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Kakha Kaladze

Kakha Kaladze
Kaladze at the Russian Railways Cup
Personal information
Full nameKakhaber Kaladze
Date of birth27 February 1978(age 38)
Place of birthSamtredia, Georgia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1.2 in)
Playing positionCentre Back, Left Back
Club information
Current clubGenoa

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Kakhaber "Kakha" Kaladze ( , -kaˈkɑxɑbɛr kɑˈlɑdzɛpron; born 27 February 1978) is a Georgian footballer who has been playing as a defender for Italian Serie A club Genoa since August 2010 and captaining the Georgia national team since 1996. He was voted Georgian Footballer of the Year in 2001 2003, and 2006 and is considered as one of Georgia's most important players.

He started his football career in 1993 at Umaglesi Liga club Dinamo Tbilisi and made 82 appearances in a five year spell. In 1998, he moved to the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv and made 71 appearances until 2001, when he was signed by the Italian Serie A club Milan. To the date he has won one Serie A, three Ukrainian Premier League and five Umaglesi Liga titles. With Milan he won the Champions League on two occasions, the UEFA Super Cup once and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Kaladze has capped 70 times the Georgia national team, scoring one goal which was against Latvia in 2008. He has yet to qualify for a major international tournament with Georgia in seven qualifying campaigns.

Born in Samtredia, a town in Imereti Province, Kaladze comes from a footballing family as his father played for Lokomotiv Samtredia and was also president of the team for some time. His brother was kidnapped in a high profile case in 2001 and officially declared dead in 2006 resulting in two men being sentenced to prison for a combined total of 30 years. Outside of football he owns a company called Kala Capital and an organisation called Kala Foundation as well as being an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages. He is married and has one child.

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