Valmieras FK

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FK Valmiera
Valmieras FK logo.png
Full name Futbola klubs Valmiera
Founded 1996
Ground Jānis Daliņš stadium Valmiera, Latvia
Chairman Ivo Bergmanis
Manager Gatis Ērglis
League Latvian First League
2016 4th

Futbola klubs Valmiera is a Latvian football club, playing in First League – the second-highest division of Latvian football. They are from the city of Valmiera.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1996. It participated in the first Latvian league (the second-highest division of Latvian football). The team finished second in the league which gave Valmiera the possibility to battle with the second from bottom team of the Higher League – Skonto-Metāls for a place in the top division of Latvian football. In the first game in Riga Skonto-Metāls won 1:0, but at home Valmiera overcame the one goal deficit and won 2:0 (I.Maļukovs, Dz. Savaļnieks), thus earning a place in the Virslīga.

In its debut season in Higher League Valmiera managed to finish 7th from 9 teams with a comfortable margin over the two weakest teams. The following season was even more successful as the team finished 5th in Virslīga, the same result was repeated in 1999. The new millennium brought hard financial times for FK Valmiera. After the 2003 season the team had to leave Virslīga begause of financial difficulties and since then has been playing the 1st league paying more attention to developing young talents.

Several of former Valmiera players have played in the Latvia national football team. Those include Vits Rimkus, Viktors Morozs, Gatis Kalniņš, Deniss Romanovs and Māris Smirnovs.

League and Cup history[edit]

FK Valmiera
Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Latvian Football Cup
1996 2nd (1.līga) 2/(13)
1997 1st (Virsliga) 7/(9)
1998 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8)
1999 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8) 1/4 finals
2000 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/4 finals
2001 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/4 finals
2002 1st (Virsliga) 5/(8) 1/4 finals
2003 1st (Virsliga) 6/(8) 1/8 finals
2004 2nd (1.līga) 7/(14) 1/16 finals
2005 2nd (1.līga) 6/(14) 1/8 finals
2006 2nd (1.līga) 7/(16) 1/8 finals
2007 2nd (1.līga) 10/(16) 3rd round
2008 2nd (1.līga) 7/(15) Did not participate
2009 2nd (1.līga) 11/(14) Not held
2010 2nd (1.līga) 6/(12) Did not participate
2011 2nd (1.līga) 9/(13) 1/4 finals
2012 2nd (1.līga) 8/(14) 1/8 finals
2013 2nd (1.līga) 3/(16) 3rd round
2014 2nd (1.līga) 3/(16) 1/8 finals
2015 2nd (1.līga) 3/(16)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 April, 2016

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 Kaspars Ribaks
2 Latvia DF Raivis Graņics
3 Latvia DF Raimonds Brēža
4 Latvia MF Mārcis Ērglis (captain)
5 Latvia DF Kārlis Jākabsons
6 Latvia MF Artūrs Bankavs
7 Latvia MF Kristers Lūsiņš
8 Latvia DF Kārlis Ozols
9 Latvia FW Kārlis Zvirbulis
10 Latvia FW Ralfs Apsītis
11 Latvia DF Mārtiņš Dubro
12 Latvia MF Paulis Pavlovičs
13 Latvia MF Madis Oskars Miķelsons
No. Position Player
14 Latvia MF Ulvis Bērziņš
15 Latvia MF Vairis Velme
16 Latvia GK Elvis Arnavs
17 Latvia MF Artūrs Pallo
18 Latvia DF Roberts Rainers Cipe
19 Latvia MF Valdis Veinbergs
20 Latvia MF Valts Jaunzems
21 Latvia FW Ralfs Migla
22 Latvia DF Elmārs Sietinsons
23 Latvia DF Bruno Bērziņš
24 Latvia DF Raivis Graņics
25 Latvia FW Nauris Ģērmanis