Sioni

Founded In
1936
Location
Bolnisi, Georgia

Sioni

About Sioni

Football Club Sioni Bolnisi, often known more simply as Sioni, was first established in 1936. Based in the city of Bolnisi, the team have enjoyed occasional success throughout their history, especially in the years since the turn of the new millennium. Their traditional home colours are blue and white.

During the Soviet era, the club achieved one notable feat, as they lifted the Georgian Soviet Cup in 1986. After Georgia secured independence from the Soviet Union and its own national league system was created in 1990, the club initially competed in its lower tiers. However, they gained promotion to the top tier in 1995, after winning the Pirveli Liga, and have retained their place in the division ever since.

In 2002-03, Sioni appeared in the final of the Georgian Cup, but were ultimately defeated by Dinamo Tbilisi. The 2003-04 season marked another close brush with major success, as the team finished the regular league season at the top of the table, level on points with FC WIT Georgia. As a result, a championship playoff was contested, in order to decide the champions. FC WIT Georgia went on to win the match and claim the championship. In 2005-06, however, Sioni went one better and claimed their first ever top-flight league title. The team have competed in the preliminary rounds of both the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, but they were banned from the UEFA Cup in 2004-05, as a result of crowd violence.

Amongst the best-known and most successful footballers to have played for the club are Mikheil Khutsishvili, Akaki Mikuchadze and Davit Chichveishvili. Khutsishvili and Mikuchadzeoth were both able to contribute to the side's league success in the 2005-06 season.

Sioni's home matches are held at Tamaz Stepania Stadium in Bolnisi, which is currently able to seat around 3,000 spectators.