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FK Žalgiris
FK Žalgiris logo.svg
Full nameVilniaus futbolo klubas "Žalgiris"[1]
Nickname(s)Žaliai Balti (The Green Whites)
Founded1947; 71 years ago (1947)
GroundLFF Stadium
Capacity5,067
Coordinates54°40′07″N 25°17′39″E / 54.66861°N 25.29417°E / 54.66861; 25.29417Coordinates: 54°40′07″N 25°17′39″E / 54.66861°N 25.29417°E / 54.66861; 25.29417
ChairmanVilma Venslovaitienė
Head coachValdas Urbonas[2]
LeagueA Lyga
2018A Lyga, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Futbolo klubas Žalgiris, commonly known as FK Žalgiris, Žalgiris Vilnius or simply Žalgiris is a Lithuanian professional football club based in Vilnius. The club competes in the A lyga, the top flight of Lithuanian football. The club was founded as Dinamo in 1947. The club's name commemorates the victorious Battle of Žalgiris (Battle of Grunwald) (both names: Žalgiris and Grunwald are translated as "green grove"). Žalgiris has featured many Lithuanian football legends during their history, including Arminas Narbekovas, Valdas Ivanauskas, Edgaras Jankauskas and Deividas Šemberas. They have won the Lithuanian Championship 7 times, the Lithuanian Football Cup 11 times and the Lithuanian Supercup 6 times.

The team's colours are green and white. The club plays at LFF stadium in Vilnius which has a capacity of 5,067.

History[edit]

Foundation and Soviet period[edit]

The first incarnation of the club played in 1946 as a national team of Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic when it competed in USSR Group III Zone 4 championship and it was one of the clubs which represented one of the Soviet republics. The club consisted of Spartakas Kaunas and Dinamo Kaunas players. Their first match was against Stroitel Moscow which ended 1–1 and they were managed by French coach Emil Pastor. That year they finished in fourth place in RSFSR Western Zone championship.[3]

The club is thought to have been founded in 1947 when it was moved from Kaunas to Vilnius and its name was changed to Dinamo Vilnius.[4] First official match of the formed club was played on 16 May 1947 against Lokomotiv Moscow, who managed to defeat local team 1–2.[5] Steponas Petraitis scored the first official goal for the club that day, beating goalkeeper from a penalty spot in 44th minute.[6] The next year club changed its name to Spartakas Vilnius and used this name until the end of 1961 season. In 1962, they changed their name to Žalgiris.

Žalgiris competed in Soviet Union football league system from 1947 to 1989. Team achieved its first promotion to the top tier in 1952, but came last next season.[7]

Before the start of the 1983 season in Soviet Top League, players initiative group demanded to resignation of coach Benjaminas Zelkevičius, players wish was satisfied, Algimantas Liubinskas became of trainer. Start was cautious. A similar result 0–0 has played in Tashkent with Pakhtakor, in Leningrad with Zenit, in Vilnius with Dynamo. In fourth match in season against Neftchi in Baku, Gražulis scored goal on 1–0 and brought victory. There were victories and failures, but Žalgiris became the winners of the first round. In first place Žalgiris stayed short, Nevertheless, final fifth place is the highest achievement of Lithuanian football on this time and give a great hope for future. Arminas Narbekovas, Romas Mažeikis, and Vladimiras Buzmakovas succeeded in the team in that season.[8]

In 1984 Soviet Top League season, Žalgiris finished on 9 place among 18 teams, but rejoiced victories against FC Dynamo Kyiv (1–0 at home), FC Spartak Moscow (twice 2–1), FC Dynamo Moscow (1–0 at home, 2–1 in Moscow). and Valdas Ivanauskas debuted in first team.

The club's most successful season was in 1987 when they finished third in the Soviet Top League and qualified for 1988–89 UEFA Cup where they played against Austria Wien, while also for the first time in club's history reaching semi–finals of the 1987–88 Soviet Cup (after being eliminated in quarter-finals of the 1955, 1959–60, 1964 campaigns) and 1987 USSR Federation Cup. The club represented the Soviet Union at 1987 Summer Universiade which they won by defeating the South Korean team. In the following season they finished fifth and again qualified for UEFA Cup where they faced IFK Göteborg in the first round and Red Star Belgrade in the second. In 1988, several of Žalgiris players were decorated with medals in the USSR national teams: Vyacheslav Sukristov received silver medal of the UEFA Euro 1988, and Arminas Narbekovas and Arvydas Janonis brought back gold medals from the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 1989 the club finished in fourth place and for third year in a row qualified for UEFA Cup. They managed to play one game in 1990 at the start of the season before withdrawing due to re-establishment of Lithuania's independence and joined the Baltic League which consisted of clubs from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Therefore, they lost their place in UEFA Cup, which was taken by Chornomorets Odesa.[9]

1990–2007[edit]

Following Lithuania‘s declaration of independence in 11 March 1990, Žalgiris has left Soviet Top League with immediate effect. Despite most of the top players including Arminas Narbekovas, Valdas Ivanauskas, Igoris Pankratjevas, Vyacheslav Sukristov and Robertas Fridrikas leaving the club Žalgiris remained favorites to clinch Lithuanian title and won A lyga regular season having lost just once in 32 games. The championship however was decided by the knock-out competition where Žalgiris lost in the semifinals to Ekranas Panevėžys and only managed to take a third place.

Edgaras Jankauskas scored 41 goals in 93 matches with Žalgiris (1991–1996).

Green and whites took their first A lyga title the following season when they won the regular season, took the revenge against Ekranas beating them in the semifinals and won the final against Lietuvos Makabi Vilnius 3–1 with Ričardas Zdančius scoring a hat-trick. Žalgiris completed the double later that year by winning the Lithuanian cup.

The 1991 season was followed by two significant changes in league format: the knock-out competition was removed and league was reorganized to be played from autumn till spring. Žalgiris saw off the challenge from Panerys Vilnius to defend their title by a single point. There were no double in this year however: Lietuvos Makabi took revenge for their defeat in last season’s league final and beat Žalgiris in the final 1–0. In the summer of 1992, Žalgiris made their debut in the UEFA Champions League. Europe's elite proved to be merciless: PSV Eindhoven hammered Žalgiris 8–0 on aggregate in the first round.

In 1992–93 season things went the other way round in national competitions: having lost the national title to FK Ekranas by three points Žalgiris reclaimed the cup, beating Sirijus Klaipėda 1–0 in the final courtesy of the extra time goal by Aurelijus Skarbalius. Similar story happened in 1993–94 season when ROMAR Mažeikiai narrowly beat Vilnius' side to the title while Žalgiris defended the cup by beating FK Ekranas 4–2 in the final. Darius Maciulevičius was the hero of that day scoring a hat-trick and Aidas Preikšaitis added another from the penalty spot.

1994–95 season delivered a double blow for the side from the capital. Žalgiris and Inkaras Kaunas finished the league locked on points at the top and extra match on neutral ground was set to be played. Inkaras Kaunas beat Žalgiris 2–0 in Panevėžys and four days later the same two teams met in Klaipėda for cup final. Inkaras once again came out better off as former Žalgiris man Eimantas Poderis scored twice in a 2–1 victory for Kaunas’ side. 1995–96 season didn’t bring silverware either: free scoring Žalgiris side racked up 106 goals in just 28 games in the league yet could only take a third place, six points behind champions Inkaras Kaunas. On this time Edgaras Jankauskas was top scorer A Lyga with 25 goals. He was later sold to CSKA Moscow.

Things didn’t go well in the cup as well as Vilnius' side lost to Kareda Šiauliai in the semifinals and failed to advance to the final for the first time in six years. Žalgiris reclaimed the cup in 1996–97 season as Donatas Vencevičius’ penalty was enough to see off Inkaras in the final but had to settle for second in the league as Kareda coasted to the title with 8 points margin. Green and whites mounted a stronger challenge in 1997–98 yet Kareda proved its success has been no fluke by defending their title.

Deividas Šemberas started his career in Žalgiris (1996–1998).

The elusive title finally came in 1998–99 season, the last one to be played from autumn till spring. Defense was the key to success as Žalgiris conceded just 8 goals in 23 games and did not lose a single league match that season. Things were different in the cup as Kareda dismantled Žalgiris 7–0 on aggregate in the semifinals. The league title allowed Žalgiris to have another try in the UEFA Champions League and this time Vilnius' side eliminated Armenian champions Araks Ararat before succumbing to a defeat to last season’s semifinalists Dynamo Kiev in the second round.

With a turn of the century a new force rose in Lithuanian football: FBK Kaunas. Under the name of Žalgiris Kaunas they won the transitional shortened league season in 1999 and then backed it up by consecutive titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Žalgiris on the other hand went into decline and cup final win in 2003 proved to be the sole piece of silverware for the club in the 2000s. In the league Žalgiris started to struggle as well. While in 1999 and 2000 green and whites finished second, 2001 saw them dropping to third, 2002 to fourth and 2005 to the recently unimaginable lows of eighth. Žalgiris was not even the strongest team in the capital as newcomers Vėtra and FC Vilnius were clearly having better time on the pitch.

Despite a constant presence in European competitions the results there were rarely encouraging with the aggregate defeats like 2–7 to Ruch Chorzow and 0–7 to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Budapest Honved and Portadown were the only teams eliminated by Žalgiris between 2000 and 2004. 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup thus stood out as a major success as green and whites went past three teams – Lisburn Distillery, Dinaburg and Egaleo, before being eliminated by CFR Cluj.

2008–present[edit]

The struggles of the noughties culminated in 2008. The league finish of fifth could have been seen as adequate for the time (20 points gap to fourth placed Sūduva was harder to take) but as country's economy braced for the inevitable crisis, expenditures were cut and uncertainty rose Žalgiris was dealt a big blow when club owner Vadim Kastujev was arrested in Moscow. Striped of funds club survived till the end of the season but failed to meet licensing requirements for top flight competition in 2009. With old club's future very much in doubt fans of Žalgiris founded a new club called VMFD Žalgiris which had the same players and staff, and following unsuccessful application for A lyga license entered second division.

A year outside of top flight proved to be difficult. Žalgiris finished sixth in seven team league and were eliminated from the cup in the Round of 16 by Sakuona Plikiai, a team from a town with a population of just 600. Despite this bleak performance the club received promotion to A lyga as the number of teams in top flight was increased and some other clubs refused to join in mainly because of financial burden. Žalgiris finished 2010 season in the third place, their highest since 2001.

The fortunes of Žalgiris went all uphill from there. With FBK Kaunas in complete turmoil and Vėtra bankrupt Ekranas for several years became the undisputed superpower of Lithuanian football. Green and whites were closing in however: Žalgiris took second in 2011, eight points adrift, and closed the gap to a single point a year later. Moreover, in 2012 Vilnius side finally ended their nine-year trophy drought and won Lithuanian cup, beating Ekranas on penalties following a 0–0 draw. The same season saw Žalgiris returning to European competitions but their UEFA Europa League campaign proved to be short: following 1–1 draw in Vilnius, Admira Wacker Modling hammered Žalgiris 5–1 in the second leg of the second qualifying round.

Žalgiris were considered to be strong favorites for the title before the 2013 season and for much of the season it looked that they would cruise to the championship. Žalgiris had eleven points lead over second placed Atlantas with five games remaining but four draws in the row followed and before the final match of the season the gap at the top was reduced to three points. In final match out of form Žalgiris proved to be no match for Sūduva and for much of the day prospect of season decider on neutral venue looked very likely. However, in tense atmosphere it was Atlantas who ultimately let it slip as they could only draw the game with Banga Gargždai and Žalgiris celebrated their first title in fourteen years. Victory in Cup final against Šiauliai meant that the double was won–the first since 1991. The great year was backed up by successful performance in UEFA Europa League where Vilnius' side eliminated St. Patrick’s Athletic, Pyunik Yerevan and Lech Poznan before losing out to Red Bull Salzburg.

Defending the title in 2014 proved to be far more routine task. Žalgiris finished the season 18 points clear of second placed Kruoja Pakruojis (the largest winning margin in the league since 2006) and also claimed the cup for the third time in the row, beating Banga Gargždai 2–1 in the final. The club made return to UEFA Champions League after fourteen-year absence yet it didn’t bring much joy as Dinamo Zagreb beat Žalgiris 4–0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round.

In May 2015 Žalgiris won Lithuanian cup for a record fourth time in the row, beating Atlantas 2–0 in the final. UEFA Champions League campaign was again limited to just two games as Malmo won the return leg in Vilnius 1–0 after goalless first match in Sweden. Žalgiris finished the season top of the league, ten points clear of second placed Trakai thus claiming third successive title.

In the 2016 season, Žalgiris continued its dominance in Lithuanian football in 2016 with fourth consecutive league title and, remarkably, two cup wins. LFF Cup was rescheduled to be played from spring till autumn that year and therefore two editions of the cup have been played that year. Žalgiris won the first final in May with 1–0 extra time win over Trakai and backed it up with 2–0 final win over Sūduva in September. European experience proved to heartbreaking as following a goalless draw in the first leg in Vilnius Žalgiris was a whisker away from eliminating Astana only to concede an injury time goal to lose the game 2–1.

In the 2017 season, Žalgiris failed to progress beyond the Champions League's second qualifying round once again in 2017 when impressive first leg win over Ludogorets Razgrad and an early goal by Serge Nyuiadzi in the second leg were completely undone by four straight goals by Bulgarian side. In September 2017, Žalgiris reached the seventh consecutive cup final, where they lost to Stumbras, who appeared in their first major final. Žalgiris failed to defend the league title, while they were in top position of the standings until October 2017, but a late march by Sūduva saw them winning their first ever championship.

In the 2018 season, Žalgiris finished in second place as Sūduva defended their league title, while Žalgiris managed to win the cup in a repeat of last year's final as they defeated Stumbras. Playing in the UEFA Europa League, Žalgiris reached the third qualifying round where they lost to Spain's Sevilla, which was their best performance in European competition since 2013 when they reached the play-off round of the qualification in the UEFA Europa League.

Name history[edit]

Name history
Year Name
1947 Dinamo Vilnius
1948 Spartakas Vilnius
1962 Žalgiris Vilnius
1993 Žalgiris-EBSW Vilnius
1995 Žalgiris Vilnius
2009 VMFD Žalgiris
2015 Žalgiris Vilnius

Stadium[edit]

LFF stadium.

For the majority of the time Žalgiris played in Žalgiris Stadium. This stadium was the biggest in Lithuania and had a capacity of 15,029.

Since 2011 Žalgiris plays in LFF Stadium (Lithuanian Football Federation stadium). This arena, formerly known as Vėtra Stadium, was built in 2004 and holds up 5,500 people.

After the bankruptcy of FK Vėtra football club, LFF took control of the stadium.

It is situated 400 metres up the Aušros vartų and Liepkalnio streets from the Gate of Dawn (Lithuanian: Aušros vartai)

Supporters[edit]

Pietų IV

The official club of Žalgiris' fans is named Pietų IV. The members of Pietų IV support the team during every game in Lithuania and in Europe and never leave the team alone. This community is united by their love and loyalty to Žalgiris. Pietų IV is the leader of organised supporting in Baltic states.

The establishment date of Pietų IV is considered October 1985. Since that time fans have been supporting the team while singing, waving flags and creating impressive choreography. Fans helped Žalgiris to survive the financial crisis. During hard periods they organized various events and collected enough money to remain. Pietų IV and the managers of the club together are the founders of Žalgiris Vilnius.

Žalgiris supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Atlantas and Utenis. Internationally, there are close historical ties with supporters of Dynamo Kyiv,[11][12] Karpaty Lviv and Dinamo Tbilisi.[13]

Kit[edit]

From the establishment of the club, Žalgiris colours was blue, or red, sometimes was orange. In the 1980s became green and white kits and green/white tradition. Therefore, the kit is green and white striped jersey and green/white variation of shorts and socks. In the past there have also been checkered green-white jersey designs. Away kits are usually plain white or green.

1988
1991
1996
2016 home
2016 away
2017 home
2017 away
2018 home
2018 away
Goalkeeper`s kit 2018 Home
Goalkeeper`s kit 2018 Away

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1947–1972
1973–1979 unknown
1980–1987 Adidas
1988–1989 DANIELI
1990–1991 unknown
1992 Umbro FINPLAN
1993 unknown
1994 Adidas EBSW
1995 Umbro
1996 Diadora
1997
1998
1999 Adidas
2000 unknown
2001–2002 Hummel Ūkio Bankas
2003–2005 Adidas
2006–2009 Hummel
2010–2012 Unibet
2013–2015 Kappa[14] Top Sport
2016–present Nike[15]

Logos[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Armantas Vitkauskas
2 Lithuania DF Linas Klimavičius
3 Lithuania DF Georgas Freidgeimas
5 Netherlands DF Donovan Slijngard
7 Croatia MF Slavko Blagojević
8 Romania MF Liviu Antal
11 Bulgaria DF Venelin Filipov
13 Lithuania MF Saulius Mikoliūnas
14 France MF Jérémy Manzorro
No. Position Player
16 Serbia MF Marko Tomić
20 Lithuania DF Dominykas Barauskas
23 Lithuania DF Rolandas Baravykas
30 Lithuania GK Airidas Mickevičius
33 Lithuania MF Domantas Šimkus
44 France FW Serge Nyuiadzi
81 Austria MF Tomáš Šimkovič (captain)
95 Lithuania GK Gaudentas Ralys
Lithuania MF Simonas Urbys

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Lithuania MF Karolis Uzėla (at S.P.A.L. until 30 June 2019)

Youth squad[edit]

Žalgiris B[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 Lithuania GK Dovydas Komža
34 Lithuania MF Tomas Klaudijus Tamašauskas
36 Lithuania DF Martynas Jokubauskas
37 Lithuania DF Artūras Lukša
38 Lithuania DF Patrick Jorgensen
40 Lithuania MF Aivaras Masiulionis
41 Lithuania MF Simonas Vasiljevas
50 Lithuania DF Arminas Čivilis
52 Lithuania DF Artūras Vilkancas
54 Lithuania DF Lukas Žukauskas
58 Lithuania FW Meinardas Mikulėnas
No. Position Player
60 Lithuania FW Gytis Makauskis
62 Lithuania MF Adomas Ankudinovas
64 Lithuania FW Gintautas Dikčius
70 Lithuania FW Deividas Reimaris
72 Lithuania FW Evaldas Pliavga
73 Lithuania MF Deividas Linauskas
76 Lithuania DF Edas Romanovas
83 Lithuania MF Lukas Babachinas
85 Lithuania DF Edvinas Morinas
89 Lithuania FW Osvaldas Čipkus
95 Lithuania GK Gaudentas Ralys

Staff[edit]

Administration Senior team Youth teams Medical
  • Head coach – Lithuania Valdas Urbonas
  • Assistant coach – Lithuania Vaidas Sabaliauskas
  • Fitness coach – Lithuania Marius Čeliauskas
  • Goalkeeping coach – Lithuania Audrius Paškevičius
  • Analyst – Lithuania Rokas Pranaitis
  • Chief doctor – Lithuania Tomas Jonaitis
  • Head physio – Lithuania Dainius Pavilonis
  • Physio – Lithuania Giedrius Mačėnas

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsors

Lithuania Vilnius
Lithuania Top Sport
Germany Nike
Czech Republic Škoda
Lithuania Žalia giria
Lithuania Vilniaus alus

Kit manufacturer

Germany Nike

Participation in Lithuanian championships[edit]

UEFA coefficient[edit]

Correct as of 8 November 2018.[16]

2019 2018 Mvmt. Club 2019 Coeff.
165 278 Rise +113 Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija 6.000
201 Rise +36 Wales The New Saints
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
187 Rise +22 Lithuania Žalgiris
168 Rise +3 Switzerland Lugano
167 Rise +2 Denmark Aalborg BK

Participation in European cups[edit]

Overall record[edit]

As of 16 August 2018

Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
European Cup / Champions League 14 3 2 9 9 23 −14 021.43
Cup Winners' Cup 12 3 3 6 16 13 +3 025.00
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 38 12 8 18 40 69 −29 031.58
UEFA Intertoto Cup 14 5 2 7 15 21 −6 035.71
Total 78 23 15 40 80 126 −46 029.49

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

Match list[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1/32 Austria Austria Wien 2–0 2–5 4–5
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 2–0 0–1 2–1
2R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 0–1 1–4 1–5
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–2 0–6 0–8
1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Slovakia MFK Košice 0–1 1–2 1–3
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Wales Barry Town 6–0 1–0 7–0
1R Netherlands Feyenoord 1–1 1–2 2–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Slovenia NK Mura 2–0 1–2 3–2
1R Turkey Trabzonspor 2–2 0–1 2–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR Northern Ireland Crusaders 2–0 1–2 3–2
1R Scotland Aberdeen 1–4 3–1 4–5
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–0 1–2 (aet) 1–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Iceland ÍA 1–0 2–3 3–3 (a)
2Q Norway Brann 0–0 0–1 0–1
1999–2000 UEFA Champions League 1Q Armenia Araks Ararat 2–0 3–0 5–0
2Q Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 0–2 0–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q Poland Ruch Chorzów 2–1 0–6 2–7
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–1 0–6 0–7
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Hungary Budapest Honvéd 0–0 1–0 1–0
2R France Sochaux 1–2 0–2 1–4
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Sweden Örgryte IS 1–1 0–3 1–4
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Northern Ireland Portadown 2–0 2–2 4–2
2Q Denmark Aalborg BK 1–3 0–0 1–3
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery 1–0 1–0 2–0
2R Latvia Dinaburg 2–0 1–2 3–2
3R Greece Egaleo 2–3 3–1 5–4
1/2 Romania CFR Ecomax 1–2 1–5 2–7
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Austria Admira Wacker Mödling 1–1 1–5 2–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2–2 2–1 4–3
2Q Armenia Pyunik 2–0 1–1 3–1
3Q Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
PO Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–2 0–5 0–7
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 0–2 0–4
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Sweden Malmö FF 0–1 0–0 0–1
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 1–2 1–2
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q Bulgaria Ludogorets 2–1 1–4 3–5
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 1–1 2−1 2–3
2Q Liechtenstein Vaduz 1–0 1–1 2–1
3Q Spain Sevilla 0–1 0–5 0–6
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q

Achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Lithuania Lithuanian Championship:

  • Champions - 7 Gold medal icon.svg
1991, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Runners-up - 10 Silver medal icon.svg
1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
  • 3rd place - 4 Bronze medal icon.svg
1990, 1995–96, 2001, 2010

Lithuanian Cup:

  • Winners - 12 Cup Winner.png
1991, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2003, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016, 2018
  • Finalists - 5 Cup Finalist.png
1990, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2017

Lithuanian Super Cup:

  • Winners - 6 Cup Winner.png
2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Soviet Union Soviet Championship:

Soviet Top League:

  • 3rd place - 1 Bronze medal icon.svg
1987

Soviet First League:

  • Champions - 1 Gold medal icon.svg
1982
  • Runners-up - 3 Silver medal icon.svg
1952, 1954, 1966
  • 3rd place - 1 Bronze medal icon.svg
1950

Soviet Second League:

  • Runners-up - 1 Silver medal icon.svg
1977

International[edit]

Baltic League:

  • Champions - 1 Gold medal icon.svg
1990

Summer Universiade:

  • Champions - 1 Med 1.png
1987

Intertoto Cup:

  • Semi-finalists - 1
2005

Individual awards[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Lithuanian Footballer of the Year

A Lyga Player of the Year

A Lyga Golden Boot

International[edit]

UEFA's Golden Player

Žalgiris players in International tournaments[edit]

Tournament Participant
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 Summer Olympics Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Arminas Narbekovas Gold medal blank.svg
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 Summer Olympics Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Arvydas Janonis Gold medal blank.svg
Flag of Germany.svg UEFA Euro 1988 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vyacheslav Sukristov Silver medal blank.svg

Žalgiris Player of the Year[edit]

Lists of the winners of Žalgiris Player of the Year Award instituted from 2004 as voted by the official members of Žalgiris supporters club - Pietų IV:

Year Winner
2004 Lithuania Mindaugas Malinauskas
2005 Lithuania Virmantas Lemežis
2006 Lithuania Igoris Morinas
2007 Lithuania Igoris Morinas
2008 Lithuania Igoris Morinas
2009 Lithuania Edgaras Mastianica
2010 Russia Pavel Komolov
2011 Lithuania Marius Rapalis
 
Year Winner
2012 Poland Kamil Biliński
2013 Lithuania Mantas Kuklys
2014 Lithuania Deividas Šemberas
2015 Croatia Andro Švrljuga
2016 Serbia Andrija Kaluđerović
2017 Senegal Mamadou Mbodj
2018 Romania Liviu Antal
2019

Famous players[edit]

FK Žalgiris players famous internationally and legends from the club or Lithuania. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Žalgiris.

Notable players[edit]

FK Žalgiris players who have either appeared for their respective national team at any time or received an individual award while at the club. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Žalgiris.

Coaches[edit]

Marek Zub coached the team to 2013 and 2014 A Lyga championships

References[edit]

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