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Home advantage pays off for Ventspils, Sūduva

Home advantage pays off for Ventspils, Sūduva

JELGAVA, Latvia — Home advantage has paid dividends during the first-lag semifinals of the Triobet Baltic football league. With both first-leg matched taking place Wednesday, Ventspils and Sūduva were able to demonstrate the advantages in playing in front of home crowds as they clocked up wins over Flora and Liepājas Metalurgs respectively. Playing the first […]

Jelgava creates history

Jelgava creates history

JELGAVA, Latvia — FK Jelgava have stunned the Latvian football community, taking out the Latvian Cup. Having just returned to the premier league of Latvian football this season, Jelgava have defied pundits, up starting two of the powerhouses of Latvian football before beating the highly fancied Jūrmala in a penalty goal shootout to win the […]

Ventspils, Flora make final four

Ventspils, Flora make final four

JELGAVA, Latvia — Ventspils and Flora have joined Liepājas Metalurgs and Sūduva in the Triobet Baltic League final four. Playing their return leg quarterfinals  on Wednesday night Ventspils were able to secure victory over Vėtra at home whilst Flora was able to cause the upset of the quarters, defeating — This is a paid article. […]

Levadia Tallinn falter, Liepājas Metalurgs advance

Levadia Tallinn falter, Liepājas Metalurgs advance

JELGAVA, Latvia — Levadia Tallinn have been ousted from the 09/10 Triobet Baltic League whilst Liepājas Metalurgs have cruised to the semifinals. After the evening of return leg quarterfinal action, the first two semifinalists have been found, but not necessarily the two that most had predicted to — This is a paid article. To subscribe […]

Triobet Baltic League semifinalists emerging

Triobet Baltic League semifinalists emerging

JELGAVA, Latvia — The four semifinalists will be known in the Triobet Baltic League following Tuesday and Wednesday’s return-leg semi finals. Action begins in Tallinn on Tuesday when reigning Estonian champions Levadia Tallinn host Lithuanian opposition, Suduva. Having held Suduva to a 0-0 draw with a depleted squad during the first leg, Levadia Tallinn will […]

Triobet Baltic League moves to quarterfinals

Triobet Baltic League moves to quarterfinals

JELGAVA, Latvia — Earlier this week, the Triobet Baltic League resumed with the leg one quarterfinals taking place across the Baltics. Returning from a winter layoff and with many teams sporting new lineups, few had expected champagne football but those who ventured out to watch the games would have been happy enough with the spectacles […]

New season starts for Baltic football

New season starts for Baltic football

JELGAVA, Latvia — As most European football competitions reach their penultimate stages, Baltic football begins to awaken. Many European football leagues continue play during the winter months, but here in the Baltics the harsh winters turn football into something of a summer past time. So as the cobwebs are wiped off the boats, players prepare […]

Alleged extortion scandal hits Ventspils

Alleged extortion scandal hits Ventspils

VENTSPILS, Latvia — For the second time in less than a year, Latvian football is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Last week, Sergejs Barkovskis, director of Latvia’s most successful domestic club Ventspils was arrested along with one other man in relation to claims of extortion. Unofficial reports allege that the acts of extortion were […]

Latvia falls to South Korea in friendly

Latvia falls to South Korea in friendly

MALAGA, Spain — Latvia lost 1-0 to South Korea in a football friendly on Friday played in Malaga, Spain. It was the final game in a tour of South Africa and Spain for South Korea as they begin to build towards the World Cup in South Africa later this year. They had chosen to play […]

Ventspils end Euro campaign in disappointment

Ventspils end Euro campaign in disappointment

HEERENVEEN, Holland — Ventspils’ Europa league campaign has ended on a disappointing note, going down 5-0 to hosts Heerenveen in a meaningless encounter for the Latvians. The Latvians recent loss to Hertha meant they had no chance of advancing to the next round but still had plenty of pride to play for against their Dutch […]

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