2011 A Lyga

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A Lyga
Season 2011
Champions Ekranas
6th title
Champions League Ekranas
Europa League Žalgiris
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Baltic League Ekranas
Žalgiris
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Kruoja
Matches played 198
Goals scored 560 (2.83 per match)
Biggest home win Sūduva 13–0 Atlantas
Biggest away win Dainava 0–6 Sūduva
Highest scoring Sūduva 13–0 Atlantas
Longest winning run Ekranas, Žalgiris
(8 games each)[1]
Longest unbeaten run Ekranas
(19 games)[1]
Longest winless run FC Klaipėda
(20 games)[1]
Longest losing run FC Klaipėda
(17 games)[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 A Lyga was the 22nd season of the A Lyga, the top-tier football league of Lithuania. The season began on 12 March 2011 and ended on 6 November 2011.[2] Ekranas were the defending champions, having won their third consecutive title at the end of the 2010 season.

Teams[edit]

The league will see a change in the number of teams once again as twelve teams were granted a licence for 2011,[3] one more than in the 2010 season.

FK Vėtra were expelled over financial troubles after 16 matches of the 2010 season;[4] their records were annulled and the team was subsequently disbanded.[citation needed] From the remaining ten clubs, Atletas Kaunas, who finished in last place at the end of the season, were the only team not to apply for a 2011 top-level licence. Atletas therefore played at the second level in 2011.

Three new teams were admitted to the league, unbeaten[5] 2010 1 Lyga champions FBK Kaunas, seventh-placed team Atlantas Klaipėda and Dainava Alytus, a merger between 1 Lyga runners-up Alytis Alytus and third-placed city rivals Vidzgiris.[6] FBK Kaunas and Atlantas made their return after two seasons in the lower divisions of the Lithuanian league system, while Dainava had their debut in the A Lyga, as neither of its predecessor clubs played at the Lithuanian top level in its history.

Club Location Stadium 2010 season
Atlantas Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium (Klaipėda) 1 Lyga, 7th
Banga Gargždai Gargždai Stadium A Lyga, 6th
Dainava Alytus 1 Lyga, 2nd/3rd
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium A Lyga, 1st
FBK Kaunas Kaunas S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium 1 Lyga, 1st
FC Klaipėda Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium (Klaipėda) A Lyga, 8th
Kruoja Pakruojis Pakruojis City Stadium A Lyga, 7th
Mažeikiai Mažeikiai Sports Centre Stadium A Lyga, 9th
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium A Lyga, 2nd
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium A Lyga, 5th
Tauras Tauragė Vytauto Stadium A Lyga, 4th
Žalgiris Vilnius Žalgiris Stadium A Lyga, 3rd


League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Ekranas (C) 33 24 8 1 68 14 +54 80 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Žalgiris 33 22 6 5 56 17 +39 72 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 3
3 Sūduva 33 19 8 6 70 19 +51 65 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3
4 Šiauliai 33 16 11 6 45 30 +15 59
5 Kruoja 33 13 10 10 43 34 +9 49
6 Banga 33 13 7 13 51 37 +14 46
7 Tauras 33 11 12 10 50 38 +12 45 TAU: 7 pts
DAI: 1 pt
8 Dainava 33 13 6 14 53 54 −1 45
9 Mažeikiai (R) 33 9 9 15 36 54 −18 36 Relegation to Lithuanian lower leagues 1
10 FBK Kaunas (R) 33 8 8 17 41 53 −12 0262 Relegation to 2012 First League 1
11 Atlantas 33 3 2 28 28 121 −93 11
12 Klaipėda (R) 33 2 3 28 19 89 −70 9 Relegation to Lithuanian lower leagues 1

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored; 6th number of wins.[7]
1 FK Mažeikiai, FBK Kaunas and FC Klaipėda were not granted a 2012 A Lyga licence; Kaunas will compete in the second-level 1 Lyga, while Mažeikiai and Klaipėda will not play in any of the two highest league in 2012.[8]
2 FBK Kaunas were deducted six points before the start of the season because of outstanding debts to a former player.[9]
2 The winners of the 2011–12 Lithuanian Football Cup competition, Žalgiris Vilnius, qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League. As they finished second, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 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.

Results[edit]

Teams played each other three times, either twice at home and once away or vice versa, for a total of 33 matches per team.[2]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ATL BAN DAI EKR FBK KLA KRU MAŽ SŪD ŠIA TAU ŽAL
Atlantas 1–2 1–0 0–4 2–0 1–3 1–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–4 0–3
Banga 3–0 1–2 1–4 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–1
Dainava 7–0 2–4 0–3 1–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 0–6 1–1 1–2 0–2
Ekranas 7–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2
FBK Kaunas 4–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 0–1
Klaipėda 0–4 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1
Kruoja 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–4 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1
Mažeikiai 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0
Sūduva 5–2 0–1 6–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1
Šiauliai 3–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 4–0 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Tauras 6–0 0–3 2–1 0–02 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Žalgiris 8–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 5–0 1–03 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0

Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2This match was played in Panevėžys. It is shown here as a Tauras home match for organizational purposes.
3This match was played in Pakruojis. It is shown here as a Žalgiris home match for organizational purposes.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ATL BAN DAI EKR FBK KLA KRU MAŽ SŪD ŠIA TAU ŽAL
Atlantas 2–5 3–4 2–2 0–3 2–3
Banga 5–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–2
Dainava 1–5 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–3
Ekranas 2–1 1–0 3–1 5–0 2–2
FBK Kaunas 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–1
Klaipėda 0–5 0–3 0–2 0–1 0–2
Kruoja 0–2 0–4 6–0 1–1
Mažeikiai 1–2 3–2 1–4 1–5 0–1
Sūduva 13–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–0
Šiauliai 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–0 1–0
Tauras 6–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 4–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 6–2
Žalgiris 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 6 November 2011.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Including matches played on 6 November 2011; Source: Lietuvos futbolo statistika

Pos. Player Club Goals
1 Lithuania Deivydas Matulevičius Žalgiris 19
2 France Goran Jerković Tauras 17
Lithuania Arsenij Buinickij Dainava 17
4 Lithuania Tadas Eliošius Sūduva 13
5 Lithuania Povilas Lukšys Sūduva 12
Ukraine Sergej Zhygalov Mažeikiai/Sūduva 12
7 Netherlands Regilio Seedorf Tauras 11
Lithuania Evaldas Razulis Kaunas 11
9 Serbia Marko Anđelković Ekranas 9
Lithuania Andrius Velička Ekranas 9
Lithuania Ričardas Beniušis Sūduva 9
Lithuania Artūras Rimkevičius Šiauliai 9

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "PDF dokumentas 2011 m. LFF A lygos, taurės ir tarptautinių rungtynių tvarkaraštis" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 metų LFF A lygoje žais 12 komandų, paskelbtas tvarkaraštis" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  4. ^ ""Vėtrai" gresia pašalinimas į žemesnę lygą" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lithuania - 1 Lyga 2010". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "FK Dainava Alytus". Weltfussballarchiv. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "2011 METŲ LIETUVOS FUTBOLO FEDERACIJOS VARŽYBŲ NUOSTATAI". Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "2012 metų Lietuvos futbolo A lygoje rungtyniaus 10 komandų" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "FIFA įpareigojimu iš FBK "Kaunas" atimti šeši taškai". Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 14 March 2011.