Lithuania national football team

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Lithuania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Lietuvos futbolo federacija (LFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igoris Pankratjevas
Captain Tomas Danilevičius
Most caps Andrius Skerla (84)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium LFF Stadium
FIFA code LTU
FIFA ranking 102 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (October 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 119 (November 2012)
Elo ranking 100
Highest Elo ranking 48 (September 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (1994)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Lithuania Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
(Their first game since regaining independence in 1990 was as Zalgiris Vilnius in May 1990, against Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia. This is also Georgia's first international match)
Biggest win
Lithuania Lithuania 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Paris, France; 27 May 1924)

The Lithuania national football team is under the auspices of the Lithuanian Football Federation. It played its first match in 1923. In 1940, Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1990 and played their first match as a new nation against Georgia on 27 May of that year. 15,030 capacity Žalgiris Stadium became home of the national football team.

Recent history[edit]

In the 1990s, Lithuania established a respectable presence in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers: third place in their group in both UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers, they were once again contenders for qualification and managed an away draw with Germany and a home win over Scotland; however, a 1–0 defeat to Scotland in the final game ended their hopes. Although finishing fifth in their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, Lithuania were nevertheless competitive.

Lithuania drew with world champions Italy 1–1 in Naples in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying game on 2 September 2006, in the first competitive game that Italy played since the World Cup final.

On 6 September 2008, Lithuania defeated Romania 3–0 in a World Cup 2010 qualifier. The victory was regarded by many as "an historic win."[1] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930Did not enter
  • 1934Did not qualify
  • 1938Did not qualify
  • 1950 to 1990Did not enter, was occupied by USSR
  • 1994 to 2014Did not qualify

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 was part of  Soviet Union
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Did Not Qualify
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016 To Be Determined

Recent results[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2012
May 29, 2012 Nyon, Switzerland  Russia 0 – 0 Linas Pilibaitis International friendly
June 1, 2012 Võru, Estonia  Latvia 0 – 5 Linas Pilibaitis 2012 Baltic Cup
June 3, 2012 Tartu, Estonia  Estonia 0 – 1 Linas Pilibaitis 2012 Baltic Cup
June 7, 2012 Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 1 – 1 Ramūnas Radavičius Linas Pilibaitis International friendly
August 15, 2012 Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia 0 – 1 Linas Pilibaitis International friendly
September 7, 2012 Vilnius, Lithuania  Slovakia 1 – 1 Marius Žaliūkas Deividas Šemberas 2014 FIFA World Cup
September 11, 2012 Piraeus, Greece  Greece 0 – 2 Deividas Šemberas 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 12, 2012 Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 2 – 0 Edgaras Česnauskis (2) Tomas Danilevičius 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 16, 2012 Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 3 Deividas Šemberas 2014 FIFA World Cup
November 14, 2012 Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 2 – 4 Artūras Rimkevičius (2) Marius Stankevičius International friendly
2013
March 22, 2013 Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia 1 – 1 Darvydas Šernas Deividas Šemberas 2014 FIFA World Cup
March 26, 2013 Tirana, Albania  Albania 1 – 4 Evaldas Razulis Deividas Česnauskis International friendly
June 7, 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania  Greece 0 – 1 Marius Stankevičius 2014 FIFA World Cup
August 14, 2013 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1 – 2 Deivydas Matulevičius Deividas Česnauskis International friendly
September 6, 2013 Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1 – 2 Deivydas Matulevičius Marius Stankevičius 2014 FIFA World Cup
September 10, 2013 Marijampolė, Lithuania  Liechtenstein 2 – 0 Deivydas MatulevičiusTadas Kijanskas Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 11, 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania  Latvia 2 – 0 Fiodor ČernychSaulius Mikoliūnas Tadas Kijanskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 15, 2013 Kaunas, Lithuania  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 1 Tadas Kijanskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
November 18, 2013 Chisinau, Moldova  Moldova 1 – 1 Mindaugas Kalonas Tadas Kijanskas International friendly

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 8 1 1 30 6 +24 25
 Greece 10 8 1 1 12 4 +8 25
 Slovakia 10 3 4 3 11 10 +1 13
 Lithuania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Latvia 10 2 2 6 10 20 −10 8
 Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 4 25 −21 2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Greece Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–1 4–1 4–1 3–0 0–1
Greece  0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Latvia  0–5 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2
Liechtenstein  1–8 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Lithuania  0–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1
Slovakia  1–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1


Current squad[edit]

Match Date: 5 March 2014
Opposition:  Kazakhstan
Caps and goals correct as of: 5 March 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giedrius Arlauskis (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 26) 12 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
12 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 23) 4 0 Denmark Viborg
3 2DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 23) 11 0 Sweden Djurgården
4 2DF Tadas Kijanskas (Captain) (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 28) 31 1 Israel Hapoel Haifa
5 2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 26) 6 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
6 2DF Marius Žaliūkas (1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 30) 24 1 England Leeds United
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 25) 8 0 Czech Republic Bohemians 1905
17 2DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 29) 14 0 Latvia Daugava Rīga
2DF Aurimas Vilkaitis (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Nocerina
2 3MF Gediminas Vičius (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 28) 11 1 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
7 3MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 18) 2 0 England Nottingham Forest U21
10 3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
13 3MF Saulius Mikoliūnas (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 29) 64 4 Ukraine Sevastopol
15 3MF Fiodor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 22) 6 1 Belarus Dnepr Mogilev
18 3MF Mindaugas Panka (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 29) 29 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
19 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 23) 11 0 Germany Erzgebirge Aue
20 3MF Mindaugas Kalonas (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 30) 45 3 Azerbaijan Simurq
3MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) December 17, 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Germany Stuttgart II
9 4FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) July 27, 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Denmark AaB
11 4FW Simonas Stankevičius (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 18) 2 0 England Leicester City U18
23 4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 26) 4 0 Romania Universitatea Craiova

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Paulius Grybauskas (1984-06-02) 2 June 1984 (age 29) 6 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
GK Armantas Vitkauskas (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
GK Žydrūnas Karčemarskas (1983-05-24) 24 May 1983 (age 30) 66 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Liechtenstein, 10 September 2013
DF Julius Aleksandravičius (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Germany Chemnitzer U19 v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
DF Marius Stankevičius (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 32) 65 5 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
DF Arūnas Klimavičius (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 31) 41 3 Kazakhstan Zhetysu Taldykorgan v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31) 10 0 Russia Torpedo Moscow v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
DF Povilas Leimonas (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 26) 2 0 Poland Widzew Łódź v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013
DF Mantas Fridrikas (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Greece, 7 June 2013
MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 29) 16 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
MF Deividas Česnauskis (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 32) 57 4 Azerbaijan Baku v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 26) 5 0 Czech Republic Bohemians 1905 v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
MF Kęstutis Ivaškevičius (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 28) 28 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013
MF Andrius Bartkus (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Greece, 7 June 2013
MF Vaidas Šilėnas (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Greece, 7 June 2013
MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Greece, 7 June 2013
FW Evaldas Razulis (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 28) 6 1 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
FW Edgaras Česnauskis (1984-02-05) 5 February 1984 (age 30) 45 5 Russia Rostov v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 29) 35 5 Australia Perth Glory v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 25) 12 3 Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
FW Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) March 31, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of 18 November 2013, the ten highest scorers for Lithuania are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Avg/game
1 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 19 0 (71) 0.267
2 Antanas Lingis 1928–1938 12 0 (33) 0.363
3 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 10 0 (56) 0.178
4 Virginijus Baltušnikas 1990–1998 9 0 (42) 0.214
5 Jaroslavas Citavičius 1926–1933 8 0 (24) 0.333
= Valdas Ivanauskas 1990–2000 8 0 (28) 0.285
= Darius Maciulevičius 1991–2005 8 0 (38) 0.210
= Robertas Poškus 1999–2011 8 0 (48) 0.166
9 Artūras Fomenka 1996–2003 7 0 (23) 0.304
= Tomas Ražanauskas 1995–2011 7 0 (41) 0.170
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania players[edit]

As of 18 November 2013 the ten players with the most caps for Lithuania are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andrius Skerla 1996–2011 84 1
2 Deividas Šemberas 1996–2013 82 0
3 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 71 19
4 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2002– 66 0
5 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
= Marius Stankevičius 2001– 65 5
7 Saulius Mikoliūnas 2004– 64 4
8 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
9 Deividas Česnauskis 2001– 57 4
10 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 56 10
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

List of managers[edit]

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost Goals
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1990 1991 3 1 2 0 7:4
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 1992 1994 29 7 8 14 29:48
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1995 1997 29 12 6 11 45:41
Kęstutis Latoža Lithuania 1998 1999 18 5 4 9 15:24
Robertas Tautkus (caretaker) Lithuania 1999 1999 1 0 0 1 0:3
Stasys Stankus Lithuania 2000 2000 8 2 0 6 8:18
Julius Kvedaras (caretaker) Lithuania 2000 2000 1 0 0 1 1:6
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 2001 2003 19 4 3 12 20:41
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 2003 2008 50 18 6 26 54:65
José Couceiro Portugal 2008 2009 15 6 3 6 17:15
Raimondas Žutautas Lithuania 2010 2011 16 4 3 9 11:22
Csaba László Hungary 2012 2013 16 2 4 10 12:28
Igoris Pankratjevas (caretaker) Lithuania 2013 3 1 1 1 3:2

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com

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