Nodar Akhalkatsi

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Nodar Akhalkatsi
Nodar Akhalkatsi. 1981.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nodar Akhalkatsi
Date of birth (1938-01-02)2 January 1938
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgian SSR
Date of death 24 January 1998(1998-01-24) (aged 60)
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1959 SKA Tbilisi 4 (0)
1960–1966 Lokomotivi Tbilisi 79 (19)
Teams managed
1967–1970 Lokomotivi Tbilisi
1974–1975 Dinamo Tbilisi (Team chief)
1976–1983 Dinamo Tbilisi
1985–1986 Dinamo Tbilisi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nodar Akhalkatsi (Georgian: ნოდარ ახალკაცი; 2 January 1938 – 24 January 1998) was a professional football manager from Georgia.

Coaching career[edit]

Akhalkatsi coached Soviet club Dinamo Tbilisi to the USSR league championship in 1978, with a side that contained the likes of David Kipiani, Ramaz Shengelia, Vitaly Daraselia, Tengiz Sulakvelidze and Aleksandr Chivadze, all of whom were regular Soviet internationals. The team were renowned for their swashbuckling style of football and attack-minded approach.

The following year, Dinamo entered the European Cup and stunned the reigning champions Liverpool with an impressive 3–0 win in the first round. However, they were eliminated by West German side Hamburg in their next tie.

Two years later, Akhalkatsi enjoyed his finest moment as a manager when he guided Dinamo to victory in the 1981 Cup Winners' Cup final,[1] beating East German outfit Carl Zeiss Jena in Düsseldorf's Rheinstadion. Dinamo had won the 1979 Soviet Cup to gain admittance to the competition, beating FC Dynamo Moscow on penalties in the final.

Akhalkatsi was a member of USSR manager Konstantin Beskov's coaching staff at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, forming a three-man technical team with Beskov and Dynamo Kiev's coach Valeriy Lobanovskyi.

After retirement[edit]

In the early 1990s, Akhalkatsi was one of the integral figures in the formation of the Georgian Football Federation after the republic achieved independence from the USSR. He was the organisation's president from 1990 to 1998.[2]

He died of a heart attack in Moscow on 24 January 1998, aged 60, while on his way to attend a tournament in the city.[3] In 2008, for his contributions to association football, Akhalkatsi became the recipient (posthumously) of the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA.[4][5]

His son, Nodar Akhalkatsi junior, was the president of the Georgian Football Federation from June 2005 to September 2009.[6][7]



Dinamo Tbilisi

Managerial statistics[edit]


Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Locomotive Tbilisi April 1967 November 1970 166 65 41 60 174 152 +22 039.16
Dinamo Tbilisi March 1976 October 1983 330 160 86 84 495 323 +172 048.48
Dinamo Tbilisi July 1985 November 1986 53 19 16 18 63 64 −1 035.85
Career totals 549 244 143 162 732 539 +193 044.44


  1. ^ "Dinamo History". FC Dinamo Tbilisi. Archived from the original on 9 September 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  2. ^ Georgia: Dzhordania seeks formula to change country's flagging fortunes
  3. ^ "უახალკაცოდ. წყარო: ლოლაძე, დემიკო. ნოდარ ახალკაცი: ღვაწლი ღირსეული კაცისა. — თბ.: ტექნიკური უნ-ტის გამ-ბა, 1998. — გვ. 22–23". Retrieved 7 September 2020. გუშინ მოსკოვში ნოდარ ახალკაცი ფიფას გენერალურ მდივანს იოზეფ ბლატერს უნდა შეხვედროდა. სწორედ ამიტომ ნაჩქარევად გაემგზავრა კვირას თბილისიდან. „ვნუკოვოს“ აეროპორტში მანქანა ელოდა, თვითმფრინავშივე ცუდად უგრძვნია თავი. მანქანას გეზი დედაქალაქისკენ აუღია. აეროპორტის ავტოინსპექციის გამშვებ პუნქტს გასცილებია თუ არა, ერთი ღრმად ამოუსუნთქავს და... განსვენებული გუშნ, ღამის 9 საათზე მოსკოვი-თბილისის ავიარეისით ჩამოასვენეს. „სარბიელი“, 27 იანვარი, 1998
  4. ^ "FIFA Order of Merit holders" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ The Master of Georgian football (rus.)
  6. ^ Akhalkatsi appointed in Georgia
  7. ^ Nodar Akhalkatsi Left Georgia
  8. ^ Nodar Akhalkatsi coaching profile