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 117 Increase 8 (15 September 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
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 2–2 Fiodor Černych - Vykintas Slivka Fiodor Černych 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 Trnava, Slovakia  Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
2017
March 22, 2017 , Czech Republic  Czech Republic International friendly
March 26, 2017 London, England  England FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
June 10, 2017 , Lithuania  Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
September 1, 2017 , Lithuania  Scotland FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
September 4, 2017 , Slovenia  Slovenia FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 5, 2017 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 8, 2017 , Lithuania  England 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  Scotland 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 10 Jun '17 26 Mar '17 8 Oct '16 5 Oct '17 4 Sep '17
2  England 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Possible second round[a] 11 Nov '16 5 Oct '17 26 Mar '17 4 Sep '17 8 Oct '16
3  Slovenia 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 8 Oct '17 11 Oct '16 4 Sep '17 8 Oct '16 10 Jun '17
4  Lithuania 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 1 Sep '17 8 Oct '17 2–2 10 Jun '17 11 Oct '16
5  Slovakia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 11 Oct '16 0–1 1 Sep '17 11 Nov '16 8 Oct '17
6  Malta 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0 1–5 1 Sep '17 11 Nov '16 5 Oct '17 26 Mar '17
Updated to match(es) 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 FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier match against Slovenia on 4 September 2016.[2]
Caps and goals correct as of: 4 September 2016 after the game against Slovenia.

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 Israel Bnei Yehuda
16 1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 31) 9 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
12 1GK Saulius Klevinskas (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 32) 3 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius

7 2DF Deividas Česnauskis (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 35) 64 4 Lithuania Trakai
15 2DF Arūnas Klimavičius (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 33) 42 3 Lithuania Trakai
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 28) 27 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
3 2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 29) 25 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
5 2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 30) 11 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Poland Piast Gliwice
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Lithuania Atlantas

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 25) 31 3 Germany VfL Bochum
21 3MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 32) 25 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
18 3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 26) 18 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
17 3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 29) 16 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
13 3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 25) 14 0 Croatia RNK Split
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 21) 13 1 Netherlands Den Bosch
20 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas
6 3MF Mindaugas Grigaravičius (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Latvia Jelgava

22 4FW Fiodor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 29 6 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
9 4FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 27) 29 5 Romania Botoșani
10 4FW Tomas Radzinevičius (1981-06-05) 5 June 1981 (age 35) 21 1 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
19 4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 29) 9 1 Lithuania Trakai

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 Marius Rapalis (1983-03-22) 22 March 1983 (age 33) 0 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 27) 4 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou 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 Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
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

MF Tadas EliošiusPRE (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Lithuania Lietava Jonava v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2016
MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Latvia Ventspils v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
MF Dovydas NorvilasINJ (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
MF Andrius Bartkus (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 30) 0 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 Acre v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Poland Zagłębie Lubin v.  Russia, 26 March 2016
MF Ernestas Veliulis (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 24) 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

FW Lukas SpalvisINJ (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 22) 15 2 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Poland, 6 June 2016
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.

Statistics[edit]

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of September 5, 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
Igoris Morinas 1996–2007 7 0 (51) 0.137
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania players[edit]

As of September 5, 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 2003– 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
Marius Stankevičius 2001– 65 5
8 Deividas Česnauskis 2001– 64 4
9 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
10 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 56 10
Andrėjus Tereškinas 1991–2000 56 3
Tomas Žvirgždauskas 1998–2011 56 0
  • 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 - 6 1 2 3 5:8

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