Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava (Georgian: მურთაზ ხურცილავა, Russian: Муртаз Калистратович Хурцилава, born 5 January 1943) is a former Georgian association football defender.

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Murtaz Khurtsilava
Murtaz Khurtsilava in 1973
Personal information
Full name Murtaz Kalistratovich Khurtsilava
Date of birth (1943-01-05) 5 January 1943 (age 79)
Place of birth Bandza, Martvili District, Georgia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1975 FC Dinamo Tbilisi 293 (15)
1975–1976 FC Torpedo Kutaisi 47 (4)
Total 340 (19)
National team
1965–1973 USSR 69 (6)
Teams managed
Lokomotiv Samtredia
1977 Dinamo Zugdidi
1982 Guria Lanchkhuti
1987–1989 FC Dinamo Tbilisi (assistant)
1997–1999 FC Dinamo Tbilisi
1999 FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi
1999–2001 Georgia U-21
2001–2003 Georgia (assistant)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Khurtsilava was discovered while playing football in the school garden in Gegechkori, a small town in Caucasus – now known as Martvili – where he learned to play football with a ball made of hay and rags.[1]

He was part of the USSR side that finished fourth at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, third at the 1972 Summer Olympics[2] and second in the 1972 UEFA European Championship. After the UEFA Euro 1972 along with his teammates by Soviet Union national football teamRevaz Dzodzuashvili and Evgeni Rudakov — he was included in the team of the tournament, where also were presented such great players like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness and Günter Netzer.[3] He was also one of the only two Georgians, alongside Alexandre Chivadze, to have captained the Soviet Union national football team. At the club level he played for FC Dynamo Tbilisi.

After retiring in 1977, Khurtsilava set up his own business in Tbilisi, where he now resides with his family.[1]

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Georgia by the Georgian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[4]