Georgia's Historic Euro Championship Debut Sparks National Pride

The nation of Georgia is celebrating its first-ever qualification for a major soccer tournament, with expectations high as they prepare to face Turkey in their opening game of the European Championship. Amidst political turmoil at home, the team's success has ignited widespread excitement and national pride.


PTI | Dortmund | Updated: 17-06-2024 23:28 IST | Created: 17-06-2024 23:28 IST
Georgia's Historic Euro Championship Debut Sparks National Pride
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For the nation of Georgia, qualifying for a major soccer tournament for the first time was a long-awaited dream realized. This momentous achievement since their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 marks a new chapter in Georgian sports history.

Willy Sagnol, Georgia's head coach, emphasized the importance of seeing this as a starting point rather than the end. "The emotions are high, but the reality check comes soon," he said, ahead of Georgia's debut match against Turkey in the European Championship.

With political protests stirring at home, the tournament has provided a unifying moment of joy. The nation's captain, Guram Kashia, reflecting this sentiment, said: "The energy in Georgia is extraordinary. It's all about football now." A testament to this was a moped driver's journey across Europe to deliver a flag covered in supportive messages from Georgian fans. Kashia, pure in his resolve, emphasized their readiness to prove their place on this stage.

As Georgia faces its first match against a formidable Turkey, the players are motivated to exceed expectations, driven by the unfiltered dreams of their supporters back home.

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