Jānis Ikaunieks (footballer)

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Jānis Ikaunieks
Personal information
Full name Jānis Ikaunieks
Date of birth (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Kuldīga, Latvia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FK Liepāja
Youth career
2005–2013 Liepājas Metalurgs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Liepājas Metalurgs 19 (3)
2014–2015 FK Liepāja 32 (23)
2015–2018 Metz 12 (0)
2015–2017 Metz II 14 (4)
2017AEL (loan) 10 (1)
2017–2018FK Liepāja (loan) 6 (0)
2018– FK Liepāja 7 (1)
National team
2011 Latvia U-18 2 (1)
2013 Latvia U-19 1 (0)
2014 Latvia U-21 3 (0)
2014– Latvia 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019

Jānis Ikaunieks (born 16 February 1995 in Kuldīga) is a Latvian footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Latvian Higher League club Liepāja and for the Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

FK Liepāja[edit]

As a youth player Ikanieks played for the youth teams of Liepājas Metalurgs, scoring 11 goals in 20 matches in the 2012 Latvian First League season and helping Liepājas Metalurgs-2 win the championship. In 2013, he was taken to the first team. Ikaunieks debuted in the Latvian Higher League. Throughout his first professional season Ikaunieks played 19 league matches, scoring three goals. After the end of the season the club was dissolved due to financial difficulties and Ikaunieks alongside other players transferred to its successor, the newly established FK Liepāja.[1] Starting the season as a nominal substitute Ikaunieks strikingly rose to the first eleven and was named Latvian Higher League player of the month in May.[2] On 11 June 2014 Ikaunieks scored four goals in a 7-0 victory over FC Jūrmala.[3] All in all, he scored 23 goals in 32 league matches and became the second top scorer of the championship behind Vladislavs Gutkovskis from Skonto. In August 2014 Ikaunieks went on trial with the Croatian Prva HNL champions Dinamo Zagreb.[4] In September he was named player of the month for the second time in the season.[5] In October explicit interest in the player was reported for AFC Ajax, FC Metz, VfB Stuttgart and Udinese Calcio.[6] On 5 December 2014 Ikaunieks was named the best midfielder of the season and was simultaneously voted as the best player of the 2014 Latvian Higher League.[7]

FC Metz[edit]

On 23 December 2014 the chairman of FC Metz, Bernard Serin confirmed that Ikaunieks will join the Ligue 1 side on a four-year deal.[8] The transfer on an undisclosed fee was officially affirmed on 7 January 2015. Ikaunieks made his debut for Metz’ first team on 20 January 2015, coming on as a substitute in the Coupe de France 1/16 finals match victory over US Avranches.[9]

AEL[edit]

On 27 December 2016, Ikaunieks is expected in Greece to complete a 6-month loan move to AEL from Ligue 1 side Metz. The 21 year old Latvian is seeking playing time. There is not thought to be a buy option in the loan agreement.[10]

FK Liepāja[edit]

On 15 June 2017, it was announced that Ikaunieks had returned to FK Liepāja, while being on loan from Metz.[11]

International career[edit]

Ikaunieks was a member of Latvia U-18, Latvia U-19 and Latvia U-21 football teams. He made his debut for Latvia national football team on 13 October 2014, playing all 90 minutes in a 1-1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying draw against Turkey.[12] It was later calculated that Ikaunieks had repeated the record of Māris Verpakovskis who debuted in 1999, being exactly 19 years, 7 months and 25 days old.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Latvia's goal tally first.[14]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2016 Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar  Gibraltar 1–0 5–0 Friendly
2. 5–0
3. 2 June 2018 Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Estonia 1–0 1–0 2018 Baltic Cup

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 June 2017[15]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Latvia League Cup Europe Other Total
2013 FK Liepājas Metalurgs Higher League 19 3 3 0 1 0 23 3
2014 FK Liepāja 32 23 3 1 35 24
Total 51 26 6 1 1 0 58 27
2014–15 Metz II Championnat de France amateur 6 2 6 2
2015–16 3 2 3 2
2016–17 5 0 5 0
Total 14 4 14 4
2014–15 Metz Ligue 1 4 0 2 0 6 0
2015–16 Ligue 2 8 0 1 0 9 0
2016–17 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 0 3 0 15 0
2016–17 AEL Super League 10 1 0 0 10 1
Total 10 1 0 0 10 1
2017 FK Liepāja Higher League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 89 31 9 1 1 0 0 0 99 32

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Liepājas Metalurgs II

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His elder brother Dāvis is also a professional footballer, playing for FK Jablonec.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virslīgā spēlēs FK "Liepāja"". liepajniekiem.lv. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Virslīgas labākie maijā - J.Ikaunieks un Beškarevs". sportacentrs.com. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Jānim Ikauniekam pokers, "Liepāja" ar 7:0 pazemo "Jūrmalu"". liepajniekiem.lv. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Zagrebas "Dinamo" interesējas par J.Ikaunieku". nra.lv. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Labākie septembrī - Jānis Ikaunieks un Viktors Dobrecovs". sportacentrs.com. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Stuttgart an Ikaunieks dran?". n24.de. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Jānis Ikaunieks - Latvijas "SMScredit.lv Virslīgas" labākais pussargs un futbolists". liepajniekiem.lv. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Bernard Serin: "Albert Cartier et son staff ont toute ma confiance"" (in French). wort.lu. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Jānis Ikaunieks debitē, "Metz" tikai pagarinājumā uzvar 3. līgas klubu". sportacentrs.com. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Janis Ikaunieks (Metz) transféré à Larissa". www.lequipe.fr. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  11. ^ Αποστόλου, Κυριάκος. "Βρήκε ομάδα ο Ικάουνιεκς!" (in Greek). Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Latvija-Turcija (1:1)". lff.lv. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Ikaunieks atkārto Verpakovska vecuma rekordu debijā izlasē". irliepaja.lv. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Ikaunieks, Jānis". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  15. ^ "J.Ikaunieks". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Latvia - D. Ikaunieks - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

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