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Only Estonia doesn’t disappoint in friendlies

Only Estonia doesn’t disappoint in friendlies

RIGA — A series of friendlies this week pegged the Baltic states to their usual bottom rung of national football teams with only Estonia pulling off a win against the tiny, obscure Faroe Islands but only barely. In the final ten minutes of regular time Estonia managed to equalize and then score the winning goal […]

Baltic clubs out of UEFA Europa League

Baltic clubs out of UEFA Europa League

VILNIUS — The Baltic clubs did not fare well in the second round of UEFA Europa League competition, with only Jelgava winning out of six teams playing on Thursday. The Baltic states have never been football powerhouses, and this was readily apparent this week. Ventspils lost to Teteks 3-1, Sillamäe was crushed 5-0 by Dinamo […]

One Baltic club passes first round of qualifying

One Baltic club passes first round of qualifying

RIGA — Of the four Baltic teams to appear in the first round of UEFA Europa League qualifying, only one will move on to join a further five Baltic clubs in the second round. There were four teams from the Baltics involved in the first round of qualifying, but after participating in a home and […]

FK Ventspils wins Triobet Baltic League championship

FK Ventspils wins Triobet Baltic League championship

VILNIUS — While most football fans in the Baltics have been transfixed watching this year’s upset-filled World Cup, the Triobet Baltic League championship Sunday proved a match as exciting as any in South Africa this summer. On Marijampolė’s simple grass football field that looks little different than those adjacent to most high schools, Latvia’s FK […]

Baltic clubs start so-so in Europe

Baltic clubs start so-so in Europe

JELGAVA, Latvia — Three Baltic team featured on the opening day of UEFA football for the 2010/2011 season, with two ties and a loss. Thursday marked the beginning of 2010/2011 qualification for Europe’s second tier footballing competition, the UEFA Europa League. In something of a drawn out qualifying process, yesterday’s opening qualifying day featured football […]

EPL team Blackpool coming to Jelgava

EPL team Blackpool coming to Jelgava

JELGAVA, Latvia — FK Jelgava is about to take on the biggest challenge in the club’s history when English Premier League newcomers Blackpool come to town. Blackpool, who are directed by Latvian Velory Belokon agreed to the game late last week which is set to take place at the Jelgava Olympic Centre on Sept. 2. […]

Sūduva join Ventspils for Triobet final

Sūduva join Ventspils for Triobet final

LIEPAJA, Latvia — Sūduva have joined Ventspils in next month’s Triobet Baltic League final. The Lithuanians move through to the final after defeating Liepājas Metalurgs 4:2 on aggregate. Having won the first-leg 3:0 last month at home in Marijampole, the Lithuanians left Liepājas Metalurgs with all the work to do on the return-leg in Liepāja […]

Ventspils through to Triobet Baltic League final

Ventspils through to Triobet Baltic League final

TALLINN — Ventspils are the first team to book their spot in the Triobet Baltic League football final. The Latvians moved through to the final after holding their opposition FC Flora to a 0-0 result in the return-leg semi final on Tuesday evening, giving them an aggregate 2-0 victory, following their first-leg victory last month. […]

Who can prevent an all-Latvian final?

Who can prevent an all-Latvian final?

JELGAVA, Latvia — Ventspils and Liepājas Metalurgs are aiming for an all-Latvian final, as they prepare for the Triobet Baltic League semifinal return legs. However, for this to happen they will first have to overcome their worthy opposites; Flora of Estonia and Sūduva of Lithuania respectively. Sūduva are sitting best to break up the all-Latvian […]

Late goal hoists Ghana over Latvia

Late goal hoists Ghana over Latvia

MILTON KEYNES, U.K. — Latvia fell 1-0 to Ghana on Saturday in their latest international friendly. Bound for South Africa later this week, Ghana had a more challenging match then expected from Latvia ahead of their World Cup campaign. Played in the United Kingdom in front of a largely Ghanaian expat community Latvia had little […]

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