Kaspars Gorkšs

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Kaspars Gorkšs
Kaspars Gorkšs 2011.jpg
Gorkšs playing for Latvia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kaspars Gorkšs
Date of birth (1981-11-06) 6 November 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Riga, Latvia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Auda Rīga 77 (9)
2002–2004 Öster 32 (1)
2005 Assyriska Föreningen 23 (0)
2005–2006 Ventspils 28 (5)
2006–2008 Blackpool 50 (6)
2008–2011 Queens Park Rangers 114 (6)
2011–2014 Reading 81 (7)
2013 Wolves (loan) 15 (0)
2014– Colchester United 1 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Latvia U21 12 (0)
2005– Latvia 59 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:31, 7 Dectember 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:09, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Kaspars Gorkšs (born 6 November 1981) is a Latvian international footballer who plays as a defender. He currently plays for Colchester United after being released by Reading.

Gorkšs first established himself in his native Latvia before moving to English football in 2006 with Blackpool. He has twice won promotion to the Premier League, with Queens Park Rangers and Reading respectively.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Riga, Gorkšs began his career at FK Auda, scoring 9 goals in 77 appearances. After a week long trial, he joined Swedish club, Östers IF in December 2002, playing in the Allsvenskan, the Swedish top flight.[1] He moved to Assyriska Föreningen in 2005, who were then in the Allsvenskan.[2] He moved back to Latvia in 2006, signing for FK Ventspils,[3] and he scored five goals for Ventspils in the clubs Championship winning 2006 Virslīga season.[4] He also played for Ventspils in the second qualifying round of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, against English Premier League club Newcastle United.[5]

Blackpool[edit]

Gorkšs moved to English Championship side Blackpool on 1 January 2007 having already agreed the transfer during December.[6] On 20 August 2007, Gorkšs was named in the Press Association's The Championship "Team of the Week".[7] Eight days later, Gorkšs scored his first goals for Blackpool in a League Cup second-round tie at Derby County. The Latvian's two goals were both equalisers — one in normal time and one in extra time — in a game that went to a penalty-shootout, won by Blackpool 7–6.[8] On 1 October, Gorkšs was again named in the Press Association's The Championship "Team of the Week".[9]

Gorkšs scored his first league goal for Blackpool, in their 1–0 victory over Scunthorpe United at Bloomfield Road on 10 November 2007.[10][11] On 29 December 2007, he was named as runner-up in the annual Latvian Player of the Year Awards by the Latvian Football Federation behind the winner, Vitālijs Astafjevs of Skonto.[12] He was named in The Championship "Team of the Week" for a third time on 25 February 2008, alongside teammate Stephen McPhee,[13] and again on 10 March.[14] He was named as the Yorkshire Seasiders Player of the Year on 6 May.[15] The following day, Blackpool activated an option to extend his contract with the club by one year.[16]

Following the season, his first full season in English football, in which he had become a regular in the Blackpool side and scored seven goals, Gorkšs was linked with moves to various clubs, including Scottish Premier League club Rangers, as well as fellow Championship clubs Burnley, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Preston North End and Watford; however, he dismissed the moves as just rumours, stating, "From my point of view it's just a case of carrying on and seeing what happens, that's all I can really do."[17] On 29 May, both he and fellow Blackpool player Wes Hoolahan were linked with a move to Norwich City.[18]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 12 June, Queens Park Rangers confirmed that they had made an official bid to sign Gorkšs.[19] However, on 17 June, Blackpool issued a brief statement, stating that they had reported QPR to the Football Association, and the Football League, for what they claimed was an illegal approach for Gorkšs.[20] Blackpool manager Simon Grayson stated, "we've got to protect the interests of our club and we're led to believe there's been an illegal approach."[21] On 18 June, the Football League, who would be adjudicating on the matter, confirmed that they could block the move, if QPR were found to have "tapped up the player",[22] and that the matter could be referred to a disciplinary commission.[23]

On 4 July, it was incorrectly reported in the Latvian media that Gorkšs had signed a contract with QPR.[24] QPR announced on their official website that they had been given permission to speak with the player, and that he had agreed personal terms. However, this was strongly denied by Blackpool, whose club chairman, Karl Oyston stated, "We definitely have not given them permission to speak to him. I'm disappointed once again with the way they've gone about their business."[25] The statement on the QPR official website was later removed.

On 28 July, Gorkšs completed his move to Loftus Road for a fee of ₤250,000, with Daniel Nardiello (permanent) and Zesh Rehman (loan) going the other way as part of the deal.[26] He scored his first goal on 7 November 2009 in their 2–1 away win against Sheffield Wednesday.[27]

In September 2010, he signed a two-year extension with the club.[28]

Reading[edit]

On 24 August 2011, he signed for Reading on a three-year contract.[29] In Gorkšs first season with Reading he made 42 appearances in all competitions,[30] scoring three goals and helped Reading win the 2011–12 Football League Championship. This was the second time he had won the trophy having won it the previous year with QPR. He scored his first goal in the Premier League on 4 November 2012 in a 1–1 draw against his old side QPR. Gorkšs became the second Latvian football player to score a goal in the Premier League.[31]

On 12 February 2013 Gorkšs joined Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on an emergency loan that ran until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move at its conclusion.[32] He made fifteen appearances for the club as they suffered relegation to League One.

Gorkšs was released by Reading at the end of the 2013–14 season having played 87 games for the club, scoring eight times.[33]

Colchester United[edit]

Gorkšs signed a short-term contract with English League One club Colchester United during the first week of December 2014 and went straight in to their first-team squad to face Peterborough United in the second round of the FA Cup on 7 December.[34] He made an important block from an Aaron McLean attempt in the fixture, playing the full 90 minutes as the U's came out 1–0 victors and into the third round of the cup.[35]

International career[edit]

Gorkšs has played for the Latvian Under-21 team[1] and he made his debut for Latvia on 24 December 2005 against Thailand in the 36th annual King's Cup in Phang Nga, Thailand.[36] On 11 October 2006, in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Northern Ireland, Gorkšs started the second half in place of Māris Smirnovs.[37] In February 2007 he played for Latvia in the annual Cyprus International Football Tournament. On 6 February, he played the full 90 minutes of Latvia's 2–0 defeat by Bulgaria in the semi finals of the tournament. And the following day he played in the third place play off match against Hungary which they also lost 2–0.[38][39] On 28 March 2007, Gorkšs played for Latvia in their 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifier 1–0 defeat by Liechtenstein.[40] On 22 August 2007, Gorkšs played for Latvia in their friendly 2–1 defeat in Riga by Moldova.[41] He scored his first goal for Latvia on 17 October 2007, against Denmark.[16] Gorkšs is the current captain of the Latvian national football team.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Denmark Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 5 September 2009 Israel Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 0–1 0–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 7 September 2009 Malta Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4. 26 March 2011 Israel Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv  Israel 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 11 September 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bilino Polje, Zenica  Bosnia-Herzegovina 0–1 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 December 2014.[42][43][44]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FK Auda 1997 Latvian Second League ? ? ? ? ? ?
1998 Latvian First League ? ? ? ? ? ?
1999 21 4 ? ? 21 4
2000 28 5 ? ? 28 5
2001 0 0 ? ? 0 0
2002 Latvian Higher League 28 0 ? ? 28 0
Total 77 9 ? ? 77 9
Öster 2003 Allsvenskan 8 0 ? ? 8 0
2004 Superettan 24 1 ? ? 4[a] 0 28 1
Total 32 1 ? ? 4 0 36 1
Assyriska Föreningen 2005 Allsvenskan 23 0 ? ? 23 0
FK Ventspils 2005 Latvian Higher League 28 5 ? ? 2[a] 0 30 5
Blackpool 2006–07 League One 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08 Championship 40 6 0 0 4 2 44 8
Total 50 6 3 0 4 2 0 0 57 8
Queens Park Rangers 2008–09 Championship 31 0 2 0 2 0 35 0
2009–10 41 3 2 0 3 0 46 3
2010–11 42 3 1 0 0 0 43 3
Total 114 6 5 0 5 0 124 6
Reading 2011–12 Championship 42 3 1 0 0 0 43 3
2012–13 Premier League 14 1 0 0 3 1 17 2
2013–14 Championship 25 3 1 0 1 0 27 3
Total 81 7 1 0 4 1 87 8
Wolves (loan) 2012–13 Championship 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Colchester United 2013–14 League One 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 420 33 11 0 13 3 6 0 449 36
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Cup

Personal life[edit]

Gorkšs has two children.[11] His first child, a daughter Luīze, was born in 2005 and his second child, a son, Patriks, was born in Riga on 16 October 2007.[11][16] His two brothers, Jorens Gorkšs and Rihards Gorkšs, both play for his former club FK Auda, whilst his father, Juris Gorkšs, is the club's chairman.

Honours[edit]

Club

Individual

    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 20 August 2007[7]
    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 1 October 2007[9]
    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 25 February 2008[13]
    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 10 March 2008[14]
    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 27 September 2010
    • The Championship "Team of the Week": 16 April 2012
    • Latvian Footballer of the Year: 2009, 2010

References[edit]

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