Ritvars Rugins (born 17 October 1989 in Tukums) is a Latvian footballer, currently playing for FK Ventspils in the Latvian Higher League and Latvia national football team.
Early career and FK Ventspils
Ritvars Rugins started playing football at the age of 9 in his local club Tukums 2000. In 2007, he joined the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils. In 2008, he played his first league match for the team, it was his only appearance that season. In 2009, he played 14 games and scored twice. In 2010, he scored 3 goals in 22 games. Year 2011 saw him playing 29 matches and scoring 4 times. During that season Rugins was tried out in different positions, as the coach Sergei Podpaly faced a lack of defenders all season long. Ritvars usually plays as a midfielder, but periodically has also been part of the defensive and attacking lines, being described as a very universal player. Rugins is a three-time Latvian champion and has also won the Latvian Cup and Baltic League - each once respectively.
On 9 January 2012 Rugins signed a contract with the Ukrainian Premier League club Illichivets Mariupol. He made his league debut for the club on 10 March 2012, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Shakhtar Donetsk.
In July 2012, Rugins returned to the Latvian Higher League, signing for Skonto Riga.
Rugins played for Latvia U-21 until 2010, scoring once in 12 matches. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly match against China (0-1) on 17 November 2010. As of August, 2012, Rugins has been capped 8 times for the national side.
- Latvian champion
- 2007, 2008, 2011
- Latvian Cup winner
- Baltic League champion
- Baltic Cup winner