Is football popular in Latvia?

Football is the third sport in Latvia after ice hockey and basketball. Many other sports are also more popular than football in Latvia, but in recent years it has gained more popularity. … There are also national cup competitions, with the Latvian Cup being the most notable.

Why is basketball more popular than football in Lithuania and Latvia? – Quora. This is because both nations became European champions in the 30s. They continued their successes in the 50s (though Latvia became more involved and successful with ice hockey since then), also during all Soviet Union time.

Is Latvia good at basketball?

Mostly yes — the community traveling teams seem pretty good (judging by American standards), and it is certainly a popular sport here in Latvia. Hockey is still #1, but the gap is closing since so many Latvians are doing well in world-class basketball now.

Who is the most famous Latvian?

Famous people from Latvia

  • Ernests Gulbis. Tennis Player. Ernests Gulbis is a Latvian professional tennis player. …
  • Mark Rothko. Painting Artist. …
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ballerina. …
  • Sergei Eisenstein. Film costumer designer. …
  • Vitas. Alternative rock Artist. …
  • Gidon Kremer. Violinist. …
  • Heinz Erhardt. Film Actor. …
  • Mikhail Tal. Chess Player.
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