Latvia national under-21 football team

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Latvia Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Sarkanbaltsarkanie (The red-white-reds)
Association Latvian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs
Captain Antonijs Černomordijs
Most caps Endijs Šlampe, Reinis Flaksis (31)
Top scorer Edgars Gauračs (10)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Latvia Latvia 0 - 0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
Latvia Latvia 5 - 1 Romania Romania
(Riga, Latvia; 9 October 2009)
Biggest defeat

Latvia Latvia 0 - 6 Greece Greece
(Athens, Greece; 9 June 1999)

Latvia Latvia 1 - 7 Switzerland 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.

History[edit]

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.[1] Since 2001 the team also participates in the Baltic Cup, winning in 2008. Since 1992 Latvia have already played more than 100 matches.

Current players[edit]

The following squad has been called up for the Friendly matches, taking place in Vilnius in Lithuania on 26 March and 28 March 2017.

Players in bold have represented Latvia on senior level. Data as per LFF.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Vladislavs Kurakins (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 20) 17 0 Latvia Riga
12 1GK Kristaps Zommers (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Parma
23 1GK Ivans Baturins (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Latvia Ventspils

5 2DF Antonijs Černomordijs (Captain) (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 20) 16 1 Latvia Riga
3 2DF Viktors Litvinskis (1996-02-07) 7 February 1996 (age 21) 15 0 Latvia Riga
2 2DF Vladislavs Sorokins (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 20) 11 0 Latvia Rīgas Futbola skola
19 2DF Ņikita Koļesovs (1996-09-25) 25 September 1996 (age 20) 10 2 Latvia Ventspils
14 2DF Antons Tumanovs (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 20) 6 0 Latvia Liepāja
4 2DF Krists Kristers Gulbis (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Latvia Grobiņa

13 3MF Raivis Andris Jurkovskis (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 20) 11 0 Latvia Liepāja
6 3MF Krišs Kārkliņš (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 21) 7 1 Latvia Liepāja
15 3MF Andrejs Cigaņiks (1997-04-12) 12 April 1997 (age 20) 6 1 Germany Viktoria Köln
16 3MF Ralfs Denijs Džeriņš (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala
10 3MF Vladislavs Fjodorovs (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Latvia METTA/Latvijas Universitāte
8 3MF Mārtiņš Ķigurs (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Latvia Liepāja
22 3MF Kristaps Liepa (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Latvia Rīgas Futbola skola
18 3MF Eduards Emsis (1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Latvia METTA/Latvijas Universitāte
7 3MF Ņikita Juhņevičs (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Latvia Riga

11 4FW Ņikita Ivanovs (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 21) 16 1 Latvia METTA/Latvijas Universitāte
20 4FW Dēvids Dobrecovs (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Latvia Grobiņa
9 4FW Marks Kurtišs (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Latvia Liepāja
17 4FW Roberts Uldriķis (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 19) 2 1 Latvia Rīgas Futbola skola
21 4FW Ričards Korzāns (1997-05-03) May 3, 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala

In addition to that, other players were capped or are under consideration of the team management to be capped during the year 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club

2DF Deniss Bezusčonoks (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Free agent

3MF Aleksejs Grjaznovs (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Latvia Babīte
3MF Andris Krušatins (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 20) 8 0 Latvia Liepāja
3MF Anastasijs Mordatenko (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Free agent

Staff[edit]

Head Coach Latvia Dainis Kazakevičs
Assistant Coach Latvia Anatolijs Čebans
Assistant Coach Latvia Sergejs Golubevs
Goalkeeping Coach Latvia Aleksandrs Proskurņins
Fitness Coach Spain Andrés Carrillo Fernández
General manager Latvia Ilvars Grīslis
Doctor Latvia Boriss Novikovs
Physiotherapist Latvia Dmitrijs Jefremenkovs

Recent results[edit]

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Latvia scorers
17 January 2016 CIS Cup 2016 Russia Saint Petersburg  Estonia 1:2 Dāvis Ikaunieks
19 January 2016 CIS Cup 2016 Russia Saint Petersburg  Russia 1:2 Dmitrijs Klimaševičs
21 January 2016 CIS Cup 2016 Russia Saint Petersburg  Tajikistan 3:2 Jevgēņijs Kazačoks, Sergejs Vorobjovs, Iļja Šadčins
23 January 2016 CIS Cup 2016 Russia Saint Petersburg  Belarus 0:0 (4-5p)
25 March 2016 2017 EC qualification Czech Republic Uherské Hradiště  Czech Republic 1:2 Dāvis Ikaunieks
31 May 2016 2016 Under-21 Baltic Cup Latvia Jelgava  Lithuania 2:0 Krišs Kārkliņš, Jevgēņijs Kazačoks
3 June 2016 2016 Under-21 Baltic Cup Estonia Vändra  Estonia 0:0
2 September 2016 2017 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Moldova 0:2
6 September 2016 2017 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Montenegro 0:0
7 October 2016 2017 EC qualification Malta Paola  Malta 0:1
11 October 2016 2017 EC qualification Belgium Leuven  Belgium 1:0 Antonijs Černomordijs
26 March 2017 Friendly match Lithuania Vilnius  Belarus 4:3 Ņikita Koļesovs 2x, Marks Kurtišs, Roberts Uldriķis
28 March 2017 Friendly match Lithuania Vilnius  Lithuania 0:3

Most capped players[edit]

Only official matches against U-21 national teams, not including against clubs or any other matches.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Endijs Šlampe 2014–2016 31 0
Reinis Flaksis 2013–2016 31 1
3. Dmitrijs Klimaševičs 2014–2016 30 4
4. Andrejs Kiriļins 2014–2016 29 0
Vladislavs Gutkovskis 2014–2016 29 6
6. Jevgēņijs Kazačoks 20??–2016 27 5
Eduards Tīdenbergs 20??–2016 27 2
8. Edgars Vardanjans 2011–2014 25 1
Kaspars Svārups 20??–2016 25 3
10. Vitālijs Barinovs 2013–2014 23 0
Players in bold are still available to play for the U-21 National team.

Best goalscorers[edit]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Edgars Gauračs 2009–2009 9 10
2. Deniss Rakels 2011–2013 13 6
Vladislavs Gutkovskis 2014–2016 29 6
4. Jevgēņijs Kazačoks 2013–2016 27 5
5. Artjoms Rudņevs 2009–2009 10 4
Dmitrijs Klimaševičs 2014–2016 30 4

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