Māris Verpakovskis

  • Date of birth : 15/10/1979
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Latvia Latvia
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Māris Verpakovskis

Māris Verpakovskis

Clubs: SK Liepājas Metalurgs, Skonto FC, FC Dynamo Kyiv, Getafe CF, HNK Hajduk Split, RC Celta de Vigo, Bakı FK, Ergotelis FC

• Born in Liepaja in 1979, Verpakovskis was guided as a youngster by his father Ilmars, himself a former Latvian international. Verpakovskis Jr scored on his first senior cap at the age of 19 and was soon compared to the country's legendary talisman Marians Pahars.

• Verpakovskis' own rise accelerated in 2001 when he joined Skonto, where he learned from Aleksandrs Starkovs, arguably the country's greatest coach. Verpakovskis won three national titles with the Riga outfit.

• Scored twice in the UEFA EURO 2004 play-off against Turkey, helping his country reach a major final tournament for the first time. He was named Latvian player of the year and earned a move to Dynamo, where his highlight was a goal against Real Madrid CF in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Verpakovskis scored Latvia's only goal of UEFA EURO 2004, in the 2-1 defeat by Czech Republic. He was again recognised as Latvian player of the year.

• He subsequently featured for five clubs in as many years, finding the net in the top flights of Spain, Croatia, Greece and Azerbaijan. Has since become all-time top scorer for Latvia and brought up a century of caps, a landmark he reached in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Greece on 10 September 2013.

Last updated: 09/10/13 12.41CET


UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Māris Verpakovskis
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 15/10/1979 (35)
  • Country: Latvia
  • Squad number: 99
  • Club: Liepāja ( LVA)

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (Qualifying round)
    13/08/98: Liepājas Metalurgs 4-2 Keflavík
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    20/10/95: Georgia 0-5 Latvia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Latvia U-2171
Latvia U-1822
Latvia U-1610

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Dynamo Kyiv113
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Liepājas Metalurgs20
UEFA Europa League
Liepājas Metalurgs41
Dynamo Kyiv20
Hajduk Split10
Last updated: 08/05/2015 15:40 CET