Murtaz Khurtsilava in 1973
|Full name||Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava|
|Date of birth||5 January 1943|
|Place of birth||Bandza, Martvili District, Georgia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1961–1975||FC Dinamo Tbilisi||293||(15)|
|1975–1976||FC Torpedo Kutaisi||47||(4)|
|1987–1989||FC Dinamo Tbilisi (assistant)|
|1997–1999||FC Dinamo Tbilisi|
|1999||FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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 Olympicsand 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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