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Zestafoni, Georgia


About Zestafoni

Football Club Zestafoni was established in June 2004, with the intention of serving as a continuation of FC Metalurgi Zestafoni and FC Margveti Zestafoni, who had both suffered financial problems and ceased operations in previous years. Upon foundation, the new team were invited to compete in Georgia's top flight, where they have gone on to achieve major success since. The club have a number of nicknames, including 'Zesta' and 'The Margvetians'.

The previously existing clubs experienced limited success within the country, with FC Margveti Zestafoni's 2nd place finish in 1995-96 ranking amongst their best achievements. FC Zestafoni, however, made an immediate mark and began to challenge for trophies straight away, finishing as the Georgian Cup's runners up in 2004-5, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

The 2007-08 campaign brought about the side's first major success, as they made their fourth consecutive appearance in the final of the Georgian Cup and lifted the trophy, after a 2-1 victory over Ameri Tbilisi. The following year, they made their debut in a major continental competition, competing in the UEFA Cup. Then, the 2010-11 season saw Zestafoni achieve their greatest success up until that point, as they were crowned as league champions for the first time. The following season, the club were able to retain their title and they made their first appearance in the qualifying phase of the UEFA Champions League.

Nikoloz Gelashvili, Rati Tsinamdzgvrishvili and Jaba Dvali rank amongst the team's most notable former players. All three players were league title winners with the club and represented Georgia at international level. Gelashvili was the league's top goalscorer in 2010-11.

Zestafoni's home matches are played at David Abashidze Stadium, which opened in 1951 and is sometimes referred to as Zestafoni Stadium. The venue previously housed FC Metalurgi Zestafoni and FC Margveti Zestafoni and is currently able to hold 4,558 supporters.