Linas Pilibaitis

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Linas Pilibaitis
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-04-05) 5 April 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlantas Klaipėda
Number 28
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Kaunas 77 (11)
2004 Atlantas (loan) 8 (2)
2007 Hearts (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2014 Győr 92 (7)
2013 Mezőkövesd (loan) 11 (1)
2014–2016 FK Žalgiris 91 (42)
2017– FK Atlantas 0 (0)
National team
2006– Lithuania 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2015

Linas Pilibaitis (born 5 April 1985 in Kretinga) is a Lithuanian professional footballer who plays for A Lyga club Atlantas Klaipėda.

Career[edit]

Pilibaitis joined Kaunas aged 17 in 2002, gradually working his way into the first team as he developed in the following years. This process was aided by a loan spell at Klaipėda side FK Atlantas in 2004, where he scored his first senior goal. Having played a prominent role in Kaunas's 2006 A Lyga victory, he was loaned to Hearts in January 2007.[1] He made his debut for the Jambos in a 2–0 victory at Motherwell on 5 March 2007 but returned to Kaunas in August of that year, having made only five appearances for the Hearts first team.

Pilibaitis scored the winning goal for Kaunas which knocked out Rangers of the second qualifying tie of the UEFA Champions League on 6 August 2008.[2] He joined than in January 2009 to Győri ETO FC.

On July 2012 he started a trial with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Haifa.

On 26 February 2017, it was announced that Pilibaitis will return to the Lithuanian A Lyga contenders Atlantas.[3]

Career Statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kaunas 2002 A Lyga 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2005 15 4 0 0 0 0 15 4
2006 31 3 0 0 0 0 31 3
2008 24 4 0 0 0 0 24 4
Total 77 11 0 0 0 0 77 11
Atlantas (loan) 2004 A Lyga 8 2 0 0 0 0 8 2
Total 8 2 0 0 0 0 8 2
Hearts (loan) 2006–07 Premiership 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Győr 2008–09 National Championship 6 0 4 0 6 5 16 5
2009–10 27 1 5 1 0 0 32 2
2010–11 25 3 3 1 8 1 36 5
2011–12 27 2 5 0 0 0 32 2
2012–13 14 1 3 0 0 0 17 1
Total 99 7 20 2 14 6 133 15
Mezőkövesd 2013–14 National Championship 11 1 7 0 0 0 18 1
Total 11 1 7 0 0 0 18 1
FK Žalgiris 2013–14 A Lyga 33 17 6 4 2 0 41 21
2014–15 29 16 4 2 2 0 35 18
2015–16 25 8 5 4 1 0 31 12
Total 87 41 15 10 5 0 107 51
Career Total 288 62 42 12 19 6 349 80

International[edit]

Usually played as an attacking midfielder or support striker, Pilibaitis earned his first international cap for Lithuania in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hearts bring in three new players, BBC Sport, 31 January 2007
  2. ^ "Rangers suffer KO in Kaunas". Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ ""Atlantas" jau pasirengęs mūšiams" (in Lithuanian). FK Atlantas. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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