Georgia Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Jvarosnebi (Crusaders)
Head coach: Temuri Ketsbaia
Captain: Kakhaber Kaladze
Most caps: Levan Kobiashvili (96)
Top scorer: Shota Arveladze (26)
Home stadium: Boris Paichadze Stadium
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.
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.