Latvia national football team
|Association||Latvijas Futbola federācija|
|Head coach||Mixu Paatelainen|
|Most caps||Vitālijs Astafjevs (167)|
|Top scorer||Māris Verpakovskis (29)|
|Home stadium||Daugava Stadium|
|Highest||45 (November 2009)|
|Lowest||148 (September 2017)|
|Highest||45 (25 September 1938)|
|Lowest||124 (April 1995)|
(Riga, Latvia; 24 September 1922)
(Riga, Latvia; 30 May 1935)
(Võru, Estonia; 1 June 2012)
(Gibraltar, Gibraltar; 29 March 2016)
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2004|
The Latvia national football team (Latvian: Latvijas futbola izlase) represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. It is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but they have, however, qualified for the European Championship in 2004, under Aleksandrs Starkovs.
Latvia alongside its Baltic rivals, Lithuania and Estonia, has also participated in the local sub-regional Baltic Cup tournament, which takes place every two years, and in which Latvia is the champion, having won the tournament in 2018. Latvia has won the Baltic Cup championship a record of 13 times, more than any other country in the history of the tournament.
Latvia played their first match in 1922, a game against Estonia, which finished in a 1–1 draw. Latvia have won the Baltic Cup 12 times, and played 99 official games during its pre-war period from 1922 to 1940.
In 1937, the Latvian team participated in the first qualification tournament for the 1938 World Cup. Latvia were placed in Group 8, alongside Austria and Lithuania. Latvia beat Lithuania 4–2 in Riga, after an Fricis Kaņeps hat-trick and an Iļja Vestermans goal. In Kaunas, they won 5–1, after two goals each from Kaņeps, Vaclavs Borduško, and Vestermans, but lost 1–2 in the decisive match against Austria, despite an early goal from Vestermans. In April 1938, the Austrian Anschluss relegated the Austrian team, however, Latvia was not invited by FIFA as the group's runner-up.
In 1940, Latvia was annexed by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1991 and played their first match as a new nation against Estonia on 16 November of that year in the Baltic Cup, and their first FIFA-recognized match against Romania on 8 April 1992 in Bucharest, a match, which Latvia lost 2–0.
In September 2003, Latvia surprisingly finished second, ahead of Poland, in their qualifying group for Euro 2004. This meant they qualified for the play-offs, where they were drawn against Turkey. Latvia won the first leg 1–0, through top goalscorer, Māris Verpakovskis. The second leg finished in a 2–2 draw, with Latvia winning 3–2 on aggregate, thus qualifying for the tournament. This resulted in Latvia being the first and only Baltic team qualifying for a European Championship. At the Euro 2004, Latvia were drawn in Group D, alongside Germany, Czech Republic, and Netherlands. Latvia faced Czech Republic in their opening match on 15 June 2004, with Verpakovskis scoring before half-time. However, the Czechs would later come back to win the game 2–1. Four days later, Latvia earned a respectable 0–0 draw against Germany to earn their first point in a major tournament. They lost their final match with 3–0 against Netherlands, and were eliminated, finishing fourth, with one point from their draw and two losses.
Latvia have since failed to qualify for another major tournament, though they came close to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After eight qualifying matches, Latvia were level on points with their next opponent, second-placed Greece, but a 5–2 defeat virtually ended all hopes of qualification and Latvia finished third in UEFA Group 2.
Home venues record
The following table provides a summary of Latvia's results at home venues since 1992.
- Key: Pld–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage
|Stadium||City / town||Pld||W||D||L||Win %||Last match hosted|
Last updated: Latvia v. Azerbaijan, June 8 2018.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|Did not enter||Declined participation|
|Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||10||5|
|Part of the
||Part of the |
|Did not qualify||12||0||5||7||4||21|
|To be determined||To be determined|
European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of the |
|1996 to 2000||Did not qualify|
|2008 to 2016||Did not qualify|
|To be determined|
Baltic Cup Championship record
13-time winners – 1928, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
|Baltic Cup (football) Record|
All-time team record
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Results and fixtures
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
|1||10||9||0||1||32||4||+28||27||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2||10||9||0||1||23||7||+16||27||Advance to second round|
Recent and forthcoming matches
|25 March 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||0–1|
|28 March 2017||Friendly||0–5|
|9 June 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||0–3|
|12 June 2017||Friendly||1–2||Dāvis Ikaunieks|
|31 August 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||1–3||Gints Freimanis|
|3 September 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||0–3|
|7 October 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||0–0|
|10 October 2017||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||4–0||Dāvis Ikaunieks, Valērijs Šabala 2x, Igors Tarasovs|
|7 November 2017||FIFA unofficial friendly game||0–2|
|13 November 2017||Friendly||3–4||Gļebs Kļuškins 2x, Dāvis Ikaunieks|
|3 February 2018||Friendly||0–1|
|22 March 2018||Friendly||1–1||Vladislavs Fjodorovs|
|25 March 2018||Friendly||0–1|
|2 June 2018||Baltic Cup||1–0||Jānis Ikaunieks|
|5 June 2018||Baltic Cup||1–1||Kaspars Dubra|
|9 June 2018||Friendly||1–3||Roberts Uldriķis|
|6 September 2018||UEFA Nations League|
|9 September 2018||UEFA Nations League|
|13 October 2018||UEFA Nations League|
|16 October 2018||UEFA Nations League|
|15 November 2018||UEFA Nations League|
|19 November 2018||UEFA Nations League|
List of managers
Vitālijs Astafjevs played for Latvia more than anyone else, with 167 caps from 1992 to 2010. He also held the European record for 7 years for most matches played for the national team from 2009 until March 2017, when his record was beaten by Gianluigi Buffon . Astafjevs has netted 16 times. Andris Vaņins is the most capped active player for Latvia with 90 appearances, as of June 2018. Māris Verpakovskis is the nation's top goalscorer with 29 goals. Other high scorers include Ēriks Pētersons with 24 goals scored in the 1930s and Marians Pahars and Juris Laizāns, who both scored 15 goals each for Latvia.
The following players have been called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Andorra on 6 September 2018 and Georgia on 9 September 2018.
All caps and goals as of 9 June 2018 after match against Azerbaijan.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Andris Vaņins||30 April 1980||90||0|
|GK||Pāvels Šteinbors||21 September 1985||4||0|
|12||GK||Kaspars Ikstens||5 June 1988||2||0|
|2||DF||Vitālijs Maksimenko||8 December 1990||37||1|
|6||DF||Vladislavs Gabovs||13 July 1987||36||0|
|20||DF||Kaspars Dubra||20 December 1990||22||2|
|19||DF||Vitālijs Jagodinskis||28 February 1992||22||0|
|4||DF||Gints Freimanis||9 May 1985||13||1|
|DF||Aleksandrs Solovjovs||25 February 1988||7||0|
|DF||Vjačeslavs Isajevs||27 August 1993||0||0|
|16||MF||Aleksandrs Fertovs||16 June 1987||38||0|
|7||MF||Ritvars Rugins||17 October 1989||27||0|
|13||MF||Vladimirs Kamešs||28 October 1988||17||1|
|21||MF||Gļebs Kļuškins||1 October 1992||17||2|
|MF||Ivans Lukjanovs||24 January 1987||17||0|
|17||MF||Roberts Savaļnieks||4 February 1993||7||0|
|8||MF||Kristians Torress||18 June 1985||7||0|
|10||FW||Valērijs Šabala||12 October 1994||44||12|
|FW||Deniss Rakels||20 August 1992||20||0|
|FW||Dāvis Ikaunieks||7 January 1994||16||4|
|11||FW||Artūrs Karašausks||29 January 1992||15||0|
|24||FW||Roberts Uldriķis||3 April 1998||6||1|
|FW||Vladislavs Gutkovskis||2 April 1995||5||0|
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jevgēņijs Ņerugals||26 February 1989||1||0||v. |
|DF||Igors Tarasovs||16 October 1988||27||1||v. |
|DF||Dmitrijs Hmizs||31 July 1992||6||0||v. |
|DF||Mārcis Ošs||25 July 1991||3||0||v. |
|DF||Ņikita Koļesovs||25 September 1996||8||0||v. |
|DF||Krists Gulbis||15 January 1997||0||0||v. |
|DF||Vadims Žuļevs||1 March 1988||0||0||v. |
|DF||Kaspars Gorkšs RET||6 November 1981||89||5||v. |
|MF||Aleksejs Višņakovs||3 February 1984||81||9||v. |
|MF||Jānis Ikaunieks||16 February 1995||20||3||v. |
|MF||Raivis Jurkovskis||7 December 1996||4||0||v. |
|MF||Vitālijs Rečickis||8 September 1986||1||0||v. |
|MF||Oļegs Laizāns||28 March 1987||46||0||v. |
|MF||Dāvis Indrāns||6 June 1995||9||0||v. |
|MF||Jevgēņijs Kazačoks||12 August 1995||8||0||v. |
|MF||Eduards Emsis||23 February 1996||1||0||v. |
|MF||Ingars Stuglis||12 February 1996||1||0||v. |
|MF||Alans Siņeļņikovs||14 May 1990||11||0||v. |
|MF||Daniils Ulimbaševs||12 March 1992||2||0||v. |
|MF||Edgars Vardanjans||9 May 1993||4||0||v. |
|MF||Eduards Tīdenbergs||18 December 1994||0||0||v. |
|FW||Edgars Gauračs||10 March 1988||22||5||v. |
|FW||Vladislavs Fjodorovs||27 September 1996||3||1||v. |
|FW||Ņikita Ivanovs||25 March 1996||1||0||v. |
|FW||Eduards Višņakovs||10 May 1990||15||0||v. |
Most capped players
- Progression of Latvia association football caps record
- Players in bold are still active.
- Latvia goalscoring record
|1.||Māris Verpakovskis||1999–2014||29 (104)|
|2.||Ēriks Pētersons||1929–1939||24 (63)|
|3.||Vitālijs Astafjevs||1992–2010||16 (167)|
|4.||Marians Pahars||1996–2007||15 (75)|
|Juris Laizāns||1998–2013||15 (113)|
|6.||Alberts Šeibelis||1925–1939||14 (54)|
|7.||Iļja Vestermans||1935–1938||13 (23)|
|8.||Valērijs Šabala||2013–present||12 (44)|
|Aleksandrs Cauņa||2007–present||12 (45)|
|Mihails Zemļinskis||1992–2005||12 (105)|
|11.||Vīts Rimkus||1995–2008||11 (73)|
|12.||Arnolds Tauriņš||1925–1935||10 (39)|
|Imants Bleidelis||1995–2007||10 (106)|
|Andrejs Rubins||1998–2011||10 (117)|
|15.||Ādolfs Sīmanis||1932–1940||9 (9)|
|Voldemārs Plade||1923–1929||9 (16)|
|Aleksandrs Vanags||1937–1940||9 (18)|
|Arkādijs Pavlovs||1924–1933||9 (37)|
|Ģirts Karlsons||2003–present||9 (51)|
|Aleksejs Višņakovs||2004–present||9 (81)|
- Players in bold are still active.
|Voldemārs Žins||International Friendly||Home||6–3||27 July 1927|
|Voldemārs Plade||1929 Baltic Cup||Home||3–1||14 August 1929|
|Ēriks Pētersons||1930 Baltic Cup||Away||3–3||17 August 1930|
|Ēriks Pētersons 4||International Friendly||Home||5–2||30 June 1931|
|Ēriks Pētersons||International Friendly||Home||6–2||12 June 1933|
|Hugo Vītols||International Friendly||Home||6–1||30 May 1935|
|Fricis Kaņeps||1938 FIFA World Cup qualification||Home||4–2||29 July 1937|
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