Raivis Hščanovičs

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Raivis Hščanovičs
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In training with Toronto FC
Personal information
Full name Raivis Hščanovičs
Date of birth (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2006 JFC Skonto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Skonto Rīga 40 (5)
2010 Toronto FC 14 (0)
2011 FK Jūrmala-VV 17 (1)
2012 FK Ventspils 16 (0)
2013 FK Daugava Rīga 6 (1)
2014– FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte 5 (0)
National team
2003 Latvia U-17 3 (1)
2005 Latvia U-19 6 (0)
2008 Latvia U-21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 December 2014

Raivis Hščanovičs (born 15 February 1987 in Riga) is a Latvian footballer, currently playing for FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte in the Latvian Higher League and the founder of the charity foundation RH3 fonds.

Club career[edit]

Skonto Rīga[edit]

As a youth player Raivis Hščanovičs was a member of his local club's Skonto Rīga youth system. He was taken to the first team in 2007 at the age of 19. During the first two seasons with the club Hščanovičs appeared in 9 league matches, but his breakout season was in 2009, when the rapidly progressing youngster became a first eleven player and scored 5 goals in 26 league appearances. His performance attracted interest from clubs abroad and in November 2009 he went on trial with the Polish Ekstraklasa club Lechia Gdansk alongside two other Skonto players, Igors Kozlovs and Oļegs Laizāns, with only the last one signing a contract.[1] Hščanovičs made his European competitions' debut for Skonto on 16 July 2009 in a Europa League second qualifying round match against the Irish side Derry City.[2]

Toronto FC[edit]

In March 2010 Hščanovičs went on trial with the Canadian club Toronto FC and signed a two-year contract with them in the beginning of April, therefore, becoming the first ever Latvian player to play in the Major League Soccer.[3] He made his debut for the club in an away loss to New England Revolution on 10 April 2010. Varying between the first eleven and subs Hščanovičš made 14 MLS appearances for Toronto and helped them win the Canadian Championship for the second year in a row.[4] He also participated in the CONCACAF Champions League, playing three matches. After the end of the season, on 24 November, Hščanovičš was released.[5]

Return to Latvia[edit]

At the beginning of 2011 Hščanovičs returned to his homeland Latvia, in March signing a one-year contract with FK Jūrmala-VV. Throughout the season he appeared in 17 league matches and scored 1 goal, with his club finishing the league in the 8th position. In February 2012 Hščanovičs moved to the Latvian champions FK Ventspils, signing a one-year deal with them. He appeared in 16 league matches and participated in the UEFA Champions League qualification campaign. After the end of the season, in December 2012, Hščanovičs was released alongside two other players.[6] In January 2013 Hščanovičs joined Daugava Rīga. During the season, he battled with a long-term injury and appeared in only 6 league matches, scoring 1 goal. Regardless of Hščanovičs' small playing time, the club managed to reach its highest ever position in the league, finishing the season in the top four.[7] In January 2014 Hščanovičs moved to FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte, being described by the club's manager Andris Riherts as "a true professional with invaluable experience".[8] At the beginning of the 2014 season he appeared in 5 league matches, later turning to work for his newly founded charity foundation "RH3 fonds". Hščanovičs stated that this does not mean his professional career is over as he still has the desire to play at the top level.[9]

International career[edit]

On 7 October 2003 Hščanovičs debuted for the Latvia national under-17 football team in a 1-1 draw against Greece. He was also a member of Latvia U-19 and Latvia U-21 football teams, captaining the latter one in the 2008 Baltic Cup victory.[10] On 12 November 2008 Hščanovičs was firstly called-up to the Latvia national football team for a friendly match against Estonia. He remained an unused substitute.[11]

Personal life and charity work[edit]

In February 2014 Raivis Hščanovičs launched the RH3 fonds - a charity foundation aimed to help children with oncological diseases. The foundation operates in a form of auctions, where popular sportspeople and organizations from all around the world are invited to donate their equipment with autographs and it is later sold to the highest bidder on the webpage. The financial resources are then transferred to the Children's Clinical University Hospital in Riga. Since the opening of the foundation such famous organizations and individuals as FC Barcelona, Shinji Kagawa, Mista, Anssi Jaakkola, Sandis Ozoliņš, Zemgus Girgensons, Alexander Frolov and many others have taken part with their donations.[12] The name RH3 is composed by the initials of Raivis Hščanovičs and his squad number at FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte.

At the age of 7 Hščanovičs himself was diagnosed with cancer - a tumor in his left kidney. After a surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy he managed to beat the disease and later become a professional footballer.[13]

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skonto futbolisti Kozlovs, Hščanovičs un Laizāns iziet pārbaudi Polijas klubā Lechia". Diena.lv. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Zaudē arī "Skonto", Eiropas līga paliek bez Latvijas klubiem". Apollo.lv. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Hščanovičs parakstījis līgumu ar MLS klubu "Toronto FC"". Sportacentrs.com. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Raivis Hščanovičs kļūst par Kanādas čempionu". Delfi.lv. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Raivis Hščanovičs atlaists no MLS kluba 'Toronto'". Delfi.lv. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  6. ^ ""Ventspili" pamet Hščanovičs, Badjautdinovs un Giļmanovs". Sportacentrs.com. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  7. ^ "2013. gads". LFF.lv. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Futbolists Raivis Hščanovičs pievienojas 'Metta/LU' komandai". Delfi.lv. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Raivis Hščanovičs: no futbola uz labdarību". la.lv. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Baltijas Kauss 2008: Latvijas U-21 - Lietuvas U-21". LFF.lv. 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Pārbaudes spēle 2008: Igaunija - Latvija". LFF.lv. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  12. ^ "Izsoles". rh3fonds.lv. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  13. ^ "RH3 fonds - Par mums". rh3fonds.lv. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 

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