1996 Latvian Higher League

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The 1996 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the sixth domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Tenth teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

First round[edit]

Pos  Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Skonto FC 18 15 2 1 74 9 65 47
2 FK Daugava Rīga 18 13 4 1 41 11 30 43
3 Dinaburg FC 18 9 5 4 30 19 11 32
4 FK Baltika 18 8 4 6 23 21 2 28
5 FK Universitāte 18 7 5 6 24 29 -5 26
6 FK Starts 18 5 5 8 20 35 -15 20
7 FK Vairogs 18 5 3 10 19 32 -13 18
8 FK Lokomotīve Daugavpils 18 4 5 9 18 31 -13 17
9 Skonto/Metāls 18 2 3 13 9 38 -29 9
10 FK Jūrnieks 18 1 6 11 11 44 -33 9

Second round[edit]

Championship[edit]

Pos  Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Skonto FC 28 23 4 1 98 12 86 73
2 Daugava Rīga 28 18 7 3 61 18 43 61
3 Dinaburg FC 28 13 8 7 53 31 22 47
4 FK Universitāte 28 11 6 11 37 45 -8 39
5 FK Baltika 28 11 5 12 32 44 -12 38
6 FK Starts 28 6 5 17 26 69 -43 23

Relegation[edit]

Pos  Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
7 FK Lokomotīve Daugavpils 30 10 9 11 38 45 -7 39
8 FK Vairogs 30 9 6 15 37 54 -17 33
9 Skonto/Metāls 30 7 6 15 25 53 -28 27
10 FK Jūrnieks 30 4 8 18 25 61 -36 20


Topscorers[edit]

Pos  Name Team Goals
1  Mihails Miholaps (LAT) FK Daugava Rīga 33
2  Aleksandr Pindeyev (UKR) Skonto FC 17
3  Vladimirs Babičevs (LAT) Skonto FC 16
-  Juris Karašausks (LAT) Dinaburg FC 16
5  Aleksandrs Fedotovs (LAT) Skonto FC 13


Awards[edit]

Best Name Team
Goalkeeper  Raimonds Laizāns (LAT) Skonto FC
Defender  Jurijs Ševļakovs (LAT) Skonto FC
Midfielder  Vitālijs Astafjevs (LAT) Skonto FC
Forward  Mihails Miholaps (LAT) FK Daugava Rīga


Skonto FC 1996[edit]

Pos  Name Birthdate P Goal Booked Red card
MF Latvia Vitālijs Astafjevs 03.04.1971 18 12 1 -
MF Latvia Vladimirs Babičevs 22.04.1968 25 16 3 -
- Russia Vladlen Bausev 03.03.1967 10 3 - -
DF Latvia Oļegs Blagonadeždins 16.05.1973 23 1 - -
MF Latvia Imants Bleidelis 16.08.1975 20 3 - -
- Russia Konstantin Ivanov 10.05.1964 6 - - -
MF Latvia Valērijs Ivanovs 23.02.1970 27 3 2 -
FW Latvia Aleksandrs Jelisejevs 11.08.1971 15 10 1 -
GK Latvia Aleksandrs Koļiņko 18.06.1975 9 –3 1 -
GK Latvia Raimonds Laizāns 05.08.1964 19 –9 1 -
- Latvia Vsevolods Līdaks 22.10.1977 6 1 - -
- Latvia Valentins Lobaņovs 23.10.1971 19 3 2 -
DF Latvia Boriss Monjaks 11.04.1970 10 - - -
FW Latvia Marians Pahars 05.08.1976 28 12 2 -
- Ukraine Aleksandr Pindejev 03.03.1971 26 17 5 -
- Latvia Igors Stepanovs 21.01.1976 22 2 3 -
DF Latvia Jurijs Ševļakovs 24.01.1959 24 1 5 -
FW Latvia Andrejs Štolcers 08.07.1974 26 6 3 -
DF Latvia Igors Troickis 11.01.1969 26 3 4 -
DF Latvia Mihails Zemļinskis 21.12.1969 24 4 3 -
Manager: Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs


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