|Full name||Football Club Sūduva|
|Nickname(s)||Suvalkiečiai (Sudovians) it.Corsari Baltici (The Baltic Corsairs)|
|Ground||ARVI Football Arena|
|2018||A Lyga, 1st|
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. 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).
- 1 Name history
- 2 History
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Kit
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Honours
- 7 Current squad
- 8 Technical staff
- 9 Seasons
- 10 Participation in Europe cups
- 11 Managers
- 12 References
- 13 External links
- 1968 – Sūduva Kapsukas
- 1993 – Sūduva-Žydrius (after the Žydrius automotive parts company)
- 1994 – Sūduva Marijampolė
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.
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.
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. 
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.
FK Sūduva supporters are called "Sūduvos Sakalai".
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).
2018 (GK kit)
2019 (GK kit)
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.
- Lithuanian Championship:
- A Lyga
- Lithuanian Cup
- Lithuanian Supercup
- Lithuanian SSR Championship
- 3rd place (1): 1975
- As of 12 September 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loanEdit
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Vaidas Slavickas (Lithuania national football team)
- Algis Jankauskas (Lithuania national football team)
- Povilas Leimonas (Lithuania national football team)
- Ovidijus Verbickas (Lithuania national football team)
- Gratas Sirgėdas (Lithuania national football team)
- Giedrius Matulevičius (Lithuania national football team)
- Paulius Golubickas (Lithuania national football team)
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.
|Head coach||Vladimir Cheburin|
|Goalkeeping coach||Audrius Ramonas|
|Head physio||Nerijus Stepanauskas|
|Assistant Coach||Eivinas Černiauskas|
|Season||League||Domestic Cup||Europe||Other||League top goalscorer|
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||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||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|
|2002||A Lyga||I||32||11||8||13||44||50||41||6th||UEFA Cup||1R||—||—||Tomas Radzinevičius||14|
|2003||A Lyga||I||28||8||8||12||39||45||32||6th||—||—||—||—||Tomas Radzinevičius||11|
|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|
|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|
|2012||A Lyga||I||36||21||7||8||77||37||70||3rd||UEFA Europa League||2Q||—||—||Rafael Ledesma||21|
|2013||A Lyga||I||32||18||8||6||73||33||62||4th||UEFA Europa League||1Q||—||—||Nerijus Valskis||27|
|2014||A Lyga||I||36||17||11||8||70||38||62||5th||—||—||—||—||Tomas Radzinevičius||13|
|2015||A Lyga||I||36||21||4||11||76||34||67||4th||—||—||—||—||Tomas Radzinevičius||28|
|2016||A Lyga||I||33||17||7||9||55||41||58||3rd||UEFA Europa League||1Q||—||—||Tomas Radzinevičius||14|
|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
|LFF Supercup||W||Gerson Acevedo||10|
Participation in Europe cupsEdit
- Accurate as of 29 August 2019
|UEFA Champions League||6||1||1||4||4||9||−5||16.67|
|UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League||46||15||12||19||59||70||−11||32.61|
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.
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||1Q||Dungannon Swifts||4–0||0–1||4–1|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
A Lyga Player of the Year
Lithuanian SSR Championship top scorers
Fk Suduva "Player of the Year" Lists of the winners of Sūduva Marijampolė Player of the Year Award instituted from 2008 as voted by fans:
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- Jonas Kaupaitis (1968–73)
- Mantas Valukonis (1991)
- Saulius Stankūnas (1991–03)
- Algimantas Gabrys (2003 – 31 December 2003)
- Valdemaras Žilinskas (2004)
- Rino Lavezzini (2004 – May 2, 2005)
- Algimantas Gabrys (10 May 2005 – 20 April 2008)
- Igoris Pankratjevas (2008)
- Gediminas Jarmalavičius (2008–09)
- Donatas Vencevičius (29 January 2010 – 19 November 2010)
- Virginijus Liubšys (17 April 2010 – 6 July 2012)
- Darius Gvildys (9 July 2012 – Sept 2014)
- Aleksandar Veselinović (21 December 2014 – 31 August 2016)
- Vladimir Cheburin (8 September 2016 – )
- "Sūduva celebrate Lithuanian Cup spoils". UEFA. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
- https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000976/match=2024595/lineups/index.html?iv=true. Missing or empty
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Komanda" (in Lithuanian). FK Sūduva. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
- Club decided to withdraw from the competitions after half of the season, but they results were left
- 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.