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Zurab Khizanishvili
Personal information
Full name Zurab Khizanishvili[1]
Date of birth 6 October 1981 (1981-10-06) (age 28)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Reading
(on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
Number 44
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Dinamo Tbilisi 2 (1)
1999–2000 Norchi Tbilisi 9 (0)
2000–2001 Lokomotiv Tbilisi 16 (1)
2001–2003 Dundee 43 (0)
2003–2006 Rangers 42 (0)
2005–2006 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 26 (1)
2006– Blackburn Rovers 36 (0)
2009 Newcastle United (loan) 7 (0)
2010– Reading (loan) 6 (0)
National team
1999– Georgia 65 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:39, 11 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:46, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Zurab Khizanishvili (Georgian: ზურაბ ხიზანიშვილი; born 6 October 1981) is a Georgian footballer who plays for Reading as a centre back, on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

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Club career

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Early career

Khizanishvili started his career at Dinamo Tbilisi where he remained for just one season, before joining FC Tbilisi to improve his chances of playing regular first team football.

In 1999 he was on the move again, joining his previous two clubs' city rivals Lokomotiv Tbilisi. Khizanishvili's form at Lokomotiv piqued the interest of some of Europe's top clubs, though the player's latter days at the club were marred by injury. Khizanishvili was eventually released after his contract with Lokomotiv was terminated.

Career in Scotland

In March 2001, Zurab joined Dundee, having had unsuccessful trials at Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham United.[2][3]

He quickly made an impact at Dens Park, alerting fellow Scottish Premier League team Rangers, whom Khizanishvili joined on a Bosman transfer in June 2003 as a replacement for Blackburn Rovers-bound defender Lorenzo Amoruso.

Despite making 35 appearances in his first campaign at Ibrox, Khizanishvili gradually fell out of favour and, on 31 August 2005, he was allowed to move on loan for the rest of the season to Blackburn in the English FA Premier League. During his loan spell at Blackburn he scored once in the league, in a 2–0 home win over Manchester City,[4] and once in the League Cup in a 3–1 win over Huddersfield Town.[5]

Career in England

On 10 April 2006, he signed a permanent deal for Blackburn in a deal rumoured to be worth around about £500,000. Since joining the Ewood Park outfit, Khizanishvili became a fan's favourite following assured defensive performances under the management of Mark Hughes.[citation needed] Chances were few in the 2007–08 season for Zurab, however he was always on hand to step in in case of injury to either Ryan Nelsen or Christopher Samba.

Under Paul Ince and Sam Allardyce he failed to break into the first team on a consistent basis, and on 17 September 2009 Khizanishvili joined Championship team Newcastle United on loan in a three-month deal. He returned to Blackburn on 19 December after an unsuccessful loan deal expired at St. James' Park.[citation needed] On 25 January 2010, he signed for Reading on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season.

Career statistics

[6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2000-01 Dundee Premier League 6 0 - - - 6 0
2001-02 18 0 - 2 0 - 20 0
2002-03 19 0 5 0 1 0 - 25 0
2003-04 Rangers Premier League 26 0 1 0 3 0 8 0 38 0
2004-05 16 0 1 0 2 0 6 0 25 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 26 1 2 0 4 1 - 32 2
2006-07 18 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 30 0
2007-08 13 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 17 0
2008-09 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2009-10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009-10 Newcastle United Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total Scotland 85 0 7 0 8 0 14 0 114 0
England 69 1 8 0 8 1 7 0 92 2
Career Total 154 1 15 0 16 1 21 0 206 2

International career

Khizanishvili is also a regular player in the Georgia squad. He scored his only goal against Moldova on 6 June 2009.[7]

Zurab Khizanishvili: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2009-06-06 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia (country)  Moldova 1 – 2 1 – 2 Friendly

Personal life

Khizanishvili is married to famous Georgian model Salome Gviniashvili and they have three children.[citation needed] He is the son of former USSR international defender Nodar Khizanishvili.[citation needed]

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