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Football Club “Merani”


 


The Martvili football club “Merani” was established on the base of club “Salkhino” in one of the most beautiful region of Georgia – Martvili (Chkondideli Eparchy) abundant of true patriots fond of football and  football traditions.



The history of football in Martvili  begins in 1955 when the football team “Salkhino” of Gegechkori (now Martvili) region was established for development of the football with the endeavors of the true local patriot Gigla Surmava.



Since 1955 the Gegechkori team “Salkhino” had attained a great success in the  football championship of Georgia and in 1960 passed to the first division of the Georgian Cup. It played in the first division for many years where the football core was composed of such teams as Sukhumi “Dinamo”, Zugdidi “Dinamo”, Poti “Kolketi”, Senaki “Egrisi”, Samtredia “Locomotive”, Lanchkhuti “Guria”, Ozurgeti “Mertskhali”, Batumi “Dinamo”, Kutaisi “Dinamo”, Tquibuli “Miner”, Chiatura “Miner”, Zestafoni “Metallurgist”, Gori  “Dila”, Akhaltsikhe “Meskheti”, Takhinvali “Spartak”, Telavi “Nadikvari”, Tbilisi “Sinatle”, Sport Army Club “Isani”, Institute of Physical Culture. The footprint made by Gegechkori “Salkhino” in the football history was the credit  of Mr. Gigla Surmava and the coach Kishvard Chilaya.



In 1974 the football club “Salkhino” was transferred to the chairman of the sport society “Kolmeurne” Guram Chilaya  under the leadership of whom the club gained a great successes. Until 1972 the coach team was led by the chief coach Bichiko Shalelashvili.



In 1968-1977 by the Mr. Guram Chilaya’s initiative  and the support  of the head of regional administration Nodar Chkholaria in Martvili was built the football stadium. Until his death Mr. Guram Chilaya took care about the football infrastructure and development of this sports. Since 1972 for many years side by side with him were Zaur Bartaya and Dazmir Vakhania with the status of chief coaches. Just during the period of couching of Mr. Dazmir Vakhania “Salkhino” scored a success.



1977 – the Georgian Cup Final in Tbilisi


1974 – awarded with A. Jordania Cup


1975 – the 2nd place for “Gold Ear” Cup in Moldavia


1976 – the 3rd place for “Gold Ear” Cup in Yerevan


1978 – 1st place for Gold Ear” Cup in Martvili


1977 – awarded with A. Jordania Cup in Tbilisi



In 1981 the chief coach of “Salkhino” became Givi Kveselava, coach – Demur Chkhetia, team manager – Dazmir Vakhania.



In 1983 – the Collective Farmers Cup Final in Tskhinvali


1985 – awarded with A. Jordania Cup


1986 - the Georgian Cup Final in Tbilisi



Since 1991 due to the well-known events Gegechkori “Salkhino” stopped to play in the Georgian National Championship.



In 1997 with the endeavors of the president of Martvili football federation Emil Galdava “Salkhino” involved in the Georgian championship with the coaches Mikheil Khelaya and Galaktion Chubabria.



The football team “Salkhino” had grown up the football players of international class: the central back and team captain of Tbilisi “Dinamo”.



The National USSR Team Murtaz Khurtsilava, Kutaisi “Torpedo” forward and participant of many All-Union championships Devis Darjania  demanded further revival.



The revival commenced when Martvili football was headed by Mr. Fridon Injia and his son Ilya Injia. This was the great football renaissance in the region in line of development of the infrastructure and football by itself.



On the base of the football club “Salkhino” Mr. Fridon Injia, Nugzar Maniava, Dazmir Vakhania, Emil Galdava established the football club “Merani” which has consolidated itself in the first division of the Georgian championship.



2007-2008 – the 3rd place of the Championship of 1st Division of Georgia


2008-2009 – the 3rd place of the Championship of 1st Division of Georgia


2009-2010 – the 3rd place of the Championship of 1st Division of Georgia



In 2009-2010 within Davit Kipiani Championship of Georgia for the first time in the Georgian football history the team of the first division – Martvili “Merani” passed to the semi-final.



The leader in 2010-2011 championship



Martvili football club “Merani” is the true candidate for the high division of the National Football Cup of Georgia.

 



Table
Dinamo (Tbilisi) 15 29
Dila 15 28
Samtredia 15 25
Dinamo Batumi 15 24
Spartak 15 24
Metalurg 15 23
Chikhura 15 22
Merani (Martvili) 15 20
Zestafoni 15 19
Guria 15 19
Shukura 15 18
Kolkheti 15 17
Torpedo 15 16
Sioni 15 14
Wit Georgia 15 12
Zugdidi 15 12