Vladislavs Kozlovs

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Vladislavs Kozlovs
Personal information
Full name Vladislavs Kozlovs
Date of birth (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Rēzekne, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Infonet
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2004 BSK Dižvanagi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 SK Dižvanagi 23 (1)
2007–2009 FS Metta-Latvijas Universitāte 57 (13)
2010–2012 FK Jelgava 71 (28)
2012–2013 FK Ventspils 32 (3)
2014 FK Jelgava 34 (15)
2015 FC Infonet 28 (1)
2016 FK Spartaks Jūrmala
National team
2010–2012 Latvia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 March 2015

Vladislavs Kozlovs (born 30 November 1987 in Rēzekne) is a Latvian footballer, who currently plays for FK Spartaks Jūrmala in the Latvian Higher League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a youth player Kozlovs played for his local club SK Dižvanagi (later renamed SK Blāzma), after being spotted by coaches Ž. Ārmanis and E. Seleckis in a youth tournament.[1] He was taken to the first team that played in the Latvian First League in 2005. Kozlovs spent one season in Rēzekne, before moving to Riga after graduation from high-school in 2006. He continued studying in Latvijas Universitāte and played for the high-school team Metta-Latvijas Universitāte. Kozlovs had 3 successful seasons in the Latvian First League with them, playing there until 2010.

FK Jelgava[edit]

In 2010 the starlet was spotted by the Latvian Higher League newcomers FK Jelgava, as they signed a contract with him before the start of the season. Kozlovs proved his abilities soon and scored 6 goals in 25 league matches in his first season in the Latvian Higher League.[2] He managed to win the Latvian Cup, as well as made a margin in FK Jelgava history in a friendly match against Blackpool as the first player to score a goal against a club from the Premier League, as well as the first player to score a goal in the club's new stadium – Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs.[3] In the 2011 season Kozlovs scored 16 goals in 31 league appearance, being the club's top scorer as well as the third top-scorer of the league. He was also named the best player of the league in June.[4] Kozlovs started the 2012 season well, scoring 6 goals in 15 matches and being his team's top scorer.

FK Ventspils[edit]

On 4 July 2012 Kozlovs joined the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils.[5] He played there for 2 seasons, making 32 league appearances and scoring 3 goals. In August 2013 Kozlovs left Ventspils due to family reasons after a mutual agreement.[6]

Return to FK Jelgava[edit]

Before the start of the 2014 Latvian Higher League, on 19 January, Kozlovs made an official return to his former club FK Jelgava. Filling the vacant forward's place in the first eleven he quickly made an impact as Jelgava managed to reach the bronze medals of the Latvian championship for the first time in the club's history. With 15 goals in 34 matches Kozlovs became the third best scorer of the championship behind the Skonto FC forward Vladislavs Gutkovskis and FK Liepāja midfielder Jānis Ikaunieks. On 21 May 2014 Kozlovs helped Jelgava win the Latvian Football Cup, beating Skonto on penalties.[7] In July the club participated in the first round of the UEFA Europa League qualification, ceding to the Norwegian club Rosenborg BK.

FC Infonet[edit]

At end of January 2015 Kozlovs went on trial with the Belarusian Premier League club Naftan Novopolotsk. In February it was reported that he had signed a one-year deal with the Estonian Meistriliiga club FC Infonet.[8]

International career[edit]

Kozlovs made his debut for Latvia in a friendly match against China on 17 November 2010, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute.[9] In June 2012 Kozlovs was called up for the 2012 Baltic Cup squad. He scored the decisive penalty in the final against Finland, helping Latvia win the tournament.[10] As of 2015, Kozlovs has 3 caps under his belt, with the last international match being played back in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Vladislavs Kozlovs has a bachelor's degree in finance and crediting. According to fk jelgava.lv, his hobbies include cars. Kozlovs' aim in football is to develop and improve. He has a Facebook account.[11]

Honours[edit]

FK Jelgava

FK Ventspils

National team

References[edit]

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