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Georgi Kinkladze

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Full nameGeorgi Kinkladze
Date of birth6 July 1973(age 43)
Place of birthTbilisi, Georgia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Georgi Kinkladze ( ; born 6 July 1973), also spelled as Georgiou, Giorgi, or Gio is a retired Georgian footballer, who played as a midfielder. A playmaker, he first came to prominence with his performances for Georgia against Wales in 1994 and 1995. He transferred from his hometown team Dinamo Tbilisi to English Premier League club Manchester City in 1995, where his dribbling ability and spectacular goals made him a cult hero, winning the club's Player of the Year award in two consecutive seasons.

After enduring two relegations with City, he joined Dutch champions Ajax in 1998, but did not settle and returned to England with Derby County a little over a year later. He spent four years at Derby, making nearly 100 appearances. After leaving Derby in 2003, he became a journeyman footballer, having unsuccessful trials at several clubs before joining Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta in 2004, where he won a league championship medal. He finished his playing career with Russian club Rubin Kazan in 2006.

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