The history of FC Dinamo Tbilisi begun from the autumn of 1925. Management of the sports society of Dinamo set out to form football club. In those days football was gradually becoming one of the most popular sports in the world. Numerous European level players have starred in Dinamo. In the 30s this was Boris Paichadze who was one of the best forwards of the continent. During the tour through Romania he was titled "Football Caruso". His name later was been given to the National Stadium. In late 30s Andro Zhordania, who later became a legendary coach of all times in Georgia, was playing for Dinamo as well as his teammates A.Pochkhua, V.Ambokadze, D.Tsomaia, M.Blakman, A.Galperin and others.
Later on, invited players appeared in the team. N.Anakin, I.Panin and S.Ioakimidi came from Russia. In 1927 FC Dinamo Tbilisi established Juniors club "Norchi Dinamoeli" (young Dinamo). The club provided FC Dinamo Tbilisi with young skillful players. Numerous talented players graduated from the youngsters club, among them was the first goalkeeper who played for Dinamo in the USSR championship. The first captain - Shota Savgulidze, defender - Mikhail Minaev, forward - Vladimer Berdzenishvili and other famous players. In early years in Georgia there was no official championships held, so the teams was playing friendly games amongst each other.
The first match was played with Azerbaijan team Dinamo Baku on 26 January 1926. More experienced Azerbaijan squad won the match 1:0. In this historical game following players starred: D.Tsomaia, A.Pochkhua, M.Blackman, I.Foidorov, N.Anakin, A.Gonel, A.Pivovarov, O.Goldobin, A.Galperin, S.Maslenikov, V.Tsomaia. After 3 days Dinamo played against another Azerbaijan team, "Progress" and easily beat them 3:0.
Despite the fact that in the middle years of 30s the physical preparation and skills of the Georgian players were perfect, the football federation of the Soviet Union placed FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the first league instead of superior one. Dinamo emerged as a winner in the match against, probably the best team in the USSR championship, Dinamo Moscow, score 9:5 in Tbilisi. Afterwards they beat Dinamo Leningrad 3:2. The fact that Dinamo Tbilisi was not appreciated by the management of the Soviet Union football federation was clear. In the matches of first league Dinamo won 5 matches out of 6. And played draw against Stalinec Moscow. This was enough for Dinamo to qualify in the superior league.
The second championship started in autumn of 1936. Altogether Dinamo played 1424 matches in SU championship. The first match out of these 1424 was played against Dinamo Kiev 2:2. Goals: Nikolas Somov and Boris Paichadze; Team: A.Dorokhov, S.Shavgulidze (E.Nikolaishvili), B.Berdzenishvili, N.Anakin, V.Jorbenadze, G.Gagua, I.Panin, M.Berdzenishvili, B.Paichadze, M.Aslamazov and N.Somov. The first victory in USSR championship was in the match against Spartak Moscow. On 25 September. Mikheil Berdzenishvili scored the victorious goal.
In that season Dinamo took 3rd place. There was a good opportunity to become the champion, but after the loss against Krasnaia Zaria Leningrad 2:3 no chances remained.
In that season Dinamo played unforgettable match in Moscow with Spartak. That was SU cup`s quarterfinal. Dinamo scored 3 goals in overtime!. They beat Spartak with the score 6:3. In 1936 Dinamo qualified in SU cup`s final and unfortunately lost against Lokomotiv Moscow 0:2. Overall, in 30s Dinamo was one of the leaders of Soviet football. Club twice emerged as a vice-champion, once took third place and twice played in the final game of the Soviet Cup. The first international match played with the team form Baskonia (Spain) in 1937. Despite the fact that Georgians were very enthusiastic to win, they lost the game against the experienced and modern style team 0:2. "Crownless champions" - this was the epithet often used towards Dinamo players in the 30-40s: S.Shavgulidze, A.Dorokhov, S.Shudra, B.Frolov, M.Berdzenishvili, A.Kiknadze, V.Panjukov, V.Berezhnoi, G.Gagua, V.Jorbenadze, G.Jejelava.
In the 50s a wonderful player Avtandil Ghoghoberidze led the team. He spent 14 years in Dinamo. He keeps the record of played games and scored goals for Dinamo with 341mathces and 127 goals. In the same period of time following players gloriously starred for Dinamo: G.Antadze, V.Marghania, N.Dziapshipa, M.Minaev, A.Zazroev, V.Eloshvili, A.Chkuaseli…
A prominent place in Dinamo history belongs to Andro Zhordania, an outstanding coach and selector who is considered as one of the founders of the club. "The Renaissance" of Dinamo traditions at the end of the 50s and preparation for big victories is also connected to his name. FC Dinamo`s Digomi practice ground is named after this legendary person.
The first big victory came in 1964 when Dinamo won the Soviet Union championship. The team had an unbeaten record of the last 15 matches in the championship. At the end Dinamo appeared to have a tie with Torpedo Moscow and the teams played additional match in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The players held a great performance and won 4:1. Georgian Supporters called them "Golden Guys".
A popular French magazine "France Football" wrote: "Dinamo team has great players. Their technique, skills and playing intellect enables us to name them the best Eastern representatives of 'South American Football Traditions', if Dinamo were able to participate in the UEFA Champions Cup, we are certain, they would bring the hegemony of Spanish-Italian teams to an end." Unfortunately no Soviet team appeared in the Champions Cup at that time…1964 Soviet Champions: S.Kotrikadze, B.Sichinava, G.Petriashvili, J.Zeinklishvili, G.Tskhovrebov, V.Rekhviashvili, G.Sichinava, S.Iamanidze, S.Metreveli, V.Barkaia, M.Meskhi, I.Datunashvili, A.Apshiev. Coach: Gavril Kachalin. In the late 60s and early 70s Dinamo was completed with numerous skillful players, legendary Mikheil Meskhi, inimitable Slava Metreveli, the captain of Soviet Union national team Murtaz Khurtsilava, Revaz Dzodzuashvili, Kakhi Asatiani, Gocha Gavasheli, Guram Petriashvili, Piruz Kanteladze, brothers Nodia…
The first appearance in UEFA tournament was on 13 September of 1973 against Dutch Twente Enschede. Dinamo won 3:2 in the UEFA debut match with 2 scored goals by Givi Nodia and one by David Kipiani. Following players appeared on the field in this historical match: D.Gogia, R.Dzodzuashvili, V.Chelidze, M.Khurtsilava, S.Khinchagashvili, G.Petriashvili, M.Machaidze, K.Asatiani, V.Gutsaev, L.Nodia, G.Nodia, D.Kipiani. In 1973 FC Dinamo Tbilisi won their first International tournament in Spain. After beating Athletic Madrid and Benfica Lisbon, one of the best teams of that time, Dinamo won the trophy Columbus's Caravela. In 1976 Nodar Akhalkatsi (further President of Georgian Football Federation) was appointed Dinamo Tbilisi head coach. It was under his leadership that the team achieved the biggest success. The head coach soon managed to create a real European team. "Great Team" - this is how Dinamo of the 1976-1982 used to addressed.
This team was one of the best in Europe. They were marked by mobile, fast and technical style of playing.
Dinamo won the Soviet Union cup title in 1976. They defeated Ararat Erevan (Armenia) 3:0. Goals were scored by David Kipiani, Piruz Kanteladze (penalty) and Revaz Chelebadze. The team achieved the same success in 1979 when they beat Dinamo Moscow in the penalty series. Dinamo Tbilisi won the SU champions title second time in 1978. In those years glorious players were in Dinamo: D.Gogia, V.Koridze, A.Chivadze, S.Khinchagashvili, D.Mujiri, T.Kostava, N.Khizanishvili, P.Kanteladze, G.Machaidze, M.Machaidze, V.Daraselia, D.Kipiani, V.Gutsaev, R.Shengelia, R.Chelebadze. In 1979 Dinamo Tbilisi played its first match in UEFA Champion's Cup tournament. First appearance was successful for Dinamo, they defeated European grand Liverpool (England). But unfortunately Dinamo did not qualify from the next round. Hamburger (Germany) appeared the winner in the next round.
The highlight of Dinamo history was 13 May 1981 when they beat Carl Zeiss (DDR) in the Cup Winners` Cup final game 2:1 in Dusseldorf and brought the precious prize to Tbilisi. It was a fiesta not only for the team, but for whole Georgia as well.
Cup Winners` Cup winners: O.Gabelia, A.Chivadze, S.Khinchagashvili, N.Khizanishvili, G.Tavadze, V.Daraselia, Z.Svanadze, T.Sulakvelidze, V.Gutsaev, D.Kipiani, R.Shengelia, N.Kakilashvili, V.Zhvania. Goals scored by V.Gutsaev (1:1) and V.Daraselia (2:1). Helmut Schon, World Cup 1974 winner German National Team`s head coach said: "It is to be said directly, Dinamo deserved the victory. This team has top quality performers." FC Dinamo Tbilisi became eastmost European trophy holder team. In 1982 Dinamo qualified to semifinal in Cup Winners` Cup tournament. In the 80s numerous skillful players appeared in the team, but various reasons they were not able to do their best: Grigol Tsaava, Mikheil Meskhi (junior), Otar Korghalidze, Gia Guruli, Mamuka Pantsulaia, Merab Zhordania, Levan Baratashvili and many other talented players. Since 1983 crisis began in the history of Dinamo Tbilisi. It was hard for the club to qualify from the first rounds of the Soviet Cup. Bad performance in championship. From 1983 to1989 team appered only once on the UEFA tournaments. Dinamo Tbilisi played its last game in Soviet Union championship on 27 October of 1989 against Dinamo Kiev. The fact that Dinamo played its first and last official matches in SU championship with Dinamo Kiev is kind of symbolic,even more so is that, both matches ended with draw 2:2.
In 1990 Georgian Football Federation refuses to participate in Soviet Union championship. That mean that no Georgian Football Clubs would appear on Soviet tournaments. From that very moment newest history of FC Dinamo Tbilisi started.
The most titled football club in Georgia played its first match in Georgian National championship against Kolkheti Poti on 30 March of 1990. Surprisingly Dinamo loses the historical match with the score 0:1. In spite of the bad luck in the first round Dinamo proved its strength and appeared the winner of the first Georgian National championship. Club kept the title of the champion throughout the next 9 championships. First time club won the Georgian Cup in 1992. They beat Tskhumi Sokhumi in the final game.
In 1993 Dinamo makes double, became winner of Georgian Championship and Georgian Cup simultaneousely. Although, this was a great challenge, more important fact occurred in 1993. Dinamo played its first international official match representing independent Georgia. Dinamo won home match against Linfield (N.Ireland) 2:1 with goals of S.Arveladze and G.Inalishvili. The second leg in Belfast ended 1:1. Unfortunately Dinamo did not qualify to the next round. The club was suspended for two years from UEFA tournaments. FC Dinamo Tbilisi continued to win Georgian championships and Georgian cup, but there was no luck on European tournaments. In 1996 Dinamo qualified in 3 rounds of UEFA Cup. They beat Grevenmahcer (Luxemburg) 4:0 - 2:2, Molde (Norway) 2:1 - 0:0 and Torpedo (Russia) 1:0 - 1:1. Unfortunately club was not able to overcome Portuguese Boavista and left the tournament. This was the best result in Dinamo Tbilisi recent history (1990-2001). Later, the migration of the key players to Western European clubs caused negative results. It became harder and harder for the club to win Georgian Championship or Georgian Cup.
After three-year pause FC Dinamo Tbilisi had returned its title of Georgian Champion and Cup holder. On 30th of May, 2003 the most titled club of Georgia became the champion of country for 11th time. The team also won the Georgian Cup after they beat Sioni Bolnisi in the final match on 26th of May. Croatian head coach, Ivo Susak made it possible to form strong team that created new hope amongst Georgian soccer fans.
On 25th of January, 2004 FC Dinamo won another tournament. This time, title holders of Georgian Championship won the international CIS tournament in Moscow. Dinamo players appeared to be the strongest amongst the champions of 15 states of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The game style of Georgian squad impressed the audience in Moscow. They especially made happy Georgians living in Russia who were supporting their beloved team till the end of the tournament. Dinamo played 6 matches in Moscow: Dinamo 7-1 Zhastik-Akkaltin (Kyrgyzstan), Dinamo 2-2 Skonto (Latvia), Dinamo 5:3 Irtysh (Kazakhstan), Dinamo 4-1 Gomel (Belorus), Dinamo 2-1 Sheriff (Moldova), Dinamo 3-1 Skonto (Final Match).Georgian international and the key player of FC Dinamo VITALI DARASELIA scored 6 goals and became the top-striker and the best player of the tournament. Under the direction of Ivo Susak Dinamo could win the third trophy and made a little sensation in Moscow.
In the season 2003-04 FC Dinamo managed to won the title of Georgian Cup holders for the 8th time and took 3rd place in the domestic league. In June 2004 the team was involved in newly formatted UEFA Cup. In the first qualifying round Georgians beat FC BATE Borisov from Belarus. Both matches were won against Belarus team. Away match with the score 3:2 and home match – 1:0. In the second qualifying round FC Dinamo faced SK Slavia Praha from Czech Republic. The victory in the first match in Prague was achieved by the home team with the score 3:1. However FC Dinamo made it possible to equalize the aggregate score by winning 2:0 at home and qualify in the first round or in the main stage of the tournament due to away scored goal. Polish Wisla Krakow was the next in row. Despite the away loss in Krakow with the score 4:3 Georgians managed to advance in the group stage after the hard home victory with the score 2:1. Unfortunately, in the group stage recently reformed Dinamo were not able to withstand such experienced squads as Newcastle United, Sporting Clube, Sochaux-Montbeliard and Panionios NFC and eliminated from the tournament.