2012 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 2012
Champions FC Daugava
Relegated FB Gulbene
Champions League FC Daugava
Europa League Skonto Riga
FK Ventspils
SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Matches played 180
Goals scored 494 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Mamuka Ghonghadze (18)
Biggest home win Jūrmala 6-1 Daugava Daugavpils
Skonto Rīga 5-0 Metta/LU
Ventspils 5-0 Daugava Rīga
Biggest away win Metta/LU 1-6 Ventspils
Gulbene 2005 0-5 Ventspils
Metta/LU 0-5 Daugava Daugavpils
Highest scoring Jelgava 3-4 Daugava Rīga
Metta/LU 1-6 Ventspils
Jūrmala 6-1 Daugava Daugavpils
Daugava Rīga 2-5 Spartaks
Spartaks 3-4 Metta/LU
2011
2013

The 2012 Latvian Higher League is the 21st season of top-tier football in Latvia. It is scheduled to begin on 24 March 2012 and to end on 10 November 2012.[1] FK Ventspils are the defending champions.

The league will comprise ten teams, one more than in the previous season.

Teams[edit]

The league returned to a ten-team circuit after having been forced to play the 2011 season with only nine teams, following the withdrawal of SK Blāzma a few weeks before the season commenced. As a consequence of the Blāzma withdrawal, no team was directly relegated.

2011 Latvian First League champions FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte from Riga were directly promoted. The team, which was founded by football school METTA and the University of Latvia in 2007, will enter the Higher League for the first time in their history.

JFK Olimps/RFS finished the 2011 season in ninth place and were therefore required to compete in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off against First Division runners-up Spartaks Jūrmala. Spartaks won the play-off 4–1 on aggregate and were therefore promoted to the Higher League. Similar to METTA/LU, they will make their debut at the highest level of the Latvian football pyramid. Accordingly, Olimps/RFS were relegated to the First League after five seasons at the top flight.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Location of teams in the 2012 Latvian Higher League

Following the promotion of FK Spartaks, the city of Jūrmala should have featured three clubs during the 2012 season, one more than the capital, Riga, but FK Jūrmala-VV moved to Riga, changing their name to Daugava Riga.

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flag of Daugavpils.svg FC Daugava Daugavpils Daugava Stadium 4,100
Flag of Riga.svg FK Daugava Rīga Riga Daugava Stadium 5,000
Flag of Gulbene.svg FB Gulbene Gulbene Gulbenes Sporta Centrs 1,500
Bandera Jelgava.png FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 2,200
Bandera jurmala.png FC Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
Flag of Liepāja.svg SK Liepājas Metalurgs Liepāja Daugava Stadium 5,083
Flag of Riga.svg FS Metta/LU Riga Rīgas 49. vidusskola Stadium 250
Flag of Riga.svg Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000
Bandera jurmala.png FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
Flag of Ventspils.svg FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FC Daugava Moldova Ivan Tabanov Latvia Jurijs Sokolovs Erreà
FK Daugava Rīga Latvia Jurijs Popkovs Latvia Vadims Gospodars Adidas
FB Gulbene Latvia Mihails Koņevs Latvia Alberts Nikoļskis Erreà Piebalga
FK Jelgava Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs Latvia Valērijs Redjko Macron LDz Cargo
FC Jūrmala Latvia Vladimirs Pačko Latvia Maksims Daņilovs Givova
SK Liepājas Metalurgs Latvia Jānis Intenbergs Lithuania Tomas Tamošauskas Adidas
FS Metta/LU Latvia Andris Riherts Latvia Romāns Rožkovskis Nike SMS Credit.lv
Skonto FC Latvia Marians Pahars Latvia Germans Māliņš Kappa
FK Spartaks Jūrmala Lithuania Arminas Narbekovas Latvia Nauris Bulvītis Masita
FK Ventspils Latvia Jurģis Pučinskis Latvia Vitālijs Smirnovs Adidas VK Tranzīts

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Daugava Daugavpils Russia Leonid Nazarenko Sacked 2011-12-22 pre-season Russia Ravil Sabitov 2011-12-22
Spartaks Jūrmala Latvia Artūrs Šketovs Sacked 2012-02-02 pre-season Latvia Oļegs Blagonadeždins 2012-02-02
Daugava Daugavpils Russia Ravil Sabitov Sacked 2012-04-29[2] 5th Moldova Ivan Tabanov 2012-05-05
Liepājas Metalurgs Latvia Vladimirs Osipovs Sacked 2012-05-01[3] 6th Latvia Jānis Intenbergs 2012-05-24
FK Ventspils Ukraine Sergey Podpaly Sacked 2012-05-18[4] 4th Latvia Jurģis Pučinskis 2012-05-18
Spartaks Jūrmala Latvia Oļegs Blagonadeždins Sacked 2012-07-20 4th Lithuania Arminas Narbekovas 2012-07-23

Broadcasting[edit]

Just as last season most of the matches are transmitted live via sportacentrs.com online and sportacentrs TV channel.[5] In June 2012 broadcasting rights were also bought by the English company Bet365.[6] Since 2012 league's homepage futbolavirsliga.lv has been active and since September 2012 this website has been accompanied by InStat Football system, showing information and analysis of each match individually.[7] Since October 2012 Virslīga has also had its own analytical broadcast after each round of matches with football experts discussing about the games and future events connected to Latvian football. Its transmitted via sportacentrs TV.[8]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 FC Daugava Daugavpils (C) 36 23 9 4 64 25 +39 78 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Skonto FC 36 21 11 4 58 22 +36 74 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 FK Ventspils 36 23 5 8 63 22 +41 74 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
4 SK Liepājas Metalurgs 36 21 7 8 60 33 +27 70 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
5 JPFS/FK Spartaks 36 13 10 13 61 56 +5 49
6 FC Jūrmala 36 10 9 17 47 49 −2 39
7 FK Jelgava 36 7 10 19 32 56 −24 31
8 FS METTA/LU 36 7 8 21 39 82 −43 29
9 FK Daugava Rīga (O) 36 5 12 19 42 79 −37 27 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
10 FB Gulbene (R) 36 5 9 22 28 70 −42 24 Relegation to the 2013 Latvian First League

Source: LFF:Virslīga 2012
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.
1Winners of the 2012–13 Latvian Football Cup.
(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.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

The 9th-placed sides will face the runners-up of the 2012 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2013 Higher League competition. The dates and exact sequence of these matches are still to be determined.

14 November 2012
18:00
FK Daugava Rīga 1–0 BFC Daugava
Broders Goal 54' Report

18 November 2012
14:00
BFC Daugava 1–3 FK Daugava Rīga
Ostrovskis Goal 68' Report Goal 6' Gospodarjs
Goal 21' Kapustas
Goal 70' Kārkliņš

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 7 November 2012.
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze FC Daugava 18
2 Japan Yōsuke Saito FB Gulbene/FK Ventspils 15
3 Colombia David Cortés FK Spartaks Jūrmala 12
Latvia Daniils Turkovs FK Ventspils
5 Latvia Valērijs Šabala Skonto FC 11
Lithuania Tadas Labukas Skonto FC
Latvia Antons Jemeļins FK Spartaks Jūrmala
7 Nigeria Stanley Ibe FC Daugava 10
Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Latvia Valērijs Afanasjevs SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Ghana Patrick Twumasi FK Spartaks Jūrmala
Latvia Mārtiņš Milašēvičs FS Metta/LU
Latvia Vitālijs Ziļs FK Daugava Rīga

Player of the Month[edit]

Player of the Month
Month Player Club
March/April[9] Japan Yōsuke Saito Gulbene
May[10] Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze Daugava Daugavpils
June[11] Latvia Valērijs Šabala Skonto Riga
July[12] Russia Sergei Yashin Daugava Daugavpils
August[13] Lithuania Rytis Leliūga Liepājas Metalurgs
September[14] Latvia Ģirts Karlsons Liepājas Metalurgs
October/November[15] Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs Liepājas Metalurgs

Manager of the Month[edit]

Manager of the Month
Month Manager Club
March/April[16] Latvia Marians Pahars Skonto Riga
May[17] Latvia Oļegs Blagonadeždins Spartaks Jūrmala
June[18] Latvia Marians Pahars Skonto Riga
July[19] Moldova Ivan Tabanov Daugava Daugavpils
August[20] Latvia Jurģis Pučinsks Ventspils
September[21] Latvia Andris Riherts Metta/LU
October/November[22] Moldova Ivan Tabanov Daugava Daugavpils

Team of the Tournament[edit]

LFF version[edit]

Team of the Tournament
Position Player Club
Goalkeeper Latvia Germans Māliņš Skonto Riga
Defender Russia Dmitri Polovinchuk Daugava Daugavpils
Defender Latvia Vitālijs Maksimenko Skonto Riga
Defender Latvia Igors Savčenkovs Skonto Riga
Defender Latvia Nauris Bulvītis Spartaks Jūrmala
Midfielder Nigeria Daniel Ola Daugava Daugavpils
Midfielder Latvia Aleksandrs Fertovs Skonto Riga
Midfielder Turkmenistan Ruslan Mingazov Skonto Riga
Forward Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs Liepājas Metalurgs
Forward Japan Yosuke Saito Ventspils
Forward Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze Daugava Daugavpils
Manager Moldova Ivan Tabanov Daugava Daugavpils

sportacentrs.com version[edit]

Team of the Tournament
Position Player Club
Goalkeeper Latvia Maksims Uvarenko Ventspils
Defender Russia Dmitri Polovinchuk Daugava Daugavpils
Defender Latvia Vitālijs Maksimenko Skonto Riga
Defender Latvia Vitālijs Smirnovs Ventspils
Defender Latvia Jurijs Sokolovs Daugava Daugavpils
Midfielder Nigeria Daniel Ola Daugava Daugavpils
Midfielder Latvia Igors Tarasovs Ventspils
Midfielder Latvia Mihails Ziziļevs Daugava Daugavpils
Forward Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs Liepājas Metalurgs
Forward Nigeria Ahmed Abdultaofik Ventspils
Forward Nigeria Stanley Ibe Daugava Daugavpils
Manager Moldova Ivan Tabanov Daugava Daugavpils

Awards[edit]

LFF awards 2012
Category Winner Club
Best goalkeeper Latvia Germans Māliņš Skonto Riga
Best defender Latvia Vitālijs Maksimenko Skonto Riga
Best midfielder Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs Liepājas Metalurgs
Best forward Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze Daugava Daugavpils
Top scorer Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze Daugava Daugavpils
Best U-21 player Latvia Valērijs Šabala Skonto Riga
Best player Latvia Vladimirs Kamešs Liepājas Metalurgs
Best manager Moldova Ivan Tabanov Daugava Daugavpils
Fair play award Club Daugava Daugavpils
Best match organisation Club Metta/LU

References[edit]

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