FB Gulbene

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FB Gulbene
FB Gulbene Logo.svg
Full name Futbola biedrība "Gulbene" (Football Society "Gulbene")
Founded 2005
Ground Gulbenes Sporta Centrs, Gulbene
Ground Capacity 1500
Chairman Arnis Martusevičs
Manager Igors Korabļovs
League Latvian First League
2013 2nd

FB Gulbene (formerly "FB Gulbene-2005") is a Latvian football club based in Gulbene. The club plays its home matches at the Gulbenes Sporta Centrs stadium with capacity of 1,500 people. They are currently playing in the Latvian First League.


FB Gulbene were founded on May 24, 2005 as "FB Gulbene-2005".[1] The club started its participation in the Latvian Second League in 2007, finishing in the 4th place. In 2008 FB Gulbene-2005 played in the Latvian First League and finished in the 14th place at the end of the season. The 2009 season was yet again spent in the Second League that is the third tier of Latvian football. The club finished in the 4th place, being promoted to the First League. In 2010 ambitions got higher as Romāns Lajuks became the president of the team. Several players with Latvian Higher League experience were invited to join, and not surprisingly the team won the Latvian First League that year, being promoted to the Latvian Higher League.[2]

In 2011, before the start of the season, the club's name was changed to its current version FB Gulbene. For the past few years FB Gulbene have actively co-worked with several Japanese football academies, giving their players a chance to play in Europe. Club's ex-president Romāns Lajuks was familiar with the Embassy of Japan Deputy Head of Mission Mr.Takeshi.[3] In 2011 the club finished the Latvian Higher League championship in the 7th place. Finishing the 2012 season in the 10th place they were automatically relegated from the Latvian Higher League.[4]


  • LFF Fair-play award (2)
    • 2010, 2011


League and Cup history[edit]

Name Period
Latvia Gatis Rikveilis 2005-2009
Latvia Mihails Koņevs 2010-2012
Season Division Position/Teams Latvian Football Cup
2007 3rd (2. līga) 4/11 1st Round
2008 2nd (1. līga) 14/15 Did not participate
2009 3rd (2. līga) 4/11 Did not participate
2010 2nd (1. līga) 1/12 1st Round
2011 1st (Virslīga) 7/9 1/8 finals
2012 1st (Virsliga) 10/10 semi-finals
2013 2nd (1. līga) 2/16 1/4 finals


Role Sponsors
General sponsors Latvia Gulbenes Dome
Kit manufacturer Italy Erreà

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Entry for the 2013 Latvian First League season, according to LFF.lv[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Latvia GK Maksims Vitkovskis
2 Latvia DF Sergejs Tjurikovs
3 Latvia DF Kirils Jeļkins
4 Latvia DF Mihails Beršovs
6 Latvia MF Dmitrijs Telešs
7 Latvia MF Kirils Stepanovs
8 Latvia MF Aleksejs Bespalovs
9 Latvia MF Raitis Dzelzkalējs
10 Latvia MF Viktors Kurma
11 Latvia MF Pāvels Jermiļins
12 Latvia FW Jānis Pastars
13 Latvia FW Artjoms Uļjanovs
14 Latvia FW Jānis Lapss
15 Latvia MF Igors Semjonovs
16 Latvia DF Aleksandrs Oļipovs
17 Latvia DF Jevgēņijs Kazura
18 Latvia DF Mārtiņš Ķulis (captain)
No. Position Player
19 Latvia DF Kristaps Soloveiko
20 Latvia FW Vīts Rimkus
22 Latvia GK Marks Bogdanovs
Latvia GK Oskars Gvido Gailītis
Latvia DF Dmitrijs Šiļuks
Latvia DF Alberts Bārbalis
Latvia DF Maksims Tarasovs
Latvia DF Zintis Milaknis
Latvia MF Juris Idionovs
Latvia MF Ritvars Šreibers
Latvia MF Mareks Kozlovskis
Latvia FW Igors Kirillovs
Latvia FW Emīls Bisenieks
Latvia FW Jānis Keišs


Name, surname Position
Latvia Jānis Antaņevičs President
Latvia Kaštans Chairman
Latvia Gints Mednis Manager
Latvia Naģja Naģežda Doctor

Notable former players[edit]


External links[edit]