FC Stumbras

Football Club Stumbras was a professional football club, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, which played in A Lyga, the top tier of Lithuanian football. Founded in 2013 on the basis of the NFA, the club has reached the heights of Lithuanian football in a fairly short period of time. It became infamous for one-sided footballer contracts. The club stopped functioning mid-season in 2019 after the owner pulled out the funds. The club played its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium (capacity 9,180) and used the NFA stadium in Kaunas (capacity 500) as an alternative.

Stumbras
Stumbras Kaunas.png
Full nameFootball Club Stumbras Kaunas
Founded2013
Dissolved2019[1]
ShareholdersRichard Walsh
Mariano Barreto
Mark Lehnett
Carlos Olavo
20198th (defunct)
WebsiteClub website

Name historyEdit

  • 2013 – FC Stumbras Kaunas

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 2013 on the basis of the Nacionalinė Futbolo Akademija team, adopting the name FC Stumbras and playing in II Lyga Southern Zone. The majority of the team's players were under 20 years old. Stumbras finished 2nd in the league and were promoted to I Lyga for the next year.

In 2014 FC Stumbras was able to sign a few more experienced players to go with their youth, most notably former national team striker and Kaunas native Artūras Rimkevičius. Stumbras started out the season strongly winning the first 8 matches. In July 2014, during the break, it was announced that 3 starting squad players Martynas Zaleckis, Klaidas Janonis and Klaudijus Upstas would leave the team, Rolandas Čepkauskas becoming the new head coach was announced a few days after.[2] FC Stumbras went on to finish the regular season 3rd, making it to the second phase. After beating FK Nevėžis 4–1 in the last match of the season, Stumbras secured 1st place in the league and Artūras Rimkevičius was declared top goal scorer with 26. The last team to represent the second largest city in Lithuania in A Lyga was FBK Kaunas in 2012. FC Stumbras chairman Vytautas Vaškūnas confirmed that the club would use their right to play in the top Lithuanian league in 2015 and Kaunas would have a team in A Lyga once again, he also confirmed the club would bring back Rimkevičius and would most likely strengthen the squad even more the following season.[3]

Stumbras made it official that they would like to join the premier Lithuanian football league for the 2015 season, on the second check up Stumbras was accepted. Getting ready for the 2015 season Stumbras already proved their worth playing matches against Lithuanian and foreign clubs, losing only once to Estonian Champions FC Levadia 1-0. On 28 January 2015, it was announced that 6 new players would join the club Nerijus Mačiulis, Tomas Snapkauskas, Mantvydas Eiza, Martynas Dapkus, Giedrius Kvedaras and Aleksandr Sikorskiy, later Darius Gvildys was announced as new head coach. Before the start of the season, Stumbras management surprised everyone when announcing that fans are welcome to watch them play for free for their home matches.[4] On 28 February 2015, FC Stumbras debuted in A Lyga beating FK Šiauliai 3-1 in Kaunas.

In 2019 season Stumbras won against FK Sūduva Marijampolė and FK Žalgiris Vilnius, team was in first position, but after first round team had problems, and could not win any more. In summer club lost place in 2019–20 UEFA Europa League[5] and later in A Lyga[6] and at last defunct.[7]

StadiumEdit

 
Darius and Girėnas Stadium

The club plays its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium. Stadium is a multi-use stadium in the Ąžuolynas park in Žaliakalnis district of Kaunas, Lithuania. The all-seater stadium holds 9,180. In 1998 the stadium was renovated according to UEFA regulations, and in 2005 it was modernised with the installation of the biggest stadium television screen in the Baltic states.

Crest and coloursEdit

Only in 2013 after adapting the name Stumbras, the crest came along with it. It features a blue bison with a football being squashed under its leg on the background of a white shield with red borders and then placed on another shield which is blue with white text saying FC Stumbras at the top and Kaunas in smaller text under it. The choice of name and branding for the club is believed[by whom?] to be a reference to the historic coat of arms of Kaunas, which from 1935 to 1992 featured a white bison instead of an aurochs.

Since the beginning, the club has used the colors blue and white on their kits. The logo contained some red; at the start of the 2015 season the club played its debut match with new kits that introduced the color red to their uniforms.

Kit manufacturersEdit

Kit evolutionEdit

  • Home kit: blue shirt, blue shorts and white socks. Signs and details on shirts and shorts are white.
 
 
 
 
 
Traditional home kit
 
 
 
 
 
2013–2016 Away kit
 
 
 
 
 
Away kit in 2017 season
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Away kit in 2018 season
 
 
 
 
 
Goalkeeper`s kit 2018 Home

AchievementsEdit

LFF I Lyga Championship: 1

  • 2014

Lithuanian Cup:

Participation in Lithuanian championshipsEdit

European recordEdit

As of July 2018

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Apollon Limassol 1−0 0–2 1–2
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round

Last squad before defuntEdit

As of 4 July 2019

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Rokas Rasimavičius
3   MF Matheus Bissi
4   DF André Almeida
5   DF Arnas Paura
6   MF Yehor Kondratyuk
8   MF Elvinas Navickas
9   MF Levan Macharashvili
10   MF Domantas Antanavičius
13   MF Simas Gedžiūnas
14   MF Lukas Čepkauskas
17   MF Antonio Belo
19   MF Gavi Thompson
No. Position Player
20   DF Gerardo Alonso
21   MF Denys Pidruchnyi
23   DF Deividas Raulinaitis
27   MF Andrei Ciofu
33   MF Tanas Petukauskas
40   GK Tomas Raudonikis
80   MF Arnas Borodinas
91   GK Giedrius Kvedaras
94   MF Mateus Gama
99   FW Alsény Bah
  MF Demiyat Slambekov

StaffEdit

As of 5 March 2019.

Position Name
President   Richard Walsh
Chief Operating Officer   Brian Forde
Director   Karolis Dieninis
Director of football   Giedrius Klevinskas
Head Coach   João Luís Gouveia Martins
Assistant Coach   Pedro Miranda
Coach   Luis Guilherme Morgado Rodrigues
Goalkeeping Coach   Artūras Ramoška
Physio   Artur Pereira

ManagersEdit

PartnershipEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://alyga.lt/naujiena/stumbro-klubo-nebeliko-lietuvos-futbolo-zemelapyje/6174
  2. ^ "Lietuvos futbolo federacija". lff.lt. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ ""Stumbro" staigmena: į rungtynes įleis nemokamai". eurofootball.lt. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  5. ^ https://lff.lt/news/5971/atsaukta-stumbro-klubo-uefa-licencija/
  6. ^ https://alyga.lt/naujiena/stumbras-neteko-a-lygos-licencijos/6106
  7. ^ https://www.15min.lt/sportas/naujiena/futbolas/lff-prieme-sprendima-stumbras-oficialiai-baige-egzistavima-24-1181346
  8. ^ https://alyga.lt/naujiena/geriausiu-menesio-treneriu-tapo-nustebinusio-stumbro-vairininkas/5956
  9. ^ a b ""Stumbras" vystys partnerystę su elitiniais Portugalijos klubais" (in Lithuanian). FC Stumbras. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.

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