Baltic League

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Baltic League
Baltic League official logo.jpeg
Country  Estonia
 Latvia
 Lithuania
Founded 2007
Folded 2011
Number of teams 12 (2007–2008)
16 (2009–2011)
Last champions Latvia Skonto
(2010–11)
Most championships Latvia Metalurgs
Lithuania Kaunas
Latvia Ventspils
Latvia Skonto (1 title)
TV partners Viasat Sport Baltic

The Baltic League (officially known as the Triobet Baltic League) was a Baltic football club tournament held four times between the top club sides from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Launched in 2007 inspired by the now defunct Scandinavian tournament Royal League and by the Baltic Basketball League.

The first two tournaments were held between top four club sides from each country. 2009–10 the competition was expanded to 16 teams, with five sides from every Baltic state taking part. One additional slot was allocated to the sixth best team from the country of the previous winner.

A similar competition was the Baltic Champions Cup which features the league champions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Format[edit]

The inaugural tournament in 2007 finished as a two legged final. This format was abandoned for the second tournament and since then all finals have been played as a single match at the home of one of the finalists. Since this format was introduced, the team hosting the match has yet to win despite the added home advantage.

The first two tournaments were played from Spring to Summer with 12 entrants but this has now changed to a longer Winter to Summer tournament with four more clubs taking part.

Finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue(s) Referee
2010–11 Latvia Skonto 1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
5 – 4 (pen.)
Latvia Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions, Ventspils Lithuania Nerijus Dunauskas
2009–10 Latvia Ventspils 3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
5 – 3 (pen.)
Lithuania Sūduva Sūduva Stadium, Marijampolė Estonia Sten Kaldma
2008 Lithuania Kaunas 2 – 1
Latvia Skonto Skonto Stadions, Riga Estonia Hannes Kaasik
2007 Latvia Metalurgs 8 – 2 (aggregate)
3 – 1, 5 – 1
Latvia Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions, Ventspils
Daugava Stadium, Liepāja
Estonia Kristo Tohver
Lithuania Audrius Žuta

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Club 1st 2nd S Seasons Won
Latvia Ventspils 1 2 4  2009–10
Latvia Skonto 1 1 4  2010–11
Latvia Metalurgs 1 0 4  2007
Lithuania Kaunas 1 0 2  2008
Lithuania Sūduva 0 1 3  
Lithuania Ekranas 0 0 4  
Estonia Flora 0 0 4  
Estonia Levadia 0 0 4  
Estonia Trans 0 0 4  
Latvia Dinaburg 0 0 2  
Lithuania Žalgiris 0 0 2  
Estonia TVMK 0 0 2  
Lithuania Vėtra 0 0 2  
Lithuania Banga 0 0 2  
Latvia Jūrmala 0 0 2  
Estonia Kalju 0 0 2  
Estonia Sillamäe Kalev 0 0 2  
Lithuania Šiauliai 0 0 2  
Lithuania Tauras 0 0 2  
Latvia Rīga 0 0 1  
Latvia Olimps 0 0 1  
Latvia Blāzma 0 0 1  

By country[edit]

Country 1st 2nd Seasons Won
 Latvia 3 3  2007, 2009–10, 2010–11
 Lithuania 1 1  2008
 Estonia 0 0  

All-time top goalscorers[edit]

As of May 12, 2010.

# Player Goals
1 Latvia Aleksandrs Cauņa 10
Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 10
3 Lithuania Ričardas Beniušis 8
4 Brazil Rafael Gaúcho 7
5 Latvia Genādijs Soloņicins 6
Lithuania Egidijus Varnas 6
7 Lithuania Mindaugas Kalonas 5
Latvia Mihails Miholaps 5
Latvia Andrejs Perepļotkins 5
10 Latvia Viktors Dobrecovs 4
Estonia Aleksandr Dubõkin 4
Georgia (country) Vladimir Dvalishvili 4
Latvia Oļegs Laizāns 4
Latvia Vīts Rimkus 4
Ukraine Serhij Sernecki 4
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko 4
Latvia Aleksejs Višņakovs 4

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