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Latvia national football team

men's national association football team representing Latvia

Latvia national football team is the national football team of Latvia. They never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but they did qualify for the UEFA Euro 2004.

Latvia
Nickname(s)11 vilki [1]
(11 Wolves)
AssociationLatvijas Futbola federācija
ConfederationUEFA
Head coachSlaviša Stojanovič
CaptainAndris Vaņins
Most capsVitālijs Astafjevs (167)
Top scorerMāris Verpakovskis (29)
Home stadiumDaugava Stadium
FIFA codeLVA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Increase 1 (7 February 2019)[2]
Highest45 (November 2009)
Lowest148 (September 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 138 Decrease 18 (3 March 2019)[3]
Highest45 (25 September 1938)
Lowest138 (November 2018)
First international
Latvia Latvia 1–1 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 24 September 1922)
Biggest win
Latvia Latvia 6–1 Lithuania 
(Riga, Latvia; 30 May 1935)
Latvia Latvia 5–0 Lithuania 
(Võru, Estonia; 1 June 2012)
 Gibraltar 0–5 Latvia Latvia
(Gibraltar, Gibraltar; 29 March 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 12–0 Latvia Latvia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004

Most appearancesEdit

As of 4 June 2016
# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Vitālijs Astafjevs 1992–2010 167 16
2. Andrejs Rubins 1998–2011 117 10
3. Juris Laizāns 1998–2013 113 15
4. Imants Bleidelis 1995–2007 106 10
5. Mihails Zemļinskis 1992–2005 105 12
6. Māris Verpakovskis 1999–2014 104 29
7. Igors Stepanovs 1995–2011 100 4
8. Aleksandrs Koļinko 1997–2015 94 0
9. Andrejs Štolcers 1994–2005 81 7
10. Kaspars Gorkšs 2005–present 77 5
11. Marians Pahars 1996–2007 75 15
12. Andris Vaņins 2000–present 74 0
13. Vīts Rimkus 1995–2008 73 11
14. Oļegs Blagonadeždins 1992–2004 70 2
15. Valērijs Ivanovs 1992–2001 68 1
Dzintars Zirnis 1997–2010 68 0
Aleksejs Višņakovs 2004–present 68 9
18. Oskars Kļava 2005–2013 65 1
19. Ēriks Pētersons 1929–1939 63 24
20. Deniss Ivanovs 2003–2013 60 2

Top scorersEdit

As of 4 June 2016
# Player Career Goals (Caps)
1. Māris Verpakovskis 1999–2014 29 (104)
2. Ēriks Pētersons 1929–1939 24 (63)
3. Vitālijs Astafjevs 1992–2010 16 (167)
4. Marians Pahars 1996–2007 15 (75)
Juris Laizāns 1998–2013 15 (113)
6. Alberts Šeibelis 1925–1939 14 (54)
7. Iļja Vestermans 1935–1938 13 (23)
8. Aleksandrs Cauņa 2007–present 12 (45)
Mihails Zemļinskis 1992–2005 12 (105)
10. Vīts Rimkus 1995–2008 11 (73)
11. Arnolds Tauriņš 1925–1935 10 (39)
Imants Bleidelis 1995–2007 10 (106)
Andrejs Rubins 1998–2011 10 (117)
14. Ādolfs Sīmanis 1932–1940 9 (9)
Voldemārs Plade 1923–1929 9 (16)
Aleksandrs Vanags 1937–1940 9 (18)
Valērijs Šabala 2013–present 9 (26)
Arkādijs Pavlovs 1924–1933 9 (37)
Ģirts Karlsons 2003–2011 9 (49)
Aleksejs Višņakovs 2004–present 9 (68)

Latvia coachesEdit

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 2001–2004
  Jurijs Andrejevs 2004–2007
  Aleksandrs Starkovs 2007–2013
  Marians Pahars 2013–present

ReferencesEdit

  1. Krīgers, Renārs. "Jauna identitāte". www.lff.lv. LFF. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.