DFK Dainava Alytus is a Lithuanianfootball 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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