Valdas Urbonas

Valdas Urbonas (born 29 November 1967) is a Lithuanian professional football manager and former player who currently is the manager of the Lithuanian national team.

Valdas Urbonas
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-11-29) 29 November 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Panevėžys, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Mokslas Vilnius
1990 Neris Vilnius
1991 Vienybė Ukmergė
1991–1992 Vilnius Makabi 22 (4)
1992 Minija Kretinga
1992–1993 Geležinis Vilkas 26 (7)
1993–1997 Žalgiris 41 (2)
1996Inkaras (loan) 1 (0)
1996–1997Žalgiris-Volmeta 9 (0)
1997–1998 Videoton 51 (5)
1999 Gázszer 14 (1)
2000 Ekranas 18 (2)
National team
1991–1993 Lithuania 14 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2013 Ekranas
2014–2016 Trakai
2017–2018 Spartaks Jūrmala
2018–2019 Žalgiris
2019–2021 Lithuania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Urbonas began his career at Mokslas Vilnius, before moving to Neris Vilnius in 1990. In 1991, Urbonas briefly played for Vienybė Ukmergė, before moving to Vilnius Makabi. In 1992, after a spell with Minija Kretinga, Urbonas joined Geležinis Vilkas.[1] In 1993, Urbonas signed for Žalgiris, making 41 A Lyga appearances over the course of four years, scoring twice. In 1997, Urbonas joined Hungarian club Videoton. Urbonas made 51 NB I appearances in three seasons for the club, scoring five times. In 1999, Urbonas joined fellow Hungarian club Gázszer, before returning home in 2000, playing with hometown club Ekranas, before retiring.[2]

International careerEdit

Urbonas made 14 appearances for Lithuania, including captaining and scoring for Lithuania on his debut in a 4–1 win against Estonia on 15 November 1991.[3]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Lithuania's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 1991 Klaipėdos centrinis stadionas, Klaipėda, Lithuania   Estonia 3–1 4–1 1991 Baltic Cup

Managerial careerEdit

In 2009, following roles as assistant manager of FK Vėtra and FBK Kaunas, Urbonas was appointed manager of Ekranas. At Ekranas, Urbonas guided the team to four successive A Lyga titles and two Lithuanian Football Cups. In 2014, Urbonas was appointed manager of Trakai. In 2017, Urbonas was named manager of Latvian club Spartaks Jūrmala. In the same year, Urbonas won the 2017 Latvian Higher League with the club. In 2018, Urbonas returned to Žalgiris, where he had formerly played. In February 2019, Urbonas was appointed manager of Lithuania.[4] In 30 June was announced, that he quit with the job with national team.[5]

Managerial StatisticsEdit

As of Match played 2 September 2021
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Lithuania 12 March 2019 present 25 5 4 16 020.00

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Euro – 2019/20 season match press kits" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Valdas Urbonas". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ "International football MATCH: 15.11.1991 Lithuania v Estonia*". eufootball.info. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Valdas Urbonas". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.sportas.lt/naujiena/435947/vk-sprendimas-v-urbonas-darba-rinktineje-baige