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Murtaz Shelia
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Born: Unknown
Birthplace: (Georgia)
Nationality: Georgia (?/?)
Height: 6`1" (184cm)
Weight: 13st. 5lb (84kg)
Position: Central Defender

League Appearances:

Season: Club: Games: Goals:
19??-19?? Tbilisi (GEO) 10 2
19??-1997 Alania Vladikavkaz (GEO) 62 9
1997-1998 Manchester City 12 2
1998-1999 Manchester City 3 0
1999-2000 Manchester City 0 0
Total: 87 13

Murtaz proved to be a big asset to the City-defence sfter he was signed from Alania Vladikavkaz in 1997. His consistant no-nonsense play soon made him a crowd favourite, and his distribution was wise, if not elegant. He often looked for his fellow countryman Georgi Kinkladze, and that was just what the fans wanted.

It was therefore a blow to the struggeling side when Murtaz picked up a knee injury in march 1997, that sidelined him for the rest of the season. This meant a long vacation from football, and a not so happy bonus - relegation to 2nd division.

Shelia got a bad injury during Citys second division campaign, and with the manager showing no interest in the Georgian defender he was to be released from his contract during that season.

Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no