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Žalgiris Vilnius
FK Žalgiris logo.svg
Full name Vilniaus futbolo klubas "Žalgiris"[1]
Nickname(s) Žaliai Balti (The Green Whites)
Founded 1947; 70 years ago (1947)
Ground LFF Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,067
Ground Coordinates 54°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
Chairman Vilma Venslovaitienė
Head coach Valdas Dambrauskas
League A Lyga
2016 A Lyga, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Futbolo Klubas Žalgiris, commonly known as 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. They won the Lithuanian Championship 7 times, Lithuanian Football Cup 11 times and Lithuanian Supercup 6 times and is the most successful club in Lithuania

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.[2]

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.[3] 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. The club's most successful season was in 1987 when they finished the season in third place in Soviet Top League and qualified for 1988–89 UEFA Cup where they played against FK Austria Wien. 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 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.[4]

1990–2007[edit]

After restoring Lithuania's independence, the club started competing in the newly founded A Lyga. During this period the club saw further success by winning the Lithuanian championship three times (1991, 1991–92, 1998–99) along with various second and third-place finishes.

2008–present[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

The club ceased its operations after the 2008 season due to financial problems. Team players, coaches and fans of the club (Pietų IV) who were seeking to save the name of Žalgiris detached from FK Žalgiris and on February 23, 2009, established VMFD Žalgiris[5] The new side was allowed in to the Lithuanian I Lyga (second-tier league), and then returned to the top division next season.

For the 2011 season Žalgiris had new head coach Vitalijus Stankevičius.[6] Žalgiris kept the core of the team and signed contracts with 10 newcomers. The team theoretically had the ability to compete with FK Ekranas to win the Lithuanian champion title with 3 tours left until the end of the season but lost key match to FK Sūduva and finished in the second place.

The 2012 season was started by signing Croatian Damir Petravič as the new team manager.[7] The most successful player from the last season Deivydas Matulevičius was loaned to Cracovia Kraków. 10 new players joined Žalgiris including former Heart of Midlothian forward Calum Elliot and all-time most capped Lithuanian national team player Andrius Skerla, who returned to the club after fifteen years break.[8][9] In May D. Matulevičius returned to Vilnius due to Cracovia being relegated from Polish Ekstraklasa and losing the right to sign contract with 23-year-old forward.[10] After 9 trophyless years Žalgiris managed to beat Ekranas in a 3–1 penalty shootout and win the Lithuanian Cup.[11][12] In the summer tansfer window Matulevičius was bought by a Romanian club and replaced by a Polish striker Kamil Bilinski.[13] Club enjoyed a mixed success in their return to European football, managing a draw in the first leg against Admira Wacker, but losing 5–1 in Austria. Soon after the defeat Petravič decided to resign and was replaced by a Polish specialist Marek Zub.[14] Žalgiris finished second in the A Lyga for the second year in a row.[15][16]

The 2013 season began with Žalgiris winning Lithuanian Supercup after beating last year A Lyga champion Ekranas.[17] Club undergone quiet transfer window signing 6 players, including Polish international Jakub Wilk and young Lithuanian midfielder Artūras Žulpa, while Elliot left the team.[18][19][20] Žalgiris defended LFF Cup title on May 19. Highly intensive match once again lasted until penalties, with a result 2:2 on scoreboard after 90 minutes and 3:3 after the extra time. Finally Žalgiris managed to prove their advantage over Šiauliai winning the shootout 8–7.[21] In the summer club enjoyed one of the most successful campaigns in their European football yet. They eliminated St Patrick's Athletic from Ireland, Pyunik from Armenia and Lech Poznań from Poland. Žalgiris were defeated by Red Bull Salzburg in the play-off round. Despite this the team had a chance to qualify for the group stage due to Austrian team qualifying directly, because of the ban for Fenerbahçe, but UEFA decided to change the practise and award the free place by a random draw, which was won by APOEL.[22][23] The ending of the season was really dramatic for the team, as faith of A Lyga was decided in the last round. Žalgiris had a chance to secure champions title, but lost 1–3 to Sūduva. Now team had to wait news from Klaipėda, where Atlantas were leading by a one-goal margin in a match against Banga, but on 83rd minute former Atlantas striker Aurelijus Staponka scored an equalizer for Gargždai team.[24] After 14 years break Žalgiris once again became Lithuanian champion, overtaking Atlantas by 2 points margin.[25] At the end of the season club captain Andrius Skerla declared about the end of his playing career.[26]

Stadium[edit]

LFF stadium's Eastern stand.

For the majority of the time Žalgiris played in Žalgiris Stadium. This stadium is the biggest in Lithuania and has 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.

Currently it is under construction to meet level 3 UEFA stadium status. The capacity will be extended to 8,000.

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

Kit[edit]

From the establishment of the club, Žalgiris colours are green and white, 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.

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 unknown
1996–1997 unknown
1998
1999 Adidas
2000 unknown
2001–2002 Hummel Ūkio Bankas
2003–2004 Adidas
2005–2006 unknown
2007–2009 Hummel
2010–2012 Unibet
2013–2015 Kappa[27] Top Sport
2016–present Nike[28]

Supporters[edit]

Pietų IV

The official club of Žalgiris's 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,[29][30] Karpaty Lviv and Dinamo Tbilisi.[31]

Achievements[edit]

1991, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1991, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2003, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016
2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
1982

Club ranking[edit]

UEFA coefficient[edit]

Correct as of 4 May 2017.[32] The table shows the position of FK Žalgiris (highlighted), based on their UEFA coefficient club ranking, and four clubs, which are closest to Žalgiris position (the two clubs with the higher coefficient and the two with the lower coefficient).

2017 2016 Mvmt. Club 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017 Coeff.
232 259,5 Rise +28 Romania Viitorul Constanța 1.3600 1.3750 1.0250 0.4500 1.6600 5.870
227 Fall -5 Romania ASA Târgu Mureș 1.3600 1.3750 1.0250 1.4500 0.6600
188 Fall -44 Romania Rapid București 2.3600 1.3750 1.0250 0.4500 0.6600
235 224 Fall -11 Slovakia MŠK Žilina 1.3000 1.3250 0.5500 2.2500 0.4250 5.850
236 269 Rise +33 Lithuania FK Žalgiris 0.7250 1.7500 1.1000 1.1500 1.1000 5.825
237 359 Rise +122 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 0.2000 0.0500 0.9000 1.1400 3.5250 5.815
238 221 Fall -17 Scotland Heart of Midlothian 2.3600 0.6500 0.8000 0.6000 1.3750 5.785

Participation in European cups[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
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
1–4, 0–1
1–5
1992–93
UEFA Champions League
1R
Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven
0–6, 0–2
0–8
1993–94
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Slovakia
MFK Košice
0–2, 0–1
0–3
1994–95
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Wales
Barry Town
1–0, 6–0
7–0
1R
Netherlands
Feyenoord
1–1, 1–2
2–3
1995–96
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
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Israel
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
0–0, 1–2
1–2
1998–99
UEFA Cup
1Q
Iceland
ÍA
2–3, 1–0
3–3 (a)
2Q
Norway
Brann
0–1, 0–0
0–1
1999–00
UEFA Champions League
1Q
Armenia
Araks Ararat
2–0, 3–0
5–0
2Q
Ukraine
Dynamo Kyiv
0–2, 0–1
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
0–6, 0–1
0–7
2002
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1R
Hungary
Budapest Honvéd
1–0, 0–0
1–0
2R
France
Sochaux
0–2, 1–2
1–4
2003
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1R
Sweden
Örgryte IS
1–1, 0–3
1–4
2004–05
UEFA Cup
1Q
Northern Ireland
Portadown
2–2, 2–0
4–2
1Q
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
3–1, 2–3
5–4
1/2
Romania
CFR Cluj
1–2, 1–5
2–7
2012–13
Europa League
2Q
Austria
Admira Wacker Mödling
1–1, 1–5
2–6
2013–14
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
0–5, 0–2
0–7
2014–15
Champions League
2Q
Croatia
Dinamo Zagreb
0–2, 0–2
0-4
2015–16
Champions League
2Q
Sweden
Malmö FF
0–0, 0–1
0–1
2016–17
Champions League
2Q
Kazakhstan
Astana
0–0, 1–2
1–2

Participation in Lithuanian championships[edit]

Staff[edit]

As of January 5, 2016.[33]

Position Name
Chairman Lithuania Vilma Venslovaitienė
Director of sport Lithuania Mindaugas Nikoličius
Commercial-technical director Lithuania Andriejus Ovčinikovas
Head coach Lithuania Valdas Dambrauskas
Assistant coach Lithuania Rolandas Džiaukštas
Assistant coach Lithuania Andrius Skerla
Club doctor Lithuania Tomas Jonaitis

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 (3rd captain)
5 Netherlands DF Donovan Slijngard (4th captain)
6 Senegal DF Mamadou Mbodj
7 Croatia MF Slavko Blagojević
8 Lithuania DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (captain)
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Bahrudin Atajić
10 Lithuania FW Darvydas Šernas
11 Serbia FW Komnen Andrić (on loan from Belenenses)
13 Lithuania MF Saulius Mikoliūnas
14 Lithuania MF Karolis Uzėla
16 Mali MF Mahamane Traoré
No. Position Player
21 Lithuania MF Vytautas Lukša
22 Lithuania MF Justas Lasickas
23 Lithuania DF Rolandas Baravykas
27 Serbia MF Matija Ljujić
28 Lithuania FW Julius Momkus
30 Lithuania GK Airidas Mickevičius
35 Lithuania GK Pijus Petkevičius
44 France FW Serge Nyuiadzi
55 Lithuania GK Saulius Klevinskas
71 Lithuania DF Jonas Skinderis
75 Lithuania MF Ernestas Stočkūnas
80 Brazil FW Elivelto
88 Lithuania MF Mantas Kuklys (vice-captain)

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 Daniel Romanovskij (at Stumbras until 31 December 2017)
Lithuania DF Dominykas Barauskas (at Stumbras until 31 December 2017)

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
12 Lithuania GK Karolis Čirba
35 Lithuania GK Pijus Petkevičius
59 Lithuania GK Airidas Mickevičius
18 Lithuania DF Aldas Korsakas
20 Lithuania DF Dominykas Barauskas
30 Lithuania DF Oskaras Lukošiūnas
37 Lithuania DF Artūras Lukša
45 Ukraine DF Gleb Khrushchev
50 Lithuania DF Arminas Čivilis
98 Lithuania DF Arnas Valvonis
14 Lithuania MF Karolis Uzėla
22 Lithuania MF Justas Lasickas
32 Lithuania MF Martin Moroz
No. Position Player
44 Lithuania MF Lukas Vaičiūnas
71 Lithuania MF Jonas Skinderis
75 Lithuania MF Ernestas Stočkūnas
87 Lithuania MF Donatas Jokubauskas
89 Lithuania MF Erik Motuz
19 Lithuania FW Edvinas Baniulis
28 Lithuania FW Julius Momkus
31 Lithuania FW Edgar Kudzin
41 Lithuania FW Osvaldas Čipkus
85 Lithuania FW Ignas Kružikas
87 Lithuania FW Artūr Dolžnikov
91 Lithuania MF Artiom Gončarenko

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's 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
2018
2019

Famous players[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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