Lithuania national football team

The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) represents Lithuania in men's 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)Nacionalinė komanda (National team)
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEdgaras Jankauskas
CaptainFedor Černych
Most capsSaulius Mikoliūnas (101)
Top scorerTomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadiumDarius and Girėnas Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 137 Increase 1 (4 April 2024)[1]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2010)
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)
Baltic Cup
Appearances29 (first in 1928)
Best resultChampions (1930, 1935, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2010)

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 10 times out of 29 appearances, and only Latvia has won it more frequently. Despite this Lithuania holds the record for winning the most consecutive Baltic Cup championships, four titles in a row from 1996 to 2000.

From 2012 until 2022, the national team played their home matches at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius.

History edit

 
Lithuanian football team at the 1924 Summer Olympics

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.

Results and fixtures edit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023 edit

17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   1–1   Bulgaria Kaunas, Lithuania
16:00 UTC+3
  • Girdvainis   15'
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 14,230
Referee: Jakob Alexander Sundberg (Denmark)
20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Hungary   2–0   Lithuania Budapest, Hungary
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 58,274
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   2–2   Montenegro Kaunas, Lithuania
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 11,328
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   1–3   Serbia Kaunas, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 8,586
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Bulgaria   0–2   Lithuania Sofia, Bulgaria
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 6,916
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania   2–2   Hungary Kaunas, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 5,349
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Montenegro   2–0   Lithuania Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 3,647
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
19 November 2023 Friendly Cyprus   1–0   Lithuania Limassol, Cyprus
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Alphamega Stadium
Referee: Marcel Birsan (Romania)

2024 edit

21 March 2024 Nations League play-out Gibraltar   0–1   Lithuania Faro/Loulé, Portugal
20:45 Report
Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Attendance: 207
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
26 March 2024 Nations League play-out Lithuania   1–0
(2–0 agg.)
  Gibraltar Kaunas, Lithuania
Report Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Note: Lithuania won 2–0 on aggregate and remained in League C, while Gibraltar were relegated to League D.
8 June 2024 2024 Baltic Cup Latvia   v   Lithuania Riga, Latvia
UTC+3 Stadium: Daugava Stadium
6 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania   v   Cyprus Kaunas, Lithuania
20:45 Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
9 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Romania   v   Lithuania Bucharest, Romania
21:45 Stadium: Steaua Stadium
12 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania   v   Kosovo Kaunas, Lithuania
15:00 Report Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
15 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania   v   Romania Lithuania
20:45
15 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Cyprus   v   Lithuania Cyprus
21:45
18 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Kosovo   v   Lithuania TBD
20:45 Report

Coaching staff edit

Position[7] Name
Manager   Edgaras Jankauskas
Assistant coach   Andrius Velička
Assistant coach   Vaidas Sabaliauskas
Fitness coach   Georgas Freidgeimas
Goalkeeping coach   Audrius Paškevičius
Analyst   Rokas Pranaitis

Managers history edit

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 12 3 4 5 10 15 025.00

Players edit

Current squad edit

The following players were called up for the international matches in March 2024.[8]

Caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2023, after the match against   Cyprus.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 33) 17 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv FC
12 1GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 27) 9 0   Universitatea Cluj
16 1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 35) 6 0   FK Panevėžys

4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 31) 48 1   SV Sandhausen
13 2DF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 26) 47 2   Olimpija
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 35) 41 0   FK Panevėžys
3 2DF Markas Beneta (1993-11-08) November 8, 1993 (age 30) 22 0   FK Panevėžys
19 2DF Edgaras Utkus (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 23) 13 0   Cercle Brugge KSV
17 2DF Pijus Širvys (1998-04-01) April 1, 1998 (age 26) 12 3   NK Maribor
20 2DF Rokas Lekiatas (1998-11-07) November 7, 1998 (age 25) 8 0   FC U Craiova 1948
5 2DF Kipras Kažukolovas (2000-11-20) November 20, 2000 (age 23) 6 0   FC Astana
7 2DF Klaudijus Upstas (1994-10-30) October 30, 1994 (age 29) 5 0   FC Hegelmann

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 33) 93 12   Tuzlaspor
10 3MF Fedor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 32) 89 14   Kerala Blasters FC
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 29) 63 3   PAS Lamia 1964
18 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 30) 33 1   FK Žalgiris
22 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 24) 23 1   FK Žalgiris
15 3MF Gvidas Gineitis (2004-04-15) April 15, 2004 (age 20) 12 0   Torino FC
21 3MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 27) 10 0   FC Dinamo Tbilisi
23 3MF Artūr Dolžnikov (2000-06-06) June 6, 2000 (age 23) 6 0   FK Kauno Žalgiris
3MF Giedrius Matulevičius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 27) 3 0   FK Žalgiris
3MF Matas Vareika (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 24) 0 0   FC Hegelmann

9 4FW Gytis Paulauskas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 24) 11 2   FC Kolos Kovalivka
4FW Armandas Kučys (2003-02-27) 27 February 2003 (age 21) 5 0   FK Kauno Žalgiris

Recent call-ups edit

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 Lukas Paukštė (1998-09-25) 25 September 1998 (age 25) 0 0   Šiauliai   Serbia, 10 September 2023

DF Artemijus TutyškinasINJ (2003-08-08) 8 August 2003 (age 20) 6 0   ŁKS Łódź   Serbia, 10 September 2023

MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 28) 32 1   İstanbulspor   Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Matijus Remeikis (2003-03-28) March 28, 2003 (age 21) 3 0   FK Panevėžys   Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Eligijus Jankauskas (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 25) 9 0   Šiauliai   Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Donatas KazlauskasINJ (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 30) 32 2   Šiauliai   Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 29) 17 3   Kauno Žalgiris   Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Karolis Uzėla (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 24) 5 0   Kauno Žalgiris   Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Deividas ŠešplaukisINJ (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 26) 2 0   Šiauliai   Serbia, 10 September 2023

FW Faustas Steponavičius (2004-06-08) June 8, 2004 (age 19) 2 0   Botev Plovdiv   Cyprus, 19 November 2023

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 records edit

As of 20 November 2023.[9]
Players in bold are still active with Lithuania.

Most appearances edit

 
Saulius Mikoliūnas is Lithuania's most capped player with 101 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Saulius Mikoliūnas 101 5 2004–2022
2 Arvydas Novikovas 93 12 2010–present
3 Fedor Černych 89 14 2012–present
4 Andrius Skerla 84 1 1996–2011
5 Deividas Šemberas 82 0 1996–2013
6 Tomas Danilevičius 71 19 1998–2012
7 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 66 0 2003–2013
8 Aurelijus Skarbalius 65 5 1991–2005
Marius Stankevičius 65 5 2001–2013
10 Deividas Česnauskis 64 4 2001–2016

Top goalscorers edit

 
Tomas Danilevičius is Lithuania's top scorer with 19 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Tomas Danilevičius 19 71 0.27 1998–2012
2 Fedor Černych 14 89 0.16 2012–present
3 Antanas Lingis 12 33 0.36 1928–1938
Arvydas Novikovas 12 93 0.13 2010–present
5 Edgaras Jankauskas 10 56 0.18 1991–2008
6 Virginijus Baltušnikas 9 42 0.21 1990–1998
7 Jaroslavas Citavičius 8 24 0.33 1926–1933
Valdas Ivanauskas 8 28 0.29 1992–2000
Darius Maciulevičius 8 38 0.21 1991–2005
Robertas Poškus 8 48 0.17 1999–2011

Competitive record edit

FIFA World Cup edit

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 Declined invitation
  1934 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 0 2
  1938 2 0 0 2 3 9
  1950 to   1990 Part of the   Soviet Union Part of the   Soviet Union
  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
      2030
  2034
Total 0/11 81 18 16 47 63 130

UEFA European Championship edit

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 8 1 3 4 8 14
    2028 To be determined To be determined
    2032
Total 0/8 74 21 12 41 63 122

UEFA Nations League edit

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 8 2 1 5 4 14   47th
2024–25 C 2 To be determined
Total 20 4 3 13 12 37 41st
*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 Cup edit

Honours edit

Baltic Cup

Head-to-head record edit

As of 19 November 2023.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  3. ^ "MATCHES → international football results of Lithuania". eufootball.info. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "International football MATCH: 13.10.1940 Lithuania v Latvia*". eufootball.info. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "International football MATCH: 27.05.1990 Georgia v Lithuania". eufootball.info. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. ^ FIFA World Cup Archived 30 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine uefa.com
  7. ^ "Įvyko LFF Vykdomojo komiteto posėdis". LFF (in Lithuanian). 30 January 2023. Archived from the original on 31 January 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2023.
  8. ^ https://www.lff.lt/patvirtinta-vyru-rinktines-sudetis-tautu-lygos-islikimo-rungtyniu-serijai/
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Lithuania - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 10 April 2023. Retrieved 20 November 2023.

External links edit