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Lithuania National Football Team

Lithuania
Nickname(s)Rinktine (National team)
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija - LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachValdas Urbonas
CaptainFedor ?ernych
Most capsAndrius Skerla, Saulius Mikoli?nas (84)
Top scorerTomas Danilevi?ius (19)
Home stadiumLFF Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Steady(9 April 2020)[1]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 128 Increase 1 (2 April 2020)[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)

The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalin? futbolo rinktin?) 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.

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.

History

On 24 June 1923, Lithuania played their first ever game, at the Lietuvos Fizinio Lavinimosi S?junga 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 Marijampol? on 10 September 2008.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 0 2
France 1938 2 0 0 2 3 9
Brazil 1950 Occupied by the  Soviet Union Occupied by the  Soviet Union
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 12 2 3 7 8 21
France 1998 10 5 2 3 11 8
South Korea Japan 2002 8 0 2 6 3 20
Germany 2006 10 2 4 4 8 9
South Africa 2010 10 4 0 6 10 11
Brazil 2014 10 3 2 5 9 11
Russia 2018 10 1 3 6 7 20
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/10 73 17 16 40 59 111

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Occupied by the  Soviet Union Occupied by the  Soviet Union
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 13 12
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 3 2 5 8 16
Portugal 2004 8 3 1 4 7 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 5 1 6 11 13
Poland Ukraine 2012 8 1 2 5 4 13
France 2016 10 3 1 6 7 18
European Union 2020 8 0 1 7 5 25
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 66 20 9 37 55 108

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2019
7 June 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania  Luxembourg 1-1 Arvydas Novikovas Fedor ?ernych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
10 June 2019 Belgrade, Serbia  Serbia 4-1 Arvydas Novikovas Fedor ?ernych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
7 September 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania  Ukraine 0-3 Fedor ?ernych UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
10 September 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania  Portugal 1-5 Vytautas Andriu?kevi?ius Ernestas ?etkus UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
11 October 2019 Kharkiv, Ukraine  Ukraine 2-0 Saulius Mikoli?nas UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
14 October 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania  Serbia 1-2 Donatas Kazlauskas Saulius Mikoli?nas UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
14 November 2019 Faro, Portugal  Portugal 6-0 Saulius Mikoli?nas UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
17 November 2019 Vilnius, Lithuania  New Zealand 1-0 Arvydas Novikovas Saulius Mikoli?nas International friendly
2020
27 March 2020 Almata, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan postponed International friendly
31 March 2020 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia postponed International friendly
3 June 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Estonia Baltic Cup 2020
6 June 2020 Latvia  Latvia Baltic Cup 2020
4 September 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Kazakhstan 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
7 September 2020 Albania  Albania 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
10 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Belarus 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
13 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Albania 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
12 November 2020 Belarus  Belarus 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
15 November 2020 Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2020-21 UEFA Nations League

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 8 2 0 18 3 +15 26 Qualification to 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 qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Ukraine Portugal Serbia Luxembourg Lithuania
1  Ukraine 8 6 2 0 17 4 +13 20 Qualify for final tournament 2-1 5-0 1-0 2-0
2  Portugal 8 5 2 1 22 6 +16 17 0-0 1-1 3-0 6-0
3  Serbia 8 4 2 2 17 17 0 14 2-2 2-4 3-2 4-1
4  Luxembourg 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4 1-2 0-2 1-3 2-1
5  Lithuania 8 0 1 7 5 25 −20 1 0-3 1-5 1-2 1-1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Personnel

Current coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Lithuania Valdas Urbonas
Assistant coach Lithuania Andrius Skerla
Fitness coach Lithuania ?ar?nas Bi?iu?as
Goalkeeping coach Lithuania Justinas Gasi?nas
Analyst Lithuania Lukas kas

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Portugal on 14 November and the Friendly Match against New Zealand on 17 November 2019.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Ernestas ?etkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 35) 30 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
1 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 29) 14 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
12 1GK Vytautas ?erniauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 31) 6 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia

13 2DF Saulius Mikoli?nas (Vice-captain) (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 36) 84 5 Lithuania ?algiris
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitk?nas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 31) 44 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris
19 2DF Vytautas Andriu?kevi?ius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 29) 34 1 Kazakhstan Tobol
2 2DF Linas Klimavi?ius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 31) 27 0 Romania Dinamo Bucure?ti
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 27) 22 0 Latvia RFS
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 24) 19 1 Lithuania ?algiris
5 2DF Algis Jankauskas (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 37) 13 0 Lithuania S?duva
3 2DF Markus Palionis (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 33) 9 0 Germany Jahn Regensburg
6 2DF Benas ?atkus (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Germany 1.FC Nürnberg

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 29) 58 8 Poland Legia Warsaw
21 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 25) 39 2 Scotland Hibernian
17 3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 32) 38 0 Kazakhstan Zhetysu
18 3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 26) 14 1 Lithuania Riteriai
14 3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 22) 11 0 Serbia Vo?dovac
20 3MF Domantas ?imkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Lithuania ?algiris
10 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Lithuania S?duva
15 3MF Giedrius Matulevi?ius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Lithuania S?duva
7 3MF Julius Kasparavi?ius (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Estonia Narva Trans

22 4FW Fedor ?ernych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 29) 55 9 Russia Orenburg
9 4FW Deivydas Matulevi?ius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 31) 40 5 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris

Recent call-ups

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 D?iugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 30) 5 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Serbia, 14 October 2019
GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Catanzaro 1929 v.  Serbia, 14 October 2019
GK Tomas ?vedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Belgium Lommel v.  Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE

DF Vytas Ga?puitis (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Lithuania Panevys v.  Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE
DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 34) 19 0 Lithuania S?duva v.  Serbia, 10 June 2019

MF Art?ras ?ulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 29) 39 1 Kazakhstan Tobol v.  Portugal, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 24) 17 0 Lithuania ?algiris v.  Portugal, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26) 16 1 Lithuania S?duva v.  Serbia, 14 October 2019
MF Deimantas Petravi?ius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 24) 15 1 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes v.  Portugal, 10 September 2019
MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 29) 20 0 Republic of Ireland Waterford v.  Serbia, 10 June 2019
MF Justinas Marazas (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Lithuania Riteriai v.  Serbia, 10 June 2019

FW Karolis Lauk?emis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 28) 12 1 Croatia Istra 1961 v.  Serbia, 14 October 2019
FW Matas Vareika (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Lithuania ?algiris v.  Ukraine, 7 September 2019 PRE
FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 32) 24 1 India Chennaiyin v.  Serbia, 10 June 2019

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary / standby.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Statistics

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers

As of 17 November 2019, the ten highest scorers for Lithuania are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Avg/game
1 Tomas Danilevi?ius 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 Baltu?nikas 1990-1998 9 0 (42) 0.214
Fedor ?ernych 2012- 9 0 (55) 0.164
6 Jaroslavas Citavi?ius 1926-1933 8 0 (24) 0.333
Valdas Ivanauskas 1990-2000 8 0 (28) 0.285
Darius Maciulevi?ius 1991-2005 8 0 (38) 0.210
Robertas Po?kus 1999-2011 8 0 (48) 0.166
Arvydas Novikovas 2010- 8 0 (58) 0.138
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania players

As of 17 November 2019, the ten players with the most caps for Lithuania are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Saulius Mikoli?nas 2004- 84 5
Andrius Skerla 1996-2011 84 1
3 Deividas ?emberas 1996-2013 82 0
4 Tomas Danilevi?ius 1998-2012 71 19
5 ?ydr?nas Kar?emarskas 2003-2013 66 0
6 Aurelijus Skarbalius 1991-2005 65 5
Marius Stankevi?ius 2001-2013 65 5
8 Deividas ?esnauskis 2001-2018 64 4
9 Gintaras Stau 1992-2004 61 0
10 Arvydas Novikovas 2010- 58 8
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

All-time head-to-head record

As of 17 November 2019.

List of managers

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win%
Benjaminas Zelkevi?ius Lithuania 1990 1991 3 1 2 0 7 4 033.33
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 1992 1994 29 7 8 14 29 48 024.14
Benjaminas Zelkevi?ius Lithuania 1995 1997 29 12 6 11 45 41 041.38
K?stutis Lato?a Lithuania 1998 1999 18 5 4 9 15 24 027.78
Robertas Tautkus (caretaker) Lithuania 1999 1999 1 0 0 1 0 3 000.00
Stasys Stankus Lithuania 2000 2000 8 2 0 6 8 18 025.00
Julius Kvedaras (caretaker) Lithuania 2000 2000 1 0 0 1 1 6 000.00
Benjaminas Zelkevi?ius Lithuania 2001 2003 19 4 3 12 20 41 021.05
Algimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 2003 2008 50 18 6 26 54 65 036.00
José Couceiro Portugal 2008 2009 15 6 3 6 17 15 040.00
Raimondas ?utautas Lithuania 2010 2011 16 4 3 9 11 22 025.00
Csaba László Hungary 2012 2013 16 2 4 10 12 28 012.50
Igoris Pankratjevas Lithuania 2013 2015 21 5 5 11 14 31 023.81
Edgaras Jankauskas Lithuania 2016 2018 26 3 5 18 14 50 011.54
Valdas Urbonas Lithuania 2019 Present 10 1 2 7 6 25 010.00

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "MATCHES -> international football results of Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "International football MATCH: 13.10.1940 Lithuania v Latvia*". eufootball.info. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "International football MATCH: 27.05.1990 Georgia v Lithuania". eufootball.info. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com
  7. ^ LFF.lt (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 2 October 2019 https://lff.lt/news/8341/paskelbta-sudetis-rungtynems-su-portugalija-ir-naujaja-zelandija/. Retrieved 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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