FK Jelgava

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FK Jelgava
FK Jelgava logo
Full name

Futbola Klubs Jelgava
(Football Club Jelgava)

  • RAF Jelgava (2001–03)
  • FC Universitāte Rīga (1996–97)
  • RAF Rīga (1996)
  • RAF Jelgava (1988–95)
  • Automobīlists Jelgava (1980–87)
  • Metālists Jelgava (1977–79)
Founded 2004
Ground Olympic Sports Center of Zemgale, Jelgava, Latvia
Ground Capacity 1,700
Chairman Māris Peilāns
Manager Vladimirs Beškarevs
League Virsliga
2013 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

FK Jelgava is a Latvian football club that is based in Jelgava. Its best results came when the team was named RAF Jelgava. The club plays its home-matches at the Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs stadium with capacity of 2,200 people.

Team history[edit]

Automobīlists Jelgava[edit]

The car factory club Automobīlists played in the lower Latvian leagues in the early 1970s, but in the mid 1970s were renamed Metālists.

Metālists Jelgava[edit]

The club first appeared in 1977 and in their debut season in the Latvian league finished 7th out of 13 teams. After three less than stellar seasons the club changed owners – it was attached again to the bus factory and renamed to Automobīlists Jelgava.

Automobīlists Jelgava[edit]

As Automobīlists the Jelgava squad also had it hard – at best it finished seasons in the middle of the table, and between 1983 and 1987 it played in the 1st league. In 1987 Automobīlists lost to Zemgale Ilūkste for a place in Virslīga but as the league was expanded under the name of RAF, Jelgava once again had a club in the top Latvian league.

RAF Jelgava[edit]

In 1988 and 1989 there were two teams of RAF Jelgava which in 1990 merged into one. One of those played in the lower Soviet leagues, the other – in the Latvian league. In 1988 and 1989 under the management of Viktors Ņesterenko the "local" RAF won the Latvian league, in 1988 as a golden double it also won the Latvian Cup. Meanwhile the "international" RAF weren't doing that well – although they had in its squad several talented young players including Vladimirs Babičevs, Dzintars Sproģis, Igors Troickis and Aleksandrs Stradiņš, its results were very disappointing. In 1989 Ņesterenko took over the unified RAF team in the Soviet league and in the Baltic league. In 1990 and 1991 the team played better, but then the Soviet Union collapsed and RAF joined the Latvian Virslīga.

In the early 1990s RAF was one of the strongest teams in Virslīga, three times finishing second and once third (in 1992 they finished runners up to Skonto Rīga in an additional game after finishing the season on equal points). However, when the plant ran into financial difficulties, the team received new sponsorship from the University of Latvia in 1996 and, as a result, changed their name and relocated to Riga, and played in the Latvian University Stadium. [1]

RAF Rīga[edit]

As RAF Rīga the club only played one season, finishing 5th in the Latvian league, however it won the 1996 Latvian Cup. But after the season the club changed its name again – this time to Universitāte Rīga.

Universitāte Rīga[edit]

The only season under the name of Universitāte didn't bring much success to the club – 6th place in the league with the club being disbanded after the season.

RAF Jelgava (again)[edit]

A team under the name RAF Jelgava appeared again in 2001 in the 1. līga. After the 2003 season the club merged with another Jelgava club – FK Viola Jelgava forming FK Jelgava.

FK Jelgava[edit]

FK Jelgava has played since their foundation in 2004 in the 1. līga,[2] but in 2009 after winning the Latvian First League the team had the chance to play their first games in the Virslīga.

On 19 May 2010 FK Jelgava won the Latvian Cup final in Skonto Stadium, beating FK Jūrmala-VV 6:5 in a penalty shoot out after the game had finished 0:0.[3]

On the way to the final, the club beat FK Liepājas Metalurgs in the quarter-finals and Skonto FC in the semi-finals. [4][5] Victory in the Latvian Cup final allowed FK Jelgava to debut in the UEFA Europa League tournament. In the second qualifying round FK Jelgava played Molde FK from Norway. With a score of 2:2 on aggregate, Molde won on away goals.[6][7]

In the 2010 season Jelgava was the only Latvian football club which won a game in European football tournaments (2:1 against Molde).

On 2 September 2010 FK Jelgava played a friendly against Premier League club Blackpool. The match marked the opening of the Olympic Sports Center of Zemgale. The President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers and the British Ambassador in Latvia attended the game.[8]

Honours[edit]

Latvia Latvia[edit]

Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic Latvian SSR[edit]

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

RAF Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Soviet Cup
1988 4th (Soviet Second League B) 18/(18) 34 5 5 24 43 6 15 Did not participate
1989 4th (Soviet Second League B) 18/(22) 42 10 9 23 38 61 29 Did not participate
1990 4th (Soviet Second League B) 4/(17) 35 17 9 6 54 25 43 Did not participate
1991 4th (Soviet Second League B) 3/(22) 42 28 6 8 71 39 62 Did not participate

Baltic[edit]

RAF Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P
1990 1st (Baltic League) 8/(17) 32 13 10 9 44 37 36

Latvian SSR[edit]

Metālists Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1977 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 7/(13) 24 9 5 10 42 33 23
1978 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 10/(14) 26 6 6 14 30 39 18
1979 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 11/(14) 26 8 8 10 29 31 24
Automobīlists Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1980 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 7/(16) 30 9 11 10 40 38 29
1981 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 12/(16) 22 6 6 10 27 39 18
1982 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 11/(14) 26 7 3 16 22 65 17
1983 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 11/(14) 26 7 3 16 22 65 22
RAF Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1988 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 1/(16) 30 19 11 0 69 18 49 Winner
1989 1st (Latvian SSR Higher League) 1/(17) 31 22 7 2 72 26 51

Latvia[edit]

RAF Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1992 1st (Virsliga) 2/(12) 22 17 14 1 43 6 38
1993 1st (Virsliga) 3/(10) 18 12 2 4 34 11 26 Winner
1994 1st (Virsliga) 2/(12) 22 13 7 2 38 11 33 1/4 finals
1995 1st (Virsliga) 2/(10) 18 14 6 8 40 28 48 1/2 finals
RAF Rīga / FC Universitāte Rīga
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1996 1st (Virsliga) 5/(10) 28 11 6 11 37 45 39 Winner
FC Universitāte Rīga
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1997 1st (Virsliga) 6/(9) 24 8 5 11 25 42 29 1/2 finals
RAF Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
2001 2nd (1.līga) 4/(8) 28 14 6 8 62 33 48 1/8 finals
2002 2nd (1.līga) 5/(8) 28 12 2 14 48 47 38 1/16 finals
2003 2nd (1.līga) 7/(10) 27 8 4 15 33 62 28 1/16 finals
FK Jelgava
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
2004 2nd (1.līga) 11/(14) 26 7 5 14 43 69 26 1/16 finals
2005 2nd (1.līga) 11/(14) 26 8 2 16 43 59 26 1/8 finals
2006 2nd (1.līga) 9/(16) 26 12 6 12 53 49 42 1/8 finals
2007 2nd (1.līga) 5/(16) 30 16 6 8 70 43 54 2nd Round
2008 2nd (1.līga) 4/(15) 28 19 3 6 63 41 60 1/8 finals
2009 2nd (1.līga) 1/(14) 26 19 5 2 57 20 62 Not Held
2010 1st (Virsliga) 6/(10) 27 6 7 14 36 45 25 Winner
2011 1st (Virsliga) 6/(9) 32 13 4 15 47 54 43 1/4 finals
2012 1st (Virsliga) 7/(10) 36 7 10 19 32 56 31 1/4 finals
2013 1st (Virsliga) 8/(10) 32 10 8 14 41 48 38 Winner

Europe record[edit]

Season Competition Round Team Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup PR Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn1 1–0 0–3 1–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Wales Afan Lido F.C.1 0–0 2–1 2–1
1Q Moldova FC Zimbru Chişinău1 1–2 0–1 1–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Liechtenstein FC Vaduz2 1–1 1–1(aet) 2–2(p)
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 7 Turkey İstanbulspor2 1–5 N/A 5th
Hungary Vasas SC2 N/A 0–3
Germany Werder Bremen2 0–3 N/A
Sweden Östers IF2 N/A 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Norway Molde FK3 2–1 0–1 2–2(a)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Norway Rosenborg3 0–2 0–4 0–6
Notes
  • Note 1: As RAF Jelgava.
  • Note 2: As FC Universitate Riga.
  • Note 3: As FK Jelgava.

UEFA Team Ranking 2011[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
298 Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 2.025
299 Albania Dinamo Tirana 2.024
300 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 1.991
301 Latvia FK Jelgava 1.983
Latvia Dinaburg FC 1.983
303 Hungary Zalaegerszegi TE 1.950
304 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 1.783

As of 16 September 2010 Source

Sponsors[edit]

Role Sponsors
General sponsors Latvia Jelgavas Pilsētas Dome

Latvia Igate

Latvia Jelgavas Krekli

Kit manufacturer Italy Macron
Other sponsors Latvia Jelgavas Vēstnesis

Latvia Sporta Servisa centrs "Jelgava"

Latvia Zemgales kurjerpasts

Latvia SIA "Merco Links"

Latvia Dion Sportlab

Latvia Astarte - Nafta

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 Kaspars Ikstens
2 Latvia DF Deniss Petrenko (captain)
7 Latvia DF Valērijs Redjko
8 Latvia MF Boriss Bogdaškins
9 Latvia MF Vadims Žuļevs
10 Latvia MF Romāns Bespalovs
11 Latvia MF Dmitrijs Medeckis
13 Latvia GK Mārcis Melecis
14 Latvia MF Aldis Trukšāns
16 Latvia MF Pāvels Hohlovs
19 Latvia MF Artis Jaudzems
21 Latvia FW Vladislavs Kozlovs
No. Position Player
22 Nigeria MF Kennedy Eriba
25 Latvia DF Mārcis Ošs
27 Cyprus DF Andreas Temistokleous
28 Latvia MF Artis Lazdiņš
29 Latvia FW Maksims Daņilovs
77 Latvia DF Aleksandrs Gubins
85 Latvia MF Gints Freimanis
87 Latvia MF Andrejs Kiriļins
90 Latvia MF Armands Pētersons
92 Latvia GK Edgars Andrejevs
99 Latvia FW Oļegs Malašenoks

For recent transfers 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 Edgars Andrejevs
Latvia GK Kaspars Sondors
Latvia DF Edijs Jurušs
Latvia DF Edgars Fjodorovs
Latvia DF Raitis Kols
Latvia DF Antons Dresmanis
Latvia DF Edvīns Bergmanis
Latvia DF Jurijs Ksenzovs
Latvia DF Iļja Veļikanovs
Latvia DF Iļja Golubevs
Latvia DF Vitālijs Lapkovskis
Latvia MF Māris Dūrējs
Latvia MF Jānis Meiers
No. Position Player
Latvia MF Artūrs Pugačs
Latvia MF Vadims Avdejevs
Latvia MF Igors Romašins
Latvia MF Timurs Tihijs
Latvia MF Kristaps Neilands
Latvia MF Viktors Rezjapkins
Latvia FW Kristaps Soloveiko
Latvia FW Elvijs Antonišķis
Latvia FW Edgars Ratkevičs
Latvia FW Edgars Jansons
Latvia FW Ričards Jirgensons
Latvia FW Grigorijs Misjuks

Foreign players[edit]

Non-EU Nationals

EU Nationals

Staff[edit]

Name, surname Position
Latvia Māris Peilāns Chairman
Latvia Jānis Kovaļevskis Director
Latvia Sergejs Golubevs Manager
Latvia Raimonds Aleksandrovs Assistant manager
Latvia Oļegs Samoiļenko Doctor
Latvia Jurijs Ksenzovs Psychotherapist
Latvia Marks Dresmanis Administrator

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

  • Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs (2004–June 30, 2013)
  • Latvia Jānis Dreimanis (2013)
  • Latvia Sergejs Golubevs (interim) (2013)
  • Latvia Sergejs Golubevs (2013–)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virsliga table 1996 at RSSSF.com. Note E explains the relocation to Riga. Retrieved 30 November 2006
  2. ^ "Jelgava triumfē 1. līgas čempionātā". Sportacentrs.com. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Pasaka ar laimīgām beigām jeb Jelgava izcīna Latvijas kausu". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Jelgava sensacionāli uzvar un iekļūst pusfinālā". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Jelgava uzveic Skonto un tiek Latvijas kausa finālā". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Jelgava uzvar, taču tālāk netiek". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Jelgavai sāpīgs zaudējums". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  8. ^ "Stadions Jelgavā iesvētīts ar uzvaru pār Blackpool". Sportacentrs.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  9. ^ http://www.lff.lv/lv/virsliga/klubi/fkjelgava/