Latvia Professional Football Club Founded 2017

History & Tradition

 

 
 
 
 
 

FK JURNIEKS  English Version

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In 2017 FK Jurnieks was reborn and will play in Latvia's 2nd Division (3rd tier). Based in the capital city of Riga the club will be rebuilding in its inaugural season and looking to make a big impact within the region. The aim of the team is to re-establish its previous success and develop local talent and international players to place at the higher levels in the Baltic region and around the world. 
 
The club most widely known as Jūrnieks was the football club of the Riga factory of ship building and repairing. In 1959 under the name KBRR the club made its début in the Riga championship, in 1962 it first played in the Latvian league where it got a respectable fifth-place finish, in 1963 it won the silver medals in the league, the following year the club's name was changed to KRR. Until 1967 the club finished in the upper half of the league every year. The clubs leaders in the early years were the goal-scoring forward Polukarovs, goalkeeper Kurbatovs and former Daugava Riga footballer Vladimirs Amosovs.
In 1968 the club was renamed to FK Jūrnieks, the name that it had in its most glorious years. In 1970 it won the Latvian Cup for the first time by beating VEF Rīga. In 1972 in addition to the second cup victory Jūrnieks also won its first (and only) Latvian league title. In those years the club was coached by M.Titarenko. The most notable footballers of Jūrnieks in the end of the 1960s – beginning of the 1970s were V.Liholajs, Uhanovs, G.Zvejnieks and Vladimirs Trusovs.
However, after 1972 Jūrnieks failed to remain one of the top football clubs in the Latvian league. Never again would it win medals of any sorts in the league, in the Latvian Cup it also never reached the finals again. From 1973 to 1991 it was a middle class team that hardly could compete with clubs like Torpedo RīgaElektrons RīgaEnerģija RīgaĶīmiķis Daugavpils and VEF Rīga. The best finish was achieved in 1986 when Jūrnieks finished in the fourth place in the Latvian league. Un those later years the leading players with Jūrnieks were A.Skudra, goalkeepers Gordejevs, Zaicevs and Raitis Gultnieks and strikers Mihails Juropovs and Jaroslavs Petrovs. For several years with Jūrnieks also played Vjačeslavs Fanduļs, mostly known as ice hockey player who played with Dinamo Riga and with Latvia national ice hockey team.
The best goalscorers in the club's history are Jaroslavs Petrovs and Jevgēņijs Samoiļenko both of whom scored more than 100 goals in the Latvian league. After the 1991 season which Jūrnieks finished in the 14th position it lost its place in the top Latvian league and was renamed to Decemvīri. In 1992 under the management of V.Pivovarovs Jūrnieks with quite a respectable squad which included Andrejs OļeiņiksDmitrijs Horoļskis and Dainis Deglis won the 1. līga tournament and earned a promotion to Virslīga but it refused from playing there because of financial difficulties and disappeared for a year completely. In 1994 it was back in 1. liga again as FK Jūrnieks, in 1995 it won the 1.liga tournament and earned promotion to Virslīga. The 1996 Virslīga season gave Jūrnieks little to cheer about – 10th place from 10 clubs and relegation. In this year Andrejs Prohorenkovs made his debut with Jūrnieks. In 1997 the club played again in 1. liga and after the season it went bankrupt. 
2017 will see the club begin play again in the Latvian 2nd Division as they look to gain promotion upto the 1st Division. The team will be consulted by former professional players and current FIFA Licensed agent, Aleksandrs Cekulajevs. His professional playing career has seen him play all over the world in countries such as Iceland, Singapore, Estonia, Malta and Latvia. Currently Aleksandrs runs MNG Sports Agency who represent National team players from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The club will provide an excellent stepping stone and development and showcase opportunity for players who aspire to play at the higher level in Europe.

Roster & Staff

The 2017 roster is currently being built for the new season that begins May 23, 2017. For more details about the club and opening positions then please contact info@fkjurnieks.com
 
Head Coach - Vadims Gospodars 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadims_Gospodars
Vadims will take charge of the club in their first season back into the Latvian football league. The Ukrainian born coach has played professionally since 2001 and has experienced playing in Russia, Finland, Latvia, Belarus and Armenia. Currently a holder of the UEFA B License the former midfielder will be looking to guide Jurnieks to the 1st division title.
Assistant Coach - Ivan Gospodar
Ivan has been with FK Daugava Riga for the last 20 years developing young players in their academy. Ivan has a lot of experience within the region and he will be playing a crucial role within the club developing young talent and assisting Vadim Gospodars with the first team.
 
Head Football Consultant & Advisor - Aleksandrs Cekulajevs
 
 
 
 
 
 
European Scout - TBD
USA Scout (East Coast) - TBD
USA Scout (West Coast) - TBD
South America Scout - Nelson Ibarra
Current 2017 Roster:
  1. AEKSANDRS MANZUROV

  2. ALEKSANDR SKLIMOV

  3. ARTUR KLIMOVICHS

  4. INTARS KIRHNERS

  5. ARTJOM SNARUSEVICH

  6. ARTJOM SULJANOVS

  7. ANDRE JSSINICINS

  8. GERMANS JUFEROVS

  9. VADIM SSARAPULOVS

  10. DMITRI JSBAGDANOVS

  11. KOSTANTIN ZORINS

  12. JANIS JANGOLS

  13. ERIK SCHATE

  14. INGUS MAKOVSKIS

  15. VLADISLAVS LUKJANSKIJS

  16. ALEKSEJS CHAKOVS

  17. ANDREJS MOROZOVS

  18. PAVLO SHEVCHENKO

  19. KRISTAPS MIKSZAKREVSKIS

  20. ISHIHARA HIROKI (Japan)

  21. TAKEGOSHI ASUKA (Japan)

The club is currently in search of new talent ahead of the upcoming season. With its flexible rules on international players then the club will be looking to blend local talent with international players from around the world. 
 
 

Trials & Tryouts

For more details on local and international tryouts then please contact:

info@fkjurnieks.com

The club will also be looking to find international talent from Africa, Asia and the America's. We have recently added 2 Japanese players for the first part of our season and will be sending our scouting team to the United States in June to look for more talented players. We are proud to be attending Pro Soccer Consulting's Pro Combines this summer to find talent in the United States for our club. The club will be attending the following combines:

New Jersey - June 9,10,11

Florida - June 13,14,15

California - June 21,22,23

Texas - June 25,26,27

FK Jurnieks is proud to be working with PSC Soccer in the UK and United States. They are a consultancy, academy and agency who represent players all over the world. Previously they have consulted for newly formed football clubs such as the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and Tulsa Roughnecks FC. The company also runs training camps and tours and will be bringing Swansea City and Valencia over the USA and Canada in 2017.

For more details about PSC and the tryouts we will be attending you can visit and register via

https://www.pscsocceracademy.com/upcoming-events/ 

 

FK Jurnieks Consultant and advisor, Aleksandrs Cekulajevs with PSC USA Director, Tom Taylor

Contact Us

Newly established football club in Riga, Latvia. 2017 will see our return to play in Division 2 (tier 3)

Our club is based in the capital city of Latvia with close access to major cities in Europe
Our professional staff will assist players develop their game to the next level with elite training and exposure to the higher levels in Europe
Our international network will create opportunites all around the world (Europe, Asia, America) for players within our club.