Vitālijs Astafjevs

Vitālijs Astafjevs
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Personal information
Full nameVitālijs Astafjevs
Date of birth(1971-04-03) 3 April 1971 (age 46)
Place of birthRiga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
Latvia (assistant manager)
Senior career*
1990-1992Daugava RÄ«ga26(11)
1996-1997Austria Vienna26(1)
2000-2003Bristol Rovers108(16)
2003-2004Admira Wacker28(2)
2004-2005Rubin Kazan30(10)
National team
Teams managed
2010-2014Skonto Riga (assistant manager)
2013Latvia U-21 (assistant manager)
2013-Latvia (assistant manager)
2014-2016FK Jelgava
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014


Vitālijs Astafjevs (rus. Виталий Астафьев, delivered 3 Apr 1971 in Riga) can be a Latvian previous football midfielder. Presently he’s the assistant supervisor of Latvia nationwide football team. In his playing career, he received nine Latvian championships with Skonto Riga. He also performed abroad for night clubs in Austria, Britain and Russia. At worldwide level, he also captained his country at UEFA Euro 2004. With 167 hats for Latvia, Astafjevs kept the Western record for probably the most worldwide matches performed, until becoming overtaken by Gianluigi Buffon in 2017; he’s the joint sixth-most capped man footballer ever sold, alongside Iker Casillas.

Club career

Early career

Astafjevs started his professional profession with Skonto Riga in 1992, soon after Latvia had regained its self-reliance from your Soviet Union. He performed there for 5 months, until 1996, learning to be a essential first eleven participant. They received the little league in each of his 1st fohr seasons. Double, in 1995 and 1996, Astafjevs was called the Latvian footballer of the entire year. In 1995, atypically for any midfielder, he became the very best scorer from the little league with 19 goals in 28 fits. In 1996, he relocated abroad for the very first time in his profession and became a member of Austria Vienna in Austria. He performed there simply for a period and, in 1997, came back to Skonto. He performed there for three periods, and gained three more group titles. He proceeded to go abroad once again in 2000, this time around joining Football Group Division Two aspect Bristol Rovers in Britain.

Bristol Rovers

Astafjevs was signed for Rovers by Ian Holloway, who then were able to persuade government bodies to concern him having a function permit. He found its way to the next half from the 1999-2000 period when the membership had been in second place. His 5th match was apart to Oldham Athletic and noticed him rating and create two more within an eventual 4-1 earn, despite getting stretchered off. Rovers dropped to seventh by the finish of the growing season, lacking the play-offs. The next period got them relegated towards the 4th tier for the very first time in their background. He scored just twice through the 2001-02 period, but in the next campaign he have scored four within the last six group matches in order to avoid an additional relegation. He was after that released by supervisor Ray Graydon.

Later career

In 2003, after released, he returned to Austria and joined up with Admira Wacker Mödling. In 2004, following the Western Tournament, having spent one time of year in Austria, Astafjevs became a member of the Russian Leading League golf club Rubin Kazan. Once more he was among the team's market leaders there. Finishing the 2005 time of year, Astafjevs made a decision to sign up for Skonto Riga once again, where he became the Latvian champ 8 instances (previous many years of playing also included). In 2007, at age 36, he was once more called Latvian footballer of the entire year.On 9 Sept 2008, alongside his teammate Marians Pahars, Astafjevs announced his pension from professional soccer. After a couple of days Astafjevs dropped this fact, saying he could play for any different club. Following the fresh year it had been announced that Astafjevs would play for Olimps/RFS and he'd also become the assistant supervisor alongside Andrejs

International career

Astafjevs debuted for Latvia in age 21 on 26 August 1992, against then-European champions Denmark in certification for the 1994 FIFA Globe Cup. From that point he was an essential participant in the nationwide team, taking part in there for 18 years. Astafjevs obtained his first worldwide objective on 2 July 1993 on his 14th cover, an agreeable 2-0 make an impression on Estonia.In 1999, following the retirement of Vladimirs Babičevs, Astafjevs became the captain from the team. His 1st match as captain was his 58th altogether, against Greece on 31 March in certification for Euro 2000. On 31 March 2004 he became the 1st ever Latvian participant to try out 100 internationals, because they defeat Slovenia within an aside friendly. As the team's captain, he participated in the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, playing in every three of Latvia's video games. His last worldwide appearance was an agreeable match against China on 17 November 2010. There is a special wedding ceremony after the video game to honour him. After his pension, defender Kaspars Gorkšs was elected to become another captain from the team.


On 14 Oct 2009 within a 2010 FIFA Globe Cup certification match against Moldova Astafjevs equalled the Western european record for one of the most fits in a country wide team; Astafjevs proceeded to go level using the then-record holder Estonian Martin Reim on 157 hats. On 15 November 2009 in an agreeable match against Honduras, Astafjevs established a new Western european record with 158 hats. His Western european record of 167 hats was matched up by Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon in June 2016 and November 2016 respectively, and was afterwards damaged in March 2017 by Buffon.

Coaching career

After his retirement from professional football, Astafjevs accepted an offer to be the assistant manager of Skonto Riga. In the beginning of 2012 he was appointed as the supervisor of Skonto-2, but was later on been successful by Tamaz Pertia. In the beginning of 2013 he was chosen to end up being the assistant supervisor of Latvia nationwide under-21 football group, coached by his previous club and worldwide team-mate Marians Pahars. On 11 July 2013 Pahars became the supervisor of Latvia nationwide football group and decided Astafjevs to become one of is own assistants. On 4 June 2014 Astafjevs became the supervisor of FK Jelgava.



Latvian Champ (9) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2010 Latvian Soccer Cup champion (4) 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998


Baltic Glass winner (5) 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2008


Virsliga Best Scorer (1) 1995 Latvian Footballer of the entire year (3) 1995, 1996, 2007

External links[1]

Latvian Soccer Federation (in Latvian) Vitālijs Astafjevs at v t e Latvian Footballer of the entire year 1992: Linards 1993: Not specified 1994: Babičevs 1995: Astafjevs 1996: Astafjevs 1997: