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.
Third Goal project
This project, which was approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 October 2008, will focus on youth development programmes. The 12-month programmes, which will be held at the Georgian FA's technical centre in Tbilisi - a facility opened in 2003 - will be designed to help talented youngsters develop their skills without neglecting their academic education.
Use of FAP funds
Project
Organisation of national development programmes at the technical centre in Tbilisi
Project approved on
22 October 2008
Status
Implementation
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000
20.01.2009