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Latvia national under-21 football team

 

Latvia national under-21 football team

Latvia Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Sarkanbaltsarkanie (The red-white-reds)
Association Latvian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Dainis Kazakevičs
Asst coach

Anatolijs Čebans

Sergejs Golubevs
Captain Vitālijs Jagodinskis
Most caps Vadims Žuļevs (22)
Top scorer Edgars Gauračs (10)
First international
Latvia 0 - 0 Lithuania
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
Latvia 5 - 1 Romania
(Riga, Latvia; 9 October 2009)
Biggest defeat
Latvia 0 - 6 Greece
(Athens, Greece; 9 June 1999)

The Latvia national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Latvia and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body of football in Latvia. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team is coached by former Latvia football team and Southampton F.C. player Marian Pahars and is currently captained by defender Vitālijs Jagodinskis.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed, while Latvian team was formed only in 1991, after regaining independence from USSR. The team is exclusively for football players that are aged 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23. Many U-21 players later represent the senior side.

Latvia U-21 have never yet qualified for the European U-21 championships, but has produced many players, who have become regular internationals for the senior side. Oskars Kļava, Deniss Ivanovs, Edgars Gauračs and Artjoms Rudņevs have all played for the U-21 side and are now first eleven players for Latvia internationally.

Latvia U-21 team plays its home matches at the Skonto stadions, which is also the home stadium of Latvia senior side. Before the opening of the Skonto stadions the team played its home matches in many different venues all around the country, including Ozolnieki, Daugavpils and Liepāja.

History

As a team, Latvia U-21 was formed in 1992, after regaining independence from the USSR. The team played its first match in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 28, 1992 that ended in a 0-0 draw. The team firstly participated in the European Championship qualification in 1994, playing the first match in Riga against Ireland U-21 on June 6, that ended in a 1-1 draw. Since 2001 the team also participates in the Baltic Cup, winning in 2008. Since 1992 Latvia have already played more than 100 matches.

Current players

The following squad has been called up for the 2015 EC qualification game, taking place in Jelgava, Latvia on 3 September 2014 and in Lugano, Switzerland on 8 September 2014.

Players in bold have represented Latvia on senior level. Data as per LFF.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Raivo Varažinskis (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 10 0 Liepāja
1GK Georgijs Čižovs (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 5 0 BFC Daugavpils
1GK Oskars Darģis (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 2 0 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
2DF Aleksejs Giļničs (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 22 0 Unattached
2DF Vitālijs Barinovs (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 21 0 Ventspils
2DF Reinis Flaksis (captain) (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 13 0 Liepāja
2DF Endijs Šlampe (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 11 0 Liepāja
2DF Dmitrijs Klimaševičs (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 10 2 BFC Daugavpils
2DF Ņikita Bērenfelds (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 1 0 Skonto Rīga
3MF Edgars Vardanjans (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 24 1 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Edgars Jermolajevs (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 17 1 Daugava Daugavpils
3MF Vladimirs Mukins (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 14 1 Ventspils
3MF Jevgēņijs Kazačoks (1995-08-12) 12 August 1995 11 0 Spartaks Jūrmala
3MF Daniils Ulimbaševs (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 11 0 Ventspils
3MF Eduards Tīdenbergs (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 8 0 Ventspils
3MF Andrejs Kiriļins (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 8 0 Jelgava
3MF Iļja Šadčins (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 5 0 Liepāja
4FW Elvis Stuglis (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 13 0 Spartaks Jūrmala
4FW Vladislavs Gutkovskis (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 9 2 Skonto Riga
4FW Dāvis Ikaunieks (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 8 1 Liepāja
4FW Igors Denis Rei (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 7 2 Jeunesse Villenavaise Bordeaux
4FW Jānis Ikaunieks (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 3 0 Liepāja
4FW Sergejs Vorobjovs (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 3 0 AlbinoLeffe

In addition to that, other players were capped or are under consideration of the team management to be capped during the year 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Dmitrijs Grigorjevs (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 10 0 Skonto Riga
1GK Kristers Putniņš (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 0 0 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
1GK Toms Vīksna (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 0 0 Akritas Chlorakas
2DF Vitālijs Jagodinskis (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 21 0 Hoverla Uzhhorod
2DF Edijs Joksts (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 10 0 Daugava Rīga
2DF Madis Miķelsons (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 2 0 1625 Liepāja
2DF Kārlis Kņūts (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 2 0 1625 Liepāja
2DF Kārlis Plendišķis (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 4 0 Oldenburg
2DF Dmitrijs Hmizs (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 11 1 Liepāja
2DF Vjačeslavs Isajevs (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 15 0 Skonto Riga
2DF Artis Ojārs Ostrovskis (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 4 0 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
2DF Agris Otaņķis (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 0 0 Akritas Chlorakas
3MF Roberts Savaļnieks (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 9 2 Liepāja
3MF Artjoms Loginovs (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 14 1 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Gļebs Kļuškins (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 12 1 Daugava Rīga
3MF Mārtiņš Milašēvičs (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 6 0 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Ņikita Parfjonovs (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 1 0 Metta-Latvijas Universitāte Rīga
3MF Dāvis Indrāns (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 6 1 Ventspils
3MF Artis Jaudzems (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 0 0 Jelgava
3MF Artjoms Lonščakovs (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 5 0 Stahl Thale
3MF Romans Mickevičs (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 2 0 Spartaks Jūrmala
3MF Alekss Regža (1994-07-16) 16 July 1994 0 0 Daugava Rīga
4FW Toms Gucs (1992-04-28) April 28, 1992 2 0 Liepāja
4FW Kaspars Svārups (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 10 3 LKS Nadwiślan Góra
4FW Valērijs Čistjakovs (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 14 0 Daugava Rīga
4FW Deniss Rakels (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 13 6 Cracovia Kraków

Staff

Head Coach Dainis Kazakevičs
Assistant Coach Anatolijs Čebans
Assistant Coach Sergejs Golubevs
Goalkeeping Coach Aleksandrs Proskurņins
Fitness Coach Andrés Carrillo Fernández
General manager Ilvars Grīslis
Doctor Boriss Novikovs
Physiotherapist Dmitrijs Jefremenkovs

Recent results

Recent and forthcoming matches

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Latvia scorers
5 September 2013 2015 EC qualification Jūrmala  Switzerland 0:2
14 October 2013 2015 EC qualification Jelgava  Ukraine 1:5 Igors Denis Rei
15 November 2013 2015 EC qualification Eschen  Liechtenstein 2:0 Roberts Savaļnieks, Artūrs Karašausks
19 November 2013 2015 EC qualification Pula  Croatia 1:3 Igors Denis Rei
18 January 2014 Friendly match Marijampolė  Lithuania 2:1 Dāvis Indrāns, Vladimirs Mukins
25 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Moscow 1:0 Artjoms Loginovs
26 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Belarus 1:0 Dmitrijs Klimaševičs
28 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Kazakhstan 0:0
29 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Estonia 0:2
31 January 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Kazakhstan 1:3 Dāvis Ikaunieks
2 February 2014 CIS Cup 2014 Saint Petersburg  Lithuania 0:1
5 March 2014 Friendly match Achna  Cyprus 0:1
8 June 2014 2015 EC qualification Cherkassy  Ukraine 1:2 Vladislavs Gutkovskis
3 September 2014 2015 EC qualification Jelgava  Croatia 1:3 Vladislavs Gutkovskis
8 September 2014 2015 EC qualification Lugano  Switzerland 1:7 Dmitrijs Klimaševičs

Most capped players

yet to be properly updated
# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Vadims Žuļevs 2008–2010 22 1
2. Aleksandrs Koļinko 1994–1997 21 0
3. Artūrs Karašausks 2011-Present 14 3
4. Oļegs Malašenoks 2005-2008 13 3
5. Edgars Gauračs 2007–2010 12 10
Ritvars Rugins 2008-2010 12 1
Artūrs Zjuzins 2010–2012 12 1
Artūrs Vaičulis 2009–2012 12 0
Kaspars Gorkšs 2001–2003 12 0
10. Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs 2007–2010 11 3
Vitālijs Maksimenko 2009–2012 11 2
Players in bold are still active.

See also

References

External links

  • www.lff.lv
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