Maccabi Tel Aviv FC would like to confirm the appointment of Shota Arveladze, as Head Coach.

The 43-year-old Georgian, who is his country’s all-time top goal scorer joins Maccabi after spending the last 5 years coaching Turkish clubs Trabzonspor, Kasimpasa, Kayserispor. Two years prior to becoming a head coach he was an assistant coach at Dutch outfit AZ working alongside Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat.

Sports Director Jordi Cruyff told the clubs’ official website: “We are delighted to have secured the services of the man who was one of our main targets from the moment we set out to appoint a new Head Coach. Shota has such a strong personality and track record in football, that we strongly believe in his ability to achieve things with this club”.

Arveladze told the official website:  “I am really happy to be here and looking forward to meet both the players and Maccabi’s fans who are famous for filling up stadiums. I heard a lot about the atmosphere and so did my family and many supporters in Georgia as well. I know a lot about Maccabi, about its history and tradition as well as how strong and ambitious everyone in and around the club are. This is why I am so happy to be here and I can’t wait to start working”.

Previously and after retiring from a successful playing career in 2008 at Levante, the former Georgia striker who scored 247 goals in 418 appearances for AZ Alkmaar, Glasgow Rangers, Ajax Amsterdam, Trabzonspor and Dynamo Tbilisi – began his coaching career at AZ as the assistant coach.

After  two seasons at AZ (2008-2010), Arveladze moved to Turkey and was appointed as Head Coach of Kayserispor (2010-2012) after which the Georgian joined Istanbul club Kasiampasa (2012-2015). Last summer Arveladze joined Trabzonspor but resigned from his position in November.