Aleksejs Višņakovs

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Aleksejs Višņakovs
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Personal information
Full name Aleksejs Višņakovs
Date of birth (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Widzew Łódź
Number 25
Youth career
JFC Skonto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Skonto Rīga 2 (0)
2002 FK Auda 20 (1)
2003–2008 Skonto Rīga 139 (32)
2009–2011 FK Ventspils 42 (14)
2011–2012 Cracovia 37 (4)
2012–2013 Baltika Kaliningrad 17 (2)
2013 Spartaks Jūrmala 4 (1)
2013- Widzew Łódź 17 (1)
National team
2004– Latvia 51 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 January 2014

Aleksejs Višņakovs (born 3 February 1984 in Riga) is a Latvian football midfielder, who currently plays for the Polish Ekstraklasa club Widzew Łódź. He is also a member of Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Latvia[edit]

As a youth player Višņakovs played for JFC Skonto. Being a promising youngster, in 2001 he was brought to the first team by that time manager Aleksandrs Starkovs. It was hard for the young player to fit in the squad, as he played only 2 matches in his first season with the club. After the season he was given away to another club from Riga, this time FK Auda, playing in the Latvian First League. Višņakovs played 20 matches for them, scoring his first goal then. After showing some pretty good qualities, he was taken back to Skonto Riga and surely didn't disappoint this time. He had a long spell with the club that lasted for 5 years, from 2003 till 2008. During this time he became well-known among the fans and was a vital player in the starting eleven, all in all making 139 appearances and scoring 31 goal. In 2009 he left the club, as his contract ended. Immediately after leaving, on February 13, 2009, he signed a contract with Skonto Riga rivals FK Ventspils.[1] He played there for the next two seasons, also appearing in the UEFA Europa League group stages.[2] All in all he played 43 matches, scoring 16 goals, becoming one of the league's top scorers.

Spartak Nalchik[edit]

After the successful season he was linked with a move to the Russian Premier League club Spartak Nalchik. In January 2011 he joined them on trial, and as it was successful, he signed a contract with them.[3] Unfortunately, soon after the deal club's managers changed and as the new coach stated, Višņakovs was no more needed for the team, and Višņakovs was released.

Cracovia[edit]

Soon after leaving Nalchik Višņakovs went on trial with Cracovia, playing in the Polish Ekstraklasa.[4] In February, 2011 he signed a two and a half year contract with them, soon after joining already proving his qualities.[5] Joining in the middle of the season, he played 14 matches and scored 3 goals, helping the club secure a place in the next year's Ekstraklasa. But the next season, Cracovia were relegated from Ekstraklasa and Višņakovs terminated his contract by a mutual agreement.[6]

Baltika Kaliningrad[edit]

In July 2012 Višņakovs was about to sign a contract with the Latvian Higher League club Spartaks Jūrmala,[7] but eventually the move fell through and Aleksejs joined the Russian First Division club Baltika Kaliningrad on 11 August 2012, signing a one-year contract.[8] He played 17 matches for Baltika, scoring 2 goals. In July 2013 his contract was terminated by mutual consent[9] and Višņakovs joined Spartaks Jūrmala on a short-term contract.[10]

Widzew Łódź[edit]

In August 2013 Višņakovs went on trial with the Polish Ekstraklasa club Widzew Łódź[11] and signed a one-year contract with them on 23 August 2013, becoming a team mate of his younger brother Eduards.[12] Višņakovs scored his first goal for Widzew in a 1-1 league draw against Jagiellonia Białystok on 31 August 2013.[13]

Honours[edit]

  • Champion of Latvia (3) - 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Latvian Cup winner (1) - 2001
  • Baltic League winner (1) - 2009/2010
  • Latvian young player of the year (2) - 2004, 2005
  • Baltic Cup winner (1) - 2012

International career[edit]

Višņakovs made his debut for Latvia in 2004 against Oman, but he didn't participate in the EURO 2004 group stages.[14] As of 13 November 2013, he has had 51 caps and 7 goals for the national team.[15]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Eduards is also a professional footballer, currently playing for Widzew Łódź in the Polish Ekstraklasa as a forward. While Aleksejs was a part of FK Ventspils squad, they also played together. They are the second pair of brothers to play for Widzew together after Lithuanians Artūras and Igoris Steško during the 2001-2002 season.

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