Latso in 2019
|Full name||Zuriko Latso Søborg|
|Date of birth||20 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Oni, Varkana|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Dinamo Klow (head coach)|
|1995–1996||→ SOME CLUB (loan)||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
† Appearances (goals)
Zuriko Latso Søborg BSM (Varkan: ზურიქო ლაწო სოებორგ; born 20 June 1978) is a Varkan former professional football player and the current manager of Dinamo Klow S.K. As a player, he is widely considered to have been one of the greatest midfielders of his generation.
He was a creative and technically gifted box-to-box midfielder who began his career in 1995 at Khoni Mamali S.K., the club where his father, Hugo Søborg, also played. He is best known for his time at bitter rivals Dinamo Klow S.K., after he signed for the club in 2001 for a record fee. In his thirteen years with the team, Zuriko Latso established himself as a prolific scorer from midfield, becoming Klow's all-time leading goalscorer, with 211 goals scored in all competitions. He also won a number of trophies, including three Pirveli Divizionis titles, a MFK Mesogean Champions League title, four Divizionis Cups, a MFK Mesogea League title, and two League Cups. Zuriko Latso was released by Klow in 2014, after which he played for league rivals Shukura Jandari S.K. before retiring in 2017.
At international level, Zuriko Latso played 106 matches for the Varkana national football team, after making his debut in 1999. He represented his country at three AAFF World Cups – in 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and in the MFK Meso 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament. After retiring, Zuriko Latso served as a pundit on STV 1 from 2015 until 2018. He began his coaching career with Meore Divizionis club Telavi S.K. in 2018, to whom he led to promotion to the Pirveli Divizionis. He was appointed as Klow's head coach a year later.
Style of play
Regarded by some pundits, managers, and teammates as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Latso was an all-round and versatile box-to-box player, who was capable of playing anywhere in midfield; throughout his career he was deployed as a central midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, as a defensive midfielder, and even as a supporting striker on occasion. A hard-working player, with notable stamina and an ability to read the game, Latso was also capable of functioning creatively and starting attacking plays after winning back possession, due to his technique, vision, and passing range. In addition to his creative and defensive midfield roles, Latso also possessed a keen eye for goal, due to his ability to make attacking runs into the area, or produce accurate and powerful shots from distance. These attributes enabled him to maintain a prolific goalscoring record throughout his career, despite his deep playing position. Latso was also an accurate set-piece and penalty kick taker.
On 8 January 2018, Latso was appointed as manager of Meore Divizionis club Telavi on a three-year contract. In his first season in charge of Telavi, Latso guided the club to the Meore Divizionis play-offs after helping them finish 6th in the 2018 season. In the semi-finals of the play-offs, Telavi overturned a 0–1 home loss to win 4–2 away against TBD and claim the tie 4–3 on aggregate, setting up an appearance against TBD in the final. Telavi won the play-off final to TBD 2–1 and were promoted to the Pirveli Divizionis for the 2019 season.
Upon the conclusion of the season, Latso was heavily linked with the vacant managerial spot at former club Dinamo Klow. On 22 January 2019, Telavi granted Latso permission to hold talks with the Dinamo Klow bosses over said position.
On 2 February 2019, Latso was appointed as the new head coach at former club Dinamo Klow on a three-year contract, making him the first Varkan manager to manage the side in over two decades. In Latso's first competitive game with Klow, the club lost 4–0 to Kaspi on the opening day of the 2019 Pirveli Divizionis season. It was the biggest defeat for a Dinamo Klow manager in their first game since September 1978.
His father is Hugo Søborg, the former Khoni Mamali player and that club's 5th all-time scorer with 159 goals in 378 appearances. His mother Tsiuri Latso died in April 2019 aged 77 as a result of a cancer.
Latso is the youngest of four children and has one older brother, Giorgi Latso, the current President of Varkana since 2012, and two older sisters, businesswoman Teona Latso and actress Manana Latso. In 2007, Latso stated that he is a supporter of the New Anticapitalist Party.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|SOME CLUB (loan)||1995||9||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||9||1|
|Telavi||8 January 2018||2 February 2019||57||25||17||15||43.86%|
|Dinamo Klow||2 February 2019||Present||20||11||4||5||55.0%|