FK Daugava (2003)

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FK Daugava Rīga
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Full name

Futbola klubs "Daugava" Rīga

  • FK Jūrmala (2003–08)
  • FK Jūrmala-VV (2008–12)
Founded 2003
Ground Daugava Stadium
Riga, Latvia
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Igors Kostins
Manager Armands Zeiberliņš
League Virsliga
2014 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

FK Daugava Rīga is a Latvian football club, based at the Daugava Stadium in Riga. They play in the Latvian Higher League. The current manager of the team is Armands Zeiberliņš.

From the club's foundation in 2003 till 2009 the club was known as FK Jūrmala. In 2010 they changed their name to FK Jūrmala-VV, but in March 2012 the club moved to Riga, changing its name to FK Daugava Rīga.[1]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 2003 as FK Jūrmala and its goals included creating a club infrastructure, building a modern stadium in Sloka and popularization of sports among children and youth of Jūrmala all of which they succeeded in doing.

In its first season FK Jūrmala played in the Latvian First League, winning the championship and being promoted to the Latvian Higher League. In its first season Jūrmala finished the top tier championship in the 5th position. However, despite the club's board having high ambitions, signing several former Latvian international players, in the following seasons FK Jūrmala couldn't manage to achieve the top 3 spots in the league table. Even more, in 2007 the team suffered a financial crisis, when some of its top players left the team in mid season.[2]

In the next few seasons club's financial resources were limited and the club was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2010. Luckily, the team was saved then and it changed its name to FK Jūrmala-VV, adding letters VV from the name of their sponsors "Vienos Vārtos".[1]

Even though the 2010 season was successful for Jūrmala-VV, financial problems hit yet again in 2011. Results suffered and the team barely managed to avoid relegation. After the end of the season there were discussions, whether the club should continue its existence or not, because the Jūrmala city would have three clubs in the top league then.[3] Jūrmala City Council didn't support this variant, so Jūrmala-VV were forced to look for other options.[4] The club also faced a problem of where to base their home-stadium, because of the overload of the Slokas Stadium having to provide a base for three teams - FC Jūrmala, FK Jūrmala-VV itself, and the newly promoted FK Spartaks Jūrmala.

In March 2012 a decision was made to move to Riga and use the Daugava Stadium. Because of changing the location club had to change its name too. It was changed to the current FK Daugava Rīga.[5] Latvian Football Federation supported this variant, allowing the club to takeover the place of Jūrmala-VV in the Latvian Higher League.[6] Daugava finished the 2012 season in 9th place in the table, and had to participate in the promotion/relegation play-offs against the Latvian First League runner-ups BFC Daugava. Winning 1–0 at home and 3–1 away (4–1 on aggregate) the club managed to secure themselves a place in the next season's championship.[7] In 2013 Daugava Rīga achieved the best result in the history of the club finishing the domestic championship in the top four and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. In their UEFA Europa League debut Daugava Rīga were beaten in the first qualifying round by the Scottish club Aberdeen.[8] The 2014 season saw Daugava finish the league in the 7th position.

Logos[edit]

Honours[edit]

Winners: 2003
Runners-up: 2010

League and Cup history[edit]

Season League Position Pl W D L Goals P Cup
2003 1. līga 1 27 25 2 0 132‒7 77 1/4 finals
2004 Virslīga 5 28 8 10 10 30‒33 34 1/4 finals
2005 Virslīga 6 28 9 5 14 37‒38 32 1/4 finals
2006 Virslīga 6 28 11 4 13 36‒36 37 1/4 finals
2007 Virslīga 6 28 7 5 16 28‒51 26 1/4 finals
2008 Virslīga 7 30 10 10 10 35‒34 40 Semi-finals
2009 Virslīga 4 32 12 4 16 42‒60 40 Change of format
2010 Virslīga 5 27 8 4 15 30‒45 28 Runners-up
2011 Virslīga 8 32 5 6 21 35‒76 21 Semi-finals
2012 Virslīga 9 36 5 12 19 42-79 27 1/4 finals
2013 Virslīga 4 27 14 6 7 44-21 48 Semi-finals
2014 Virslīga 7 36 13 4 19 48-64 43 1/4 finals

Participation in Baltic League[edit]

Year Position
2009–10 Round of 16
2010–11 Quarter-finals

European Record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Scotland Aberdeen 0–5 0–3 0–8 Symbol delete vote.svg

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsors

Latvia Sportland
Latvia LDZ Cargo
Finland Ramirent
Latvia Latvijas Sporta Aģentūra
Latvia SIA Daba VS

Kit manufacturer

United States Nike Inc.

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Entry for the 2014 Latvian Higher League season, according to LFF.lv[9]

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 Roberts Ozols
2 Latvia MF Alekss Regža
3 Egypt DF Nabil Abdelaziz
4 Ukraine DF Oleh Solovych
5 Latvia DF Dāvids Čudars
7 Lithuania MF Mantas Savėnas (captain)
8 Latvia DF Deniss Kačanovs
9 Latvia FW Kristaps Blanks
10 Lithuania MF Aurimas Kučys
11 Latvia FW Ruslans Keirāns
12 Lithuania DF Giedrius Tomkevičius
13 Latvia FW Vitālijs Ziļs
15 Senegal FW Keba Gassama
No. Position Player
17 Latvia MF Raivis Vītolnieks
18 Latvia MF Artjoms Šatskihs
19 Latvia MF Gļebs Kļuškins
20 Latvia MF Aleksejs Koļesņikovs
21 Latvia DF Edijs Joksts
23 Lithuania MF Tadas Markevičius
26 Senegal DF Emmanuel Mendy
27 Latvia FW Emīls Knapšis
67 Latvia GK Jānis Krūmiņš
77 Latvia DF Artis Novickis
97 Latvia DF Vitālijs Topčijevs
99 Brazil FW Vitor Flora

For recent squad changes see: List of Latvian football transfers summer 2014 and List of Latvian football transfers winter 2014-15

Reserves squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Latvia DF Oskars Priedēns
Latvia DF Raivis Šonmanis
No. Position Player
Latvia MF Rihards Tomingass
Latvia FW Reinis Grabovskis

International players[edit]

  • Latvia Emīls Knapšis (U-19)
  • Latvia Roberts Ozols (U-19)
  • Latvia Raivis Vītolnieks (U-19)
  • Egypt Nabil Abdelaziz (U-20)
  • Latvia Alekss Regža (U-21)

Foreign players[edit]

Non-EU Nationals

  • Senegal Keba Gassama
  • Senegal Emmanuel Mendy
  • Ukraine Oleh Solovych

EU Nationals

Staff[edit]

Position Name
Owner Latvia Dainis Deglis
Chairman Latvia Igors Kostins
Head of the bureau Latvia Ilmārs Blumbergs
Administrator Latvia Ruslans Vasiļjevs
Manager Latvia Armands Zeiberliņš
Assistant manager Lithuania Arvydas Skrupskis
Assistant manager Latvia Deniss Kačanovs
Doctor Latvia Elīna Ivbule
Physiotherapist Latvia Raivis Bērziņš
Press secretary Latvia Jurģis Marcinkevičs
Media Latvia Kristaps Ozoliņš

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Name Period
Latvia Jurijs Popkovs 2003–06
Latvia Vladimirs Babičevs 2007
Russia Oleg Stogov Jan 2007–July 07
Latvia Gatis Ērglis July 2007–Dec 07
Latvia Vladimirs Babičevs Jan 23, 2008–Sept 11
Latvia Jurijs Popkovs Sept 2011–12
Lithuania Virginijus Liubšys Dec 2012–Dec 13
Lithuania Arvydas Skrupskis Mar 2014–May 14
Latvia Armands Zeiberliņš May 2014–present

References[edit]

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