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

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General info

  • Name: Māris Verpakovskis
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 15/10/1979 (34)
  • Country: Latvia
  • Squad number: 0
  • Club: FK Liepāja ( LVA)


  • Currently playing:
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • 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

TeamPGS
Latvia3214
Latvia U-2171
Latvia U-1822
Latvia U-1610
Total4217

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Dynamo Kyiv113
Skonto102
Total215
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
ClubPGS
Liepājas Metalurgs20
Total20
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Liepājas Metalurgs41
Bakı20
Dynamo Kyiv20
Hajduk Split10
Total91
Last updated: 16/10/2013 02:15 CET
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