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FC Dinamo Tbilisi

Dinamo Tbilisi
Full name Football Club Dinamo Tbilisi
Nickname(s) Blue-White
Founded 1925 (1925)
Ground Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Ground Capacity 54,549
President Roman Pipia
Manager Gia Geguchadze
League Umaglesi Liga
2014-15 2
Website Club home page

FC Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia.

Dinamo Tbilisi was one of the most prominent clubs in Soviet football and a major contender in the Kakha Kaladze, Levan Kobiashvili.

FC Dinamo Tbilisi was one of a handful of teams in the Georgian Cup holders (the current record).


  • History 1
    • The Beginning: 1920s 1.1
    • World War II: 1930s and 1940s 1.2
    • 1950s 1.3
    • First Soviet successes: 1960s 1.4
    • European years: 1970s 1.5
    • Last Soviet Days: 1980s 1.6
    • 1990s 1.7
    • 2000s 1.8
  • Honours 2
  • Stadium 3
  • Sponsor 4
  • Current squad 5
  • Eurocups record 6
    • European record 6.1
    • UEFA club rankings 6.2
  • Topscorers by season 7
  • Managers 8
  • Notable past players 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The Beginning: 1920s

The history of FC Dinamo Tbilisi began in autumn 1925 when the Dinamo sports society set out to form a football club, at a time when football was gradually becoming one of the most popular sports in the world.[1]

In 1927, FC Dinamo Tbilisi established a Junior club, "Norchi Dinamoeli" (young Dinamo). The Juniors club provided FC Dinamo Tbilisi with many young skillful players, including the first goalkeeper who played for Dinamo in the USSR championship, the first captain (Shota Savgulidze), defender (Mikhail Minaev), forward (Vladimer Berdzenishvili) and other famous players.

In the early years in Georgia, no official championship existed, so the teams played friendly games against each other. The first match was played with Azerbaijan team Dinamo Baku on 26 January 1926, with the more experienced Azerbaijan squad winning 1–0. The Dinamo team starred: D.Tsomaia, A.Pochkhua, M.Blackman, I.Foidorov, N.Anakin, A.Gonel, A.Pivovarov, O.Goldobin, A.Galperin, S.Maslenikov, V.Tsomaia.

Three days later, Dinamo played another Azerbaijan team, "Progress" and easily beat them 3–0.

Despite their success in the middle years of the 1930s, the football federation of the Soviet Union placed FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the first league instead of the Premier League. Dinamo continued to show good form against the top teams, winning 9–5 in Tbilisi against probably the best team in the USSR championship, Dynamo Moscow. They later beat Dinamo Leningrad 3–2, winning 5 matches out of 6 plus a draw against Stalinec Moscow. This was enough for Dinamo to qualify for the Premier League.

World War II: 1930s and 1940s

The second championship started in autumn 1936. Altogether Dinamo played 1424 matches in the Soviet Union Championship. The first match was against Dynamo Kyiv, finishing 2–2, with goals by Nikolas Somov and Boris Paichadze. The team sheet was: A.Dorokhov, S.Shavgulidze (E.Nikolaishvili), B.Berdzenishvili, N.Anakin, V.Jorbenadze, G.Gagua, I.Panin, M.Berdzenishvili, B.Paichadze, M.Aslamazov and N.Somov.

The first victory in the USSR championship was in the match against Moscow with Spartak in the Soviet Cup quarter-final with Dinamo scoring 3 goals in stoppage time, beating Spartak 6–3. They reached the Soviet Cup Final, but lost 0–2 to Lokomotiv Moscow. Their first international match was against the Spanish team Baskonia in 1937, which Dinamo lost 0–2.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Dinamo was one of the top Soviet football teams, even though they did not win a title. They were often referred to as the "crownless champions" with the team including: S.Shavgulidze, A.Dorokhov, S.Shudra, B.Frolov, M.Berdzenishvili, A.Kiknadze, V.Panjukov, V.Berezhnoi, G.Gagua, V.Jorbenadze, G.Jejelava.


In the 1950s, the team was led by Avtandil Gogoberidze who spent 14 years with Dinamo. He still holds the record for games played and goals scored for Dinamo, with 341 matches and 127 goals. In the same period, the following players starred for Dinamo: G.Antadze, V.Marghania, N.Dziapshipa, M.Minaev, A.Zazroev, V.Eloshvili, A.Chkuaseli.

A prominent place in Dinamo history belongs to Andro Zhordania, a coach who is considered as one most important figures in the club's history. His period in charge at the end of the 1950s was seen as "the Renaissance" of Dinamo's traditions, which laid the ground for the major successes connected with his name. FC Dinamo's Digomi practice ground is named after this club legend.

First Soviet successes: 1960s

The first major success came in .

A popular French magazine France Football wrote: " Dinamo has great players. Their technique, skills and playing intellect enables us to name them the best Eastern representatives of 'South American Football Traditions', if Dinamo were able to participate in the UEFA European Cup, we are certain, they would bring the hegemony of Spanish-Italian teams to an end." However, no Soviet team appeared in the European Cup at that time.

The line-up of winning team in Guram Tskhovrebov, Vladimer Rekhviashvili, Shota Iamanidze, Slava Metreveli, Vladimir Barkaya, Mikheil Meskhi, Ilia Datunashvili, Alexander Apshiev. Coach: Gavriil Kachalin.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the quality of the Dinamo team was further enhanced by several skillful players: the legendary Mikheil Meskhi, the inimitable Slava Metreveli, the captain of Soviet Union national team Murtaz Khurtsilava, Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Kakhi Asatiani, Gocha Gavasheli, Guram Petriashvili, Piruz Kanteladze and the brothers Nodia (Givi and Levan).

European years: 1970s

1976 Soviet Cup final

Dinamo's first appearance in Europe was in 1972 against the Dutch team Twente Enschede in the UEFA Cup. Dinamo won 3–2,[2] with two goals by Givi Nodia and one by David Kipiani. The following players appeared on the field in this historic match: David Gogia, Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Vakhtang Chelidze, Murtaz Khurtsilava, Shota Khinchagashvili, Guram Petriashvili, Manuchar Machaidze, Kakhi Asatiani, Vladimir Gutsaev, Levan Nodia, Givi Nodia, David Kipiani.

In 1973, Dinamo won their first International tournament. After beating Atlético Madrid and Benfica, one of the best teams of the time, Dinamo won the Columbus's Caravela Trophy.[3]

In 1976,

1979 Soviet Cup final

In this period, Dinamo won the Soviet Cup title in 1976, defeating Ararat Yerevan (Armenia) 3–0 with goals scored by David Kipiani, Piruz Kanteladze (penalty) and Revaz Chelebadze. The team achieved the same success in 1979 when they beat Dynamo Moscow 5–4 on penalties. They also won the Soviet Top League for a second time in 1978. In 1979, the club played its first match in the UEFA European Cup tournament. In the first round Dinamo defeated Liverpool (England) 3-0[4] and knocked them out, but were eliminated by Hamburg (West Germany) in the next round.

Last Soviet Days: 1980s

Dinamo's famous 1981 title-winning squad.

The highlight of Dinamo's history was 13 May 1981 when they beat Vitaly Daraselia and Vladimir Gutsaev.

Dinamo Tbilisi, winner of the European Cup, 1981 on stamp of Georgia, 2002

Helmut Schön, FIFA World Cup 1974 winner coach said: "It is to be said directly, Dinamo deserved the victory. This team has top quality performers."

In 1982 Dinamo qualified to semi-final in Gia Guruli, Mamuka Pantsulaia, Merab Zhordania, Levan Baratashvili and many other talented players.

From 1983 a crisis began. It was hard for the club to qualify from the first rounds of the Soviet Cup. They also performed poorly in the championship. From 1983 to 1989 the team appeared only once in the UEFA tournaments.

Dinamo Tbilisi played its last game in the Soviet Top League on 27 October 1989 against Dynamo Kyiv. Dinamo played its first and last official matches in Soviet Union Championship with Dynamo Kyiv, with both matches ending 2:2.


In 1990 the Soviet Union championship. That meant that no Georgian Football Clubs would appear in Soviet tournaments. From that moment the more recent history of FC Dinamo Tbilisi began.

The club played its first match in the Kolkheti Poti on 30 March 1990. Dinamo lost the historic match, 0–1. Ultimately the club recovered from this setback and won the first Georgian National championship. The club also won the next 9 championships.

In 1993 came Dinamo's first double: the team won league and Linfield 2–1, with goals from Shota Arveladze and Gela Inalishvili. The second leg in Belfast ended 1–1. However it was subsequently alleged that the club had tried to bribe match officials and the club was expelled from the tournament and suspended for two years from UEFA tournaments.

FC Dinamo Tbilisi continued to win Georgian championships and Georgian cup, but had no success in European club tournaments.

In 1996 Dinamo qualified passed 3 rounds in the UEFA Cup. They beat CS Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) 4–0 - 2–2, Molde FK (Norway) 2–1 - 0–0 and Torpedo Moscow (Russia) 1–0 - 1–1. In the next round the club was unable to overcome Portuguese side Boavista and left the tournament. This was the best result in Dinamo Tbilisi's recent history. Later, the migration of the key players to Western European clubs caused negative results. It became harder and harder for the club to win the Georgian Championship or Georgian Cup.


In the early years of the 2000s, the famous businessman Georgian Cup.

In 2004 Dinamo won the Cup again and under the leadership of Croat coach Ivo Šušak, and won the CIS Cup in Moscow against Latvian Skonto FC (3–1). In the same year, Dinamo successfully made it through the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds, after defeating BATE Borisov (1–0; 3–2), Slavia Prague (2–0; 1–3) and Wisła Kraków (2–1, 3–4), so qualifying for the group stage, where their opponents team were Newcastle United, Sporting CP, Sochaux and Panionios. But Dinamo lost to all four teams.

In the following season Dinamo were again 2008, when the head coach of Dinamo was the Czech Dusan Uhrin.

In 2009 the club beat Georgian Cup.

In January 2011, FC Dinamo Tbilisi was purchased by a businessman called Roman Pipia. That year, the club successfully played in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, but they were not able to overcome AEK Athens in the play-off round.

After a bad performance in the Georgian championship of 2011–12, Dinamo could not qualify for any UEFA competitions for the 2012–13 season.

The new president of FC Dinamo Tbilisi immediately started the modernization of the club[5] starting with the reconstruction of the Digomi training ground. Nowadays this training ground is one of the best in the region. The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena was reconstructed as well. The pitch surface was changed with a new specially adapted surface for the local climate. The reconstruction work is still in progress, and after it ends, the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena will become the sports center of the capital. Renovated Youths Football Academy began its functioning.

The club were beaten 5–0[6] by Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League play-off round 1st leg on August 22, 2013, and again 3–0[7] the following week at White Hart Lane, thus crashing out 8–0 on aggregate.


European Competitions

Domestic Competitions

İnternational Competitions

Soviet Time Competitions


The Dinamo stadium was completed in 1976, after 10 years of construction. A large group of architects, under the supervision of famous Georgian specialist Gia Kurdiani, worked on the project.

Before that, in place of the new Soviet Union. It could fit 78,000 supporters and fulfill every standards and requirements of Soviet Football Federation as well as UEFA.

The first official match played after stadium was built occurred on 29 September 1976. This was UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 final match between Dinamo Tbilisi and Cardiff City. The opening game ended successfully for Dinamo, score 3–0.

Even though stadium's maximum capacity was 78,000, Georgian football fans can remember matches with more accommodation. For instance, in 1979 Dinamo was hosting one of the best British teams – Liverpool. The first round was played in England at Anfield with the score 2–1 Liverpool won. So the pressure was high on the second game. Stadium was attended by 110,000 people and their support played important role in winning. Dinamo beat Liverpool 3–0 and qualified in 1/8 final. In Soviet Union Dinamo stadium is record keeper of the average attendance of 45,000.

The record attendance was repeated in Germany. The football clubs Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Kyiv often played their autumn international matches on this stadium.

Hundreds of Georgian, Russian, European and even South American stars played in Tbilisi Dinamo stadium. In 1985 the stadium hosted the qualifying stage of the Juniors World Cup. Taffarel and Muller played for the Brazilian national team.

In 1995 the stadium was renamed Boris Paichadze National Stadium after a major Georgian international Georgia national football team. Holding lit torches, 80,000 fans came in 1981 to congratulate the team on their European Cup Winners Cup triumph.

As an architectural building the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena is estimated as one of the best in FIFA, with a capacity of 54,549 spectators.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Otar Kakabadze
4 DF Nika Tchanturia (Captain)
5 DF Archil Tvildiani
16 DF Giorgi Tevzadze
88 DF Giorgi Rekhviashvili
6 MF Mate Tsintsadze
7 MF Giorgi Janelidze
8 FW Bachana Arabuli
9 FW Aleksandre Iashvili
10 MF Giorgi Papunashvili
11 FW Giorgi Kvilitaia
12 GK Libor Hrdlička
No. Position Player
13 MF Otar Kiteishvili
14 MF Lasha Parunashvili
17 DF Giorgi Guruli
18 FW Davit Volkovi
21 GK Giorgi Begashvili
22 MF Saba Lobzhanidze
25 DF Rene Santos
30 DF Giorgi Gvelesiani
31 MF Jambul Jighauri
37 DF Zaza Tchelidze
77 MF Vakhtang Tchanturishvili

Eurocups record

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1/32 FC Twente 3–2 0–2
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1/32 Slavia Sofia 4–1 0–2
1/16 OFK Beograd 3–0 5–1
1/8 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 1–5
1976–77 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 Cardiff City 3–0 0–1
1/8 MTK Budapest 1–4 0–1
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1/32 Inter Milan 0–0 1–0
1/16 KB 2–1 4–1
1/8 Grasshoppers 1–0 0–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1/32 Napoli 2–0 1–1
1/16 Hertha BSC 1–0 0–2
1979–80 European Cup 1/16 Liverpool 3–0 1–2
1/8 Hamburg 2–3 1–3
1980–81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 Kastoria 2–0 0–0
1/8 Waterford 4–0 1–0
1/4 West Ham United 0–1 4–1
1/2 Feyenoord 3–0 0–2
Final FC Carl Zeiss Jena X 2–1
1981–82 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1/16 Grazer AK 2–0 2–2
1/8 Bastia 3–1 1–1
1/4 Legia Warszawa 1–0 1–0
1/2 Standard Liège 0–1 0–1
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1/32 Napoli 2–1 0–1
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1/32 Lokomotiv Sofia 3–0 1–3
1/16 Victoria București 2–1 0–0
1/8 Werder Bremen 1–1 1–2
1993–94 UEFA Champions League 1Q Linfield 2–1 1–1
1994–95 UEFA Cup 1Q Universitatea Craiova 2–0 2–1
1/32 FC Tirol Innsbruck 1–0 1–5
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Botev Plovdiv 0–1 0–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q CS Grevenmacher 4–0 2–2
2Q Molde 2–1 0–0
1/32 Torpedo Moscow 1–1 1–0
1/16 Boavista 1–0 0–5
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1Q Crusaders 5–1 3–1
2Q Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 1–6
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1/32 MPKC Mozyr 1–0 1–1
1/16 SC Braga 0–1 0–4
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1Q Vllaznia Shkodër 3–0 1–3
2Q Athletic Bilbao 2–1 0–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1/32 Willem II 0–3 0–3
1999–00 UEFA Champions League 1Q Zimbru Chișinău 2–1 0–2
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q Standard Liège 2–2 1–1
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q BATE Borisov 2–1 0–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1Q TVMK Tallinn 4–1 1–0
2Q Slovan Liberec 0–1 2–3
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1Q KF Tirana 3–0 0–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q BATE Borisov 1–0 3–2
2Q Slavia Prague 2–0 1–3
3Q Wisła Kraków 2–1 3–4
Group Sochaux 0–2 X
Group Newcastle United X 0–2
Group Sporting CP 0–4 X
Group Panionios X 2–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Levadia Tallinn 2–0 0–1
2Q Brøndby 0–2 1–3
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1Q Kilikia 3–0 5–1
2Q Ried 0–1 1–3
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Vaduz 2–0 0–0
2Q Rapid Wien 0–3 0–5
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q NSÍ Runavík 3–0 0–1
2Q Panathinaikos 0–0 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q FK Liepājas Metalurgs 3–1 1–2
3Q Red Star Belgrade 2–0 2–5
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flora Tallinn 2–1 0–0
2Q Gefle IF 2–1 2–1
3Q Sturm Graz 1–1 0–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Milsami 2–0 3–1
2Q Llanelli 5–0 1–2
3Q KR 2–0 4–1
Play Off AEK Athens 1–1 0–1
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q EB/Streymur 6–1 3–1
3Q Steaua București 0–2 1–1
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Play Off Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 0–3
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Aktobe 0–1 0–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Gabala 2–1 0–2

European record

As of July 9 2015
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 32 13 3 16 47 48
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 21 11 3 7 30 17
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 88 40 13 35 118 133
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 2 2 2 12 8
Total 147 66 21 60 207 206

UEFA club rankings

As of April 8 2015[8]
Rank Team Coefficient
214 Pandurii 7.259
215 RNK Split 7.200
216 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 7.200
217 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 7.150
218 Dinamo Tbilisi 6.875
219 Litex 6.850
220 Shakhter Karagandy 6.825
221 Baník 6.825
222 Gaz Metan 6.759

Topscorers by season

Season Name Goals
1990 Gia Guruli 23
1991 Mikheil Kavelashvili 12
1991–92 Kakha Kacharava 26
1992–93 Shota Arveladze 18
1993–94 Mikheil Kavelashvili
Alexander Iashvili
1994–95 Alexander Iashvili 24
1995–96 Alexander Iashvili 26
1996–97 Giorgi Demetradze 26
1997–98 Levan Khomeriki 23
1998–99 Mikheil Ashvetia 26
1999–00 Rati Aleksidze
Mikheil Ashvetia
2000–01 Zaza Zirakishvili 21
2001–02 Mikheil Bobokhidze 13
2002–03 Vitaly Daraselia Jr. 15
2003–04 Lado Akhalaia 12
2004–05 Levan Melkadze 27
2005–06 Jaba Dvali 21
2006–07 Sandro Iashvili 27
2007–08 Mikheil Khutsishvili 16
2008–09 Giorgi Merebashvili
Ilija Spasojević
2009–10 Georges Akieremy 11
2010–11 Levan Khmaladze
Aleksandre Koshkadze
2011–12 Xisco 15
2012–13 Xisco 24
2013–14 Xisco 19
2014–15 Giorgi Papunashvili 14


Notable past players

USSR-era players listed have at least one cap for the USSR national football team.


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  2. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1972/73 - History - Dinamo Tbilisi-Twente –". 1972-09-13. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  3. ^ "FC Dinamo". 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Champions League 1979/80 - History - Dinamo Tbilisi-Liverpool Lineups –". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  5. ^ "FC Dinamo". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Dinamo Tbilisi vs. Tottenham Hotspur - 22 August 2013 - Soccerway". 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dinamo Tbilisi - 29 August 2013 - Soccerway". 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  8. ^ Bert Kassies. "UEFA Team Ranking 2015". Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

External links

  • Official website
  • FC Dinamo Tbilisi history
  • Dinamo fans official website
  • FC Dinamo Tbilisi on Soccerway
Preceded by
Valencia CF
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winner
Runner up: FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Succeeded by
FC Barcelona
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