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Latvia Latvia
Latvia team
Nickname(s) Sarkanbaltsarkanie
(Red-white-red)
Association Latvijas Futbola federācija
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Marians Pahars
Asst coach Vitālijs Astafjevs
Andris Riherts
Captain Kaspars Gorkšs
Most caps Vitālijs Astafjevs (167)
Top scorer Māris Verpakovskis (29)
Ground Skonto Stadium
FIFA code LVA
FIFA ranking 116 Decrease 21 (20 October 2016)
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (November 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 119 (June 2013)
Elo ranking 104 (12 October 2016)
Highest Elo ranking 45 (25 September 1938)
Lowest Elo ranking 124 (April 1995)
First international Latvia.png Latvia 1–1 Estonia Estonia.png
(Riga; 24 September 1922)
Biggest win Latvia.png Latvia 6–1 Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.png
(Riga; 30 May 1935)
Latvia.png Latvia 5–0 Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.png
(Võru; 1 June 2012)
Flag of Gibraltar.png Gibraltar 0–5 Latvia Latvia.png
(Gibraltar; 29 March 2016)
Biggest defeat Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 12–0 Latvia Latvia.png
(Stockholm; 29 May 1927)
European Championship appearances 1 (First in 2004)
Best result Group stage, 2004

The Latvia national football team (Latvijas futbola izlase) represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. It is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but have qualified for the European Championship, in 2004, under Aleksandrs Starkovs. The team is now being managed by Marians Pahars. Latvia's home ground is the Skonto Stadium in Riga, where they have played their matches since its opening in 2000.

History

Latvia played their first match in 1922, a game against Estonia, which finished in a 1–1 draw. Latvia have won the Baltic Cup 12 times, and have played 99 official games during its pre-war period from 1922 to 1940.

In 1937, the Latvian team participated in the first qualification tournament for the 1938 World Cup. Latvia were placed in Group 8, alongside Austria and Lithuania. Latvia beat Lithuania 4–2 in Riga, after an Fricis Kaņeps hat-trick and an Iļja Vestermans goal. In Kaunas, they won 5–1, after two goals each from Kaņeps, Vaclavs Borduško, and Vestermans, but lost 1–2 in the decisive match against Austria, despite an early goal from Vestermans. In April 1938, the Austrian Anschluss relegated the Austrian team, however, 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 16 November of that year in the Baltic Cup, and their first FIFA-recognized match against Romania on 8 April 1992 in Bucharest, a match, which Latvia lost 2–0.

In September 2003, Latvia surprisingly finished second, ahead of Poland, in their qualifying group for Euro 2004. This meant they qualified for the play-offs, where they were drawn against Turkey. Latvia won the first leg 1–0, through top goalscorer, Māris Verpakovskis. The second leg finished in a 2–2 draw, with Latvia winning 3–2 on aggregate, thus qualifying for the tournament. This resulted in Latvia being the first and only Baltic team qualifying for a European Championship, as well as the country itself's first ever appearance in the tournament. At the Euro 2004, Latvia were drawn in Group D, alongside Germany, Czech Republic, and Netherlands. Latvia faced Czech Republic in their opening match on 15 June 2004, with Verpakovskis scoring before half-time. However, the Czechs would later come back to win the game 2–1. Four days later, Latvia earned a respectable 0–0 draw against Germany to earn their first point in a major tournament. They lost their final match with 3–0 against Netherlands, and were eliminated, finished fourth, with one point from their draw and two losses. Before the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, Latvia were the only team who qualified to the European Championship, but not to FIFA World Cup.

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Netherlands held on 16 November 2014.
Caps and goals are correct as 13 October 2014, after the game against Turkey.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Aleksandrs Koļinko 18 June 1975 (1975-06-18) (age 42) 92 0 Flag of Russia Good One Baltika Kaliningrad
1GK Kaspars Ikstens 5 June 1988 (1988-06-05) (age 29) 0 0 Latvia Jelgava
23 1GK Pāvels Šteinbors 21 September 1985 (1985-09-21) (age 32) 0 0 Flag of Poland Górnik Zabrze
13 2DF Kaspars Gorkšs (Captain) 6 November 1981 (1981-11-06) (age 36) 65 5 Unattached
3 2DF Nauris Bulvītis 15 March 1987 (1987-03-15) (age 30) 19 2 Switzerland Aarau
6 2DF Vladislavs Gabovs 13 July 1987 (1987-07-13) (age 30) 13 0 Latvia Skonto Rīga
2DF Vitālijs Maksimenko 8 December 1990 (1990-12-08) (age 26) 12 0 Netherlands VVV-Venlo
4 2DF Kaspars Dubra 20 December 1990 (1990-12-20) (age 26) 4 0 Latvia Ventspils
20 2DF Antons Kurakins 1 January 1990 (1990-01-01) (age 27) 4 0 Latvia Ventspils
22 2DF Oļegs Timofejevs 28 November 1988 (1988-11-28) (age 28) 3 0 Latvia Ventspils
19 2DF Vitālijs Jagodinskis 28 February 1992 (1992-02-28) (age 25) 1 0 Flag of Ukraine Hoverla Uzhhorod
5 3MF Aleksejs Višņakovs 3 February 1984 (1984-02-03) (age 33) 55 7 Flag of Moldova Zimbru Chișinău
3MF Aleksandrs Cauņa 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) (age 29) 40 11 Flag of Russia Good One CSKA Moscow
9 3MF Jurijs Žigajevs 14 November 1985 (1985-11-14) (age 32) 33 2 Latvia Ventspils
18 3MF Aleksandrs Fertovs 16 June 1987 (1987-06-16) (age 30) 31 0 Unattached
3MF Oļegs Laizāns 28 March 1987 (1987-03-28) (age 30) 22 0 Flag of Russia Good One Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
17 3MF Artūrs Zjuzins 18 June 1991 (1991-06-18) (age 26) 18 2 Flag of Russia Good One Baltika Kaliningrad
7 3MF Andrejs Kovaļovs 23 March 1989 (1989-03-23) (age 28) 10 0 Flag of Moldova Dacia Chișinău
8 3MF Jānis Ikaunieks 16 February 1995 (1995-02-16) (age 22) 1 0 Latvia Liepāja
4FW Artjoms Rudņevs 13 January 1988 (1988-01-13) (age 29) 30 1 Germany Hamburg
10 4FW Valērijs Šabala 12 October 1994 (1994-10-12) (age 23) 14 6 Flag of Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
11 4FW Eduards Višņakovs 10 May 1990 (1990-05-10) (age 27) 8 0 Flag of Poland Ruch Chorzów
15 4FW Deniss Rakels 20 August 1992 (1992-08-20) (age 25) 6 0 Flag of Poland Cracovia

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last twelve months. Retired players not included.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Andris Vaņins Cruz Roja 30 April 1980 (1980-04-30) (age 37) 63 0 Switzerland Sion v. Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania, 31 May 2014
DF Gints Freimanis 9 May 1985 (1985-05-09) (age 32) 3 0 Latvia Jelgava v. Flag of Turkey.png Turkey, 13 October 2014
DF Renārs Rode 6 April 1989 (1989-04-06) (age 28) 4 1 Latvia Ventspils v. Flag of Macedonia.png Macedonia, 5 March 2014
MF Viktors Morozs 30 July 1980 (1980-07-30) (age 37) 24 0 Latvia Skonto Rīga v. Flag of Turkey.png Turkey, 13 October 2014
MF Ritvars Rugins 17 October 1989 (1989-10-17) (age 28) 24 0 Latvia Skonto Rīga v. Flag of Turkey.png Turkey, 13 October 2014
MF Artis Lazdiņš Cruz Roja 3 May 1986 (1986-05-03) (age 31) 21 0 Latvia Jelgava v. Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan, 9 September 2014
MF Visvaldis Ignatāns 3 August 1991 (1991-08-03) (age 26) 1 0 Latvia Daugava Daugavpils v. Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania, 31 May 2014
MF Roberts Savaļnieks 4 February 1993 (1993-02-04) (age 24) 0 0 Latvia Liepāja v. Flag of Macedonia.png Macedonia, 5 March 2014
FW Edgars Gauračs Cruz Roja 10 March 1988 (1988-03-10) (age 29) 20 5 Switzerland Aarau v. Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania, 31 May 2014

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