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Latvia national football team

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Template:National football team 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.

Latvia played its first match in 1922, a game against Estonia; the result was a 1-1 draw. Latvia are by far the most successful of the Baltic states, as well as being only team qualified to final stage of European Championship, they won the Baltic Cup 19 times.

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 the November 16th of that year.

Latvia was a surprise qualifer for the 2004 European Football Championship, after they beat Turkey in a playoff to reach the final tournament.

Vitalijs Astafjevs has played for Latvia more times than anyone else, with 112 caps currently. Eriks Petersons is the nation's top goal scorer with 24, with modern-day star Maris Verpakovskis is second with 18.

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World Cup record

  • 1930 - Did not enter
  • 1934 - Did not enter
  • 1938 - Did not qualify
  • 1950 to 1990 - Did not enter, was part of USSR
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1998 - Did not qualify
  • 2002 - Did not qualify

European Championship record

Famous players

Before 1940:

After 1991:

Top Latvia goalscorers

Player Latvia career Goals (Caps)
Eriks Petersons 1929-1939 24 (63)
Maris Verpakovskis 1999-present 18 (44)
Marian Pahars 1996-present 15 (63)
Alberts Seibelis 1925-1939 14 (54)
Ilja Vestermans 1935-1938 13 (23)
Mihails Zemlinskis 1992-present 12 (102)
Vitalijs Astafjevs 1992-present 11 (110)
Arnolds Taurins 1925-1935 10 (39)

Latvia coaches

Coach Latvia career
Janis Gilis 1992-1997
Revaz Dzodzuashvili 1998-1999
Gary Johnson 1999-2001
Aleksandrs Starkovs 2001-2004
Jurijs Andrejevs 2004-


Current roster

See the EURO 2004 squad.

External links


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