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Soccer World Cup 2022: Mamardashvili, the Georgian goalkeeper who appeared in an email to live a fairy tale in Valencia

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Soccer World Cup 2022: Mamardashvili, the Georgian goalkeeper who appeared in an email to live a fairy tale in Valencia

He’s the one Georgia participant in Primera and will likely be within the duel in opposition to Spain. Valencia signed him on mortgage to his subsidiary, within the fifth division, and Bordalás has made him a starter.

Giorgi Mamardashvili, in a match with Valencia.VCF
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An e-mail arrived final Might within the mail of all of the technical secretariats of the First and Second Division. It was signed by the Khalena Sport company and contained statistics, movies, photographs and an entire profile of the goalkeeper. Giorgi Mamardashvili, the revelation participant of this begin of the League and who at present will likely be on the Nuevo Vivero de Badajoz to face Spain.

Destiny has him getting ready to debut in Georgia and has put him below the sticks of Valencia, though he doesn’t seem on the listing of the primary workforce squad and he wears an improper quantity 28 on his again. His story is a fairy story.

“All the responses to that email were ‘thank you, we will look at it’. Elche, Girona, Levante and Fuenlabrada were interested in something else. But nothing in particular. Antonio Lopez, the man who signed that email and who noticed him when, at the age of 19, defending the goal of Tbilisi Locomotive, faced Granada in a previous tie of Europa League.

Mamardashvili (Kustavi, 2000) was born to be a goalkeeper, and not because his father was. David never got to play at the first level, but as coach of the FC Torpedo de Kustavi school, the stature of his son since he was a child told him that he would be better than him. At 16 years old, already 1.99 in height and with feline movements, he sent him to Tbilisi recruited by Dinamo, who first yielded him to Rustavi and later to Locomotive, where Antonio López saw him and insisted on bringing him to Spain. “It was necessary that he get out of Georgia to point out his potential,” he explains.

Only Valencia played it. Luis Martinez, Marco Otero and Jordi Jimenez They saw in him a good option to reinforce Valencia Mestalla, in the well of the Third RFEF, the fifth Spanish division. They convinced the sports director, Miguel Ángel Corona, to pay 50,000 euros for an assignment with a purchase option of 850,000 if they executed it before January 2022. In that case, the player would have a three-year contract and a clause of 15 million.

Not that Mamardashvili had doubts, but the coach Willy Sagnol He pushed him to say yes to Valencia with a resounding “do not even give it some thought.” And that the French continued to entrust the ownership of the absolute in the defeat against Kosovo to Giorgi Loria, 35 years old.

An ‘extra’ salary in prizes

With the approval of Valencia, the trips to Istanbul began to obtain the residence visa and the work permit. The Third RFEF is not a professional category and the procedures are not facilitated by Foreign Affairs. ‘Mama’, as they already nickname her in the locker room, did not come as a star. He arrived in Spain alone, without knowing a word of Spanish and very little English. His parents and sister did not follow him on an adventure of uncertain outcome. Only López and his partner Javier Piquer had faith in him. “Within the picture session, as quickly as he signed the contract, you can see a maturity and a confidence that was unbecoming of a 20-year-old footballer,” he recalls.

That’s why he ripped off Anil murthy prizes for objectives in the contract, which have led the goalkeeper to win the same thing he had signed for the entire season in a month. You had to take advantage of the open door of a large club, in case the stars lined up. And they did. The knee injury of Jaume and the break in the twins of Cillessen they let Jose Bordalás only with a goalkeeper: the newly renovated youth squad Christian rivero. So he summoned the Georgian for preseason … and he found a gem.

In his debut against the Greek Atromitos he trembled with nerves for a few minutes and then dazzled flying in two two stops. Of course, he also made a mess with his feet, his weak point. Ochotorena He has already put it to work to improve that facet.

Despite his stature, he has already shown skill and reflexes, so much so that his excellent debut in the league against Getafe was the opening news on Georgia television. And it is that he is the fourth player from the former Soviet republic to make his debut in First. The forward arrived at La Real in 2000 Demetradze and Levante seven years later Arveladze. The last minutes of a Georgian were played by the granota youth squad Kochorashvili in San Mamés.

Mamardashvili, who has only conceded a goal and a penalty, is now focused on maintaining Bordalás’ confidence and learning Spanish with a teacher. Communicates in simple words, but has trouble understanding. Against Getafe, when Gil Manzano He warned him that he would expel him if he wasted time, he could only smile. He didn’t understand a word.

It will not be easy for him to stay in the eleven under the pressure of Cillessen, recovered, but his name has gone from the trash can to the agenda of half European football.