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Murtaz Shelia
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Full name Murtaz Shelia
Date of birth 25 March 1969 (1969-03-25) (age 40)
Place of birth    Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, then Soviet Union
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1990
1991–1994
1994
1995
1995–1997
1997–2000
2000
2000–2001
Amirani Ochamchire
Dinamo Tbilisi
1. FC Saarbrücken
Dinamo Tbilisi
Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz
Manchester City
Dinamo Tbilisi
Lokomotivi Tbilisi
28 (3)
74 (2)
18 (1)
15 (3)
62 (9)
15 (2)
03 (1)
07 (2)   
National team
1994–1998 Georgia 29 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Murtaz Shelia (born March 25, 1969) is a former football defender who was capped 29 times for Georgia between 1994 and 1998.

His clubs included Dinamo Tbilisi, 1. FC Saarbrücken, Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz, Manchester City and Lokomotivi Tbilisi. With Dinamo Tbilisi, Shelia formed part of a Georgian league championship winning team for five years in a row, from 1991 to 1995.[1] In 1995 he joined Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz of the Russian league, where, as one of five Georgians on the books of the North Ossetians, he helped the club win the Russian league title in his first season.[2]

Two years later Shelia joined English club Manchester City, where his former Dinamo Tbilisi team-mate Georgi Kinkladze was the star player.[3] He marked his debut with a goal at Birmingham City, though Manchester City lost the match 2–1.[4] Six weeks later he was joined in defence by another Georgian, Kakhaber Tskhadadze, but as the season reached its conclusion injuries restricted Shelia's appearances. At the end of the season Manchester City were relegated, entering the third tier for the first time in their history. The following season Shelia made just three appearances before sustaining a career-threatening injury against Reading in October 1998, his final appearance for the club. In 2000 he was released from his contract. After attempting a brief comeback with Lokomotivi Tbilisi, he retired in 2001.

References

  1. ^ "Georgia - Championship Winning Teams". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/players/georchampions.html. Retrieved 2009-04-02.  
  2. ^ "Georgia's football frailties". When Saturday Comes. http://www.wsc.co.uk/content/view/1001/38/. Retrieved 2009-04-02.  
  3. ^ Buckley, Andy; Burgess, Richard (2000). Blue Moon Rising: The Fall and Rise of Manchester City. Bury: Milo. ISBN 0-9530847-4-4.   p101, 149
  4. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-512-0.   pp462–3
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