DFK Dainava Alytus

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DFK Dainava
DFK Dainava logo.jpeg
Full name Dzūkija Football Club Dainava Alytus
Nickname(s) Dainava
Founded 1935
Ground Alytus Stadium
Ground Capacity 3,790
League I Lyga
Website Club website

DFK Dainava Alytus is a Lithuanian football club from Alytus. The club was established in 2003 as FK Alytis, before being renamed FK Dainava after a merger with FK Vidzgiris Alytus in December 2010. In January 2016, it was renamed to DFK Dainava.[1]

History[edit]

The roots of Dainava can be traced back to two predecessor clubs, FK Alytis and FK Vidzgiris.

DFK Alytis Alytus were founded in 2003, apparently as the heir of a former club from Alytus also called "Alytis" which existed between 1965 and 2002.[1] Alytis began play at the Lithuanian third level, from which they were immediately promoted in their very first season. The side soon established itself as one of the best teams of the I Lyga, winning the second-level championship in 2005 and 2007 and finishing as runners-up in 2006 and from 2008–2010. The club also participated in the UEFA Regions' Cup in 2007 and 2009.

FK Vidzgiris Alytus were founded in 2000.[2] They were initially not as successful as their city rivals, beginning play in the lower Lithuanian leagues before being promoted to the third-level 2 Lyga for the 2005 season.[3] After spending a couple of seasons near the top of the 2 Lyga, Vidzgiris were eventually granted a I Lyga licence for the 2010 season, in which the team finished in third place.

Both teams merged to form FK Dainava Alytus in December 2010 with the goal of successfully applying for a 2011 A Lyga licence. The licence was eventually granted in March 2011.[4]

The current team is not the first team to play as "Dainava Alytus", as there were several other but unrelated teams who chose this name, with the earliest dating back as far as 1935.[1] However, of these teams, only the 1996–2003 incarnation managed to play at any top-level league, being members of the A Lyga between the 1998–99 and 2001 seasons.

Stadium[edit]

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DFK Dainava plays in Alytus Stadium. It is a multi-use stadium in Alytus, Lithuania. The stadium holds 3,790 people. Stadium renovated at 2010.

Current squad[edit]

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 Tomas Tenenė
7 Lithuania MF Linas Savastas (Captain) Captain sports.svg
8 Lithuania MF Rytis Padegimas
10 Lithuania MF Titas Vitukynas
15 Lithuania DF Marius Žukovas
17 Belarus DF Ilya Tsyvilko
18 Lithuania MF Renatas Banevičius
21 Lithuania DF Ervinas Baranauskas
22 Lithuania MF Agnius Panka
24 Latvia GK Mārcis Melecis (on loan from Jelgava)
27 Lithuania FW Lukas Baranauskas
30 Lithuania DF Oskaras Lukošiūnas
55 Lithuania DF Lukas Čerkauskas
No. Position Player
63 Lithuania GK Saulius Geležūnas
77 Brazil MF Patrik Oiaran
90 Lithuania MF Gediminas Kruša
Lithuania DF Artiom Spelman
Lithuania MF Karolis Gvildys
Lithuania MF Linas Savastas
Lithuania MF Ignas Graževičius
Lithuania FW Benas Paulėkas
Lithuania FW Mantas Jodelis
Lithuania MF Lukas Sendžikas
Netherlands DF Kenzo Biyong
Latvia DF Edgars Fjodorovs

Famous players[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FK Dainava Alytus". Weltfussballarchiv. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "FK Vidzgiris Alytus". Weltfussballarchiv. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Futbolinis – FK Vidzgiris Alytus (2005–2010) man team (view)". Futbolinis. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 metų LFF A lygoje žais 12 komandų, paskelbtas tvarkaraštis" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 

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