Imants Bleidelis

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Imants Bleidelis
Personal information
Full name Imants Bleidelis
Date of birth (1975-08-16) 16 August 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR (now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Skonto 1 (0)
1994 Interskonto 11 (1)
1994–1999 Skonto 128 (24)
1999–2002 Southampton 2 (0)
2002–2005 Viborg FF 55 (6)
2005–2006 Grazer AK 28 (0)
2006–2007 FK Jūrmala 11 (3)
2007–2008 Liepājas Metalurgs 22 (1)
Total 258 (35)
National team
1995–2007 Latvia 106 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Imants Bleidelis (born 16 August 1975) is a Latvian former football midfielder. He last played for FK Liepājas Metalurgs. He has made 106 appearances for the Latvia national team.

Club career

Born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union, Bleidelis started his career at Skonto in 1992. In 1994, he played for Inter Skonto, and then between 1994 and 1999 he played 128 games scoring 24 games for Skonto. Skonto then sold him to English club, Southampton who were then in the Premier League, for £650,000,[1] where he joined fellow-countryman Marians Pahars.[2] Bleidelis signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.[1] However, he played only two league games in three seasons, and after being allowed to go on trial in Denmark with Superliga club, Viborg FF January 2003[2] Southampton released him on 26 January,[3] and two days later he signed a two-year contract with Viborg,[2][4] where he scored six goals in 55 appearances.

However, he left Viborg in winter 2004 after turning down a new contract. Despite offers from two Latvian clubs, Skonto and FK Venta in 2005 he moved to Austria to play for Austrian Bundesliga Grazer AK where he signed a two-year contract.[5] He made his debut for the club on 17 February 2005 in the UEFA Cup[6] against English club Middlesbrough.[7]

He moved back to Latvia in 2006 with FK Jūrmala. In 2007, he moved to FHK Liepājas Metalurgs. Bleidelis had his contract with FK Liepājas Metalurgs terminated on 7 July 2008 along with another Latvian international - Andrejs Rubins.

International career

Bleidelis played over 106 international matches and scored ten goals for Latvia. He made his debut on 19 May 1995 against Estonia in the Baltic Cup. He played at the Euro 2004 finals and his 100th appearance came on 2 June 2007 against Spain in UEFA European Championship qualifier.[8]




  1. ^ a b "Bleidelis signs in £650,000 Dell move". Basingstoke Gazette. 21 December 1999. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  2. ^ a b c "Bleidelis leaves Saints". BBC Sport. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  3. ^ "Transfers: 20–26 January". UEFA. 26 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  4. ^ "Bleidelis set for fresh start". UEFA. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  5. ^ "Bleidelis bound for GAK". UEFA. 24 January 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  6. ^ "Schachner eyes Middlesbrough upset". UEFA. 17 February 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  7. ^ "GAK equalisers ensure parity". UEFA. 17 February 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
  8. ^ "Imants Bleidelis - Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-02.

External links

  • Imants Bleidelis at Soccerbase
  • Profile at the Latvian Football Federation (in Latvian)
  • International career at
  • Imants Bleidelis at
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