Ramaz Shengelia

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Ramaz Shengelia
Ramaz Shengelia (1957-2012) -- Soviet Union NFT Forward (1979-1983) -- 1982 FIFA World Cup.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth(1957-01-01)1 January 1957
Place of birth Kutaisi, Georgian SSR
Date of death 21 June 2012(2012-06-21) (aged 55)
Place of death Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1968–1973 Torpedo Kutaisi
Senior career*
1973–1976 Torpedo Kutaisi 75 (29)
1977–1988 Dinamo Tbilisi 283 (120)
1989 IFK Holmsund 13 (2)
National team
1976–1980 Soviet Union U21 13 (9)
1979–1983 Soviet Union 26 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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


Club career

Born in Kutaisi, Shengelia started career in his hometown club Torpedo Kutaisi in 1968. [2] He spent four seasons for the club, scoring 29 goals in 75 games in the Soviet First League. Shengelia became the top scorer of the club twice. [2]

After the successful spell in the second strongest team in Georgian SSR, he was invited to Dinamo Tbilisi in 1977. The head coach of the Tbilisi-based club, Nodar Akhalkatsi arrived to Kutaisi in order to monitor the performance of Shengelia and his other teammate Tamaz Kostava. [2] Both of them eventually signed for Dinamo for the following season.

During the debut years, Shengelia has to compete for the starting place with Revaz Chelebadze. [2] However, Shengelia found his place in the team and became the top scorer of the club during 1978 season. Dinamo won the championship for the second time in history, while Shengelia was nominated as Soviet Footballer of the Year ahead of Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv) and Georgi Yartsev (Spartak Moscow). [3]

The season of 1981 was the most successful for Shengelia. Dinamo won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, after defeating Carl Zeiss Jena in the final. Shengelia scored 4 goals during the tournament. At the end of the season he finished 7th in Ballon d'Or nominees. [4] Two of his teammates were also the nominees for the title, as Aleksandre Chivadze finished 8th, while David Kipiani was 11th in the final ranking. Shengelia was again named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1981.

During the following season, Dinamo lost in the semifinal of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to Standard Liège. However, Shengelia became the topscorer of the tournament with 6 goals. [2]

Shengelia retired from football in 1988, but he came out of retirement a year later, joining the Swedish club IFK Holmsund with his teammate Tengiz Sulakvelidze. [2] Holmsund competed in the second tier of the championship. During the only season with the club, Shengelia scored 2 goals in 13 appearances.

International career

He played in 26 games scoring 10 goals for the Soviet Union national football team, including performance at the 1982 FIFA World Cup (5 matches, 1 goal). [5] He also represented his country in 5 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. [6]

Later years

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Shengelia worked in Georgian national football team as an assistant of Aleksandre Chivadze. Later was invited to Georgian Football Federation by his former coach and then-president of the federation Nodar Akhalkatsi. [2]

Shengelia died of a brain haemorrhage in Tbilisi in June 2012, at the age of 55. [7] [8]

The football stadium in his hometown Kutaisi is named after him.

Club career statistics

Source [9]

Torpedo Kutaisi 1973 100010
1974 14200142
1975 3315103415
1976 2712002712
Dinamo Tbilisi 1977 2451052297
1978 281561423818
1979 29883414112
1980 321761424220
1981 312311974132
1982 261621623419
1983 271110002811
1984 29932003211
1985 2261000236
1986 30000030
1987 2794363213916
1988 51100061
Holmsund 1989 1320000132
Career totals3711513512372021445184
1Includes UEFA European Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
2Includes other competitive competition USSR Federation Cup.

International goals


Score and results list Soviet Union's goal tally first.
1.28 March 1979 Lokomotiv Republican Sports Complex, Simferopol Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria 2–03–1 Friendly
2.19 April 1979 Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–02–0Friendly
3.5 May 1979 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 2–03–0Friendly
4.19 May 1979 Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–22–2 Euro 1980 qualifying
5.23 September 1981 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 4–04–0 World Cup 1982 qualifying
6.7 October 1981 Atatürk Stadium, Izmir Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 0–10–3 World Cup 1982 qualifying
7.28 October 1981 Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1–02–0 World Cup 1982 qualifying
9.5 May 1982 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1–01–0Friendly
10.22 June 1982 Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–12–2 World Cup 1982




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