FC Daugava

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FC Daugava Daugavpils
Full name

Football Club Daugava Daugavpils

  • FK Ditton (2001–2006)
Founded 1944
Ground Daugavas stadions
Daugavpils, Latvia
Ground Capacity 4,100
Chairman Edgars Limans
Manager Ivan Tabanov
League Second League
2014 5th (Higher League)
Website Club website

FC Daugava is a Latvian football club, based at the Daugava Stadium, in the city of Daugavpils. They play in the Latvian Second League in 2015 and are one of two clubs representing the city. They are also one of two clubs with the name Daugava and should not be confused with FK Daugava Rīga.

In 2008, they won the Latvian Cup and in 2012 won the Latvian Higher League championship for the first time in the club's history.[1] The current manager of the team is Ivan Tabanov.


The club was founded in 1944.[citation needed]

They started the 1992 season with a young team, but later some experienced players were added to the squad and Ditton managed to regain a place in the higher league. In 2006 Ditton were taken over by new investors. Ukrainian manager Sergei Yuran was invited to join the team staff, but he was soon replaced by Sergei Kiriakov. That season the club achieved their highest position to that point, finishing 5th in the championship.[citation needed]

At the end of 2006, Russian businessman Igor Malishkov became the main shareholder in the club. It was his decision to change the club's name to FC Daugava. Meanwhile, he also created a plan to develop the infrastructure of the club and build a new stadium.[2] Malishkov invited Sergei Petrenko, who was then famous for his success with Torpedo Moscow, to become the manager of the team. Petrenko left in May 2007 for family reasons. In June 2007 Igor Gamula was appointed, but he only started managing the team in August 2008. Till then the incumbent manager was Mihails Zemļinskis.[3]

On 19 July 2008 the Daugava Stadium was officially opened.[4] That year the club won the Latvian Cup for the first time in its history. On 8 February 2009, due to financial problems, FC Daugava merged with Dinaburg and formed one team under the name of Dinaburg for the 2009 season.[5] That season Dinaburg were relegated from the Latvian Higher League due to suspicions of participation in match fixing.[6] Daugava then decided to create a team that would play in the Latvian First League the following season, meanwhile Dinaburg ended its existence, stating that the club's image was spoiled. As Daugavpils is one of the biggest cities in Latvia, the LFF came up with a proposal to offer Daugava a place in the Latvian Higher League. The offer was accepted and Daugava were given a chance to represent Daugavpils in the higher league in the 2010 season.[7]

In 2011, the club achieved its best result until then, finishing third in the championship.[8] In 2012 Daugava became the champions of the Latvian Higher League for the first time in the club's history.[1]

Match-fixing scandal[edit]

In July 2013 Federbet organization expressed its concerns in regards to possible match fixing attempts concerning Daugava's UEFA Champions League game against IF Elfsborg, which the club lost 7–1, with 7 goals being scored in the second half.[9] Prior to the 2014 Latvian Higher League season Daugava was initially denied the participation license due to non-existing youth academy but it was later obtained in exchange of promises to develop one in the near future.[10] In October 2014, during a spot-check at the club, several of its members were interrogated, with the club's former president Oleg Gavrilov being arrested for money laundering, legalization of illegal earnings and other crimes, including ignorance of the previously imposed disqualification upon him from any activates affiliated with Latvian football. Four other people, including the club's technical director, manager and two players were disqualified for an indeterminate period of time till the end of the investigation.[11] The investigation is currently still in progress and is lead in cooperation of the Latvian Football Federation, UEFA and the State Police of Latvia.


FC Daugava are currently using a logo based on the design of the legendary Latvian football club FK Daugava Rīga that was founded in 1944 and played in the Soviet Top League.[2]


Participation in Latvian Championships[edit]

Season Position Matches Wins Draws Loses Goals Points Manager Top-scorer
2001 11 4 4 0 0 15—0 12 Latvia Genādijs Pašins Latvia Pjotrs Vnukovs – 7 goals
2002 22 28 19 7 2 94—22 65 Latvia Genādijs Pašins Latvia Kirils Kurbatovs, Latvia Pjotrs Vnukovs – 15 goals
2003 32 27 16 2 9 79—32 50 Latvia Ēriks Grigjans Latvia Kirils Kurbatovs – 11 goals
2004 7 28 7 5 16 20—62 26 Latvia Ēriks Grigjans Latvia Kirils Kurbatovs – 6 goals
2005 52 26 14 5 7 59—28 47 Latvia Sergejs Pogodins Latvia Maksims Deņisevičs – 10 goals
2006 5 28 10 8 10 33—41 38 Russia Sergei Yuran, Russia Sergei Kiriakov, Russia Igor Kichigin Russia Aleksandr Sonin – 7 goals
2007 5 28 9 6 13 33—38 33 Russia Sergei Petrenko, Ukraine Igor Gamula Belarus Mikalay Ryndzyuk – 11 goals
2008 5 28 10 7 11 40—35 37 Latvia Mihails Zemļinskis, Ukraine Igor Gamula Latvia Artjoms Rudņevs, Belarus Mikalay Ryndzyuk – 7 goals
2009 9 26 9 7 10 38—43 34 Latvia Kirils Kurbatovs Latvia Ričards Raščevskis – 6 goals
2010 4 27 16 8 3 35—16 56 Georgia (country) Tamaz Pertia Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze – 6 goals
2011 3 32 19 6 7 58—30 63 Georgia (country) Tamaz Pertia, Russia Leonid Nazarenko Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze – 21 goals
2012 1 36 23 9 4 64—25 78 Russia Ravil Sabitov, Moldova Ivan Tabanov Georgia (country) Mamuka Ghonghadze – 18 goals
2013 3 27 15 7 5 44—19 52 Moldova Ivan Tabanov Latvia Andrejs Kovaļovs – 16 goals
2014 5 36 19 8 9 53—39 65 Russia Viktor Demidov, Ukraine Hennadiy Orbu, Moldova Ivan Tabanov Latvia Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs – 12 goals

1 Season in the Latvian Second League

2 Season in the Latvian First League

European Record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Norway Tromsø IL 0–5 1–2 1–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Lithuania FK Sūduva 2–3 1–0 3–3 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Sweden IF Elfsborg 0–4 1–7 1–11 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 1–1 1–2 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA ranking 2014/15[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
366 Montenegro FK Mogren 2.625
367 Latvia FC Daugava 2.600
368 Iceland ÍBV 2.600


Role Sponsors
Kit manufacturer Italy Erreà
Sponsors United States Mueller Sports Medicine
Germany Adidas
Latvia Līgatne
Latvia Radio Alise+
Latvia Nasha.lv
Latvia D-fakti.lv
Latvia Latgales Laiks
Latvia Seichas
Latvia grani.lv
Latvia 7sport.lv

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Updated 30 November 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Latvia GK Aleksandrs Vlasovs (captain)
2 Latvia MF Jans Radevičs
3 Ukraine DF Rizvan Ablitarov
4 Georgia (country) DF Giorgi Chikhradze
5 Ukraine MF Pavlo Hryschenko
6 Latvia MF Rojs Grauze
7 Ukraine MF Valeriy Kutsenko
8 Latvia DF Aleksandrs Solovjovs
9 Latvia FW Ričards Grauze
10 Latvia MF Visvaldis Ignatāns
11 Latvia MF Edgars Vērdiņš
12 Ukraine DF Dmytro Kushnirov
No. Position Player
13 Georgia (country) DF Bidzina Tsintsadze
15 Latvia MF Vladimirs Volkovs
16 Latvia FW Ēriks Kokins
17 Latvia DF Kirils Ševeļovs
19 Latvia MF Oļegs Žatkins
21 Latvia FW Žanis Zubovs
23 Latvia MF Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs
24 Latvia DF Pāvels Ostrovskis
26 Latvia MF Jurijs Morozs
29 Latvia DF Aleksejs Kuplovs-Oginskis
82 Latvia GK Jevgēņijs Ņerugals

For recent transfers see: List of Latvian football transfers winter 2013-14 and List of Latvian football transfers summer 2014

International players[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

Non-EU Nationals

  • Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze
  • Georgia (country) Bidzina Tsintsadze


Position Name
President Latvia Jevģēnijs Klopovs
Director Latvia Edgars Limans
Technical secretary Latvia Renāte Leitāne
Manager Moldova Ivan Tabanov
Assistant manager Latvia Vladimirs Žavoronkovs
Physiotherapist Latvia Sergejs Ļesnovs
Doctor Latvia Valērijs Bulavskis



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