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The 2011 A Lyga was the 22nd season of the A Lyga, the top-tier football league of Lithuania. The season began on 12 March 2011 and ended on 6 November 2011.[2] Ekranas were the defending champions, having won their third consecutive title at the end of the 2010 season.

A Lyga
Season2011
ChampionsEkranas
6th title
Champions LeagueEkranas
Europa LeagueŽalgiris
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Baltic LeagueEkranas
Žalgiris
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Kruoja
Matches played198
Goals scored560 (2.83 per match)
Biggest home winSūduva 13–0 Atlantas
Biggest away winDainava 0–6 Sūduva
Highest scoringSūduva 13–0 Atlantas
Longest winning runEkranas, Žalgiris
(8 games each)[1]
Longest unbeaten runEkranas
(19 games)[1]
Longest winless runFC Klaipėda
(20 games)[1]
Longest losing runFC Klaipėda
(17 games)[1]
2010
2012

Contents

TeamsEdit

The league will see a change in the number of teams once again as twelve teams were granted a licence for 2011,[3] one more than in the 2010 season.

FK Vėtra were expelled over financial troubles after 16 matches of the 2010 season;[4] their records were annulled and the team was subsequently disbanded.[citation needed] From the remaining ten clubs, Atletas Kaunas, who finished in last place at the end of the season, were the only team not to apply for a 2011 top-level licence. Atletas therefore played at the second level in 2011.

Three new teams were admitted to the league, unbeaten[5] 2010 I Lyga champions FBK Kaunas, seventh-placed team Atlantas Klaipėda and Dainava Alytus, a merger between I Lyga runners-up Alytis Alytus and third-placed city rivals Vidzgiris.[6] FBK Kaunas and Atlantas made their return after two seasons in the lower divisions of the Lithuanian league system, while Dainava had their debut in the A Lyga, as neither of its predecessor clubs played at the Lithuanian top level in its history.

Club Location Stadium 2010 season
Atlantas Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium (Klaipėda) I Lyga, 7th
Banga Gargždai Gargždai Stadium A Lyga, 6th
Dainava Alytus I Lyga, 2nd/3rd
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium A Lyga, 1st
FBK Kaunas Kaunas S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium I Lyga, 1st
FC Klaipėda Klaipėda Žalgiris Stadium (Klaipėda) A Lyga, 8th
Kruoja Pakruojis Pakruojis Stadium A Lyga, 7th
Mažeikiai Mažeikiai Sports Centre Stadium A Lyga, 9th
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium A Lyga, 2nd
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium A Lyga, 5th
Tauras Tauragė Vytauto Stadium A Lyga, 4th
Žalgiris Vilnius Žalgiris Stadium A Lyga, 3rd

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ekranas (C) 33 24 8 1 68 14 +54 80 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Žalgiris 33 22 6 5 56 17 +39 72 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[a]
3 Sūduva 33 19 8 6 70 19 +51 65 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[a]
4 Šiauliai 33 16 11 6 45 30 +15 59
5 Kruoja 33 13 10 10 43 34 +9 49
6 Banga 33 13 7 13 51 37 +14 46
7 Tauras 33 11 12 10 50 38 +12 45[b]
8 Dainava 33 13 6 14 53 54 −1 45[b]
9 Mažeikiai (B) 33 9 9 15 36 54 −18 36 Relegation to Lithuanian lower leagues[c]
10 FBK Kaunas (B) 33 8 8 17 41 53 −12 26[d] Relegation to 2012 First League[c]
11 Atlantas 33 3 2 28 28 121 −93 11
12 Klaipėda (B) 33 2 3 28 19 89 −70 9 Relegation to Lithuanian lower leagues[c]
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored; 6th number of wins.[9]
(B) ?; (C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The winners of the 2011–12 Lithuanian Football Cup competition, Žalgiris Vilnius, qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League. As they finished second, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the Europa League.
  2. ^ a b TAU: 7 pts; DAI: 1 pt
  3. ^ a b c FK Mažeikiai, FBK Kaunas and FC Klaipėda were not granted a 2012 A Lyga licence; Kaunas will compete in the second-level I Lyga, while Mažeikiai and Klaipėda will not play in any of the two highest leagues in 2012.[7]
  4. ^ FBK Kaunas were deducted six points before the start of the season because of outstanding debts to a former player.[8]

ResultsEdit

Teams played each other three times, either twice at home and once away or vice versa, for a total of 33 matches per team.[2]

Matches 1–22Edit

Home \ Away ATL BAN DAI EKR FBK KLA KRU MAŽ SŪD ŠIA TAU ŽAL
Atlantas 1–2 1–0 0–4 2–0 1–3 1–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–4 0–3
Banga 3–0 1–2 1–4 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–1
Dainava 7–0 2–4 0–3 1–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 0–6 1–1 1–2 0–2
Ekranas 7–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2
FBK Kaunas 4–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 0–1
Klaipėda 0–4 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1
Kruoja 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–4 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1
Mažeikiai 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0
Sūduva 5–2 0–1 6–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1
Šiauliai 3–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 4–0 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Tauras 6–0 0–3 2–1 0–0[a] 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Žalgiris 8–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 5–0 1–0[b] 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0
Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ This match was played in Panevėžys. It is shown here as a Tauras home match for organizational purposes.
  2. ^ This match was played in Pakruojis. It is shown here as a Žalgiris home match for organizational purposes.

Matches 23–33Edit

Home \ Away ATL BAN DAI EKR FBK KLA KRU MAŽ SŪD ŠIA TAU ŽAL
Atlantas 2–5 3–4 2–2 0–3 2–3
Banga 5–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–2
Dainava 1–5 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–3
Ekranas 2–1 1–0 3–1 5–0 2–2
FBK Kaunas 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–1
Klaipėda 0–5 0–3 0–2 0–1 0–2
Kruoja 0–2 0–4 6–0 1–1
Mažeikiai 1–2 3–2 1–4 1–5 0–1
Sūduva 13–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–0
Šiauliai 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–0 1–0
Tauras 6–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 4–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 6–2
Žalgiris 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 November 2011. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "A Lyga - 2011". WhoScored.com. WhoScored.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "PDF dokumentas 2011 m. LFF A lygos, taurės ir tarptautinių rungtynių tvarkaraštis" (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 metų LFF A lygoje žais 12 komandų, paskelbtas tvarkaraštis" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  4. ^ ""Vėtrai" gresia pašalinimas į žemesnę lygą" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Lithuania - 1 Lyga 2010". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  6. ^ "FK Dainava Alytus". Weltfussballarchiv. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  7. ^ "2012 metų Lietuvos futbolo A lygoje rungtyniaus 10 komandų" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  8. ^ "FIFA įpareigojimu iš FBK "Kaunas" atimti šeši taškai". Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  9. ^ "2011 METŲ LIETUVOS FUTBOLO FEDERACIJOS VARŽYBŲ NUOSTATAI" (PDF). Lithuanian Football Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2011.[permanent dead link]

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