Arminas Narbekovas

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Arminas Narbekovas
Personal information
Full name Arminas Andreyevich Narbekovas
Date of birth (1965-01-28) 28 January 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Gargždai, Lithuania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
None
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983-1990 Žalgiris Vilnius 155 (51)
1990 Lokomotiv Moscow 14 (2)
1990-1996 Austria Wien 115 (32)
1996-1998 VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 50 (9)
1998-1999 FCN St. Pölten ?? (?)
1999-2000 VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 20 (4)
2000-2001 SV Hundsheim ?? (??)
2001-2003 Wiener SK 11 (0)
2003-2004 White Star Brigittenau 11 (2)
2004-2005 SV Weikersdorf 23 (9)
National team
1988-1990 USSR 0 (0)
1990-2001 Lithuania 13 (4)
Teams managed
2004-2005 SV Weikersdorf
2006-2007 Žalgiris Vilnius
2007-2009 SV Donau Langlebarn
2009-2012 FK Banga Gargždai
2010- Lithuania (assistant coach)
2012 FK Spartaks Jūrmala
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Andreyevich and the family name is Narbekovas.

Arminas Andreyevich Narbekovas (born 28 January 1965 in Gargždai[citation needed]) is a former Lithuanian football player. In 2003, he was selected by UEFA as his country's greatest player of the past 50 years.

Career[edit]

Narbekovas made his debut in 1983 with Žalgiris Vilnius, Lithuania's sole representative in the Soviet Top League, at the age of 18. In 1987, he finished second in league scoring with 16 goals while leading his club to a third-place finish, their best in history. Zalgiris would then participate in the UEFA Cup for the first time, losing to Austria Vienna.[1] Austria would become Narbekovas' destination after Lithuanian players were allowed to move abroad. Arminas moved there in 1990 after a short stint with Lokomotiv Moscow, since Lithuania was not a part of UEFA yet and players from its clubs were not permitted to transfer.[2] Narbekovas would spend the rest of his club career in Austria, with Austria Vienna until 1995 and then with Admira Wacker and a number of other lower division clubs.[3]

Olympic medal record
Men's football
Gold 1988 Seoul Team

International career[edit]

Although he never received a FIFA-sanctioned cap for the USSR national team, he did play for them, and win the Gold Medal, at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Narbekovas scored two goals in the tournament, including an extra time one in the semifinals against Italy, helping the Soviets to a 3-2 victory. Also, he represented USSR in 1987 Summer Universiade.[4] Arminas first played for Lithuania in its first ever game as a newly independent country, on 27 May 1990 against Georgia, and scored the first goal in the 2-2 tie. Unfortunately, injuries limited his career to just 13 caps and four goals for his country.

International career[edit]

Machlas won 61 caps for Greece and scored 18 goals. He also scored the very crucial goal against Russia [2] that led Greece to FIFA World Cup - USA 94 at only 20 years of age. He started each of Greece's group games in the USA though they lost all three, to Argentina, Nigeria and Bulgaria and failed to score a goal. He played his last game for Greece against Sweden in February 2002.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 1990 Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic Georgia 2–2 Draw Friendly
2. 28 April 1992 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 2–2 Draw 1994 World Cup qualifier
3. 25 May 1994 Bazaly Stadium, Ostrava, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 5–3 Loss Friendly
4. 9 October 1996 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Liechtenstein 2–1 Win 1998 World Cup qualifier
Correct as of 1 December 2014[5]

Honours[edit]

Narbekovas was named Lithuania's footballer of the year four times, from 1985 to 1988.[6] In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's jubilee, he was selected by the Lithuanian Football Federation as the country's Golden Player - the greatest player of the last 50 years.[7]

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