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SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Full name FK Liepājas Metalurgs
Founded 1997
Ground Daugava Stadium
Liepāja, Latvia
(Capacity: 5,100)
Chairman Latvia Sergejs Zaharins
Manager Germany Rüdiger Abramczik
League Virsliga
2009 Virsliga, 1st (champions)
Home colours
Away colours

SK Liepājas Metalurgs (Latvian: Futbola klubs "Liepājas metalurgs") is a Latvian football club, based in the city of Liepāja and playing in the Virslīga. They play at the Daugava Stadium (capacity 5,008). In 2005 Liepajas Metalurgs became the first team other than Skonto FC of Riga to win the Virslīga since the league restarted in 1991.



Based in Liepāja, FK Liepājas Metalurgs, get their name from the city's metallurgical factory, founded in 1882, the only one of its kind in the Baltic States.

The history of the club can be traced back to 1945 when two football clubs were founded in Liepāja - Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja.


Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja: 1945-1947

In its debut season Daugava Liepāja were runners-up in the Latvian league behind the champions FK Dinamo Rīga. In 1946 Daugava were coached by former Olimpija Liepāja defender Kārlis Tīls and with one of the best former Olimpija players Ernests Ziņģis in attack won its first Latvian title. Both Valdis Pultraks and Voldemārs Sudmalis were in the squad. Daugava again won the title again in 1947 and the squad included Miervaldis Drāznieks who went on to score 160 goals in the Latvian league. Daugava Liepāja also won the Latvian Cup in 1946 and 1947.

Dinamo Liepāja did not play in the Latvian top league. However in 1948 Dinamo won the Latvian Cup with future Liepāja player Žanis Zviedris in the team.

Sarkanais Metalurgs: 1949-1961

In 1949 Daugava Liepāja and Dinamo Liepāja merged to form Sarkanais Metalurgs which, for the next decade was the strongest club in the Latvian league. In 1949 Sarkanais Metalurgs won both the league and the Latvian Cup. More titles followed in 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956-1958. They also won the Latvian Cup three times in a row from 1953 to 1955. In 1954 after beating Daugava Rīga in a match for the chance to play in the Soviet League a united Daugava-Metalurgs club was formed which included six Metalurgs players. In 1954 they competed in the "USSR Class B 1954, 2nd zone" of the Soviet First League the second tier in Soviet football.[1] In the Latvian league the Metalurgs team was made up of mostly the reserves squad. In 1956 Daugava did not include the Metalurgs name in the Soviet League. In 1960 Sarkanais Metalurgs was given a place in the Soviet league and continued playing in the league under various names until 1990.[2] In 1961 the club played as LMR Liepāja.

Zvejnieks Liepāja: 1962-1989

In 1962 the club changed owners and was renamed Zvejnieks Liepāja. It was considered to be a second team for Daugava Rīga and the clubs better players usually had to leave for Daugava. Also if Daugava players needed match practice they were sent to Liepāja. In the Soviet league Zvejnieks was usually a mid-table club. With the club now playing in the Soviet and not the local league players from other Republics of the Soviet Union came to play for Zvejnieks. In the 1960s, defender Mārtiņš Lube was the clubs captain.Jurijs Romaņenkovs who went on to become the clubs coach in 1989-90 played for Zvejnieks in the 1970s.

In the 1980s Vladimirs Žuks coached Zvejnieks and several bright players emerged with the club including Jānis Intenbergs, Ilmārs Verpakovskis, Vladimirs Babičevs and Ainārs Linards. A number of Daugava Rīga players also played for Zvejnieks including Raimonds Laizāns and Dainis Deglis.

Olimpija Liepāja: 1990-1993

In 1990 the club was renamed and given the name of a former Latvian club that plated in the 1920s-1930s - Olimpija Liepāja. As Olimpija the club played in the Soviet league in 1990, but in 1991 it played only in the Latvian league and finished in third place. The Olimpija period saw the emergence of Viktors Dobrecovs at the club. After the break up of the Soviet Union the first seasons in the newly independent Latvia were difficult for Olimpija as they grew financially weaker from year to year.

FK Liepāja: 1994

In 1994 the club was renamed FK Liepāja but played only the one season.

DAG Liepāja: 1995-1996

In 1995 FK Liepāja was merged with FC Dag Rīga to form DAG Liepāja. The club reached the 1995 Latvian Cup final where they lost 3-0 to Skonto FC. Ainārs Linards returned to the club in 1995. In the Latvian league the club finished 8th out of ten clubs in 1996.

Baltika Liepāja: 1996-1997

In 1996 the club changed owners again and became Baltika Liepāja. In 1996 Māris Verpakovskis, the son of Ilmārs Verpakovskis and future Latvia national football team international made his debut for the club. For some time the club was on the brink of bankruptcy and struggled to stop the best players from leaving the club. However, the club got new funding from the local Metallurgy factory and for the 1997 season at last had a strong budget and ambitious plans again.

FK Liepājas Metalurgs: 1997 to present

In 1998 Metalurgs with Jurijs Popkovs as head coach finished second behind Skonto in the Virslīga and each season up to 2004 Metalurgs finished second in the Virslīga. In the Latvian Cup they also lost three cup finals. In 2005 Metalurgs finally became Virslīga champions and won the first title for Liepāja in an independent Latvia since the 1930s. In 2006 Metalurgs also finally won the Latvian Cup.


  • Virsliga winners
    • 2005, 2009
  • Virsliga runners-up
    • 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Latvian Cup winners
    • 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1963, 1964, 2006
  • Baltic League winners
  • Latvian Soviet league winners
    • 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958,

Europe record

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Iceland Keflavík ÍF 4-2 0-1 4-3
1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2R Portugal SC Braga 0-0 0-4 0-4
1999/00 UEFA Cup QR Poland Lech Poznań 3-2 1-3 4-5
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Republic of Ireland Cork City F.C. 1-0 2-1 3-1
2 Netherlands SC Heerenveen 3-2 1-6 4-8
2000/01 UEFA Cup QR Norway SK Brann 1-1 0-1 1-2
2002/03 UEFA Cup QR Austria FC Kärnten 0-2 2-4 2-6
2003/04 UEFA Cup QR Romania FC Dinamo Bucureşti 1-1 2-5 3-6
2004/05 UEFA Cup 1QR Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 8-1 3-1 11-2
2Q Sweden Östers IF 1-1 2-2 3-3 (a)
1 Germany FC Schalke 04 0-4 1-5 1-9
2005/06 UEFA Cup 1QR Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 3-0 3-0 6-0
2QR Belgium K.R.C. Genk 2-3 0-3 2-6
2006/07 UEFA Champions League 1QR Kazakhstan FC Aktobe 1-0 1-1 2-1
2QR Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-4 0-4 1-8
2007/08 UEFA Cup 1QR Belarus FC Dinamo Brest 1-1 2-1 3-2
2QR Sweden AIK Fotboll 3-2 0-2 3-4
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1QR Northern Ireland Glentoran F.C. 2-0 1-1 3-1
2QR Romania SC Vaslui 0-2 1-3 1-5
2009/10 UEFA Cup 2QR Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 1-3 3-4

Virsliga record


Current squad

As of 25 September 2009.

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Liepājas Metalurgs current line-up

As of 22 November 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Latvia DF Andrejs Žuravļovs
3 Latvia DF Oskars Kļava
4 Latvia DF Dzintars Zirnis
7 Latvia MF Maksims Rafaļskis
8 Latvia FW Deniss Rakels
9 Lithuania MF Tomas Tamošauskas
13 Latvia DF Pāvels Surņins
14 Latvia DF Intars Kirhners
16 Latvia MF Jevgēņjis Koršakovs
17 Latvia FW Andrejs Prohorenkovs
21 Latvia GK Pāvels Šteinbors
22 Latvia FW Vladimirs Kamešs
No. Position Player
23 Latvia FW Kristaps Grebis
27 Latvia MF Igors Aleksejevs
28 Latvia DF Antons Jemeļins
31 Latvia GK Viktors Spole
Latvia DF Dmitrijs Mihailovs
Latvia MF Jevgēņjis Golovins
Latvia DF Artjoms Kuzņecovs
Latvia FW Jurģis Kalns
Latvia FW Raivo Kalniņš
Latvia MF Nils Sitenkovs
Latvia DF Toms Mežs
Latvia MF Genādijs Soloņicins

Notable former players


Figures correct as of November 13, 2007.

  • 1945-1948 Latvia Kārlis Tīls (Daugava Liepāja coach)
  • 1949-1951 Latvia Arturs Bušs
  • 1953-1954 Latvia Ernests Ziņģis
  • 1954-1960 Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins
  • 1961 Latvia Hārdijs Blūms
  • 1962-1963 Russia Lev Korchebokov
  • 1964-1965 Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins
  • 1966-1967 Russia Lev Korchebokov
  • 1967-1968 Latvia Boriss Graps
  • 1969-1970 Latvia Raimonds Dambis
  • 1971 Latvia Zigfrīds Driķis
  • 1971-1975 Latvia Afanasijs Ptičkins
  • 1976-1978 Vladimirs Davidovs Latvia Valentins Obravins
  • 1978-1980 Russia Boris Reinhold
  • 1981-1982 Latvia Valentīns Obrivins
  • 1983-1984 Latvia Eduards Vlasovs
  • 1985-1988 Latvia Vladimirs Žuks
  • 1989-1990 Latvia Jānis Mežeckis
  • 1991 Latvia Aivars Sveilis
  • 1991 Latvia Jānis Zuntners
  • 1992 Latvia Aleksandrs Jurenko
  • 1993-1994 Latvia Jānis Zuntners
  • 1994 Latvia Eduards Safjanovs
  • 1994 Latvia Ilmārs Verpakovskis
  • 1995 Russia Viktors Ņesterenko
  • 1996 Latvia Vladimirs Žuks
  • 1996 Lithuania Šendelas Geršovičius
  • 1997 Latvia Jānis Gilis
  • 1998-2000 Latvia Jurijs Popkovs
  • 2000-2001 Russia Anatoli Shelest
  • 2002 Russia Vladimir Mukhanov
  • 2002-2003 Latvia Viktors Lukins
  • 2004-2007 Lithuania Benjaminas Zelkevičius
  • 2007-2008 Latvia Jurijs Andrejevs
  • 2008 Latvia Vladimirs Osipovs (caretaker)
  • 2008- Germany Rüdiger Abramczik


  1. ^ "USSR Class B 1954, 2nd zone". KLISF. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "USSR Class B 1960, Republics, 2nd zone". KLISF. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 

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