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Europe: Latvia wins 11th Baltic Cup title

Posted in European Football, International Football by peterbein on June 4, 2012
Latvia Baltic Cup 2012

Latvia celebrate winning the 2012 Baltic Cup tournament

The 2012 Baltic Cup has taken place over the course of the weekend and the tournament, held in Estonia, proved to be an interesting affair. The Baltic Cup saw Finland enter the competition for the very first time to join the usual line-up of the Baltic States nations, namely Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The tournament, usually played in a mini-league format, changed into a straight knockout format and with that came three days, four games and eleven goals worth of action.

Lithuania came into this year’s Baltic Cup as the defending champions having won the previous tournament on home soil in 2010. They were paired with Latvia in the first of this year’s semi-finals with both nations hoping to become the first country to win the competition for the eleventh time. A win for either team would see that dream come one step closer to reality but the manner by which Latvia would go on to defeat their old rivals was surprising. Aleksandrs Cauņa scored the opening goal in the twelfth minute from the penalty spot and with further strikes in the first half from Edgars Gauračs and Aleksejs Višņakovs the game was as good as over at half-time. To compound the misery for Lithuania, a second goal for Gauračs in the 48th minute was followed by a late strike for Vitālijs Smirnovs as Latvia thrashed the champions by five goals to nil to ease their way into this year’s final.

The second semi-final was a much closer affair. Estonia, whose most recent tournament win came as far back as 1938, were hoping to at least reach the final but they came up against new boys Finland who were desperate to make a mark in their first Baltic Cup. A crowd of 2,400 in Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, saw the visitors take an early two goal lead with Njazi Kuqi, lesser known brother of former Newcastle United player Shefki, bagging a brace as early as the 22nd minute. The hosts did manage to pull one back on the half hour mark through Andres Oper but, try as they might, they were unable to restore parity and the Finns were through to their first Baltic Cup final courtesy of a 2-1 victory.

Yesterday saw Estonia gain some consolation by winning the third/fourth place play-off against Lithuania. Vladimir Voskoboinikov scored the only goal of the game after 18 minutes to give the home fans something to shout about. In the final a more competitive affair saw Latvia and Finland fight out a 1-1 draw. The game was goalless at the break but the deadlock was broken on 52 minutes with Finland’s Toni Kolehmainen giving the tournament new boys the lead. Just two minutes later Latvia had equalized through the competition’s top scorer Edgars Gauračs and with no further scoring for the rest of the game the destiny of the Baltic Cup would be decided on penalties.

Both teams missed their first kicks of the shoot-out, Teemu Pukki missing for Finland whilst Aleksandrs Cauņa did likewise for Latvia. Both teams then went on to convert their next four penalties in the shoot-out, thus creating a sudden death situation. Six further spot kicks were needed but when Kolehmainen missed his kick for Finland the pressure then fell upon Latvia’s Vladislavs Kozlovs to win the game. This he did and, having won the shoout-out 6-5, Latvia could celebrate a record eleventh Baltic Cup triumph.

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Latvia: Three-way battle ensures exciting title race

Posted in European Football by peterbein on October 13, 2011
FK Ventspils

FK Ventspils, seen here with the 2008 title, are favourites to win in 2011

With five rounds of matches to go in Latvia’s Virsliga the title race has been whittled down to three teams. Defending champions Skonto Riga virtually have no chance of winning this year’s competition as they lie in fourth place, 14 points behind league leaders FK Ventspils but the capital side will still play a decisive part in the destination of the title as they must face-off against each of the contenders.

This weekend sees Skonto play host to surprise package Daugava Daugavpils who are in third place, four points behind Ventspils but have played a game more. The biggest game of the weekend, however, will take place on the Baltic coast with the top two of FK Ventspils and Liepājas Metalurgs playing at the former’s home Olimpiskais Stadium. Due to a lack of a credible local rivalry for Skonto, the “Derby of Kurzeme” is the biggest rivalry in Latvia. These teams have won five of the last six championships between them and they are currently separated by three points but Metalurgs have played one game more. Should FK Ventspils emerge triumphant in Saturday’s big match it could provide the Yellow and Blue with a massive psychological advantage. Should Metalurgs win the title race will be all the more exciting especially if Daugava should win their match away in Riga.

But it isn’t just this weekend which will see the top four meet each other. Next Wednesday sees Metalurgs play host to Skonto before the former travel to Latvia’s second city of Daugavpils to play FC Daugava on Sunday week. Should FC Daugava overcome the challenge of Metalurgs then they will go into the October 30th match at home to Ventspils in good heart and a win in front of their supporters would be a great way to end the season. Depending on results FC Daugava will then have to wait to see what their fate will be when Ventspils host Skonto Riga in the final round of matches on November 5th.

At the bottom of the table Olimps/RFS already know that they will participate in the end of season promotion/relegation play-offs. Riga’s lesser known football club only have six points to show from their 29 games and are ten points behind eighth place FK Jūrmala-VV with three matches to play and, thus, unable to catch up.

Latvia: Metalurgs put pressure on leaders after derby win

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 27, 2011

Liepājas MetalurgsThe Latvian football championship looks set to have one of its more unpredictable seasons this year as the four way battle for the title continued today. All of the top four teams were involved in matches against each other and it has proven to be a great day for two-time champions Liepājas Metalurgs.

Metalurgs faced off against local rivals FK Ventspils in the Derby of Kurzeme, the region of Latvia which lies on the Baltic coast in the west of the country, and saw off their neighbours with a vital 2-1 victory. All of the goals came in the first half with Metalurgs taking a two goal lead thanks to strikes from Jurģis Kalns (9 minutes) and Pāvels Surņins (19) before Ventspils pulled one back through Evgeny Postnikov (27). Although there were no further goals the game saw no shortage of action including a red card for Ventspils defender Jevgēņijs Kosmačovs after the final whistle following an attack on an opponent. Metalurgs held out for the win in front of a healthy 1500 crowd and the three points helped the team into second place in the table.

Table toppers FC Daugava Daugavpils are two points ahead of Metalurgs following a goalless draw at home to record champions Skonto Riga. The second city team, who have defied all expectations this season to top the table, were unable to break down a resolute Skonto side this afternoon and had to be content with a point. Daugava midfielder Vadims Logins saw red in the last minute of the game for a second bookable offence which would’ve compounded the home team’s frustrations further.

Nevertheless FC Daugava still remain top with 47 points from 23 games, two points ahead of Metalurgs who have played the same number of matches. FK Ventspils also lie two points behind the leaders but have played only 21 games whilst Skonto Riga have 41 points from 22 games.

Europe: Flora and Ekranas still unbeaten; FKV lose again (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on June 27, 2011

Baltic flagsThe various football leagues in the Baltic States are approaching the halfway stages of the 2011 campaign. Defending champions Flora Tallinn and FK Ekranas still remain unbeaten at the top of the Estonian Meistriliiga and Lithuanian A Lyga respectively whilst Latvia’s Virsliga saw leaders FK Ventspils lose for a second time in less than a week.

Eight times Estonian champions Flora Tallinn are threatening to run away with the Meistriliiga as they currently hold a seven point advantage over joint second place club JK Nõmme Kalju having played one game less. The defending title holders don’t quite have the league’s best attack although they have scored just two goals fewer than Kalju and local rivals Levadia Tallinn (32 each) but what the league leaders possess is the league’s tightest defence having only shipped in five goals so far, averaging at one goal conceded every five games. The league leaders have gone through something of a mini-break ahead of oncoming UEFA Competition as they haven’t played a competitive league game since June 14th when they defeated Sillamäe Kalev 1-0. However they face off against 2nd place Nõmme Kalju this Sunday in a game which could see Flora go virtually out of sight at the top of the table.

FK Ekranas, champions for the last three years in Lithuania, currently lead the A Lyga by four points and are, like their Estonian counterparts Flora, still unbeaten after fifteen games. Unlike the Estonian championship, however, Lithuania’s top flight doesn’t quite feel like a one-horse race just yet as FK Sūduva and FK Žalgiris Vilnius are hanging on their coat tails. All of the top three teams won away from home by the same 1-0 score line this weekend; FK Ekranas had Auremis Vertelis to thank for the three points as his 37th minute goal defeated FK Klaipeda whilst Sūduva and Žalgiris also scraped home by a solitary strike against FK Kruoja Pakrujo and FK Banga Gargždai respectively. FK Ekranas currently have 39 points with Sūduva and Žalgiris just four and six points further behind each having played the same number of matches.

Things have become more interesting in Latvia’s LMT Virsliga in the last week. FK Ventspils, who were unbeaten in their first twelve matches of the current campaign with a record of 11 wins and 1 draw, have now suffered back-to-back defeats. Their first loss came away at FK Jelgava on June 22nd with Vladislavs Kozlovs bagging a brace in his side’s 2-0 victory over the league leaders. Ventspils were then made to suffer at home to Liepājas Metalurgs yesterday afternoon in a repeat of the 2010-11 Latvian Cup final which FKV won last month; Lithuanian midfielder Nerijus Valskis, who is currently on loan from FBK Kaunas, scored the only goal in the first sixty seconds of the match to gain a spot of revenge for Metalurgs and whose title challenge has been resurrected in the process. FK Ventspils currently top the table with 34 points from 14 games, three points ahead of Metalurgs who have played a game more. Surprise package Daugava Daugavpils came within sixty seconds of a victory away at defending champions Skonto Riga yesterday but for Deniss Kačanovs’ equalizer in stoppage time which granted Skonto a 1-1 draw. Daugava lie third in the table with the same record as Metalurgs whilst Skonto have just 26 points from 14 games played.

Europe: Ekranas, Flora and Skonto look ahead to Baltic Champions’ Cup

Posted in European Football by peterbein on January 6, 2011

Baltic Champions Cup 2011The Baltic Champions’ Cup, the first of many a pre-season indoor tournament in Eastern Europe in the next two months, takes place in the Olympic Sports Centre in the Latvian capital of Riga this weekend in a mini-tournament exclusive to the national champions of the three domestic leagues in the Baltic States.

Lithuanian champions FK Ekranas Panevėžys already have experience in this competition having won the only other edition to have previously taken place in 2006. At that time the tournament was played outdoors and was a precursor to what would become the Triobet Baltic League (TBL) which is now the more established cross-border football tournament in that part of the world. Nonetheless FK Ekranas, who got the better of Liepājas Metalurgs and TVMK Tallinn in the inaugural event five years ago, now hope to add the scalps of Skonto Riga and Flora Tallinn to the list as they set about defending their crown.

The year 2010 was a great one for Latvian champions Skonto Riga and their Estonian counterparts Flora Tallinn who are both back in the big time following their first league title successes for six and seven years respectively. As well as this tournament they will participate in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Cup in January before renewing battle in the TBL come April. For all three clubs there is the added bonus of UEFA Champions League qualifiers to come this year so each of the teams involved will be very active in trans-national football comeptition in 2011.

This weekend’s tournament sees all of the teams play each other once only over three days. Here is the fixture list and local kick-off times for the event:

Friday 07/01/2011: Skonto Riga v FK Ekranas Panevėžys 17:45

Saturday 08/01/2011: FK Ekranas Panevėžys v Flora Tallinn 13:15

Sunday 09/01/2011: Flora Tallinn v Skonto Riga 13:45

Baltic States: Old order restored in Baltic League (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on November 11, 2010

The 2010-11 Triobet Baltic League (TBL) has now concluded its first knockout round and for the Estonian clubs it has ultimately proven not to be as joyous as one would have first thought after the first leg. All five clubs from Estonia won their first leg ties and gave hope that some new forces would emerge in the competition. However clubs from Latvia and Lithuania restored the old order and made sure that they both got some decent representation in the quarter-finals.

The old guard of Estonian football, FC Flora and FC Levadia, are the only representatives remaining from the most northern of the Baltic States following the first round action. FC Flora, who have just celebrated becoming Estonian Meistriliiga champions for the first time since 2003, wrapped up a good year by going through on away goals in a tough encounter against last season’s losing TBL finalists FK Sūduva. The Lithuanians won this week’s second leg at home by 3-2 but this wasn’t enough as they were defeated 2-1 in the first leg in Tallinn and so it was Flora who went through courtesy of two away goals to one. FC Levadia, who saw their four year reign as Estonian champions end this week, at least ended the season on a high after a 5-3 home win against Latvians SK Blāzma Rēzekne secured a 6-3 aggregate victory.

The three other Estonian teams all endured disappointment following encouraging first leg matches. None more so than Trans Narva who, following a 5-1 home victory against Lithuanians FK Šiauliai, crumbled in the away leg to a 5-0 reverse and, therefore, suffered a 6-5 aggregate defeat. Sillamäe Kalev, 2-1 winners in their first leg match to Latvian Cup finalists FK Jūrmala-VV, conceded goals at the start and the end of the second leg to go down 2-0 in the match, 3-2 on aggregate. Last season’s Triobet Baltic League champions FK Ventspils were given a fright by Estonians JK Nõmme Kalju who led 2-1 from the first leg and who made the Latvians sweat it out for their 4-1 second leg victory. Nonetheless the champions passed the first test of their title defence and will hope to become the first team to defend the trophy.

In the three games not involving Estonian clubs newly crowned Latvian champions Skonto Riga had to scrap to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Lithuanian side FK Tauras with all of the goals coming in the first leg. FK Ekranas Panevėžys, who were crowned Lithuanian champions for the third year in a row in 2010, strolled to a 4-0 aggregate win over JFK Olimps/RFS of Latvia whilst the final game of the round came today with Liepājas Metalurgs getting the better of FK Banga by four goals to two on aggregate.

The Triobet Baltic League takes a break until April when the last eight do battle for the coveted title. The pick of the games will be the battle of the champions of Latvia and Lithuania, namely Skonto Riga and FK Ekranas respectively, whilst another standout tie involves Estonian champions FC Flora against defending TBL champions FK Ventspils. Levadia Tallinn take on FK Šiauliai whilst, in an all-Latvian tie, Liepājas Metalurgs take on FK Jūrmala-VV to complete the line-up.

WATCH FK SIAULIAI v TRANS NARVA 2nd LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Away Days: Skonto Riga v FK Jaunība Riga

Posted in Away Days by peterbein on November 7, 2010

Sunday, October 30th, 2005: Skonto Riga, fourteen times champions of Latvia with all of those titles won consecutively from 1991-2004 in order to create a world record, have finally been deposed from their number one position. Their opponents on this day are Liepājas Metalurgs who, only the week before, clinched their maiden Latvian league title with four matches left to play such was their domination in that season. It was fitting that my first ever match on my first ever visit to the beautiful Baltic state of Latvia involved the two aforementioned teams and it was this match, a 1-1 draw with much attacking play, that developed my interest in the game in this part of the world. Many people in my home town of Liverpool (and, no doubt, beyond) think that I’m mad for following Latvian football, and Skonto Riga FC in particular, but it is footballing world far removed from the hype and money obsessed world of the English Premier League and it makes a refreshing change to see football so laid-back as it is there.

Following Metalurgs’ 2005 title success came three-in-a-row for FK Ventspils between 2006-08 and then Metalurgs won their second crown in 2009. It was a painful period for Skonto as they saw their two main rivals win most of the silverware but that was now all in the past as there was no doubting the fact that Skonto Riga were the best team in the LMT Virslīga in 2010. After a five year wait I was finally going to see Skonto FC play a match with the status as champions of Latvia and as I went to the stadium with just twenty minutes to go before kick-off I noticed a familiar face outside the ground. It was none other than Latvian football legend Vitālijs Astafjevs, Europe’s most capped international footballer with 165 appearances for his country to date, who will be known to fans of English club Bristol Rovers for whom he graced the club colours for three years before heading back eastwards. If I was surprised to see and be able to talk to Astafjevs then I was more surprised to meet the Skonto FC and Latvia national coach Aleksandrs Starkovs. For anyone without any knowledge of Starkovs he is a true legend of the game both as a player and a coach. His exploits in the latter category have seen him win twelve league titles and six national cups, all with Skonto, and in 2010, his first season back in charge of Latvia’s record champions, he managed to end Skonto’s six year trophy drought.

Before their final home match of the season Skonto FC had scored the most goals in the league (80) and conceded only sixteen goals, which was the second best record in the league. After clinching the title last week Skonto put on a champions performance against FK Jaunība, who were already as good as relegated before the game began. Yesterday’s game showed the gulf in class between the league’s best and worst sides as Skonto completed dominated possession and territory hardly allowing the visitors to leave their own half of the pitch. Despite Skonto’s dominance they went in at half-time with only a two goal lead, Alans Siņelņikovs opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with left foot thunderbolt in the top left corner and Brazilian Nathan Junior doubled the lead with a headed goal on the half-hour mark.

At the half-time break I met some guys from South London who were all Crystal Palace fans except for one whose allegiances lay firmly with Millwall. Not only did we agree in our assumptions about the cozyness and laid-back attitude of Latvian football (they were particulary impressed at having met two ex-Crystal Palace players – Andrejs Rubins and Aleksandrs Koļinko – at the game) but also a mutual loathing at how English football seems to have lost its soul in its dire pursuit of all things financial. We even spoke about the Bundesliga and I was surprised to find out that one of the Palace fans was also a huge Eintracht Frankfurt, a bit like yours truly, so for me it was a great experience talking to them although they had to miss the second half of the game so I’ll let them know that they missed a pretty good last 45 minutes of the Latvian season.

Skonto FC (in blue) dominated the match against local rivals FK Jaunība

After the chat it was back to the footie and the second half continued in much the same vein as the first with chance after chance for Skonto. It didn’t take them too long to score goal number three, Nathan Junior again found the net to keep up his impressive goalscoring record for the season. Following that it took until the final ten minutes of the match for the game to truly come alive as Skonto scored three more times thanks to David Janelidze, Igors Tarasovs and another from Junior whose hat-trick came from the penalty spot. For the Brazilian the match topped off a perfect season in which he was the Virsliga’s joint top-scorer with eighteen goals along with Liepājas Metalurgs’ Deniss Rakels. At the final whistle the small but boistorious Skonto hardcore following “H-Side” gave the team a great send-off showing their appreciation by setting off flares into the Riga sky. This culminates a season in which Skonto won the league with 69 points from 27 matches, six ahead of second place FK Ventspils, and will see Latvia’s finest enter the UEFA Champions League at the 2nd qualifying round next season. For FK Jaunība it’s back down to the Pirma Līga after just one season in Latvia’s top flight.

A convincing win for the champions

Latvia: Skonto Riga win 15th championship (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on October 31, 2010

Skonto RigaIt’s been a long wait for Latvia’s most decorated club but Skonto Riga finally clinched a record extending 15th LMT Virslīga title today following a 2-2 draw at home to nearest challengers FK Ventspils. The point gained meant that Skonto maintain a six point cushion at the top of the table with just one match remaining and for coach Alexsandrs Starkovs signals the beginning of a new era for his beloved club after six years without a major trophy.

With 65 points from 25 games and a six point margin before today’s match kicked off Skonto were already virtually assured of the title. The only way the title would go down to the final week would be if FK Ventspils were to beat their hosts in today’s game. With head-to-head records being used in Latvia for the first time this season, and with both clubs having had one win apiece in their previous two league meetings, it was imperative for FK Ventspils that they win today, reduce the gap at the top to three points and hope that Skonto would lose their final home game next week. But for Skonto only a point was necessary but they earned it the hard way having to come from behind twice.

FK Ventspils gained the initiative as early as the 13th minute when Artūrs Zjuzins gave the vistors the lead and restored hope to the Yellow and Blues that a fourth championship crown might be heading its way back to Latvia’s Baltic coast. However parity was restored with seven first half minutes remaining thanks to Kaspar Dubra. With the game tied at 1-1 at the break it was finely poised for a second half showdown and only the most determined team would make or break this encounter. That team appeared to be FK Ventspils when, in the 53rd minute, Jurijs Žigajevs re-established the lead for FKV and all they had to do was make sure that they kept hold of the advantage. Alas that advantage was lost in the final quarter of the match. In the 74th minute Igors Tarasovs scored Skonto’s second leveller of the day and so the initiative returned to Starkovs’ men who just needed to resist any further attacks from their opponents until the final whistle.

Cue the final whistle and the celebrations could begin for the Latvian capital side. For coach Alexsandrs Starkovs it was a fantastic season back at the helm for the man who guided Skonto to eleven consecutive titles between 1993-2004. In his absence only one further title was added, the 2004 championship under Jurijs Andrejevs, before Englishman Paul Ashworth took over the reins from 2005-2009 in what sadly proved to be a largely unsuccessful period. Having seen arch-rivals Liepājas Metalurgs and FK Ventspils lift the last five championship titles between them it is finally time for Skonto FC to re-capture their glory days and call themselves Latvia’s Number 1 once more.

NOTE: Stoppage Time – International Football Blog will be in Riga next week to see Skonto’s final match of the season against local rivals FK Jaunība, a game you can read about in our Away Days section.

WATCH SKONTO RIGA v FK VENTSPILS HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

 

Latvia: Skonto big winners as Metalurgs beat Ventspils (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 22, 2010

The Latvian Vīrsliga took another interesting twist in the championship race today as Skonto Riga now enjoy a five point lead over their nearest title rivals FK Ventspils. After Skonto had put a dent into Liepājas Metalurgs’ title ambitions last week it was to be Skonto, Latvia’s most successful club, who would be celebrating again after this weekend’s round of games went very much in their favour. Early Sunday afternoon saw Metalurgs, the defending champions, start the day in fourth place after FC Daugava’s 1-0 win over FK Jaunība Riga saw the team from Latvia’s second city of Daugavpils leapfrog Metalurgs. If the champions were to regain any title ambitions they had to beat FK Ventspils away from home in the game known as the “Derby of Kurzeme”, named after the region home to the two cities on Latvia’s Baltic coast.

The game started off nervously but there were a few chances for either side but for the first fourty five minutes neither side had their shooting boots on and the game remained goalless at the break. The second half was a different game altogether with the champions going two goals up by the 53rd minute mark thanks to strikes from Kristaps Grebis and Takafumi Akahoshi. The home side won a penalty kick with just a quarter of an hour remaining and Jurijs Žigajevs halved the deficit from the spot but this didn’t deter Metalurgs from attacking their hosts and the game was sealed with another goal for Grebis in the 77th minute and the game was put to bed by Jurģis Kalns sixty seconds into stoppage time. There was still enough time for Žigajevs to score his second of the game for FK Ventspils but by then the damage was done and the champions had got their season back on track.

WATCH FK VENTSPILS v LIEPAJAS METALURGS HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

This result meant that Skonto Riga could increase their lead in the standings with a win over SK Blāzma Rēzekne and Alexandrs Starkovs’ men would do that in fine style. Brazilian Nathan Junior has been amongst the goals this season and he bagged a brace to give Skonto a two goal lead after 24 minutes and the lead would be increased two minutes later by Andrejs Perepļotkins to give the capital club a 3-0 lead at the break. In the second half Aleksandrs Cauņa made it 4-0 just two minutes after the restart and he would score his second of the game on 79 minutes. The final goal of the game came from Alans Siņeļņikovs with five minutes to go and it capped an easy day’s work for Skonto who now look forward to two difficult games against fourth place FC Daugava and second place FK Ventspils on Matchdays 17 and 18 respectively. After Matchday 18 the final lap of fixtures (i.e. Matchdays 19-27) for each club will be determined in accordance with league placings. At the moment Skonto lead the table with 43 points from 16 games, FK Ventspils have 38 points whilst Metalurgs are a further five points behind. FC Daugava in fourth place have 32 points and are serious about challenging for a place in the UEFA Europa League next season especially as their win over FK Jaunība on Saturday was the club’s sixth win in seven games. At the bottom things remain tight as only five points separate Latvian Cup winners FK Jelgava in sixth place (16 games, 15 points) from FK Jaunība at the bottom in tenth spot.   

Baltic League: Draw for 2010-11 tournament held in Riga

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 20, 2010
FK Ventspils

FK Ventspils celebrate their 2009-10 Triobet Baltic League triumph. Who will win the competition in 2010-11?

The draw for the 2010-11 Triobet Baltic League, the cross-border competition for the top sixteen teams in the Baltic States, was held today in the Olympic Centre in the Latvian capital of Riga. The composition of the draw was five teams each from Lithuania and Estonia whilst Latvia has six teams as one of their representatives, FK Ventspils, won last season’s tournament and thus get the extra berth as a reward. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reveals the draw for the first round, the first leg takes place from September 21-22 and the second leg from October 26-27:

Banga (LT) v L. Metalurgs (LV)

FC Jurmala-VV (LV) v JK Sillamäe Kalev (EST)

JFK Olimps/RFS (LV) v Ekranas (LT)

Tauras (LT) v Skonto FC (LV)

JK Nõmme Kalju (EST) v FK Ventspils (LV)

FC Flora Tallinn (EST) v FK Suduva (LT)

SK Blazma Rezekne (LV) v FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)

JK Narva Trans (EST) v Šiauliai (LT)