Vladimirs Babičevs

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Vladimirs Babičevs
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Personal information
Full name Vladimirs Babičevs
Date of birth (1968-04-22) 22 April 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current team
Latvia U-19 (manager)
Youth career
198?–1986 9. maijs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Zvejnieks Liepāja 2 (0)
1988–1992 RAF Jelgava 145 (21)
1993–1999 Skonto FC 130 (60)
2000 Policijas FK 10 (0)
2000 Torpedo-ZIL 0 (0)
2001–2002 FK Rīga 26 (8)
2003–2006 FK Jūrmala 42 (8)
National team
1993–1999 Latvia 51 (4)
Teams managed
2006 FK Jūrmala
2008 JFC Olimps (assistant)
2008–2011 FK Jūrmala-VV
2012– Latvia U-19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vladimirs Babičevs (born 22 April 1968) is a Latvian football manager and a former footballer. Currently he is the manager of Latvia national under-19 football team.

Babičevs has played 51 match for Latvia internationally.

Club playing career[edit]

His first club was 9. maijs where he played under Juris Docenko. In 1987 Babičevs joined Zvejnieks Liepāja for which he played 2 matches in the second Soviet league. In 1988 he switched to RAF Jelgava. With RAF he played for four seasons in different divisions of Soviet football, and in 1992 – in Latvian Virslīga. In 1992 RAF played a golden match against Skonto FC and lost 2:3. After the seasons Babičevs switched to the side of the victors – he joined Skonto.

With Skonto came the most successful years of Vladimirs' career – the club was by far the strongest in Latvia and Babičevs soon became one of the key players of Skonto. In 1994 he was the best goalscorer in the Latvian league with 14 goals and was selected the best forward in the league. In mid-nineties Babičevs' switched to midfield and in 1997 he was selected the best midfielder of the Latvian league. In 1997 Babičevs was the only Skonto player to score against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

In 1999, Babičevs got to play rather little – both because of competition and of his injuries. Before the 2000 season Babičevs together with several other Skonto players who the club didn't count with for the upcoming season left for Policijas FK. In the middle of the season Babičevs joined the only foreign club of his career – Torpedo-ZIL in Russia but he didn't play in any matches for the club. In 2001 Babičevs joined FK Rīga. In 2003 he switched to another new club – FK Jūrmala.[1]

National team playing career[edit]

Babičevs made his national team debut on 2 June 1993 as Latvia lost 1:2 at home against Northern Ireland. On 15 November 1994 he scored his first goal for Latvia as in a rather poor match it beat Liechtenstein 1:0. In his international career Babičevs wasn't as much of a goalscorer as playing in different clubs – over 51 matches for Latvia he scored 4 goals. His last match for Latvia came in 1999 as it drew 2:2 away against Georgia.

Coaching career[edit]

In the middle of the 2006 season Babičevs was signed as head coach of FK Jūrmala but his contract wasn't renewed at the end of the season as the club failed to finish in the 4th place in the Latvian league. On 23 January 2008 it was announced that Babičevs, who after leaving FK Jūrmala was director of JFK Olimps, was appointed assistant coach for the club. From 2008 to 2011 he was the manager of FK Jūrmala-VV once again.[2] In September 2011 he left the club as the results were poor.[3] In March 2012 Babičevs was appointed as the manager of Latvia national under-19 football team.[4]

Honours[edit]

National Team

Club Team

  • Champion of Latvia (7):
  • 1993–1999
  • 1995, 1997, 1998

Individual

  • Best Forward in Latvian League (1):
  • 1994
  • Best Midfielder in Latvian League (1):
  • 1997
  • 1993

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