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The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) is under the auspices of the Lithuanian Football Federation. It played its 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 as a new nation against Georgia on 27 May of that year.

Lithuania
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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 130 Increase 2 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 130 Decrease 21 (20 August 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, it has successfully participated in the local sub-regional Baltic Cup tournament, which takes place every two years between Lithuania and its Baltic rivals, Latvia and Estonia. Lithuania has won the Baltic Cup championship 11 times, only Latvia has more. Despite this Lithuania holds the record for winning the most consecutive Baltic Cup championships, four titles in a row from 1996 till 2000.

Since 2012 the team has played its home matches at the LFF Stadium, Vilnius.

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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.

Tournament recordsEdit

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 to   1990 Occupied by   Soviet Union Occupied by   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 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/23 73 17 16 40 59 111

European Championship recordEdit

Recent resultsEdit

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2018
24 March 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia   Georgia 4–0 Fedor Černych International friendly
27 March 2018 Yerevan, Armenia   Armenia 0–1 Ovidijus Verbickas Fedor Černych International friendly
30 May 2018 Rakvere, Estonia   Estonia 2–0 Fedor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
5 June 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania   Latvia 1–1 Karolis Laukžemis Fedor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
8 June 2018 Moscow, Russia   Iran 1–0 Mantas Kuklys International friendly
12 June 2018 Warsaw, Poland   Poland 4–0 Fedor Černych International friendly
8 July 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Sri Lanka 0–0 Simonas Paulius International friendly
11 July 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Sri Lanka 0–2 Laurynas Stonkus, Lukas Artimavičius Martynas Dapkus International friendly
7 September 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania   Serbia 0–1 Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
10 September 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro   Montenegro 2–0 Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
11 October 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania   Romania 1–2 Artūras Žulpa Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
14 October 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania   Montenegro 1–4 Rolandas Baravykas Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
17 November 2018 Ploiești, Romania   Romania 3–0 Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
20 November 2018 Belgrade, Serbia   Serbia 4–1 Deimantas Petravičius Fedor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
2019
22 March 2019 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 2–1 Fedor Černych Fedor Černych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
25 March 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan   Azerbaijan 0–0 Fedor Černych International friendly
7 June 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania   Luxembourg 1–1 Arvydas Novikovas Fedor Černych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
10 June 2019 Belgrade, Serbia   Serbia 4–1 Arvydas Novikovas Fedor Černych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
7 September 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania   Ukraine UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
10 September 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania   Portugal UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
11 October 2019 Kharkiv, Ukraine   Ukraine UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
14 October 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania   Serbia UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
14 November 2019 Portugal   Portugal UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
17 November 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania   New Zealand International friendly

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 (X) 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 5–0 14 Oct 11 Oct
2   Luxembourg 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 4 1–2 10 Sep 17 Nov 2–1
3   Serbia (X) 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 4 17 Nov 14 Nov 7 Sep 4–1
4   Portugal (X) 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 0–0 11 Oct 1–1 14 Nov
5   Lithuania 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1 7 Sep 1–1 14 Oct 10 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least 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 Luxembourg on 7 June and Serbia on 10 June 2019.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 29) 4 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona
1 1GK Tomas Švedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Riteriai
16 1GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Casertana

4 2DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 28) 28 0   Sūduva
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 30) 23 0   Dinamo București
19 2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 33) 19 0   Sūduva
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 23) 16 1   Žalgiris
15 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 16 0   RFS
5 2DF Algis Jankauskas (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 36) 12 0   Sūduva
3 2DF Markus Palionis (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 32) 4 0   Jahn Regensburg

13 3MF Saulius Mikoliūnas (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 35) 77 5   Žalgiris
11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 28) 54 6   Jagiellonia Białystok
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 24) 35 2   Hibernian
6 3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 28) 19 0   Waterford
20 3MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 23) 13 1   Okzhetpes
18 3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 23) 13 0   Žalgiris
8 3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 25) 10 0   Riteriai
17 3MF Justinas Marazas (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Wisła Płock
10 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Sūduva
7 3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Žalgiris

22 4FW Fedor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 28) 51 9   Orenburg
21 4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 32) 23 1   Chennaiyin F.C.
9 4FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 27) 7 1   Istra 1961

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 Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 34) 26 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Azerbaijan, 25 March 2019
GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 29) 13 0   Bnei Yehuda v.   Azerbaijan, 25 March 2019

DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 31) 43 0   Kauno Žalgiris v.   Azerbaijan, 25 March 2019
DF Rimvydas Sadauskas (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Stumbras v.   Azerbaijan, 25 March 2019
DF Valdemar BorovskijPRE (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 35) 27 0   Riteriai v.   Luxembourg, 22 March 2019
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
DF Vaidotas Šilėnas (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 34) 1 0   Kražantė B v.   Montenegro, 14 October 2018

MF Giedrius MatulevičiusPRE INJ (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Sūduva v.   Luxembourg, 7 June 2019
MF Mantas KuklysPRE INJ (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 32) 35 0   Zhetysu v.   Luxembourg, 7 June 2019
MF Artūras ŽulpaPRE INJ (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 29) 35 1   Tobol v.   Luxembourg, 7 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
MF Povilas Leimonas (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 31) 5 0   Sūduva v.   Montenegro, 14 October 2018
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26) 12 1   Sūduva v.   Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 28) 10 0   Widzew Łódź v.   Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Jagiellonia Białystok v.   Montenegro, 10 September 2018

FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 35) 47 5   Atlantas v.   Serbia, 20 November 2018

INJ Player withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Player retired from the national team

StatisticsEdit

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorersEdit

As of 7 June 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 (51) 0.176
5 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–present 7 0 (54) 0.129
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania playersEdit

As of 7 June 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
3 Saulius Mikoliūnas 2004– 77 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 Edgaras Jankauskas 1991–2008 56 10
Andrėjus Tereškinas 1991–2000 56 3
Tomas Žvirgždauskas 1998–2011 56 0
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Head to head recordsEdit

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 2 0 1 1 1 2 000.00

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 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. ^ "PASKELBTA SUDĖTIS RUNGTYNĖMS SU LIUKSEMBURGU IR SERBIJA". LFF.lt (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

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