Algimantas Liubinskas

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Algimantas Liubinskas
Personal information
Full name Algimantas Liubinskas
Date of birth (1951-11-04) 4 November 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth Kybartai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1976 FK Žalgiris Vilnius
Teams managed
1983–1985 FK Žalgiris Vilnius
1988 Abahani Limited Dhaka
1991–1995 Lithuania
1995–1997 FK Kareda Kaunas
1997–1998 FK Panerys Vilnius
1998 Jagiellonia Białystok
2002–2003 Lithuania-21
2003–2008 Lithuania
2010 FC Lviv
2011–2012 FC Kaisar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Algimantas Liubinskas (born 4 November 1951 in Kybartai) is a Lithuanian politician and former manager of the Lithuania national football team and last time he is the head coach of FC Kaisar in the Kazakhstan Premier League.


At 31 years old, Liubinskas became the youngest ever coach of the Soviet Supreme League team Žalgiris Vilnius (which he coached from April 1983 to April 1985).

In 1992, he was named the manager of the Lithuanian national team. Despite wins against Slovenia and Ukraine in 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Liubinskas was fired in 1995 after an argument with the Lithuanian Football Federation. His next job saw him move back into club football as he won the 1996/97 Lithuanian title with FK Kareda Šiauliai, but subsequent spells at FK Panerys Vilnius, Ekranas Panevėžys, and Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok were less successful. He returned to coaching in 2002, as Lithuania's Under-21 coach, and was handed the senior team job the following year. In this position, he replaced Benjaminas Zelkevičius, who had been Liubinskas' replacement in 1995. Liubinskas lasted five years as head manager before he resigned in 2008. Famous results during his second tenure include a 1-1 draw against Germany in Nuremberg, a 1-0 victory over Scotland in Kaunas, and a 1-1 draw in Naples against Italy. All three fixtures occurred during European Championship qualifiers.

Prior to his coaching career, Liubinskas played 62 games for Žalgiris Vilnius from 1973 until 1974.

In December 2009 Liubinskas signed a deal to coach with FC Lviv in Ukrainian First League for the remainder of the 2009–10 season,[1] but on 19 April 2010 he was sacked.


National Team


On 4 August 2008, Liubinskas quit his role as national team coach in order concentrate on campaigning for a seat in the Seimas as a member of the right-wing Order and Justice party.[2]


  1. ^ "Любінскас очолить ФК "Львів" (Liubinskas to look after FC Lviv" )". (in Ukrainian). 19 December 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Lithuania coach quits to launch political career". AFP. 4 August 2008. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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