Lithuania national football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lithuania
Association Lietuvos futbolo federacija (LFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igoris Pankratjevas
Captain Tadas Kijanskas
Most caps Andrius Skerla (84)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium LFF Stadium
FIFA code LTU
FIFA ranking 96 Increase 4 (4 June 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 37 (October 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 119 (November 2012)
Elo ranking 107
Highest Elo ranking 48 (10 September 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (1994)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
(Their first game since regaining independence in 1990 was as Zalgiris Vilnius in May 1990, against Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia. This is also Georgia's first international match)
Biggest win
 Lithuania 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 27 May 1924)

The Lithuania national football team is under the auspices of the Lithuanian Football Federation. It played its first match in 1923. In 1940, Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1990 and played their first match as a new nation against Georgia on 27 May of that year. 15,030 capacity Žalgiris Stadium became home of the national football team.

Recent history[edit]

In the 1990s, Lithuania established a respectable presence in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers: third place in their group in both UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers, they were once again contenders for qualification and managed an away draw with Germany and a home win over Scotland; however, a 1–0 defeat to Scotland in the final game ended their hopes. Although finishing fifth in their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, Lithuania were nevertheless competitive.

Lithuania drew with world champions Italy 1–1 in Naples in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying game on 2 September 2006, in the first competitive game that Italy played since the World Cup final.

On 6 September 2008, Lithuania defeated Romania 3–0 in a World Cup 2010 qualifier. The victory was regarded by many as "a historic win."[1] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė.

World Cup record[edit]

European Championship record[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2013
March 22, 2013 Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia 1 – 1 Darvydas Šernas Deividas Šemberas 2014 FIFA World Cup
March 26, 2013 Tirana, Albania  Albania 1 – 4 Evaldas Razulis Edgaras Česnauskis International friendly
June 7, 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania  Greece 0 – 1 Marius Stankevičius 2014 FIFA World Cup
August 14, 2013 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1 – 2 Deivydas Matulevičius Marius Stankevičius International friendly
September 6, 2013 Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1 – 2 Deivydas Matulevičius Marius Stankevičius 2014 FIFA World Cup
September 10, 2013 Marijampolė, Lithuania  Liechtenstein 2 – 0 Deivydas MatulevičiusTadas Kijanskas Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 11, 2013 Vilnius, Lithuania  Latvia 2 – 0 Fiodor ČernychSaulius Mikoliūnas Tadas Kijanskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
October 15, 2013 Kaunas, Lithuania  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 1 Tadas Kijanskas 2014 FIFA World Cup
November 18, 2013 Chișinău, Moldova  Moldova 1 – 1 Mindaugas Kalonas Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
2014
March 5, 2014 Antalya, Turkey  Kazakhstan 1 – 1 Gediminas Vičius Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
May 29, 2014 Ventspils, Latvia  Finland 1 – 0 Arvydas Novikovas Tadas Kijanskas 2014 Baltic Cup
May 31, 2014 Liepāja, Latvia  Latvia 0 – 1 Tadas Kijanskas 2014 Baltic Cup
June 6, 2014 Gdańsk, Poland  Poland 2 – 1 Lukas Spalvis Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
September 3, 2014 Matrei in Osttirol, Austria  United Arab Emirates 1 – 1 Deivydas Matulevičius Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
September 8, 2014 Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 2 - 0 Deivydas Matulevičius - Arvydas Novikovas Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 9, 2014 Vilnius, Lithuania  Estonia 1 - 0 Saulius Mikoliunas Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 12, 2014 Vilnius, Lithuania  Slovenia 0 - 2 Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
November 15, 2014 St. Gallen, Switzerland   Switzerland 0 - 4 Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
November 18, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 0 - 0 Tadas Kijanskas International friendly
2015
March 27, 2015 London, England  England 0 - 4 Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Q
June 5, 2015 Debrecen, Hungary  Hungary 0 - 4 Mindaugas Panka International friendly
June 8, 2015 Ta'Qali, Malta  Malta 0 - 2 Saulius Mikoliunas International friendly
June 14, 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania   Switzerland 1 - 2 Fiodor Černych Deivydas Matulevičius UEFA Euro 2016 Q
September 5, 2015 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
September 8, 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania  San Marino UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 9, 2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia UEFA Euro 2016 Q
October 12, 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania  England UEFA Euro 2016 Q

Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Switzerland Slovenia Estonia Lithuania San Marino
1  England (X) 6 6 0 0 18 3 +15 18 Advance to final tournament 8 Sep 3–1 9 Oct 4–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 6 4 0 2 13 4 +9 12 0–2 5 Sep 3–0 4–0 9 Oct
3  Slovenia 6 3 0 3 12 7 +5 9 Final tournament or play-offs 2–3 1–0 8 Sep 9 Oct 6–0
4  Estonia 6 2 1 3 3 5 −2 7 0–1 12 Oct 1–0 5 Sep 2–0
5  Lithuania 6 2 0 4 4 12 −8 6 12 Oct 1–2 0–2 1–0 8 Sep
6  San Marino 6 0 1 5 0 19 −19 1 5 Sep 0–4 12 Oct 0–0 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 14 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least third place (and play-offs), but may still qualify directly as one of the top two teams or as the best third-placed team.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualification matches against Estonia on September 5, and San Marino on September 8, 2015.
Caps and goals correct as of: 14 June 2015, after the game against Switzerland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Giedrius Arlauskis (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 27) 20 0 England Watford
1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Poland Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała
1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Romania Dinamo București
2DF Tadas Kijanskas (Captain) (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 29) 43 1 Israel Hapoel Haifa
2DF Marius Žaliūkas (1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 31) 26 1 Unattached
2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 27) 19 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 27) 18 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 29) 5 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Lithuania Trakai
3MF Saulius Mikoliūnas (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 31) 72 5 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk
3MF Deividas Česnauskis (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 34) 61 4 Lithuania Trakai
3MF Mindaugas Panka (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 31) 36 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva
3MF Linas Pilibaitis (1985-04-05) 5 April 1985 (age 30) 29 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
3MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 31) 22 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 24) 19 2 Germany Bochum
3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 24) 12 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 25) 10 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe
3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Juventus
3MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Nottingham Forest
3MF Rolandas Baravykas (1985-01-21) 21 January 1985 (age 30) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas
3MF Tautvydas Eliošius (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis
4FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 26) 22 5 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
4FW Fiodor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 24) 17 2 Poland Górnik Łęczna
4FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 21) 6 1 Denmark AaB

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Saulius Klevinskas (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 31) 4 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 19) 1 0 France Rennes v.  Malta, 8 June 2015
DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 24) 20 0 Netherlands Cambuur v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 32) 13 0 Unattached v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 31) 16 0 Unattached v.  England, 27 March 2015
DF Justinas Januševskij (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Estonia, 9 October 2014
MF Gediminas Vičius (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 30) 18 1 Kazakhstan Zhetysu Taldykorgan v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 28) 11 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Germany Stuttgarter Kickers v.   Switzerland, 14 June 2015
MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Malta, 8 March 2015
MF Mindaugas Kalonas (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 31) 49 3 Azerbaijan Ravan Baku v.  Ukraine, 18 November 2014
MF Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 28) 5 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  San Marino, 8 September 2014
FW Simonas Stankevičius (1995-10-03) 3 October 1995 (age 19) 9 0 England Oldham Athletic v.  Malta, 8 March 2015
FW Ričardas Beniušis (1980-04-23) 23 April 1980 (age 35) 29 3 Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis v.  England, 27 March 2015

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of 8 June 2015, the ten highest scorers for Lithuania are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Avg/game
1 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 19 0 (71) 0.267
2 Antanas Lingis 1928–1938 12 0 (33) 0.363
3 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 10 0 (56) 0.178
4 Virginijus Baltušnikas 1990–1998 9 0 (42) 0.214
5 Jaroslavas Citavičius 1926–1933 8 0 (24) 0.333
Valdas Ivanauskas 1990–2000 8 0 (28) 0.285
Darius Maciulevičius 1991–2005 8 0 (38) 0.210
Robertas Poškus 1999–2011 8 0 (48) 0.166
9 Artūras Fomenka 1996–2003 7 0 (23) 0.304
Tomas Ražanauskas 1995–2011 7 0 (41) 0.170
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania players[edit]

As of 8 June 2015 the ten players with the most caps for Lithuania are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andrius Skerla 1996–2011 84 1
2 Deividas Šemberas 1996–2013 82 0
3 Saulius Mikoliūnas 2004– 72 5
4 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 71 19
5 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2002– 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
Marius Stankevičius 2001–2013 65 5
8 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
9 Deividas Česnauskis 2001– 60 4
10 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 56 10
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

List of managers[edit]

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost Goals
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1990 1991 3 1 2 0 7:4
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 1992 1994 29 7 8 14 29:48
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1995 1997 29 12 6 11 45:41
Kęstutis Latoža Lithuania 1998 1999 18 5 4 9 15:24
Robertas Tautkus (caretaker) Lithuania 1999 1999 1 0 0 1 0:3
Stasys Stankus Lithuania 2000 2000 8 2 0 6 8:18
Julius Kvedaras (caretaker) Lithuania 2000 2000 1 0 0 1 1:6
Benjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 2001 2003 19 4 3 12 20:41
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 2003 2008 50 18 6 26 54:65
José Couceiro Portugal 2008 2009 15 6 3 6 17:15
Raimondas Žutautas Lithuania 2010 2011 16 4 3 9 11:22
Csaba László Hungary 2012 2013 16 2 4 10 12:28
Igoris Pankratjevas Lithuania 2013 11 4 4 5 10:13

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com

External links[edit]