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A few facts on...Dinamo Tbilisi

Posted on 22 August 2013  - 09:23

Here are a few facts on our Europa League play-off opponents Dinamo Tbilisi.

Dinamo Arena, TbilisiRalph Coates scores in our 1973 clash in Tbilisi

Tbilisi in Europe, 2013-14 - Dinamo Tbilisi kicked-off their European campaign in the qualfying round of the Champions League this season after completing the double in Georgia in 2012-13.

Faroes win - They comfortably beat EB/Streymur of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying 9-2 on aggregate after a 6-1 home win in the first leg.

Beaten by Steaua - However, they lost out to Steaua Bucharest of Romania, who won 2-0 at the Dinamo Arena before a 1-1 draw in the second leg.

Like father, like son - Managed by Dusan Uhrin Jnr, last season's title success was the first since his father steered them to the championship five years earlier.

Impressive record - They lost just two matches in 32 in the league and averaged 3.6 goals a game at home.

Title 14 - It was their 14th post-independence title and their 10th Georgian Cup win, Chikhura Sachkhere 3-1 in the final in May.

Top scorer - Xisco Munoz scored 24 goals for Dinamo in the Georgian League last season and Jaba Dvali weighed in with 20. Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas used to manage striker Vouho during his time at Academia in Portugal.

Domestic campaign so far - Dinamo have kicked-off this season's domestic campaign with a win against Zestafoni and 1-1 draw against Dila at the weekend.

Home sweet home - They are unbeaten in their last 18 matches at home in their domestic league, winning an impressive 17 of those games.

Not the first time - We've met before in European competition - the third round of the UEFA Cup in 1973-74.

Tbilisi, 1973 - We drew 1-1 at the Locomotive Stadium on November 28, 1973, Ralph Coates opened the scoring before Kakhi Asatiani levelled 17 minutes from time.

Victory at the Lane - Martin Peters and Martin Chivers both netted twice as we won the return leg 5-1 at the Lane two weeks later, December 12, 1973. Chris McGrath, just 19, added the fifth.

Final heartbreak - We went on to reach the final, where we lost 4-2 on aggregate to Feyenoord.

European achievements - We've won three times in Europe, the Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984. Dinamo Tbilisi have also triumphed, winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1981 when they beat FC Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in the final.