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For the next 10 years in the domestic league none of their rivals were able to offer significant opposition to Skonto. For two seasons running the team did not lose a single match, surpassing their closest rivals by more than 20 points in the final standings, ensuring the regular title was awarded long before the end of the season.


Latvia has three big hydroelectric power stations in Pļaviņu HES (825MW), Rīgas HES (402 MW) and Ķeguma HES-2 (192 MW). In the recent years a couple of dozen of wind farms as well as biogas or biomass power stations of different scale have been built in Latvia.[citation needed]

The first major victory for Skonto FC players in the European cups was gained in 1994, when they defeated the Scottish club Aberdeen, the former European Super Cup winners. Also, in 1999 they managed a 0–0 draw at home with Chelsea in a UEFA Champions League qualifier (but lost the tie 3–0 on aggregate). Skonto FC also played against Spanish Barcelona and Italian Internazionale.

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Skonto Stadium, Freedom Monument, and Powder Tower. Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Latvia is a member of the World Trade Organisation (1999) and the European Union (2004). On 1 January 2014, the Euro became the country's currency, superseding the Lats. According to statistics in late 2013, 45% of the population supported the introduction of the euro, while 52% opposed it.[131] Following the introduction of the Euro, Eurobarometer surveys in January 2014 showed support for the Euro to be around 53%, close to the European average.[132]

Other popular sports include football, floorball, tennis, volleyball, cycling, bobsleigh and skeleton (sport). The Latvian national football team participated in 2004 UEFA Euro for the first time.[176]

Coastal regions, especially the western coast of Courland Peninsula, possess a more maritime climate with cooler summers and milder winters, while eastern parts exhibit a more continental climate with warmer summers and harsher winters.[68]

Skonto did not obtain a license to play in the 2016 Higher League.[23] Skonto appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied.[24] Since 2015 Latvian First League runners-up Valmiera Glass FK/BSS rejected the opportunity to be promoted to the Higher League, 3rd placed Rīgas Futbola skola (RFS) was promoted instead.[23]


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Latvia has participated successfully in both Winter and Summer Olympics. The most successful Olympic athlete in the history of independent Latvia has been Māris Štrombergs, who became a two-time Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012 at Men's BMX.[citation needed]

Riga Football Club, commonly referred to as Riga FC, is a Latvian football club based in Riga. From 2016 playing in the Latvian Higher League (Virsliga). The club officially registered in 2014. The team was established in 2015 after a merger of two Riga based teams – FC Caramba Riga and Dinamo Rīga. In season 2015 played in Latvian First League under the name of FC Caramba/Dinamo. After winning the First League and promotion to the Higher League changed its name to Riga FC.[1]

An exciting battle for the Latvian championship title was seen again in the 2001 season when Skonto FC had a two-point deficit before the final round to the leading team FK Ventspils, and they had to face a tough game in Liepāja against FK Liepājas Metalurgs – a team which also had hopes of becoming champions. FK Ventspils players couldn't withstand the strain, whereas Skonto FC showed the spirit of champions and won again.

We are pleased to announce the official establishment of the Riga United Football Club. In May 2007, our multinational football went the Latvian Amateur Football League (LAFL). The team can give Arsenal FC a good run for its money in terms of nationalities on its books with players from Latvia, Germany, England, Cameroon, Nigeria, Guatemala, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Turkey - to name just a few - turning up the page.

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For recent squad changes see: List of Latvian football transfers summer 2015 and List of Latvian football transfers winter 2015-16

Skonto FC was founded in 1991. Starting from its very beginnings the club won the Latvian championship 14 seasons in a row, and only in 2005 finished second after FK Liepājas Metalurgs. In 2006, Skonto finished third in a close contest with FK Liepājas Metalurgs and FK Ventspils. Skonto FC have won the Latvian Cup on eight occasions, acquiring the Cup most recently in 2012.

 During the winter months indoors six-aside football tournaments can be arranged as well as XI-a-side matches in Riga center or Olympic Skonto Hall.

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Building on the success of Riga Out There's football team the decision was made earlier in 2007 to establish Riga United FC, ​​a name that perfectly encapsulates the essence and ethos of the new club.  A cosmopolitan football team that consists of players from all over the world, unite Riga United tourists and locals, ex-pats and Latvians, youth and experience, anyone who wants to play the beautiful game!


On 8 July 2010, Skonto lost in the Europa League first qualifying round to the Northern Irish club Portadown. In the first leg Skonto drew 1–1 away from home after an equaliser in injury time. They lost 1–0 at home and went out to a team who hadn't won a European tie in 36 years.[5] Consolation came later in the season, when Skonto drew 2–2 at home to win the Latvian Higher League title for the first time since 2004. It was yet again done under the management of Aleksandrs Starkovs.[6]

*Skonto FC were disqualified by UEFA due to long-term debts, not cleared in the restricted term