A FIFA member since 1992, Georgia have yet to reach the finals of a FIFA competition in any age group. Last in their South Africa 2010 qualification group, they fared slightly better in the Brazil 2014 campaign, beating Belarus and recording two draws, one of them a creditable goalless stalemate with France.
The European qualifying competition for Brazil 2014 was the swansong for a group of distinguished veterans led by Levan Kobiashvili. With the Jvarosnebi now in a transitional phase, the time has come for their young talents, among them Genk midfielder Tornike Okriashvili, to build on their performances in the last preliminaries and lead the way forward.
Former national team captain Kakhaber Tskhadadze was appointed to the job at the end of 2014. No stranger to the dugout, the ex-Manchester City and Eintracht Frankfurt defender has four trophy wins in Georgia and Azerbaijan on his coaching CV.
10 - The number of goals Georgia conceded in eight matches in the last world finals qualifiers, an indication of their defensive solidity. The Georgians managed only three goals at the other end, however, a statistic they will need to improve on if they are to make any headway against their rivals for places at Russia 2018.
The former stars
Shota Arveladze, Levan Kobiashvili, Alexander Iashvili, Kakha Kaladze