Oļegs Laizāns in training
|Full name||Oļegs Laizāns|
|Date of birth||28 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2010||→ Lechia Gdańsk (loan)||8||(1)|
|2010||→ FB Gulbene-2005 (loan)||7||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 28 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Early career, Skonto and loans
As a youth player Oļegs Laizāns played for JFC Skonto, being taken to the first team in 2005. He played there for 5 and a half years, being loaned to the Polish Ekstraklasa club Lechia Gdańsk and Latvian First League team FB Gulbene-2005 in 2010. While being on loans, Laizāns played 8 matches and scored 1 goal in Poland, whilst in Latvia he played 7 games and managed to net the ball 4 times. In 2010 he helped FB Gulbene-2005 to win the Latvian First League championship and qualify for the Latvian Higher League for the first time in the history of the club. In 2006 he was named the best young player of the year. All in all over those 5 and a half years Laizāns played 56 matches, scoring 11 goals for Skonto Riga in the Latvian football championship, being released at the start of 2011. With Skonto he grabbed the second place of the league in 2005 and also became the runner-up of the Latvian Cup in 2006, but he didn't manage to win any major trophies.
At the start of 2011, after some ups-and-downs in the football career, Oļegs was signed by another Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils, who were completing their squad for the upcoming season. Right after joining Laizāns proved his ability, becoming a first eleven player. All in all he played 30 matches that season and scored 3 goals, also being elected the captain of the team. This year turned out to be really lucky, as he not only managed to become the champion of the league but also won the Latvian Cup. After a very good season he was included in both - LFF and sportacentrs.com championship all-star teams and was also named the biggest surprise of the season by fans via sportacentrs.com.
On February 16, 2012 Laizāns joined the Polish Ekstraklasa club ŁKS Łódź. He made his debut 2 days later in a league match against Polonia Warsaw, playing 90 minutes and collecting a yellow card in a 0-2 loss. All in all he played 9 league matches for LKS, leaving the team after its relegation to the I liga in July 2012.
Laizāns has represented Latvia at all youth level national teams and received his first call-up for the senior national team in 2011 for a friendly match against Finland on August 10. As of November 2013 he has played 18 international matches for Latvia, scoring no goals yet.
- Best young player of the year
- Latvian First League champion
- Latvian champion
- Latvian Cup winner
- Maciej Kusina (2012-09-28). "Oļegs Laizāns piłkarzem Lechii". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- "O.Laizāns pievienojas "Ventspilij", Soloņicins atgriežas "Metalurgā" – Virslīga – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- "LFF: Vispārējā informācija". Lff.lv. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
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- "O. Laizāns turpmāk pārstāvēs Lodzas LKS – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- "Gorkšs jau trijniekā, Rudņevs šoreiz neiesit, Čekulajevs Maltā debitē ar vārtiem – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- "Oļegs Laizāns turpinās karjeru Krasnojarskas "Enisey" – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Sportacentrs.com. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
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- Oļegs Laizāns at National-Football-Teams.com