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The 2013 Latvian Higher League was the 22nd season of top-tier football in Latvia. FC Daugava were the defending champions. The season started on 29 March 2013.[1]

Latvian Higher League
Season2013
Matches played135
Goals scored392 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorerArtūrs Karašausks
Andrejs Kovaļovs
(16 goals)
Biggest home winFK Daugava 7-1 Ilūkstes NSS
Biggest away winIlūkstes NSS 2-10 SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Highest scoringIlūkstes NSS 2-10 SK Liepājas Metalurgs
Longest winning runFK Ventspils, Skonto FC (6)
Longest unbeaten runSkonto FC (26)
Longest losing runIlūkstes NSS (7)
2012
2014

The league comprised ten teams. The champions of this season were FK Ventspils, followed by Skonto FC

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TeamsEdit

The league had a ten-team circuit like the 2012 season. 2012 Latvian First League champions Ilūkstes NSS from Ilūkste were directly promoted.

FK Daugava Rīga finished the 2012 season in ninth place and were therefore required to compete in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off against First Division runners-up BFC Daugava. FK Daugava Riga won the play-off 4–1 on aggregate and therefore stayed in the Higher League.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Location of teams in the 2013 Latvian Higher League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
  FC Daugava Daugavpils Daugava Stadium 4,100
  FK Daugava Rīga Riga Daugava Stadium 5,000
  Ilūkstes NSS Ilūkste Ilūkstes pilsētas stadions 500
  FK Jelgava Jelgava Zemgales Olimpiskais Sporta Centrs 2,200
  FC Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
  SK Liepājas Metalurgs Liepāja Daugava Stadium 6,000
  FS Metta/LU Riga Stadions Arkādija 500
  Skonto FC Riga Skonto Stadium 10,000
  FK Spartaks Jūrmala Jūrmala Slokas Stadium 5,000
  FK Ventspils Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadium 3,200

Personnel and kitsEdit

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FC Daugava Daugavpils   Ivan Tabanov   Daniel Ola Erreà
FK Daugava Rīga   Virginijus Liubšys   Mantas Savenas Nike
Ilūkstes NSS   Alens Vinakurovs   Dmitri Kozlov Erreà
FK Jelgava   Sergejs Golubevs   Deniss Petrenko Macron Igate
FC Jūrmala   Mihails Koņevs   Alberts Nikoļskis Givova
SK Liepājas Metalurgs   Jānis Intenbergs   Antons Jemeļins Adidas
FS Metta/LU   Andris Riherts   Artūrs Biezais Nike SMS Credit.lv
Skonto FC   Tamaz Pertia   Juris Laizāns Jako Granat Investment
FK Spartaks Jūrmala   Jurijs Popkovs   Dmitrijs Daņilovs Nike
FK Ventspils   Jurģis Pučinsks   Vitālijs Smirnovs Adidas VK Tranzīts

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Jelgava   Dainis Kazakevičs Own decision 4 December 2012 Pre-Season   Jānis Dreimanis 20 December 2012
Skonto   Marians Pahars Own decision 22 December 2012 Pre-Season   Tamaz Pertia 22 December 2012
FK Daugava Rīga   Jurijs Popkovs End of contract 27 December 2012 Pre-Season   Virginijus Liubšys 27 December 2012
FC Jūrmala   Vladimir Pachko End of contract 9 January 2013 Pre-Season   Mihails Koņevs 9 January 2013
Spartaks   Arminas Narbekovas End of contract 10 December 2012 Pre-Season   Oleg Kubarev 7 February 2013
Ilūkste   Alens Vinakurovs Own decision 6 March 2013 Pre-Season   Vladimir Pachko 6 March 2013
Jelgava   Jānis Dreimanis Health issues 22 March 2013 Pre-Season   Sergejs Golubevs 22 March 2013
Spartaks   Oleg Kubarev Sacked 27 July 2013 5th   Aleksandrs Stradiņš 27 July 2013
Spartaks   Aleksandrs Stradiņš Sacked 22 September 2013 6th   Jurijs Popkovs 22 September 2013
Ilūkste   Vladimir Pachko Own decision End of September 10th   Alens Vinakurovs End of September

BroadcastingEdit

As in the previous season most of the matches are being transmitted live via sportacentrs.com online and sportacentrs TV channel.[2] In June 2012 broadcasting rights were also bought by the English company Bet365.[3] Since 2012, the league's homepage futbolavirsliga.lv has been active and since September 2012 this website has been accompanied by the InStat Football system, showing information and analysis of each match individually.[4] Since October 2012, the Virslīga has also had its own analytical broadcast after each round of matches with football experts discussing the games and future events connected to Latvian football. It is transmitted via sportacentrs TV.[5]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ventspils (C) 27 21 4 2 65 19 +46 67 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Skonto FC 27 18 8 1 68 11 +57 62 Excluded from European competitions[a]
3 FC Daugava Daugavpils 27 15 7 5 44 19 +25 52 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 FK Daugava Rīga 27 14 6 7 44 21 +23 48
5 SK Liepājas Metalurgs 27 11 7 9 54 35 +19 40 The Club was dissolved after the season
6 FC Jūrmala 27 7 5 15 20 52 −32 26
7 Spartaks Jūrmala 27 7 4 16 30 49 −19 25
8 Jelgava 27 5 8 14 26 46 −20 23 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
9 METTA/LU (O) 27 4 7 16 15 47 −32 19 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 Ilūkstes NSS (R) 27 2 6 19 26 93 −67 12 Relegation to 2014 Latvian First League
Updated to match(es) played on 9 November 2013. Source: LFF:Virslīga 2013
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored. The winners of the 2013–14 Latvian Football Cup competition will qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ UEFA barred Skonto from European competitions for three years for falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations.[6]

Relegation play-offsEdit

The 9th-placed sides will face the runners-up of the 2013 Latvian First League in a two-legged play-off, with the winner being awarded a spot in the 2014 Higher League competition.

FS METTA/LU1–0FB Gulbene
Vapne   72' (pen.)

FB Gulbene2–4FS METTA/LU
Rimkus   26'
Kazura   33'
Kalniņš   11'85'88'
Milašēvičs   67' (pen.)

FS METTA/LU won 5–2 on aggregate.

ResultsEdit

Season statisticsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Manager of the MonthEdit

Team of the TournamentEdit

LFF versionEdit

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper   Paulius Grybauskas Skonto FC
Defender   Antons Kurakins FK Ventspils
Defender   Vitālijs Smirnovs FK Ventspils
Defender   Nauris Bulvītis Skonto FC
Defender   Vladislavs Gabovs Skonto FC
Midfielder   Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
Midfielder   Aleksandrs Fertovs Skonto FC
Midfielder   Juris Laizāns Skonto FC
Midfielder   Ruslan Mingazov Skonto FC
Forward   Vadim Yanchuk FK Ventspils
Forward   Valērijs Šabala Skonto FC
Manager   Jurģis Pučinsks FK Ventspils

Sporta Avīze versionEdit

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper   Paulius Grybauskas Skonto FC
Defender   Vladislavs Gabovs Skonto FC
Defender   Kaspars Dubra FK Ventspils
Defender   Renārs Rode Skonto FC
Midfielder   Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
Midfielder   Valērijs Afanasjevs FK Liepājas Metalurgs
Midfielder   Juris Laizāns Skonto FC
Midfielder   Ruslan Mingazov Skonto FC
Midfielder   Andrejs Kovaļovs FC Daugava
Forward   Artūrs Karašausks Skonto FC
Forward   Valērijs Šabala Skonto FC
Manager   Tamaz Pertia Skonto FC

sportacentrs.com versionEdit

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper   Paulius Grybauskas Skonto FC
Defender   Antons Kurakins FK Ventspils
Defender   Renārs Rode Skonto FC
Defender   Kaspars Dubra FK Ventspils
Defender   Vladislavs Gabovs Skonto FC
Midfielder   Juris Laizāns Skonto FC
Midfielder   Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
Midfielder   Andrejs Kovaļovs FC Daugava
Midfielder   Ruslan Mingazov Skonto FC
Forward   Daniils Turkovs FK Ventspils
Forward   Artūrs Karašausks Skonto FC
Manager   Jurģis Pučinsks FK Ventspils

AwardsEdit

LFF awards 2013
Category Winner Club
Best goalkeeper   Paulius Grybauskas Skonto FC
Best defender   Vladislavs Gabovs Skonto FC
Best midfielder   Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
Best forward   Valērijs Šabala Skonto FC
Top scorer   Artūrs Karašausks /   Andrejs Kovaļovs Skonto FC / FC Daugava
Best U-21 player   Jevgēņijs Kazačoks FK Spartaks Jūrmala
Best player   Jurijs Žigajevs FK Ventspils
Best manager   Jurģis Pučinsks FK Ventspils
Goal of the season   Jurijs Žigajevs vs FK Spartaks Jūrmala[14] FK Ventspils
Fair play award Club award FC Jūrmala
Best match organisation Club award FK Liepājas Metalurgs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Virslīgas 2013.gada sezona sāksies 29.martā" (in Latvian). Futbolavirsliga.lv. Archived from the original on 2013-01-09. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "sportacentrs.com". sportacentrs.com. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pirmo reizi vēsturē pārdotas Latvijas virslīgas futbola čempionāta interneta translāciju tiesības | Kasjauns.lv". kasjauns.lv. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-03-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-03-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Protecting The Game: Metalurh, Skonto excluded; Petrolul cleared - UEFA.com, 4 April 2014
  7. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2013-05-02). "Par mēneša labāko spēlētāju atzīts Savens, bet treneri – Ļubšis". Sportacentrs.com.
  8. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2013-06-05). "Maija labākais spēlētājs Virslīgā - Tvumasi". Sportacentrs.com.
  9. ^ a b Jānis Pārums (2013-07-02). "Virslīgas labākais spēlētājs jūnijā - Kovaļovs". Sportacentrs.com.
  10. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2013-08-05). "Par Virslīgas labākajiem jūlijā tiek atzīti Gribausks un Pučinsks". Sportacentrs.com.
  11. ^ a b Jānis Celmiņš (2013-09-04). "Virslīgas mēneša labākais spēlētājs - Mingazovs, treneris – Pučinskis". Sportacentrs.com.
  12. ^ a b Edmunds Novickis (2013-10-07). "Septembra labākais treneris - jelgavnieks Golubevs, spēlētājs - Laizāns". Sportacentrs.com.
  13. ^ a b Jānis Rubulis (2013-11-14). "SMScredit.lv Virslīgas mēneša labākie - Ikstens un Pučinsks". Sportacentrs.com.
  14. ^ Egils Broks (2013-09-28). "Video: Žigajevs gūst fantastiskus vārtus šķērītē". Sportacentrs.com.