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The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgiamarker 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 Unionmarker. 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 Stadiummarker in Tblisimarker.

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.(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.

The Georgian Football Federation became a member of both UEFA and FIFAmarker in 1992, enabling Georgia to play competitive matches. The first of these came in September 1994, a 1-0 defeat to Moldova 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

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 8
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 against Montenegro and Bulgaria.[87456]

Caps as of 10 October 2009 (included Montenegro)


Recent call-up

Footnotes

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