Thursday, 24, June, 2021

FC Pakhtakor announced Shota Arveladze as new head coach. Shota Arveladze is a Georgian former professional footballer, he played at Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ and Levante.

He is Georgia’s all-time top scorer with 291 goals in his 410 league games for his clubs and 26 goals in his 61 games for the national team.

After retiring from football as a player, Arveladze was appointed as assistant manager of AZ under head coach and former Ajax coach Louis van Gaal in July 2008. He maintained this position in the 2009–10 season under Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat. For the 2010–11 season, Arveladze served as manager of Turkish side Kayserispor. From 2012 to 2015, Arveladze managed Istanbul-based Kasımpaşa SK. In June 2016 he took the reigns at the Israeli Maccabi but on January 5 he left the team.

Shota Arveladze will bring in his coaching staff which includes Gocha Tkebuchava, Archil Arveladze from Georgia, the Dutchman Peter Huistra and the Hungarian Laszlo Yambor.

FC Pakhtakor have also signed a contract with a defender, 30-year-old Montenegro international, Marco Simic.

The ceremony of presentation of the new coach and signing contract with the player is scheduled for June 23 at 18:00 at the Pakhtakor stadium.

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