'Tears of joy' Giorgi Kinkladze says the nation's debut Euros can make Georgia believe

Shot of Georgi Kinkladze taken recently, wearing a black coat
Giorgi Kinkladze (Image credit: Future)

A Manchester City cult hero from the club's more modest Maine Road days, Giorgi Kinkladze’s selection of gorgeous goals and dazzling dribbles sit fondly in the memory banks of 1990s English football fans.

But for all the fine work that the mesmerising playmaker from Tbilisi did to put Georgian football on the map, his highlight reel is devoid of any magic on international football’s biggest stages.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.