1939–40 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 1939–40
Champions RFK
5th Virsliga title
8th Latvian title
Relegated RKSB
Goals scored 235
Average goals/game 4.27
Top goalscorer Fricis Kaņeps (15)
Aleksandrs Vanags (15)
Highest scoring ASK 9-2 VEF (11 goals)
RFK 11-0 RKSB (11 goals)

The 1939-40 football season was the 13th season of the Latvian Virsliga. It was also the last season of football in independent Latvia before its annexation by the Soviet Union (the last matches of the season were played with Latvia already being part of the USSR).

Competition modus[edit]

Every team played two games against each other team, one at home and one away. Teams received two points for a win and one point for a draw.

Team changes to 1938-39[edit]

16.JAPSK were relegated to Zemgale league after losing additional matches for the 6-8th places in the previous Virsliga season against US and Hakoah Riga. They were replaced by the winner of the promotion battles VEF Riga who beat out Venstpils Spars in the decisive match for a Virsliga berth.

Season overview[edit]

The battle for the title was mostly between the defending champions Olimpija Liepāja and the former champions RFK. Until midseason Hakoah Riga also kept up in the race but it fell back later in the season. Olimpija squad suffered a serious loss when five of its footballers were disqualified because of problems with discipline by the club for a longer period. Those included leading players like Roberts Heiblihs, Pēteris Jurčenko and Fricis Laumanis. Eventually the disqualification of Laumanis was shortened but both Jurčenko and Heiblihs missed out nearly the entire season. In their absence the young forward from Kuldīga Bērziņš became the club's leading goalscorer.

Final classification[edit]

Team Pts GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Rīgas FK (C) 23 14 10 3 1 40 11 +29
2. Olimpija Liepāja 21 14 9 3 2 42 21 +21
3. ASK 16 14 6 4 4 40 26 +14
4. Hakoah Riga 15 14 7 1 6 21 25 -4
5. Rīgas Vilki 12 14 5 2 7 29 26 +3
6. VEF 10 14 3 4 7 26 39 -13
7. US 8 14 2 4 8 20 38 -18
8. RKSB 7 14 2 3 9 17 49 -32

Top goalscorers[edit]

15 goals
13 goals
12 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals

Champion Squad[edit]

1. RFK

Goalkeepers: Herberts Briedis (12); Voldemārs Liepiņš (2).
Field players: Pēteris Lauks (14); Ēriks Raisters (14 / 10); Fricis Kaņeps (14 / 15); Jānis Lidmanis (13); Francis Krupšs (12 / 3); Leons Freimanis (11 / 2); Ernests Volgasts (11 / 1); Sergejs Maģers (8); Kārlis Upenieks (7 / 5); Vadims Ulbergs (7); Aleksandrs Rehtšprehers (6 / 2); Jānis Dobelis (6 / 1); Roberts Prūsis (6); Oskars Rusmanis (6); Ēriks Pētersons (4); Alfrēds Blūms (1).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

References and sources[edit]

  • Latvijas futbola vēsture by Miķelis Rubenis, Rīga, 2001