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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 Ivanauskas
CaptainErnestas ?etkus
Most capsSaulius Mikoli?nas (96)
Top scorerTomas Danilevi?ius (19)
Home stadiumLFF Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
FIFA ranking
Current 137 Decrease 3 (16 September 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)

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.

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

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 ?ernych 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
7 September 2020 Tirana, Albania  Albania 0-1 Donatas Kazlauskas Saulius Mikoli?nas 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
7 October 2020 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1-3 Arvydas Novikovas x2, Gratas Sirg?das Saulius Mikoli?nas International friendly
11 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Belarus 2-2 Arvydas Novikovas, Karolis Lauk?emis Saulius Mikoli?nas 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
14 October 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Albania 0-0 Saulius Mikoli?nas 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
11 November 2020 Vilnius, Lithuania  Faroe Islands 2-1 Gratas Sirg?das x2 Tomas ?vedkauskas International friendly
15 November 2020 Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 0-2 Tomas ?vedkauskas 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
18 November 2020 Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1-2 Modestas Vorobjovas, Arvydas Novikovas Saulius Mikoli?nas 2020-21 UEFA Nations League
2021
24 March Pristina, Kosovo  Kosovo 0-4 Fedor ?ernych International friendly
28 March St. Gallen, Switzerland   Switzerland 0-1 Saulius Mikoli?nas World Cup 2022 qualifiers
31 March Vilnius, Lithuania  Italy 0-2 Saulius Mikoli?nas World Cup 2022 qualifiers
1 June Vilnius, Lithuania  Estonia 0-1 Saulius Mikoli?nas 2021 Baltic Cup
4 June Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1-3 Paulius Golubickas Saulius Mikoli?nas 2021 Baltic Cup
8 June Leganés, Spain  Spain 0-4 Saulius Mikoli?nas International friendly
2 September Vilnius, Lithuania  Northern Ireland 1-4 Rolandas Baravykas Ernestas ?etkus World Cup 2022 qualifiers
5 September Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 0-1 Ernestas ?etkus World Cup 2022 qualifiers
8 September Reggio Emilia, Italy  Italy 0-5 Ernestas ?etkus 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 cancelled[7] International friendly

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Lithuania Valdas Ivanauskas
Assistant coach Germany David Bergner
Assistant coach Lithuania Tomas Ra?anauskas
Fitness coach Germany Thomas Klimmeck
Goalkeeping coach Lithuania Audrius Ramonas
Analyst Lithuania Rokas Pranaitis

Managers history

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 2021 24 5 4 15 17 49 020.83
Valdas Ivanauskas Lithuania 2021 3 0 0 3 1 10 000.00

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy respectively on 2, 5 and 8 September 2021.
All caps and goals as of 8 September 2021 after the match against Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Ernestas ?etkus (Captain) (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 36) 38 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
12 1GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania ?algiris
1 1GK Titas Krapikas (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Spezia
1GK Ignas Pl?kas (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Lithuania Hegelmann Litauen

2 2DF Linas Klimavi?ius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 32) 30 0 Lithuania Dainava
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 26) 22 2 Romania UTA Arad
15 2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 35) 22 0 Lithuania S?duva
3 2DF Vytas Ga?puitis (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 27) 7 0 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic
6 2DF Benas ?atkus (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Germany Nürnberg II
13 2DF Dominykas Barauskas (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Lithuania Riteriai
21 2DF Artemijus Tuty?kinas (2003-08-08) 8 August 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Italy Crotone

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 30) 80 12 Turkey BB Erzurumspor
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 26) 47 2 Greece Apollon Smyrnis
9 3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 27) 26 2 Romania Academica Clinceni
18 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 28) 27 1 Lithuania ?algiris
3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 25) 23 1 Romania UTA Arad
17 3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23) 26 0 Serbia Vo?dovac
20 3MF Domantas ?imkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 25) 21 0 Azerbaijan Sabail
4 3MF Martynas Dapkus (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28) 13 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris
19 3MF Linas M?gelaitis (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Italy Viterbese
8 3MF Edgaras Utkus (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 21) 6 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge
5 3MF Karolis Uz?la (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Lithuania ?algiris
7 3MF Eligijus Jankauskas (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Lithuania Panevys

22 4FW Fedor ?ernych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 30) 73 9 Poland Jagiellonia Bia?ystok
10 4FW Edgaras Dubickas (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 23) 5 0 Italy Piacenza

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 Tomas ?vedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 27) 14 0 Free Agent v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
GK Deividas Mikelionis (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
GK Lukas Pauk?t? (1998-09-25) 25 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Lithuania Riteriai v.  Estonia, 1 June 2021 PRE
GK Ignas Driomovas (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Lithuania Banga Garg?dai v.  Italy, 31 March 2021
GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Italy Lazio v.  Italy, 31 March 2021
GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 31) 14 0 Free Agent v.  Belarus, 11 October 2020 WD
GK D?iugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 31) 6 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Albania, 7 September 2020

DF Saulius Mikoli?nas INJ (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 37) 96 5 Lithuania ?algiris v.  Northern Ireland, 2 September 2021 PRE
DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 28) 34 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
DF Markas Beneta INJ (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 13 0 Lithuania S?duva v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
DF Egidijus Vaitk?nas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 33) 57 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
DF Sigitas Olberkis (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Estonia Legion Tallinn v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
DF Rimvydas Sadauskas (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Italy, 31 March 2021
DF Markus Palionis RET (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 34) 14 0 Germany Jahn Regensburg v.  Kosovo, 24 March 2021 PRE

MF Deimantas Petravi?ius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 26) 23 1 Spain Águilas v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
MF Paulius Golubickas INJ (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 22) 12 1 Croatia HNK Gorica v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
MF Tautvydas Elio?ius (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 29) 9 0 Lithuania Panevys v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
MF Karolis ?ilkaitis (1996-06-02) 2 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
MF Gratas Sirg?das INJ (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 26) 13 5 Lithuania Kauno ?algiris v.  Estonia, 1 June 2021 PRE
MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Lithuania Banga Garg?dai v.  Italy, 31 March 2021
MF Ernestas Veliulis (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 29) 3 0 Lithuania Panevys v.  Kazakhstan, 18 November 2020
MF Domantas Antanavi?ius (1998-11-18) 18 November 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Lithuania Panevys v.  Albania, 7 September 2020

FW Karolis Lauk?emis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 29) 23 2 Kazakhstan Kaisar v.  Spain, 8 June 2021
FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 34) 25 1 India Jamshedpur v.  Italy, 31 March 2021
FW Gytis Paulauskas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Lithuania 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 records

As of 8 September 2021[8]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

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 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of 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 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of 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

UEFA Nations League records

UEFA Nations League record
Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018-19 C 4 6 0 0 6 3 16 Same position 39th
Italy 2020-21 C 4 6 2 2 2 5 7 Same position 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.

Head-to-head record

As of 31 March 2021.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  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. ^ "Lithuania canceled football friendlies in Belarus". News read online. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Lithuania - Record International Players". RSSSF.

External links


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