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
Nickname(s)Rinktine (National team)
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachValdas Urbonas
CaptainFedor Černych
Most capsSaulius Mikoliūnas (96)
Top scorerTomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadiumLFF Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 134 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
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 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

UEFA Nations League recordsEdit

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 Future event
Total 12 2 2 8 8 23 39th
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2020
27 March 2020 Almaty, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan cancelled International friendly
4 September 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania   Kazakhstan 0–2 Fedor Černych 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
7 September 2020 Tirana, Albania   Albania 0–1 Donatas Kazlauskas Saulius Mikoliūnas 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
7 October 2020 Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 1–3 Arvydas Novikovas x2, Gratas Sirgėdas Saulius Mikoliūnas International friendly
11 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania   Belarus 2–2 Arvydas Novikovas, Karolis Laukžemis Saulius Mikoliūnas 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
14 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania   Albania 0–0 Saulius Mikoliūnas 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
11 November 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania   Faroe Islands 2–1 Gratas Sirgėdas x2 Tomas Švedkauskas International friendly
15 November 2020 Minsk, Belarus   Belarus 0–2 Tomas Švedkauskas 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
18 November 2020 Almaty, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 1–2 Modestas Vorobjovas, Arvydas Novikovas Saulius Mikoliūnas 2020–21 UEFA Nations League
2021
24 March Pristina, Kosovo   Kosovo 0–4 Fedor Černych International friendly
28 March St. Gallen, Switzerland    Switzerland 0–1 Saulius Mikoliūnas World Cup 2022 qualifiers
31 March Vilnius, Lithuania   Italy 0–2 Saulius Mikoliūnas World Cup 2022 qualifiers
1 June Vilnius, Lithuania   Estonia 0–1 2021 Baltic Cup
4 June Riga, Latvia   Latvia 1–3 Paulius Golubickas 2021 Baltic Cup
8 June Leganés, Spain   Spain 0–4 International friendly
2 September Vilnius, Lithuania   Northern Ireland World Cup 2022 qualifiers
5 September Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria World Cup 2022 qualifiers
8 September Italy   Italy World Cup 2022 qualifiers
9 October Vilnius, Lithuania   Bulgaria World Cup 2022 qualifiers
12 October Vilnius, Lithuania    Switzerland World Cup 2022 qualifiers
12 November Belfast, Northern Ireland   Northern Ireland World Cup 2022 qualifiers
16 November Minsk, Belarus   Belarus International friendly

PersonnelEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Valdas Urbonas
Assistant coach   Rolandas Džiaukštas
Assistant coach   Gediminas Šugžda
Fitness coach   Marius Čeliauskas
Goalkeeping coach   Justinas Gasiūnas
Analyst   Rokas Pranaitis

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2021 Baltic Cup and friendly match against Spain on 1, 4 and 8 June 2021.[7]
All caps and goals as of 8 June 2021 after the match against Spain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Titas Krapikas (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Spezia
12 1GK Tomas Švedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 26) 14 0   Lommel
16 1GK Deividas Mikelionis (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Kauno Žalgiris

3 2DF Vytas Gašpuitis (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Dunfermline Athletic
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 28) 34 0   KFC Uerdingen 05
5 2DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 27) 13 0   Sūduva
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 32) 57 0   Kauno Žalgiris
13 2DF Saulius Mikoliūnas (Captain) (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 37) 96 5   Žalgiris
14 2DF Linas Mėgelaitis (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 22) 3 0   Gubbio
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 25) 20 1   Kukësi
25 2DF Sigitas Olberkis (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Legion Tallinn

2 3MF Martynas Dapkus (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28) 13 0   Kauno Žalgiris
6 3MF Tautvydas Eliošius (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 29) 9 0   Panevėžys
10 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 21) 12 1   Dainava
11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 30) 70 12   BB Erzurumspor
15 3MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 25) 23 1   Águilas
17 3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23) 23 0   Voždovac
19 3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 27) 24 2   Lviv
20 3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 25) 21 0   Hapoel Kfar Saba
21 3MF Karolis Šilkaitis (1996-06-02) 2 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Kauno Žalgiris
26 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 27) 24 1   Žalgiris

9 4FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 29) 23 2   Kaisar
18 4FW Edgaras Dubickas (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Livorno
22 4FW Fedor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 30) 65 9   Jagiellonia Białystok

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 Edvinas Gertmonas INJ (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Žalgiris v.   Estonia, 1 June 2021 PRE
GK Lukas Paukštė INJ (1998-09-25) 25 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Riteriai v.   Estonia, 1 June 2021 PRE
GK Ignas Driomovas (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Banga Gargždai v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Salernitana v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 30) 14 0   Adana Demirspor v.   Belarus, 11 October 2020 WD
GK Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 31) 6 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.   Albania, 7 September 2020

DF Rimvydas Sadauskas (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Kauno Žalgiris v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
DF Markus Palionis RET (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 34) 14 0   Jahn Regensburg v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2021 PRE
DF Dominykas Barauskas (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Riteriai v.   Belarus, 15 November 2020
DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 32) 27 0   Dainava v.   Albania, 7 September 2020

MF Gratas Sirgėdas INJ (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 26) 13 5   Kauno Žalgiris v.   Estonia, 1 June 2021 PRE
MF Vykintas Slivka INJ (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 26) 44 2   Apollon Smyrnis v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 24) 6 0   Olimpik Donetsk v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
MF Modestas Vorobjovas INJ (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 25) 23 1   UTA Arad v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2021 PRE
MF Ernestas Veliulis (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Panevėžys v.   Kazakhstan, 18 November 2020
MF Edgaras Utkus (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Monaco v.   Kazakhstan, 18 November 2020
MF Domantas Antanavičius (1998-11-18) 18 November 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Panevėžys v.   Albania, 7 September 2020

FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 33) 25 1   Jamshedpur v.   Italy, 31 March 2021
FW Gytis Paulauskas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Riteriai v.   Belarus, 15 November 2020
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 9 June 2021[8]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 31 March 2021.

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 21 5 4 12 16 41 023.81

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 June 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  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. ^ "Baltijos taurę pasitinkantis V. Urbonas: „Turime būti nusiteikę ryžtingai"" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 24 May 2021.
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Lithuania - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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