Arvīds Jurgens

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Arvīds Jurgens
Personal information
Date of birth (1905-05-27)27 May 1905
Place of birth Riga, Russian Empire
Date of death 17 December 1955(1955-12-17) (aged 50)
Place of death Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1922 JKS Riga
1923–1927 RFK
1928–1931 Riga Vanderer
1932–1938 ASK Riga
National team
1924–1935 Latvia 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Arvīds Jurgens (27 May 1905 in Riga, Russian Empire – 17 December 1955 in Montreal, Quebec) was a Latvian footballer, ice hockey, basketball and bandy player who play played for Latvia national teams in all four of these sports. He was one of the best all-around Latvian sportsmen.

Football career[edit]

Jurgens began playing football with JKS Riga in 1921, in 1922 winning silver medals of Riga championship with the club, although he was mainly the second choice goalkeeper behind Hermanis Saltups. When in 1923 RFK was formed, Jurgens alongside most of the JKS footballers joined the new club which proved to be the flagman of Latvian football in the years to come.

From 1924 to 1926 Jurgens won three Latvian league titles with RFK and became a two-time winner of the Riga Football Cup. From 1924 he also played for Latvia national football team for which in the years to come he played nearly two times as many matches as his main competitor Harijs Lazdiņš from Olimpija Liepāja. He was a member of the Latvian football team at the 1924 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1927 Jurgens became the instigator for Riga Vanderer being formed as there was an incident involving Jurgens playing for different clubs in different sports which eventually led to Jurgens being arrested before a bandy match.[2] He joined the newly founded Vanderer (alongside several other former RFK footballers)[3] and together with the side rose to the Latvian Higher League over just two years. For the 1928/1929 season Jurgens left Latvia and played with Austria Wien becoming the first Latvian footballer to play abroad. Before the 1932 season Jurgens left Vanderer for ASK Riga with which he won his fourth Latvian championship in 1932.[4] He played with ASK until the 1937/38 season after which he switched solely to refereeing eventually becoming one of the best football referees in Latvia. With Latvia national football team he played his last match in 1935. Jurgens continued to perform as a football referee after World War II when he lived in Germany and Canada.

Ice-hockey career[edit]

In ice hockey Jurgens won five Latvian league titles - from 1932 to 1937 when playing with ASK Riga hockey team. With Latvia national ice hockey team he played at the 1936 Winter Olympics. In ice hockey, unlike football Jurgens played as a forward and not as a goalkeeper.

Basketball career[edit]

Jurgens won the Latvian basketball league title when playing with RFK in 1925.



  • Latvian Higher League: 1924, 1925, 1926, 1932
  • Riga Football Cup: 1924, 1925
  • Baltic Cup: 1928

Ice hockey[edit]

  • Latvian league: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937


  • Latvian league: 1925


  1. ^ "Latvia footballers to participate at the Berlin Olympic games?". Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ How Vanderers was created Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Squad of Vanderer in 1928 Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine; others who left with him included Voldemārs Plade, Česlavs Stančiks and Aleksandrs Ābrams
  4. ^ Champions of Latvia 1932 Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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