The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Georgia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Georgian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 41 of which were born in Georgia. This makes Georgia the birth place of the 58th most number of Soccer Players behind Honduras and China.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Georgian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Georgian Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Georgian Soccer Players.

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1. Mikheil Meskhi (1937 - 1991)

With an HPI of 62.99, Mikheil Meskhi is the most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.

Mikheil Meskhi (Georgian: მიხეილ მესხი; Russian: Михаил Шалвович Месхи; born 12 January 1937 in Tbilisi; died 22 April 1991 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian footballer. Nicknamed the "Georgian Garrincha" for his dazzling wing play, he was a creative force on the left flank for the Soviet Union. He was invited by the World XI side via the USSR Football Federation who replied he was injured and couldn't play— he was not told of the invitation.

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2. Murtaz Khurtsilava (1943 - )

With an HPI of 62.90, Murtaz Khurtsilava is the 2nd most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava (Georgian: მურთაზ ხურცილავა, Russian: Муртаз Калистратович Хурцилава, born 5 January 1943) is a former Georgian association football defender. Khurtsilava was discovered while playing football in the school garden in Gegechkori, a small town in Caucasus – now known as Martvili – where he learned to play football with a ball made of hay and rags.He was part of the USSR side that finished fourth at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, third at the 1972 Summer Olympics and second in the 1972 UEFA European Championship. After the UEFA Euro 1972 along with his teammates by Soviet Union national football team — Revaz Dzodzuashvili and Evgeni Rudakov — he was included in the team of the tournament, where also were presented such great players like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness and Günter Netzer. He was also one of the only two Georgians, alongside Alexandre Chivadze, to have captained the Soviet Union national football team. At the club level he played for FC Dynamo Tbilisi. After retiring in 1977, Khurtsilava set up his own business in Tbilisi, where he now resides with his family.In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Georgia by the Georgian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.

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3. Boris Paichadze (1915 - 1990)

With an HPI of 60.92, Boris Paichadze is the 3rd most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Boris Paichadze (Georgian: ბორის პაიჭაძე, [bɔris pʼait͡ʃʼad͡zɛ]; Russian: Борис Соломонович Пайчадзе; 3 February 1915 – 9 October 1990) was a Georgian footballer, who played for FC Dinamo Tbilisi. The largest stadium in Georgia, the Boris Paichadze Stadium in Tbilisi, is named after him. In 2001, he was voted the best Georgian football player of the 20th century.

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4. Givi Chokheli (1937 - 1994)

With an HPI of 60.48, Givi Chokheli is the 4th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Givi Dmitriyevich Chokheli (Georgian: გივი ჩოხელი; Russian: Гиви Дмитриевич Чохели) (27 June 1937 in Telavi - 25 February 1994 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian football defender.Chokheli played most of his career for Dinamo Tbilisi. After ending his playing career he worked in various coaching positions for Dinamo Tbilisi and in 1969-1970 and 1974 was a head coach. He was classified as a Master of Sport of the USSR in 1959. He played for Soviet Union national team (19 matches), and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and at the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship, where the Soviet Union won the gold medal. The Soviet back line was anchored by the famous trio of Chokheli, Anatoli Maslyonkin, and Anatoly Krutikov in the early 1960s. Telavi's Municipal Stadium features a statue of Chokheli in front of it.

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5. David Kipiani (1951 - 2001)

With an HPI of 59.94, David Kipiani is the 5th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

David Kipiani (Georgian: დავით ყიფიანი; 18 November 1951 – 17 September 2001) was a Georgian football midfielder and manager. Kipiani principally played as a playmaker and is considered one of Georgia's greatest players. He was known for his elegant style of play, dribbling ability and passing range.

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6. Ramaz Shengelia (1957 - 2012)

With an HPI of 59.88, Ramaz Shengelia is the 6th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Ramaz Shengelia (Georgian: რამაზ შენგელია; 1 January 1957 – 21 June 2012) was a Georgian and Soviet football player.

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7. Shota Arveladze (1973 - )

With an HPI of 59.53, Shota Arveladze is the 7th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Shota Arveladze (Georgian: შოთა არველაძე; born 22 February 1973) is a Georgian former professional footballer and a manager who most recently worked at Pakhtakor Tashkent. Arveladze played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ and Levante. He is Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 291 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals in his 61 games for the national team.His 27 goals scored in the UEFA Cup competition ranks him 7th in the tournament's history. He has the best strike record of independent Georgian Football. He was nominated as the best player of Georgia as well as the best player by the Georgian Professional Football league survey.

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8. Kakhi Asatiani (1947 - 2002)

With an HPI of 59.08, Kakhi Asatiani is the 8th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Kakhi Asatiani (Georgian: კახი ასათიანი, 1 January 1947 – 20 November 2002) was a Georgian association football player and manager.

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9. Anzor Kavazashvili (1940 - )

With an HPI of 58.77, Anzor Kavazashvili is the 9th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Anzor Amberkovich Kavazashvili (Georgian: ანზორ ყავაზაშვილი, Russian: Анзор Амберкович Кавазашвили, born 19 July 1940) is a Soviet former football goalkeeper of Georgian nationality.

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10. Zaur Kaloev (1931 - 1997)

With an HPI of 57.71, Zaur Kaloev is the 10th most famous Georgian Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Zaur Kaloevi (Georgian: ზაურ კალოევი; 24 March 1931 – 23 December 1997) was a famous Georgian footballer. During his career he played for Spartaki Tbilisi (1950–1951), Dinamo Tbilisi (1953–1956, 1959–1964), and Lokomotiv Moscow (1957–1958). He participated in the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, where the Soviets were champions, and played 3 matches for the Soviets at the Olympic level. Zaur Kaloev was one of the most brilliant headers of his time. His Georgian friend and teammate Mikhail Meskhi said, "if I want to score a goal, I have to make sure my cross hits Zaur's head. Because it will certainly result in a goal".

Pantheon has 41 people classified as soccer players born between 1915 and 1999. Of these 41, 32 (78.05%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Murtaz Khurtsilava, Shota Arveladze, and Anzor Kavazashvili. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mikheil Meskhi, Boris Paichadze, and Givi Chokheli. As of October 2020, 8 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Boris Paichadze, Sergo Kotrikadze, and Givi Nodia.

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