Aleksandrs Vanags

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Aleksandrs Vanags
Medal record
Competitor for  Latvia
Men’s Basketball
European Championships
Silver 1939 Lithuania Team Competition

Aleksandrs Vanags (21 March 1919 – 1986), aka Alexandre Vanags, was a Latvian football and basketball player. At a young age he debuted in the Latvia national football team, after World War II he played football in France.


The right wing forward-midfielder Aleksandrs Vanags made his debut with Universitātes Sports (later he moved to ASK Rīga) and Latvia national football team at a tender age. He scored 9 goals for Latvia in 18 matches (from 1937 to 1939). In addition to football Vanags also played basketball for Latvia on an international level, he was silver medalist of EuroBasket 1939. In 1942 during German occupation of Latvia Vanags as a player with ASK won the Latvian league title.

After the Second World War Vanags settled in France where he joined RC Strasbourg. For two seasons he played also with FC Nancy but then returned to Strasbourg. In 140 matches with RC Strasbourg Vanags scored 10 goals. In 1951 with RC Strasbourg Vanags won Coupe de France.[1]

Later Vanags took up coaching football and basketball.