Renārs Rode

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Renārs Rode
Personal information
Full name Renārs Rode
Date of birth (1989-04-06) April 6, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Center Back
Club information
Current team
FK Ventspils
Number 19
Youth career
Skonto FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008-2009 JFK Olimps 15 (1)
2010-2013 Skonto FC 90 (10)
2014 FK Teplice 0 (0)
2014- FK Ventspils 14 (1)
National team
2009-2010 Latvia U-21 9 (1)
2013- Latvia 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 August 2014

Renārs Rode (born 6 April 1989 in Riga) is a Latvian professional footballer, who used to be a center back for the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils and Latvia national football team but is now going to play for Finland.

Club career[edit]

Skonto Riga[edit]

As a youth player Renārs Rode played for the Skonto Riga academy. In 2008 he joined the Latvian Higher League club JFK Olimps, and played 15 matches, scoring his first league goal in a 7-0 victory over Daugava Rīga on 8 July 2009. In 2010 Rode moved to Skonto Rīga. During his first season at the club, he scored 3 goals in 16 league matches and under the manager Aleksandrs Starkovs became the champion of the Latvian Higher League.[1] In 2011 he helped the club win the Baltic League[2] and in 2012 won his first Latvian Cup with Skonto.[3] In January 2012 it was announced that Rode would go on trial with the Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian alongside his teammate Armandrs Pētersons, but the potential move fell through.[4] After the 2013 Latvian Higher League season Rode was included in the and Sporta Avīze teams of the tournament, having appeared in 25 league matches and scored 3 goals, with Skonto suffering only one loss throughout the season.[5] All in all, during his four seasons with the club Rode played 90 league matches, scoring 10 goals, and appeared in two UEFA Champions League and eight UEFA Europa League matches.

FK Teplice[edit]

On 10 December 2013 it was announced that Rode had signed a two-year contract with the Czech Gambrinus Liga club FK Teplice after a successful trial period.[6] Rode left the club in March 2014 having been given a notice of contract termination after the arrival of the newly appointed manager. Following the release Rode went on trial with the Norwegian Tippeligaen side Sarpsborg 08, but did not stay with the club.[7]

FK Ventspils[edit]

On 17 July 2014 Rode returned to the Latvian Higher League, signing a contract with the title holders FK Ventspils.[8] He helped the club retain the title for the second year in a row.[9]

International career[edit]

Rode was a member of Latvia national under-21 football team. He received his first full international call-up under that time manager Aleksandrs Starkovs on 22 January 2010 for a friendly match against South Korea.[10] His next call-up came just 3 years later, when he was included in the national squad for a friendly match against Estonia on 14 August 2013 by the newly appointed Marians Pahars.[11] Rode made his full international debut for Latvia on 6 September 2013 in a 2-1 2014 World Cup qualifying victory over Lithuania.[12] He scored his first international goal on 15 October 2013 in a WC qualifying match against Slovakia, securing Latvia a point with a late goal in a 2-2 draw.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Latvia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 October 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Slovakia 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Last updated 22 December 2013



  1. ^ "Skonto - 2010. gada LMT Virslīgas čempions" (in Latvian). 31 October 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ ""Skonto" pendeļu trillerī uzvar "Ventspili" un triumfē Baltijas līgā" (in Latvian). 18 June 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Latvijas Kausa FINĀLS: "Skonto FC" izcīna uzvaru pēcspēles soda sitienu sērijā" (in Latvian). Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hearts eye Latvian duo". 17 January 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ " Virslīgas sezonas simboliskā izlase" (in Latvian). 25 November 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Teplice posilují, příchází lotyšský reprezentant i útočník z Nigérie" (in Czech). Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Latvijas futbola izlases aizsargs Rode pametis Čehijas augstākās līgas klubu "Teplice"" (in Latvian). 15 March 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Renārs Rode pievienojas "Ventspilij"" (in Latvian). 17 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  9. ^ ""FK Ventspils" priekšlaicīgi kļūst par seškārtējiem Latvijas čempioniem" (in Latvian). 25 October 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Starkovs nosaucis izlases kandidātus spēlei pret Dienvidkoreju" (in Latvian). 8 January 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pahars nosauc kandidātus, izlasē atgriežas J.Laizāns un Koliņko" (in Latvian). 2 August 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Latvijas futbola izlase momentiem bagātā spēlē pārspēj Lietuvu" (in Latvian). 6 September 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rode kompensācijas laikā izrauj Latvijai neizšķirtu" (in Latvian). 15 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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