FK Liepājas Metalurgs

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FK Liepājas Metalurgs
SK Liepajas Metalurgs logo.png
Full name Futbola Klubs Liepājas Metalurgs
Founded 1997
Ground Daugava Stadium
Liepāja, Latvia
Ground Capacity 5,100
Chairman Ilgvars Šēns
Manager Jānis Intenbergs
League Virsliga
2013 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

FK Liepājas Metalurgs (Latvian: Futbola klubs "Liepājas metalurgs") was a Latvian football club, based in the city of Liepāja and playing in the Virslīga. They play at the Daugava Stadium (capacity 5,008). In 2005 Liepājas Metalurgs became the first team other than Skonto Riga to win the Virslīga since the league restarted in 1991.

History[edit]

Based in Liepāja, FK Liepājas Metalurgs, got their name from the city's metallurgical factory, founded in 1882, the only one of its kind in the Baltic States.

The history of the club can be traced back to 1945 when two football clubs were founded in Liepāja – Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja.

Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja: 1945–1947[edit]

In its debut season Daugava Liepāja were runners-up in the Latvian league behind the champions FK Dinamo Rīga. In 1946 Daugava were coached by former Olimpija Liepāja defender Kārlis Tīls and with one of the best former Olimpija players Ernests Ziņģis in attack the team won its first Latvian title. Both Valdis Pultraks and Voldemārs Sudmalis were in the squad. Daugava again won the title again in 1947 and the squad included Miervaldis Drāznieks who went on to score 160 goals in the Latvian league. Daugava Liepāja also won the Latvian Cup in 1946 and 1947.

Dinamo Liepāja did not play in the Latvian top league. However in 1948 Dinamo won the Latvian Cup with future Liepāja player Žanis Zviedris in the team.

Sarkanais Metalurgs: 1949–1961[edit]

In 1949 Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja merged to form Sarkanais Metalurgs which, for the next decade, was the strongest club in the Latvian league. In 1949, Sarkanais Metalurgs won both the league and the Latvian Cup. More titles followed in 1951, 1953, 1954, and from 1956–1958. They also won the Latvian Cup three times in a row from 1953 to 1955. In 1954 after beating Daugava Rīga in a match for the chance to play in the Soviet League a united Daugava-Metalurgs club was formed which included six Metalurgs players. In 1954 they competed in the "USSR Class B 1954, 2nd zone" of the Soviet First League the second tier in Soviet football.[1] In the Latvian league the Metalurgs team was made up of mostly the reserve squad. In 1956 Daugava did not include the Metalurgs name in the Soviet League. In 1960 Sarkanais Metalurgs were given a place in the Soviet league and continued playing in the league under various names until 1990.[2] In 1961 the club played as LMR Liepāja.

Zvejnieks Liepāja: 1962–1989[edit]

In 1962 the club changed owners and was renamed Zvejnieks Liepāja. It was considered to be the second team for Daugava Rīga and the club's best players usually had to leave for Daugava. Also if Daugava players needed to have match practice they were sent to Liepāja. In the Soviet league Zvejnieks were usually a mid-table club. With the club playing in the Soviet and not the local league, players from other Republics of the Soviet Union came to play for Zvejnieks. In the 1960s, defender Mārtiņš Lube was the club's captain. Jurijs Romaņenkovs who went on to become the club's coach in 1989–90 played for Zvejnieks in the 1970s.

In the 1980s Vladimirs Žuks coached Zvejnieks and several bright players emerged with the club including Jānis Intenbergs, Ilmārs Verpakovskis,Alekseja Šarando, Vladimirs Babičevs and Ainārs Linards. A number of Daugava Rīga players also played for Zvejnieks including Raimonds Laizāns and Dainis Deglis.

Olimpija Liepāja: 1990–1993[edit]

In 1990 the club was renamed and given the name of a former Latvian club that plated in the 1920s–1930s – Olimpija Liepāja. As Olimpija the club played in the Soviet league in 1990, but in 1991, after Latvia regaining its independence, they played only in the Latvian league and finished in the third place. The Olimpija period saw the emergence of Viktors Dobrecovs at the club. After the breakup of the Soviet Union the first seasons in the newly independent Latvia were difficult for Olimpija as they got financially weaker from year to year.

FK Liepāja: 1994[edit]

In 1994 the club was renamed FK Liepāja but played only one season with that name.

DAG Liepāja: 1995–1996[edit]

In 1995 FK Liepāja was merged with FC Dag Rīga to form DAG Liepāja. The club reached the 1995 Latvian Cup final where they lost 3–0 to Skonto FC. Ainārs Linards returned to the club in 1995. In the Latvian league the club finished 8th out of ten clubs in 1996.

Baltika Liepāja: 1996–1997[edit]

In 1996 the club changed owners again and became Baltika Liepāja. In 1996 Māris Verpakovskis, the son of Ilmārs Verpakovskis and future Latvia national football team international made his debut for the club. For some time the club was on the brink of bankruptcy and struggled to stop the best players from leaving the club. However, the club got new funding from the local Metallurgy factory and for the 1997 season at last had a stable budget and ambitious plans again.

FK Liepājas Metalurgs: 1997-2013[edit]

In 1998 Metalurgs with Jurijs Popkovs as their head coach finished second behind Skonto in the Latvian Virslīga and each season up to 2004 Metalurgs finished second in the championship. In the Latvian Cup they also lost three cup finals. In 2005 Metalurgs finally became Virslīga champions and won the first title for Liepāja in an independent Latvia since the 1930s. In 2006 Metalurgs also finally won the Latvian Cup. The next league title came in 2009.

2013[edit]

After the 2013 league season the club was dissolved and was replaced by FK Liepāja.

Honours[edit]

  • Virsliga winners
    • 2005, 2009
  • Virsliga runners-up
    • 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Latvian Cup winners
    • 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1963, 1964, 2006
  • Baltic League winners
  • Latvian Soviet league winners
    • 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958,

League and Cup history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Olimpija Liepāja
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Soviet Cup
1990 4th (Soviet Second League B) 7/(17) 32 14 9 9 36 37 37 Did not participate

Latvian SSR[edit]

Olimpija Liepāja
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1991 1st (Virsliga) 3/(20) 36 25 8 3 95 34 58

Latvia[edit]

Olimpija Liepāja
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1992 1st (Virsliga) 6/(12) 22 10 5 7 33 25 25
1993 1st (Virsliga) 7/(12) 18 3 6 9 24 46 12
FK Liepāja
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1994 1st (Virsliga) 11/(12) 22 2 5 15 16 46 9 Runner-up
DAG Liepāja
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1995 1st (Virsliga) 8/(10) 24 5 5 10 29 57 28 Runner-up
FK Liepāja / FK Baltika
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1996 1st (Virsliga) 5/(10) 28 11 5 12 32 44 38 1/4 finals
FK Liepājas Metalurgs
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
1997 1st (Virsliga) 5/(9) 24 9 4 11 27 32 31 Did not participate
1998 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 17 6 5 62 25 57 Runner-up
1999 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 19 3 6 75 25 60 1/2 finals
2000 1st (Virsliga) 3/(8) 28 16 7 5 51 25 55 Runner-up
2001 1st (Virsliga) 3/(8) 28 20 4 4 60 24 64 1/2 finals
2002 1st (Virsliga) 3/(8) 28 15 6 7 56 31 51 Runner-up
2003 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 22 2 4 100 29 68 1/4 finals
2004 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 21 3 4 85 27 66 1/2 finals
2005 1st (Virsliga) 1/(8) 28 22 5 1 85 19 71 Runner-up
2006 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 18 6 4 66 20 62 Winner
2007 1st (Virsliga) 2/(8) 28 18 4 6 42 21 58 1/4 finals
2008 1st (Virsliga) 2/(10) 28 14 11 3 48 25 53 1/4 finals
2009 1st (Virsliga) 1/(9) 32 25 4 3 96 23 79 1/4 finals
2010 1st (Virsliga) 3/(10) 27 19 4 4 70 20 61 1/4 finals
2011 1st (Virsliga) 2/(9) 32 22 4 6 74 26 70 Runner-up
2012 1st (Virsliga) 4/(10) 36 21 7 8 60 33 70 Runner-up
2013 1st (Virsliga) 5/(10) 27 11 7 9 54 35 40

Participation in Baltic League[edit]

Year Position
2007/08 Winner
2008/09 Quarter-finals
2009/10 Semi-finals
2010/11 Semi-finals

Europe record[edit]

2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying round game in Salzburg against FC Salzburg
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Keflavík 4–2 0–1 4–3
2R Portugal Braga 0–0 0–4 0–4
1999/00 UEFA Cup QR Poland Lech Poznań 3–2 1–3 4–5
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–0 2–1 3–1
2 Netherlands Heerenveen 3–2 1–6 4–8
2000/01 UEFA Cup QR Norway Brann 1–1 0–1 1–2
2002/03 UEFA Cup QR Austria Kärnten 0–2 2–4 2–6
2003/04 UEFA Cup QR Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 1–1 2–5 3–6
2004/05 UEFA Cup 1QR Faroe Islands Tórshavn 8–1 3–1 11–2
2Q Sweden Östers 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
1 Germany Schalke 04 0–4 1–5 1–9
2005/06 UEFA Cup 1QR Faroe Islands Runavík 3–0 3–0 6–0
2QR Belgium Genk 2–3 0–3 2–6
2006/07 UEFA Champions League 1QR Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–0 1–1 2–1
2QR Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 0–4 1–8
2007/08 UEFA Cup 1QR Belarus Dinamo Brest 1–1 2–1 3–2
2QR Sweden AIK 3–2 0–2 3–4
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1QR Northern Ireland Glentoran 2–0 1–1 3–1
2QR Romania Vaslui 0–2 1–3 1–5
2009/10 UEFA Europa League 2QR Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–1 1–3 3–4
2010/11 UEFA Champions League 2QR Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–3 0–2 0–5
2011/12 UEFA Europa League 2QR Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–4 0–0 1–4
2012/13 UEFA Europa League 1QR San Marino La Fiorita 4–0 2–0 6–0
2QR Poland Legia Warsaw 2–2 1–5 3–7
2013/14 UEFA Europa League 1QR Wales Prestatyn Town FC 1–2 2–1 3–3 (3–4 p)

UEFA Team Ranking 2012/13[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
282 Finland FC Honka Espoo 3.701
283 Slovenia NK Olimpija Ljubljana 3.691
284 Luxembourg FC Differdange 03 3.675
285 Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs 3.658
286 Sweden Örebro SK 3.625

Sponsors[edit]

Role Sponsors
General sponsors Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs
Kit manufacturer Germany Adidas

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Entry for the 2013 Latvian Higher League season, according to LFF.lv[3]

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 Raivo Varažinskis
2 Latvia DF Madis Miķelsons
3 Latvia DF Toms Mežs
4 Latvia DF Dzintars Zirnis
5 Latvia DF Agris Otaņķis
6 Latvia DF Reinis Flaksis
7 Latvia MF Jānis Ikaunieks
8 Latvia FW Jurģis Kalns
9 Latvia FW Dāvis Ikaunieks
10 Latvia MF Mareks Zuntners
11 Latvia MF Roberts Savaļnieks
13 Latvia MF Bogdans Petruks
14 Latvia DF Endijs Šlampe
15 Latvia MF Andrejs Kiriļins
No. Position Player
16 Latvia MF Dmitrijs Hmizs
18 Latvia MF Iļja Šadčins
19 Latvia MF Valērijs Afanasjevs
20 Latvia MF Genādijs Soloņicins
23 Latvia MF Toms Gucs
25 Latvia DF Ingus Šlampe
28 Latvia DF Antons Jemeļins (captain)
31 Latvia GK Toms Vīksna
87 Latvia FW Emīls Knapšis
Latvia MF Krišs Kārkliņš
Argentina MF Cristián Torres
Slovakia DF Ivan Pecha
Japan DF Keisuke Hoshino
Japan DF Keisuke Ogawa

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 Gļebs Sopots
Latvia GK Igors Zubarevs
Latvia GK Miks Gucs
Latvia DF Roberts Ralfs Gudēns
Latvia DF Aleksandrs Gusevs
Latvia DF Ruslans Balika
Latvia DF Ņikita Haļuta
Latvia DF Jānis Jēkabsons
Latvia DF Dāvis Trapučka
Latvia DF Ralfs Denijs Džeriņš
Latvia DF Antons Tumanovs
Latvia DF Krists Kristers Gulbis
Latvia DF Jurijs Babenko
Latvia DF Andrejs Sergejevs
No. Position Player
Latvia MF Filips Tīls
Latvia MF Andris Krušatins
Latvia MF Jurijs Teretenko
Latvia MF Raivis Andris Jurkovskis
Latvia MF Jevgēņijs Severins Kovaļovs
Latvia MF Edgars Freimanis
Latvia MF Deivids Dobrecovs
Latvia MF Arturs Gross
Latvia MF Deniss Kurbatovs
Latvia FW Mārcis Pūce
Latvia FW Valters Kubilovičs
Latvia FW Vitālijs Vavilovs
Latvia FW Daniils Hvoinickis
Latvia FW Arturs Kupčs

International players[edit]

  • Latvia Raivo Varažinskis (U-21)
  • Latvia Agris Otaņķis (U-21)
  • Latvia Reinis Flaksis (U-21)
  • Latvia Roberts Savaļnieks (U-21)
  • Latvia Dmitrijs Hmizs (U-21)
  • Latvia Iļja Šadčins (U-21)
  • Latvia Jānis Ikaunieks (U-19)
  • Latvia Andrejs Kiriļins (U-19)
  • Latvia Toms Vīksna (U-19)
  • Latvia Emīls Knapšis (U-19)

Staff[edit]

Position Name
President Latvia Sergejs Zaharjins
Chairman Latvia Ilgvars Šēns
Financial director Latvia Aleksandrs Rogoza
Sporting director Latvia Vladimirs Osipovs
Manager Latvia Jānis Intenbergs
Assistant manager Latvia Viktors Dobrecovs
Assistant manager Latvia Jānis Zuntners
Goalkeeping coach Latvia Aleksejs Krucs
Reserves manager Latvia Igors Koršakovs
Reserves assistant manager Latvia Dzintars Kazaks
Doctor Latvia Aleksandrs Osipovs
Masseur Latvia Aleksandrs Bobrovičs
Masseur Latvia Dainis Sergejevs
General manager Latvia Jurijs Romaņenkovs
Press secretary Latvia Harvejs Rudzītis

Notable former players[edit]

  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.

Managers[edit]

Figures correct as of 9 November 2011.

  • Latvia Kārlis Tīls (1945–48), (Daugava Liepāja coach)
  • Latvia Arturs Bušs (1949–51)
  • Latvia Ernests Ziņģis(1953–54)
  • Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins (1954–60)
  • Latvia Hārdijs Blūms (1961)
  • Russia Lev Korchebokov (1962–63)
  • Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins (1964–65)
  • Russia Lev Korchebokov (1966–67)
  • Latvia Boriss Graps (1967–68)
  • Latvia Raimonds Dambis (1969–70)
  • Latvia Zigfrīds Driķis (1971)
  • Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins (1971–75)
  • Latvia Vladimirs Davidovs (1976–78)
  • Latvia Valentīns Obrivins (1976–78)
  • Russia Boris Reinhold (1978–80)
  • Latvia Valentīns Obrivins (1981–82)
  • Latvia Eduards Vlasovs (1983–84)
  • Latvia Vladimirs Žuks (1985–88)
  • Latvia Jānis Mežeckis (1989–90)
  • Latvia Aivars Sveilis (1991)
  • Latvia Jānis Zuntners (1991)
  • Latvia Aleksandrs Jurenko (1992)
  • Latvia Jānis Zuntners (1993–94)
  • Latvia Eduards Safjanovs (1994)
  • Latvia Ilmārs Verpakovskis (1994)
  • Latvia Viktors Ņesterenko (1995)
  • Latvia Vladimirs Žuks (1996)
  • Lithuania Šendelas Geršovičius (1996)

Women's team[edit]

The women's team play in Latvian highest league and has won the championship in 2010 and 2012. It represented Latvia in the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League.[4] It was the first time a team from Latvia had entered the competition since its creation in 2001–02.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USSR Class B 1954, 2nd zone". KLISF. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "USSR Class B 1960, Republics, 2nd zone". KLISF. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.lff.lv/lv/virsliga/klubi/fkliepaja/
  4. ^ stabak.no. "Stabæk Fotball > Women's Champions League" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

External links[edit]