FK Vėtra was a Lithuanian football team from the capital city of Vilnius.

FK Vėtra
FK Vėtra Logo
Full nameFutbolo Klubas Vėtra
Founded1997
Dissolved2010
GroundLFF Stadium, Vilnius
Capacity5,900

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1997 and was initially based in Rūdiškės, a settlement in Trakai district, and moved in 2003 to Vilnius city with the purchase of its own stadium.

In 2004, Vėtra played in the Intertoto Cup and reached the 3rd round with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss, including the elimination of Scottish side Hibernian FC.

Their results in the 2005 tournament were not as successful, being eliminated in the early stages by losing both first round matches to future finalists CFR Cluj. In 2006, Vėtra played Shelbourne F.C. of Dublin in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, but lost 0–1 at home, and 0–4 in Ireland.

In the 2007 Intertoto Cup, Vėtra's second-round game with Legia Warsaw was called off when Legia fans rioted. The scoreline was 2–0 to Vėtra at the time, and on July 11, UEFA decided to award the tie 3–0 to Vėtra, and expel Legia from the competition. Vėtra lost to English side Blackburn Rovers in the third round. [1].

In the 2008 edition of the UEFA Cup Vėtra lost to Viking Stavanger despite winning the first leg thanks to a bizarre goal.

In July 2009 Vėtra became the first Lithuanian club to progress in a European knock-out match after losing its first game at home. In the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League Vėtra lost 0–1 to HJK Helsinki but defeated their opponents 3–1 to earn a tie against Fulham FC. Vetra lost 3–0 at home and the same away, which means they were knocked out by Fulham.[1]

The team played in the Lithuanian Premier division A Lyga but in summer of 2010 was expelled by Lithunian Football Federation for financial troubles and debts to players, coaches and other club staff.[2]

AchievementsEdit

  • A Lyga 2nd placed: 2009
  • LFF Cup runners-up: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 (finalist)

Notable playersEdit

Players who have either appeared for their respective national team at any time or received an individual award while at the club.

Participation in Lithuanian ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2003 – 3rd
  • 2004 – 5th
  • 2005 – 4th
  • 2006 – 3rd
  • 2007 – 5th
  • 2008 – 3rd
  • 2009 – 2nd

Participation in European tournamentsEdit

Season Competition Round Club Score
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round   JK Trans Narva 3–0, 1–0
2nd Round   Hibernian 1–1, 1–0
3rd Round   Esbjerg fB 1–1, 0–4
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round   CFR Cluj 2–3, 1–4
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round   Shelbourne FC 0–1, 0–4
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round   Llanelli AFC 3–1, 3–5
2nd Round   Legia Warszawa '2-0'/3-0, (w/o)
3rd Round   Blackburn Rovers 0–2, 0–4
2008 UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round   Viking FK 1–0, 0–2
2009 Europa League 1st Qualifying Round   CS Grevenmacher 3–0, 3–0
2nd Qualifying Round   HJK Helsinki 0–1, 3–1
3rd Qualifying Round   Fulham 0–3, 0–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vetra through for a Fulham test". Futbolas.lt. July 24, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  2. ^ "Lietuvos futbolo federacija". lff.lt. Retrieved 23 June 2019.