Fixtures

Georgia Erovnuli Liga 06/02 16:00 18 Dila Gori vs Kolkheti Poti - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/03 12:00 20 FC Samtredia vs Kolkheti Poti - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/03 12:00 19 Dinamo Batumi vs Kolkheti Poti - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/10 13:00 21 Kolkheti Poti vs FC Gagra - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/17 13:00 22 Samgurali vs Kolkheti Poti - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/24 12:00 23 Kolkheti Poti vs FC Telavi - View

Results

Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/29 12:00 18 Dila Gori v Kolkheti Poti - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/27 16:00 17 [5] Kolkheti Poti v Dinamo Tbilisi [6] D 2-2
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/25 12:00 17 Kolkheti Poti v Dinamo Tbilisi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/23 15:00 16 [2] FC Iberia 1999 v Kolkheti Poti [8] W 0-2
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/19 16:00 15 [7] Kolkheti Poti v Torpedo Kutaisi [4] L 2-5
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/19 12:00 16 FC Iberia 1999 v Kolkheti Poti - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/15 16:00 14 [9] FC Telavi v Kolkheti Poti [6] D 1-1
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/15 12:00 15 Kolkheti Poti v Torpedo Kutaisi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/11 12:00 14 FC Telavi v Kolkheti Poti - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/10 16:00 13 [6] Kolkheti Poti v Samgurali [9] D 3-3
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/02 12:00 13 Kolkheti Poti v Samgurali - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/01 16:00 12 [9] FC Gagra v Kolkheti Poti [5] L 2-0

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 42 21 21
Wins 21 14 7
Draws 12 3 9
Losses 9 4 5
Goals for 77 43 34
Goals against 49 27 22
Clean sheets 12 7 5
Failed to score 4 0 4

Wikipedia - FC Kolkheti-1913 Poti

FC Kolkheti 1913, commonly referred to as Kolkheti Poti, is a Georgian football club based in Poti. Following the 2023 season, the club earned promotion to the Erovnuli Liga, the top division of Georgian football.

Being registered in 1913, Kolkheti is considered one of the oldest clubs in the South Caucasus. Since the formation of independent Georgian leagues in 1990, they have spent 24 seasons in the top flight.

History

Domestic leagues

The Soviet period

The football club from Poti under the name Kolkhida (Colchis) for many years was a member of the Georgian Soviet championship until early 1960s. From 1962 to 1990, they spent 24 seasons in fourth and third divisions of the Soviet football system, including last consecutive eleven years in zone 9 of the Second league, with the 2nd place in 1989 being the best result.

Earning league trophies

When GFF formed the national league in early 1990, Kolkheti-1913 took part in an opening game against Iberia Tbilisi. The historic match held at Boris Paichadze stadium ended 1–0 in favour of the guest team. Therefore, Kolkheti became the first club to win a game in the history of Georgian national leagues.

Throughout the first decade, the Kolkhs were considered one of the strongest rivals. Apart from 1992/93, when they finished in 9th place, the club completed each season among top five teams with twice, in 1993-94 and 1996–97, coming second. In this period the team also earned the bronze medals three times.

This success of the club was largely contributed to their sponsors from mid-1990s, the naval port of Poti.

Crisis begins

In 2006, after a foreign business company took over the port administration, the football club abruptly lost a significant income. Despite being 10th among 16 clubs in 2005/06, due to the severe financial crisis Kolkheti had to quit the league.

The club climbed back to Umaglesi Liga following the 2009/10 season, but returned to the second league three years later. In 2011, a sponsorship deal with the naval port resumed to a less extent, which lasted for four years.

Battle for survival

Kolkheti were back in the top division in 2014-15, although further financial difficulties hit the club in 2018, which pushed them to the verge of bankruptcy. As Kolkheti amassed a large amount of debts, they were deducted six points. Eventually, the team was relegated.

While in Liga 2, Kolkheti still could not afford to pay off debts. In an emergency statement, the club appealed for urgent help. Meanwhile, they were slapped with another six-point deduction. The overall situation badly affected the team. Three managers were sacked for unsatisfactory results within initial five months of the season. The tide remained unchanged, though. Only in the last matchday did Kolkheti manage to avoid automatic relegation, but after being thrashed by Samgurali in play-offs they slumped to the third division.

Disappointment and triumph

In the initial two seasons Kolkheti were among primary promotion-chasers, although in both cases they suffered a setback in pursuit for an automatic promotion spot. The play-off results proved also unsuccessful despite the team's unbeaten aggregate score in the regular time. First they failed to beat WIT Georgia on penalties, and a year later lost in extra time to Rustavi on away goals.

In 2022, too, Kolkheti ended up in the 2nd place. However, due to changes made in the competition format before this season, the club ended their three-year tenure in this division and won automatic promotion back to Liga 2. This year another event occurred which had a big impact on Kolkheti. On 29 August, the municipal club was handed over to a company linked to football manager Mamuka Jugeli.

Kolkheti achieved a remarkable success in the 2nd division in 2023. While reaching the national cup semifinals, the team under head coach Davit Kvirkvelia emerged victorious after a dramatic hard-fought battle against Gareji for the first place, which enabled them to return to the Erovnuli Liga after a five-year absence.

European competitions

Based on successful performance in Umaglesi Liga, Kolkheti-1913 represented Georgia on UEFA Cup for four consecutive seasons from 1996 until 2000.

The only victory achieved in this competition against Dinamo Minsk was insufficient for qualifying for the next round. Having lost the first leg 0–1, Kolkheti conceded an early goal at home and scored twice afterwards, but the away goals rule gave a final advantage to their opponents.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup GS Zemun 2–3 - 5th
FF Jaro - 0–2
Guingamp 1–3 -
Dinamo București - 0–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Dinamo Minsk 2–1 0–1 2–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Red Star Belgrade 0–4 0–7 0–11
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Cementarnica 55 0–4 2–4 2–8
Kolkheti Poti is a professional soccer team based in Poti, Georgia. The team was founded in 1936 and has a rich history in Georgian football. The team's colors are blue and white, and they play their home matches at the Poti Stadium.

Kolkheti Poti has a strong fan base and is known for their passionate supporters who create an electric atmosphere at their matches. The team has a reputation for playing an attacking style of football, with a focus on quick passing and fluid movement on the pitch.

Over the years, Kolkheti Poti has produced many talented players who have gone on to have successful careers both domestically and internationally. The team has also had success in various domestic competitions, including the Georgian Cup.

Overall, Kolkheti Poti is a respected and competitive team in Georgian football, with a proud history and a bright future ahead.