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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: 13/02/14 23.03CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/12/2014 23:48 CET
Latvia1-2Greece
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
04/18/2013 21:37:14
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
Bosnia and Herzegovina4-1Latvia
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) – Stadium: Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH)
04/18/2013 21:36:19
Slovakia2-1Latvia
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) – Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
04/18/2013 22:13:06
Latvia2-0Liechtenstein
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
04/18/2013 21:36:19
Liechtenstein1-1Latvia
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO) – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Latvia0-5Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Mike Dean (ENG) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/07/2013 19:21:58
Latvia2-1Lithuania
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
09/11/2013 07:13:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
Greece1-0Latvia
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/23/2013 16:58:36
Lithuania2-0Latvia
Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO) – Stadium: LFF, Vilnius (LTU)
12/16/2013 12:42:23
Latvia2-2Slovakia
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
12/16/2013 12:42:09
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Latvia2-0Armenia
Referee: not available
12/22/2014 16:21:28
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Kazakhstan0-0Latvia
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
10/27/2014 12:57:21
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Latvia0-3Iceland
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
10/13/2014 19:02:37
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Latvia1-1Turkey
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
10/17/2014 10:27:41
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands6-0Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
12/04/2014 18:11:29
Czech RepublicLatvia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadion Eden, Prague (CZE)
12/04/2014 16:11:58
LatviaNetherlands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:26
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyLatvia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:09
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
LatviaCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:49
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
IcelandLatvia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
10/27/2014 13:56:21
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
LatviaKazakhstan
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:46

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : Skonto Stadions
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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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