FS METTA/Latvijas Universitāte

FK Metta (also FK Metta/Latvijas Universitāte) is a professional Latvian football club in Riga. As of 2012 they play in the Latvian Higher League. Metta play their home games at Daugava Stadium. Until June 2018, their home venue was the Riga Hanza Secondary School Stadium.[1]

FK Metta/Latvijas Universitāte
Club logo
Full nameFutbola Klubs METTA
(Football Club METTA)
Founded2 May 2006
GroundDaugava Stadium, Riga
Capacity10,461
ChairmanĢirts Mihelsons
ManagerAndris Riherts
LeagueVirsliga
20199th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

FS Metta was officially founded on May 2, 2006, though the club had been active in youth tournaments since 2000. In 2007 FS Metta and University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) merged as a senior professional team and participated in the Latvian Championship 1st division (Traffic 1. līga). They finished the season in the 4th position. The club remained at the same level for the next four seasons. Though a professional club, Metta retained the prefix FS (Futbola Skola), since their policy was to invest in youth players. In 2011 Metta won the Latvian First League championship and were automatically promoted to the Latvian Higher League – the top tier of Latvian football.[2]

The affiliation with the university provides the club with a greater financial backing and the players with the opportunity, if wanted, to study at the most prestigious Latvian University. The club was created with the aim to gather the greatest youth talents from across the country and surrounding areas to build and shape them into expensive players for sale to bigger clubs.[3]

Participation in Latvian ChampionshipsEdit

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Latvian Football Cup
2007 2nd (1.līga) 4/(16) 30 18 7 5 67 23 61 1/8 finals
2008 2nd (1.līga) 5/(15) 28 13 9 6 43 27 48 1/8 finals
2009 2nd (1.līga) 6/(14) 26 13 6 7 47 19 45 Not Held
2010 2nd (1.līga) 5/(12) 22 10 6 6 42 25 36 1/8 finals
2011 2nd (1.līga) 1/(13) 24 17 5 2 61 14 56 1/8 finals
2012 1st (Virslīga) 8(10) 36 7 8 21 39 82 29 1/8 finals
2013 1st (Virslīga) 9(10) 27 4 7 16 15 47 19 1/16 finals
2014 1st (Virslīga) 9(10) 36 3 7 26 26 69 16 1/16 finals
2015 1st (Virslīga) 7(8) 24 3 3 18 19 56 12 1/4 finals
2016 1st (Virslīga) 7(8) 28 8 6 14 32 47 30 1/4 finals
2017 1st (Virslīga) 7(8) 24 3 6 15 21 46 15 1/4 finals
2018 1st (Virslīga) 7(8) 28 5 4 19 24 52 19 1/2 finals

HonoursEdit

ManagersEdit

Current playersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 19 August 2019 [4]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Helmuts Saulītis
3   DF Lukman Zakari
4   DF Kirils Ševeļovs
5   DF Kabelo Seriba
8   MF Kristaps Liepa
9   FW Ņikita Kovaļonoks
10   MF Tamirlan Dzhamalutdinov
11   FW Kgotso Masangane
13   DF Krists Kristers Gulbis
14   MF Rihards Ozoliņš
15   MF Rendijs Šibass
16   FW Renārs Varslavāns
No. Position Player
18   FW Matīss Zēģele
20   MF Benson Fazili
21   MF Iļja Korotkovs
22   FW Vinicius
23   DF Normunds Uldriķis
24   GK Dāvis Ošs
26   MF Oskars Vientiess
27   DF Emīls Birka
28   DF Roberts Ķipsts
29   FW Raimonds Krollis
30   GK Alvis Sorokins
33   MF Jēkabs Lagūns

For recent squad changes see: List of Latvian football transfers summer 2014 and List of Latvian football transfers winter 2014-15

Player of the yearEdit

Season Player
2006   Jānis Kauss
2007   Vladimirs Cīmanis
2008   Ivars Gailis
2009   Marsels Vapne
2010   Juris Skābardis
2011   Rūdolfs Puķītis
2012   Mārtiņš Milašēvičs
2013   Gatis Kalniņš
2014   Edgars Vardanjans
2015   Eduards Emsis
2016   Roberts Uldriķis
2017   Dāvis Indrāns

Club officialsEdit

Board of DirectorsEdit

  • General secretary: Ģirts Mihelsons
  • Executive Director: Maira Mihelsone
  • Sports Director: Andris Riherts

Coaching staffEdit

  • Manager: Andris Riherts
  • Coach: Viktors Mazurs
  • Fitness Coach: Jānis Skābardis
  • Second team coach: Andrejs Karpovs
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Artūrs Biezais
  • Skill Coach: Jānis Goba

Medical staffEdit

  • Doctor: Sandra Rozenštoka
  • Physiotherapist: Valters Brīkšis

School staffEdit

  • Press Officer: Rihards Krēvics
  • Technical manager: Harijs Toms

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2007   Nike   Deac
2008   Elko
2009   Deac
2010
2011
2012   SMScredit.lv
2013
2014 none
2015
2016
2017
2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oficiāli: "Metta"/LU no skolas laukuma pārcelsies uz "Daugavas" stadionu". Sportacentrs.com (in Latvian). 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  2. ^ "Metta" uzvar 1. līgā un nākamgad spēlēs Virslīgā Archived 2012-12-05 at the Wayback Machine (Latvian)
  3. ^ Komanda Archived 2016-07-27 at the Wayback Machine (Latvian)
  4. ^ "Players".

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