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 Ilmārs Blumbergs
Manager Virginijus Liubšys
League Virsliga
2013 4th
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 Virginijus Liubšys.[1]

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 Riga.[2]


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.[3]

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.[2]

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.[4] Jūrmala City Council didn't support this variant, so Jūrmala-VV had to look for other options.[5] The club also faced a problem of where to base their home-stadium, because of the fact that Slokas Stadium would have to provide a place 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.[6] Latvian Football Federation supported this variant, allowing the club to takeover the place of Jūrmala-VV in the Latvian Higher League.[7] 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.[8]




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 27, 2012–

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

Participation in Baltic League[edit]

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


Role Sponsors
Partners Latvia Sportland

Latvia LDz Cargo

Kit manufacturer United States Nike

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

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Entry for the 2014 Latvian Higher League season, according to[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
4 Ukraine DF Oleh Solovych
5 Lithuania DF Arnas Ribokas
7 Lithuania MF Mantas Savenas (captain)
8 Latvia DF Deniss Kačanovs
9 Latvia FW Kristaps Blanks
10 Lithuania MF Aurimas Kučys
11 Latvia FW Verners Apiņš
12 Lithuania DF Giedrius Tomkevicius
13 Latvia FW Vitālijs Ziļs
15 Senegal FW Gassama Keba
17 Latvia MF Raivis Vītolnieks
No. Position Player
18 Latvia MF Emīls Knapšis
19 Latvia MF Gļebs Kļuškins
20 Egypt DF Nabil Abdelaziz
21 Latvia DF Edijs Joksts
22 Latvia MF Edgars Kārkliņš
23 Lithuania MF Tadas Markevičius
26 Senegal DF Emmanuel Mendy
27 Latvia FW Emīls Knapšis
33 Lithuania DF Valdemar Borovskij
67 Latvia GK Jānis Krūmiņš
99 Brazil MF Vitor Coutinho Flora

For recent squad changes see: List of Latvian football transfers winter 2012-13 and List of Latvian football transfers summer 2013

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 GK Emīls Jānis Ņemše
Latvia DF Vitālijs Topčījevs
Latvia DF Vitālijs Goreckis
Latvia DF Andrejs Burenkovs
Latvia DF Marks Molčanovs
Latvia DF Klāvs Bāliņš
Latvia DF Vladimirs Žmiļevskis
Latvia DF Gatis Štrauss
Latvia DF Oļegs Loiko
Latvia MF Ņikita Ivanovs
Latvia MF Kaspars Miks Rosnis
Latvia MF Artjoms Naruševičs
Latvia MF Vladislavs Bilaks
No. Position Player
Latvia MF Ņikita Rjabokoņs
Latvia MF Viktors Baikovs
Latvia MF Ruslans Keirāns
Latvia MF Maksims Simakovs
Latvia MF Ņikita Juhņevičs
Latvia MF Arnolds Reveliņš
Latvia MF Valdemārs Baroniņš
Latvia MF Daniels Gusels
Latvia FW Arturs Ručko
Latvia FW Vilfrīds Belugins
Latvia FW Kristaps Bole
Latvia FW Sebastjans Križanovskis
Latvia FW Artūrs Koževņikovs

International players[edit]

  • Latvia Valērijs Čistjakovs (U-21)
  • Latvia Gļebs Kļuškins (U-21)
  • Latvia Romāns Maksimovs (U-19)

Foreign players[edit]

Non-EU Nationals

  • Georgia (country) Giorgi Diakvishvili
  • Ukraine Vadym Gryppa

EU Nationals


Position Name
Chairman Latvia Ilmārs Blumbergs
Member of the board Latvia Dainis Deglis
Manager Lithuania Virginijus Liubšys
Assistant manager Lithuania Tomas Ražanauskas
Goalkeeping coach Latvia Aleksandrs Proskurņins
Reserves manager Latvia Jurijs Hudjakovs
Reserves assistant manager Latvia Jurijs Pavlovskis
Doctor Latvia Vladimirs Kokošņikovs
Physiotherapist Latvia Viktors Simanovičs
Physiotherapist Latvia Signe Jačmenkina
Press secretary Latvia Artis Novickis
Administrator Latvia Ruslans Vasiļjevs

Notable former players[edit]


External links[edit]