Ritvars Rugins

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Ritvars Rugins
Personal information
Full name Ritvars Rugins
Date of birth (1989-10-17) 17 October 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Tukums, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FK Ventspils
Number 8
Youth career
FK Tukums 2000
FK Ventspils-2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 FK Ventspils 69 (9)
2012 Illichivets Mariupol 1 (0)
2012–2014 Skonto Riga 72 (5)
2015– FK Ventspils 45 (3)
National team
2008–2010 Latvia U-21 12 (1)
2010– Latvia 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 November 2014

Ritvars Rugins (born 17 October 1989 in Tukums) is a Latvian footballer, currently playing for FK Ventspils in the Latvian Higher League and Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career and FK Ventspils[edit]

Ritvars Rugins started playing football at the age of 9 in his local club Tukums 2000. In 2007 he joined the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils. In 2008 he played his first league match for the team, it was his only appearance that season. In 2009 he played 14 games and scored twice. In 2010 he scored 3 goals in 22 games. Year 2011 saw him playing 29 matches and scoring 4 times. During that season Rugins was tried out in different positions, as the coach Sergei Podpaly faced a lack of defenders all season long. Ritvars usually plays as a midfielder, but periodically has also been part of the defensive and attacking lines, being described as a very universal player. Rugins is a three-time Latvian champion and has also won the Latvian Cup and Baltic League - each once respectively.

Illichivets Mariupol[edit]

On 9 January 2012 Rugins signed a contract with the Ukrainian Premier League club Illichivets Mariupol.[1] He made his league debut for the club on 10 March 2012, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Shakhtar Donetsk.[2]

Skonto Riga[edit]

In July 2012, Rugins returned to the Latvian Higher League, signing for Skonto Riga.[3]

International career[edit]

Rugins played for Latvia U-21 until 2010, scoring once in 12 matches. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly match against China (0-1) on 17 November 2010.[4] As of August, 2012, Rugins has been capped 8 times for the national side.[5]


FK Ventspils[edit]

  • Latvian champion
    • 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Latvian Cup winner
    • 2011
  • Baltic League champion
    • 2010

National team[edit]

  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2014


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