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VMFD Žalgiris Vilnius

Žalgiris
Full name Futbolo klubas "Žalgiris"
Nickname(s) Žaliai Balti (The Green Whites)
Founded 4 April 1962
Ground LFF Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,400
Chairman Vilma Venslovaitienė
Manager Marek Zub
League A Lyga
2013 A Lyga, 1st
Website Club home page

FK Žalgiris is a Lithuanian football club, playing in the capital, Vilnius. They have won the Lithuanian Championship (4 times), Lithuanian Football Cup (7 times) and Lithuanian Supercup (2 times).

The team's colours are green and white. The club plays at LFF stadium. Vilnius (capacity 5400).

Name history

  • 1947 - Dinamo
  • 1948 - Spartakas
  • 1962 - Žalgiris
  • 1993 - Žalgiris-EBSW
  • 1993 - FK Žalgiris
  • 2009 - VMFD Žalgiris
  • 2014 - FK Žalgiris

Logos

History

Soviet times

1946 Lithuanian Soviet Union Republic (only among club teams) competed in USSR III Group 4 Zone championship. It was consisted of Spartakas Kaunas and Dinamo Kaunas teams. The first match it played in Kaunas against Stroitel Moskva (1:1). A.Mališka, Dizmondas Ilgūnas, J.Šlyžius, Zenonas Ganusauskas, P.Štriupkus, Bronius Galvičius, Jonas Zienius, M.Baltrimavičius, Stasys Penkauskas, Steponas Petraitis, Viktoras Kučinskas played in that team. Later former Lithuanian interwar national football team players Stasys Skalskis, Henrikas Kersnauskas, Vladas Dzindziliauskas, V.Saunoris joined that team. That year the team won 4th place in RTFSR Western Zone championship.[1] After year the team was renamed Dinamo and moved to Vilnius.[2] This is a historical beginning of Žalgiris.

The club was established 1947. One season Vilnius team had Dinamo name, from 1948 till 1961 - Spartakas, from 1962 - Žalgiris. 1947 - 1989 the team was participated in USSR championship. 1953 it firstly compete in the highest USSR League. Their best finish in the Soviet Elite League was third in 1987, the year they made their first appearance in the UEFA Cup against Austria Vienna. That year, Žalgiris represented the Soviet Union at the World University Games in Yugoslavia, and won the tournament, beating South Korea in the final 5–0.

1990 - 2008

1990 March 11 Lithuania restored independence. After that Žalgiris began to play in Lithuanian championship. 1990 the best football players left the team (only stayed Valdemaras Martinkėnas and Gintautas Kvitkauskas, 1991 played Virginijus Baltušnikas). 1990 Žalgiris loose national championship and Cup. However club won Lithuanian champions titles 1991, 1992, 1999, Lithuanian Cup 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2003 and Lithuanian Supercup 2003. Žalgiris finished in the second place 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and in the third place 1990, 1996, 2001 in Lithuanian championship. The team was runner-up of Lithuanian Cup 1990, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001.

VMFD Žalgiris

In 2009 Žalgiris was left inoperative and the club owners refused to sell. Team players, coaches and Pietų IV fans seeking to save the name of Žalgiris detached from FK Žalgiris and 23 February established VMFD Žalgiris [3] The new side was allowed in to the Lithuanian second division, and then returned to the top division next season.

Žalgiris won bronze medals in 2010 season. It could have an opportunity to victory silver but played as draw 0:0 with direct opponents Sūduva Marijampolė in the last game of season [4] Artūras Jeršovas became the most resultive player of Žalgiris. He scored 11 goals in Lithuanian championship. Žalgiris became the most correct team in A League 2010.[5]

2011 season Žalgiris had new head coach Vitalijus Stankevičius.[6] The team loaned GKS Belchatow its leader Pavel Komolov, refused some veterans and legionnaires.[7] Žalgiris saved the core of the team and signed contracts with 10 newcomers.[8] The team had theretical ability to compete with Ekranas Panevėžys to Lithuanian champion title 3 tours before end of season but lost Sūduva Marijampolė and finished in the second place. The most resultive Žalgiris and all A League player became Deivydas Matulevičius. He scored 19 goals.

2012 season Žalgiris began with new head coach - Croatian Damir Petravič.[9] The team refused some veterans and legionnaires.[10] The most resultive last season player Deivydas Matulevičius was loaned Cracovia Krakow 10 new players joined Žalgiris including former Hearts of Midlothian forward Calum Elliot.[11] After half year in Krakow D.Matulevičius returned to Vilnius. Cracovia relegated from Polish Ekstraklasa League and lost right to sign contract with 23 years forward from Lithuania.[12] 2011/12 season in LFF Cup final Žalgiris after penalties won against champion Ekranas Panevėžys and after 9 years got that trophy. After 90 minutes and extra time result was 0:0.[13] After lost match in UEFA Europe League qualifaction round against VfB Admira Wacker Modling from Austria Žalgiris changed head coach. Specialist from Poland Marek Zub began to train the team.[14] Žalgiris two years in a row was second in Lithuanian A League. The fight to champion title continue till the last match in the season. Ekranas Panevėžys 1 point overtook Žalgiris and got gold medals.[15]

In the beginning of 2013 season Žalgiris defeated Ekranas Panevėžys and won Lithuanian Supercup[16] Two years in a row the team won Lithuanian Cup. Žalgiris after penalties defeated FK Šiauliai.[17] The team played successfully in UEFA Europe League qualification round. It eliminated St Patrick's Athletic FC from Ireland, Pyunik FC from Armenia and Lech Poznan from Poland. Žalgiris was defeated by Red Bull Salzburg in the 4th qualification round. The team after 14 years became Lithuanian champion. It 2 points overtook Atlantas Klaipėda.[18]

Stadium

For most of the time Žalgiris played in Žalgiris stadium. This stadium is the biggest in Lithuania and holds 15,029 viewers.

Since 2011 Žalgiris plays in LFF Stadium (Lithuanian Football Federation stadium). This arena, formerly known as Vėtra Stadium, was built in 2004 and holds up 5,500 people.

After the bankrupt of FK Vėtra football club, LFF took control of the stadium.

Currently it is under construction to meet level 3 UEFA stadium status. The capacity will be extended to 8,000.

It is situated 400 metres up the Aušros vartų and Liepkalnio streets from the Gate of Dawn (Lithuanian: Aušros vartai)

The address of the stadium: Liepkalnio 13/2, Vilnius.

Kit

From the establishment of the club, Žalgiris colours are green and white, therefore the kit is green and white striped shirt and white shorts.

Kit manufacturers

Supporters

The official club of Žalgiris' fans is named Pietų IV. The members of Pietų IV support the team during every game in Lithuania and in Europe and never leave the team alone. This community is united by their love and loyalty to Žalgiris. Pietų IV is the leader of organised supporting in Baltic states.

The establishment date of Pietų IV is considered October, 1985. Since that time fans have been supporting the team while singing, waving flags and creating impressive choreography. Fans helped Žalgiris to survive the financial crisis. During hard periods they organized various events and collected enough money to remain. Pietų IV and the managers of the club together are the founders of Žalgiris Vilnius.

Achievements

1991, 1992, 1999, 2013, 2014
1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014
2003, 2012, 2013
1982

Participation in European cups

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
1988–89
UEFA Cup
1/32
FK Austria Wien
2–0, 2–5
4–5
1989–90
UEFA Cup
1R
IFK Goteborg
2–0, 0–1
2–1
2R
Red Star Belgrade
1–4, 0–1
1–5
1992–93
UEFA Champions League
1R
PSV Eindhoven
0–6, 0–2
0–8
1993–94
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Košice
0–2, 0–1
0–3
1994–95
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Barry Town
1–0, 6–0
7–0
1R
Feyenoord
1–1, 1–2
2–3
1995–96
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
NK Mura
2–0, 1–2
3–2
1R
Trabzonspor
2–2, 0–1
2–3
1996–97
UEFA Cup
PR
Crusaders
2–0, 1–2
3–2
1R
Aberdeen
1–4, 3–1
4–5
1997–98
Cup Winners' Cup
1Q
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
0–0, 1–2
1–2
1998–99
UEFA Cup
1Q
ÍA
2–3, 1–0
3–3 (a)
2Q
Brann
0–1, 0–0
0–1
1999–00
UEFA Champions League
1Q
Araks Ararat
2–0, 3–0
5–0
2Q
Dynamo Kyiv
0–2, 0–1
0–3
2000–01
UEFA Cup
1Q
Ruch Chorzów
2–1, 0–6
2–7
2001–02
UEFA Cup
1Q
Maccabi Tel Aviv
0–6, 0–1
0–7
2002
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1R
Budapest Honvéd
1–0, 0–0
1–0
2R
Sochaux
0–2, 1–2
1–4
2003
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1R
Örgryte IS
1–1, 0–3
1–4
2004–05
UEFA Cup
1Q
Portadown
2–2, 2–0
4–2
1Q
Aalborg BK
1–3, 0–0
1–3
2005
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1R
Lisburn Distillery F.C.
1–0, 1–0
2–0
2R
Dinaburg FC
2–0, 1–2
3–2
3R
Egaleo FC
3–1, 2–3
5–4
1/2
CFR Cluj
1–2, 1–5
2–7
2012–13
Europa League
2Q
Admira Wacker Mödling
1–1, 1–5
2–6
2013–14
Europa League
1Q
St Patrick's Athletic
2–2, 2–1
4–3
2Q
Pyunik
2–0, 1–1
3–1
3Q
Lech Poznań
1–0, 1–2
2–2 (a)
PO
Red Bull Salzburg
0–5, 0–2
0–7
2014–15
Champions League
2Q
Dinamo Zagreb
0–2, 0-2
0-4

Participation in Lithuanian championships

Staff

As of January 15, 2014.[19]
Position Name
Chairman Vilma Venslovaitienė
Director of Sport Mindaugas Nikoličius
Commercial-technical Director Andriejus Ovčinikovas
Head Coach Marek Zub
Assistant Coach Ivan Švabovič
Assistant Coach Andrius Skerla
Club doctor Tomas Jonaitis

Current squad

As of 3 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Armantas Vitkauskas
2 MF Deividas Šemberas (Captain)
3 DF Georgas Freidgeimas
5 DF Algis Jankauskas
7 MF Ramūnas Radavičius
8 MF Artūras Žulpa
9 FW Adi Rocha
10 MF Jakub Wilk
11 MF Andro Švrljuga
12 GK Aivaras Bražinskas
14 FW Kristis Andreou
15 DF Semir Kerla
16 MF Paulius Janušauskas
No. Position Player
17 FW Andrius Velička
20 MF Vaidas Šilėnas
21 DF Artak Yedigaryan
23 MF Tomas Misiūnas
24 FW Serge Nyuiadzi
25 DF Mantas Fridrikas
35 DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas
38 FW Artur Skuratovič
39 FW Darius Kazubovičius
45 FW Edvinas Baniulis
77 MF Linas Pilibaitis
88 MF Mantas Kuklys

Youth squad

Žalgiris-2

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
36 DF Kristijonas Bazys
38 MF Artūr Serikov
42 DF Mantas Bezuška
46 DF Karolis Žudys
50 FW Pavel Smirnov
No. Position Player
51 MF Tomas Malinauskas
53 MF Aidas Mačionis
70 DF Denis Romanov
71 GK Karolis Čirba
79 MF Erlandas Juška

Žalgiris-3

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
13 FW Daniel Romanovskij
15 DF Rokas Simanavičius
22 GK Ignas Plūkas
24 MF Haroldas Vaineikis
25 MF Edvinas Mučinis
31 DF Aldas Korsakas
33 MF Dominik Stankevič
35 MF Tomas Misiūnas
37 DF Roland Andrijevski
39 MF Karolis Mikutavičius
40 DF Erik Sinkevič
41 DF Haroldas Šidlauskas
No. Position Player
43 MF Edvin Pavlovskij
44 DF Ernestas Mininas
45 FW Edvinas Baniulis
47 DF Edgar Čičin
69 DF Gvidas Normantas
72 GK Andrius Juzkiv
73 GK Robertas Konarskis
78 MF Mykolas Krasnovskis
89 MF Justas Lasickas
90 MF Aurimas Tručinskas
96 FW Artur Skuratovič
97 FW Eimantas Skendelis

Transfers

In

Position Player Transferred from Source Date
MF Rytis Leliūga Liepājas Metalurgs [20] 2012-12-21
MF Artūras Žulpa Kruoja Pakruojis [21] 2013-01-04
MF Takuya Kanai Quick Boys '31/Venlo [20] 2013-02-20
GK Ignas Plūkas FBK Kaunas [21] 2013-02-21
FW Vedran Gerc Kedah FA [20] 2013-02-21
MF Jakub Wilk Lech Poznań [21] 2013-02-25
FW Andrius Velička AZAL PFK [22] 2013-06-20
MF Eivinas Zagurskas Paniliakos F.C. [23] 2013-07-06
GK Lukas Lidakevičius Barnsley F.C. [24] 2013-08-07
FW Serge Nyuiadzi PFC CSKA Sofia [20] 2013-08-13
DF Mantas Fridrikas FK Šiauliai [25] 2014-01-07
DF Artak Yedigaryan FC Banants [26] 2014-01-22
FW Kristis Andreou AEL Limassol [27] 2014-02-03
MF Linas Pilibaitis Győri ETO FC [28] 2014-02-06
MF Jakub Wilk FC Vaslui [28] 2014-02-07
MF Andrezinho Johor Darul Takzim F.C. [29] 2013-02-19
MF Deividas Šemberas FC Alania Vladikavkaz [30] 2013-02-24

Out

Position Player Transferred to Source Date
DF Jaunius Juozaitis [21] 2013-01-05
MF Raimondas Vilėniškis [21] 2013-01-05
MF Markas Beneta Atlantas Klaipėda [21] 2013-01-10
GK Marius Rapalis Neman Grodno [20] 2013-01-31
MF Andrey Nagumanov TSG Öhringen [20] 2013-01-31
FW Calum Elliot Alloa Athletic [20] 2013-02-27
DF Karolis Urbaitis FK Banga Gargždai [31] 2013-06-28
DF Tomislav Pek HNK Šibenik [32] 2013-07-01
MF Jakub Wilk FC Vaslui [33] 2013-07-26
FW Vedran Gerc KF Tirana [20] 2013-08-05
MF Takuya Kanai [34] 2013-12-17
MF Povilas Krasnovskis [34] 2013-12-17
FW Kamil Biliński Dinamo București [35] 2014-01-03
DF Luka Perić Östersunds FK [36] 2014-02-17

Player of the Year

Lists of the winners of Žalgiris Vilnius. Player of the Year Award instituted from 2004 as voted by the official members of Žalgiris' supporters club - Pietų IV:

Famous players

Notable players

Coaches

References

  1. ^ Vytautas Saulis ir Gediminas Kalinauskas. „Lietuvos futbolas, 1922-1997 m.: istorinė apybraiža“ // Vilnius, „Diemedis“, 1997. 55 p.
  2. ^ Vytautas Saulis ir Gediminas Kalinauskas. „Lietuvos futbolas, 1922-1997 m.: istorinė apybraiža“ // Vilnius, „Diemedis“, 1997. 53 p.
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  32. ^ http://www.zalgiris-vilnius.lt/naujienos/n2581_issiskyre_zalgirio_ir_tomislavo_peko_keliai.html
  33. ^ http://www.zalgiris-vilnius.lt/naujienos/n2606_jakubas_wilkas_keliasi_i_rumunija.html
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  35. ^ http://www.prosport.ro/fotbal-intern/liga-1/bilinski-a-semnat-contractul-cu-dinamo-polonezul-este-jucatorul-cainilor-pentru-urmatorii-doi-ani-si-jumatate-video-11846225
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External links

  • Official Website
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