FC Stumbras

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Stumbras
Stumbras Kaunas.png
Full nameFootball Club Stumbras Kaunas
Founded2013
GroundDarius and Girėnas Stadium
Capacity9,180
ShareholdersRichard Walsh
Mariano Barreto
Mark Lehnett
Carlos Olavo
ManagerMariano Barreto
LeagueA Lyga
20184th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Stumbras is a professional football club, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, which plays in A Lyga, the top tier of Lithuanian football. Founded in 2013 on the basis of the NFA, the club is enjoying a quick rise, reaching the heights of Lithuanian football in a fairly short period of time. The club plays its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium (capacity 9,180) and uses the NFA stadium in Kaunas (capacity 500) as an alternative.

Name history[edit]

  • 2013 – FC Stumbras Kaunas

History[edit]

The club was established in 2013 on the basis of the Nacionalinė Futbolo Akademija team, adopting the name FC Stumbras and playing in II Lyga Southern Zone. The majority of the team's players were under 20 years old. Stumbras finished 2nd in the league and were promoted to I Lyga for the next year.

In 2014 FC Stumbras was able to sign a few more experienced players to go with their youth, most notably former national team striker and Kaunas native Artūras Rimkevičius. Stumbras started out the season strongly winning the first 8 matches. In July 2014, during the break, it was announced that 3 starting squad players Martynas Zaleckis, Klaidas Janonis and Klaudijus Upstas would leave the team, Rolandas Čepkauskas becoming the new head coach was announced a few days after.[1] FC Stumbras went on to finish the regular season 3rd, making it to the second phase. After beating FK Nevėžis 4–1 in the last match of the season, Stumbras secured 1st place in the league and Artūras Rimkevičius was declared top goal scorer with 26. The last team to represent the second largest city in Lithuania in A Lyga was FBK Kaunas in 2012. FC Stumbras chairman Vytautas Vaškūnas confirmed that the club would use their right to play in the top Lithuanian league in 2015 and Kaunas would have a team in A Lyga once again, he also confirmed the club would bring back Rimkevičius and would most likely strengthen the squad even more the following season.[2]

Stumbras made it official that they would like to join the premier Lithuanian football league for the 2015 season, on the second check up Stumbras was accepted. Getting ready for the 2015 season Stumbras already proved their worth playing matches against Lithuanian and foreign clubs, losing only once to Estonian Champions FC Levadia 1-0. On 28 January 2015, it was announced that 6 new players would join the club Nerijus Mačiulis, Tomas Snapkauskas, Mantvydas Eiza, Martynas Dapkus, Giedrius Kvedaras and Aleksandr Sikorskiy, later Darius Gvildys was announced as new head coach. Before the start of the season, Stumbras management surprised everyone when announcing that fans are welcome to watch them play for free for their home matches.[3] On 28 February 2015, FC Stumbras debuted in A Lyga beating FK Šiauliai 3-1 in Kaunas.

Stadium[edit]

Darius and Girėnas Stadium

The club plays its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium. Stadium is a multi-use stadium in the Ąžuolynas park in Žaliakalnis district of Kaunas, Lithuania. The all-seater stadium holds 9,180. In 1998 the stadium was renovated according to UEFA regulations, and in 2005 it was modernised with the installation of the biggest stadium television screen in the Baltic states.

Crest and colours[edit]

Only in 2013 after adapting the name Stumbras, the crest came along with it. It features a blue bison with a football being squashed under its leg on the background of a white shield with red borders and then placed on another shield which is blue with white text saying FC Stumbras at the top and Kaunas in smaller text under it. The choice of name and branding for the club is believed[by whom?] to be a reference to the historic coat of arms of Kaunas, which from 1935 to 1992 featured a white bison instead of an aurochs.

Since the beginning, the club has used the colors blue and white on their kits. The logo contained some red; at the start of the 2015 season the club played its debut match with new kits that introduced the color red to their uniforms.

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Kit evolution[edit]

  • Home kit: blue shirt, blue shorts and white socks. Signs and details on shirts and shorts are white.
Traditional home kit
2013–2016 Away kit
Away kit in 2017 season
Away kit in 2018 season
Goalkeeper`s kit 2018 Home

Achievements[edit]

LFF I Lyga Championship: 1

  • 2014

Lithuanian Cup:

Participation in Lithuanian championships[edit]

European record[edit]

As of July 2018

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1−0 0–2 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1QR
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Rodrigo Josviaki
3 Brazil DF Matheus Bissi
4 Portugal DF André Almeida
7 Brazil MF Lucas Villela
8 Portugal DF Rafael Floro
9 Georgia (country) MF Levan Macharashvili
10 Portugal MF Fábio Lopes
11 South Africa MF Jaisen Clifford
14 Lithuania DF Lukas Čepkauskas
17 Portugal MF Antonio Belo
18 Lithuania DF Rimvydas Sadauskas
23 Brazil DF Marcos Júnior
No. Position Player
29 Azerbaijan DF Dmitri Naghiyev
37 Lithuania DF Rokas Rasimavičius
38 Guinea MF Ibrahima Sory
40 Lithuania GK Tomas Raudonikis
55 France FW Nasro Bouchareb
70 Angola DF Kuagica David
80 Nigeria MF Gavi Thompson
90 Ghana FW Sheriff Deo
91 Lithuania GK Giedrius Kvedaras
98 Lithuania MF Domantas Antanavičius
99 Guinea FW Alsény Bah

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Staff[edit]

As of 14 July 2016.

Position Name
Director Republic of Ireland Richard Walsh
President Lithuania Sergėjus Slyva
Director of football Lithuania Giedrius Klevinskas
Head Coach Portugal Mariano Barreto
Assistant Coach Lithuania Vytautas Masaitis
Assistant Coach Portugal João Luís Gouveia Martins
Coach Portugal Luis Guilherme Morgado Rodrigues
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal João Sérgio Pires Louro
Goalkeeping Coach Brazil José Ademir Sangoi
Fitness Coach Portugal Paulo Gonçalves

Coaches[edit]

Partnership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lietuvos futbolo federacija". lff.lt. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.lrytas.lt/sportas/futbolas/kauno-stumbro-komanda-nebijo-a-lygos.htm
  3. ^ ""Stumbro" staigmena: į rungtynes įleis nemokamai". eurofootball.lt. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b ""Stumbras" vystys partnerystę su elitiniais Portugalijos klubais" (in Lithuanian). FC Stumbras. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.

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