Valmieras FK

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FK Valmiera
Valmieras FK logo.png
Full name Futbola klubs Valmiera
Founded 1996
Ground Jānis Daliņš stadium Valmiera, Latvia
Chairman Imants Saulītis
Manager Jevgēnijs Katajevs
League 1. liga
2007 10th

Futbola klubs Valmiera is a Latvian football club, playing in the second-highest division of Latvian football. They are from the city of Valmiera.

History[edit]

Club founded in 1996. It participated in the first Latvian league (second-highest division of Latvian football). The team finished second in the league which gave Valmiera a possibility to battle with the second from the bottom team of Virslīga - Skonto-Metāls for a place in the top division of Latvian football. In the first game in Riga Skonto-Metāls won 1:0 but at home Valmiera overcame the one goal deficit and won 2:0 (I.Maļukovs, Dz. Savaļnieks), thus earning a place in Virslīga.

In the debut season in Virslīga Valmiera managed to finish 7th from 9 teams with a comfortable margin over the two weakest teams. The following season was even more successful as the team finished 5th in Virslīga, the same result was repeated in 1999. The new millennium brought hard financial times for FK Valmiera. After the 2003 season the team had to leave Virslīga begause of financial difficulties and since then has been playing the 1st league paying more attention to evolving of young talents.

Several of former Valmiera players have played in the Latvia national football team. Those include Vits Rimkus (FK Ventspils), Viktors Morozs (FC Skonto), Gatis Kalniņš (FC Skonto), Deniss Romanovs (F.C. Dinamo Bucureşti) and Māris Smirnovs (FK Ventspils).

League and Cup history[edit]

FK Valmiera
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Latvian Football Cup
1996 2nd (1.līga) 2/(13)
1997 1st (Virsliga) 7/(9)
1998 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8)
1999 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8) 1/4 finals
2000 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/4 finals
2001 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/4 finals
2002 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8) 1/4 finals
2003 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/8 finals
2004 2nd (1.līga) 7/(14) 1/16 finals
2005 2nd (1.līga) 6/(14) 1/8 finals
2006 2nd (1.līga) 7/(16) 1/8 finals
2007 2nd (1.līga) 10/(16) 3rd round
2008 2nd (1.līga) 7/(15)
2009 2nd (1.līga) 11/(14)
2010 2nd (1.līga) 6/(12)

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Latvia Ivo Kalniņš
3 Latvia Raimonds Breža
4 Latvia Konstantīns Fjodorovs
6 Latvia Andrejs Čukardins
8 Latvia Mihails Jankovskis
11 Latvia Valdis Veinbergs
12 Latvia Ēriks Viškers
No. Position Player
13 Latvia Aleksejs Loginovs
15 Latvia Maksims Rajevs
16 Latvia Andrejs Šahovs
19 Latvia Niks Savaļnieks
20 Latvia Alvis Dubovs
21 Latvia Didzis Riženkovs
22 Latvia Sergejs Petrenko

Reserves squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Latvia Iļja Afanasjevs
Latvia Vladimirs Beidamirovs
Latvia Aleksandrs Fedotovs
Latvia Artjoms Koļesņikovs
Latvia Maksims Koļesņikovs
Latvia Ingus Ķirsis
Latvia Nikolajs Ozols
No. Position Player
Latvia Sergejs Petrenko
Latvia Raivis Rubīns
Latvia Romāns Sidorovs
Latvia Romāns Sulackis
Latvia Igors Škoļnijs
Latvia Vadims Tatarčuks
Latvia Renārs Žarčenko