2010 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 2010
Champions Skonto Riga
15th title
Relegated Tranzīts Ventspils
Jaunība Riga
Champions League Skonto Riga
Europa League Ventspils
Liepājas Metalurgs
Daugava Daugavpils
Baltic League Skonto Riga
Ventspils
Liepājas Metalurgs
Daugava Daugavpils
FK Jūrmala-VV
Jelgava
Matches played 135
Goals scored 416 (3.08 per match)
Top goalscorer Nathan Júnior
Deniss Rakels
(18 goals each)
Biggest home win Metalurgs 8–0 Jaunība
Biggest away win Jaunība 0–9 RFS/Olimps
Highest scoring Jaunība 0–9 RFS/Olimps
2009
2011

2010 Latvian Higher League (Latvian: LMT Virslīga 2010) was the 19th season of top-tier football in Latvia. It began on 9 April 2010 with the first round of games. Liepājas Metalurgs were the defending champions, having won their second league title last season.

With the re-expansion of the league to 10 clubs, the format of the competition was altered for the third year in a row. The ten clubs played 18 rounds of matches, once at home and once away, against each of the other nine clubs in the league. After this, another nine rounds of matches were played for a total of 27 matches. The clubs finishing in the first five positions after 18 rounds received the benefit of hosting five of their last nine matches.[1]

Teams[edit]

Due to a match fixing scandal last season, Dinaburg FC were excluded from the Latvian Higher League and were relegated to the Latvian First League.[2][3]

Promoted to the Higher League from the First Division automatically were last season's First Division champions, Jelgava.

Daugava Rīga finished in 8th place in last year's Higher League competition and competed in a promotion/relegation playoff against the runners-up of the First Division, Jaunība Rīga. Jaunība Rīga won this two-legged playoff 1–1 (1–0 on away goals scored) and won promotion to the Higher League for this season and Daugava Rīga was relegated to the First Division.

Despite finishing last year's First Division competition in 9th place, Daugava Daugavpils were offered a place in this year's Higher League competition, which the club accepted.

Team summaries[edit]

Location of teams in the 2010 Latvian Higher League
Club Location Stadium Capacity Current manager
FC Daugava Daugavpils Daugava Stadium (Daugavpils) 3,500 Georgia (country) Tamaz Pertia
FK Jaunība Riga Daugava Stadium (Riga) 5,000 Latvia Sergejs Davidovs
FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 1,560 Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs
FK Jūrmala-VV Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000 Latvia Vladimirs Babičevs
FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200 Italy Nunzio Zavettieri
JFK Olimps/RFS Riga Latvijas Universitates Stadions 5,000 Latvia Mihails Miholaps
Metalurgs Liepāja Daugava Stadium (Liepāja) 5,500 Germany Rüdiger Abramczik
SK Blāzma Rēzekne Sporta Aģentūras Stadions 3,000 Latvia Eriks Grigjans
Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000 Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs
FC Tranzit Ventspils Ventspils 2. pamatskolas stadions 500 Russia Igor Kichigin

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Skonto FC (C) 27 22 3 2 86 16 +70 69 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FK Ventspils 27 20 3 4 68 18 +50 63 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 SK Liepājas Metalurgs 27 19 4 4 70 20 +50 61 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 FC Daugava Daugavpils 27 16 8 3 35 16 +19 56 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 FK Jūrmala-VV 27 8 4 15 30 45 −15 28
6 FK Jelgava 27 6 7 14 36 45 −9 25
7 Blāzma Rēzekne 27 7 3 17 27 57 −30 24
8 Olimps/RFS 27 5 6 16 31 63 −32 21
9 Tranzīts Ventspils (R) 27 5 4 18 17 56 −39 19 Relegation play-offs
10 Jaunība Rīga (R) 27 4 4 19 16 80 −64 16 Relegation to Latvian First League

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored
1Ventspils won the 2010–11 Latvian Football Cup competition and qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League, so 4th-place Daugava Daugavpils qualified for the first qualifying round.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Regular home/away matches[edit]

Aleksejs Soleičuks tries to block a shot by Vitalijus Kavaliauskas on a goal guarded by Jevgēņijs Sazanovs in the match between SK Liepājas Metalurgs and FC Tranzit
Home ╲ Away[1] BLĀ DGD JAU JEL JVV LIE RFS SKO TRA VEN
Blāzma Rēzekne 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–4 1–4 2–0 1–3 2–0 0–5
FC Daugava Daugavpils 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
Jaunība Rīga 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 0–9 0–3 1–0 0–5
FK Jelgava 4–0 3–3 4–1 1–2 1–2 4–0 0–5 2–1 1–2
FK Jūrmala-VV 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–4
SK Liepājas Metalurgs 4–0 0–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 4–0 1–2 2–0 0–0
Olimps/RFS 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–12 0–2 0–3 1–3 0–1 0–3
Skonto FC 6–0 1–0 7–0 4–1 4–2 0–0 6–1 5–0 1–0
Tranzīts Ventspils 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 0–2
FK Ventspils 1–0 1–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 2–4 7–0 2–1 2–0

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Jelgava were assigned as home team for both first and second round of matches against Olimps/RFS for unknown reasons; this match was the latter of these two and has been put in this table cell for organisatorical reasons.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Extra home matches[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BLĀ DGD JAU JEL JVV LIE RFS SKO TRA VEN
Blāzma Rēzekne 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–4
FC Daugava Daugavpils 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
Jaunība Rīga 0–4 0–1 2–2 0–1
FK Jelgava 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–4
FK Jūrmala-VV 0–1 1–1 1–4 0–3 0–2
SK Liepājas Metalurgs 0–0 8–0 3–0 2–1 1–2
Olimps/RFS 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–3
Skonto FC 0–1 6–0 2–1 4–0 2–2
Tranzīts Ventspils 0–3 2–3 0–6 0–6
FK Ventspils 2–0 4–1 3–1 0–1 5–0

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

At season's end, the 9th place club in the Latvian Higher League, Tranzīts Ventspils, was supposed to face the runners-up of the Latvian First League, FC Jūrmala, in a two-legged playoff, with the winner being awarded a spot on next year's Higher League competition. However, before this playoff began, the LFF received information from Tranzits that it would not participate in the playoff and, further, was forfeiting its place in the Latvian Higher League. Because of this, FC Jurmala achieved promotion to the Higher League automatically.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: LMT Virslīga 2010 (Latvian)

18 goals
15 goals
12 goals
11 goals
9 goals
8 goals

* Players in italics left the clubs they are listed in during the season.

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Player of the Month
Month Player Club
April[4] Latvia Artūrs Karašausks Skonto
May[5] Latvia Oļegs Malašenoks Jelgava
June[6] Brazil Nathan Júnior Skonto
July[7] Latvia Kaspars Dubra Skonto
August Latvia Jurijs Žigajevs Ventspils
September Latvia Aleksandrs Cauņa Skonto
October/November Latvia Jurijs Žigajevs Ventspils

Golden boot[edit]

Nathan Júnior from Skonto also scored 18 goals during the season, but while Rakels had scored all his goals from game-play, Junior netted 3 goals from the penalty spot.

Team of the tournament[edit]

(Selected by www.sportacentrs.com)

Goalkeepers: Marks Bogdanovs (Jelgava), Kaspars Ikstens (Skonto Riga)

Defenders: Jevgēņijs Simonovs (Daugava Daugavpils), Kaspars Dubra (Skonto Riga), Tomas Tamošauskas (Liepājas Metalurgs), Vitālijs Maksimenko (Skonto Riga), Māris Smirnovs (Tranzit Ventspils), Yuriy Shelenkov (Daugava Daugavpils)

Midfielders: Ruslan Mingazov (Skonto Riga), Jurijs Žigajevs (Ventspils), Arturs Zjuzins (Ventspils), Valērijs Afanasjevs (Daugava Daugavpils), Michael Tukura (Ventspils), Takafumi Akahoshi (Liepājas Metalurgs)

Forwards: Nathan Júnior (Skonto Riga), Deniss Rakels (Liepājas Metalurgs), Daniils Turkovs (Skonto Riga), Oļegs Malašenoks (Jelgava)

Best player awards[edit]

Organization[edit]

  • Fair-play award: Skonto Riga
  • The best matches' organization: Skonto Riga
  • The best referee: Andrejs Sipailo and Harijs Gudermanis (assistant)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]