Lithuania national football team

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Lithuania
Association Lietuvos futbolo federacija (LFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Edgaras Jankauskas
Captain Fiodor Černych
Most caps Andrius Skerla (84)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium LFF Stadium
FIFA code LTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 127 Steady (14 July 2016)
Highest 37 (October 2008)
Lowest 139 (April 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 108 (9 September 2015)
Highest 48 (10 September 2008)
Lowest 127 (1994)
First international
 Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
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 (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) 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. Since 2012 the team plays its home matches in LFF Stadium, Vilnius.

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
2015
March 27, 2015 London, England  England 0–4 Tadas Kijanskas UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
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 Qualifier
September 5, 2015 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–1 Giedrius Arlauskis UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
September 8, 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania  San Marino 2–1 Fiodor Černych - Lukas Spalvis Giedrius Arlauskis UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
October 9, 2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–1 Arvydas Novikovas Marius Žaliūkas UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
October 12, 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania  England 0–3 Mindaugas Panka UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
2016
March 23, 2016 Giurgiu, Romania  Romania 0–1 Fiodor Černych International friendly
March 26, 2016 Moscow, Russia  Russia 0–3 Fiodor Černych International friendly
May 29, 2016 Klaipėda, Lithuania  Estonia 2–0 Nerijus Valskis - Fiodor Černych Fiodor Černych 2016 Baltic Cup
June 1, 2016 Liepāja, Latvia  Latvia 1–2 Fiodor Černych Fiodor Černych 2016 Baltic Cup
June 6, 2016 Kraków, Poland  Poland 0–0 Fiodor Černych International friendly
September 4, 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania  Slovenia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 8, 2016 Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 11, 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania  Malta FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
November 11, 2016 Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier

Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Switzerland Slovenia Estonia Lithuania San Marino
1  England 10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3  Slovenia 10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16 Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4  Estonia 10 3 1 6 4 9 −5 10 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5  Lithuania 10 3 1 6 7 18 −11 10 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 36 −35 1 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 4 Sep '17 11 Nov '16 5 Oct '17 26 Mar '17 8 Oct '16
1  Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible second round[a] 4 Sep '16 11 Oct '16 1 Sep '17 11 Nov '16 8 Oct '17
1  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Jun '17 5 Oct '17 26 Mar '17 8 Oct '16 4 Sep '17
1  Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Oct '16 8 Oct '16 8 Oct '17 4 Sep '17 10 Jun '17
1  Lithuania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Oct '17 10 Jun '17 1 Sep '17 4 Sep '16 11 Oct '16
1  Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Sep '17 26 Mar '17 4 Sep '16 11 Nov '16 5 Oct '17
First match(es) will be played on 4 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Current squad[edit]

Squad list for the friendly match against Poland on 6 June 2016.
Caps and goals correct as of: 6 June 2016 after the game against Poland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 26) 9 0 Poland Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała
12 1GK Marius Rapalis (1983-03-22) 22 March 1983 (age 33) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai
21 1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 31) 8 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag

2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
3 2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 28) 24 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Poland Piast Gliwice
5 2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 30) 10 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
7 2DF Deividas Česnauskis (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 35) 64 4 Lithuania Trakai
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 27) 26 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
13 2DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas
15 2DF Arūnas Klimavičius (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 33) 42 3 Lithuania Trakai
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Lithuania Atlantas

6 3MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Latvia Ventspils
11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 25) 30 3 Germany VfL Bochum
14 3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 26) 17 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
16 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 21) 12 0 Netherlands Den Bosch
17 3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 29) 15 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
18 3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Lithuania Atlantas
20 3MF Dovydas Norvilas (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Lithuania Atlantas

9 4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 28) 8 1 Lithuania Trakai
19 4FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 22) 15 2 Portugal Sporting CP
22 4FW Fiodor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 28 5 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok

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 Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 27) 4 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
GK Giedrius Arlauskis (1987-12-01) 1 December 1987 (age 28) 23 0 England Watford v.  England, 12 October 2015

DF Vytas Gašpuitis (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Latvia, 1 June 2016
DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 25) 23 0 United States Portland Timbers v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 33) 16 0 Russia SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 32) 16 0 Lithuania Lietava v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
DF Marius Žaliūkas (1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 32) 29 1 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  England, 12 October 2015
DF Tadas Kijanskas (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 30) 43 1 Czech Republic Zbrojovka Brno v.  San Marino, 8 September 2015

MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 31) 25 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Latvia, 1 June 2016
MF Andrius Bartkus (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Latvia, 1 June 2016
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Latvia, 1 June 2016
MF Saulius Mikoliūnas (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 32) 74 5 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Mindaugas Panka (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 32) 39 0 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 20) 7 0 England Nottingham Forest v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Ernestas Veliulis (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Linas Pilibaitis (1985-04-05) 5 April 1985 (age 31) 30 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  England, 12 October 2015
MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 25) 13 0 Croatia RNK Split v.  San Marino, 8 September 2015

FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 27) 28 5 Romania Botoșani v.  Russia, 26 March 2016

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of March 26, 2016, 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 March 26, 2016 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– 75 5
4 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 71 19
5 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2002–2013 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
Marius Stankevičius 2001– 65 5
8 Deividas Česnauskis 2001– 63 4
9 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
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 2015 21 5 5 11 14:31
Edgaras Jankauskas Lithuania 2015 - 5 1 1 3 3:6

Kit history[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com

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