Igors Tarasovs

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Igors Tarasovs
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Tarasovs playing for Skonto
Personal information
Full name Igors Tarasovs
Date of birth (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 32
Youth career
JFC Skonto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Skonto Riga 84 (11)
2007–2008 Olimps/RFS (loan) 50 (2)
2012 Simurq PFC 14 (3)
2012–2013 Ventspils 37 (8)
2014 Neman Grodno 27 (1)
2015–2016 Jagiellonia Białystok 41 (3)
2016– Giresunspor 9 (1)
National team
2008–2010 Latvia U-21 8 (1)
2010– Latvia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2016

Igors Tarasovs (born 16 October 1988 in Riga) is a Latvian footballer, who is currently playing for Giresunspor in the TFF First League. He is also a member of Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

As a youth player Tarasovs played for JFC Skonto and was taken to the first team in 2006. Making just one first team appearance, he was soon loaned out to the unofficial Skonto Riga farm-team Olimps/RFS to get playing practice. During his loan spell from 2007 to 2008 Tarasovs played 50 matches and scored 2 goals. He returned to Skonto in 2009, becoming a first eleven player. Representing the club for 3 years Tarasovs made 84 league appearances and scored eleven goals, becoming the Latvian champion in 2010 and the Baltic League champion in 2011.[1] In 2011 the fans voted him as the Skonto Riga Player of the Season.[2]

At the start of 2012 Tarasovs refused to extend his contract with Skonto and went on trials with Jagiellonia Białystok in Poland, Inter Baku in Azerbaijan and 1. FC Tatran Prešov in Slovakia.[3] On February 15 Tarasovs signed a contract with the Azerbaijan Premier League club Simurq PFC until the end of the season, joining his international team-mate Andrejs Rubins.[4] Tarasovs scored 3 goals in 14 games that season, helping his team secure a place in the top tier for the upcoming season.

In July 2012 Tarasovs returned to Latvia, signing a contract with the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils.[5] Throughout two seasons with the club he scored 8 goals in 37 league matches and helped the team win the championship and the Latvian Football Cup in 2013. Tarasovs also participated in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League qualifying matches.

Tarasovs went on trials with Baník Ostrava[6] and Bodø/Glimt[7] in the Czech Republic and Norway, but eventually signed a contract with the Belarusian Premier League club Neman Grodno in February 2014.[8] On 22 March 2014 Tarasovs scored the winning goal for Neman in the extra-time of Belarusian Cup 1/4 final match against BATE Borisov, securing his team a 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals.[9] He scored in the 100th minute, beating his international team-mate Germans Māliņš in the BATE Borisov goal.

On 27 November 2014 Tarasovs signed a one-year contract with the Polish Ekstraklasa club Jagiellonia Białystok with an option to extend for two more seasons.[10]

International career[edit]

Tarasovs was a regular player for Latvia U-21 from 2008 to 2010. He scored once in 8 appearances. Tarasovs was firstly called up for Latvia international squad for a friendly match against Angola on 3 March 2010.[11] He made his debut then coming on as a replacement for Vitālijs Astafjevs in the 73rd minute.[12] As of 2014, Tarasovs has 4 international caps, having scored no goals yet.


Skonto Riga[edit]

  • Latvian champion
    • 2010
  • Baltic League champion
    • 2011

FK Ventspils[edit]

  • Latvian champion
    • 2013
  • Latvian Cup winner
    • 2012, 2013

National team[edit]

  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2012


  • Skonto Riga Player of the Season
    • 2011


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