Fixtures

Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/28 13:00 17 Samgurali vs Torpedo Kutaisi - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 06/01 17:30 18 Torpedo Kutaisi vs FC Telavi - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/03 12:00 20 Torpedo Kutaisi vs FC Iberia 1999 - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/03 12:00 19 Torpedo Kutaisi vs FC Samtredia - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/10 13:00 21 Dinamo Tbilisi vs Torpedo Kutaisi - View
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 08/17 13:00 22 Torpedo Kutaisi vs Dila Gori - View

Results

Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/25 12:00 17 Samgurali v Torpedo Kutaisi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/24 16:00 16 [4] Torpedo Kutaisi v FC Gagra [8] W 2-1
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/19 16:00 15 [7] Kolkheti Poti v Torpedo Kutaisi [4] W 2-5
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/19 12:00 16 Torpedo Kutaisi v FC Gagra - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/15 17:00 14 [4] Torpedo Kutaisi v Dinamo Batumi [3] W 1-0
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/15 12:00 15 Kolkheti Poti v Torpedo Kutaisi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/11 12:00 14 Torpedo Kutaisi v Dinamo Batumi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/10 15:00 13 [2] Dila Gori v Torpedo Kutaisi [4] D 1-1
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/02 17:00 12 [4] Torpedo Kutaisi v Dinamo Tbilisi [6] D 0-0
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 05/02 12:00 13 Dila Gori v Torpedo Kutaisi - PPT.
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 04/27 15:00 11 [1] FC Iberia 1999 v Torpedo Kutaisi [4] D 3-3
Georgia Erovnuli Liga 04/27 15:00 12 Torpedo Kutaisi v Dinamo Tbilisi - PPT.

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 47 22 25
Wins 23 12 11
Draws 16 6 10
Losses 8 4 4
Goals for 83 45 38
Goals against 49 23 26
Clean sheets 18 10 8
Failed to score 10 5 5

Wikipedia - FC Torpedo Kutaisi

FC Torpedo Kutaisi (Georgian: საფეხბურთო კლუბი ტორპედო ქუთაისი) is a Georgian professional football club based in Kutaisi, Georgia's third largest city. The team competes in Erovnuli Liga, the first tier of the national football league system.

Being the all-time second most successful Georgian club, Torpedo have been a regular member of the top division apart from three seasons in the late 2000s. They have won the national league four times, the Georgian Cup five times and the Super Cup twice.

Torpedo play their home games at Ramaz Shengelia Stadium, known until 2015 as Givi Kiladze stadium.

History

The Soviet period

FC Torpedo Kutaisi were founded in 1946 on the base of Kutaisi Automotive Plant.[] In 1949 the club became the winner of the Georgian SSR Championship. In 1959 Torpedo merged with FC Locomotive Kutaisi, although preserved their name.

Three years later Torpedo Kutaisi took part in the Soviet Top League for the first time. Many famous Georgian football players began their career in this club, among them Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Anzor Kavazashvili, Sergo Kutivadze, Givi Nodia, Manuchar Machaidze, Murtaz Khurtsilava. In addition, when Dinamo Tbilisi won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1980–81, five footballers were the ex-players of FC Torpedo Kutaisi - Tamaz Kostava, Otar Gabelia, Nodar Khizanishvili, Tengiz Sulakvelidze and Ramaz Shengelia.

Torpedo spent one season in the Soviet Second league in 1988. The club also was represented for twenty years in the First league and for 14 more seasons between 1971 and 1990 in the Top league, the first tier of the Soviet football.

Div. MP W D L GF–GA
2nd league 34 25 7 2 76-24
1st league 746 338 169 239 1037-818
Top league 443 107 129 207 402-659

1990s and 2000s: Ups and downs

When the Georgian National Championship started in 1990, the club changed its name into FC Kutaisi, but after three years restored the old name. The last years of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st were the most successful years in the club's history. During 1999–2002 the club won five domestic titles. Many players from "FC Torpedo Kutaisi" were represented in the Georgia national football team, including Valeri Abramidze, Sevasti Todua, Malkhaz Asatiani, Levan Silagadze, Revaz Kemoklidze. Besides, several famous managers such as Jemal Kherkhadze, David Kipiani, Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Otar Gabelia, Vladimir Gutsaev worked at the club both as a head coach and in the staff.

After the 2004–05 season, the three-times league champions and two-times cup winners went bankrupt. They sustained a heavy 5–0 defeat in their last game in Borisov, Belarus against BATE Borisov in the first qualifying round of 2005–06 UEFA Cup. Shortly afterwards, new football club "FC Kutaisi Torpedo" was founded, but not being the successor of FC Torpedo Kutaisi, they inherited no titles.[] "FC Kutaisi Torpedo" was participating in the Georgian Premier League during two seasons, 2005–06 and 2006–07, but due to financial reasons they left the top league and began playing in Pirveli Liga.

2010-2016: Road back to the success

Torpedo returned to Umaglesi Liga three years later, after winning the second division in 2009/10.

In June 2010 the newly promoted club signed a sponsorship deal with Wissol Petroleum, which was later renewed. The business relations between the sides lasted until December 2013.

In the first season Torpedo reached the final of David Kipiani Cup where the winner was decided in penalty shoot-out. Gagra better converted from the spot and won the title for the first time in their history.

In the next two seasons Torpedo added two bronze medals to their tally, but a big moment came in 2016 when they won a first Cup title in 15 years. The team eliminated four rivals, including Dinamo Tbilisi in the semifinal, and prevailed over Merani Martvili in the final stage.

In 2016, FC Torpedo was sold by the local municipality at auction, won by businessman Zaal Chachava, who was declared president of the club.

Two months before the Cup victory Kakha Chkhetiani, the ex-Torpedo player for six seasons and later assistant manager for three years, had taken charge of the club. Taking into account plans for new investments, he pledged to carry on with successful run and make a championship challenge next year.

2017-18: More titles

Torpedo won the league for the first time in 15 years in the most emotional circumstances. A title battle continued until the dying seconds of the final game in late November. With two matches to go, Dinamo seemed comfortably sitting on the top, four points clear of second-placed Torpedo. While the former was held to a goalless draw at Saburtalo, Kutaisi won their game, and the rivals had their last fixture in Tbilisi with the gap reduced now to two points. Torpedo were supposed to win in order to secure the title, while their opponents needed just a draw. The team had a 1–0 advantage when Dinamo were awarded a spot kick in the last minute of the game. However, with the penalty saved by goalkeeper Roin Kvaskhvadze, the dramatic win saw Torpedo crowned champions of Georgia.

Six days later Torpedo had a chance to achieve the double by winning the Cup for the second time in a row, although they lost on penalties to Chikhura.

The Super Cup was another title claimed by Torpedo in an opening match of the new 2018 season in February. Chikhura Sachkhere took the lead in 76th min, but Kutaisi equalized ten minutes later with Levan Kutalia scoring in the stoppage time. This was their first Super Cup victory in history.

Torpedo retained 18 players from the champion's squad for the 2018 season. While the club finished 3rd in the league, they once again encountered Liga 2 side Gagra in the Cup final held in Batumi. Torpedo were behind by two goals, but Milos Lacny scored twice and eventually the team won on penalties.

As champions, Torpedo played eight games in UEFA competitions this season. They knocked out two opponents and advanced to Europa League play-off, where Ludogorets Razgrad claimed the victory.

Summing up the season in December, the Georgian Football Federation named Roin Kvaskhvadze the best goalkeeper, whilst Mamuka Kobakhidze and Mate Tsintsadze won nominations respectively as best defender and midfielder. In addition to them, Oleksandr Azatskyi, another central defender, was included in Erovnuli Liga team of the season.

Since 2019: Decline

2019 began with yet another success. In the Super Cup Torpedo defeated Saburtalo and won the fifth title within 26 months.

In March Torpedo's unbeaten run consisting of 27 games came to an end. Much worse was to come, though. Financial difficulties hit hard the club again, which led to the exit of twelve players by July. The fans held several rallies, demanding the resignation of Zaal Chachava. In an interview captain Roin Kvaskhvadze described the general situation around the team as unbearable and appealed for help. No wonder a fixture on UEFA Europe league turned out unsuccessful.

In the league one win in 15 matches brought Torpedo close to the drop zone. Unless the problem was solved, the relegation seemed one possibility with dissolution or expulsion to a lower league being other ones. In late August Zaal Chachava announced his departure from Torpedo, although an overall condition was so complicated that in October the club played against Saburtalo with eleven U18 players, including 13-year-old goalkeeper Soso Kopaliani.

Largely at the expense of points picked up earlier this season, Torpedo stayed in the league, but Kakha Chkhetiani, who had spent 39 months at the helm, bade farewell to the club in December.

After a series of negotiations with investors interested in buying the club, an agreement was reached in February 2020. New owner Fabrizio Mannini announced that a new era was about to begin in Torpedo's history, although his tenure lasted one season only.

For two more consecutive years Torpedo had to face the drop. In 2021, a massive fan support helped the team dramatically overturn a two-goal deficit after a first-leg play-off defeat from Merani Martvili.

In September 2021, Torpedo were purchased at auction by New Vision University. With financial stability restored and head coach Kakha Chkhetiani back for a third spell now, the team gradually improved its performance and in 2022 ended a four-year trophy drought by clinching the national Cup for the fifth time. In May 2023, Steve Kean was appointed as a head coach who led the team to the first league title in last five years.

Torpedo Kutaisi is a professional soccer team based in Kutaisi, Georgia. The team was founded in 1946 and has a rich history in Georgian football. Torpedo Kutaisi competes in the Erovnuli Liga, the top tier of Georgian football, and has a strong fan base that passionately supports the team.

Known for their attacking style of play and skilled players, Torpedo Kutaisi has had success in domestic competitions, winning several league titles and domestic cups. The team plays their home matches at the Ramaz Shengelia Stadium, which has a capacity of over 10,000 spectators.

Torpedo Kutaisi is a respected and competitive team in Georgian football, and their matches are always exciting to watch. With a talented squad and dedicated fan base, Torpedo Kutaisi continues to be a prominent force in Georgian soccer.