Lithuania national football team

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Lithuania
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 127 Decrease 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 37 (October 2008)
Lowest 148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 106 Steady (6 May 2018)
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 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.

History

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."[1] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė on 10 September 2008.

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
1950 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union Part of  Soviet Union
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
Total 0/21 73 17 16 40 59 111

European Championship record

Recent results

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2017
September 1, 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania  Scotland 0–3 Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
September 4, 2017 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 4–0 Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 5, 2017 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–1 Vykintas Slivka Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
October 8, 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania  England 0–1 Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
2018
March 24, 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 4–0 Fiodor Černych International friendly
March 27, 2018 Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 Ovidijus Verbickas Fiodor Černych International friendly
May 30, 2018 Rakvere, Estonia  Estonia 2–0 Fiodor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
June 5, 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Latvia 1–1 Karolis Laukžemis Fiodor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
June 8, 2018 Moscow, Russia  Iran 1–0 Mantas Kuklys International friendly
June 12, 2018 Warsaw, Poland  Poland 4–0 Fiodor Černych International friendly
July 8, 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 0–0 International friendly
July 11, 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 0–2 Laurynas Stonkus, Lukas Artimavičius International friendly
September 7, 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Serbia 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
September 10, 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
October 11, 2018 Lithuania  Romania 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
October 14, 2018 Lithuania  Montenegro 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
November 17, 2018 Romania  Romania 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
November 20, 2018 Serbia  Serbia 2018–19 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 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

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

Current coaching staff

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

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2018 Baltic Cup and the friendly matches against Iran on 8 June 2018 and Poland on 12 June 2018.[2]
Caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2018 after the game against Poland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 33) 20 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
1GK Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
1GK Tomas Švedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai
1GK Ignas Plūkas (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai

2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 30) 39 0 Belarus Minsk
2DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 34) 25 0 Lithuania Trakai
2DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 35) 22 0 Russia Tom Tomsk
2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 14 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 22) 9 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
2DF Algis Jankauskas (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 35) 8 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
2DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
2DF Justinas Januševskij (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai

3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 27) 46 5 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 31) 29 0 Kazakhstan Zhetysu
3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 28) 28 0 Kazakhstan Tobol
3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 23) 27 2 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 25) 10 1 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
3MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Serbia Zemun
3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Lithuania Trakai
3MF Povilas Leimonas (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 30) 4 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
3MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
3MF Simonas Urbys (1995-11-07) 7 November 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Lithuania Palanga
3MF Ernestas Veliulis (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Lithuania Jonava

4FW Fiodor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27) 42 8 Russia Dynamo Moscow
4FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 34) 42 5 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba
4FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 26) 6 1 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė

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 Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29) 4 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 France Rennes v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 28) 12 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda v.  England, 8 October 2017

DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 29) 16 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 32) 16 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
DF Tadas Kijanskas (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 32) 48 1 Israel Hapoel Ashkelon v.  England, 8 October 2017[3]
DF Georgas Freidgeimas (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 30) 29 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius v.  England, 8 October 2017
DF Vytautas Andriuškevičius (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 27) 28 0 United States D.C. United v.  England, 8 October 2017

MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Zemun v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
MF Karolis Chvedukas (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 27) 19 0 Republic of Ireland Dundalk v.  England, 8 October 2017
MF Marius Papšys (1989-05-13) 13 May 1989 (age 29) 7 0 Lithuania Atlantas v.  England, 8 October 2017
MF Vaidotas Šilėnas (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 33) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  England, 8 October 2017
MF Mindaugas Grigaravičius (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Latvia Jelgava v.  Slovenia, 4 September 2017

FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 31) 18 1 Thailand Ratchaburi v.  Armenia, 27 March 2018
FW Deivydas Matulevičius (1989-04-08) 8 April 1989 (age 29) 36 5 Finland KuPS v.  England, 8 October 2017
FW Lukas Spalvis (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 24) 21 2 Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern v.  England, 8 October 2017

Statistics

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers

As of March 27, 2018, 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 (40) 0.205
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

As of March 27, 2018, 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.

Head to head records

As of 11 July 2018.

List of managers

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win%
Benjaminas Zelkevičius 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 Zelkevičius Lithuania 1995 1997 29 12 6 11 45 41 041.38
Kęstutis Latoža 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 Zelkevičius 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 Žutautas 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 present 20 3 4 13 8 26 015.00

References

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup uefa.com
  2. ^ "LIETUVOS RINKTINĖS SUDĖTYJE – DU NAUJOKAI" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  3. ^ http://www.one.co.il/Article/18-19/1,1,1,37288/316484.html?ref=hp.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links

  • Lithuanian Football Association Official Site (Lithuanian)
  • All Lithuanian Team Games 1923–1930
  • Reports for all matches of Lithuania national team
  • Lithuanian football videos Lithuanian Football TV
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