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Mikhail Kavelashvili

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Full nameMikhail Kavelashvili
Date of birth22 July 1971(age 45)
Place of birthTblisi, Georgia
Height180 cm
Playing positionStriker

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Mikhail Kavelashvili (born 22 July 1971 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian former footballer.

As with many leading Georgian players, Kavelahvili began his career with FC Dinamo Tbilisi, emerging from their youth system in 1989. A skillful striker, he soon established himself in the Dinamo side before earning a move to Russian club FC Spartak Vladikavkaz in 1995.

He began training with Manchester City F.C. on March 1, 1996 before finally joining the club on transfer deadline day. He made his city debut on April 6 scoring in the derby game against Manchester United F.C.. Following City's relegation he played 24 games (2 goals) in the Football League First Division. The number was not enough to secure a renewal of his work permit and so he was sent out on loan to Grasshopper-Club Zürich, winning a Swiss Super League in 1998. He has since played the majority of his football in Switzerland, featuring for Fussballclub Zürich, FC Lucerne, FC Sion and FC Aarau (as well as a loan spell back at Vladikavkaz). He most recently signed for FC Basel in 2005. .

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