Guria

Location
Lanchkhuti, Georgia

Guria

About Guria

Football Club Guria Lanchkhuti, known as Guria for short, was first established back in 1926. Having played in both the Soviet and Georgian league pyramids, over the years the team have occasionally competed for some of the major prizes on offer to them, but have struggled to fully establish themselves as a top side in either country. Previously, the club has been known by names including Kolmeurne Lanchkhuti, K.I.M.I. and Guria-Lokomotivi B Lanchkhuti.

During their time in the Soviet Union, the team primarily competed in the country's second and third tiers, the Soviet First League and the Soviet Second League. In total, they won three Georgian Soviet Championships and were runners up in the Soviet First League in both 1986 and 1989.

Guria initially got off to a promising start when Georgia established its own national football league in 1990, finishing as league runners up in both 1990 and 1991. However, throughout the remainder of the decade, the team's performances declined and they were relegated from the Umaglesi Liga at the conclusion of the 1998-99 season. In 2000-01, they merged with Lokomotivi B Tbilisi and returned to the top flight, but were relegated again after just one year. A total of eleven seasons outside of the Umaglesi Liga followed, before Guria once again secured promotion to the division ahead of the 2013-14 season.

Over the years, Guria's supporters have witnessed some highly talented footballers play for their side. Vakhtang Dzidziguri was one of the team's greatest strikers, while during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Merab Megreladze was a prolific goalscorer for the side. Other notable former players include Sergei Shvetsov, Otar Korghalidze and Zviad Endeladze.

The team's home matches are played at Evgrapi Shevardnadze Stadium in Lanchkhuti. The venue is currently able to hold a capacity crowd of 4,000 people.