Pāvels Mihadjuks

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Pāvels Mihadjuks
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-05-27) 27 May 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Daugava Rīga
Number 18
Youth career
FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
2004 FC Ditton 0 (0)
2005–2008 FK Riga 92 (6)
2008–2009 FK Ventspils 3 (0)
2009 Inverness CT 12 (1)
2009 FK Ventspils 13 (0)
2010 Dundee United 3 (0)
2010-2012 Liepājas Metalurgs 46 (4)
2013- Daugava Rīga 21 (1)
National team
2009– Latvia 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2013

Pāvels Mihadjuks (born 27 May 1980) is a Latvian professional association footballer, who plays for Daugava Rīga in the Latvian Higher League. He previously played for FK Ventspils and FK Liepājas Metalurgs.

Mihadjuks started his career as a forward, but quickly developed into an imposing centre half. After some excellent displays for the Latvian under 21 team, he gained the nickname "'Pāvels Slepkava'" which means "Pāvels The Butcher" in English. The nickname was due to his habit of injuring opponents with sturdy tackles. A request was made to FIFA to allow Mihadjuks to wear the name "Slepkava" on his back but this was declined.

Mihadjuks, who played for the Latvia national under-21 football team,[1] joined FK Ventspils from FK Riga in 2008.[2] He helped Ventspils to the Latvian league championship, and played for them against Norwegian side SK Brann in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.[2]

Mihadjuks joined Inverness CT on trial during January 2009,[2] and signed a contract with them until the end of the 2008–09 season a few days later.[3] He made his Inverness debut in the Scottish Cup against Partick Thistle, and he then scored his first goal for the club in a league match against Hearts.[4] Mihadjuks left Inverness at the end of the 2008–09 season and rejoined Ventspils.

On 8 February 2010 it was announced that Dundee United had signed Mihadjuks until the end of the season.[5]

After the season he left Dundee United and after long-term talks signed a contract with his local city club FK Liepājas Metalurgs. Playing there for three seasons, Mihadjuks played 46 league matches, scoring 4 goals.

In January 2013, after his contract in Liepāja had expired, Mihadjuks joined the Latvian Higher League club Daugava Rīga.

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