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 126 Increase 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 37 (October 2008)
Lowest 148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 109 Decrease 3 (20 August 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.

Tournament records

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 to Italy 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
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/23 73 17 16 40 59 111

European Championship record

Recent results

Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorer(s) Captain Competition
2017
5 October 2017 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–1 Vykintas Slivka Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
8 October 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania  England 0–1 Fiodor Černych FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
2018
24 March 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 4–0 Fiodor Černych International friendly
27 March 2018 Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 Ovidijus Verbickas Fiodor Černych International friendly
30 May 2018 Rakvere, Estonia  Estonia 2–0 Fiodor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
5 June 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Latvia 1–1 Karolis Laukžemis Fiodor Černych 2018 Baltic Cup
8 June 2018 Moscow, Russia  Iran 1–0 Mantas Kuklys International friendly
12 June 2018 Warsaw, Poland  Poland 4–0 Fiodor Černych International friendly
8 July 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 0–0 Simonas Paulius International friendly
11 July 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 0–2 Laurynas Stonkus, Lukas Artimavičius Martynas Dapkus International friendly
7 September 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Serbia 0–1 Fiodor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
10 September 2018 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 2–0 Fiodor Černych 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
11 October 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Romania 1–2 Artūras Žulpa 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
14 October 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania  Montenegro 1–4 Rolandas Baravykas 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
17 November 2018 Ploiești, Romania  Romania 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
20 November 2018 Belgrade, 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 were called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League matches against Romania on 11 October and Montenegro on 14 October 2018.[2]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 33) 23 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 28) 12 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
1GK Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius

2DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 30) 41 0 Belarus Minsk
2DF Valdemar Borovskij (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 34) 27 0 Lithuania Trakai
2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 29) 20 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
2DF Vaidas Slavickas (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 32) 17 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 14 0 Azerbaijan Keşla
2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 23) 12 1 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
2DF Algis Jankauskas (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 36) 10 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
2DF Justinas Januševskij (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Lithuania Trakai
2DF Vaidotas Šilėnas (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 33) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai

3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 27) 50 5 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
3MF Fedor Černych (Captain) (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27) 46 8 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Mantas Kuklys (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 31) 33 0 Kazakhstan Zhetysu
3MF Artūras Žulpa (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 28) 32 1 Kazakhstan Tobol
3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 23) 31 2 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Deimantas Petravičius (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 23) 9 0 Scotland Falkirk
3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 22) 9 0 Lithuania Trakai
3MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Lithuania Trakai
3MF Povilas Leimonas (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 30) 5 0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė
3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius

4FW Darvydas Šernas (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 34) 45 5 Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh
4FW Nerijus Valskis (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 31) 20 1 Thailand Ratchaburi

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 Švedkauskas (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Poland, 12 June 2018
GK Ignas Plūkas (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Lithuania Trakai v.  Poland, 12 June 2018
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

DF Tomas Mikuckis (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 35) 22 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala v.  Poland, 12 June 2018
DF Markas Beneta (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas v.  Poland, 12 June 2018

MF Simonas Paulius (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Poland Widzew Łódź v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 25) 12 1 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Zemun v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2018
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas v.  Poland, 12 June 2018
MF Simonas Urbys (1995-11-07) 7 November 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Lithuania Palanga v.  Poland, 12 June 2018
MF Ernestas Veliulis (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Lithuania Jonava v.  Poland, 12 June 2018

FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 26) 6 1 Croatia Istra 1961 v.  Poland, 12 June 2018

Statistics

Top 10 Lithuania goalscorers

As of 27 March 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 27 March 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 TRENERIS PASKELBĖ SUDĖTĮ". LFF.lt (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Football Federation. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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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