Who is the new coach of Georgia’s national football team?

New head coach Vladimir Weiss will lead Georgia's National Football team. Photo from UEFA/Getty Images.
Agenda.ge, 14 Mar 2016 - 17:00, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia's national football team has a new head coach.

Slovakian specialist Vladimir Weiss was unveiled today at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium by Georgian Football Federation (GFF) president Levan Kobiashvili.

Weiss, 51, replaces former national team player Kakha Tskhadadze in the role after the GFF terminated its contract with Tskhadadze following mutual agreement.

Weiss was revealed to reporters at a press conference, where he spoke about the challenges facing him in his new role.

Weiss was revealed today by Georgian Football Federation president Levan Kobiashvili. Photo from Georgian Football Federation.

When I received the job proposal from [GFF president Kobiashvili] I understood it would be a significant challenge. I see big potential in the Georgian national team and this is important,” Weiss told the media.

Weiss’ two-year contract will see him lead Georgia’s qualification efforts for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and stipulated a goal of finishing third or better in the tournament's qualifying round.

I have taken up a big responsibility before the supporters and I would not like to make false promises on achieving results straight away. We will certainly achieve them step-by-step," said Weiss while discussing his team's goals.

Weiss has a strong background in coaching football teams to success. He managed Slovakia's national side from 2008-2012, where the team achieved historic success with the country’s first ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

He also led Slovakia to the last 16 round of the tournament in June 2010 after beating four-time World Cup winners Italy 3-2.

A former player himself, Weiss player for Czechoslovakia in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and later represented Slovakia. He also played for Inter Bratislava at club level.

Georgia failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament at the qualifying stage, finishing fifth among six teams during the qualifying round.