FBK Kaunas

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FBK Kaunas
Full name Kauno futbolo bendruomenės klubas
Nickname(s) Geltonai-Žali (Yellow-Greens)
Founded 1960
Ground S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno stadionas
Ground Capacity 8.248
Chairman Valdas Knyzelis
Manager Mantas Babianskas
League I Lyga
Website Club home page


Kauno futbolo bendruomenės klubas, commonly known as FBK Kaunas, is a Lithuanian football club from the city of Kaunas.

History[edit]

Banga Kaunas 1960-1993[edit]

Originally the team was founded in 1960 as Banga Kaunas and played its first three years in the Soviet First League. Afterwards the club decided to play in the Lithuanian SSR Championship and they did so until 1993 when the club was restructured. In that period they won two Lithuanian SSR Championship's. One in 1986 and another in 1989.

FBK Kaunas 1993-2012 success & fall[edit]

The club was restructured in 1993, a baseball section added and the name changed to Kauno futbolo beisbolo klubas. The club had in its first years not such a great success and FBK Kaunas had to wait until 1999 before they could lift a trophy again. From 1999 to 2008, Kaunas won 8 championships, 4 Lithuanian cups, 4 super cups and 1 Baltic league title, but in the autumn of 2008 Kaunas dominance was once and for all broken when FK Ekranas won the championship in front of FBK Kaunas. After finishing second in 2008 A Lyga championship the club's president announced that the club were being demoted from the A Lyga in favour of LFF I Lyga, the 2nd tier of Lithuanian football system, but as conflict with LFF intensified, FBK Kaunas was relegated to LFF II lyga (consisting of amateur teams).

FBK Kaunas won II lyga championship in their first year in that division. Despite relegation FBK Kaunas also participated in the new UEFA Europe League as a vice-champ of Lithuania but did not advance past FK Sevojno. Despite drawing both games FBK Kaunas lost on away goals. FBK Kaunas won I Lyga in 2010 and was promoted to the 2011 A Lyga season. The 2011 season was a huge disappointment for Kaunas as they didn't manage to live up to the high expectations and eventually ended at a 10th place.

FBK Kaunas was not granted a 2012 A Lyga license because of financial problems and was due to play in the 2012 1 Lyga. However, due to the clubs increasing financial problems the chairman eventually decided to declare the club bankrupt. An era was over and a new one could begin.

FBK Kaunas was for many years sponsored by Ūkio bankas, a bank which had Vladimir Romanov as its principal shareholder. In October 2005 Mr Romanov became the majority shareholder of Scottish Premier League side, Heart of Midlothian. Romanov since used Kaunas as a feeder club for Hearts by allowing the SPL side to loan many players, such as Edgaras Jankauskas, Bruno Aguiar, Andrius Velička, Nerijus Barasa, Marius Žaliūkas and Roman Bednář, the latter signing a permanent deal for Hearts on 31 August 2006.

Kaunas have played Celtic, Rangers and Liverpool in Champions League qualifying stages. On 5 August 2008, FBK Kaunas defeated Rangers, 2–1, to advance to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League for the first time. The game was won in dramatic circumstances as Kaunas had to come from behind and finally took the lead just four minutes from time. Linas Pilibaitis was the scorer.

FBK Kaunas 2012 - an new era[edit]

Unhappy with the boards decision to close the club, the supporters decided to form a new club in 2012. Kauno futbolo bendruomenės klubas. (Kaunas Football Community Club) FBK Kaunas. Despite the logo change and the name change from Kauno futbolo beisbolo klubas to Kauno futbolo bendruomenes klubas the club is still considered as being the old FBK Kaunas and its history remains.

FBK Kaunas started the 2012 season at the 4th tier. It was a huge success as Kaunas managed to gain promotion to the 2013 II Lyga. Kaunas spend the next 2 seasons in the II Lyga and was eventually promoted to the 2015 I Lyga season when they won the II Lyga in 2014.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 March, 2015. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Andrius Krasinskas
33 Lithuania GK Gytis Vilimavičius
71 Serbia GK Nemanja Bjelan
99 Lithuania GK Titas Vizgirda
3 Lithuania DF Simoras Savukynas
11 Lithuania DF Marius Žukovas
13 Lithuania DF Aurimas Lipnevičius
22 Lithuania DF Andrius Petraška
23 Lithuania DF Vitalijus Antonovas
40 Lithuania DF Tomas Čeliauskas
42 Lithuania DF Darius Laugalys
87 Lithuania DF Laimonas Vaitekaitis
96 Lithuania DF Paulius Giedraitis
5 Sweden MF Kosha Shirzad
No. Position Player
7 Spain MF Juan Sevilla
8 Lithuania MF Aurimas Zulonas
14 Lithuania MF Rimvydas Lipnevičius
17 Lithuania MF Šarūnas Bičiušas
19 Lithuania MF Mindaugas Zlatkus
20 Lithuania MF Lukas Turauskas
21 Lithuania MF Giedrius Mazrimas
24 Lithuania MF Kristijonas Gedgaudas
28 Lithuania MF Aleksas Samuščenko
88 Lithuania MF Tomas Rakauskas
10 Mexico FW Josuetl Hernandez
45 Lithuania FW Edgaras Petkevičius


Personal

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Continental[edit]

Season-by-season[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L Goals Pts Top Scorer Cup Supercup Baltic League Europe Notes
1991 1st 3 14 9 4 1 24–10 22 Not
contested
Baltic
League
not
founded
until
2007
1991/92 1st 4 25 11 10 4 26–15 32
1992/93 1st 5 27 11 5 11 36–29 27
1993–94 1st 5 22 12 4 6 31–18 28
1994–95 1st 6 22 8 8 6 25–22 24 1/4 dnq
1995–96 1st 4 28 14 3 11 33–15 31 1/4 Not contested
1996–97 1st 4 28 15 5 11 48–35 41 1/2 dnq IC Group stage
1997–98 1st 5 30 18 4 8 63–19 58 Lithuania Trakys Final Not
contested
IC Group stage
1998–99 1st 3 23 18 3 2 57–14 57 Lithuania Trakys Final
1999 1st 1 18 12 5 1 36–10 41 Lithuania Kšanavičius 1/4 UC 1st Qualifying round
2000 1st 1 36 26 8 2 115–24 86 Lithuania Velička 1/2 CL 2nd qualifying round
2001 1st 1 36 26 7 3 76–13 85 Lithuania Pocius Winner CL 1st qualifying round
2002 1st 1 32 24 6 2 85–20 78 Lithuania Šlekys 1/4 Winner CL 1st qualifying round
2003 1st 1 28 21 5 2 64–20 68 Czech Republic Opic 1/2 Runner up CL 2nd qualifying round
2004 1st 1 28 20 5 3 49–19 65 Lithuania Velička Winner Winner CL 2nd qualifying round
2005 1st 2 36 26 4 6 89–25 82 Lithuania Beniušis Winner Runner up CL 2nd qualifying round
2006 1st 1 36 28 4 4 85–30 88 Lithuania Velička / Lithuania Beniušis 1/4 Winner UC 2nd qualifying round
2007 1st 1 36 25 8 3 91–26 83 Lithuania Grigalevičius Not contested Not
contested
1/2 CL 1st qualifying round
2008 1st 2 28 16 7 5 51–17 55 Brazil Ledesma Winner Winner CL / UC 3rd qualifying round / 1st round Relegated to II Lyga
2009 3rd 1 20 19 0 1 110–10 57 Lithuania Macežinskas 1/2 dnq dnq EL 2nd qualifying round Promoted to 1 Lyga
2010 2nd 1 27 27 0 0 108–16 81 Bosnia and Herzegovina Pehlić 1/2 dnq Promoted to A Lyga
2011 1st 10 33 8 8 17 41–53 26 Lithuania Razulis 1/2 dnq dnq Relegated to II Lyga
2012 4th 2 15 7 6 2 40-20 27 Lithuania Macežinskas 1/4 dnq dnq
2013 3rd 6 24 9 4 11 52-47 31 Spain Sevilla 1/64 dnq dnq
2014 3rd 1 26 20 3 3 69-19 63 Spain Sevilla 1/32 dnq dnq

European cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate Scored
1996–97 Intertoto cup Group stage Norway Lillestrøm SK 1–4 Lithuania Kirilovas
France FC Nantes 1–3 Lithuania Žalys
Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 1–0 Lithuania Miknevičius
Netherlands Heerenveen 1–3 Lithuania Gvildys
1997–98 Intertoto cup Group stage Turkey Samsunspor 0–1
Iceland Leiftur 3–2 Lithuania Buitkus Lithuania Trakys Lithuania Bezykornovas
Germany Hamburger SV 1–2 Lithuania Bezykornovas
Denmark Odense 2–2 Lithuania Bezykornovas Lithuania Trakys
1999-00 UEFA cup Qual. round Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 1–3 3–4 Lithuania Pacevičius-2 Lithuania Papečkys
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Brotnjo 4–0 0–3 4–3 Lithuania Kšanavičius-2Lithuania ŽutaLithuania Puotkalis
2nd QR Scotland Rangers FC 0–0 1–4 1–4 Lithuania Žuta
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Republic of Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 1–1 0–0 1–1 Lithuania Papečkys
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Albania Dinamo Tirana 2–3 0–0 2–3 Lithuania Velička-2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Faroe Islands Havnar Bóltfelag 4–1 1–0 5–1 Lithuania Beniušis-2, Lithuania Kančelskis,Czech Republic Opic
2nd QR Scotland Celtic 0–4 0–1 0–5
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Malta Sliema Wanderers 4–1 2–0 6–1 Lithuania Sanajevas-2, Lithuania Žutautas, Lithuania Gedgaudas, Lithuania Mikoliūnas, Lithuania Žaliūkas
2nd QR Sweden Djurgårdens 0–2 0–0 0–2
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Faroe Islands Havnar Bóltfelag 4–0 4–2 8–2 Lithuania Velička-3, Lithuania Zelmikas-2, Lithuania Rimkevičius-2, Poland Klimek
2nd QR England Liverpool 1–3 0–2 1–5 Lithuania Barevičius
2006–07 UEFA cup 1st QR Northern Ireland Portadown 1–0 3–1 4–1 Georgia (country) Manchkava, Bosnia and Herzegovina Pehlić, Lithuania Velička, Lithuania Ivaškevičius
2nd QR Denmark Randers 1–0 1–3 2–3 Lithuania Juška, Lithuania Velička
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Montenegro Zeta 3–2 1–3 4–5 Georgia (country) Kvaratskhelia-2, Lithuania Beniušis, Lithuania Kšanavičius
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1st QR Andorra Santa Coloma 3–1 4–1 7–2 Lithuania Pilibaitis-4, Brazil Ledesma-2, Lithuania Zelmikas
2nd QR Scotland Rangers FC 2–1 0–0 2–1 Lithuania Radžius, Lithuania Pilibaitis
3rd QR Denmark Aalborg 0–2 0–2 0–4
UEFA Cup 1st round Italy Sampdoria 1–2 0–5 1–7 Lithuania Zelmikas
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2nd QR Serbia Sevojno 1–1 0–0 1–1 Lithuania Fridrikas

Coaches[edit]

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