Lithuania national football team

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Lithuania
Association Lithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Edgaras Jankauskas
Captain Fiodor Černych
Most caps Andrius Skerla (84)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium LFF Stadium
FIFA code LTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 149 Decrease 1 (21 December 2017)
Highest 37 (October 2008)
Lowest 148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 108 (15 November 2017)
Highest 47 (10 September 2008)
Lowest 150 (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 nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) is under the auspices of the Lithuanian Football Federation. It played its 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 as a new nation against Georgia on 27 May of that year.

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 a record of 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.

Recent history[edit]

In the 1990s, Lithuania established a respectable presence in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers: third place in their group in both UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. In the UEFA 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 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, Lithuania were nevertheless competitive.

Lithuania drew with world champions Italy 1–1 in Naples in a UEFA 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 World Cup 2010 qualifier. The victory was regarded by many as "a historic win."[1] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė.

World Cup record[edit]

European Championship record[edit]

Recent results[edit]

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying[edit]

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 2016 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Switzerland Slovenia Estonia Lithuania San Marino
1  England 10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3  Slovenia 10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16 Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4  Estonia 10 3 1 6 4 9 −5 10 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5  Lithuania 10 3 1 6 7 18 −11 10 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 36 −35 1 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Personnel[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas
Assistant coach Lithuania Igoris Morinas
Assistant coach Lithuania Rokas Garastas
Goalkeeping coach Lithuania Audrius Ramonas

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Malta on 5 October 2017 and England on 8 October 2017.[2]

Caps and goals correct as of: 8 October 2017 after the game against England.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 32) 17 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
37 1GK Nicolás Vikonis (1984-04-06) 6 April 1984 (age 33) 0 0 Colombia Millonarios F.C.
1 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 27) 12 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
12 1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 28) 4 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia

4 2DF Tadas Kijanskas (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 32) 48 1 Czech Republic Zbrojovka Brno
8 2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 29) 35 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
3 2DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 30) 29 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes Kokshetau
23 2DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 27) 28 0 United States Portland Timbers
20 2DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 33) 21 0 Lithuania Trakai
5 2DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 35) 19 0 Russia Tom Tomsk
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
15 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 24) 10 0 Russia Tom Tomsk

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 27) 41 5 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 30) 25 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
7 3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 27) 25 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 22) 23 2 Scotland Hibernian
13 3MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 26) 19 0 Republic of Ireland Dundalk
17 3MF Marius Papšys (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
18 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
6 3MF Vaidotas Šilėnas (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 32) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai

10 4FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 33) 39 5 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
22 4FW Fiodor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 26) 37 8 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
9 4FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 28) 36 5 Scotland Hibernian
19 4FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 23) 21 2 Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern
21 4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 30) 16 1 Israel Bnei Yehuda

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 Ignas Plūkas (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017
GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 21) 1 0 France Stade Rennais v.  England, 26 March 2017

DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 31) 15 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2017
DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2017
DF Arūnas Klimavičius (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 35) 43 3 Lithuania Trakai v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017
DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017

MF Mindaugas Grigaravičius (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 25) 5 0 Latvia Jelgava v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2017
MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2017
MF Vytautas Lukša (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 33) 27 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017
MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 26) 4 0 Latvia Ventspils v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017
MF Martynas Dapkus (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Lithuania Jonava v.  Slovakia, 10 June 2017
MF Tautvydas Eliošius (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Lithuania Jonava v.  England, 26 March 2017

Statistics[edit]

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers[edit]

As of June 11, 2017, 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
5 Jaroslavas Citavičius 1926–1933 8 0 (24) 0.333
Valdas Ivanauskas 1990–2000 8 0 (28) 0.285
Fiodor Černych 2012– 8 0 (33) 0.243
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
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Top 10 most capped Lithuania players[edit]

As of June 11, 2017, 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– 74 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– 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.

List of managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com
  2. ^ "Po pertraukos grįžta du gynėjai ir saugai" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 

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