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 second Goal project
The technical centre that was built in Tbilisi as part of the first Goal project had one disadvantage: it could not be used for training sessions during the winter. After have been installed, the artificial turf pitch that the Goal Bureau approved on 17 February 2005 overcomes this problem and allow the technical centre to operate fully all year round.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Project
Artificial turf pitch at technical centre in Tbilisi
Project approved
17 February 2005
Status
Opened on 11 October 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000
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