AEK FC announces their agreement with Georgian manager Temuri Ketsbaia for the next two years.
Temuri Ketsbaia was born on March 18, 1968 in the city Ghali in Georgia (then Soviet Union). He played football first in Dinamo Sukhumi, but emerged at Dinamo Tbilisi and became champion of Georgia (the first independent championships in the country after the dissolution of the USSR) in 1990 and 1991.
From 1991 to 1994 he played for Anorthosis Famagusta and in 1994 he was transferred to AEK, where he participated in the Champions League 1994-95, despite the fact that he had a serious injury in the first qualifier with Glasgow Rangers in Nea Philadelphia. He played in 119 competitive matches and scored 39 goals. He won two Greek Cups in 1996 and 1997.
Ketsbaia played for Newcastle United (1997-2000) Wolves (2000-01) and Dundee (2001-02) and came back to Anorthosis in 2002. From 2004 until final retirement from active football action, Temuri Ketsbaia was player-coach of Anorthosis Famagusta, which led to the title of Cyprus championship in 2005 and 2008 but also significant successes in Europe: exclusion of Trabzonspor at the second qualifier of the Champions League 2005-06 and the qualification to the groups Champions League 2008-09 with opponents Panathinaikos, Inter Milan and Werder Bremen.
In 2009 he had a brief stint at Olympiacos FC leading the team to the groups of the Champions League only with wins and with 0 goal against them, followed by five years at the National team of Georgia (2009-14) which had served as a footballer from 1992 to 2003 with 49 appearances and 16 goals. During his career in Georgia he had a generally good presence on the country data with 13 wins, 9 draws and 18 defeats in a total of 40 matches.
The last stop of his coaching career was APOEL, which led to most of the 2015-16 season which ended with the conquest of Cyprus championship.