Football in Georgia
In Georgia, a country that gained independence in 1991, football is the most popular sport, followed by basketball and water polo. The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and UEFA at senior and youth level, as well as in women's football. Dynamo Tbilisi were once one of the leading teams in the top flight of Soviet Union football, often playing in European club competition and actually winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1981. A number of Georgian players represented the Soviet Union at FIFA World Cups, including Alexandr Chivadze (1982; 1986 as captain) and David Kipiani. Both players were part of the successful 1981 Dynamo Tbilisi team. Today, the star of Georgian football is Kaha Kaladze, who plays for AC Milan and helped his team to win the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus. To date, the national team's greatest success is a 1-0 home victory over Russia in a EURO 2004 qualifying match.
The first Goal Project
On 24 May 2003, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Georgian President Eduard Chevardnadze opened the Georgian FA's technical centre in Tbilisi. As well as a number of different sized pitches, the complex also has a three-storey building with accommodation for players and coaches, offices, dressing rooms and a swimming pool. National teams can now hold their training camps in the Georgian FA's own complex and also prepare for international matches there. It also represents a huge cost-saving in terms of accommodation and renting pitches. The complex plays host to courses for coaches and referees, as well as to events organised as part of various youth development programmes. «We needed such a centre, but we did not have the money to build it. This is a special day for the people of Georgia. Without the help of FIFA, and its President, our dream would never have come true,» said the Georgian President in his opening address.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre in Tbilisi
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 24 May 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 500,000 Government Land Total cost USD 900,000