Baltic Cup (football)

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Baltic Cup (football)
Baltic Cup logo.png
Founded 1928
Region Baltic (UEFA)
Number of teams 4
Current champions  Latvia
Most successful team(s)  Latvia (12 titles)
2014 Baltic Cup

The Baltic Cup (Estonian: Balti turniir, Latvian: Baltijas kauss, Lithuanian: Baltijos taurė) is a biennial football competition contested between national teams from the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania every two years. During the Soviet occupation, Belarus also participated in some of the competitions. In 2012, Finland took part in the competition for the first time. The tournament was announced annual before the 2008 competition.

List of winners[edit]

Year Host Champions Second Third Fourth
1928 Estonia Tallinn  Latvia  Estonia  Lithuania
1929 Latvia Riga  Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania
1930 Lithuania Kaunas  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1931 Estonia Tallinn  Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania
1932 Latvia Riga  Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
1933 Lithuania Kaunas  Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
1934 Not organised due to disagreements over the 1933 competition.
1935 Estonia Tallinn  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1936 Latvia Riga  Latvia  Estonia  Lithuania
1937 Lithuania Kaunas  Latvia  Estonia  Lithuania
1938 Estonia Tallinn  Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania
1939 Not organised due to strained sports-relations between Latvia and Lithuania after a controversial basketball game.
1940–1990 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are under Soviet occupation.
1991 Lithuania Klaipėda  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1992 Latvia Liepāja  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1993 Estonia Pärnu  Latvia  Estonia  Lithuania
1994 Lithuania Vilnius  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1995 Latvia Riga  Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
1996 Estonia Narva  Lithuania  Estonia  Latvia
1997 Lithuania Vilnius  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
1998 Latvia Liepāja
Estonia Valga
Estonia Viljandi
 Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
2001 Latvia Riga  Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
2003 Estonia Valga
Estonia Tallinn
 Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
2005 Lithuania Kaunas  Lithuania  Latvia Estonia did not participate due to scheduling conflicts.
2008 Latvia Jūrmala
Latvia Riga
 Latvia  Lithuania  Estonia
2010 Lithuania Kaunas  Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
2012 Estonia Võru
Estonia Tartu
 Latvia  Finland  Estonia  Lithuania
2014 Latvia Ventspils
Latvia Liepāja
 Latvia  Lithuania  Finland  Estonia

Performances[edit]

Country 1 2 3 Years won
 Latvia 12 12 1 1928, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2014
 Lithuania 10 7 7 1930, 1935, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2010
 Estonia 3 5 15 1929, 1931, 1938
 Finland 0 1 1
 Belarus 0 0 0

Soviet-time results[edit]

Similar competition was also played 20 times between 1940 and 1976 during the Soviet-time. Latvian SSR won the most titles with nine followed by Lithuanian SSR with six and Estonian SSR with five. Byelorussian SSR also participated in the tournament in later years.

Between 1950 and 1976 every tournament was contested by national 'B' teams as only players from the 'national leagues' represented the occupied national sides. However, the A side of the Estonian SSR returned to compete in the competition between 1969 and 1976, the period which saw them win three of their five titles.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Baltic Cup Programme (2008) LFF [Latvian Football Federation]: Riga.