Vladimirs Koļesņičenko

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Vladimirs Koļesņičenko
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Koļesņičenko playing for FK Ventspils
Personal information
Full name Vladimirs Koļesņičenko
Date of birth (1980-05-04) 4 May 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Riga, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Skonto-Metāls 27 (1)
1997–2002 Skonto Riga 121 (52)
2003 Torpedo-Metalurg 7 (0)
2003–2004 Skonto Riga 23 (5)
2004 FC Moscow 1 (0)
2005 FK Venta Kuldiga 0 (0)
2006–2008 FK Ventspils 64 (8)
2009 FC Inter Baku 9 (1)
2009 Skonto Riga 10 (3)
2010 Chornomorets Odesa 6 (0)
2011 Skonto Riga 10 (1)
National team
1997–2011 Latvia 47 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Vladimirs Koļesņičenko (born 4 May 1980 in Riga) is a retired Latvian footballer and the former chairman of Latvian Higher League club Skonto Riga.


Club career[edit]

Being a member of Skonto Riga footballing system, Koļesņičenko started his career in 1996 with Skonto-Metāls, later joining the same club in 1997, but this time with a different name - Skonto Riga.[1] He played there until 2002, becoming league's top scorer in 2000.

In 2003, he left his native Latvia, joining Russian club Torpedo-Metalurg. After an unsuccessful period with this team (only 7 matches played and no goals scored) he returned to Skonto Riga in 2004. In the same year another challenge from Russia came Koļesņičenko's way, as he joined FC Moscow.

This change was also unsuccessful, and after playing only one match, he yet again returned to Latvia, this time with the newly created and ambitious FK Venta from the city of Kuldīga. The club's ambitions were high, but its finances turned out to be just a bubble as the club went bankrupt and couldn't even manage to finish its first season in the top-flight soccer.

In 2006 Koļesņičenko joined FK Ventspils, playing there for 2 years and becoming a vital first eleven player. In 2009 Vladimirs accepted a challenge from Azerbaijan, joining his fellow international teammates Andrejs Rubins and Ģirts Karlsons at Inter Baku. He soon returned to Latvia, continuing to struggle abroad. Yet again it was Skonto Riga, who took him under their wing.

In 2010, he joined Chornomorets Odesa, but couldn't help the club secure a place in the Ukrainian Premier League. After only six games with no goals he was released. Koļesņičenko faced several personal problems and couldn't find a club for almost a year. In 2011, he was signed yet again by Skonto Riga, where he finished his professional career with ten games and one goal, retiring in August 2011, being just 31 years old.

International career[edit]

Koļesņičenko made his international debut for Latvia in 1997, playing 47 international matches and scoring 5 goals. He did not participate at EURO 2004 and finished his international career in 2011.

Later career[edit]

After the retirement Koļesņičenko took office as the commercial director of his former club Skonto Riga.[2] On February 26, 2012 Koļesņičenko was elected to become the chairman of the club, with Guntis Indriksons leaving the position.[3] In March 2014 he appeared in a negative light, addressing rude comments towards the Latvian Football Federation via Twitter after Skonto were denied the necessary license for participation in the Latvian Higher League due to long-term debts. He was fined with 280 euros for breaching the code of ethics.[4] The license was later granted after a successful process of appellation and Koļesņičenko deleted his tweets, saying that he would not apologize, though, as the comments had been expressed in a private capacity, not the functional one.[5] His actions were strongly condemned by the LFF. In July 2014 Koļesņičenko resigned from the Skonto Riga president's office and was replaced by Igors Zaicevs.[6] A few days after the resignation, Koļesņičenko's private company SIA SSA bought the Skonto Stadium for 13.8 million euros.[7]


  • 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
  • 2000

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

1996 Skonto-Metāls Virsliga 1st level 27/1*
1997 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 12/3
1998 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 1/0
1999 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 25/13
2000 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 28/17
2001 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 28/8
2002 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 27/11
2003 Torpedo Moscow Russian Premier League 1st level 7/0
2003 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 13/4
2004 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 10/1
2004 FC Moscow Russian Premier League 1st level 1/0
2005 FK Venta Virsliga 1st level 0/0
2006 FK Ventspils Virsliga 1st level 18/3
2007 FK Ventspils Virsliga 1st level 23/1
2008 FK Ventspils Virsliga 1st level 23/4
2009 Inter Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 1st level 9/1
2009 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 10/3
2010 Chornomorets Odesa Ukrainian Premier League 1st level 7/0
2011 Skonto Riga Virsliga 1st level 10/1

* – played games and goals

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 July 2001 Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Estonia 3–1 Win 2001 Baltic Cup
2. 5 July 2001 Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Lithuania 4–1 Win 2001 Baltic Cup
3. 27 March 2002 Stade Alphonse Theis, Hesperange, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–3 Win Friendly
4. 3 December 2004 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain  Bahrain 2–2 Draw Bahrain P.M. Cup
5. 15 October 2008 Skonto Stadions, Riga, Latvia  Israel 1–1 Draw 2010 FIFA WC Qual.
6. 14 November 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Honduras 2–1 Lost Friendly
Correct as of 7 October 2015[8]

Personal life[edit]

Vladimirs Koļesņičenko is married and has a child.


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