Ēriks Pētersons

Intro Latvian footballer and hockey player
A.K.A. Eriks Petersons
Was Athlete Football player Association football player Ice hockey player
From Latvia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 14 August 1909, Riga, Latvia
Death 1987, Michigan, USA (aged 77 years)
Star sign Leo
Stats
Height: 180 cm

Ēriks Pētersons (1909 in Riga – 1987 in United States) was Latvian footballer and hockey player. In time between 1929–1939 he played 63 international matches and scored 21 goal for Latvia national team. He also played in Latvian national ice hockey team, where he appeared in 8 matches. After World War II Pētersons moved to United States.

Biography

Ēriks Pētersons was first noticed in 1928 when he moved from a third league team directly to the strongest football club in Latvia—Rīgas FK. He started as a center forward but soon changed his position on the field to central midfield in which he still retained his goal scoring abilities. All his career Pētersons played for a single club – RFK. He was the most capped Latvia international footballer before World War II—he participated in 63 of the total 99 matches Latvia played in this time period. He was also the country's best international goalscorer of the 20th century. In 2007, Māris Verpakovskis overtook him in the all-time Latvia scoring list. His last football match in Latvia was in the 1939–1940 season against Olimpija Liepāja as he didn't play neither during the first Soviet, nor the German occupation of Latvia. After the war, Pētersons moved to the United States where he played for the Swedish football club Chicago Viking. In 2006 Pētersons was selected as one of the 11 greatest Latvian footballers of the 20th century and by many he is considered the all-time best Latvian footballer.

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