakhtar Donetsk - 20
4Guram Kashia04/07/198731San Jose Earthquakes - 20
5Solomon Kverkvelia06/02/199226Lokomotiv Moskva - 20
16Jemal Tabidze18/03/199622Ufa - 00
22Giorgi Navalovski28/06/198632Dinamo Minsk*20
23Lasha Dvali14/05/199523Śląsk - 00
6Nika Kvekveskiri29/05/199226Tobol - 20
7Jaba Kankava18/03/198632Tobol*20
8Valeri Kazaishvili29/01/199325San Jose Earthquakes - 20
9Otar Kiteishvili26/03/199622Sturm - 00
10Jano Ananidze10/10/199226Spartak Moskva - 00
11Giorgi Chakvetadze 29/08/199919Gent - 21
15Giorgi Aburjania02/01/199523Lugo - 00
17Giorgi Merebashvili15/08/198632Wisła Płock - 10
18Vakhtang Chanturishvili05/08/199325Spartak Trnava - 00
19Luka Zarandia17/02/199622Arka - 00
20Jambul Jigauri08/07/199226Grenoble - 00
21Valerian Gvilia24/05/199424Luzern - 20
13Nika Katcharava13/01/199424Anorthosis - 10
-Vladimír Weiss22/09/196454 - 20
Andorra - Squad list
League phase
1Josep Gomes03/12/198532Villaverde San Andrés - 20
12Francisco Pires25/01/199820FC Andorra - 00
13Ferran Pol28/02/198335FC Andorra - 00
5Emili Garcia11/01/198929Andorra - 10
6Ildefons Lima10/12/197938FC Santa Coloma*20
15Moisés San Nicolás17/09/199325FC Santa Coloma - 20
17Joan Cervós24/02/199820FC Andorra - 20
18Chus Rubio09/09/199424FC Andorra*20
20Max Llovera08/01/199721UA Horta - 20
21Marc Garcia21/03/198830EC Granollers - 00
23Jordi Rubio01/11/198730UE Santa Coloma - 10
3Marc Vales04/04/199028Sandefjord*20
4Marc Rebés03/07/199424FC Santa Coloma - 20
7Marc Pujol21/08/198236FC Andorra - 00
8Marcio Vieira10/10/198434Monzón - 20
11Sergi Moreno25/11/198730Inter Escaldes - 00
16Marc Ferré11/01/199424FC Andorra - 00
22Victor Rodríguez07/09/198731FC Santa Coloma - 10
2Cristian Martínez16/10/198928FC Andorra*20
10Juli Sánchez20/06/197840FC Santa Coloma - 00
14Ludovic Clemente09/05/198632FC Andorra*20
-Koldo Alvarez04/09/197048 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

Vladimír Weiss

Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Nationality: Slovakian
Playing career: Agro Hurbanovo, Inter Bratislava, Sparta Praha, Drnovice, Dunajská Streda, Košice, Artmedia
Coaching career: Artmedia (twice), Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia, Slovan Bratislava, Kairat Almaty, Georgia

• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. First capped by Czechoslovakia in 1988, he won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning the final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring his country's first post-independence goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994. Ended playing career with Artmedia, serving as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.

• Led Artmedia to Slovakian league title and cup final in 2005 before knocking out Celtic and Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.

• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Even better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy before losing to the Netherlands.

• Coached Slovakia in tandem with Slovan Bratislava in 2011/12 and led his home-town club into their first UEFA Europa League group stage. Nearly did the same with Kairat, only losing against Bordeaux on away goals in play-offs. Left Almaty in November 2015 having won Kazakhstan Cups in successive seasons. Hired by Georgia in March 2016, he was unable to oversee a win in 2018 World Cup qualifying as his team picked up five points from ten matches.


Koldo Alvarez

Date of birth: 4 September 1970
Nationality: Andorran
Playing career: Aurrerá Vitória, Atlético Madrid, Toledo (loan), Salamanca, FC Andorra (twice), Balaguer
Coaching career: Andorra

• A reserve goalkeeper at Atlético, Koldo came through the club's youth ranks and lifted the Copa del Rey with the Spanish side in 1990/91.

• Leaving the capital in search of first-team football, Koldo played for Toledo before winning promotion to the Spanish second division with Salamanca in 1993/94.

• Signed for FC Andorra in the summer of 1994, dividing his time between playing for the club's first team and acting as a youth coach with the national Under-17, U19 and U21 sides.

• Capped 78 times by Andorra before his retirement following a 6-0 loss to England at Wembley in June 2009 having been named his country's best player of the last 50 years by the Andorran Football Federation (FAF) six years earlier.

• Took over as coach of the national team in February 2010, his side finishing bottom of their qualifying groups for UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. That was again the case in the UEFA EURO 2016 preliminaries, although Andorra did score four goals – setting a new best mark for the competition – and overcame Hungary in June 2017 in 2018 World Cup qualifying, their first competitive win since 2004.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeLeontios Trattou (CYP)
  • Assistant refereesMichael Soteriou (CYP) , Petros Petrou (CYP)
  • Additional assistant refereesVasilis Dimitriou (CYP) , Nikolas Neokleous (CYP)
  • Fourth officialPavlos Georgiou (CYP)
  • UEFA DelegateOctavian Goga (ROU)
  • UEFA Referee observerShmuel Shteif (ISR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Leontios Trattou11/02/1973056

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
01/04/2009WCQRAndorraCroatia0-2Andorra la Vella
07/09/2010EUROQRRepublic of IrelandAndorra3-1Dublin

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D1 - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia
    0-1 Chakvetadze 69, 0-2 Maliy 74 (og)
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kvekveskiri, Kankava, Kazaishvili (84 Khocholava), Kvilitaia (65 Gvilia), Merebashvili, Chakvetadze (75 Okriashvili), Navalovski
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Georgia 1-0 Latvia
    1-0 Okriashvili 77 (P)
    Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kvekveskiri, Kankava, Kazaishvili (90 Khocholava), Okriashvili (80 Gvilia), Chakvetadze (85 Papunashvili), Katcharava, Navalovski
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Latvia 0-0 Andorra
    Gomes, C. Martínez (71 Aláez), Vales, Rebés, Ildefons Lima, Clemente (81 Rodríguez), M. Vieira (95 Emili Garcia), M. San Nicolás, Chus Rubio, Cervós, Llovera
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Andorra 1-1 Kazakhstan
    0-1 Logvinenko 68, 1-1 Aláez 86
    Gomes, C. Martínez, Vales, Rebés, Ildefons Lima, Clemente (69 Aláez), M. Vieira, M. San Nicolás (83 Jordi Rubio), Chus Rubio (80 Gómez), Cervós, Llovera
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)

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