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Lithuanian Basketball League

"LKL" redirects here. For other uses, see LKL (disambiguation).
Lithuanian Basketball League
Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (LKL)
Current season or competition:
2013–14 LKL season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1993
Commissioner Šarūnas Marčiulionis
No. of teams 12
Country Lithuania Lithuania
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Žalgiris (15th title)
Most titles Žalgiris (15 titles)
TV partner(s) Lietuvos Rytas TV, Sport 1
Related competitions LKF Cup
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Relegation to NKL
Official website

The Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (LKL) (English: Lithuanian Basketball League) is Lithuania's premier professional men's basketball league, composed of 12 teams.


Since the league was founded, it has been dominated by Žalgiris. They won the league's championship trophy for six consecutive years, from 1994 through 1999. Their main rival during those years was Atletas, but in the 1999–2000 season, this dominant run was ended by the Lietuvos rytas.

In 2000–01 season the Greens got their revenge by beating Vilnius in the finals. In 2001–2002, Lietuvos rytas, led by Ramūnas Šiškauskas and Arvydas Macijauskas, once again defeated Žalgiris. However, during the next three seasons Žalgiris took control of the league and outplayed Lietuvos rytas (2003, 2004, 2005).

In 2006, Vilnius joined Žalgiris in the strongest European basketball competition Euroleague. That season the Reds, led by Robertas Javtokas, Simas Jasaitis and Fred House, have swept Žalgiris 4–0. But from then on Žalgiris started winning once again – two titles in a row (2007, 2008). In 2008–2009 Lietuvos rytas won the league, beating Žalgiris 4–1. The winners were led by Chuck Eidson, Artūras Jomantas and Marijonas Petravičius. In 2009–10 season Vilnius claimed first back to back title, beating Žalgiris 4–3. 2010–11 saw Kaunas reclaim the tile, beating Vilnius 4–1.

2011–12 season: Žalgiris was the winner again, which sweeping Rytas by 3–0. In the 2012-2013 season, a much more powerful Žalgiris easily dominated the league and Lietuvos Rytas, winning the series 4-0.

LKL teams

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2011/12 LKL club locations

Podium by season

  • In 1995–96 season no bronze medal game was played.
Season Champion Runner-up Bronze medal
1993–94 Žalgiris Atletas Drobė
1994–95 Žalgiris Atletas Lavera
1995–96 Žalgiris Atletas Plungė Olimpas
1996–97 Žalgiris Plungė Olimpas Šilutė
1997–98 Žalgiris Atletas Lietuvos rytas
1998–99 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Sakalai
1999–00 Lietuvos rytas Žalgiris Šiauliai
2000–01 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Šiauliai
2001–02 Lietuvos rytas Žalgiris Alita
2002–03 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Alita
2003–04 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Šiauliai
2004–05 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Šiauliai
2005–06 Lietuvos rytas Žalgiris Šiauliai
2006–07 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Šiauliai
2007–08 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Šiauliai
2008–09 Lietuvos rytas Žalgiris Šiauliai
2009–10 Lietuvos rytas Žalgiris Šiauliai
2010–11 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Prienai
2011–12 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Prienai
2012–13 Žalgiris Lietuvos rytas Neptūnas

Performance by club

Team Winners Runners-Up Bronzes Winning years
Žalgiris 15 5 0 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Lietuvos rytas 5 10 1 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010
Atletas 0 4 0
Plungė Olimpas 0 1 1
Šiauliai 0 0 9
Alita 0 0 2
Prienai 0 0 2
Drobė 0 0 1
Lavera 0 0 1
Šilutė 0 0 1
Sakalai 0 0 1
Neptūnas 0 0 1

See also

  • LKF Cup

External links

  • Official LKL website
  • Official LKL channel
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