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Latvia team profile

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.28CET
Latvia's breakthrough on the international scene came when Aleksandrs Starkovs' side qualified for UEFA EURO 2004, though they have failed to reach another finals since.

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Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.28CET

Latvia team profile

Latvia's breakthrough on the international scene came when Aleksandrs Starkovs' side qualified for UEFA EURO 2004, though they have failed to reach another finals since.

Best result: group stage 2004
Coach:
Marians Pahars
Leading scorers:
all time – Māris Verpakovskis (29); current – Juris Laizāns (15)
Most appearances:
all time – Vitālijs Astafjevs (167); current – Juris Laizāns (113)
Association formed:
1912
Nickname:
None
Where they play:
Skonto Stadium, Riga

Latvia's qualification for UEFA EURO 2004, when they defeated Turkey in a play-off after finishing group runners-up to Sweden, was one of the major upsets of the UEFA European Championship's modern era. A draw with Germany in Portugal added to the team's lustre, but that remains an isolated success. Third in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying group was no mean feat, but a disappointing fifth-place finish in 2014 World Cup qualification meant that Aleksandrs Starkovs, the architect of that 2004 success, ended his second spell in charge on a disappointing note.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P55 W20 D9 L26 F62 A74
Final tournament: P3 W0 D1 L2 F1 A5
Qualifying: P52 W20 D8 L24 F61 A69

Latvia's breakthrough on the international scene came when Starkovs' side qualified for UEFA EURO 2004, the country's first major tournament. They registered wins in Poland and Sweden en route to a play-off against Turkey, who they defeated 1-0 at home before recovering from 2-0 down to draw the second leg 2-2 in Istanbul. The Baltic nation, who made their EURO debut in the qualifying competition for EURO '96, did not embarrass themselves in Portugal, ultimately eliminating Germany.

Starkovs' team were unable to reach those heights in qualification for UEFA EURO 2008, losing eight of their 12 games as they ended well off the pace in fifth in their seven-team section. Indeed, Latvia have finished fourth or fifth every campaign bar UEFA EURO 2004. Last time round it was fourth, but only after a strong conclusion that brought seven points from their last four fixtures.

Memorable EURO matches
19/06/04: Latvia 0-0 Germany, 2004 UEFA European Championship group stage
A stoic defence inspired Latvia to their most famous draw; Māris Verpakovskis almost won it.

19/11/03: Turkey 2-2 Latvia, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying play-offs
Two down with 26 minutes left, goals from Juris Laizāns and Verpakovskis silenced the home fans.

15/11/03: Latvia 1-0 Turkey, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying play-offs
Verpakovskis' solo goal in freezing conditions made a nation believe in the impossible.

Did you know?
Current Latvia assistant coach Vitālijs Astafjevs won a European record 167 caps in an 18-year career that spanned from 1992 to 2010.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:46 CET
2 September 2016 02 Sep - Friendlies 2016-18
Latvia3-1Luxembourg
Referee: not available Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/02/2017 09:52:45
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra0-1Latvia
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
05/15/2017 11:42:22
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Latvia0-2Faroe Islands
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/02/2017 09:52:41
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Latvia0-2Hungary
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/02/2017 09:52:41
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal4-1Latvia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
04/20/2017 15:30:37
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland1-0Latvia
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
06/06/2017 15:01:05
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Georgia5-0Latvia
Referee: not available Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
06/03/2017 12:57:47
Latvia0-3Portugal
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/17/2017 13:47:35
12 June 2017 12 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Latvia1-2Estonia
Referee: not available Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/13/2017 09:59:01
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
HungaryLatvia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
06/27/2017 13:08:48
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
LatviaSwitzerland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/07/2017 17:23:56
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Faroe IslandsLatvia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
06/13/2017 09:14:58
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
LatviaAndorra
Referee: TBD Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/13/2017 10:14:49

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : Skonto Stadions
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/10/2006, Latvia 4-0 Iceland, Riga
  • Biggest defeat:
    16/11/2014, Netherlands 6-0 Latvia, Amsterdam
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 43
    Vitālijs Astafjevs (LVA)
  • Top scorers: 14
    Māris Verpakovskis (LVA)
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