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Latvia
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Association Latvian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Aleksandrs Starkovs
Captain Vitālijs Astafjevs
Most caps Vitālijs Astafjevs (159)
Top scorer Māris Verpakovskis (26)
Home stadium Skonto stadions
FIFA code LVA
FIFA ranking 47
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (November 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 111 (July 2007)
Elo ranking 70
Highest Elo ranking 45 (September 1938)
Lowest Elo ranking 124 (April 1995)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Latvia Latvia 1 - 0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 24 September 1922)
Biggest win
Latvia Latvia 8 - 0 Estonia 
(Tallinn, Estonia; 18 August 1942)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 12 - 0 Latvia Latvia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2004)
Best result Round 1, 2004

The Latvian national football team (Izlase in Latvian) is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia and represents the country in international football competitions, such as World Cup and the European Championships.

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History

Latvia played their first match in 1922, a game against Estonia; the result was a 1-1 draw. Latvia are the only Baltic team that has qualified for a European Championship and have won the Baltic Cup 19 times. Latvia in its pre-war period from 1922 to 1940 played 99 official games.

In 1937, the Latvian team participated in the first qualification tournament for the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Latvia was seeded in Group 8 with Austria and Lithuania. Latvia won Lithuania 4-2 in Riga (Goals: Fricis Kaņeps 9', 52', 83'; Iļja Vestermans 50' - Gudelis 79', Pavilionis 90') and than later 5-1 in Kaunas (Kaņeps 4', 45' (penalty); Vaclavs Borduško 11', 30'; Vestermans 67' - Pavilionis 72'), but lost 1-2 in the decisive match with Austria. Goals by Iļja Vestermans at the 6th minute for Latvia, and by Binder at 33' and Jerusalem at 15'. In April 1938 the Austrian Anschluss relegated the Austrian team, but the team of Latvia was not invited by FIFA as the group's runner-up.

In 1940, Latvia was annexed by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1991 and played their first match as a new nation against Estonia on November 16 of that year in the Baltic Cup, and their first FIFA-recognized match against Romania on April 8, 1992, a 0-2 loss at Bucharest.

Latvia were surprise qualifiers for the 2004 European Football Championship. After coming second in their qualifying group (ahead of Poland they defeated 2002 World Cup semi-finalists Turkey in a playoff to reach the final tournament. They were drawn into group D with Germany, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. On June 15, 2004, Latvia played Czech Republic and took half-time lead with a goal from Māris Verpakovskis. The Czechs would later come back to win the game 2-1. Four days later Latvia earned a respectable draw 0-0 against Germany to earn their first point in a major tournament. Latvia later lost to the Netherlands 3-0 and were eliminated with one point from their draw and two losses.

In the qualifying for World Cup 2006, Latvia were in group 3 with Portugal, Slovakia, Russia, Estonia, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg. Latvia were considered as a small threat for the playoff spot. However, they failed to show any surprises as they did in Euro 2004 and failed to qualify for World Cup 2006 finishing fifth with 15 points from four wins, three draws and five losses.

Vitālijs Astafjevs has played for Latvia more times than anyone else, with 158 caps currently. Māris Verpakovskis is the nation's top goal scorer with 26. Astafjevs has netted 16 times and Marians Pahars has 15 goals.

World Cup record

European Championship record

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
  Greece Israel Latvia Luxembourg Moldova Switzerland
Greece  2 – 1 5 – 2 2 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 2
Israel  1 – 1 0 – 1 7 – 0 3 – 1 2 – 2
Latvia  0 – 2 1 – 1 2 – 0 3 – 2 2 – 2
Luxembourg  0 – 3 1 – 3 0 – 4 0 – 0 0 – 3
Moldova  1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 2
Switzerland  2 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 0
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Euro 2012

Latvia have been placed in Group F, along side Malta, Greece, Georgia, Israel and Croatia.

Results and fixtures

Recent results

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Scorers
3 March, 2010 Friendly Angola Luanda Angola Angola 1:1 Ģirts Karlsons
22 January, 2010 Friendly Spain Malaga South Korea South Korea 0:1
14 November, 2009 Friendly Honduras Tegucigalpa Honduras Honduras 1:2 Vladimirs Koļesņičenko
14 October, 2009 World Cup 2010 Latvia Riga Moldova Moldova 3:2 Andrejs Rubins, Kristaps Grebis
10 October, 2009 World Cup 2010 Greece Athens Greece Greece 2:5 Māris Verpakovskis
9 September, 2009 World Cup 2010 Latvia Riga Switzerland Switzerland 2:2 Aleksandrs Cauņa, Vitālijs Astafjevs
5 September, 2009 World Cup 2010 Israel Ramat Gan Israel Israel 1:0 Kaspars Gorkšs
1 April, 2009 World Cup 2010 Latvia Riga Luxembourg Luxembourg 2:0 Jurijs Žigajevs, Māris Verpakovskis
28 March, 2009 World Cup 2010 Luxembourg Luxembourg City Luxembourg Luxembourg 4:0 Ģirts Karlsons, Aleksandrs Cauņa, Aleksejs Višņakovs, Andrejs Perepļotkins
11 February, 2009 Friendly Cyprus Limassol Armenia Armenia 0:0
12 November, 2008 Friendly Estonia Tallinn Estonia Estonia 1:1 Kristaps Grebis
15 October, 2008 World Cup 2010 Latvia Riga Israel Israel 1:1 Vladimirs Koļesņičenko
11 October, 2008 World Cup 2010 Switzerland St. Gallen Switzerland Switzerland 1:2 Deniss Ivanovs
10 September, 2008 World Cup 2010 Latvia Riga Greece Greece 0:2
6 September, 2008 World Cup 2010 Moldova Tiraspol Moldova Moldova 2:1 Ģirts Karlsons, Vitālijs Astafjevs
20 August, 2008 Friendly Romania Urziceni Romania Romania 0:1
1 June, 2008 Baltic Cup 2008 Latvia Riga Lithuania Lithuania 2:1 Andrejs Perepļotkins, Vidas Alunderis (o.g.)
30 May, 2008 Baltic Cup 2008 Latvia Riga Estonia Estonia 1:0 Juris Laizāns

Top Latvia goalscorers

Player Latvia career Goals (Caps)
Māris Verpakovskis 1999- 26 (80)
Ēriks Pētersons 1929-1939 21 (63)
Vitālijs Astafjevs 1992- 16 (158)
Marians Pahars 1996-2007 15 (75)
Juris Laizāns 1998- 15 (100)
Alberts Šeibelis 1925-1939 14 (54)
Iļja Vestermans 1935-1938 13 (23)
Mihails Zemļinskis 1992-2005 12 (105)
Vīts Rimkus 1995-2008 11 (73)
Arnolds Tauriņš 1925-1935 10 (39)
Imants Bleidelis 1995-2007 10 (106)
Andrejs Rubins 1998- 10 (106)

Latvia coaches

Coach Latvia career
Latvia Jānis Gilis 1992 – 1997
Georgia (country) Revaz Dzodzuashvili 1998 – 1999
England Gary Johnson 1999 – 2001
Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs 2001 – 2004
Latvia Jurijs Andrejevs 2004 – 2007
Latvia Aleksandrs Starkovs 2007 – present

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the Friendly match vs Angola on 3 March, 2010.

Caps and Goals from 22 February 2010

Goalkeepers

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Deniss Romanovs September 2, 1978 (1978-09-02) (age 31) 3 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
GK Kaspars Ikstens June 5, 1988 (1988-06-05) (age 21) 0 0 Latvia Skonto

Defenders

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Oskars Kļava August 8, 1983 (1983-08-08) (age 26) 37 1 Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs
DF Deniss Ivanovs January 11, 1984 (1984-01-11) (age 26) 32 2 South Africa Ajax Cape Town
DF Ritus Krjauklis April 23, 1986 (1986-04-23) (age 23) 4 0 Latvia Ventspils
DF Vitālijs Smirnovs June 28, 1986 (1986-06-28) (age 23) 0 0 Latvia Skonto
DF Pāvels Mihadjuks May 27, 1980 (1980-05-27) (age 29) 3 0 Scotland Dundee United
DF Dzintars Zirnis April 6, 1977 (1977-04-06) (age 32) 63 0 Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs

Midfielders

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
MF Andrejs Rubins November 26, 1978 (1978-11-26) (age 31) 108 10 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
MF Genādijs Soloņicins January 3, 1980 (1980-01-03) (age 30) 40 1 Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs
MF Aleksandrs Fertovs February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) (age 23) 3 0 Latvia Skonto
MF Vitālijs Astafjevs Captain sports.svg April 3, 1971 (1971-04-03) (age 38) 159 16 Latvia Skonto
MF Jurijs Žigajevs November 14, 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 24) 13 1 Latvia Ventspils
MF Juris Laizāns January 6, 1979 (1979-01-06) (age 31) 101 15 Latvia Skonto
MF Igors Tarasovs January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16) (age 22) 1 0 Latvia Skonto

Forwards

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
FW Andrejs Perepļotkins December 27, 1984 (1984-12-27) (age 25) 20 3 Latvia Skonto
FW Ģirts Karlsons June 7, 1981 (1981-06-07) (age 28) 44 9 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
FW Kristaps Blanks June 30, 1986 (1986-06-30) (age 23) 22 0 Latvia Skonto

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Simple English

Latvia
Association Latvian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Aleksandrs Starkovs
Most caps Vitālijs Astafjevs (147)
Top scorer Māris Verpakovskis (23)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Latvia national football team is the national football team of Latvia.

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Māris Verpakovskis23731999-present
2Ēriks Pētersons21631929-1939
3Vitālijs Astafjevs151471992-present
3Juris Laizāns15921998-present
3Marians Pahars15751996-2007
6Alberts Šeibelis14541925-1939
7Iļja Vestermans13231935-1938
8Mihails Zemļinskis121051992-2005
9Vits Rimkus11731995-present
10Arnolds Tauriņš10391925-1935

Latvia coaches

Coach Latvia career
Jānis Gilis 1992 – 1997
Revaz Dzodzuashvili 1998 – 1999
Gary Johnson 1999 – 2001
Aleksandrs Starkovs 2001 – 2004
Jurijs Andrejevs 2004 – 2007
Aleksandrs Starkovs 2007 – present


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