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UEFA Nations League: Latvia - Kazakhstan Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

LatviaLatviaDaugava - RigaSaturday 13 October 2018
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group D1 - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/10/2015QR (GS)Latvia - Kazakhstan0-1
RigaKuat 65
09/09/2014QR (GS)Kazakhstan - Latvia0-0Astana
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

Last updated 10/10/2018 15:24CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Latvia - Squad list
League phase
1Andris Vaņins30/04/198038Zürich*20
12Kaspars Ikstens05/06/198830Rīgas FS - 00
23Pāvels Šteinbors21/09/198533Arka - 00
2Vitālijs Maksimenko08/12/199027Olimpija Ljubljana - 10
3Gints Freimanis09/05/198533Spartaks Jūrmala - 00
4Kaspars Dubra20/12/199027Rīgas FS - 20
5Aleksandrs Solovjovs25/02/198830Rīgas FS - 10
6Antons Kurakins01/01/199028Riga - 00
13Vjačeslavs Isajevs27/08/199325Rīgas FS*10
19Vitālijs Jagodinskis28/02/199226Ventspils*20
20Mārcis Ošs25/07/199127Xamax - 00
21Vadims Žuļevs01/03/198830Ventspils - 00
7Ritvars Rugins17/10/198928Ventspils - 10
8Aleksandrs Fertovs16/06/198731Rīgas FS - 20
14Andrejs Cigaņiks12/04/199721Cambuur - 00
17Igors Tarasovs16/10/198829Śląsk - 00
18Roberts Savaļnieks04/02/199325Rīgas FS - 10
9Dāvis Ikaunieks 07/01/199424Jablonec - 10
10Valērijs Šabala12/10/199424Podbeskidzie - 20
11Artūrs Karašausks29/01/199226Akzhayik*20
15Deniss Rakels20/08/199226Riga - 20
16Ivans Lukjanovs24/01/198731Riga - 20
22Vladislavs Gutkovskis02/04/199523Nieciecza*20
-Mixu Paatelainen03/02/196751 - 20
Kazakhstan - Squad list
League phase
1Nenad Erić26/05/198236Astana - 20
12Vladimir Plotnikov03/04/198632Kairat - 00
22Dmytro Nepohodov17/02/198830Tobol - 00
2Sergei Maliy05/06/199028Astana - 10
3Nuraly Alip22/12/199918Kairat - 00
4Evgeni Postnikov16/04/198632Astana - 20
16Gafurzhan Suyumbayev19/08/199028Kairat - 00
18Dmitri Shomko19/03/199028Astana*20
21Abzal Beysebekov30/11/199225Astana - 20
23Yuri Logvinenko22/07/198830Astana - 11
5Islambek Kuat12/01/199325Kairat*20
6Yan Vorogovskiy07/08/199622Kairat - 00
7Duman Narzildayev06/09/199325Kaysar - 00
8Magomed Paragulgov26/03/199424Kairat - 00
9Bauyrzhan Islamkhan23/02/199325Kairat - 20
10Georgi Zhukov19/11/199423Kairat - 10
11Aleksandr Sokolenko23/11/199621Kairat - 00
19Baktiyor Zainutdinov02/04/199820Astana*20
13Aleksei Schetkin21/05/199127Astana - 20
14Roman Murtazayev10/09/199325Astana - 20
15Bauyrzhan Turysbek15/10/199126Tobol - 20
17Yerkebulan Seidakhmet04/02/200018Ufa - 20
20Maxim Fedin08/06/199622Tobol - 00
-Stanimir Stoilov13/02/196751 - 20

Last updated 13/10/2018 00:31CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Mixu Paatelainen

Date of birth: 3 February 1967
Playing career:
Valkeakosken Haka, Dundee United, Aberdeen, Bolton, Wolves, Hibernian (twice), Strasbourg, Saint Johnstone, Saint Mirren
Coaching career: Cowdenbeath, TPS Turku, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Finland, Dundee United, Ubon UMT United, Latvia

• The son of Finnish international forward Matti Paatelainen, Mixu began his playing career at Haka in Valkeakoski before starting a long association with Scotland in 1987, joining Dundee United. A powerful striker who never considered himself a target man despite being much used in the role, Paatelainen spent five years with United and two at Aberdeen before heading south to England in 1994, signing for Bolton.

• Helped the club to promotion to the Premier League and the English League Cup final in his first term. Although relegation followed a year later, Paatelainen won another promotion before leaving for a single season at Wolves in 1997/98.

• Headed back to Scotland and Hibernian in 1998, breaking for a short and injury-plagued spell at Strasbourg in 2001/02. The final campaign of his playing days, which also featured 18 goals in 70 games for Finland, was at St Mirren in 2004/05, when he also worked as the club's assistant manager.

• Took charge of Cowdenbeath in 2005, securing the side's first divisional title in 67 years in his only full season. Also a success during a solitary campaign at TPS, in January 2008 he earned his first top-flight assignment with Hibernian. Left Easter Road in May 2009, later returning to management at Kilmarnock before being appointed Finland coach in March 2011.

• Having missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Finland, Paatelainen was sacked in June 2015; returned to Scotland and Dundee United that October but unable to prevent the club's relegation at the end of the campaign, prompting his departure. After a short spell in Thailand, appointed Latvia coach in May 2018.


Stanimir Stoilov

Date of birth: 13 February 1967
Nationality: Bulgarian
Playing career: Haskovo, Levski Sofia (three times), Fenerbahçe, CSKA Sofia, Campomaiorense, Slavia Sofia
Coaching career: Levski Sofia, Bulgaria (twice), Litex Lovech, Anorthosis Famagusta, Botev Plovdiv, Astana, Kazakhstan

• A stellar name at Levski, Stoilov had three spells at the club, ending his senior career there after amassing four league titles plus five Bulgarian Cups. Started out as a midfielder but later moved up front and, towards the end of his career, into defence. Scored three goals in 14 international appearances for Bulgaria, two of them on his debut in September 1992 in a friendly against Turkey, where he had just arrived to play for Fenerbahçe.

• Captain and assistant coach at Levski in his later years, he was appointed head coach in 2004. In four seasons in charge won two league titles, two national cups and became the first man to lead a Bulgarian club into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

• Stood in as caretaker national team coach in June 2007 following Hristo Stoichkov's resignation. Sacked by Levski in May 2008, he joined Litex and took them to victory in the Bulgarian Cup, having in the meantime also been appointed Bulgaria coach. Left Litex in August 2009 to concentrate solely on the national side but missed out on 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and resigned in September 2010.

• Took over the Botev Plovdiv reins midway through 2012/13 and led the side into the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round in 2013/14 as well as steering them to the Bulgarian Cup final. He then joined Astana in June 2014 and oversaw the club's maiden Kazakh title later that year, before navigating their route through 2015/16 UEFA Champions League qualifying to seal Kazakhstan's first ever group stage spot.

• Further league titles followed in 2015, 2016 – when Astana also won the domestic cup – and 2017, when Stoilov was named Bulgaria's coach of the year; under him, Astana also reached the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2016/17 and 2017/18 round of 32. Stepped down from his club commitments at the end of 2017 to take the reins of the Kazakhstan national side.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeHarald Lechner (AUT)
  • Assistant refereesAndreas Heidenreich (AUT) , Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
  • Additional assistant refereesAlexander Harkam (AUT) , Markus Hameter (AUT)
  • Fourth officialAndreas Staudinger (AUT)
  • UEFA DelegateRóbert Agnarsson (ISL)
  • UEFA Referee observerOguz Sarvan (TUR)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Harald Lechner30/07/1982051

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
22/07/2010UEL2QRFK TeteksFK Ventspils3-1Skopje

Last updated 11/10/2018 11:44CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D1 - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Latvia 0-0 Andorra
    Vaņins, Dubra, Solovjovs (76 Karašausks), Gabovs, Fertovs, D. Ikaunieks (61 Uldriķis), Šabala (84 Gutkovskis), Rakels, Lukjanovs, Jagodinskis, Kļuškins
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Georgia 1-0 Latvia
    1-0 Okriashvili 77 (P)
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Dubra, Gabovs, Rugins (78 Savaļnieks), Fertovs, Karašausks, Isajevs, Lukjanovs (80 Rakels), Jagodinskis, Gutkovskis (72 Šabala)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia
    0-1 Chakvetadze 69, 0-2 Maliy 74 (og)
    Erić, Maliy, Postnikov, Kuat (76 Turysbek), Muzhikov, Islamkhan (81 Zainutdinov), Zhukov, Schetkin, Murtazayev (88 Seidakhmet), Shomko, Beysebekov
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Andorra 1-1 Kazakhstan
    0-1 Logvinenko 68, 1-1 Aláez 86
    Erić, Postnikov, Kuat, Muzhikov, Islamkhan, Tunggyshbayev (66 Zainutdinov), Schetkin, Murtazayev (59 Turysbek), Shomko, Beysebekov (90 Seidakhmet), Logvinenko
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (15/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)

Last updated 10/10/2018 15:33CET



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