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 Marius Stankevičius
Most caps Andrius Skerla (84)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium LFF Stadium
FIFA code LTU
FIFA ranking 103 Increase 1 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (October 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 119 (November 2012)
Elo ranking 98
Highest Elo ranking 48 (10 September 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (1994)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 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 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 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]

European Championship record[edit]

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 Tomas Danilevičius 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-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 Edgaras 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 Marius Stankevičius 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-Herzegovina 0 – 1 Tadas Kijanskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
November 18, 2013 Chisinau, Moldova  Moldova 1 – 1 Mindaugas Kalonas Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
2014
March 5, 2014 Antalya, Turkey  Kazakhstan 1 – 1 Gediminas Vičius Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
May 29, 2014 Ventspils, Latvia  Finland 1 – 0 Arvydas Novikovas Tadas Kijanskas 2014 Baltic Cup
May 31, 2014 Liepāja, Latvia  Latvia 0 – 1 Tadas Kijanskas 2014 Baltic Cup
June 6, 2014 Gdansk, Poland  Poland 2 – 1 Lukas Spalvis Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
September 3, 2014 Matrei in Osttirol, Austria  United Arab Emirates 1 – 1 Deivydas Matulevičius Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
September 8, 2014 Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 2 - 0 Deivydas Matulevičius - Arvydas Novikovas Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 9, 2014 Vilnius, Lithuania  Estonia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 12, 2014 Vilnius, Lithuania  Slovenia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
November 15, 2014 St. Gallen, Switzerland  Switzerland UEFA Euro 2016 Q
2015
March 27, 2015 London, England  England UEFA Euro 2016 Q
June 14, 2015 TBA, Lithuania  Switzerland UEFA Euro 2016 Q
September 5, 2015 Tallin, Estonia  Estonia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
September 8, 2015 TBA, Lithuania  San Marino UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 9, 2015 TBA, Slovenia  Slovenia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 12, 2015 TBA, Lithuania  England UEFA Euro 2016 Q

Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
 England 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
 Estonia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
 Slovenia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
 Switzerland 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
 San Marino 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
  England Estonia Lithuania San Marino Slovenia Switzerland
England  9 Oct '15 27 Mar '15 9 Oct '14 15 Nov '14 8 Sep '15
Estonia  12 Oct '14 5 Sep '15 14 Jun '15 1–0 12 Oct '15
Lithuania  12 Oct '15 9 Oct '14 8 Sep '15 12 Oct '14 14 Jun '15
San Marino  5 Sep '15 15 Nov '14 0–2 12 Oct '15 14 Oct '14
Slovenia  14 Jun '15 8 Sep '15 9 Oct '15 27 Mar '15 9 Oct '14
Switzerland  0–2 27 Mar '15 15 Nov '14 9 Oct '15 5 Sep '15


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the friendly match against the United Arab Emirates held on 3 September 2014, and the Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino held on 8 September 2014.
Caps and goals correct as of: 3 September 2014, after the game against San Marino.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Giedrius Arlauskis (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 26) 16 0 Romania Steaua București
12 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Poland GKS Bełchatów
21 1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Poland Korona Kielce
3 2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 27) 11 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
4 2DF Tadas Kijanskas (Captain) (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 29) 36 1 Israel Hapoel Haifa
5 2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 28) 3 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
6 2DF Marius Žaliūkas (1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 30) 25 1 Scotland Rangers
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 26) 12 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
20 2DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 30) 15 0 Latvia Daugava Rīga
23 2DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 23) 12 0 Netherlands Cambuur
2 3MF Gediminas Vičius (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 29) 14 1 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
7 3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
10 3MF Mindaugas Kalonas (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 30) 47 3 Israel Hapoel Haifa
11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 23) 15 2 Germany Erzgebirge Aue
13 3MF Saulius Mikoliūnas (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 30) 68 4 Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk
14 3MF Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Romania Universitatea Craiova
15 3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
17 3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 27) 8 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
18 3MF Mindaugas Panka (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 30) 31 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
22 3MF Fiodor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 11 1 Poland Górnik Łęczna
9 4FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 25) 14 5 Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu
16 4FW Ričardas Beniušis (1980-04-23) 23 April 1980 (age 34) 28 3 Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis
19 4FW Simonas Stankevičius (1995-10-03) 3 October 1995 (age 18) 6 0 England Leicester City U21

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 30) 6 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
GK Armantas Vitkauskas (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
DF Aurimas Vilkaitis (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Lazio 2014 Baltic Cup
DF Julius Aleksandravičius (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Lithuania Lietava Jonava v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31) 10 0 Russia Torpedo Moscow v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
DF Povilas Leimonas (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 26) 2 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013
MF Linas Pilibaitis (1985-04-05) 5 April 1985 (age 29) 28 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Ramūnas Radavičius (1981-01-20) 20 January 1981 (age 33) 24 1 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 30) 19 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Andrius Bartkus (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Tautvydas Eliošius (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Aurimas Vertelis (1986-09-06) 6 September 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Romania Botoșani v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Nottingham Forest v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
MF Deividas Česnauskis (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 33) 57 4 Lithuania Trakai v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Germany Stuttgart II v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
MF Kęstutis Ivaškevičius (1985-06-17) 17 June 1985 (age 29) 28 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013
FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 20) 4 2 Denmark AaB v.  Poland, 6 June 2014
FW Tadas Eliošius (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Lithuania Atlantas 2014 Baltic Cup
FW Evaldas Razulis (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 28) 6 1 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Moldova, 18 November 2013
FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 30) 35 5 Poland Wigry Suwałki v.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 15 October 2013
FW Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Latvia, 11 October 2013

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of 3 September 2014, 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 3 Septmeber 2014 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 Saulius Mikoliūnas 2004– 68 4
5 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2002– 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
= Marius Stankevičius 2001– 65 5
7 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
8 Deividas Česnauskis 2001– 57 4
9 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 7 2 2 3 6:6

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com

External links[edit]