Darius Miceika

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Darius Miceika
Personal information
Full name Darius Miceika
Date of birth (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Polonija Vilnius 5 (0)
2001–2002 Žalgiris Vilnius 26 (4)
2002–2004 Zenit Saint Petersburg 8 (1)
2005–2008 Liepājas Metalurgs 63 (19)
2009 Granit Mikashevichi 13 (1)
2009–2010 Metalurh Zaporizhya 14 (0)
2010 Liepājas Metalurgs 10 (0)
2011–2012 Khimki 37 (2)
2012–2014 SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk 8 (0)
2014 Trakai 28 (4)
2015 Sillamäe Kalev 5 (0)
National team
2005–2009 Lithuania 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:45, 26 January 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2009

Darius Miceika (born 22 February 1983 in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union) is a retired professional footballer from Lithuania. He has played for Lithuanian national team for whom he scored on his debut, just four minutes after being brought on against Scotland.

Club career[edit]

Miceika started his career at Polonija Vilnius in 2000. He then moved to FK Žalgiris Vilnius in 2001 before moving to Russian Premier League club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2002,[1] with whom he won the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003. He moved to Latvia in 2005 with Virslīga club, Liepājas Metalurgs.[2] In his first season at the club, 2005, he scored in the 2–1 Latvian Cup final defeat to FK Ventspils on 25 September.[3][4] In the 2006 Virslīga season he was third top scorer in the league with 13 goals and second top Liepājas Metalurgs scorer. He scored a hat-trick on 26 April in a 6–1 win over Dižvanagi Rēzekne.[5] In December 2006 he was named joint best midfielder with Skonto player, Vitālijs Astafjevs for the 2006 season in Latvia by the Latvian Football Federation.[6] He spent the first half of 2009 playing for Granit Mikashevichi in the Belarusian Premier League. During the summer transfer window of 2009 he was transferred to FC Metalurh Zaporizhya.[7]

In August 2010 he joined the Latvian champions FK Liepājas Metalurgs once again, that season playing 10 matches and scoring no goals in the LMT Virsliga. After the 2010 season he was released from the club.

International career[edit]

Miceika made his debut for Lithuania on 6 September 2006, against Scotland, and made an instant and dramatic impact. Brought on as a substitute for Aidas Preikšaitis after 81 minutes, four minutes later he scored with an overhead kick from a corner. Despite his goal, Lithuania lost the match 2–1.[8]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transfers: 11–21 July 2002". UEFA. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  2. ^ "No pushover for Skonto". UEFA. 2005-04-08. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Latvia 2005". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Ventspils celebrate cup treble". UEFA. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Latvia 2006". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Kolinko given Latvian honour". UEFA. 2006-12-04. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  7. ^ Запорожский Металлург: еще два новичка (in Russian). football.ua. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Match Reports: Lithuania 1 – 2 Scotland". football.co.uk. 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 

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