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Lithuania national football team

The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) represents Lithuania in international football and is controlled by the Lithuanian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Lithuania. They played their first match in 1923. In 1940, Lithuania was incorporated in the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1990 and played their first match thereafter against Georgia on 27 May of that year.

Lithuania
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachValdas Urbonas
CaptainFedor Černych
Most capsAndrius Skerla (84)
Top scorerTomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadiumLFF Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 132 Decrease 1 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 130 Decrease 10 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest47 (10 September 2008)
Lowest150 (27 May 1990)
First international
Lithuania Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
Biggest win
Lithuania Lithuania 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Paris, France; 27 May 1924)

Although Lithuania has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, nor the UEFA European Championship, they have successfully participated in the local sub-regional Baltic Cup tournament, which takes place every two years between Lithuania and their Baltic rivals, Latvia and Estonia. Lithuania has won the Baltic Cup championship 11 times, only Latvia has won it more. Despite this Lithuania holds the record for winning the most consecutive Baltic Cup championships, four titles in a row from 1996 to 2000.

Since 2012 the national team has played their home matches at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius.

HistoryEdit

On 24 June 1923, Lithuania played their first ever game, at the Lietuvos Fizinio Lavinimosi Sąjunga Stadionas, resulting in a 5–0 loss against Estonia. In 1924, Lithuania entered the 1924 Olympics in France, losing 9–0 against Switzerland on 25 May 1924. Two days later, Lithuania suffered a 10–0 loss to Egypt, a record defeat to date. During the early years of the Lithuanian national team, Lithuania regularly played Baltic neighbours Estonia and Latvia, with Lithuania's first win coming in a 2–1 away win against Estonia on 24 August 1924 in Tallinn. In 1930, Lithuania won the third edition of the Baltic Cup in Kaunas.[3] On 13 October 1940, Lithuania played their final game for just shy of 50 years, a 4–3 win against Latvia, following the first Soviet annexation of the country.[4]

Lithuania's first game following the declaration of independence in 1990 was a 2–2 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on 27 May 1990.[5] In the 1990s, Lithuania established a respectable presence in the World Cup and European Championship qualifiers: third place in their group in both Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. In the Euro 2004 qualifiers, they were once again contenders for qualification and managed an away draw with Germany and a home win over Scotland; however, a 1–0 defeat to Scotland in the final game ended their hopes. Although finishing fifth in their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, Lithuania were nevertheless competitive.

Lithuania drew with world champions Italy 1–1 in Naples in a Euro 2008 qualifying game on 2 September 2006, in the first competitive game that Italy played since the World Cup final.

On 6 September 2008, Lithuania defeated Romania 3–0 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. The victory was regarded by many as "a historic win."[6] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė on 10 September 2008.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 0 2
  1938 2 0 0 2 3 9
  1950 Part of the   Soviet Union Part of the   Soviet Union
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 12 2 3 7 8 21
  1998 10 5 2 3 11 8
    2002 8 0 2 6 3 20
  2006 10 2 4 4 8 9
  2010 10 4 0 6 10 11
  2014 10 3 2 5 9 11
  2018 10 1 3 6 7 20
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/10 73 17 16 40 59 111

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Part of the   Soviet Union Part of the   Soviet Union
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992
  1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 13 12
    2000 10 3 2 5 8 16
  2004 8 3 1 4 7 11
    2008 12 5 1 6 11 13
    2012 8 1 2 5 4 13
  2016 10 3 1 6 7 18
  2020 8 0 1 7 5 25
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 66 20 9 37 55 108

Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifyingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   England 10 8 2 0 18 3 +15 26 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2   Slovakia 10 6 0 4 17 7 +10 18 0–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–0
3   Scotland 10 5 3 2 17 12 +5 18 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
4   Slovenia 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
5   Lithuania 10 1 3 6 7 20 −13 6 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–0
6   Malta 10 0 1 9 3 25 −22 1 0–4 1–3 1–5 0–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Euro 2020 qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Ukraine (Q) 7 6 1 0 15 2 +13 19 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 5–0 1–0 2–0
2   Portugal (X) 7 4 2 1 20 6 +14 14 0–0 1–1 3–0 6–0
3   Serbia (X) 7 4 1 2 15 15 0 13 17 Nov 2–4 3–2 4–1
4   Luxembourg (Y) 7 1 1 5 7 14 −7 4 1–2 17 Nov 1–3 2–1
5   Lithuania (E) 8 0 1 7 5 25 −20 1 0–3 1–5 1–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (X) Assured of at least play-offs; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.

PersonnelEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Valdas Urbonas
Assistant coach   Andrius Skerla
Fitness coach   Šarūnas Bičiušas
Goalkeeping coach   Justinas Gasiūnas
Analyst   Lukas Žėkas

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Portugal on 14 November and the Friendly Match against New Zealand on 14 October 2019.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 34) 28 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 29) 14 0   Bnei Yehuda
1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 30) 6 0   CSKA Sofia

2DF Saulius Mikoliūnas (Vice-captain) (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 35) 82 5   Žalgiris
2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 31) 43 0   Kauno Žalgiris
2DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 29) 32 1   Tobol
2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 30) 26 0   Dinamo București
2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 21 0   RFS
2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 24) 18 1   Žalgiris
2DF Algis Jankauskas (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 37) 13 0   Sūduva
2DF Markus Palionis (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 32) 8 0   Jahn Regensburg

3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 28) 57 7   Legia Warsaw
3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 24) 39 2   Hibernian
3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 32) 38 0   Zhetysu
3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 25) 13 1   Riteriai
3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 22) 9 0   FK Voždovac
3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Žalgiris
3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 20) 6 0   Sūduva
3MF Giedrius Matulevičius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Sūduva
3MF Julius Kasparavičius (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Narva Trans

4FW Fedor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 28) 54 9   Orenburg
4FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 30) 39 5   Kauno Žalgiris

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 30) 5 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.   Serbia, 14 October 2019
GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Catanzaro 1929 v.   Serbia, 14 October 2019
GK Tomas Švedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Riteriai v.   Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE

DF Vytas Gašpuitis (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Panevėžys v.   Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE
DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 33) 19 0   Sūduva v.   Serbia, 10 June 2019
DF Rimvydas Sadauskas (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Stumbras v.   Azerbaijan, 25 March 2019
DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 35) 27 0   Riteriai v.   Luxembourg, 22 March 2019 PRE
DF Justinas Januševskij (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Riteriai v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018
DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Narva Trans v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018

MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 29) 39 1   Tobol v.   Portugal, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 23) 17 0   Žalgiris v.   Portugal, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26) 16 1   Sūduva v.   Serbia, 14 October 2019
MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 24) 15 1   Okzhetpes v.   Portugal, 10 September 2019
MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 28) 20 0   Waterford v.   Serbia, 10 June 2019
MF Justinas Marazas (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Riteriai v.   Serbia, 10 June 2019
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 24) 5 0   Sūduva v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018
MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Kauno Žalgiris v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018

FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 27) 12 1   Istra 1961 v.   Serbia, 14 October 2019
FW Matas Vareika (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Žalgiris v.   Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE
FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 32) 24 1   Chennaiyin v.   Serbia, 10 June 2019
FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 35) 47 5   Atlantas v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary / standby.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

StatisticsEdit

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorersEdit

As of 14 November 2019, the ten highest scorers for Lithuania are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Avg/game
1 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 19 0 (71) 0.267
2 Antanas Lingis 1928–1938 12 0 (33) 0.363
3 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 10 0 (56) 0.178
4 Virginijus Baltušnikas 1990–1998 9 0 (42) 0.214
Fedor Černych 2012– 9 0 (54) 0.167
6 Jaroslavas Citavičius 1926–1933 8 0 (24) 0.333
Valdas Ivanauskas 1990–2000 8 0 (28) 0.285
Darius Maciulevičius 1991–2005 8 0 (38) 0.210
Robertas Poškus 1999–2011 8 0 (48) 0.166
10 Artūras Fomenka 1996–2003 7 0 (23) 0.304
Tomas Ražanauskas 1995–2011 7 0 (41) 0.170
Igoris Morinas 1996–2007 7 0 (51) 0.137
Arvydas Novikovas 2010– 7 0 (57) 0.123
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania playersEdit

As of 14 November 2019, the ten players with the most caps for Lithuania are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andrius Skerla 1996–2011 84 1
2 Deividas Šemberas 1996–2013 82 0
Saulius Mikoliūnas 2004– 82 5
4 Tomas Danilevičius 1998–2012 71 19
5 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 2003–2013 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991–2005 65 5
Marius Stankevičius 2001–2013 65 5
8 Deividas Česnauskis 2001–2018 64 4
9 Gintaras Staučė 1992–2004 61 0
10 Arvydas Novikovas 2010– 57 7
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 25 March 2019.

List of managersEdit

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win%
Benjaminas Zelkevičius   1990 1991 3 1 2 0 7 4 033.33
Algimantas Liubinskas   1992 1994 29 7 8 14 29 48 024.14
Benjaminas Zelkevičius   1995 1997 29 12 6 11 45 41 041.38
Kęstutis Latoža   1998 1999 18 5 4 9 15 24 027.78
Robertas Tautkus (caretaker)   1999 1999 1 0 0 1 0 3 000.00
Stasys Stankus   2000 2000 8 2 0 6 8 18 025.00
Julius Kvedaras (caretaker)   2000 2000 1 0 0 1 1 6 000.00
Benjaminas Zelkevičius   2001 2003 19 4 3 12 20 41 021.05
Algimantas Liubinskas   2003 2008 50 18 6 26 54 65 036.00
José Couceiro   2008 2009 15 6 3 6 17 15 040.00
Raimondas Žutautas   2010 2011 16 4 3 9 11 22 025.00
Csaba László   2012 2013 16 2 4 10 12 28 012.50
Igoris Pankratjevas   2013 2015 21 5 5 11 14 31 023.81
Edgaras Jankauskas   2016 2018 26 3 5 18 14 50 011.54
Valdas Urbonas   2019 Present 8 0 2 6 5 19 000.00

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ "MATCHES → international football results of Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "International football MATCH: 13.10.1940 Lithuania v Latvia*". eufootball.info. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "International football MATCH: 27.05.1990 Georgia v Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com
  7. ^ LFF.lt (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 2 October 2019 https://lff.lt/news/8341/paskelbta-sudetis-rungtynems-su-portugalija-ir-naujaja-zelandija/. Retrieved 2 October 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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