Jānis Gilis

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Jānis Gilis
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-04-27)27 April 1943
Place of birth Soviet Union
Date of death 13 September 2000(2000-09-13) (aged 57)
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964 ASK Riga
1965–1968 FK Daugava Rīga
1969 FK Lielupe
Teams managed
1969–197? FK Lielupe
197?–1979 FK Daugava Rīga (assistant)
1983–1989 Rīga school of football
1990–1991 FK Pārdaugava reserve
1991–1997 Latvia
1996–1997 FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
1999 FK Rīga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jānis Gilis (27 April 1943 – 13 September 2000), was the first general manager of Latvia national football team after Latvia regained independence.

Playing career[edit]

His first senior team was ASK Riga. From 1965 to 1968 Gilis played in the strongest Latvian team - FK Daugava Rīga, after a conflict with the team manager he left the team for Zvejnieks Liepāja. The 1969 season Gilis started as a player in FK Lielupe but soon he got an offer to become a manager for Lielupe thus ending his playing career.

Coaching career[edit]

His first team as a manager was FK Lielupe, later he was an assisting manager for FK Daugava under Vadims Ulbergs (from 1977 to 1979), worked as a coach in the Riga school of football, and manager of FK Pārdaugava reserves squad. In 1991 Gilis was appointed as the first general manager of the Latvian national football team after regaining stately independence. The first match under his management for Latvian team was played on April 8, 1992 against Romania (0:1). Under Gilis Latvia participated in qualifying for two World cups and one European championship. The first years for the national team were tough although under Gilis Latvia got some notable wins (1:0 against Northern Ireland, 3:2 against Austria) and also a couple of historical draws (0:0 against Spain and European champions Denmark). Gilis' son Gints Gilis had 5 caps for Latvia under his father. After the work with the national team Gilis managed Liepājas Metalurgs but in 1999 - FK Rīga which under Gilis won the Latvian Cup in the first year of the clubs existence. Gilis died on 13 September 2000.