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Žalgiris Vilnius

VMFD Žalgiris
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Full name Vilniaus Miesto Futbolo Draugija Žalgiris
Nickname(s) Žaliai Balti (The Green Whites)
Founded 4 April 1962
Ground LFF Stadium
Ground Capacity 5400
Chairman Vilma Venslovaitienė
Manager Marek Zub
League A Lyga
2012 A Lyga, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

VMFD Žalgiris is a Lithuanian football club, playing in the capital, Vilnius. They have won the Lithuanian Championship (3 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

  • 1962 – Žalgiris
  • 1993 – Žalgiris-EBSW
  • 1993 – FK Žalgiris
  • 2009 – VMFD Žalgiris

Soviet times

During the Soviet era, Žalgiris, a part of the republican VSS with the same name, was by far the best Lithuanian team. Their best finish in the Soviet Elite League was third in 1987, the year they made their first appearance in the UEFA Cup, beating winners of the tournament 1986–87 season IFK Göteborg in the qualifying round. 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.

Recent times

In 2009 Žalgiris was left inoperative and the club owners refused to sell, resulting in the team and fans continuing the club under the name of VMFD Žalgiris. The new side was allowed in to the Lithuanian second division, and then returned to the top division next season.

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
1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2012, 2013
2003, 2013
1982

Participation in Europe cups

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

Participation in Lithuanian Championships

Staff

As of March 2013.[1]

Position Name
Chairman Lithuania Vilma Venslovaitienė
Director of Sport Lithuania Mindaugas Nikoličius
Commercial-technical Direktor Lithuania Andriejus Ovčinikovas
Head Coach Poland Marek Zub
Assistant Coach Lithuania Ivan Švabovič
Club doctor Lithuania Dainius Pavilonis

Current squad

As of 6 July 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Armantas Vitkauskas
2 Lithuania DF Andrius Skerla
3 Lithuania DF Georgas Freidgeimas
5 Lithuania DF Algis Jankauskas (Captain)
7 Lithuania MF Ramūnas Radavičius
8 Lithuania DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas
9 Lithuania MF Rytis Leliūga
10 Russia MF Pavel Komolov
11 Croatia MF Andro Švrljuga
12 Lithuania GK Aivaras Bražinskas
14 Croatia DF Luka Perić
16 Lithuania MF Paulius Janušauskas
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Takuya Kanai
19 Poland FW Kamil Biliński
20 Lithuania MF Vaidas Šilėnas
21 Lithuania MF Eivinas Zagurskas
22 Lithuania GK Ignas Plūkas
27 Lithuania FW Andrius Velička
29 Lithuania MF Povilas Krasnovskis
30 Lithuania GK Lukas Lidakevičius
80 Lithuania MF Artūras Žulpa
88 Lithuania MF Mantas Kuklys
99 Togo FW Serge Nyuiadzi

On loan

As of 25 February 2013.[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- Lithuania MF Arminas Vaskela

Youth squad

Žalgiris-2

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
36 Lithuania DF Kristijonas Bazys
38 Lithuania MF Artūr Serikov
42 Lithuania DF Mantas Bezuška
46 Lithuania DF Karolis Žudys
50 Lithuania FW Pavel Smirnov
No. Position Player
51 Lithuania MF Tomas Malinauskas
53 Lithuania MF Aidas Mačionis
70 Lithuania DF Denis Romanov
71 Lithuania GK Karolis Čirba
79 Lithuania MF Erlandas Juška

Žalgiris-3

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
13 Lithuania FW Daniel Romanovskij
15 Lithuania DF Rokas Simanavičius
22 Lithuania GK Ignas Plūkas
24 Lithuania MF Haroldas Vaineikis
25 Lithuania MF Edvinas Mučinis
31 Lithuania DF Aldas Korsakas
33 Lithuania MF Dominik Stankevič
35 Lithuania MF Tomas Misiūnas
37 Lithuania DF Roland Andrijevski
39 Lithuania MF Karolis Mikutavičius
40 Lithuania DF Erik Sinkevič
41 Lithuania DF Haroldas Šidlauskas
No. Position Player
43 Lithuania MF Edvin Pavlovskij
44 Lithuania DF Ernestas Mininas
45 Lithuania FW Edvinas Baniulis
47 Lithuania DF Edgar Čičin
69 Lithuania DF Gvidas Normantas
72 Lithuania GK Andrius Juzkiv
73 Lithuania GK Robertas Konarskis
78 Lithuania MF Mykolas Krasnovskis
89 Lithuania MF Justas Lasickas
90 Lithuania MF Aurimas Tručinskas
96 Lithuania FW Artur Skuratovič
97 Lithuania FW Eimantas Skendelis

Transfers

In

Position Player Transferred from Source
GK Lithuania Ignas Plūkas Lithuania FBK Kaunas [3]
MF Poland Jakub Wilk Poland Lech Poznań [4]
MF Japan Takuya Kanai Netherlands Quick Boys '31/Venlo [4]
MF Lithuania Rytis Leliūga Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs [4]
MF Lithuania Artūras Žulpa Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis [5]
FW Croatia Vedran Gerc Malaysia Kedah FA [4]

Out

Position Player Transferred to Source
GK Lithuania Marius Rapalis Belarus Neman Grodno [4]
DF Lithuania Jaunius Juozaitis [6]
MF Russia Andrey Nagumanov Germany TSG Öhringen [4]
MF Lithuania Markas Beneta Lithuania Atlantas Klaipėda [6]
MF Lithuania Raimondas Vilėniškis [6]
FW Scotland Calum Elliot Scotland Alloa Athletic [4]

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

External links

  • Official Website
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