Kobiashvili takes GFF helm

Capped 100 times by his country, Levan Kobiashvili has been elected as the new Georgian Football Federation president, and called his new position a "great responsibility".

Georgian Football Federation (GFF) president Levan Kobiashvili
Georgian Football Federation (GFF) president Levan Kobiashvili ©Lasha Kuprashvili

Former Georgian international Levan Kobiashvili has been elected as president of the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) at the association's congress in Tbilisi.

The 38-year-old, who ended his playing career in May 2014, described his election as "a very emotional day", adding: "I can only compare it with when I made my competitive debut or when I received my first call-up to the national team."

Midfielder Kobiashvili won 100 caps for Georgia between 1996 and 2011, and was his country's footballer of the year on two occasions, in 2000 and 2005. He pledged to take Georgian football forward, saying: "I understand the great responsibility I have."

After starting his career at Metalurgi Rustavi and Dinamo Tbilisi, Kobiashvili played abroad in Russia and Germany. He spent 16 years in Germany, featuring in 351 matches for Freiburg, Schalke and Hertha Berlin. Kobiashvili has a coaching licence and graduated from a sports management academy in Germany.

 

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