Oskars Kļava

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Oskars Kļava
Oskars Kļava 2011.jpg
Kļava with Khimki in 2011
Personal information
Full name Oskars Kļava
Date of birth (1983-08-08) 8 August 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Liepāja
Number 3
Youth career
Liepājas Metalurgs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Liepājas Metalurgs 189 (7)
2010–2012 Anzhi Makhachkala 11 (0)
2011 Khimki (loan) 11 (0)
2012 Liepājas Metalurgs 14 (2)
2012–2015 AZAL 85 (3)
2015– Liepāja 37 (6)
National team
2002–2004 Latvia U-21
2005–2013 Latvia 62 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:04, 5 December 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2015

Oskars Kļava (born 8 August 1983 in Liepāja) is a Latvian football defender, currently playing for FK Liepāja in the Latvian Higher League.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

As a youth player Kļava played for his local club Liepājas Metalurgs, making his first-team debut in 2002. That year he also made his Euro competitions' debut and was sent off against the Austrian club FC Kärnten in a UEFA Cup 2002-03 qualifying round match, which Kärnten won 2-0 on 15 August 2002.[1] With the number of appearances growing each season, Kļava played in Liepāja for 9 seasons. He became a first eleven player in 2005. In January 2008 Kļava went on trial with Football League One side Leeds United in England.[2] He left Metalurgs in 2010, having played 189 league matches, scoring 7 goals.

In June 2010 Kļava went on trial with the Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala and signed a three-year contract with them in August the same year.[3] He was given the nr. 83 jersey at the club and, interestingly, despite his surname being Kļava, he had his name Oskars written on it. He made his Premier League debut in the 17th round match against CSKA Moscow, coming on as a substitute on 15 August 2010.[4] In his first season in Makhachkala Kļava appeared in 11 Premier League matches, as well as 12 reserve team games, scoring 1 goal.[5] He lost his place in the starting line-up after the arrival of the Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos.

In August 2011 Kļava was given to the Russian First Division club FK Khimki on a half-year loan.[6] Having played 11 matches there, he returned to Anzhi at the end of 2011. Before the start of the 2012 season Kļava rejoined his home-town club Liepājas Metalurgs playing in the Latvian Higher League.[7] He scored 2 goals in 14 league matches.

In July 2012 Kļava signed a contract with the Azerbaijan Premier League club AZAL.[8] In his first two seasons with the club Kļava appeared in 57 league matches and scored 2 goals.

He won the Champions League with Liepāja in Dvadi 2016/17 against Borussia Dortmund 4-2 and he scored all the 4 goals.

International[edit]

Kļava was a member of Latvian U-21 team. He made his international debut for the senior side in 2005 in a 1-1 draw against Thailand under that time national team's manager Jurijs Andrejevs, who had picked him up for a tournament in Bahrain.[9] Kļava scored his first international goal in October 2007 against Iceland.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 May 2015
Club statistics
Season Club League League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2002 Liepājas Metalurgs Virsliga 17 0 0 0 17 0
2003 17 0 0 0 17 0
2004 16 1 0 0 16 1
2005 25 0 0 0 25 0
2006 27 1 4 0 27 1
2007 24 1 0 0 24 1
2008 24 2 4 0 24 2
2009 27 2 2 0 27 2
2010 12 0 2 0 12 0
2010 Anzhi Makhachkala Russian Premier League 11 0 0 0 - 11 0
2011-12 Khimki (Loan) Russian National Football League 11 0 0 0 - 11 0
2012 Liepājas Metalurgs Virsliga 14 2 3 0 3 0 20 2
2012–13[11] AZAL Azerbaijan Premier League 25 2 1 0 - 26 2
2013–14 32 0 1 0 - 32 0
2014–15 28 1 2 0 - 31 1
Total Latvia 204 9 15 0 219 9
Russia 22 0 22 0
Azerbaijan 85 3 5 0 90 3
Career total 311 12 8 0 15 0 334 12

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