Georgia Euro 2024 squad: Can superstar Kvaratskhelia light up Group F?

Georgia have made history at Euro 2024 before a ball is even kicked, as the Caucasas nation prepare for their first ever international tournament.

Georgia qualified for this tournament in dramatic fashion. In the playoffs, they defeated incredible underdogs Luxembourg 2-0, thanks to a quick-fire brace from Budu Zivdivadze, and triumphed over Greece on penalties.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is the star man in the Gerogia Euro 2024 squad
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is the star man in the Georgia Euro 2024 squad – Photo by Icon Sport

The odds are stacked against them, but if a few key men can perform, Georgia might just escape Group F.

Georgia– Key facts

Year founded: 1990

Nickname: Jvarosnebi (Crusaders

Current FIFA ranking: 75

Highest FIFA ranking: 42 (1998)

Year of Euro debut: 2024

Best Euro performance: TBD

Player to watch: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Georgia's fans will be right behind them as they make their Euros debut – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Georgia Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers

  • Giorgi Loria
  • Giorgi Mamardashvili
  • Luka Gugeshashvili

Defenders

  • Guram Kashia
  • Otar Kakabadze
  • Solomon Kvirkvelia
  • Lasha Dvali
  • Jemal Tabidze
  • Luka Lochoshvili
  • Giorgi Gocholeishvili
  • Giorgi Gvelesiani

Midfielders

  • Gabriel Sigua
  • Nika Kvekverskiri
  • Otar Kiteishvili
  • Saba Lobzhanidze
  • Zuriko Davitashvili
  • Giorgi Chakvetadze
  • Levan Shengelia
  • Giorgi Tsitaishvili
  • Anzor Mekvabishvili
  • Giorgi Kochorashvili
  • Sandro Altunashvili

Attackers

  • Giorgi Kvilitaia
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
  • Budu Zivzivadze
  • Georges Mikautadze

Surprise inclusions in Georgia Euro 2024 squad

Giorgi Gvelesiani

One surprise call-up in the Georgia Euro 2024 squad is Giorgi Gvelesiani. The 33-year-old centre-back plays for Iranian club Persepolis.

Gvelesiani has been called up before, but has never made an appearance for his nation. And at 33, he is hardly one for the future.

However, the big defender does have a habit of scoring goals, with 39 in his 300 career appearances.

Gabriel Sigua

At just 18, Basel's Gabriel Sigua is the youngest player in the Georgia squad, and has made just two appearances for his nation.

Willy Sagnol speaks highly of Gabriel Sigua – Photo by Icon Sport

However, the teenager could be set for a breakout tournament, if what his manager says about him is true.

Georgia manager and France legend Willy Sagnol has compared the midfielder to Leon Goretzka

In-form players for Georgia

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

In 2022/23, there was one player's name on everyone's lips (though often pronounced incorrectly): Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

The tricky winger seemed to come from nowhere to fire Napoli to their first Scudetto in decades, earning him the nickname “Kvaradona” in Naples.

Though he hasn't been quite as electric in 2023/24, the 23-year-old still scored 11 and assisted 6 in 34 appearances, and is his nation's great hope this tournament.

Georges Mikautadze

Though Budu Zivzivadze scored the goals that sent Georgia to the Euros, there is even greater excitement around Georges Mikautadze.

Georges Mikautadze could be a surprise star at Euro 2024 – Photo by Icon Sport

The 23-year-old has had a breakout season for Metz, scoring 13 and assisting four in just 20 appearances.

The French-born striker is very nimble and able to get shots away under pressure.

Georgia Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Georgia have largely played a five-at-back system, with Willy Sagnol looking to lock down defensively and give Kvaratskhelia and Mikautadze the platforms to shine.

Giorgi Mamardashvili is a Georgian hero – Photo by Icon Sport

Giorgi Mamardashvili is a guaranteed starter in goal. Ahead of him Slovan Bratislava's Guram Kashia will marshal the centre of defence, flanked by Solomon Kvirkvelia and Luka Lochoshvili.

In the wing-back roles, Levan Shengelia and Otar Kakabadze will provide running and width.

In central midfield, Lech Poznan's Nika Kvekverskiri will be joined by Giorgi Kochorashvili as well as the more creative Giorgi Chakvetadze, who has looked bright in moments for Watford.

In attack Georges Mikautadze will be the central striker, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia granted a free role alongside him.

Georgia vs Turkey

(5-3-2) Mamardashvili; Kakabadze, Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Lochoshvili, Shengelia; Chakvetadze, Kvekverskiri, Kochorashvili; Mikautadze, Kvaratskhelia

Though some will be cautious of overhyping Turkey given their underwhelming performance, the Turks come into this tournament in fine form.

They easily beat Croatia to top spot in Group D qualifiying, and we expect Georgia to treat them with defensive respect.

Georgia vs Czech Republic

(5-2-1-2) Mamardashvili; Kakabadze, Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Lochoshvili, Shengelia; Kvekverskiri, Kochorashvili; Kvaratskhelia; Mikautadze, Zivzivadze

The side Georgia will be targeting as their most winnable will be the Czech Republic.

Though the Czechs are Euro regulars, their current side is not as strong as in previous years, and had a patchy qualification record.

As such, we anticipate Sagnol will go for it and start Zivzivadze alongside Mikautadze, dropping Kvaratskhelia deeper.

Georgia vs Portugal

(5-3-2) Mamardashvili; Kakabadze, Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Lochoshvili, Shengelia; Chakvetadze, Kvekverskiri, Kochorashvili; Mikautadze, Kvaratskhelia

But Georgia's greatest challenge comes in the form of Euro 2016 champions, Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo awaits Georgia – Photo by Icon Sport

The Portuguese are the form side headed into this tournament, with 10/10 wins in qualifying and a squad brimming with talent, including a rejuvenated Cristiano Ronaldo.

Georgia will defend very deep in this one, try to limit Portugal's chances and hope to nick something on the break to finish the group strong.

For more on Group F at the Euros, check out our in-depth guide.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.