Pāvels Mihadjuks

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Pāvels Mihadjuks
Mihadjuks with Liepājas Metalurgs in 2012
Personal information
Full name Pāvels Mihadjuks
Date of birth (1980-05-27) 27 May 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FK Liepāja
Number 24
Youth career
FHK Liepājas Metalurgs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999-2001 Liepājas Metalurgs 4 (0)
2002-2003 RKB Arma-Rīga 10 (0)
2004 Ditton Daugavpils 24 (0)
2005–2008 FK Rīga 92 (6)
2008 FK Ventspils 3 (0)
2009 Inverness CT 12 (1)
2009-2010 FK Ventspils 13 (0)
2010 Dundee United (loan) 3 (0)
2010-2012 Liepājas Metalurgs 46 (4)
2013 Daugava Rīga 21 (1)
2014 FC Jūrmala 8 (0)
2014- FK Liepāja 24 (3)
National team
1998 Latvia U-18 2 (0)
2000-2001 Latvia U-21 6 (0)
2009–2013 Latvia 16 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:06, 27 July 2015 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 December 2014

Pāvels Mihadjuks (born 27 May 1980) is a Latvian professional association footballer, who currently plays for FK Liepāja in the Latvian Higher League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a youth player Mihadjuks played for his local club Liepājas Metalurgs, passing his first training at the age of 7. He started his career as a forward, but quickly developed into an imposing centre half. He was taken to the first team at the age of 18 and in the 1999 season, which was his debut season with the club, Metalurgs finished as the runner-up of the Latvian Higher League. During three seasons with the club Mihadjuks appeared only in 3 league matches, proving to be unable to compete with the more experienced players at the club. At the start of 2002 Mihadjuks moved to RKB Arma-Rīga and in his debut season with the club he helped it win the Latvian First League and earn a promotion to the top tier championship. In 2003 Arma-Rīga finished the season in the 8th position of the table and this was the first significant experience for Mihadjuks in the Lartvian Higher League. Due to financial issues the club was dissolved at the end of the season and in 2004 Mihadjuks joined Ditton Daugavpils. There he became a first eleven player, playing 24 league matches throughout the season. Ditton finished 7th in the league while Mihadjuks individual performance attracted attention from bigger Latvian clubs.

FK Rīga and FK Ventspils[edit]

Mihadjuks local breakthrough came in 2005, when he joined FK Rīga. Over the next four seasons with the club he played 92 league matches, scoring 6 goals. In 2007 they finished 3rd in the league and earned a spot in the UEFA Intertoto Cup qualification. In 2008 Mihadjuks made his debut in the tournament as FK Rīga managed to beat the Icelandic club Fylkir in the first round and the Irish side Bohemian in the second round of the tournament. In the 3rd round they lost on aggregate to the Swedish club Elfsborg. During the season FK Rīga were struck by major financial difficulties which led to dissolving of the club after the 2008 season. Being in vast debts with players, coaches, team personnel and other parties, the club broke off contracts with its top players already during the season and in mid-summer 2008 Mihadjuks became a free agent. In July 2008 he joined that time Latvian champions and cup winners FK Ventspils. With Mihadjuks' appearance at the club they managed to win the league for the second year in a row in 2008. In addition, Ventspils managed to beat the Norwegian champions SK Brann 2-1 in the second round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.[1]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

In January 2009 Mihadjuks went on trial with the Scottish Premier League club Inverness CT.[2] He joined the club's trainings [2] and signed a contract with them until the end of the 2008–09 season a few days later.[3] Mihadjuks made his Inverness debut in the Scottish Cup match against Partick Thistle. He scored his first goal for the club in a league match against Hearts.[4] After the end of the 2008-09 season he left Scotland and returned to his former club FK Ventspils for a short period of time. On 8 February 2010 it was announced that Dundee United had completed the signing of Mihadjuks on loan from Ventspils until the end of the season.[5] He made his debut for Dundee United on 10 February 2010 in a league match against Hamilton Academical.[6] Mihadjuks helped Dundee United win the 2009–10 Scottish Cup.[7] Having appeared in 3 league matches during the loan spell, Mihadjuks returned to Latvia after the season.

Return to Latvia[edit]

Following long-term talks in July 2010 Mihadjuks reached an agreement with that time Latvian champions Liepājas Metalurgs and signed a contract with them for 1,5 years.[8] That season they participated in the UEFA Champions League, losing to the Czech club Sparta Prague on aggregate.[9] In 2011 Mihadjuks helped Metalurgs finish the league as runner-ups and they also ended their cup campaign as runner-ups losing to FK Ventspils in the final. After the end of the 2011 season Mihadjuks extended his contract for another year and played in the UEFA Europa League.[10] In a period of three years with Liepājas Metalurgs Mihadjuks played 46 league matches, scoring 4 goals. Before the start of the 2013 season he moved to Daugava Rīga.[11] He played 21 league matches for Daugava and scored 1 goal, helping them achieve the best success in the club's history as they managed to finish the season in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.[12] At the start of 2014 Mihadjuks moved to FC Jūrmala on a one-year deal and, furthermore, was elected as the club's captain for the following season.[13] Soon after the start of the season the club experienced major financial difficulties and its results subsequently worsened. Being in debts with its players, the club let go of its leaders and in July 2014 Mihadjuks joined the newly formed FK Liepāja.[14] He helped the club finish the season in the top four.

International career[edit]

Mihadjuks was a member of Latvia U-18 and Latvia U-21 football teams. He made his debut for Latvia national football team on 12 August 2009 in a friendly match against Bulgaria.[15] Mihadjuks scored his first international goal for Latvia on 7 June 2011 in a friendly match against Austria.[16] Mihadjuks played his last international match up to date on 7 June 2013 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[17]

International goals[edit]

Pāvels Mihadjuks: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2011 Graz, Austria  Austria 0 – 1 3–1 Friendly


RKB Arma-Rīga[edit]

FK Ventspils[edit]

Dundee United[edit]


  1. ^ "Mihadjuks on board as Caley do the business]". The Herald. 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Inverness Caledonian Thistle give trial to Latvian stopper Pavels Mihadjuks, Daily Record, 7 January 2009.
  3. ^ Mihadjuks signs on at Inverness, The Press and Journal, 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Hearts 3–2 Inverness CT". BBC. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Defender Pavels Mihadjuks signs for Dundee United". BBC Sport. 8 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ivanovs atgriežas, Mihadjuks debitē". delfi.lv. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Craig Levein raises hackles after Dundee United see off Ross County". thegurdian.com. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  8. ^ "Mihadjuks papildina čempionu rindas". sportacentrs.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  9. ^ ""Liepājas metalurgs" zaudē Prāgas "Spartai", Abramčiks cerēja uz neizšķirtu". rekurzeme.diena.lv. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  10. ^ "SK "Liepājas metalurgs" pārvar "La Fiorita" barjeru". lff.lv. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  11. ^ "Pāvels Mihadjuks #18". daugavariga.com. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  12. ^ "Latvijas futbola klubi uzzina pretiniekus Eiropas kausu starptautiskajā sezonā". lff.lv. 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  13. ^ ""Jūrmalas" aizsardzību pastiprina Mihadjuks". sportacentrs.com. 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  14. ^ "Rīgas "Daugavas" vārtsargs Zubs atgriezīsies Polijā, Mihadjuks pārcelsies uz "Liepāju"". sportacentrs.com. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  15. ^ "LFF: Bulgārija-Latvija". lff.lv. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  16. ^ "LFF: Austrija-Latvija". lff.lv. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  17. ^ "LFF: Latvija-Bosnija un Hercegovina". lff.lv. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 

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