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FK Sūduva is a professional football club based in the city of Marijampolė, Lithuania. Founded in 1968. The club are the defending football champions of Lithuania.

FK Sūduva
FK Suduva.png
Full nameFootball Club Sūduva
Nickname(s)Suvalkiečiai (Sudovians) it.Corsari Baltici (The Baltic Corsairs)
Founded1968; 51 years ago (1968)
GroundARVI Football Arena
Capacity6,250
ChairmanVidmantas Murauskas
ManagerVladimir Cheburin
LeagueA Lyga
2018A Lyga, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club have been playing in the A Lyga since 2002. In 2006 the team won its first trophy – the Lithuanian Cup, a feat they repeated in 2009.[1] In 2017 Sūduva won the A Lyga for the first time in its history, and repeated the triumph in 2018.

The team's colours are white and red. The club plays at ARVI Football Arena in Marijampolė (capacity 6,250).

Name historyEdit

  • 1968 – Sūduva Kapsukas
  • 1993 – Sūduva-Žydrius (after the Žydrius automotive parts company)
  • 1994 – Sūduva Marijampolė

HistoryEdit

Soviet timesEdit

Sūduva is one of the oldest and still functioning clubs in Lithuania. It is not so easy to trace its history, as in Soviet times it often changed names with every new owner that supported it. It is more or less agreed that officially this club has existed under the name of Sūduva since 1968. This date (1968) known, because officially was founded Sūduva as football club.

During Soviet times it drifted between different local leagues, producing few footballers for the above-mentioned Žalgiris and slowly building a local football community. Football was also actively played in a few smaller towns around Marijampolė, thus making the community of football lovers even stronger. Actually, it was stronger than the club itself, and those who follow the team today are adding to the old tradition.

The biggest achievement of the club during Soviet times came in 1975 when Sūduva reached 3rd place at the local top division. The next year it played and lost the National Cup Final. That was more or less it.

1990–2001Edit

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union Sūduva got few chances to go up. It played the only Baltic championship in 1990 with teams from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Next year it tried the Lithuanian top division. Both efforts were terrible – Sūduva finished both championships as the last team collecting 7 points at the Baltic championship and only 2 at the Lithuanian league.

Later the team navigated between the 2nd and the 3rd divisions for some 10 years without decent funds or a truly professional attitude. The worst was the season of 1998 / 1999. The team started well at the 2nd division but left it after half a season because it had no funds. It was not the end. The football traditions were too strong.

The team recovered next season at the 3rd division, won it the following year, went up and won again. This rise continues up to this day.

2002–presentEdit

The season of 2002 shaped the future. The team reached the top division. It also reached the finals of the National Cup and gained the chance to take part in the UEFA Cup. But the most important thing was that it also got new owners who were determined to create a normally functioning and financially predictable club. The European campaign of that year added some good emotions to the general hype.

The semi-professional team vanquished Brann from Norway during its first European match (3–2 both away and at home) and went to Glasgow to meet Celtic. This match was not so successful (actually, the result is still featured in the statistics of Celtic as one of the biggest victories in Europe).

Three more seasons at the middle of the table and the team reached 3rd place – 30 years after the achievement of the same caliber. Repeating that history, the club reached the finals of the National Cup the following year. Only this time the Cup went to Marijampolė.

Since that year Sūduva have been one of the most stable clubs of the country – both financially and on the league table. It reached 2nd position twice (2007 and 2010), 3rd position – three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) and won the National Cup one more time (2008). It went to play European cups every year receiving teams like Rapid, Red Bull and Club Brugge.

The year 2013 saw a new concept of the team. The budget was still stable but it went down. So the team expressed the wish to put more stress on integration of young local boys into the main team. Some important players of the earlier seasons left; a few foreign players came to stand along those who left and the new blood.

So that was the year of experiments. The team was much younger, less experienced and clearly weaker. It was many seasons before Sūduva was a clear member of 2–4 teams that were clear leaders of the championship. The question was only about what kind of medals each team would get. That year the situation was much tougher for Sūduva. It was clear that the team would need a lot of effort and luck if it wanted to get its traditional silver or bronze.

In the 2015 season Sūduva started with a new head coach – Aleksandr Veselinovič. The new coach totally changed the team style from defending to attacking. In the last season game against Atlantas Sūduva needed at least a draw. Sūduva conceded a goal in the 86th minute and lost 3rd place to Atlantas.

At the beginning of the 2016 season, Sūduva recalled former team players Marius Činikas and Martynas Matuzas. Multiple A Lyga champions Algis Jankauskas, Andro Švrljuga and Paulius Janušauskas were signed as well. Also signed were Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Kardum, Serbian forward Admir Kecap, Bosnian-Herzegovinian defensive midfielder Nermin Jamak and Serbian midfielder Predrag Pavlović. Sūduva finished season 3rd, also played in Cup final same year. [3]

In 2017, FK Sūduva became the first Lithuanian football club after Žalgiris Vilnius and FK Ekranas to pass three qualifying rounds in European competition in 2017–18 Europa League. FK Sūduva eliminated Shakhtyor Soligorsk , FK Liepāja and FC Sion.

In the same season, for the first time, FK Sūduva won A Lyga.

In 2018, FK Sūduva played in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. In the first round, Sūduva advanced over APOEL FC by scoring 3 consecutive goals in the first 18 minutes of play. In the second qualification round they lost to Red Star Belgrade. After that, they had a chance to play in 2018–19 UEFA Europa League. Won against FK Spartaks Jūrmala in 3Q, but lost to Celtic Glasgow in play-off stage. In the same season, Sūduva won A Lyga the second time in a row.

SupportersEdit

FK Sūduva supporters are called "Sūduvos Sakalai".

KitEdit

Traditional home kit are white colour with red signs.

Away kits are usually red. Shirts, shorts and socks. With white signs.

Goalkeepers kit was yellow colour with black signs and details (in 2018). In 2019 season kits is light green (or black in alternative).

 
 
 
 
 
 
Home kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
Away kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 (GK kit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 (GK kit)

StadiumEdit

In 2008 Sūduva moved to a new stadium in Marijampolė, the ARVI Football Arena with a capacity of approximately 6,250 spectators. The stadium was built using funds from the European Union and opened on 6 July 2008. Beginning from the 2011 season the stadium was named ARVI Football Arena after the sponsoring rights were bought by ARVI Enterprises Group. Near the arena you can find the roof-covered football field ARVI Football Indoor Arena, containing 2500 seats. There football can be played all year. There are two outdoor football fields near the arena as well.

A panorama of ARVI Football Arena.

HonoursEdit

  Soviet Championship:

  • Lithuanian SSR Championship

ContinentalEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 September 2019[5]

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 Karlo Bručić
4   MF Gratas Sirgėdas
6   MF Povilas Leimonas
7   MF Eligijus Jankauskas
8   MF Renan Oliveira
9   FW Vahid Hambo
10   DF Semir Kerla
11   DF Andro Švrljuga
12   GK Ivan Kardum
13   GK Ignas Plūkas
15   DF Aleksandar Živanović
17   MF Giedrius Matulevičius
No. Position Player
19   DF Vaidas Slavickas
20   MF Jovan Čađenović
21   MF Paulius Golubickas
22   MF Ovidijus Verbickas
23   DF Michael Blauensteiner (loan from FK Austria Wien)
30   DF Ivan Hladík
32   MF Robertas Vėževičius
33   FW Mihret Topčagić
77   FW Josip Tadić
82   DF Algis Jankauskas (captain)
99   GK Vilius Stebrys

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

International playersEdit

Notable playersEdit

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 FK Sūduva.

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Vladimir Cheburin
Goalkeeping coach   Audrius Ramonas
Head physio   Nerijus Stepanauskas
Physio   Rimantas Česnulis
Assistant Coach   Eivinas Černiauskas

SeasonsEdit

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season League Domestic Cup Europe Other League top goalscorer
Div T Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Competition Result Competition Result Competition Result Name(s) Goals
1990 Baltic League I 32 1 5 26 13 69 7 17th LFF Cup R32
1991 LFF Lyga I 14 0 2 12 5 44 2 15th ↓ LFF Cup QF
1991–92 I Lyga II 28 7 6 15 24 45 20 11th LFF Cup R32
1992–93 I Lyga II 24 1 1 24 13 82 3 14th ↓ LFF Cup R32
1993–94 II Lyga South Zone III 44 23 26 3rd
1994–95 III Lyga III 22 11 6 5 31 24 28 2nd ↑
1995–96 II Lyga II 24 9 4 11 35 37 31 8th LFF Cup R64
1996–97 II Lyga II 30 17 4 9 48 32 55 4th
1997–98 I Lyga II 26 9 3 14 31 49 30 10th LFF Cup R16
1998–99 II Lyga II 14 7 1 6 23 17 22 11th[6] LFF Cup R32
1999 II Lyga South Zone III 10 8 1 1 39 9 25 2nd
2000 II Lyga South Zone III 16+1[7] 14+1 1 1 48+3 8+2 43 1st ↑
2001 I Lyga II 30 22 1 7 93 42 67 2nd ↑ Tomas Radzinevičius 29
LFF Cup F
2002 A Lyga I 32 11 8 13 44 50 41 6th UEFA Cup 1R Tomas Radzinevičius 14
LFF Cup R16
2003 A Lyga I 28 8 8 12 39 45 32 6th Tomas Radzinevičius 11
LFF Cup SF
2004 A Lyga I 28 5 7 16 31 55 22 7th LFF Cup QF Tomas Radzinevičius 8
2005 A Lyga I 36 16 11 9 67 43 59 3rd LFF Cup QF Tomas Radzinevičius 25
2006 A Lyga I 36 15 8 13 48 44 53 5th LFF Cup W UEFA Cup 2Q Darius Maciulevičius 10
2007 A Lyga I 36 20 8 8 66 34 68 2nd LFF Cup QF UEFA Cup 2Q LFF Supercup F Jose Negreiros 13
2008 A Lyga I 28 11 6 8 35 25 48 4th UEFA Cup 2Q Baltic League QF Povilas Lukšys 11
LFF Cup W
2009 A Lyga I 28 14 11 3 55 22 53 3rd UEFA Europa League 2Q LFF Supercup W Ričardas Beniušis 11
LFF Cup SF Baltic League F
2010 A Lyga I 27 16 8 3 56 16 56 2nd UEFA Europa League 2Q Povilas Lukšys 16
LFF Cup QF Baltic League R16
2011 A Lyga I 33 19 8 6 70 19 65 3rd UEFA Europa League 2Q Tadas Eliošius 13
LFF Cup SF
2012 A Lyga I 36 21 7 8 77 37 70 3rd UEFA Europa League 2Q Rafael Ledesma 21
LFF Cup R16
2013 A Lyga I 32 18 8 6 73 33 62 4th UEFA Europa League 1Q Nerijus Valskis 27
LFF Cup R16
2014 A Lyga I 36 17 11 8 70 38 62 5th Tomas Radzinevičius 13
LFF Cup QF
2015 A Lyga I 36 21 4 11 76 34 67 4th Tomas Radzinevičius 28
LFF Cup SF
2016 A Lyga I 33 17 7 9 55 41 58 3rd UEFA Europa League 1Q Tomas Radzinevičius 14
LFF Cup F
2017 A Lyga I 33 21 8 4 73 31 71 1st LFF Cup SF UEFA Europa League PO Karolis Laukžemis 14
2018 A Lyga I 33 24 5 4 72 20 77 1st LFF Cup QF UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
2Q
PO
LFF Supercup W Gerson Acevedo 10

Participation in Europe cupsEdit

Accurate as of 29 August 2019
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 6 1 1 4 4 9 −5 016.67
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 46 15 12 19 59 70 −11 032.61
Total 52 16 13 23 63 79 −16 030.77

Source: UEFA.com
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal Difference. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

Season Cup Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Brann 3–2 3–2 6–4  
1R   Celtic 0–2 1–8 1–10  
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q   Rhyl 2–1 0–0 2–1  
2Q   Club Brugge 0–2 2–5 2–7  
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q   Dungannon Swifts 4–0 0–1 4–1  
2Q   Brann 3–4 1–2 4–6  
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q   TNS 1–0 1–0 2–0  
2Q   Red Bull Salzburg 1–4 1–0 2–4  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Randers 0–1 1–1 1–2  
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Rapid Wien 0–2 2–4 2–6  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Elfsborg 1–1 0–3 1–4  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Daugava 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)  
2Q   Vojvodina 0–4 1–1 1–5  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Horizont Turnovo 2–2 2–2 4–4 (4–5 p)  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Midtjylland 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–1 0–0 2–1  
2Q   Liepāja 0–1 2–0 2–1  
3Q   Sion 3–0 1–1 4–1  
PO   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–0 0–2 0–2  
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q   APOEL 3–1 0–1 3–2  
2Q   Red Star Belgrade 0–2 0–3 0–5  
UEFA Europa League 3Q   FK Spartaks Jūrmala 0–0 1–0 1–0  
PO   Celtic 1–1 0–3 1–4  
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Red Star Belgrade 0–0 1–2 1−2  
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Tre Penne 5–0 5–0 10–0  
3Q   Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 2–1 4–2  
PO   Ferencváros 0–0 2–4 2–4  

Individual awardsEdit

DomesticEdit

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sūduva celebrate Lithuanian Cup spoils". UEFA. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  2. ^ https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000976/match=2024595/lineups/index.html?iv=true. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://alyga.smscredit.lt/komanda/suduva/4
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Komanda" (in Lithuanian). FK Sūduva. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ Club decided to withdraw from the competitions after half of the season, but they results were left
  7. ^ Additional game was played to determine winner of the competition, as Sūduva and Sveikata finished with identical number of victories, draws and defeats. Sūduva won it 3–2.
  8. ^ Profile

External linksEdit