Nauris Bulvītis

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Nauris Bulvītis
Nauris Bulvītis 2013 1.jpg
Nauris Bulvītis warming up for Latvia
Personal information
Full name Nauris Bulvītis
Date of birth (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Aarau
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Daugava Daugavpils 7 (0)
2008 FK Šiauliai 21 (1)
2009–2010 FC Tranzit 17 (1)
2009–2010 Inverness CT (loan) 32 (2)
2010 FK Ventspils 10 (0)
2011 Spartak Trnava 0 (0)
2011–2013 Spartaks Jūrmala 56 (9)
2013 Skonto Riga 15 (3)
2014– FC Aarau 18 (0)
National team
2006-2007 Latvia U-19
2007-2008 Latvia U-21
2012– Latvia 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 August 2014

Nauris Bulvītis (born 15 March 1987) is a Latvian footballer, who is currently playing for the Swiss Super League club FC Aarau and Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Bulvītis started his professional career in 2007 with Daugava Daugavpils. Having played there for one season, he made 7 league appearances and scored no goals. In 2008 he had a one-year spell in the Lithuanian A Lyga with FK Šiauliai, playing 21 games and scoring once. In 2009 Bulvītis returned to his homeland, signing a contract with FC Tranzit. That season he played 17 matches and scored 1 goal in the Latvian Higher League, before being loaned to the Scottish First Division side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He signed on loan until January 2010 after a successful trial spell at the club.[1] He was recommended to join the club by fellow Latvian and former Inverness defender Pāvels Mihadjuks.[2] Bulvītis made his debut for Caley Thistle in a Co-operative Insurance Cup match against Annan Athletic.[3] He scored his first goal against Stranraer in the CIS cup. FC Tranzit permitted Bulvītis to extend his loan spell at Caley until the end of the season.[4] Bulvītis left Inverness at the end of the 2009–10 season, signing for the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils before the start of the Eurocups.[5] He played 10 matches for FK Ventspils, scoring no goals. In January 2011 he went on trial with the Slovak Super Liga club Spartak Trnava and signed a two and a half-year contract with them.[6] Because of a long term injury he was released by the Slovak side in the middle of 2011. Bulvītis then returned to Latvia, joining Spartaks Jūrmala. During 3 seasons with the club he scored 9 goals in 56 league matches. In July 2013 Bulvītis joined Skonto Riga on a three-year contract.[7] He played 15 league matches and scored 3 goals for the club before leaving the club in January 2014 due to a long-term delay of salary payment.[8] On 24 January, 2014 Bulvītis signed a one-year contract with the Swiss Super League club FC Aarau with an option to extend it for another season.[9] In April 2014 his contract was extended for another year.[10] During his first season in the Swiss Super League Bulvītis played 18 matches, scoring no goals.

International career[edit]

Bulvītis has been capped internationally at U-19 and U-21 levels. In 2012 Latvia national football team coach Aleksandrs Starkovs called him up for the 2012 Baltic Cup. Nauris played 2 matches, helping Latvia win the tournament.[11] Bulvītis scored his first international goal on 6 September, 2013 in a 2-1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match victory over Lithuania.[12] In May 2014 he helped Latvia win the Baltic Cup for the second time in a row, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Lithuania in the final of the tournament.[13] As of August 2014 Bulvītis has played 16 international matches and scored 2 goals for Latvia.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Latvia Skonto Stadium, Riga  Lithuania 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 31 May 2014 Latvia Daugava Stadium, Liepāja  Lithuania 1–0 1–0 2014 Baltic Cup

Honours[edit]

Inverness CT[edit]

  • Scottish First Division champion
    • 2009-10

Latvia[edit]

  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2012, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caley Thistle sign trialist duo". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nauris Bulvītis parakstījis līgumu ar "Inverness C.T." – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Inverness CT 4–0 Annan Athletic". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nauris Bulvītis pagarinājis līgumu ar "Inverness" – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  5. ^ "TERRY LETS 6 GO". ictfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bulvītis turpinās karjeru slovāku "Spartak"; Grebis un Rimkus pārbaudās Kiprā – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Bulvītis pievienojies Rīgas "Skonto"". sportacentrs.com. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Alans Sineļņikovs un Nauris Bulvītis pamet komandu". skontofc.com. 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  9. ^ "Bulvītis oficiāli pievienojies Šveices klubam "Aarau"". sportacentrs.com. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Bulvītis uz gadu pagarina līgumu ar Šveices "Aarau"". sportacentrs.com. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Spartaka kapteiņa Baltijas debija". Sporto.lv. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Latvijas futbola izlase momentiem bagātā spēlē pārspēj Lietuvu". sportacentrs.com. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Latvijas izlase otro reizi pēc kārtas iegūst Baltijas kausu". sportacentrs.com. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 

External links[edit]

Nauris Bulvitis career stats at Soccerbase