Temuri "Temur" Ketsbaia (Georgian: თემურ ქეცბაია; born 18 March 1968) is a Georgian retired footballer and a current manager.
As a player, he represented the Georgian national team and played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Anorthosis, AEK Athens, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Dundee.
After beginning his professional career in 1987 in his native Georgia with Dinamo Tbilisi, Ketsbaia then played for Cypriot side Anorthosis, and Greek giants AEK Athens. He ran down his contract in the Greek capital and arrived at St James' Park and Newcastle United on a free transfer in 1997. Early in his career with The Magpies, Ketsbaia scored a goal in extra time against Croatia Zagreb, ensuring a place for Newcastle United in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.
In England, he is remembered for his celebration after scoring a last-minute winner against Bolton Wanderers in 1998, in which he took off his jersey and kicked the advertising hoardings. He stated that this was to relieve his frustration at being kept out of the Newcastle starting line-up.
Although he was considered something of a 'cult hero' by Newcastle fans, he was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2000, and also played for Dundee, among others.
On 30 June 2007, Ketsbaia announced his retirement from professional football. His last match before retiring was held on 14 July.
In May 2015, Ketsbaia played for Dundee versus Crystal Palace as part of Julián Speroni's testimonial match, along with former Dundee players Georgi Nemsadze, Juan Sara, Fabián Caballero and Luis Alberto Carranza.
On 28 September 2008, he stated his interest for the vacant Newcastle manager position. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, he said: "I had a great opportunity to play at Newcastle as a player, so why not as a manager?"
In the week before the match club directors had gone to the police complaining of financial irregularities being carried out by the club President who was forced to resign, despite support from Ketsbaia and club supporters.
In April 2009, Ketsbaia stood down as coach of Anorthosis. On 25 May 2009 the chairman of Olympiacos announced that Ketsbaia had been appointed the club's manager on a three-year deal, replacing Ernesto Valverde; however, on 15 September 2009, Ketsbaia and Olympiacos parted company following early criticism from the club's supporters, despite Olympiakos not conceding a goal during his tenure.
In November 2009 he was announced as manager of the Georgian national side, which he represented 49 times as a player. He claimed that while he could not promise a major tournament in the near future, the team would fight to reach one.
In January 2015, Ketsbaia once again declared his interest in taking over the vacant manager job at Newcastle United, after Alan Pardew moved on to Crystal Palace, however, John Carver was appointed in a temporary position instead.
On 28 August 2015, Ketsbaia agreed terms with reigning Cypriot champions APOEL, signing a two-year contract with the club and replacing Domingos Paciência who was fired earlier at the same day. On 21 April 2016, one day after APOEL's elimination in the Cypriot Cup semi-finals by Apollon Limassol, Ketsbaia's contract with APOEL was terminated, although at that moment the team were four points clear at the top of the league with only four matches remaining.
On 6 June 2016, Ketsbaia took over the management at Greek powerhouse AEK Athens, a club he played for until 1996, on a two-year contract. His overall defensive managing mentality prevented the club from playing exciting football. On 19 October 2016, two weeks after a heavy away 3-0 defeat to Olympiacos, the AEK board decided to terminate Ketsbaia's contract with immediate effect, something that Ketsbaia attributed to a premeditated sacking plan by the board, which amongst others involved slanderous press publications targeting Ketsbaia. The Georgian manager, apparently disturbed by the 'unlawful behaviour' of the club's administration in the employment termination process, filed a lawsuit on 10 December 2016 demanding a sum of approximately £350k to be shared among him and his backroom staff; Ketsbaia was eventually entitled to a sum of just under £100k plus legal taxes following the examination of the case. In an interview for the Cypriot branch of Alpha TV, Ketsbaia accused the Greek sport journalism sector of deliberately misrepresenting true facts in favour of certain teams and board members, and AEK of underestimating his managerial abilities for no apparent reason; he even added that certain AEK board members were hoping for a loss against Larisa in order to justify his imminent sacking.
On 1 June 2017, he was hired as the manager of the Russian club FC Orenburg. On 17 August 2017,The president of FC Orenburg, Vasily Stolypin, said that Temuri Ketsbaia left the post of head coach not because of sports results. He left the mutual consent of the parties and personal affairs, the family.
- Georgia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ketsbaia goal.
|1||2 July 1991||Stadionul Republican, Chișinău, Moldova||2||Moldova||1–0||4–2||Friendly|
|2||10 February 1994||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||5||Malta||1–0||1–0||1994 Rothmans International Tournament|
|3||16 November 1994||Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||7||Wales||1–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|5||26 April 1995||9||Albania||2–0||2–0|
|6||6 September 1995||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||11||Germany||1–0||1–4|
|7||27 March 1996||Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol, Cyprus||13||Cyprus||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|8||24 September 1997||Stadionul Republican, Chișinău, Moldova||24||Moldova||1–0||1–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||11 October 1997||Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||25||Poland||3–0||3–0|
|10||8 February 1998||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||27||Albania||1–0||3–0||1998 Rothmans International Tournament|
|11||5 June 1999||Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||36||Greece||1–0||1–2||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|12||2 February 2000||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||37||Slovakia||1–0||2–0||2008 Cyprus Four Nations Football Tournament|
|13||4 February 2000||38||Romania||1–0||1–1|
|14||7 October 2000||Steponas Darius ir Stasys Girėnas Stadionas, Kaunas, Lithuania||43||Lithuania||1–0||4–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16||24 April 2001||Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||47||Israel||1–0||3–2||Friendly|
- As of 17 October 2016
|Anorthosis||July 2004||13 April 2009||143||83||34||26||241||127||+114||58.04|||
|Olympiacos||25 May 2009||15 September 2009||6||5||1||0||9||0||+9||83.33|||
|Georgia||6 November 2009||14 November 2014||40||13||9||18||32||43||−11||32.50|||
|APOEL||30 August 2015||21 April 2016||43||27||7||9||93||40||+53||62.79|||
|AEK Athens||6 June 2016||18 October 2016||7||3||2||2||8||6||+2||42.86|||
As a player
- Dinamo Tbilisi
- Umaglesi Liga: 1990, 1991, 1991–92
- Georgian Cup: 1991–92
- AEK Athens
- Greek Cup: 1995–96, 1996–97
- Greek Super Cup: 1996
- Cypriot First Division: 2004–05
- Cypriot Cup: 2002–03
As a manager
- Cypriot First Division: 2004–05, 2007–08
- Cypriot Cup: 2006–07
- Cypriot Super Cup: 2007
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- "Anorthosis 2007–08 season statistics". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
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