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Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) "ჯვაროსნები" "Jvarosnebi" (Crusaders)
Association Georgian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Georgia (country) Temuri Ketsbaia
Captain Kakhaber Kaladze
Most caps Levan Kobiashvili (79)
Top scorer Shota Arveladze (26)
Home stadium Boris Paichadze Stadium
FIFA code GEO
FIFA ranking 120
Highest FIFA ranking 42 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 154 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 94
Highest Elo ranking 48 (1998)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Georgia (country) Georgia 2 - 2 Lithuania 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; May 27, 1990)
Biggest win
Georgia (country) Georgia 7 - 0 Armenia 
(Tbilisi, Georgia; March 30, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6 - 1 Georgia Georgia (country)
(Copenhagen, Denmark; September 7, 2005)

The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 96 onwards, but have not yet achieved qualification.

Georgia's home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tblisi.

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History

Prior to 1990, Georgian players played for the USSR national football team. The first match played by the Georgian national team occurred while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union, when they played Lithuania on May 27, 1990, a match which ended in a 2-2 draw.[1](Curious fact:The match was between the two clubs FC Dinamo Tbilisi and Žalgiris Vilnius, but some time later, around 1992/93, officials football federations of these countries decided to change the status of the game to international. The decision was due to the fact that the clubs contained the best Georgian and Lithuanian players, so the countries designated the clubs their official teams). This was the Georgian team's only match prior to independence, which was declared on April 9, 1991.[2]

The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFA in 1992[3], enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1-0 defeat to Moldova[1] as part of the qualifiers for Euro 96. Georgia finished third in their group, ahead of Moldova and Wales, but seven points behind second-placed qualifiers Bulgaria. Georgia have subsequently finished bottom of their group in qualification for the 2000 and 2004 European Championships, and have finished third, fourth and sixth in World Cup qualifying groups. Consequently, Georgia has never qualified for the finals of a major tournament. However, recently they have shown relative success on the international scene by beating twice World Cup winners Uruguay and well established Turkey both in friendly matches.

World Cup record

European Championship record

Manager History

FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 3 0 18 7 +11 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 6 0 12 8 +4 18
 Bulgaria 10 3 5 2 17 13 +4 14
 Cyprus 10 2 3 5 14 16 −2 9
 Montenegro 10 1 6 3 9 14 −5 9
 Georgia 10 0 3 7 7 19 −12 3
  Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia (country) Italy Montenegro Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria  2 – 0 6 – 2 0 – 0 4 – 1 1 – 1
Cyprus  4 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 2 1 – 2
Georgia  0 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 2 0 – 0 1 – 2
Italy  2 – 0 3 – 2 2 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 1
Montenegro  2 – 2 1 – 1 2 – 1 0 – 2 0 – 0
Republic of Ireland  1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 1 2 – 2 0 – 0
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Most capped Georgia players

As of March 27, 2008, the ten players with the most caps for Georgia are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Levan Kobiashvili 1996- 79 10
2 Georgi Nemsadze 1992-2004 69 0
3 Kakha Kaladze 1996- 65 1
4 Gocha Jamarauli 1994-2004 62 6
5 Shota Arveladze 1997-2007 60 26

Top Georgia goalscorers

As of March 27, 2008, the seven players with the most goals for Georgia are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps)
1 Shota Arveladze 1997-2007 26 (60)
2 Temuri Ketsbaia 1991-2002 16 (50)
3 Alexander Iashvili 1998- 14 (47)
4 Giorgi Demetradze 1996- 12 (56)
5 Levan Kobiashvili 1996- 10 (84)
6 Georgi Kinkladze 1991-2005 9 (54)
7 Mikhail Kavelashvili 1994-2002 8 (45)

Current squad

The following players were called up for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against Montenegro and Bulgaria.[1]

Caps as of 10 October 2009 (included Montenegro)
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Giorgi Lomaia August 8, 1979 (1979-08-08) (age 30) 43 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
2 DF Ucha Lobjanidze February 23, 1987 (1987-02-23) (age 23) 13 0 Georgia (country) Zestaponi
3 DF Aleksandr Kvakhadze August 17, 1984 (1984-08-17) (age 25) 12 0 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia
4 DF Kakha Kaladze (captain) February 27, 1978 (1978-02-27) (age 32) 67 1 Italy Milan
5 DF Amiran Sanaia September 3, 1989 (1989-09-03) (age 20) 5 0 France Le Mans
6 DF Giorgi Popkhadze September 25, 1986 (1986-09-25) (age 23) 7 0 Denmark Viborg
7 MF Levan Tskitishvili October 10, 1976 (1976-10-10) (age 33) 58 1 Earth Unattached
8 MF Levan Khmaladze April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) (age 24) 8 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
9 FW Alexander Iashvili October 23, 1977 (1977-10-23) (age 32) 52 13 Germany Karlsruhe
10 FW Giorgi Merebashvili August 15, 1986 (1986-08-15) (age 23) 9 0 Serbia Vojvodina
11 FW Vladimir Dvalishvili April 20, 1986 (1986-04-20) (age 23) 6 4 Israel Maccabi Haifa
12 GK Zurab Mamaladze October 2, 1982 (1982-10-02) (age 27) 2 0 Georgia (country) Zestaponi
13 DF Zurab Khizanishvili October 6, 1981 (1981-10-06) (age 28) 63 1 England Reading
14 DF Guram Kashia April 7, 1987 (1987-04-07) (age 22) 4 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
15 MF Jaba Lipartia November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16) (age 22) 1 0 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia
16 MF Luka Razmadze December 30, 1983 (1983-12-30) (age 26) 10 0 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia
17 FW Nikoloz Gelashvili August 5, 1985 (1985-08-05) (age 24) 4 0 Georgia (country) Zestaponi
18 MF David Odikadze April 14, 1981 (1981-04-14) (age 28) 13 0 Hungary Győri ETO
GK Grigol Bediashvili February 7, 1980 (1980-02-07) (age 30) 1 0 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia
MF Levan Kobiashvili July 10, 1977 (1977-07-10) (age 32) 85 9 Germany Hertha BSC
MF Levan Kenia October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18) (age 19) 17 3 Germany Schalke 04
MF Davit Devdariani October 28, 1987 (1987-10-28) (age 22) 4 0 Denmark AGF
FW Levan Mchedlidze March 24, 1990 (1990-03-24) (age 19) 12 1 Italy Palermo

Recent call-up

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Teymuraz Gongadze (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) May 21, 1985 (1985-05-21) (age 24) 2 0 Azerbaijan Simurq
MF Giorgi Seturidze (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) April 8, 1985 (1985-04-08) (age 24) 5 0 Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi
MF Zhano Ananidze (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10) (age 17) 1 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
MF Zurab Menteshashvili (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) January 30, 1980 (1980-01-30) (age 30) 38 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
FW Otar Martsvaladze (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) July 14, 1984 (1984-07-14) (age 25) 12 2 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
FW Mate Vatsadze (vs  Iceland 8 September 2009, friendly) December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17) (age 21) 1 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
DF Mate Gvinianidze (vs  Malta 12 August 2009, friendly) December 10, 1986 (1986-12-10) (age 23) 7 0 Germany 1860 Munich
DF Giorgi Shashiashvili (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) September 1, 1979 (1979-09-01) (age 30) 30 1 Greece Ergotelis
DF Dato Kvirkvelia (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) June 27, 1980 (1980-06-27) (age 29) 37 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
DF Davit Gigauri (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15) (age 24) 0 0 Georgia (country) Gagra-Tbilisi
MF Murtaz Daushvili (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01) (age 20) 3 0 Georgia (country) Zestaponi
FW Irakli Klimiashvili (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) May 30, 1988 (1988-05-30) (age 21) 5 0 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia
FW Rati Aleksidze (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) August 3, 1978 (1978-08-03) (age 31) 28 2 Hungary Győri ETO
FW Beka Gotsiridze (vs  Moldova 11 June 2009, friendly) February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21) (age 22) 11 1 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
DF Lasha Salukvadze (vs  Montenegro 1 April 2009, WCQ) December 21, 1981 (1981-12-21) (age 28) 24 1 Russia Rubin Kazan
FW David Siradze (vs  Montenegro 1 April 2009, WCQ) October 21, 1981 (1981-10-21) (age 28) 18 4 Russia Spartak Nalchik
GK Roin Kvaskhvadze (vs  Republic of Ireland 11 February 2009, WCQ) May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31) (age 20) 0 0 Georgia (country) Zestaponi
GK Revaz Tevdoradze (vs  Romania 19 November 2008, friendly) 0 0 Georgia (country) Gagra Tbilisi
GK Mirza Merlani (vs  Romania 19 November 2008, friendly) 0 0 Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi
DF Ilia Kandelaki (vs  Romania 19 November 2008, friendly) December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26) (age 28) 13 0 Austria Sturm Graz
DF Malkhaz Asatiani (vs  Romania 19 November 2008, friendly) August 4, 1981 (1981-08-04) (age 28) 35 4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
DF Zaali Eliava (vs  Bulgaria 15 October 2008, WCQ) January 2, 1985 (1985-01-02) (age 25) Georgia (country) Zestaponi
GK Giorgi Loria (vs  Italy 10 September 2008, WCQ) January 27, 1986 (1986-01-27) (age 24) 5 0 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi

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Simple English

Georgia
Association Georgian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Héctor Cúper
Most caps Levan Kobiashvili (84)
Top scorer Shota Arveladze (26)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Georgia national football team is the national football team of Georgia.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Levan Kobiashvili84101996-present
2Georgi Nemsadze6901992-2004
3Kakha Kaladze6411996-present
4Shota Arveladze62261997-2007
4Gocha Jamarauli6261994-2004

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Shota Arveladze26611997-2007
2Temuri Ketsbaia16501991-2002
3Alexander Iashvili14471998-present
4Giorgi Demetradze12561996-present
5Levan Kobiashvili10841996-present
6Georgi Kinkladze9541991-2005
7Mikhail Kavelashvili8451994-2002

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