Riga FC

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.

Riga FC
Riga Football Club.svg
Full nameRiga Football Club
Founded30 April 2014; 7 years ago (2014-04-30)
GroundSkonto Stadium
Capacity8,087
ManagerAndris Riherts
LeagueVirslīga
2020Virsliga, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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.

DomesticEdit

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   Verners Apiņš – 31   Mihails Koņevs
2016 1st 5/(8) 28 8 12 8 28 24 36 Runner-up   Roberts Savaļnieks
  Yōsuke Saitō – 5
  Kiril Kurbatov
  Dmitri Khomukha
  Vladimir Volchek
2017 1st 3/(7) 24 10 7 7 28 20 37 Runner-up   Bogdan Vaštšuk – 8   Vladimir Volchek
  Mihails Koņevs
  Yevgeny Perevertaylo
  Slaviša Stojanovič
2018 1st 1/(8) 28 20 4 4 45 16 64 Winner   Darko Lemajić – 15   Goce Sedloski
  Mihails Koņevs
  Viktor Skrypnyk
2019 1st 1/(9) 32 20 6 6 59 21 66 Semi-Finals   Roman Debelko – 7   Luís Berkemeier Pimenta
  Oleg Kubarev
  Mihails Koņevs
2020 1st 1/(10) 27 23 0 4 60 21 69 Quarter-finals   Kule Mbombo – 12   Oleg Kononov
  Mihails Koņevs

EuropeanEdit

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

HonoursEdit

Latvian Higher League

Latvian Cup

Latvian First League

KitsEdit

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015 Adidas
2016 Jako
2017 Marine Service Group
2018
2019
2020
2021

SponsorsEdit

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

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 22 March 2021

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   CRO Ivan Brkić
3 DF   LVA Antons Kurakins
4 DF   SRB Miloš Vranjanin
5 MF   LVA Oļegs Laizāns
6 DF   ISL Axel Óskar Andrésson
7 MF   BRA Felipe Brisola
8 DF   LVA Ritvars Rugins
9 DF   LVA Armands Pētersons
10 MF   BRA Gabriel Ramos
11 MF   FIN Mikael Soisalo
12 GK   LVA Nils Purins
14 MF   SRB Nedeljko Piščević
16 GK   LVA Roberts Ozols
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   LVA Vladislavs Fjodorovs
18 MF   LVA Arturs Krancmanis
20 MF   BRA Lipe Veloso
22 MF   BIH Adnan Šećerović
28 MF   SRB Marko Đurišić
29 FW   FRA Jean-Baptiste Léo
32 MF   BRA Wesley Natã
33 MF   LVA Vladimirs Kamešs
34 DF   LVA Antonijs Černomordijs
77 MF   RUS Danila Yanov
95 MF   ARM Edgar Babayan
99 FW   MNE Stefan Milošević (on loan from Waasland-Beveren)
MF   CMR Martin Assomo
DF   CRO Ivan Paurević

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW   COD Kule Mbombo (at FK Sūduva until 31 December 2021)
MF   LVA Raivis Ķiršs (at BFC Daugavpils until 31 December 2021)
GK   LVA Frenks Orols (at BFC Daugavpils until 31 December 2021)

CaptainsEdit

Years Captain
2016   Oļegs Laizāns (MF)
2017   Kaspars Gorkšs (DF)
2018   Volodymyr Bayenko (DF)
2019   Aleksejs Višņakovs (MF)
2020   Stefan Panić (MF)

Current staffEdit

As of 13 March 2021 [3]

Coaches
Position Name
Head coach Vacant
Coach   Kristaps Blanks
Goalkeeper coach   Deniss Romanovs
Physical fitness coach   Saško Poposki
Physical fitness coach   Pavilo Sirenko
Coach / analyst   Ivans Visockis
Coach / analyst   Edgars Vērdiņš
Medical department
Position Name
Doctor   Viktos Simanovičs
Doctor   Rolands Brencāns

Current boardEdit

As of 13 March 2021 [4]

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

Notable playersEdit

ManagersEdit

No. Coach Period Major
Titles
Domestic
from until days LK 1L
1   Mihails Koņevs 1 March 2015 30 November 2015 274 1 1
2   Kiril Kurbatov 1 January 2016 10 April 2016 100
3   Dmitri Khomukha 11 April 2016 9 August 2016 120
4   Vladimir Volchek 12 August 2016 19 April 2017 250
5   Mihails Koņevs (caretaker) 20 April 2017 11 May 2017 21
6   Yevgeny Perevertaylo 12 May 2017 29 July 2017 78
7   Slaviša Stojanović 30 July 2017 31 December 2017 154
8   Goce Sedloski 27 January 2018 25 May 2018 118
9   Mihails Koņevs (caretaker) 26 May 2018 4 July 2018 39
10   Viktor Skripnik 5 July 2018 31 January 2019 210 2 1 1
11   Luís Berkemeier Pimenta 5 February 2019 2 March 2019 25
12   Mihails Koņevs (caretaker) 3 March 2019 27 March 2019 24
13   Oleg Kubarev 28 March 2019 26 April 2019 29
14   Mihails Koņevs 27 April 2019 5 February 2020 284 1 1
15   Oleg Kononov 5 February 2020 11 November 2020 280
16   Mihails Koņevs (caretaker) 12 November 2020 31 December 2020 49 1 1
17   Kristaps Blanks (caretaker) 1 January 2021 165

Player recordsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 5 March 2021
# Name Years League Cup Europe Total
1   Darko Lemajić 2017 – 2019 23 3 0 26
2   Kamil Biliński 2018 – 2019 7 5 2 14
  Roman Debelko 2019 – 2020 11 0 3 14
4   Kule Mbombo 2020 12 0 0 12
  Bogdan Vaštšuk 2016 – 2018 11 1 0 12
  Felipe Brisola 2018 – present 10 1 1 12

Bold signifies a current Riga FC player

Most appearancesEdit

As of 30 December 2020
# Name Years League Cup Europe Total
1   Armands Pētersons 2016 – present 98 10 9 117
2   Oļegs Laizāns 2016 – present 89 11 7 107
3   Antonijs Černomordijs 2016 – 2017
2018 – present
74 8 8 90
4   Antons Kurakins 2017 – present 71 12 2 85
5   Stefan Panić 2018 – 2020 58 8 12 78

Bold signifies a current Riga FC player

ReferencesEdit

  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 13 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Management and administration – Riga FC". Riga FC. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

NotesEdit

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

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