Deniss Ivanovs

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Deniss Ivanovs
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Ivanovs playing for Latvia
Personal information
Full name Deniss Ivanovs
Date of birth (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Nyíregyháza Spartacus
Number 26
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 8 (0)
2014 FK Liepāja 11 (0)
2015– Nyíregyháza Spartacus 0 (0)
National team
2003–2005 Latvia U-21
2005–2013 Latvia 60 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2015

Deniss Ivanovs (born 11 January 1984 in Liepāja) is a Latvian football defender who currently plays for Nyíregyháza Spartacus in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I.

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 also the captain of the team.

In July 2009 Ivanovs went on trial with the Eredivisie club Ajax.[1] He did not stay with the Dutch team but a month later, on 26 August 2009, he was signed by their farm-club Ajax Cape Town, playing in the Premier Soccer League. Ivanovs signed a three-year contract.[2] He 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.[3] He debuted in a league match against Galatasaray. Ivanovs played all 90 minutes and Sivasspor won the match 2–1, with Ivanovs himself collecting a yellow card.[4] All in all, he appeared in 16 league matches but lost his place in the starting eleven in mid-season due to an injury. Due to the limited playing time in the second half of the season Ivanovs left Sivasspor at the end of the season.

In July 2011 Ivanovs joined the Azerbaijan Premier League club FK Baku alongside his national team team-mate Māris Verpakovskis and manager Aleksandrs Starkovs.[5] He played there for two seasons, winning the Azerbaijan Cup in 2012. Ivanovs was released by Baku at the end of the 2012–13 season.[6]

In February 2014 Ivanovs joined the Romanian Liga I side FC Botoșani.[7] He played 8 matches for them and left the team in mid-summer. In August 2014, after a five-year break, Ivanovs returned to the Latvian Higher League and joined the newly established FK Liepāja.[8] He is currently the captain of the team. Ivanovs is individually sponsored by the company NPK Expert.[9]

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.[10] He became a first eleven player in 2007. Ivanovs scored his first international goal on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Andorra.[11] On 19 June 2010 in a Baltic Cup match against Estonia Ivanovs was firstly named to be the captain of the team.[12] As of 2015, he has collected 60 international caps and scored 2 goals.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 January 2015[13]
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[14] FK Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 31 3 5 0 - 36 3
2012-13[15] 18 0 2 0 2 0 22 0
2013-14 FC Botoșani Liga I 8 0 8 0
2014 FK Liepāja Latvian Higher League 11 0 11 0
Total Latvia 198 9 17 4 215 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
Romania 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 292 12 4 0 17 4 313 16

Honours[edit]

Club

National team

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