Latvia national football team
|Association||Latvijas Futbola federācija|
|Head coach||Marians Pahars|
|Most caps||Vitālijs Astafjevs (167)|
|Top scorer||Māris Verpakovskis (29)|
|Home stadium||Skonto Stadium|
|Current||116 21 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||45 (November 2009)|
|Lowest||119 (June 2013)|
|Current||104 (12 October 2016)|
|Highest||45 (25 September 1938)|
|Lowest||124 (April 1995)|
| Latvia 1–1 Estonia
(Riga, Latvia; 24 September 1922)
| Latvia 6–1 Lithuania
(Riga, Latvia; 30 May 1935)
Latvia 5–0 Lithuania
(Võru, Estonia; 1 June 2012)
Gibraltar 0–5 Latvia
(Gibraltar, Gibraltar; 29 March 2016)
| Sweden 12–0 Latvia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2004)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2004|
The Latvia national football team (Latvian: Latvijas futbola izlase) represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. It is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but have qualified for the European Championship, in 2004, under Aleksandrs Starkovs. The team is now being managed by Marians Pahars. Latvia's home ground is the Skonto Stadium in Riga, where they have played their matches since its opening in 2000.
- 1 History
- 2 Coaching staff
- 3 Tournament records
- 4 All-time team record
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Players
- 7 Managers
- 8 Progression of Latvia association football caps record
- 9 Latvia goalscoring record
- 10 Kit suppliers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Latvia played their first match in 1922, a game against Estonia, which finished in a 1–1 draw. Latvia have won the Baltic Cup 12 times, and have played 99 official games during its pre-war period from 1922 to 1940.
In 1937, the Latvian team participated in the first qualification tournament for the 1938 World Cup. Latvia were placed in Group 8, alongside Austria and Lithuania. Latvia beat Lithuania 4–2 in Riga, after an Fricis Kaņeps hat-trick and an Iļja Vestermans goal. In Kaunas, they won 5–1, after two goals each from Kaņeps, Vaclavs Borduško, and Vestermans, but lost 1–2 in the decisive match against Austria, despite an early goal from Vestermans. In April 1938, the Austrian Anschluss relegated the Austrian team, however, Latvia was not invited by FIFA as the group's runner-up.
In 1940, Latvia was annexed by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1991 and played their first match as a new nation against Estonia on 16 November of that year in the Baltic Cup, and their first FIFA-recognized match against Romania on 8 April 1992 in Bucharest, a match, which Latvia lost 2–0.
In September 2003, Latvia surprisingly finished second, ahead of Poland, in their qualifying group for Euro 2004. This meant they qualified for the play-offs, where they were drawn against Turkey. Latvia won the first leg 1–0, through top goalscorer, Māris Verpakovskis. The second leg finished in a 2–2 draw, with Latvia winning 3–2 on aggregate, thus qualifying for the tournament. This resulted in Latvia being the first and only Baltic team qualifying for a European Championship, as well as the country itself's first ever appearance in the tournament. At the Euro 2004, Latvia were drawn in Group D, alongside Germany, Czech Republic, and Netherlands. Latvia faced Czech Republic in their opening match on 15 June 2004, with Verpakovskis scoring before half-time. However, the Czechs would later come back to win the game 2–1. Four days later, Latvia earned a respectable 0–0 draw against Germany to earn their first point in a major tournament. They lost their final match with 3–0 against Netherlands, and were eliminated, finished fourth, with one point from their draw and two losses. Before the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, Latvia were the only team who qualified to the European Championship, but not to FIFA World Cup.
|General manager||Roberts Mežeckis|
|Assistant manager||Vitālijs Astafjevs|
|Assistant manager||Andris Riherts|
|Goalkeeping coach||Andrejs Piedels|
|LFF Coach||Aleksandrs Starkovs|
|Fitness coach||Dāvis Caune|
|Sports manager||Māris Verpakovskis|
|Team doctor||Oļegs Samoiļenko|
|Media officer||Viktors Sopirins|
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1934||Did not enter|
|1938||Entry not accepted by FIFA|
|1950 to 1990||Was part of USSR|
|1994 to 2014||Did not qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Soviet Union|
|1996 to 2000||Did not qualify|
|2008 to 2016||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
Baltic Cup Championship record
13 time winners – 1928, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016.
All-time team record
The following table shows Latvia's all-time international record, correct as of 13 November 2015 (as per LFF statistics).
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||1||9||−8|
|Republic of Ireland||5||0||0||5||1||14||−13|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Results and fixtures
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
|1||Switzerland||3||3||0||0||7||3||+4||9||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2||Portugal||3||2||0||1||12||2||+10||6||Possible second round[a]|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
Recent and forthcoming matches
|13 November 2015||Friendly||Belfast||Northern Ireland||0–1|
|25 March 2016||Friendly||Trnava||Slovakia||0–0|
|29 March 2016||Friendly||Gibraltar||Gibraltar||5–0||Jānis Ikaunieks 2x, Kaspars Dubra, Valērijs Šabala, Aleksejs Višņakovs|
|1 June 2016||2016 Baltic Cup||Liepāja||Lithuania||2–1||Artūrs Zjuzins, Artjoms Rudņevs|
|4 June 2016||2016 Baltic Cup||Tallinn||Estonia||0–0|
|2 September 2016||Friendly||Rīga||Luxembourg||3–1||Dāvis Ikaunieks, Artūrs Zjuzins 2x|
|6 September 2016||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Andorra la Vella||Andorra||1–0||Valērijs Šabala|
|7 October 2016||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Rīga||Faroe Islands||0–2|
|10 October 2016||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Rīga||Hungary||0–2|
|13 November 2016||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Algarve||Portugal|
|25 March 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Switzerland|
|9 June 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Rīga||Portugal|
|31 August 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Hungary|
|3 September 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Rīga||Switzerland|
|7 October 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Faroe Islands|
|10 October 2017||FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification||Rīga||Andorra|
Vitālijs Astafjevs has played for Latvia more than anyone else, with 167 caps from 1992 to 2010. He also held the European record for almost 7 years for most matches played for the national team since autumn 2009 until summer 2016 . Astafjevs has netted 16 times. Kaspars Gorkšs is the most capped active player for Latvia with 81 appearances, as of October, 2016. Māris Verpakovskis is the nation's top goalscorer with 29 goals. Other high scorers include Ēriks Pētersons with 24 goals scored in the 1930s and Marians Pahars and Juris Laizāns, who both have scored 15 goals each for Latvia.
The following players have been called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Faroe Islands and Hungary held on 7 October and 10 October, 2016.
Caps and goals are correct as 10 October, 2016, after the game against Hungary.
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months. Retired players not included.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Antons Kurakins||1 January 1990||8||0||Free agent||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Kaspars Dubra||20 December 1990||14||1||BATE Borisov||v. Estonia, 4 June 2016INJ|
|DF||Vladislavs Sorokins||10 May 1997||0||0||Rīgas Futbola skola||v. Gibraltar, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Roberts Savaļnieks||4 February 1993||4||0||Riga||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|MF||Boriss Bogdaškins||21 February 1990||0||0||Jelgava||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|MF||Andrejs Kovaļovs||23 March 1989||10||0||Jelgava||v. Gibraltar, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Aleksandrs Cauņa||19 January 1988||45||12||CSKA Moscow||v. Slovakia, 25 March 2016INJ|
|MF||Vladimirs Kamešs||28 October 1988||13||1||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk||v. Northern Ireland, 13 November 2015|
|FW||Artjoms Rudņevs||13 January 1988||37||2||Köln||v. Faroe Islands, 7 October 2016INJ|
|FW||Sergejs Vorobjovs||9 October 1995||3||0||Riga||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|FW||Deniss Rakels||20 August 1992||14||0||Reading||v. Luxembourg, 2 September 2016INJ|
|FW||Edgars Gauračs||10 March 1988||20||5||Spartaks Jūrmala||v. Estonia, 4 June 2016|
|FW||Eduards Višņakovs||10 May 1990||14||0||Ruch Chorzów||v. Northern Ireland, 13 November 2015|
Most capped players
- Players in bold are still active.
|1.||Māris Verpakovskis||1999–2014||29 (104)|
|2.||Ēriks Pētersons||1929–1939||24 (63)|
|3.||Vitālijs Astafjevs||1992–2010||16 (167)|
|4.||Marians Pahars||1996–2007||15 (75)|
|Juris Laizāns||1998–2013||15 (113)|
|6.||Alberts Šeibelis||1925–1939||14 (54)|
|7.||Iļja Vestermans||1935–1938||13 (23)|
|8.||Aleksandrs Cauņa||2007–present||12 (45)|
|Mihails Zemļinskis||1992–2005||12 (105)|
|10.||Vīts Rimkus||1995–2008||11 (73)|
|11.||Valērijs Šabala||2013–present||10 (31)|
|Arnolds Tauriņš||1925–1935||10 (39)|
|Imants Bleidelis||1995–2007||10 (106)|
|Andrejs Rubins||1998–2011||10 (117)|
|15.||Ādolfs Sīmanis||1932–1940||9 (9)|
|Voldemārs Plade||1923–1929||9 (16)|
|Aleksandrs Vanags||1937–1940||9 (18)|
|Arkādijs Pavlovs||1924–1933||9 (37)|
|Ģirts Karlsons||2003–present||9 (50)|
|Aleksejs Višņakovs||2004–present||9 (72)|
- Players in bold are still active.
|, Voldemārs ŽinsVoldemārs Žins||International Friendly||Lithuania||Home||6–3||27 July 1927|
|, Voldemārs PladeVoldemārs Plade||1929 Baltic Cup||Lithuania||Home||3–1||14 August 1929|
|, Ēriks PētersonsĒriks Pētersons||1930 Baltic Cup||Lithuania||Away||3–3||17 August 1930|
|, Ēriks PētersonsĒriks Pētersons 4||International Friendly||Lithuania||Home||5–2||30 June 1931|
|, Ēriks PētersonsĒriks Pētersons||International Friendly||Lithuania||Home||6–2||12 June 1933|
|, Hugo VītolsHugo Vītols||International Friendly||Lithuania||Home||6–1||30 May 1935|
|, Fricis KaņepsFricis Kaņeps||1938 FIFA World Cup qualification||Lithuania||Home||4–2||29 July 1937|
- 4 Player scored 4 goals
|/ Rudolf Stanzel||1936–1939|
Progression of Latvia association football caps record
Latvia goalscoring record
Since 2002, Latvia's kits have been supplied by Adidas.
- Latvia national under-21 football team
- Latvia national under-19 football team
- Latvia national under-17 football team
- Former Soviet Republics competitive record
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- Official website (Latvian) (English)
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- Latvia national team most capped players and highest goalscorers at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
- Latvia official profile at Unions of European Football Associations