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Euros: Georgia news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Georgia made history with their penalty shootout success over Euro 2004 winners Greece in their closing play-off encounter as they sealed their spot at the Euros, which is set to be their first-ever major tournament.

Despite finishing fourth in their qualifying group behind Spain, Scotland and Norway, Georgia advanced to the play-offs via the Nations League and they made the most of the opportunity they were handed.

Willy Sagnol’s side defeated Luxembourg 2-0 to tee-up a showdown with Greece in Tbilisi and, after a nervy goalless draw, they kept their cool to progress on penalties.

The reward for Georgia is being housed alongside Portugal, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group F.

Georgia Euro 2024 fixtures

Turkey v Georgia, 18:00, Tuesday 18th June, BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Georgia v Czech Republic, 15:00, Saturday 22nd June, Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Georgia v Portugal, 21:00, Wednesday 26th June, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen

Georgia Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Giorgi Loria (Dinamo Tbilisi), Giorgi Mamardashvili (Valencia), Luka Gugeshashvili (Qarabag).

Defenders: Guram Kashia (Slovan Bratislava), Otar Kakabadze (Cracovia), Solomon Kvirkvelia (Al Okhdood), Lasha Dvali (APOEL), Jemal Tabidze (Panetolikos), Luka Lochoshvili (Cremonese), Giorgi Gocholeishvili (Shakhtar Donetsk), Giorgi Gvelesiani (Persepolis).

Midfielders: Gabriel Sigua (Basel), Nika Kvekverskiri (Lech Poznan), Otar Kiteishvili (Sturm Graz), Saba Lobzhanidze (Atlanta United), Zuriko Davitashvili (Bordeaux), Giorgi Chakvetadze (Watford), Levan Shengelia (Panetlikos), Giorgi Tsitaishvili (Dinamo Batumi), Anzor Mekvabishvili (Universitatea Craiova), Giorgi Kochorashvili (Levante), Sandro Altunashvili (Wolfsberger AC)

Forwards: Giorgi Kvilitaia (APOEL), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli), Budu Zivzivadze (Karlsruher), Georges Mikautadze (Metz).

Georgia manager

Willy Sagnol

Former French full-back Sagnol, who was runner-up at the 2006 World Cup, took charge of Georgia in February 2021, replacing Vladimir Weiss as manager.

Sagnol is still relatively inexperienced as a manager, with his longest stint coming in charge of Bordeaux, where he spent just under two years and took care of 88 games.

He joined Bayern Munich as an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti on the back of that but left the German giants when Jupp Heynckes was appointed as manager at the Allianz Arena.

The 47-year-old was out of work for over three years on the back of that but was appointed by Georgia in February 2021 and has been an ever-present since.

Sagnol has overseen 33 games as Georgia manager, guiding them to 16 victories, five draws and only 12 defeats, and will be hoping for a successful major debut.

Georgia captain

Guram Kashia

Guram Kashia is one of Georgia’s most seasoned performers, with the 36-year-old being capped 112 times, so it is only fitting that he is captain.

Leading his country out at Euro 2024, having never qualified for a major tournament, will be a proud moment for the veteran centre-back, who currently plies his trade in Slovakia with Slovan Bratislava.

Kashia started his career in his homeland with Dinamo Tbilisi before spending eight years in the Eredivisie with Vitesse, where he would go on to make 250 appearances and help them to win the KNVB Cup in 2016-17.

He has also enjoyed spells in the MLS with San Jose Earthquakes and Locomotive Tbilisi.

Georgia key players

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Every country needs a poster boy and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is without question Georgia’s, with the 23-year-old represented by a European heavyweight in Napoli and playing a key role in their Serie A title success last season.

Kvaratskhelia is going to be integral for Georgia and his opening 29 caps have already yielded 15 goals, while the tricky winger has 22 goals in 65 appearances since making the big move from Dinamo Batumi to Napoli.

Kvaratskhelia is one of Europe’s most-sought after properties, with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona showing interest and going to be watching every moment of his Euro 2024 adventure.

Giorgi Mamardashvili

Goalkeepers can often go undervalued, but Georgia know that Giorgi Mamardashvili is going to play a prominent role if they are to progress past the group stages.

Despite being only 23 years of age, Mamardashvili already has 16 caps and having the vastly experienced Giorgi Loria as his understudy is only going to help his journey.

Mamardashvili plays in La Liga with Valencia at club level and since moving to Spain in 2021 he has made 89 appearances and he is sure to have some big clubs tracking his progress.

Georgia one to watch

Giorgi Chakvetadze

Giorgi Chakvetadze is a player of immense potential and he has made a fine start to his international career, netting eight goals from his first 24 caps.

Chakvetadze is currently playing in the Championship with Watford, having been signed on a permanent contract following a successful loan spell from Gent.

The 24-year-old, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, started his career with Dinamo Tbilisi before moving to Gent, where he was also sent out on loan to Hamburg and Slovan Bratislava.

Chakvetadze is a confident player with plenty of belief in his ability and if making a positive start to the tournament could be difficult to contain.

Georgia All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960-1992

Part of Soviet Union and CIS

1996

Did not qualify

2000

Did not qualify

2004

Did not qualify

2008

Did not qualify

2012

Did not qualify

2016

Did not qualify

2020

Did not qualify

Georgia's Euro 2024 prospects

Just qualifying for Euro 2024 can be hailed as an amazing achievement by Georgia, so it is difficult to envisage them causing too much damage as they bid to learn from the experience.

There are some promising prospects, none more so Kvaratskhelia, but he can’t do it on his own and their failure to beat any of Spain, Scotland or Norway in qualifying suggests that they may ultimately be outclassed and crash out in the group stages.

Georgia Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 500/1
To Reach Final -
150/1
To Reach Semi-Final -
40/1
To Reach Quarter-Final -
10/1
Group Betting -
16/1
Group Qualification Yes -
5/4
Group Qualification No -
4/7

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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