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The 2008 Virslīga season was the 17th Virslīga season. It began on 5 April 2008 with the first round of games and ended on 9 November 2008 with the final matches of the championship and relegation rounds. Ventspils were the defending champions.

Location of teams in the Latvian Higher League 2008

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Season details

FK Ventspils - champions for third time in the row

For the 2008 season the league has expanded to ten clubs, and the fixture format has changed. Due to expansion there was no relegation at the end of the 2007 season, and the top two clubs from the 1. līga 2007 season, champions FK Vindava (from Ventspils), and second placed SK Blāzma (from Rēzekne) were both promoted. From the 2008 season on, the league will be held in two rounds.

In the first round each club played all the other nine clubs twice, home and away starting with Matchday 1 on 5 April and finishing with Matchday 18 on 10 August.

In the second round there were two "mini leagues", with the top six clubs after the First Round, playing each other twice and clubs in 7th to 10th place after the First Round playing each other four times. Second round matches started on 24 August and finished on 9 November.[1][2]

At the end of the season, the club finishing bottom of the Virslīga were automatically relegated to the 1. līga, and the champions of the 1. līga were automatically promoted, taking the place of the relegated club. The club that finished next to the bottom in the Virslīga play a two-legged playoff for the final place in the Virslīga for the next season with the club that finished second in 1. līga.[1]

First round

Standings

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 FK Ventspils 18 12 4 2 33 6 +27 40 Qualification to championship round
2 Skonto Rīga 18 11 3 4 28 19 +9 36
3 Dinaburg FC 18 9 5 4 22 13 +9 32
4 FK Rīga 18 9 3 6 28 27 +1 30 RĪG 2–2 LIE
LIE 2–2 RĪG
5 Liepājas Metalurgs 18 7 9 2 27 17 +10 30
6 Daugava Daugavpils 18 6 6 6 27 22 +5 24
7 Vindava Ventspils 18 4 5 9 14 27 −13 17 Qualification to relegation round
8 FK Jūrmala 18 3 7 8 15 27 −12 16
9 Blāzma Rēzekne 18 2 4 12 8 26 −18 10
10 RFS/Olimps 18 1 6 11 12 30 −18 9

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 BLĀ DGD DIN JŪR LIE RFS RĪG SKO VEN VIN
Blāzma Rēzekne 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 1–1
Daugava Daugavpils 2–0 0–1 0–0 4–1 3–1 6–1 1–3 1–4 1–1
Dinaburg FC 2–1 0–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1
FK Jūrmala 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1
Liepājas Metalurgs 1–0 2–0 1–0 7–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–0
RFS/Olimps 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–1 1–3 0–1
FK Rīga 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–2
Skonto Rīga 1–0 3–1 0–3 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 3–0
FK Ventspils 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
Vindava Ventspils 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–7

Source: Matchday 1–9 results Matchday 10–18 results (Latvian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round

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Championship round

Standings

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 FK Ventspils  (C) 28 19 6 3 53 14 +39 63 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Liepājas Metalurgs 28 14 11 3 48 25 +23 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Skonto Rīga 28 15 7 6 43 31 +12 52 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
4 Dinaburg FC 28 10 8 10 32 31 +1 38 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 Daugava Daugavpils 28 10 7 11 40 35 +5 37
6 FK Rīga 28 10 3 15 36 55 −19 33

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
1Daugava Daugavpils won the Latvian Football Cup 2008 competition, thereby qualifying for UEFA Europa League 2009–10 second qualification round. However, Daugava Daugavpils merged with Dinaburg, so the Europa League spots were redistributed based on league position.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 DGD DIN LIE RĪG SKO VEN
Daugava Daugavpils 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–2
Dinaburg FC 3–3 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–31
Liepājas Metalurgs 3–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–2
FK Rīga 0–2 3–2 1–4 1–2 0–2
Skonto Rīga 1–0 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–2
FK Ventspils 1–0 1–0 0–2 5–1 2–2

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
1The match originally finished 0–0, but was eventually awarded with as won by a score of 3–0 to Ventspils because Dinaburg FC fielded player who was not in match protocol.[3]

Relegation round

Standings

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 FK Jūrmala 30 10 10 10 35 34 +1 40
2 Vindava Ventspils 30 9 9 12 27 41 −14 36
3 Blāzma Rēzekne  (O) 30 5 8 17 20 43 −23 23 Qualification to relegation play-offs
4 RFS/Olimps  (R) 30 2 11 17 22 47 −25 17 Relegation to Latvian First League

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

First and second games

Home \ Away1 BLĀ JŪR RFS VIN
Blāzma Rēzekne 2–1 1–1 0–1
FK Jūrmala 2–0 2–0 3–0
RFS/Olimps 0–0 1–1 0–2
Vindava Ventspils 2–0 0–0 1–0

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Third and fourth games

Home \ Away1 BLĀ JŪR RFS VIN
Blāzma Rēzekne 1–3 1–0 2–2
FK Jūrmala 2–1 3–0 0–0
RFS/Olimps 2–2 0–2 5–1
Vindava Ventspils 1–2 2–1 1–1

Source: Latvian Football Federation (Latvian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Relegation play-offs

Blāzma Rēzekne, the 9th placed team in the Virslīga, and 1. līga runners-up, Tranzīts Ventspils, competed in a two-legged play-off for a spot in the Virslīga 2009. Blāzma Rēzekne won 6–1 on aggregate and thereby kept their spot in the next season of the Virslīga.

15 November 2008
14:00 GMT+2
Tranzīts Ventspils 1 – 5 Blāzma Rēzekne 2. pamatskolas stadions, Ventspils
Attendance: 250
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (Riga)
Baturinskis Goal 42' Report
(Latvian)
Gramovičs Goal 55'64'74' (pen.)
Kurakins Goal 70'
Silovs Goal 86'

18 November 2008
13:00 GMT+2
Blāzma Rēzekne 1 – 0 Tranzīts Ventspils Sporta Aģentūras Stadions, Rēzekne
Attendance: 338
Referee: Andrejs Sipailo
Silovs Goal 78' Report
(Latvian)

Topscorers

Pos  Name Team Goals
1  Vits Rimkus (LAT) FK Ventspils 14
2  Kristaps Grebis (LAT) FK Liepājas Metalurgs 13
-  Oļegs Malašenoks (LAT) FK Jūrmala 13
4  Andrejs Butriks (LAT) FK Ventspils 11
5  Mikalay Ryndzyuk (BLR) Dinaburg FC 9
-  Vladimir Dvalisvili (GEO) Skonto FC 9

References

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