Aleksandrs Starkovs

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For the Russian footballer, see Aleksandr Sergeyevich Starkov.
Aleksandrs Starkovs
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Personal information
Full name Aleksandrs Petrovich Starkovs
Date of birth (1955-07-26) 26 July 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Madona, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 RPI Madona
1975–1977 FK Daugava Rīga
1977–1978 FC Dinamo Moscow 0 (0)
1978–1989 FK Daugava Rīga 417 (189)
Teams managed
1990–1993 FK Daugava Rīga (assistant)
1992–1994 Latvia U-21
1993–2004 Skonto FC
1995–2001 Latvia (assistant)
2001–2004 Latvia
2004–2006 Spartak Moscow
2006–2007 Skonto FC (sporting director)
2007–2013 Latvia
2010–2011 Skonto FC
2011–2012 FC Baku
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aleksandrs Petrovičs Starkovs (born 26 July 1955 in Madona, Latvia) is a Latvian football coach and a former footballer. Starkovs previously managed clubs such as Spartak Moscow in Russia, FK Baku in Azerbaijan and Skonto FC in Latvia as well as the Latvia national football team from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to July 2013.

Playing biography[edit]

Starkovs started playing football in Madona where he played for the local Olimpija Madona playing for which he was selected the best forward of the 1969 Latvia Leather ball tournament. In 1975 Starkovs joined FK Daugava Rīga. In 1978 Starkovs went to FC Dynamo Moscow but it wasn't the right team for him, so soon Starkovs was back in Riga. However his best years were still to come - in 1980s Starkovs was one of the best snipers of the Soviet first league, scoring over a hundred goals for Daugava.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Latvia by the Latvian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. [1]

Coaching career[edit]

As a team manager Starkovs made his name with Skonto FC which he brought to innumerable Latvian championships. He also worked with Latvia national under-21 football team and in 2001 he was appointed the general manager of Latvian national team. He took over the Latvian national team after its disastrous performance in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and lead the team to its biggest success ever, qualifying for Euro 2004 with a victory over World Cup bronze medalist Turkey.

After his success as the national team coach, he joined Spartak Moscow winning the silver medal of the Russian league in 2005, but in April 2006 he was forced to quit due to total obstruction from the team's fans and a conflict with former team captain Dmitri Alenichev.

Starkovs returned to Riga and in 2007 took over the Latvian national team which was struggling under Jurijs Andrejevs.

In 2009 he accepted the offer to coach Skonto FC and in January 2010 became the manager of the team as Paul Ashworth - the previous manager - left. His return was very successful and he managed to win the league with Skonto FC. In January 2011 he left Skonto FC, signing a contract in Azerbaijan with FC Baku. After signing the contract it was stated that he would continue managing Latvia as he did before.

On 15 July Aleksandrs Starkovs left as coach of Latvia (manager). [1]