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Shota Arveladze
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Personal information
Full name Shota Arveladze
Date of birth 22 February 1973 (1973-02-22) (age 37)
Place of birth    Tbilisi, Georgia, Soviet Union
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990-91
1990-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
1994-97
1997-2001
2001-2005
2005-2007
2007-2008
Martve Tbilisi
Iberia Tbilisi
Dinamo Tbilisi
Trabzonspor
Dinamo Tbilisi
Trabzonspor
Ajax
Rangers
AZ
Levante
Total
030 0(33)
007 00(3)
060 0(48)
018 0(15)
008 0(11)
078 0(46)
096 0(55)
095 0(44)
060 0(36)
004 00(0)
456 (291)   
National team
1992-2007 Georgia 060 0(26)

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

Shota Arveladze (born 22 February 1973 in Tbilisi) is a former Georgian professional football player. He is Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 246 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals during his 61 games on the national team.[1]

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Career

Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, and Ajax Amsterdam, and finished at least one season as the top goal scorer at all three. When he led Trabzonspor in goals in 1995-96, he also led the Turkish Premier Super League, making him the second non-Turk to date to lead that league in goals after Tarik Hodžić 1983-84. He is recorded as "most loved foreign player" for Trabzonspor supporters.

Arveladze joined Rangers from Ajax for £2 million in 2001. He scored the 300th goal in the SPL. He was part of the squad that won the domestic treble in 2002-2003 and the double in 2004-2005. He departed for Dutch side AZ on a free transfer in 2004-05.

He was also a regular in the Georgian national team, and was the nation's all-time leading scorer. In 1993 he scored an affective first Euro Tournament goal in the history of independent Georgian Football in the match against Linfield F.C., Northern Ireland. He is now retired from international football.[2] His twin brother Archil also played international football for Georgia.

Shota Arveladze played football on a high level with chronic trauma until 35 years. He retired from playing football on 22 May 2008 and joined AZ's coaching staff, under former Ajax coach Louis van Gaal. Shota's son Giorgi studies at the British School of Amsterdam, and is trying to follow his father's footsteps.

He has been scored the most goals in the top leagues of different countries from the former Soviet Union. Shota is the top scorer of the National Team of Georgia, and he was the top scorer in the Championships of both Turkey and the Netherlands. He scored 27 goals on UEFA Cup and with this indicator he is only falling behind one player Henrik Larsson. [3]

Fast and extraordinary decisionmaking, sense of scoring, technique and leadership quality were among his main qualities. He was the best striker of independent Georgian Football, he was nominated as the best player of Georgia and in addition he was nominated as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league inquiry.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Georgia League Georgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990 Martve Tbilisi 30 33
1991 Iberia Tbilisi Umaglesi Liga 7 3
1991-92 Dinamo Tbilisi Umaglesi Liga 30 22
1992-93 23 18
1993-94 7 8
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
1993-94 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 18 15 4 4 22 19
Georgia League Georgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Dinamo Tbilisi Umaglesi Liga 8 11
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 17 12 6 6 26 18
1995-96 34 25 3 2 4 1 41 28
1996-97 27 9 6 3 4 4 34 17
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997-98 Ajax Eredivisie 31 25 8 7 39 32
1998-99 19 7 3 0 22 7
1999-00 18 5 2 1 20 6
2000-01 27 18 3 2 30 20
2001-02 2 0 2 1 4 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Rangers Premier League 22 11 5 3 3 3 30 17
2002-03 30 15 6 1 2 0 2 0 40 16
2003-04 19 12 3 2 1 0 6 1 29 15
2004-05 24 6 2 1 7 2 33 9
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005-06 AZ Eredivisie 31 22 2 1 6 2 39 25
2006-07 29 14 7 2 11 7 46 23
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2007-08 Levante La Liga 4 0
Total Georgia 105 95
Turkey 96 61
Netherlands 156 91
Scotland 95 44
Spain 4 0
Career Total 456 291

References

  1. ^ Bibileishvili, Tiko (2008-06-09) Arveladze Quits Football. The Georgian Times. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ Arveladze bids farewell to the national team of Georgia (Spanish)
  3. ^ Shota's Biography (Spanish)

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