Cauņa with CSKA Moscow in 2014
|Full name||Aleksandrs Cauņa|
|Date of birth||19 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Daugavpils, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2009||→ Watford (loan)||5||(1)|
|2011||→ CSKA Moscow (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 January 2017
Born in Daugavpils, at youth level Cauņa played for Dinaburg, being brought to Skonto Riga system at the age of 14 in 2002, where he spent 3 years. In 2006, he joined the Latvian First League side Olimps Riga, playing 10 matches and scoring 2 goals. In 2006, he re-joined Skonto Riga and got a place in the starting eleven. He was named the best youth player in Latvia despite playing only half the season in 2006.
In January 2008 Cauņa was invited to join the Premier League club Chelsea on trial and he trained with the club's reserves. After the 2008 season Cauņa was on trials at several Premier League clubs, including Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland, but moves eventually fell through as managers Paul Ince and Roy Keane left the clubs.
On 2 February 2009 he joined English Championship club Watford on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season, with a view to a permanent move. On 3 March he made his debut, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute for Jon Harley in the 2–1 defeat at to Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Cauņa scored his first Watford goal on his full debut for the club, firing a powerful half-volley in a 2–2 draw with Southampton at Vicarage Road on 7 April 2009. He returned to Skonto at the end of the season.
On 25 August 2010 he went on trial with English Premier League side Blackpool, playing in their Lancashire Senior Cup tie against Morecambe later the same day at Bloomfield Road, but didn't stay with the club.
At the start of 2011 Cauņa went on trial with the Russian Premier League side PFC CSKA Moscow, and on 1 February 2011 he was loaned to the club for 4 months. He made his debut on 17 February in the UEFA Europa League match against PAOK.
On 27 June 2011 CSKA bought out his rights from Skonto and he signed a five-year contract with CSKA. On 18 October 2011 Cauņa scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League group stages in a 3–0 victory over Trabzonspor.
Cauņa scored his first Russian Premier League goal for CSKA on 19 August 2012 in a match against Mordovia Saransk. On 26 August 2012 Cauņa scored his second RPL goal against Krylia Sovetov Samara – a powerful blast from 30 metres, that was later highly rated and put him in the team of the week. On 26 September Cauņa and CSKA matched up against FC Tom Tomsk at the 1/16 stage of Russian Cup. CSKA came out with 1–0 win, with Cauņa being a goalscorer. He made an undeniable shot with left foot from outside the penalty area.
Cauņa has been a vital member of the Latvia national team since his international debut in 2007. He scored his first two international goals in 2009 – in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Luxembourg (a 4–0 win) and Switzerland (a 2–2 draw). His third goal came on 11 August 2010 in a 4–1 friendly match defeat to Czech Republic. It was his first appearance after recovering from a serious injury and being out of football for almost six months. On 12 October he scored an excellent last minute bicycle kick to level against Georgia on UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. In 2008, he helped the team win the Baltic Cup. As of 3 November 2013 he has made 40 appearances for Latvia, scoring 11 goals.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Skonto Riga||2006||LMT Virslīga||10||2||–||1||0||–||11||2|
|CSKA Moscow (loan)||2011–12||Russian Premier League||4||0||0||0||–||0||0||–||4||0|
|CSKA Moscow||2011–12||Russian Premier League||13||0||1||0||–||7||1||–||21||1|
|Latvia national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 13 October 2015
|1.||28 March 2009||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||9 September 2009||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Switzerland||1–1||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||11 August 2010||Stadion u Nisy, Liberec||Czech Republic||1–4||1–4||Friendly|
|4.||12 October 2010||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Georgia||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5.||4 June 2011||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Israel||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|6.||2 September 2011||Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilissi||Georgia||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|7.||6 September 2011||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Greece||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|8.||1 June 2012||Võru Stadium, Võru||Lithuania||1–0||5–0||2012 Baltic Cup|
|9.||7 September 2012||Skonto Stadium, Riga||Greece||1–0||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||22 March 2013||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz||Liechtenstein||1–1||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||10 October 2015||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík||Iceland||2–1||2–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
Non-FIFA International goals
|1.||9 February 2011||Mardan Sports Complex, Antalya||Bolivia||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
- Skonto Riga
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian Premier League (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Russian Cup (2): 2011, 2013
- Russian Super Cup (1): 2013
- Latvian Higher League young footballer of the season (1): 2006
- Latvian Young Footballer of the Year (3): 2006, 2007, 2008
- Latvian Footballer of the Year (2): 2011, 2012
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- Aleksandrs Cauna player profile at skontofc.lv
- Aleksandrs Cauna player profile at watfordfc.com
- Aleksandrs Cauna at Soccerbase
- Aleksandrs Cauņa player profile at National-Football-Teams.com
- Aleksandrs Cauņa at Soccerway
- Aleksandrs Cauņa player profile at lff.lv