Latvia national under-21 football team

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Latvia Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Sarkanbaltsarkanie (The red-white-reds)
Association Latvian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs
Asst coach

Latvia Anatolijs Čebans

Latvia Sergejs Golubevs
Captain Reinis Flaksis
Most caps Edgars Vardanjans (25)
Top scorer Edgars Gauračs (10)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Latvia Latvia 0 - 0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
Latvia Latvia 5 - 1 Romania Romania
(Riga, Latvia; 9 October 2009)
Biggest defeat

Latvia Latvia 0 - 6 Greece Greece
(Athens, Greece; 9 June 1999)

Latvia Latvia 1 - 7 Switzerland Switzerland
(Lugano, Switzerland; 8 September 2014)

The Latvia national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Latvia and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body of football in Latvia. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team is coached by former Latvia football team and Southampton F.C. player Marian Pahars and is currently captained by defender Vitālijs Jagodinskis.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed, while Latvian team was formed only in 1991, after regaining independence from USSR. The team is exclusively for football players that are aged 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23. Many U-21 players later represent the senior side.

Latvia U-21 have never yet qualified for the European U-21 championships, but has produced many players, who have become regular internationals for the senior side. Oskars Kļava, Deniss Ivanovs, Edgars Gauračs and Artjoms Rudņevs have all played for the U-21 side and are now first eleven players for Latvia internationally.

Latvia U-21 team plays its home matches at the Skonto stadions, which is also the home stadium of Latvia senior side. Before the opening of the Skonto stadions the team played its home matches in many different venues all around the country, including Ozolnieki, Daugavpils and Liepāja.

History[edit]

As a team, Latvia U-21 was formed in 1992, after regaining independence from the USSR. The team played its first match in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 28, 1992 that ended in a 0-0 draw. The team firstly participated in the European Championship qualification in 1994, playing the first match in Riga against Ireland U-21 on June 6, that ended in a 1-1 draw. Since 2001 the team also participates in the Baltic Cup, winning in 2008. Since 1992 Latvia have already played more than 100 matches.

Current players[edit]

The following squad has been called up for the 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia from 16 January to 25 January, 2014.

Players in bold have represented Latvia on senior level. Data as per LFF.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Vladislavs Kurakins (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Latvia BFC Daugavpils
1GK Toms Vīksna (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus Akritas Chlorakas
2DF Vitālijs Barinovs (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 21) 23 0 Latvia Ventspils
2DF Reinis Flaksis (captain) (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 20) 19 1 Latvia Liepāja
2DF Endijs Šlampe (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 20) 18 0 Latvia Liepāja
2DF Dmitrijs Klimaševičs (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 (age 19) 17 2 Latvia BFC Daugavpils
2DF Ņikita Bērenfelds (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 19) 8 0 Latvia Skonto Rīga
2DF Raivis Vītolnieks (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Latvia Daugava Rīga
2DF Viktors Litvinskis (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Latvia BFC Daugavpils
3MF Andrejs Kiriļins (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 19) 15 0 Slovakia ViOn Zlaté Moravce
3MF Eduards Tīdenbergs (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 20) 13 2 Latvia Ventspils
3MF Iļja Šadčins (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 20) 12 1 Latvia Liepāja
3MF Dāvis Indrāns (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 19) 11 1 Latvia Ventspils
3MF Ingars Sarmis Stuglis (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 19) 4 0 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Artis Jaudzems (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Latvia Jelgava
3MF Andris Krušatins (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Latvia Liepāja
3MF Alekss Regža (1994-07-16) 16 July 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Latvia Daugava Rīga
3MF Ņikita Dobratuļins (1995-07-20) 20 July 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Latvia BFC Daugavpils
4FW Vladislavs Gutkovskis (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 19) 16 3 Latvia Skonto Riga
4FW Kaspars Svārups (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 21) 15 3 Latvia Ventspils
4FW Ņikita Ivanovs (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 18) 5 1 Latvia Skonto Riga

In addition to that, other players were capped or are under consideration of the team management to be capped during the year 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Raivo Varažinskis (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Latvia Liepāja
1GK Oskars Darģis (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
1GK Kristers Putniņš (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
2DF Aleksejs Giļničs (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 21) 22 0 Sweden Väsby United
2DF Madis Miķelsons (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Latvia 1625 Liepāja
2DF Kārlis Kņūts (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Latvia 1625 Liepāja
2DF Kārlis Plendišķis (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Germany Oldenburg
2DF Vjačeslavs Isajevs (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 21) 15 0 Latvia Skonto Riga
2DF Agris Otaņķis (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Akritas Chlorakas
3MF Edgars Vardanjans (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 21) 25 1 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Jevgēņijs Kazačoks (1995-08-12) 12 August 1995 (age 19) 13 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala
3MF Artjoms Loginovs (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 21) 14 1 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Ņikita Parfjonovs (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Latvia Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Romans Mickevičs (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Elvis Stuglis (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 21) 13 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Igors Denis Rei (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 22) 9 3 France Angoulême CFC
4FW Sergejs Vorobjovs (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 19) 5 0 Italy AlbinoLeffe
4FW Jānis Ikaunieks (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 20) 3 0 France Metz

Staff[edit]

Head Coach Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs
Assistant Coach Latvia Anatolijs Čebans
Assistant Coach Latvia Sergejs Golubevs
Goalkeeping Coach Latvia Aleksandrs Proskurņins
Fitness Coach Spain Andrés Carrillo Fernández
General manager Latvia Ilvars Grīslis
Doctor Latvia Boriss Novikovs
Physiotherapist Latvia Dmitrijs Jefremenkovs

Recent results[edit]

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Latvia scorers
18 January 2014 Friendly match Lithuania Marijampolė  Lithuania 2:1 Dāvis Indrāns, Vladimirs Mukins
25 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Moscow 1:0 Artjoms Loginovs
26 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Belarus 1:0 Dmitrijs Klimaševičs
28 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Kazakhstan 0:0
29 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Estonia 0:2
31 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Kazakhstan 1:3 Dāvis Ikaunieks
2 February 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Russia Saint Petersburg  Lithuania 0:1
5 March 2014 Friendly match Cyprus Achna  Cyprus 0:1
8 June 2014 2015 EC qualification Ukraine Cherkassy  Ukraine 1:2 Vladislavs Gutkovskis
3 September 2014 2015 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Croatia 1:3 Vladislavs Gutkovskis
8 September 2014 2015 EC qualification Switzerland Lugano  Switzerland 1:7 Dmitrijs Klimaševičs
12 October 2014 2014 Baltic Cup Latvia Liepāja  Estonia 1:1 Igors Denis Rei
14 October 2014 2014 Baltic Cup Latvia Liepāja  Lithuania 1:0 Vladislavs Gutkovskis
16 January 2015 CIS Cup 2015 Russia Saint Petersburg  Russia 0:1
18 January 2015 CIS Cup 2015 Russia Saint Petersburg  Kyrgyzstan 1:1 Eduards Tīdenbergs
19 January 2015 CIS Cup 2015 Russia Saint Petersburg  Moldova 1:1 Eduards Tīdenbergs
22 January 2015 CIS Cup 2015 Russia Saint Petersburg  Lithuania 2:0 Iļja Šadčins, Ņikita Ivanovs
24 January 2015 CIS Cup 2015 Russia Saint Petersburg  Moldova 1:1 Reinis Flaksis
25 March 2015 Friendly match Armenia  Armenia
16 June 2015 2017 EC qualification Latvia  Malta
4 September 2015 2017 EC qualification Latvia  Belgium
8 September 2015 2017 EC qualification Latvia  Czech Republic
11 October 2015 2017 EC qualification Moldova  Moldova
13 November 2015 2017 EC qualification Montenegro  Montenegro

Most capped players[edit]

yet to be properly updated. Only official matches against U-21 national teams, not including against clubs or any other matches.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Edgars Vardanjans 2011–2014 25 1
2. Vitālijs Barinovs 2013–Present 23 0
3. Vadims Žuļevs 2008–2010 22 1
Aleksejs Giļničs 2012–Present 22 0
5. Aleksandrs Koļinko 1994–1997 21 0
Vitālijs Jagodinskis 2011–2014 21 0
7. Eduards Višņakovs 2010-2012 20 0
8. Reinis Flaksis 2013-Present 19 1
9. Artūrs Karašausks 2011–2013 18 3
Edgars Jermolajevs 2012-2014 18 1
Endijs Šlampe 2014–Present 18 0
Players in bold are still available to play for the U-21 National team.

Best goalscorers[edit]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Edgars Gauračs 2009–2009 9 10
2. Deniss Rakels 2011–2013 13 6
3. Artjoms Rudņevs 2009–2009 10 4

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