Latvia national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Sarkanbaltsarkanie (The red-white-reds)|
|Association||Latvian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Dainis Kazakevičs|
|Most caps||Endijs Šlampe, Reinis Flaksis (31)|
|Top scorer||Edgars Gauračs (10)|
| Latvia 0 - 0 Lithuania
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 28 October 1992)
| Latvia 5 - 1 Romania
(Riga, Latvia; 9 October 2009)
Latvia 1 - 7 Switzerland
(Lugano, Switzerland; 8 September 2014)
The Latvia national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Latvia and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body of football in Latvia. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team is coached by former Latvia football team and Southampton F.C. player Marians Pahars and is currently captained by defender Vitālijs Jagodinskis.
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed, while Latvian team was formed only in 1991, after regaining independence from USSR. The team is exclusively for football players that are aged 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23. Many U-21 players later represent the senior side.
Latvia U-21 have never yet qualified for the European U-21 championships, but has produced many players, who have become regular internationals for the senior side. Oskars Kļava, Deniss Ivanovs, Edgars Gauračs and Artjoms Rudņevs have all played for the U-21 side and are now first eleven players for Latvia internationally.
Latvia U-21 team plays its home matches at the Skonto stadions, which is also the home stadium of Latvia senior side. Before the opening of the Skonto stadions the team played its home matches in many different venues all around the country, including Ozolnieki, Daugavpils and Liepāja.
As a team, Latvia U-21 was formed in 1992, after regaining independence from the USSR. The team played its first match in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 28, 1992 that ended in a 0-0 draw. The team firstly participated in the European Championship qualification in 1994, playing the first match in Riga against Ireland U-21 on September 6, that ended in a 1-1 draw. Since 2001 the team also participates in the Baltic Cup, winning in 2008. Since 1992 Latvia have already played more than 100 matches.
The following squad has been called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Andorra, taking place in Jelgava in Latvia on 10 June 2017.
Players in bold have represented Latvia on senior level. Data as per LFF.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Vladislavs Kurakins||9 July 1996||18||0||Riga|
|12||GK||Kristaps Zommers||7 January 1997||5||0||Pordenone|
|23||GK||Ivans Baturins||25 June 1997||0||0||Ventspils|
|5||DF||Antonijs Černomordijs (Captain)||26 September 1996||17||1||Pafos Paphos|
|3||DF||Viktors Litvinskis||7 February 1996||15||0||Riga|
|2||DF||Vladislavs Sorokins||10 May 1997||12||0||Rīgas Futbola skola|
|4||DF||Krists Kristers Gulbis||15 January 1997||2||0||Grobiņa|
|DF||Klāvs Bāliņš||9 February 1996||1||0||Spartaks Jūrmala|
|DF||Dāvis Sandis Strods||24 April 1996||0||0||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|DF||Rendijs Šibass||1 May 1997||0||0||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|13||MF||Raivis Andris Jurkovskis||9 December 1996||12||0||Liepāja|
|MF||Andris Krušatins||1 September 1996||9||0||Liepāja|
|15||MF||Andrejs Cigaņiks||12 April 1997||7||1||Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen II|
|6||MF||Krišs Kārkliņš||31 January 1996||7||1||Liepāja|
|10||MF||Vladislavs Fjodorovs||27 September 1996||3||0||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|8||MF||Mārtiņš Ķigurs||31 March 1997||3||0||Liepāja|
|22||MF||Kristaps Liepa||14 March 1998||3||0||Rīgas Futbola skola|
|18||MF||Eduards Emsis||23 February 1996||1||0||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|7||MF||Ņikita Juhņevičs||28 May 1997||0||0||Riga|
|MF||Daņiils Hvoiņickis||8 April 1998||0||0||AFA Olaine/Super Nova|
|FW||Ingars Stuglis||12 February 1996||13||1||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|20||FW||Dēvids Dobrecovs||26 February 1997||6||0||Grobiņa|
|9||FW||Marks Kurtišs||26 January 1998||5||0||Liepāja|
In addition to that, other players were capped or are under consideration of the team management to be capped during the year 2016.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|DF||Ņikita Koļesovs||25 September 1996||10||2||Ventspils|
|DF||Antons Tumanovs||16 April 1997||6||0||Liepāja|
|MF||Ralfs Denijs Džeriņš||23 March 1997||2||0||Spartaks Jūrmala|
|MF||Aleksejs Grjaznovs||1 October 1997||0||0||Babīte|
|MF||Anastasijs Mordatenko||24 August 1996||2||0||Free agent|
|FW||Ņikita Ivanovs||25 March 1996||16||1||METTA/Latvijas Universitāte Rīga|
|FW||Roberts Uldriķis||3 April 1998||2||1||Rīgas Futbola skola|
|FW||Ričards Korzāns||May 3, 1997||2||0||Spartaks Jūrmala|
Recent and forthcoming matches
|17 January 2016||CIS Cup 2016||Saint Petersburg||Estonia||1:2||Dāvis Ikaunieks|
|19 January 2016||CIS Cup 2016||Saint Petersburg||Russia||1:2||Dmitrijs Klimaševičs|
|21 January 2016||CIS Cup 2016||Saint Petersburg||Tajikistan||3:2||Jevgēņijs Kazačoks, Sergejs Vorobjovs, Iļja Šadčins|
|23 January 2016||CIS Cup 2016||Saint Petersburg||Belarus||0:0 (4-5p)|
|25 March 2016||2017 EC qualification||Uherské Hradiště||Czech Republic||1:2||Dāvis Ikaunieks|
|31 May 2016||2016 Under-21 Baltic Cup||Jelgava||Lithuania||2:0||Krišs Kārkliņš, Jevgēņijs Kazačoks|
|3 June 2016||2016 Under-21 Baltic Cup||Vändra||Estonia||0:0|
|2 September 2016||2017 EC qualification||Jelgava||Moldova||0:2|
|6 September 2016||2017 EC qualification||Jelgava||Montenegro||0:0|
|7 October 2016||2017 EC qualification||Paola||Malta||0:1|
|11 October 2016||2017 EC qualification||Leuven||Belgium||1:0||Antonijs Černomordijs|
|26 March 2017||Friendly match||Vilnius||Belarus||4:3||Ņikita Koļesovs 2x, Marks Kurtišs, Roberts Uldriķis|
|28 March 2017||Friendly match||Vilnius||Lithuania||0:3|
|10 June 2017||2019 EC qualification||Jelgava||Andorra||0:0|
|1 September 2017||2019 EC qualification||Ukraine|
|5 September 2017||2019 EC qualification||England|
|6 October 2017||2019 EC qualification||Netherlands|
|10 October 2017||2019 EC qualification||Scotland|
|10 November 2017||2019 EC qualification||Scotland|
Most capped players
Only official matches against U-21 national teams, not including against clubs or any other matches.
- Players in bold are still available to play for the U-21 National team.