Riga FC

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Riga FC
Riga Football Club.svg
Full nameRiga Football Club
Founded30 April 2014; 6 years ago (2014-04-30)
GroundSkonto Stadium
Capacity8,087
ManagerMihails Koņevs
LeagueVirslīga
2020Virsliga, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Riga Football Club, commonly referred to as Riga FC, is a Latvian football club, founded in 2014. The club is based at the Skonto Stadium in Riga. Since 2016 the club has been playing in the Virslīga.

History[edit]

The club was officially registered in April 2014.[1] The team was established in 2015 after a merger of two Riga based teams – FC Caramba Riga and Dinamo Rīga. In the 2015 season the team played in the Latvian First League under the name of FC Caramba/Dinamo. After winning the First League and promotion to the Higher League, the club changed its name to Riga FC.[2]

Ukrainian manager Viktor Skrypnyk has won the first ever Virslīga title in the club's history.

Honours[edit]

Latvian Higher League

Latvian Cup

Latvian First League

League and Cup history[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup Top Scorer (League) Manager
2015 2nd 1/(16) 30 27 3 0 142 14 84 Round of 16 Latvia Verners Apiņš – 31 Latvia Mihails Koņevs
2016 1st 5/(8) 28 8 12 8 28 24 36 Runner-up Latvia Roberts Savaļnieks
Japan Yōsuke Saitō – 5
Russia Kiril Kurbatov
Turkmenistan Dmitri Khomukha
Russia Vladimir Volchek
2017 1st 3/(7) 24 10 7 7 28 20 37 Runner-up Estonia Bogdan Vaštšuk – 8 Russia Vladimir Volchek
Latvia Mihails Koņevs
Russia Yevgeny Perevertaylo
Slovenia Slaviša Stojanovič
2018 1st 1/(8) 28 20 4 4 45 16 64 Winner Serbia Darko Lemajič – 15 North Macedonia Goce Sedloski
Latvia Mihails Koņevs
Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk
2019 1st 1/(9) 32 20 6 6 59 21 66 Semi-Finals Ukraine Roman Debelko – 7 Portugal Luís Berkemeier Pimenta
Belarus Oleg Kubarev
Latvia Mihails Koņevs
2020 1st 1/(10) 26 23 0 3 60 18 69 Quarter-finals Democratic Republic of the Congo Kule Mbombo – 12 Russia Oleg Kononov
Latvia Mihails Koņevs
Sponsors

Latvia Marine Service Group
United Arab Emirates LF Group
Latvia Alpha
Latvia Fix Price Latvija
Latvia Global Fitness
Latvia Zemgus Poligrāfijas Serviss
Latvia VENDEN
Latvia EHR
Latvia BAKER NUTRITION
Latvia Komanda.lv
Latvia Wood Religion Cosmetics
Latvia Duvel's

Kit manufacturer

Germany Jako

European record[edit]

Overview[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League 3 0 2 1 0 2 –2
UEFA Europa League 10 4 2 4 11 12 –1
Total 13 4 4 5 11 14 −3

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1−0 0−1 1−1[a]
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1QR Republic of Ireland Dundalk 0−0 0−0 0−0[b]
UEFA Europa League 2QR Poland Piast Gliwice 2−1 2−3 4−4 (a)
3QR Finland HJK 1−1 2−2 3−3 (a)
PO Denmark Copenhagen 1−0 1−3 2−3
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 1QR Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv N/A 0−2 N/A
UEFA Europa League 2QR San Marino Tre Fiori 1−0 N/A N/A
3QR Scotland Celtic 0−1 N/A N/A
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1QR
Notes
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 25 November 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Latvia LVA Ilja Isajevs
3 DF Latvia LVA Antons Kurakins
5 MF Latvia LVA Oļegs Laizāns
6 MF Argentina ARG Federico Bravo
7 MF Brazil BRA Felipe Brisola
8 DF Latvia LVA Ritvars Rugins
9 DF Latvia LVA Armands Pētersons
10 MF Brazil BRA Roger
12 GK Latvia LVA Roberts Ozols
16 GK Latvia LVA Nils Purins
17 MF Latvia LVA Vladislavs Fjodorovs
18 MF Czech Republic CZE Jakub Hora (on loan from Teplice)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Albania ALB Herdi Prenga
21 DF Latvia LVA Elvis Stuglis
22 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Kule Mbombo
23 MF Portugal POR Pedrinho
26 MF Serbia SRB Stefan Panić (captain)
27 FW Ukraine UKR Roman Debelko
28 MF Serbia SRB Marko Đurišić
33 MF Latvia LVA Vladimirs Kamešs
34 DF Latvia LVA Antonijs Černomordijs
35 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Jordan Nkololo
91 FW Brazil BRA Dário
99 FW Montenegro MNE Stefan Milošević (on loan from Waasland-Beveren)

Current staff[edit]

As of 25 November 2020 [3]

Coaches
Position Name
Head coach Latvia Mihails Koņevs
Coach Latvia Kristaps Blanks
Goalkeeper coach Romania Daniel Tudor
Physical fitness coach North Macedonia Saško Poposki
Physical fitness coach Ukraine Pavilo Sirenko
Coach / analyst Latvia Ivans Visockis
Medical department
Position Name
Doctor Latvia Viktos Simanovičs
Doctor Latvia Rolands Brencāns

Current board[edit]

As of 19 August 2020 [4]

Management and administration
Position Name
Director-General Latvia Aleksandrs Proņins
Sport director Latvia Aleksandrs Romašins
Executive director Latvia Romāns Lajuks
Administrator Latvia Deniss Čerņikovs
Press officer Latvia Krišs Upenieks
Creative director Latvia Sergejs Sobolevs
Project manager Latvia Andrejs Kaješovs
Photographer Latvia Zigismunds Zālmanis
Video operator Latvia Andrejs Guļko

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

No. Coach Period Major
Titles
Domestic
from until days LK 1L
1 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 1 March 2015 30 November 2015 274 1 1
2 Russia Kiril Kurbatov 1 January 2016 10 April 2016 100
3 Turkmenistan Dmitri Khomukha 11 April 2016 9 August 2016 120
4 Russia Vladimir Volchek 12 August 2016 19 April 2017 250
5 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 20 April 2017 11 May 2017 21
6 Russia Yevgeny Perevertaylo 12 May 2017 29 July 2017 78
7 Slovenia Slaviša Stojanović 30 July 2017 31 December 2017 154
8 North Macedonia Goce Sedloski 27 January 2018 25 May 2018 118
9 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 26 May 2018 4 July 2018 39
10 Ukraine Viktor Skripnik 5 July 2018 31 January 2019 210 2 1 1
11 Portugal Luís Berkemeier Pimenta 5 February 2019 2 March 2019 25
12 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 3 March 2019 27 March 2019 24
13 Belarus Oleg Kubarev 28 March 2019 26 April 2019 29
14 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 27 April 2019 5 February 2020 284 1 1
15 Russia Oleg Kononov 5 February 2020 11 November 2020 280
16 Latvia Mihails Koņevs 11 November 2020 16 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ LURSOFT (2019-04-01). "Riga Football Club , 40008223802 - company data". Lursoft. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  2. ^ ""Caramba/Dinamo" pārmaiņas: jauns treneris, cits nosaukums un stadions". sportacentrs.com (in Latvian). 22 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Coaches and staff – Riga FC". Riga FC. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Management and administration – Riga FC". Riga FC. Retrieved 19 August 2020.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lost 5−3 on Penalty shootout.
  2. ^ Lost 5−4 on Penalty shootout.

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