2008 A Lyga

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The Lithuanian A Lyga 2008 was the 19th season of top-tier football in Lithuania. The season started on 29 March 2008 and ended on 16 November 2008.

The league had to reduce the number of its teams from ten to nine prior to this season due to lacking of team able to earn promotion (see below). Shortly before the start of the season, Vilnius withdrew from participating in the league because of unknown reasons, leaving the league with 8 competing teams.

Clubs[edit]

Location of teams in the A Lyga 2008
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Atlantas Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium 5,000
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium 9,940
FBK Kaunas Kaunas S.Dariaus ir S.Girėno Stadium 8,500
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium 4,000
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium 2,430
Šilutė Šilutė Šilutė Stadium 3,000
Vėtra Vilnius Vėtra Stadium 5,900
Žalgiris Vilnius Žalgiris Stadium 15,030

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Interas-AE Visaginas were relegated to the Lithuanian First League after finishing the 2007 season in last place with only 8 points. Šilutė were originally scheduled to play the 2nd placed team of the First League, Rodiklis Kaunas, in a relegation play-off, but Rodiklis declined promotion due to lacking financial capabilities.

First League champions Alytis Alytus also had to forfeit their place in this year's league because their ground was not suitable for top-tier football, so no team was promoted.

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Ekranas (C) 28 20 5 3 46 12 +34 65 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FBK Kaunas 28 16 7 5 51 17 +34 55 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Vėtra 28 14 6 8 33 24 +9 48 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round VET: 7 pts, 5–3
SUD: 4 pts, 3–5
4 Sūduva 28 14 6 8 35 25 +10 48 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Žalgiris 28 6 10 12 27 41 −14 28 ŽAL: 5 pts, 7–6
ATL: 5 pts, 6–7
6 Atlantas 28 7 7 14 31 44 −13 28
7 Šiauliai 28 5 9 14 24 41 −17 24
8 Šilutė (R) 28 3 4 21 19 62 −43 13 Relegation to 2009 1 Lyga

Source: www2.omnitel.net
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1Sūduva won the Lithuanian Football Cup 2008–09 and thereby qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.


Results[edit]

Every team played each other four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 28 games.

First half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ATL EKR FBK SŪD ŠIA ŠIL VĖT ŽAL
Atlantas 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2
Ekranas 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–0
FBK Kaunas 4–0 0–3 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–0
Sūduva 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0
Šiauliai 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–1
Šilutė 2–4 0–1 0–6 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2
Vėtra 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 1–1
Žalgiris 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Source: www2.omnitel.net
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ATL EKR FBK SŪD ŠIA ŠIL VĖT ŽAL
Atlantas 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–02
Ekranas 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 5–1
FBK Kaunas 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–3 5–0
Sūduva 3–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 4–0 0–0 1–1
Šiauliai 4–4 0–5 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–2
Šilutė 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2
Vėtra 2–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–0
Žalgiris 5–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–4 0–2 1–0
Source: www2.omnitel.net
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

2The game from Round 25 was awarded to Atlantas with a score of 3–0 because Žalgiris did not field a team for the match.

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