Rudnevs at practice with HSV in 2012.
|Full name||Artjoms Rudņevs|
|Date of birth||13 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Daugavpils, Latvia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2014||→ Hannover 96 (loan)||16||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early career and ZTE
Rudņevs started his career with his local club FC Daugava in Daugavpils, where he played until February 2009 when he signed a contract with the Hungarian club Zalaegerszegi TE. There was a problem with the new contract after signing because the previous one with Daugava was still active, so FIFA was involved. In May 2009, he finally made his debut. Rudņevs played in Hungary for three seasons, scoring 20 goals in 30 league matches.
In July 2010, rumors appeared that the Ekstraklasa club Lech Poznań were interested in signing him. Later on these rumors were verified and Rudņevs joined the club on trial. After a successful trial at the club and after passing the medical tests, Lech started signing talks with ZTE. Clubs couldn't agree the transfer fee for a long time and, when it was done, the Polish side failed in talks with the player about the individual contract. It seemed that the talks were over but in August, after Rudņevs had scored two goals in the season opener, the Polish club board and ZTE reopened the discussions. This time talks were successful and Rudņevs signed a four-year contract with the Polish side.
In his debut in Lech Poznań jersey against Widzew Łódź he scored a goal. The upcoming matches were even more successful as he managed to score three more goals in five consecutive matches until 11 September 2010. It turned out to be the winning goal as Lech won 2–1. Five days later he was on the score sheet again, scoring a hat-trick in a game against Juventus in the Europa League, the first goal a coolly slotted penalty, the second a scissor kick from three yards and the third an equalizing long-yard kick deep into injury time. Rudņevs himself stated that this had been "the best match of his career so far".
Until the end of the Polish Ekstraklasa season, Rudņevs managed to score 11 goals in 27 matches and finished the championship as the fourth top-scorer of the league. On 1 December 2010, he scored yet again against Juventus, saying afterwards that Juventus' goalkeeper Alexander Manninger is his "favourite goalkeeper to play against". The match ended 1–1, a result that gained Lech progress to the next round and at the same time eliminated Juventus from the competition. In the first match against SC Braga in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, Rudņevs scored a goal as Lech won 1–0. However, in the second match Lech lost 0–2 and were knocked out of the Europa League. With five goals in the Europa League, Rudņevs became the fourth top scorer, sharing this achievement with four other players.
He became an immediate top-scorer of the league, as of December 2011, having scored 18 goals in 17 league matches. In the start of January 2012 Rudņevs was named the best player of the Ekstraklasa in 2011 by Polish Footballers' Association. Rudņevs finished the season with 22 goals in 29 league matches, becoming the top-scorer. On 8 May 2012, the supervisory board of the German Bundesliga team Hamburger SV agreed on the transfer after the season 2011/2012. On 11 May, the transfer was officially confirmed by both clubs.
In the 2012–13 season, Rudņevs became the first Latvian football player in the Bundesliga. Hamburger SV started the season with three consecutive losses in which Rudņevs filled the stat sheet with only one assist. Rudņevs scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on 26 September 2012 in a 2–2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach. All in all, in his first season with Hamburg Rudņevs appeared in 34 league matches, scored 12 goals and gave four assists, becoming the top scorer of his team alongside Son Heung-Min, who also netted 12 times. Rudņevs lost his place in the starting eleven in the start of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season.
Rudņevs was firstly called up to the national side on 12 November 2008 for the friendly match against Estonia. He started this match in the first eleven. Rudņevs also played for the U-21 side. He was called up to the national side again in January 2010 for the friendly match against South Korea. Rudņevs started the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches in the first eleven alongside Māris Verpakovskis, putting Ģirts Karlsons on the bench. On 7 October 2011, he scored his first international goal in the 2–0 victory over Malta in a Euro 2012 qualifying match.
- Scores and results list Latvia's goal tally first.
|1.||7 October 2011||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Malta||2–0||2–0||Euro 2012 qualifier|
- As of 21 December 2014
- Latvian Cup Winner: 2008
- Hungarian Cup Runner-up: 2010
- Polish Cup Runner-up: 2011
- Best player of the Ekstraklasa by Polish Footballers' Association: 2011
- Ekstraklasa top scorer: 2011–12
- Latvian Rising Star of the Year: 2011
Personal life and controversy
Rudņevs is married and has a daughter born in 2011.
Rudņevs caused controversy in his native Latvia when he signed for Poznan, as he had his jersey name printed as "Rudnev", without the "s" in it, a reference to his Russian ethnicity. He also drew the ire of his national team captain, Kaspars Gorkšs, when Rudņevs, a native Russian speaker, claimed he had no plans to learn the Latvian language. Gorkšs wrote an open letter decrying Rudņevs.
- "Rudņevam un "ZTE" pirmā spēle Ungārijas čempionātā" (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Rudnev ideiglenes játékengedélyt kapott" (in Hungarian). ztefc.hu. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "ZTE FC – Nyíregyháza 2:0" (in Hungarian). ztefc.hu. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- Osis, Miķelis (14 July 2010). "Poļu mediji: klubi vienojušies, Rudņevs spēlēs "Lech"" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
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- "Rudņevs rezultatīvākais Polijā, Gauračs debitē Moldovā" (in Latvian). parSportu.lv. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- Štāls, Toms (28 September 2011). "Rudņevs atzīmējas ar 3 vārtiem pret "Juventus"" (in Latvian). Tribine.lv. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Broks, Egils (7 August 2010). "Video: Rudņevs: Šis bija labākais mačs manā karjerā" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Novickis, Edmunds; Bērziņš, Valdis (29 May 2011). "Pēdējā kārtā Rudņevam vārti, Eirokausi izpaliek, Višņakova klubs noturas" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Manninger ulubionym bramkarzem Rudnevsa" (in Polish). Ekstraklasa. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Artjoms Rudņevs gūst vārtus un izsit "Juventus" no Eiropas līgas" (in Latvian). kasjauns.lv. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Rudņevs atkal gūst vārtus un nodrošina 'Lech' uzvaru" (in Latvian). delfi.lv. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- ""Lech" un Rudņevam Eirokausu sezona beidzas Bragā" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "UEFA Europa League". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Wyniki piątego plebiscytu Polskiego Związku Piłkarzy!" (in Polish). PZP. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Sezona Polijā galā - Rudņevs rezultatīvākais, "Lech" 4. vieta" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Aufsichtsrat bestätigt Transfers von Adler und Rudnevs" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Oficiāli: Rudņevs pievienojas "Hamburger SV"" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Artjoms Rudņevs - pirmais Latvijas futbolists, kurš spēlējis Vācijas bundeslīgā" (in Latvian). kasjauns.lv. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Rudņevs gūst pirmos vārtus Bundeslīgā" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "German Bundesliga 2012-2013 - Top Scorers". eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Latvijas futbola izlase pārbaudes spēlē cīnās neizšķirti ar Igauniju]" (in Latvian). tvnet.lv. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Rudnevs harmadik fellépése a válogatottban" (in Hungarian). ztefc.hu. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Rudņevs atklāj rēķinu izlasē, Latvija pārspēj Maltu" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Artjoms Rudnevs" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "Rudņevs: "Izskatās, ka palikšu "Lech""" (in Latvian). sportacentrs.com. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- Martinez, Ruben (26 September 2013). "Russian Language in Latvian Football – An Uneasy Reality". Futbolgrad. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- Artjoms Rudņevs at National-Football-Teams.com
- Hlsz.hu profile (Hungarian)
- zte.hu profile (Hungarian)
- Artjoms Rudņevs at 90minut.pl (Polish)