Povilas Leimonas

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Povilas Leimonas
Personal information
Full name Povilas Leimonas
Date of birth (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Marijampole, Lithuania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
GKS Katowice
Number -
Youth career
FK Sūduva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2013 FK Sūduva 166 (8)
2013–2014 Widzew Łódź 17 (3)
2014 Jagiellonia Białystok 4 (0)
2015–2016 GKS Katowice 43 (3)
2016– FK Sūduva 16 (1)
National team
2011 Lithuania B 2 (0)
2011– Lithuania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Povilas Leimonas (born 16 November 1987 in Marijampole) is a footballer from Lithuania. He plays as a defender, primarily as a centre back, but can also operate in midfield.[2] Leimonas currently plays for GKS Katowice as well as the Lithuania national football team. He is both-footed.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Leimonas has been with FK Sūduva since 2005, after graduating from the club's academy. He made his debut for the first team on 9 June 2006, in the 3-0 loss to FBK Kaunas, coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute. Povilas scored his first goal for the club on 10 August 2008 in a 4-0 victory over Silute.[3] The defender also played in Europe for the first time in 2008, as FK Sūduva competed in the 2008 UEFA Cup first qualifying round against The New Saints of Wales.[4] After FK Sūduva defeated TNS over two legs, Leimonas played in the 1-0 away win over FC Red Bull Salzburg on 28 August 2008.

2009-2013[edit]

Leimonas played a bigger role in 2009, scoring three times in the league. He again featured in the UEFA Europa League, playing against Randers FC of Denmark twice, and scoring his team's goal in the 2nd leg 1-1 draw.[5]

In 2010 Povilas played a bigger role still, featuring in 16 of Suduva's league matches and also playing in UEFA Europa League matches against Rapid Wien. He also played in three Baltic League fixtures, two of which were against FC Flora Tallinn. 2011 saw Leimonas score four times in eighteen league games and compete in the UEFA Europa League against Elfsborg of Sweden.[6]

In July 2012, Leimonas travelled to Poland to join top-flight side Widzew Łódź on trial, with a view to a permanent deal.[7][8] The defender featured in Widzew's 0-0 friendly draw with Cypriot outfit AEK Larnaca on 4 August; however, negotiations with the club broke down and Leimonas returned to Suduva - even appearing in their 2-2 draw at VMFD Žalgiris Vilnius as a late substitute the following day.[9][10]

Widzew Łódź[edit]

On 30 August 2013 he signed with Widzew Łódź.[11]

Jagiellonia Białystok[edit]

On 23 June 2014 he signed with Jagiellonia Białystok.[12]

International career[edit]

Lithuania B[edit]

Povilas played for Lithuania's "B" team in two games in 2011, both against Lithuania U-21.[13] The first game, played in Vilnius on 9 February, was won 2-1 by the "B" team, and the second match, in Marijampole on 2 March, resulted in a 3-0 win.

Lithuania senior[edit]

Leimonas made his senior international debut on 7 June 2011, in a 1-0 friendly loss to Norway. He earned his second cap two months later in another friendly, the 3-0 win over Armenia on 10 August. Povilas wears the no.5 shirt when playing for his country.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Povilas Leimonas, Suduva Marijampole - IMScouting
  2. ^ UEFA Europa League - Povilas Leimonas
  3. ^ Suduva vs Silute - 10 August 2008 - Soccerway
  4. ^ UEFA EURO 2010 - Povilas Leimonas - UEFA.com
  5. ^ Randers vs. Suduva - 23 July 2008 - Soccerway
  6. ^ Povilas Leimonas Profile - Soccerway
  7. ^ Povilas Leimonas zostanie piłkarzem Widzewa? (Polish) Sport.pl. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  8. ^ Widzew testuje litewskiego obronce - Estraklasa (Polish) Estraklasa.wp.pl. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  9. ^ Sobotnie Mecze Sparingowe - Ekstraklasa (Polish) Estraklasa.wp.pl. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  10. ^ Zalgiris vs. Suduva - 5 August 2012 Soccerway.com. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Povilas Leimonas piłkarzem Widzewa" (in Polish). 90minut. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leimonas piłkarzem Jagiellonii" (in Polish). www.jagiellonia.pl. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Lithuanian Youth News: Lithuania B-Lithuania U-21 Omnitel.net. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  14. ^ Povilas Leimonas_FK Suduva - Football Lineups

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