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 occupied by 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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Rinktine (National team)
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEdgaras Jankauskas[1]
CaptainErnestas Šetkus
Most capsSaulius Mikoliūnas (101)
Top scorerTomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadiumDarius and Girėnas Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 Steady (22 December 2022)[2]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2017)
First international
 Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
Biggest win
 Lithuania 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 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 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.[4] 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.[5]

Lithuania's first game following the declaration of independence in 1990 was a 2–2 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on 27 May 1990.[6] 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."[7] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė on 10 September 2008.

Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit

2022Edit

25 March 2022 Friendly San Marino   1–2   Lithuania Serravalle, San Marino
  • Fabbri   62'
Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
29 March 2022 Friendly Republic of Ireland   1–0   Lithuania Dublin, Ireland
19:45
Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 30,686
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (Belgium)
4 June 2022 Nations League Lithuania   0–2   Luxembourg Vilnius, Lithuania
19:00 Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 3,009
Referee: David Fuxman (Israel)
7 June 2022 Nations League Lithuania   0–6   Turkey Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 2,843
Referee: Novak Simović (Serbia)
11 June 2022 Nations League Faroe Islands   2–1   Lithuania Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
17:00
Report
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Attendance: 2,278
Referee: Igor Pajac (Croatia)
14 June 2022 Nations League Turkey   2–0   Lithuania İzmir, Turkey
21:45
Report Stadium: Gürsel Aksel Stadium
Attendance: 14,694
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
22 September 2022 Nations League Lithuania   1–1   Faroe Islands Vilnius, Lithuania
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 2,376
Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (Iceland)
25 September 2022 Nations League Luxembourg   1–0   Lithuania Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45
Report Stadium: Stade de Luxembourg
Attendance: 5,340
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
19 November 2022 Baltic Cup 3rd Estonia   2–0   Lithuania Tallinn, Estonia
16:00 (UTC+02:00)
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 1,563
Referee: Vitalijs Spasjonņikovs (Latvia)

2023Edit

24 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Serbia   v   Lithuania Belgrade, Serbia
20:45 Report Stadium: Rajko Mitić Stadium
27 March 2023 Friendly Greece   v   Lithuania Athens, Greece
Stadium: OPAP Arena
17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   v   Bulgaria Vilnius, Lithuania
16:00 Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Hungary   v   Lithuania Budapest, Hungary
20:45 Report Stadium: Puskás Aréna
7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   v   Montenegro Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   v   Serbia Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Bulgaria   v   Lithuania Razgrad, Bulgaria
19:00 Report Stadium: Huvepharma Arena
17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   v   Hungary Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 Report Stadium: LFF Stadium
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Montenegro   v   Lithuania Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
19 November 2023 Friendly Cyprus   v   Lithuania Cyprus
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staffEdit

Position[8] Name
Manager   Edgaras Jankauskas
Assistant coach   Andrius Velička
Assistant coach   Vaidas Sabaliauskas
Fitness coach   Georgas Freidgeimas
Goalkeeping coach   Audrius Paškevičius
Analyst   Rokas Pranaitis

Managers historyEdit

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 2021 24 5 4 15 17 49 020.83
Valdas Ivanauskas   2021 2022 13 2 1 10 6 29 015.38
Reinhold Breu (interim)   2022 2022 4 0 2 2 1 4 000.00
Edgaras Jankauskas   2023 present

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following players were called up for the 2022 Baltic Cup tournament.[9]
  • Match dates: 16 and 19 November 2022
  • Opposition:   Iceland and   Estonia
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 19 November 2022, after the match against   Estonia
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 26) 4 0   Žalgiris
16 1GK Ignas Plūkas (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 29) 1 0   Hegelmann
1GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Lazio

13 2DF Saulius Mikoliūnas RET (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 38) 101 5   Žalgiris
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 30) 40 0   Kauno Žalgiris
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 33) 37 0   Panevėžys
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 27) 33 2 Unattached
3 2DF Artemijus Tutyškinas (2003-08-08) 8 August 2003 (age 19) 4 0   ŁKS Łódź
8 2DF Natanas Žebrauskas (2002-02-18) February 18, 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Greuther Fürth
2DF Klaudijus Upstas (1994-10-30) October 30, 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Hegelmann
2DF Vilius Armalas (2000-07-21) July 21, 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Hegelmann

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 32) 85 12 Unattached
17 3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 25) 38 2   Olimpija Ljubljana
20 3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 26) 28 0   Universitatea Cluj
22 3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 27) 27 1   Chindia Târgoviște
18 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 23) 20 1   Gorica
19 3MF Tomas Kalinauskas (2000-04-27) April 27, 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Havant & Waterlooville
3MF Gvidas Gineitis (2004-04-15) April 15, 2004 (age 18) 2 0   Torino

10 4FW Fedor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 31) 80 12   Jagiellonia Białystok
4FW Augustinas Klimavičius (2001-04-27) April 27, 2001 (age 21) 6 1   Hegelmann
4FW Armandas Kučys (2003-02-27) 27 February 2003 (age 19) 4 0   Oskarshamns AIK

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 33) 11 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 37) 38 0 Unattached   Turkey, 14 June 2022

DF Benas Šatkus INJ (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 21) 14 0   VfL Osnabrück   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
DF Dominykas Barauskas INJ (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 25) 11 0   Stal Mielec   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
DF Edgaras Utkus INJ (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 22) 10 0   Cercle Brugge   Turkey, 14 June 2022
DF Pijus Širvys (1998-04-01) April 1, 1998 (age 24) 4 0   Panevėžys   Turkey, 14 June 2022
DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 34) 62 0   Kauno Žalgiris   Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022

MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 27) 54 3   Lamia   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Linas Mėgelaitis (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 24) 15 1   Viterbese   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Titas Milašius (2000-12-12) December 12, 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Podbeskidzie   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Deividas Dovydaitis (2003-01-26) January 26, 2003 (age 20) 0 0   Šiauliai   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Artūr Dolžnikov (2000-06-06) June 6, 2000 (age 22) 4 0 Unattached   Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 28) 33 2   Žalgiris   Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Vilius Armanavičius (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 27) 6 0   Hegelmann   Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Karolis Uzėla (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 22) 4 0   RFS   Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Giedrius Matulevičius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Sūduva   Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Nauris Petkevičius (2000-02-19) February 19, 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Beerschot   Turkey, 7 June 2022
MF Gustas Jarusevičius (2003-05-23) May 23, 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Žalgiris training camp 2022 June
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 29) 30 1   Žalgiris   Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 28) 14 5   Kauno Žalgiris   Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022
MF Eligijus Jankauskas (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Šiauliai   Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022

FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 30) 29 2   Sūduva   Turkey, 14 June 2022
FW Ignas Kružikas (1998-12-14) December 14, 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Hegelmann   Turkey, 14 June 2022

Notes
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • WD = The player withdrew from the current squad due to non-injury issue.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.

Player recordsEdit

As of 25 September 2022[10]
Players in bold are still active with Lithuania.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 did not enter Was not invited
  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 8 1 0 7 4 19
      2026 to be determined to be determined
Total 0/11 81 18 16 47 63 130

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result 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

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 C 4 6 0 0 6 3 16   39th
2020–21 C 4 6 2 2 2 5 7   41st
2022–23 C 1 6 0 1 5 2 14 TBA 47th
Total 18 2 3 13 10 37 47th
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Baltic CupEdit

HonoursEdit

Baltic Cup

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 31 March 2021.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vykdomojo komiteto posėdyje patvirtinti Lietuvos nacionalinių rinktinių treneriai".
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  4. ^ "MATCHES → international football results of Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "International football MATCH: 13.10.1940 Lithuania v Latvia*". eufootball.info. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ "International football MATCH: 27.05.1990 Georgia v Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com
  8. ^ "Įvyko LFF Vykdomojo komiteto posėdis". LFF (in Lithuanian). 30 January 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Patvirtinta Nacionalinės Vyrų Rinktinės Sudėtis" (in Lithuanian). futbolas.lt. 8 November 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  10. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Lithuania - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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