Latvia Under-21
Nickname(s)Sarkanbaltsarkanie (The red-white-reds)
AssociationLatvian Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLatvia Aleksandrs Basovs
CaptainDaniels Balodis
Most capsEndijs Šlampe, Reinis Flaksis (31)
Top scorerEdgars Gauračs (10)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Latvia Latvia 0 - 0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
Latvia Latvia 4 - 0 Estonia Estonia
(Carnikava, Latvia; 28 April 1994)
Latvia Latvia 4 - 0 Andorra Andorra
(Riga, Latvia; 6 June 2009)
Latvia Latvia 5 - 1 Romania Romania
(Riga, Latvia; 9 October 2009)
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 0 - 4 Latvia Latvia
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 26 January 2013)
Latvia Latvia 4 - 0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Jūrmala, Latvia; 11 June 2013)
Biggest defeat
Latvia Latvia 0 - 6 Greece Greece
(Athens, Greece; 9 June 1999)
Latvia Latvia 0 - 6 Slovakia Slovakia
(Jelgava, Latvia; 11 October 2011)
Latvia Latvia 1 - 7 Switzerland Switzerland
(Lugano, Switzerland; 8 September 2014)

The Latvia national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Latvia and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body of football in Latvia. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team is coached by Aleksandrs Basovs and is currently captained by defender Daniels Balodis.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed, while Latvian team was formed only in 1991, after regaining independence from USSR. The team is exclusively for football players that are aged 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23. Many U-21 players later represent the senior side.

Latvia U-21 have never yet qualified for the European U-21 championships, but has produced many players, who have become regular internationals for the senior side. Oskars Kļava, Deniss Ivanovs, Edgars Gauračs and Artjoms Rudņevs have all played for the U-21 side and are now first eleven players for Latvia internationally.

Latvia U-21 team plays its home matches at the Skonto stadions, which is also the home stadium of Latvia senior side. Before the opening of the Skonto stadions the team played its home matches in many different venues all around the country, including Ozolnieki, Daugavpils and Liepāja.

History

As a team, Latvia U-21 was formed in 1992, after regaining independence from the USSR. The team played its first match in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 28, 1992 that ended in a 0-0 draw. The team firstly participated in the European Championship qualification in 1994, playing the first match in Riga against Ireland U-21 on September 6, that ended in a 1-1 draw.[1] Since 2001 the team also participates in the Baltic Cup, winning in 2008. Since 1992 Latvia have already played more than 100 matches.

Players

Current players

The following squad has been called up for the 2021 EC qualification match against Poland taking place on 17 November 2020.

Players in bold have represented Latvia on senior level. Data as per LFF.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nils Toms Puriņš (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 23) 7 0 Latvia Riga
1GK Vjačeslavs Kudrjavcevs (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Poland Stomil Olsztyn
1GK Rūdolfs Oskars Soloha (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Latvia Valmiera

2DF Daniels Balodis (captain) (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 23) 13 2 Latvia Valmiera
2DF Vladislavs Soloveičiks (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 22) 12 0 Latvia Jelgava
2DF Ivo Minkevičs (1999-06-28) 28 June 1999 (age 22) 12 0 Latvia Jelgava
2DF Emīls Birka (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 21) 10 0 Latvia Metta
2DF Roberts Veips (2000-02-22) 22 February 2000 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Sampdoria
2DF Dmitrijs Litvinskis (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Latvia Ventspils
2DF Dāvis Cucurs (2000-03-19) 19 March 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Latvia Daugavpils
2DF Dāvis Dāvids Sprūds (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Luxembourg Victoria Rosport
2DF Roberts Ķipsts (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Latvia Metta

3MF Jānis Grīnbergs (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 22) 17 0 Latvia Jelgava
3MF Dmitrijs Zelenkovs (2000-05-15) 15 May 2000 (age 21) 14 2 Italy Empoli
3MF Kristaps Liepa (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 23) 14 1 Latvia Valmiera
3MF Maksims Toņiševs (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 21) 10 0 Latvia Daugavpils
3MF Kristers Čudars (1999-09-03) 3 September 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Latvia Liepāja
3MF Rihards Ozoliņš (2001-05-31) 31 May 2001 (age 20) 4 0 Latvia Metta
3MF Eduards Daškevičs (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Kristers Lūsiņš (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 21) 2 1 Latvia Valmiera
3MF Renārs Varslavāns (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Latvia RFS

4FW Marko Regža (1999-01-20) 20 January 1999 (age 22) 14 5 Latvia Daugavpils
4FW Kaspars Kokins (2000-04-26) 26 April 2000 (age 21) 11 1 Latvia Ventspils
3MF Daniils Skopenko (2000-03-23) 23 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Latvia Valmiera

Recent calls up

The following players have been capped in the past 12 months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Roberts Krists Jaunarājs-Janvāris (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Latvia Tukums

MF Raivis Ķiršs (2000-01-15) 15 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Latvia Daugavpils
MF Matīss Zēģele (2000-09-24) 24 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Latvia Metta

Staff

Head Coach Latvia Aleksandrs Basovs
Assistant Coach Latvia Anatolijs Čebans
Assistant Coach Latvia Sergejs Golubevs
Goalkeeping Coach Latvia Aleksandrs Proskurņins
Fitness Coach Spain Andrés Carrillo Fernández
General manager Latvia Ilvars Grīslis
Doctor Latvia Boriss Novikovs
Physiotherapist Latvia Dmitrijs Jefremenkovs

Recent results

Recent and forthcoming matches

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Latvia scorers
6 September 2019 2021 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Poland 0:1
10 September 2019 2021 EC qualification Serbia Novi Sad  Serbia 1:1 Marko Regža
11 October 2019 2021 EC qualification Estonia Pärnu  Estonia 1:2 Marko Regža
15 October 2019 2021 EC qualification Latvia Rīga  Bulgaria 0:0
15 November 2019 2021 EC qualification Russia Rostov  Russia 0:2
4 September 2020 2021 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Serbia 2:2 Kristaps Liepa, Marko Regža
8 September 2020 2021 EC qualification Latvia Jelgava  Estonia 1:1 Marko Regža
9 October 2020 2021 EC qualification Bulgaria Sofia  Bulgaria 0:1
13 October 2020 2021 EC qualification Latvia Rīga  Russia 1:4 Kristers Lūsiņš
17 November 2020 2021 EC qualification Poland Łódź  Poland 1:3 Marko Regža

Most capped players

Only official matches against U-21 national teams, not including against clubs or any other matches.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Endijs Šlampe 2014–2016 31 0
Reinis Flaksis 2013–2016 31 1
3. Dmitrijs Klimaševičs 2014–2016 30 4
4. Andrejs Kiriļins 2014–2016 29 0
Vladislavs Gutkovskis 2014–2016 29 6
Antonijs Černomordijs 20??–2018 29 1
7. Jevgēņijs Kazačoks 20??–2016 27 5
Eduards Tīdenbergs 20??–2016 27 2
9. Edgars Vardanjans 2011–2014 25 1
Kaspars Svārups 20??–2016 25 3
Players in bold are still available to play for the U-21 National team.

Best goalscorers

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Edgars Gauračs 2009–2009 9 10
2. Deniss Rakels 2011–2013 13 6
Vladislavs Gutkovskis 2014–2016 29 6
4. Jevgēņijs Kazačoks 2013–2016 27 5
Marko Regža 2018- 14 5
6. Artjoms Rudņevs 2009–2009 10 4
Dmitrijs Klimaševičs 2014–2016 30 4

See also

References