2014 Latvian Higher League

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Latvian Higher League
Season 2014
Champions FK Ventspils
Relegated FC Jūrmala
Champions League FK Ventspils
Europa League Skonto FC
FK Jelgava
FK Spartaks Jūrmala
Matches played 162
Goals scored 505 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer Vladislavs Gutkovskis (28)
Biggest home win Liepāja 7-0 FC Jūrmala
Biggest away win FC Jūrmala 0-6 Ventspils
FC Jūrmala 0-6 Daugava Rīga
Highest scoring Daugava Daugavpils 5-3 Liepāja
Longest winning run 12 matches:
Ventspils
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches:
Skonto
Ventspils
Longest winless run 23 matches:
FC Jūrmala
Longest losing run 11 matches:
FC Jūrmala
2013
2015

The 2014 Latvian Higher League was the 23rd season of top-tier football in Latvia. FK Ventspils are the defending champions. The season started on 21 March 2014. Initially, Skonto Riga and Daugava Daugavpils, the second and third teams from the previous season, were denied a license to participate and the league began with eight clubs. However, their appeals against this were successful and the league was restored to ten clubs.[1]

Teams[edit]

This year the league had ten participants.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Locations of the 2014 Latvian Higher League teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flag of Daugavpils.svg BFC Daugavpils Daugavpils Celtnieks Stadium 3,980
Flag of Daugavpils.svg FC Daugava Daugavpils Daugava Stadium 4,100
Flag of Riga.svg FK Daugava Rīga Riga Daugava Stadium 5,000
Bandera Jelgava.png FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 2,200
Bandera jurmala.png FC Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
Flag of Liepāja.svg FK Liepāja Liepāja Daugava Stadium 6,000
Flag of Riga.svg FS Metta/LU Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
Flag of Riga.svg Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000
Bandera jurmala.png FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
Flag of Ventspils.svg FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ventspils (C) 36 26 5 5 73 20 +53 83 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Skonto FC 36 25 1 10 77 34 +43 0711 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Jelgava 36 20 10 6 57 27 +30 70
4 Liepāja 36 21 3 12 72 45 +27 66
5 FC Daugava Daugavpils (R) 36 19 8 9 53 39 +14 65 Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League
6 Spartaks Jūrmala 36 14 9 13 38 32 +6 51 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3
7 FK Daugava Rīga (R) 36 13 4 19 48 64 −16 43 Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League
8 BFC Daugavpils 36 8 5 23 30 65 −35 29
9 METTA/LU (O) 36 3 7 26 26 69 −43 16 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 FC Jūrmala (R) 36 2 6 28 29 108 −79 072 Relegation to 2015 Latvian First League

Updated to games played on 8 November 2014.
Source: Virslīga 2014
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored
The winners of the 2014–15 Latvian Football Cup competition will qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
1Skonto FC have had 5 point(s) deducted
2FC Jūrmala have had 5 point(s) deducted
3Liepāja would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA license as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, as Daugava Daugavpils also failed to obtain a UEFA license.[2]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

The 9th-placed side faced the runners-up of the 2014 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2015 Higher League competition.

FS METTA/LU 1–0 Rēzeknes BJSS
Kalniņš Goal 44'

Rēzeknes BJSS 1–5 FS METTA/LU
Aguls Goal 14' Loginovs Goal 26'55'
Milašēvičs Goal 29'72'
Pallo Goal 80'

FS METTA/LU won 6–1 on aggregate.

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 8 November 2014
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Vladislavs Gutkovskis Skonto 28
2 Latvia Jānis Ikaunieks Liepāja 23
3 Latvia Vladislavs Kozlovs Jelgava 15
4 Latvia Edgars Gauračs Spartaks 14
5 Latvia Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs Daugava 12
Latvia Kristaps Grebis Liepāja
Lithuania Mantas Savėnas Daugava Rīga
Albania Ndue Mujeci Ventspils
9 Nigeria Ahmed Abdultaofik Ventspils 11
10 Turkmenistan Ruslan Mingazow Skonto 9

Player of the Month[edit]

Player of the Month
Month Player Club
March/April[3] Latvia Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
May[4] Latvia Jānis Ikaunieks FK Liepāja
June[5] Latvia Edgars Gauračs JPFS/FK Spartaks
July[6] Latvia Edgars Gauračs JPFS/FK Spartaks
August[7] Latvia Kaspars Ikstens FK Jelgava
September[8] Latvia Jānis Ikaunieks FK Liepāja
October/November[9] Latvia Vladislavs Gutkovskis Skonto FC

Manager of the Month[edit]

Manager of the Month
Month Manager Club
March/April[3] Latvia Jurģis Pučinsks FK Ventspils
May[4] Latvia Vladimirs Beškarevs FK Jelgava
June[5] Georgia (country) Tamaz Pertia Skonto FC
July[6] Ukraine Roman Pylypchuk JPFS/FK Spartaks
August[7] Latvia Vitālijs Astafjevs FK Jelgava
September[8] Latvia Viktors Dobrecovs FK Liepāja
October/November[9] Latvia Jurģis Pučinsks FK Ventspils

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Skonto' un Daugavpils 'Daugava' tomēr tiek pielaista startam Latvijas futbola virslīgā, delfi.lv, accessed 22 March 2014
  2. ^ "LFF Apelācijas komisija atstāj spēkā aizliegumu FK 'Liepāja' piedalīties Eirokausos". Delfi Sports. 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Rolands Eliņš (2014-05-07). ""Ventspilnieki" Žigajevs un Pučinsks marta/aprīļa labākie Virslīgā". Sportacentrs.com. 
  4. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-06-06). "Virslīgas labākie maijā - J.Ikaunieks un Beškarevs". Sportacentrs.com. 
  5. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-07-04). "Virslīgas labākie jūnijā - Gauračs un Pertija". Sportacentrs.com. 
  6. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2014-08-06). "Gauračs otro mēnesi pēc kārtas atzīts par Virslīgas labāko futbolistu". Sportacentrs.com. 
  7. ^ a b Rolands Eliņš (2014-09-10). "Virslīgas labākie augustā - "Jelgavas" pārstāvji Astafjevs un Ikstens". Sportacentrs.com. 
  8. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2014-10-10). "Labākie septembrī - Jānis Ikaunieks un Viktors Dobrecovs". Sportacentrs.com. 
  9. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2014-11-15). "Gutkovskis finišā pirmoreiz mēneša labākais, starp treneriem - Pučinsks". Sportacentrs.com.