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Arveladze Retires From NT
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Written by Teimuraz   
Thursday, 28 June 2007 17:44
{mosimage} Shota Arveladze, Georgias top striker of the past decade, has retired from the national team prior to the qualifying matches against Lithuania and France.

Arveladze started his football career with Martve Tbilisi in 1990. He spent two seasons at Iberia Tbilisi, before moving to the biggest club in Georgia Dinamo Tbilisi. In 1994, Arveladze transferred abroad to the Turkish club Trabzonspor. During his three year spell there he played alongside his twin brother Archil. Shota became the leagues top striker both with Dinamo and Trabzonspor.

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In 1997 Arveladze signed a contract with the Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam. In his first season in Amsterdam, Shota became the top scorer of the dutch league. In the following years, various factors constrained his development and in 2001 Shota moved further to Glasgow Rangers. In four seasons, he managed to score 44 times in 95 matches.

Arveladze returned to the Netherlands in 2005. This time he signed a contract with the ambitious side AZ Alkmaar. Today he is the captain of AZ and continues scoring goals both in national and European competitions.

"I said to our coach Klaus Toppmöller, after the match in Glasgow, that I was going to quit the team because of various injury problems. I can't take {mosimage}them any more" Arveladze commented on his retirement. He emphasized though that he would like to play a farewell match in Tbilisi. In the national team dress, Shota scored 27 times in 63 appearances.

The retirement of the striker legend will leave a hole in the attacking line of the national team. On the other hand, this is a chance for the younger generation of players to prove themselves. Shota Arveladze is surely seen by many of them as an example.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:38