Deniss Ivanovs

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Deniss Ivanovs
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Ivanovs playing for Latvia
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, USSR
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Botoșani
Number 18
Youth career
Liepājas Metalurgs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2009 Liepājas Metalurgs 187 (9)
2009–2010 Ajax Cape Town 21 (0)
2010–2011 Sivasspor 16 (0)
2011–2013 FK Baku 49 (3)
2014– FC Botoșani 5 (0)
National team
2003–2005 Latvia U-21
2003– Latvia 60 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:46 9 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:46 9 June 2013

Deniss Ivanovs (born 11 January 1984 in Liepāja) is a Latvian football defender who plays for FC Botoșani in the Liga I and Latvia national football team.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Liepāja, as a youth player Ivanovs played for his local club Liepājas Metalurgs. He made his first team debut in 2001. With the amount of appearances growing each season, Ivanovs played in Liepāja for 9 seasons, playing 187 league matches and scoring 9 goals. In the last few seasons he was the captain of the team.

In July 2009 Ivanovs went on trial with the Eredivisie club Ajax.[2] He didn't stay with the Dutch team, but a month later, on 26 August 2009, was signed by their farm-club Ajax Cape Town, playing in the Premier Soccer League. He signed a three-year contract.[3] Ivanovs played in South Africa for one season, making 21 appearances in the Premier League.

In July 2010 Ivanovs moved to Turkey, signing a two year contract with the Süper Lig club Sivasspor.[4] He debuted in a league match against Galatasaray S.K. (football team). Ivanovs played all 90 minutes and Sivasspor won the match 2–1, and he collected a yellow card.[5] All in all he appeared in 16 league matches, but lost his place in the starting line-up in mid-season due to an injury. Due to the limited game time Ivanovs left Sivas at the end of the season.

In July 2011 Ivanovs joined FK Baku alongside his national team team-mate Māris Verpakovskis and manager Aleksandrs Starkovs.[6] Ivanovs was released by FK Baku at the end of the 2012–13 season.[7]

In February 2014 Ivanovs joined Romanian Liga I side FC Botoșani.[8]

International career[edit]

Ivanovs made his debut for Latvia at the age of 21, on 24 December 2005 in a King's Cup match against Thailand.[9] He became a first eleven player in 2007. Ivanovs scored his first international goal on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Andorra.[10] On 19 June 2010 in a Baltic Cup match against Estonia Ivanovs was firstly named to be the captain of the team.[11]


Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 June 2013[12]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001 Liepājas Metalurgs Latvian Higher League 1 0 - 1 0
2002 26 0 2 1 28 1
2003 24 0 0 0 24 0
2004 19 0 3 0 22 0
2005 28 0 4 0 32 0
2006 23 2 2 1 25 3
2007 27 2 4 2 31 4
2008 20 4 0 0 20 4
2009 19 1 2 0 21 1
2009-10 Ajax Cape Town ABSA Premiership 21 0 - 21 0
2010-11 Sivasspor Süper Lig 16 0 1 0 - 17 0
2011-12[13] FK Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 31 3 5 0 - 36 3
2012-13[14] 18 0 2 0 2 0 22 0
Total Latvia 187 9 17 4 204 13
South Africa 21 0 0 0 21 0
Turkey 16 3 1 0 0 0 17 0
Azerbaijan 49 3 3 0 0 0 58 3
Career total 273 12 4 0 17 4 294 16

Honours[edit]

Club

National team

References[edit]

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