Founded In
Jūrmala, Latvia

About Spartaks

Jūrmalas Futbola un Peldēšanas Skola / Spartaks, usually known more simply as FK Spartaks Jūrmala, was first established back in 2007. The team's full name translates to 'Jūrmala Swimming and Football School' and they have made a quick rise through the divisions in Latvia. Their main rivals are the other major club from the city, FC Jūrmala, who they compete against in the Jūrmala derby. They are nicknamed 'Sarkanbaltie', which translates to 'The Red-Whites', in reference to the club's traditional home colours.

Spartaks began competitive play in the country's third tier, known as the Latvian Second League, and they finished their inaugural season in the division as champions. As a result, they were promoted to the second tier, ahead of the 2008 campaign. After initially struggling near the bottom of the second tier, the team gradually improved their performances. Finally, in 2011, they finished in 3rd place. Due to the fact that one of the teams ahead of them were Liepājas Metalurgs-2, a reserve team who are ineligible for promotion to the top flight, Spartaks were awarded promotion to the Virsliga in their place.

The club were awarded the Jūrmala Sport Club of the Year award for 2011, but to date they have struggled to win any of Latvia's major trophies. Their best performance in the Latvian Football Cup has been reaching the last 16 stage, which they have done several times, while their first season in the Virsliga saw them achieve a respectable 5th place, comfortably avoiding relegation in the process.

Viktors Morozs and Nauris Bulvītis are amongst the most notable footballers to have played for the club. Both players also represented Latvia's national football team.

Spartaks's home matches are held at Slokas Stadium, which is shared with rivals FC Jūrmala. The venue is currently able to hold up to 5,000 spectators.

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