Chikhura

Location
Sachkhere, Georgia

Chikhura

About Chikhura

Football Club Chikhura Sachkhere, usually known as Chikhura for short, was founded in 1938. Based in the district of Sachkhere, the team takes its name from a nearby river. Throughout history, the club have competed in both the Soviet Union and Georgia's league systems, but have struggled to compete for any of the major honours on offer in either country. They have, however, become slightly more high-profile over the course of recent seasons.

During the era of the Soviet Union, Chikhura Sachkhere achieved little in the way of major success and competed in the lower divisions of the league pyramid, never being able to reach the country's top tiers. Upon the formation of Georgia's own independent league system, the side continued to compete in lower divisions, including the Pirveli Liga West and the Regionuli Liga West.

At the end of the 2005-06 campaign, the team claimed the Pirveli Liga title and gained promotion to the Umaglesi Liga. Their first season in the division saw them lose more than half of their matches, and they were relegated as a result. After five seasons back in the Pirveli Liga, Chikhura once again secured promotion to the top flight ahead of the 2012-13 season. It would prove to be their most successful season to date, as they finished the league season in 4th place and reached the final of the Georgian Cup for the first time. Unfortunately, they lost out in the final to Dinamo Tbilisi. Yet, as runners up, they gained entry to the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

Chikhura's home matches are played at Central Stadium, which has housed the side since their formation. It is currently able to hold a capacity crowd of 2,000 fans. However, the venue does not meet UEFA's requirements for use in continental tournaments and so the team's European matches are played at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi, which is able to seat up to 27,223 spectators.