Nauris Bulvītis

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Nauris Bulvītis
Nauris Bulvītis 2013 1.jpg
Nauris Bulvītis warming up for Latvia
Personal information
Full name Nauris Bulvītis
Date of birth (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Daugava Daugavpils 7 (0)
2008 FK Šiauliai 21 (1)
2009–2010 FC Tranzit 17 (1)
2009–2010 Inverness CT (loan) 32 (2)
2010 FK Ventspils 10 (0)
2011 Spartak Trnava 0 (0)
2011–2013 Spartaks Jūrmala 56 (9)
2013 Skonto Riga 15 (3)
2014 FC Aarau 22 (0)
2015–2016 Spartaks Jūrmala 37 (2)
2016– Plymouth Argyle 17 (2)
National team
2006–2007 Latvia U19
2007–2008 Latvia U21
2012– Latvia 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:59, 11 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:53, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Nauris Bulvītis (born 15 March 1987) is a Latvian footballer who plays for League Two club Plymouth Argyle.

Club career[edit]

Bulvītis started his professional career in 2007 with Daugava Daugavpils. Having played there for one season, he made 7 league appearances and scored no goals. In 2008 he had a one-year spell in the Lithuanian A Lyga with FK Šiauliai, playing 21 games and scoring once. In 2009 Bulvītis returned to his homeland, signing a contract with FC Tranzit. That season he played 17 matches and scored 1 goal in the Latvian Higher League, before being loaned to the Scottish First Division side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He signed on loan until January 2010 after a successful trial spell at the club.[1] He was recommended to join the club by fellow Latvian and former Inverness defender Pāvels Mihadjuks.[2] Bulvītis made his debut for Caley Thistle in a Scottish League Cup match against Annan Athletic.[3] He scored his first goal against Stranraer in the CIS cup. FC Tranzit permitted Bulvītis to extend his loan spell at Caley until the end of the season.[4] Bulvītis left Inverness at the end of the 2009–10 season.[5]

Bulvitis signed for the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils before the start of the Eurocups. He played 10 matches for FK Ventspils, scoring no goals. In January 2011 he went on trial with the Slovak Super Liga club Spartak Trnava and signed a two and a half-year contract with them.[6] Because of a long term injury he was released by the Slovak side in the middle of 2011. Bulvītis then returned to Latvia, joining Spartaks Jūrmala. During three seasons with the club he scored nine goals in 56 league matches. In July 2013 Bulvītis joined Skonto Riga on a three-year contract.[7] He played 15 league matches and scored three goals for the club before leaving the club in January 2014 due to a long-term delay of salary payment.[8] On 24 January, 2014 Bulvītis signed a one-year contract with the Swiss Super League club FC Aarau with an option to extend it for another season.[9] In April 2014 his contract was extended for another year.[10] During his first season in the Swiss Super League Bulvītis played 18 matches, scoring no goals.

In February 2016, Bulvītis went on trial with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Shakhter Karagandy.[11] On 29th June 2016, Plymouth Argyle confirmed Bulvītis as a new signing.[12]

International career[edit]

Bulvītis has been capped internationally at under-19 and under-21 levels. In 2012 Latvia national football team coach Aleksandrs Starkovs called him up for the 2012 Baltic Cup. Nauris played 2 matches, helping Latvia win the tournament.[13] Bulvītis scored his first international goal on 6 September, 2013 in a 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match victory over Lithuania.[14] In May 2014 he helped Latvia win the Baltic Cup for the second time in a row, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Lithuania in the final of the tournament.[15] As of March 2015 Bulvītis has played 19 international matches and scored two goals for Latvia.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Latvia Skonto Stadium, Riga  Lithuania 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 31 May 2014 Latvia Daugava Stadium, Liepāja  Lithuania 1–0 1–0 2014 Baltic Cup


Inverness CT[edit]

  • Scottish First Division champion
    • 2009-10


  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2012, 2014


  1. ^ "Caley Thistle sign trialist duo". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nauris Bulvītis parakstījis līgumu ar "Inverness C.T." – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Inverness CT 4–0 Annan Athletic". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nauris Bulvītis pagarinājis līgumu ar "Inverness" – Futbols –". 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  5. ^ "TERRY LETS 6 GO". Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bulvītis turpinās karjeru slovāku "Spartak"; Grebis un Rimkus pārbaudās Kiprā – Leģionāri – Futbols –". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Bulvītis pievienojies Rīgas "Skonto"". 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Alans Sineļņikovs un Nauris Bulvītis pamet komandu". 2014-01-11. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  9. ^ "Bulvītis oficiāli pievienojies Šveices klubam "Aarau"". 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Bulvītis uz gadu pagarina līgumu ar Šveices "Aarau"". 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  11. ^ "ШАХТЕР ПРОСМАТРИВАЕТ ИНОСТРАННЫХ ФУТБОЛИСТОВ". (in Russian). FC Shakhter Karagandy. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ Wood, Michael. "The Time is Nau". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Spartaka kapteiņa Baltijas debija". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Latvijas futbola izlase momentiem bagātā spēlē pārspēj Lietuvu". 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  15. ^ "Latvijas izlase otro reizi pēc kārtas iegūst Baltijas kausu". 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 

External links[edit]

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