Māris Verpakovskis


Māris Verpakovskis
Māris Verpakovskis
Māris Verpakovskis.jpg
Verpakovskis playing for Latvia
Personal information
Full name Māris Verpakovskis
Date of birth 15 October 1979 (1979-10-15) (age 32)
Place of birth Liepāja, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current club FK Baku
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 FK Baltika 13 (3)
1996–2001 FK Liepājas Metalurgs 59 (10)
2001–2003 Skonto FC 77 (41)
2003–2011 Dynamo Kyiv 45 (12)
2007 Getafe (loan) 13 (1)
2007–2008 → Hajduk Split 18 (5)
2008 Celta de Vigo (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2011 → Ergotelis (loan) 46 (7)
2011– FK Baku 10 (2)
National team
1999– Latvia 90 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2011

Māris Verpakovskis (born 15 October 1979 Liepāja), is a Latvian football forward, currently playing for the Azerbaijan Premier League club FK Baku in Azerbaijan and the Latvia national football team.[1]

Contents

Club career

Latvia

Verpakovskis started his career in the Latvian club FK Liepājas Metalurgs, for which he played from 1995 till 2001 and scored 10 goals in 59 appearances. In 2001 Verpakovskis joined another Latvian side, Skonto Riga, where he scored 41 goals goals in 77 appearances. This time of period is known for being the peak of Verpakovskis's career. His excellent performance was being recognized by many top European clubs, and in the late 2003 he signed a contract with the Ukrainian top team Dynamo Kyiv.

Dynamo Kyiv

Soon after joining, Verpakovskis quickly earned his spot in starting 11, scoring 5 goals in 11 appearances. He scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against the Turkish club Trabzonspor, which helped Dynamo Kyiv qualify for the next round and later Verpakovskis also scored a goal against Real Madrid in the group stage, helping to earn a 2:2 draw in Kiev. Verpakovskis scored a total of 3 goals in the Champions League. After being honored as the Dynamo Kyiv's best player of 2004 by team fans his career slowly started to decline, majorly due to a conflict with Dynamo's former coach Yozhef Sabo.[2] From that time Verpakovkis had been loaned out for several seasons in a row, as his contract with Dynamo was still active.

Loans

In 2007 Verpakovskis made a promising move to Spain, after he was signed on a loan deal by Getafe.[3] However, due to a high competition for a place in the starting line-up, Verpakovskis didn't get a chance to show his full brilliance and scored 1 goal in 13 appearances.[4] Right after returning from Spain, Verpakovskis was loaned to HNK Hajduk Split from Croatia, along with his Dynamo team-mates Florin Cernat and Goran Sablić.[5] Verpakovskis had a good season in Hadjuk, scoring 5 goals in 18 appearances and made some key roles in team's victories.[6] In early 2008 he suffered an injury and did not play for the remained time of his loan to HNK Hajduk Split. He made a short comeback to Kiev during the summer of 2008. Verpakovskis was on a loan term with Spanish side Celta de Vigo for the 2008–2009 season, playing 8 league matches and scoring no goals, as he couldn't prove himself there due to the limited game time.[7] In 2009, Verpakovskis had to extend his contract with Dynamo Kiev for two years and the Greek Super League club Ergotelis signed him on a two-year loan.[8] During those 2 years Verpakovskis played 46 league games and scored 7 goals for the club.[9] After the season, in 2011, his loan spell ended and he returned to Kiev.[10]

FK Baku

On 30 June 2011 Verpakovskis signed a contract with the Azerbaijan Premier League club FK Baku for one season with an option to extend it for another one.[11]

International career

Verpakovskis made his debut for Latvia on 9 September 1999 in a 2–1 victory over Greece, scoring in that match.[12] He rose to international prominence as the highest goalscorer for Latvia in their successful Euro 2004 qualification campaign, with 6 goals in 10 matches. He scored once for Latvia in Euro 2004 and nearly scored what would have been the goal of the tournament against Germany, dribbling on a weaving run from the half way line and beating four German players. Verpakovskis is regarded as the most popular Latvian footballer having surpassed Marian Pahars as his country's most recognisable player. He is currently the leading all time top goal scorer for Latvia, with 28 goals (As of 30 June 2011 (2011 -06-30)). Top Latvian scorer in Fifa World Cup 2006 qualification, Euro 2008 qualification, as well as the Fifa World Cup 2010 qualification.[13]

International goals

Māris Verpakovskis: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 June 1999 Athens, Greece  Greece 0 – 1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
2. 28 February 2001 Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0 – 2 0–2 Friendly
3. 3 July 2001 Riga, Latvia  Estonia 1 – 0 3–1 Baltic Cup 2001
4. 21 August 2002 Riga, Latvia  Belarus 1 – 1 2–4 Friendly
5. 7 June 2003 Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 0 – 1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
6. 10 September 2003 Riga, Latvia  Hungary 1 – 0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
7. 10 September 2003 Riga, Latvia  Hungary 3 – 0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
8. 11 October 2003 Stockholm, Sweden  Sweden 0 – 1 0–1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
9. 15 November 2003 Riga, Latvia  Turkey 1 – 0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
10. 19 November 2003 Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 2 – 2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
11. 31 March 2004 Celje, Slovenia  Slovenia 0 – 1 0–1 Friendly
12. 6 June 2004 Riga, Latvia  Azerbaijan 1 – 0 2–2 Friendly
13. 15 June 2004 Aveiro, Portugal  Czech Republic 0 – 1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2004
14. 8 September 2004 Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0 – 1 3–4 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying
15. 9 October 2004 Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 0 – 1 4–1 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying
16. 17 November 2004 Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0 – 1 0–3 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying
17. 30 March 2005 Riga, Latvia  Luxembourg 3 – 0 4–0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying
18. 30 March 2005 Riga, Latvia  Luxembourg 4 – 0 4–0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying
19. 7 October 2006 Riga, Latvia  Iceland 2 – 0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
20. 7 October 2006 Riga, Latvia  Iceland 3 – 0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
21. 13 October 2007 Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1 – 3 2–4 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
22. 13 October 2007 Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1 – 4 2–4 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
23. 17 November 2007 Riga, Latvia  Liechtenstein 2 – 1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
24. 1 April 2009 Riga, Latvia  Luxembourg 2 – 0 2–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualifying
25. 10 October 2009 Athens, Greece  Greece 1 – 1 5–2 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualifying
26. 10 October 2009 Athens, Greece  Greece 1 – 2 5–2 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualifying
27. 7 September 2010 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0 – 2 0–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
28. 9 February 2011 Antalya, Turkey  Bolivia 0 – 1 1–2 Friendly

Honours

Skonto FC

  • Latvian champion
    • 2001, 2002
  • Latvian Cup winner
    • 2001, 2002

FC Dynamo Kiev

  • Ukrainian Premier League champion
    • 2004
  • Ukrainian Cup winner
    • 2005, 2006

National Team

  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2001, 2003, 2008

Personal honours

Verpakovskis has been named Latvian Man Of The Year in 2003–2004.[14] He has also been named Latvian footballer of the year twice - in 2003 and 2004. Verpakovskis currently holds the record as the top scorer in the history of the national team with 28 goals for his name.

Interesting facts

1) Verpakovskis worked as a football commentator for Latvian television during Euro 2008 matches. He remarked this being a great experience and didn't deny the fact that he might work as a commentator for the Ukrainian TV as well. He commentated the first 4 matches of the tournament.[15]

2) In 2006–2007 Champions League 2nd Qualifying round Verpakovskis (as a player of Dynamo) faced against his former team FK Liepājas Metalurgs. Dynamo won both games with the scores 1:4 and 4:0. He scored the third goal for Dynamo in Liepāja, helping his team to earn a victory. Games were held on 26 July and on 2 August.[16]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Latvia League Cup League Cup Europe Total
1996 Baltika Liepāja Higher League 6 0
1997 Liepājas Metalurgs Higher League 6 0
1998 15 2
1999 21 4
2000 16 3
2001 Skonto Higher League 27 10
2002 25 9
2003 25 22
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Dynamo Kyiv Premier League 11 5
2004–05 23 4
2005–06 9 1
2006–07 6 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2006–07 Getafe La Liga 13 1
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 18 5
Greece League Greek Football Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Ergotelis Super League Greece 21 3
2010–11 Ergotelis Super League Greece 25 4
Career total 141 50
Career total 49 11
Career total 13 1
Career total 15 5
Career total 46 7
Total Club 264 74

References

  1. ^ Maris Verpakovskis – Player profile. transfermarkt.co.uk. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  2. ^ Apollo – Sports: Verpakovskis – Kijevas «Dinamo» gada futbolists. Apollo.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ Verpakovskis 'Getafe' spēlēs vismaz pusgadu (papildināts) – DELFI. Delfi.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ Maris Verpakovskis – Performance data. transfermarkt.co.uk (1979-10-15). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  5. ^ Verpakovskis pagarina līgumu ar "Dynamo", bet spēlēs "Hajduk" – Futbols –. Sportacentrs.com (2007-07-18). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ Maris Verpakovskis – Performance data. transfermarkt.co.uk (1979-10-15). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  7. ^ Maris Verpakovskis – Performance data. transfermarkt.co.uk (1979-10-15). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  8. ^ Verpakovskis nākamās divas sezonas spēlēs Grieķijas klubā ‘Ergotelis’ – DELFI. Sports.delfi.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  9. ^ Maris Verpakovskis – Total performance data. transfermarkt.co.uk (1979-10-15). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ Verpakovskis atstāj Hēraklejas "Ergotelis" – Leģionāri – Futbols –. Sportacentrs.com (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  11. ^ Verpakovskis parakstījis līgumu ar Starkova "Baku" – Leģionāri – Futbols –. Sportacentrs.com (2011-06-30). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  12. ^ Lff: Māris Verpakovskis. Lff.lv (1979-10-15). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.euro2008net.com/en/qplayer/259
  14. ^ Eiropas cilvēks Latvijā – Māris Verpakovskis. Diena.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  15. ^ TVNET :: Futbols :: Komentāri – Verpakovskis iejutīsies komentētāja lomā | Lapa 1. Tvnet.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  16. ^ LFF: Kijevas "Dinamo" pārliecinoši uzvar arī mājas spēlē. Lff.lv. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.

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