Aleksandrs Starkovs

Aleksandrs Starkovs (born 26 July 1955) is a Latvian football coach and a former footballer.

Starkovs has managed clubs such as Spartak Moscow in Russia, FK Baku in Azerbaijan and Skonto FC in Latvia as well as the Latvia national football team from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to July 2013. Since 2017 till 2018, he was the manager for the Latvia national football team.

Aleksandrs Starkovs
Aleksandrs Starkovs
Personal information
Full name Aleksandrs Starkovs
Date of birth 26 July 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Madona, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 RPI Madona
1975–1977 FK Daugava Rīga
1977–1978 FC Dinamo Moscow 0 (0)
1978–1989 FK Daugava Rīga 417 (189)
Teams managed
1990–1993 FK Daugava Rīga (assistant)
1992–1994 Latvia U-21
1993–2004 Skonto FC
1995–2001 Latvia (assistant)
2001–2004 Latvia
2004–2006 Spartak Moscow
2006–2007 Skonto FC (sporting director)
2007–2013 Latvia
2010–2011 Skonto FC
2011–2012 FC Baku
2016–2017 Latvia (assistant)
2017–2018 Latvia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing biography

Starkovs started playing football in Madona where he played for the local Olimpija Madona playing for which he was selected the best forward of the 1969 Latvia Leather ball tournament. In 1975 Starkovs joined FK Daugava Rīga. In 1978 Starkovs went to FC Dynamo Moscow but it wasn't the right team for him, so soon Starkovs was back in Riga. However his best years were still to come - in 1980s Starkovs was one of the best snipers of the Soviet first league, scoring over a hundred goals for Daugava.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Latvia by the Latvian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. [1]

Coaching career

As a team manager Starkovs made his name with Skonto FC which he brought to innumerable Latvian championships. He also worked with Latvia national under-21 football team and in 2001 he was appointed the general manager of Latvian national team. He took over the Latvian national team after its disastrous performance in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and lead the team to its biggest success ever, qualifying for Euro 2004 with a victory over World Cup bronze medalist Turkey.

After his success as the national team coach, he joined Spartak Moscow winning the silver medal of the Russian league in 2005, but in April 2006 he was forced to quit due to total obstruction from the team's fans and a conflict with former team captain Dmitri Alenichev.

Starkovs returned to Latvia in 2007 and took over the Latvian national team, which had been struggling under Jurijs Andrejevs.

In late 2009 Starkovs accepted the offer to manage Skonto FC and officially became the manager of the club in January 2010 as Paul Ashworth left. His return was explicitly successful as he managed to win the league. In January 2011 Starkovs left Skonto FC, signing a contract in Azerbaijan with FC Baku. Besides the work with the Azerbaijan Premier League club he still remained the manager of Latvia national football team.

Following series of unsuccessful matches Starkovs left his position on 15 July 2013, being replaced by the former Southampton F.C. star Marians Pahars.[1] Having been linked with potential moves to various clubs and national teams over time, Starkovs, though, has not taken office at any of them, stating he is "waiting for an interesting offer football-wise".[2] He is currently working at the Latvian Football Federation as the chairman of the National teams' committee. Starkovs also works as a coach for the Skonto Academy youth teams.


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1993 Latvian Higher League

The 1993 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the third domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Ten teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

1994 Latvian Higher League

The 1994 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the fourth domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Twelve teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

1995 Latvian Higher League

The 1995 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the fifth domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Tenth teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

1996 Latvian Higher League

The 1996 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the sixth domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Tenth teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

1999 Latvian Higher League

The 1999 season in the Latvian Higher League, named Virslīga, was the ninth domestic competition since the Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union on 6 September 1991. Eight teams competed in this edition, with Skonto FC claiming the title.

2000 Latvian Football Cup

Latvian Football Cup 2000 was the fifty-ninth season of the Latvian annual football knock-out competition.

2006 Russian Super Cup

The 2006 Russian Super Cup was the 4th Russian Super Cup match, a football match which was to be contested between the Russian Premier League 2005 champion and the winner of Russian Cup 2004-05. However, because the same team won both the league and the cup for the second consecutive season, the match was contested between the champion and the runner-up of Russian Premier League 2006, CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow, respectively. The match was held on 11 March 2006 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. CSKA Moscow beat Spartak Moscow 3–2 to win their second Russian Super Cup.

2010–11 FK Baku season

The 2010-11 FK Baku season was the club's thirteenth season in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

They started the season under German manager Winfried Schäfer, however he was sacked and replaced by Latvian Aleksandrs Starkovs in January 2011. FK Baku finished the season in sixth place. They also took part in the 2010–11 Azerbaijan Cup, getting knocked out by Khazar Lankaran in the semi-final stage. Baku entered the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League at the First Qualifying Round stage, and got knocked out in this round by Budućnost Podgorica, from Montenegro, after fielding a suspended player in the first leg in which Budućnost Podgorica were awarded a 3-0 win after the original match had ended in a 2–1 win for Baku.

2011–12 FK Baku season

The Baku 2011-12 season was Baku's fourteenth Azerbaijan Premier League season, in which they finished in 6th position. They also took part in the 2011–12 Azerbaijan Cup, which they won beating Neftchi Baku in the final and therefore qualified for the First qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. It was their first full season under the management of Aleksandrs Starkovs.


Aleksandrs is a Latvian masculine given name. It is a cognate of the name Alexander and may refer to:

Aleksandrs Ābrams (1904-????), Latvian football forward

Aleksandrs Beļavskis (born 1964) Latvian ice hockey player and team captain

Aleksandrs Čaks (1901–1950), Latvian poet and writer

Aleksandrs Cauņa (born 1988), Latvian football player

Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (born 1985), Latvian footballer

Aleksandrs Dibrivnijs (born 1969), Latvian footballer

Aleksandrs Fertovs (born 1987), Latvian footballer

Aleksandrs Glazovs (born 1970), Latvian football midfielder

Aleksandrs Golubovs (1959–2010), Latvian politician

Aleksandrs Isakovs (born 1973), Latvian football defender

Aleksandrs Jackēvičs (born 1958), Latvian judoka and Olympic medalist

Aleksandrs Jakushin (born 1991), Latvian ice dancer

Aleksandrs Jeļisejevs (born 1971), Latvian football striker

Aleksandrs Jerofejevs (born 1984), Latvian ice hockey defenceman

Aleksandrs Kerčs (born 1967), Latvian ice hockey left wing

Aleksandrs Kokarevs (born ????), Latvian football player and manager

Aleksandrs Koļinko (born 1975), Latvian professional football player

Aleksandrs Kublinskis (1936–2018), Latvian composer

Aleksandrs Kulakovs (born 1956), Latvian football goalkeeper

Aleksandrs Laime (1911–1994), Latvian explorer

Aleksandrs Leimanis (1913–1990), Latvian film director

Aleksandrs Ņiživijs (born 1976), Latvian ice hockey player

Aleksandrs Obižajevs (born 1959), Latvian pole vaulter and Olympic competitor

Aleksandrs Petukhovs (born 1967), Latvian screenwriter and film director

Aleksandrs Roge (born 1898), Latvian footballer

Aleksandrs Samoilovs (born 1985), Latvian beach volleyball player and Olympic competitor

Aleksandrs Semjonovs (born 1972), Latvian ice hockey centre and Olympic competitor

Aleksandrs Solovjovs (born 1988), Latvian football player

Aleksandrs Stankus (1907–1944), Latvian footballer

Aleksandrs Starkovs (born 1955), Latvian footballer and football coach

Aleksandrs Vanags (1919–1986), Latvian footballer and basketball player

Aleksandrs Viļumanis (born 1942), Latvian conductor

Jevgeņijs Miļevskis

Jevgeņijs Miļevskis (born 15 August 1961) is a former Latvian football striker of Jewish origin, together with Aleksandrs Starkovs he was the main goal scoring force of FK Daugava Rīga.

In 2006 Miļevskis was selected by the Latvian Football Federation as one of the 11 best Latvian footballers of the first 100 years of football in Latvia.

Jurijs Andrejevs

Jurijs Andrejevs (born 16 January 1957 in Riga, Latvia, USSR) is a former footballer who is currently the sporting director of Liepājas Metalurgs.

Previously he was the manager of the team but was released in 2008 after an unsuccessful season.

He was the manager of Latvia national team from 2004 to 2007, having succeeded Aleksandrs Starkovs in December 2004.

Latvia at the UEFA European Championship

Latvia qualified once for a UEFA European Championship, the 2004 edition. After finishing second in their qualifying group, they won the two-legged play-offs against Turkey (3–2 on aggregate) to secure their first appearance at the end stage of a major tournament. In doing so, Latvia became the first and (as of 2014) still the only Baltic team to qualify for a European Championship.At the Euro 2004, Latvia were drawn in Group D, alongside Germany, Czech Republic, and Netherlands. Latvia faced Czech Republic in their opening match on 15 June 2004, with Māris Verpakovskis scoring before half-time. However, the Czechs would later come back to win the game 2–1. Four days later, Latvia earned a respectable 0–0 draw against World Cup vice-champions Germany to earn their first point in a major tournament. They lost their final match with 3–0 against Netherlands, and were eliminated, finished fourth, with one point from their draw and two losses.

Latvia national football team

The Latvia national football team (Latvian: Latvijas futbola izlase) represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. It is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but they have, however, qualified for the European Championship in 2004, under Aleksandrs Starkovs.

Latvia, alongside its Baltic rivals, Lithuania and Estonia, has also participated in the local sub-regional Baltic Cup tournament, which takes place every two years, and in which Latvia is the current champion, having won the tournament in 2018. Latvia has won the Baltic Cup championship a record of 13 times, more than any other country in the history of the tournament.

Latvia's current home ground is the Daugava Stadium in Riga.

Skonto FC

Skonto FC was a Latvian football club, founded in 1991. The club played at the Skonto Stadium in Riga. Skonto won the Virsliga in the first 14 seasons of the league's resumption (15 in total), and often provided the core of the Latvia national football team. With those 14 national championships in a row, they set a European record, men and women's football combined, until the women of Faroese club KÍ Klaksvík won their 14th championship in row in 2013.Following financial problems, the club was demoted to the Latvian First League in 2016 and went bankrupt in December of that year.

Starkov (surname)

Starkov (Russian: Старков) is a Russian male surname, its feminine counterpart is Starkova. In Latvia it is spelled as Starkovs. It may refer to

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Starkov (born 1991), Russian footballer

Aleksandrs Starkovs (born 1957), Latvian-Russian football coach

Anatoly Starkov (born 1946), Russian Olympic cyclist

Bill Starkov, Russian-born American television producer and financier

Ivan Starkov (born 1986), Russian footballer

Kirill Starkov (born 1987), Danish-Russian ice hockey player

Maksim Starkov (born 1996), Russian football player

Vadim Starkov (born 1979), Russian footballer

UEFA Euro 2004 Group D

Group D of UEFA Euro 2004 was one of four groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 15 June and was completed on 23 June. The group consisted of Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Latvia.

The Czech Republic won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with the Netherlands. Germany and Latvia failed to advance.

UEFA Jubilee Awards

To celebrate the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)'s 50th anniversary in 2004, each of its member associations was asked by UEFA to choose one of its own players as the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years (1954–2003).

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