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FK Ventspils
FK Ventspils emblem
Full name Futbola Klubs Ventspils
Nickname(s) Champions Yellow - Blue
Founded 1997
Ground Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions,
Ventspils, Latvia
(Capacity: 3,200)
Chairman Latvia Jurijs Bespalovs
Manager Italy Nunzio Zavettieri
League Virsliga
2009 Virsliga, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

FK Ventspils is a Latvian football club, based at Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions in Ventspils city and is one of the most popular football clubs in the country. FK Ventspils plays in Virsliga. In total, the club has won three league titles and four Latvian Cups. At the end of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons, they became Virsliga champions.[1] In 2009, they became the first Latvian club to participate in the group stages of UEFA competitions after beating BATE football club from Belarus.

Nunzio Zavettieri has been manager of the club since 12 August 2009, replacing Roman Hryhorchuk, who had been FK Ventspils manager since 2005.[2]

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History

FK Ventspils was founded in 1997 with the merger of two former Ventspils clubs - FK Venta and FK Nafta. Its predecessor Venta was one of the leading clubs in the Latvian league in 1960s.

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FK Venta

The next notable success for “Venta” was in 1967, when they won the Latvian Cup. By that time they had quite a fighting fit line-up, and 1969 already was their golden year when Venta became champions. During the tournament they gained 43 points; 20 matches won, 3 matches ended with a draw and only 3 matches lost. Additionally, they lost only in the away matches. They scored 45 goals and 16 conceded. At that time Venta's leader was a player manager, who is well known not only to the admirers of Ventspils, but the whole of Latvian football, Vladimir Chikinov.

This was the golden line-up: Leonid Virko, Konstantin Zhurkevich, Aleksandr Busarov, Valery Yashenko, Aleksandr Tronev, Ariy Shmerling, Vladimir Samohvalov, Aleksandr Novash, Nikolay Chaevky, Nikolay Pozdnyakov, Vladimir Chikinov, Viktor Yurinov, Viktor Litvinenko, Aleksandr Rakicky, Valentin Ipolitov, Vladimir Kutuzov, Valentin Vetrenko, Genady Hrustalov.

Of course, the victories did not come easy. There was a huge effort put into both the matches and training. However, at that time they had quite a modest material and technical basis. They trained in the sport hall of Ventspils port, had training camps in Piltene and went to Moldova several times. They had close contacts with a children’s sport school from which talented youth often came to the team. Whereas these days there are limits on foreign born players, at that time it was an obligation for the team to have two players younger than 18 years of age in the line-up. Thus, V.Kutuzov, V.Ivankovich, N.Dishlov and later Y.Romanenko, V.Fedotov and others appeared in the team.

In 1963 Ventspils gained a place and the rights to play in the Latvian championship (Virsliga). The next major achievement for "Venta" came in 1967, when it won the Latvian Cup. In 1969 "Venta" were champions of Latvia, in that season "Venta" got 43 points, 20 matches won, 3 drawn and 3 lost. In the 1970s the team lost its position, in the 1980s it lost its financial support and became defunct for some years. In 1994 Venta returned to 1. liga but after that season many players left the club as FK Nafta was formed. Until the merger Venta played in 1. liga.

FK Nafta

FK Nafta was formed in 1995, in the first season the club won its 2nd league division and earned a promotion to the 1st league. In its only season there the club finished higher than FK Venta. After the season the teams merged to form FK Ventspils

FK Ventspils

New, modern history of football club “Ventspils” begins in 1997, the year of team’s foundation. In February 2007, the club that represents the town on the bank of the river Venta with the population of 45 thousand people celebrated its 10th anniversary. In such a short period of time FK “Ventspils” became one of the strongest clubs in Latvia. FK “Ventspils” rapidly developed and gained the reputation of a serious Latvian club, and won various trophies. Since that time FK Ventspils has become one of the strongest Latvian clubs and it has won Virslīga in both 2006 and 2007.

In 2003 FK "Ventspils” won the Latvian Cup for the first time in the team's history. The team won this honorary trophy the next two years in a row. And only the main height – golden medals of the Latvian championship – has not been achieved by FK “Ventspils” for a long time. The team won silver and bronze medals of the Latvian championship many times, but everybody in the club dreamed of the gold. And finally, in 2006 FK "Ventspils" became the strongest club in Latvia by winning the golden medals of the Latvian championship!

The Ukrainian specialist Roman Hryhorchuk led FK Ventspils to the main trophy. Before that in 2003 FK Ventspils won the Latvian Cup for the first time . Also in 2004 and in 2005 FK Ventspils won the trophy, but only managed to finish second or third in the Latvian first division championship Virsliga. Finally in 2006 Roman Hryhorchuk, the head coach from Ukraine, took the team to the league championship. Before him, the team was managed by Russian coach Boris Sinicin, an English coach Paul Anthony Ashworth, a Lithuanian coach Saulius Širmslis and a local Latvian coach, Sergejs Semjonovs.

Despite being a relatively new club, FK Ventspils has quite a rich and interesting Eurocups history. In 1999 FK Ventspils had its debut in theIntertoto Cup and managed to beat Norwegian team Vålerenga Fotball on aggregate. Later the club took part in the UEFA Cup, thus allowing fans to see matches against major European clubs as VfB Stuttgart, Rosenborg BK, Brøndby IF, Newcastle United F.C.. The draw (0:0) in the away match against Newcastle United F.C. may be called the greatest achievement of FK Ventspils. However, even more memorable are the matches against Brøndby IF in 2004 when FK Ventspils managed to eliminate the Danish club from the UEFA Cup.

On 17 July 2007 FK Ventspils made its debut in the UEFA Champions league. The yellow-and-blue started their historical trip of the most prestigious club tournament of Europe in Wales, where they played against TNS. The author of the first FK Ventspils goal in the Champions league was the forward Vits Rimkus. One week later, on 25 July, FK Ventspils won their first victory in the Champions league, beating TNS 2:1 in the home match. Goals were scored by the defenders Jean-Paul Ndeki and Deniss Kačanovs. In the second qualifying round the team of Roman Hryhorchuk played against FC Red Bull Salzburg, led by the legendary Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni. In 2008 FK Ventspils participated in the UEFA Champions league for the second time. And the first opponent of the team was again the champions of WalesLlanelli A.F.C..

In the 2009-2010 season, FK Ventspils became the first Latvian club to participate in the group stages of UEFA club competitions after beating FC BATE of Belarus. FK Ventspils will now play in the UEFA Europa League's group stage.

Participation in Latvian Championships

Year Division Position
1997-98 Virsliga 4th
1998-99 Virsliga 3rd
1999-00 Virsliga 3rd
2000-01 Virsliga 2nd
2001-02 Virsliga 2nd
2002-03 Virsliga 2nd
2003-04 Virsliga 3rd
2004-05 Virsliga 3rd
2005–06 Virsliga 3rd
2006-07 Virsliga 1st
2007-08 Virsliga 1st
2008-09 Virsliga 1st
2009-10 Virsliga 2nd

European record

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Norway Vålerenga 2-0 0-1 2-1
2 Turkey Kocaelispor 1-1 2-0 1-3
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Finland HJK 0-1 2-1 1-3
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Switzerland Lugano 3-0 0-1 3-1
1 Germany Stuttgart 1-4 1-4 2-8
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Poland Wisła Płock 1-1 2-2 3-3 (a)
1 Norway Rosenborg 1-4 0-6 1-10
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1QR Faroe Islands B68 Toftir 8-0 3-0 11-0
2QR Denmark Brøndby 0-0 1-1 1-1 (a)
1 Poland Lech Poznań 1-1 0-1 1-2
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1QR Northern Ireland Linfield 1-2 1-0 2-2 (a)
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1QR Iceland Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur 2-1 2-0 4-1
2QR England Newcastle United 0-1 0-0 0-1
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1 Wales The New Saints 2-1 2-3 4-4 (a)
2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0-3 0-4 0-7
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1 Wales Llanelli 4-0 0-1 4-1
2 Norway Brann 2-1 0-1 2-2 (a)
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 3-0 3-1 6-1
3 Belarus BATE 1-0 1-2 2-2 (a)
4 (PO) Switzerland Zürich 0-3 1-2 1-5
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1R Germany Hertha BSC 0-1 1-1 1-2
2R Netherlands Heerenveen 0-0 0-5 0-5
3R Portugal Sporting CP 1-2 1-1 2-3

Players and staff

Current squad

As of January 29, 2010 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 Aleksejs Soleičuks
4 Latvia MF Jurijs Žigajevs
5 Latvia MF Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs
9 Nigeria FW Jojo Ogunnupe
11 Latvia MF Aleksejs Višņakovs
12 Latvia DF Igors Savčenkovs
14 Russia FW Ivan Shpakov
15 Russia MF Grigori Chirkin
16 Latvia GK Aleksandrs Koļinko
17 Cameroon DF Jean-Paul Ndeki
No. Position Player
20 Moldova FW Alexandru Dedov
23 Latvia DF Vladimirs Bespalovs
25 Latvia FW Ritvars Rugins
26 Latvia FW Eduards Visnakovs
29 Nigeria FW Uche Iheruome
34 Latvia DF Aleksandrs Solovjovs
36 Latvia MF Aleksandrs Baturinskis
-- Latvia DF Ritus Krjauklis
-- Latvia DF Artūrs Silagailis
-- Belarus GK Pavel Chasnowski
-- Latvia DF Vladislavs Gabovs
-- Latvia DF Oļegs Baikovs
-- Latvia GK Aleksandrs Vlasovs

For recent squad changes see: below or List of Latvian football transfers winter 2009-2010.

Squad changes winter 2009/10

In

Out

Current coaching staff

Position Name
President Latvia Jurijs Bespalovs
President Latvia Sergejs Barkovskis
Manager Italy Nunzio Zavettieri
Assistant manager Lithuania Saulus Cekanavicus
Team coach Italy Carmine Balleri
Team coach Italy Angelo Orlando
Goalkeeping Coach Latvia Sergejs Diguļovs

Famous players

Managers

UEFA ranking 2009

Current Club Ranking[3]

External links

References


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