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2009 A Lyga

A Lyga
Season 2009
Champions Ekranas
5th league title
Champions League Ekranas
Europa League Vėtra
Sūduva
TBD (via dom. cup)
Baltic League Ekranas
Vėtra
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Tauras
Matches played 112
Goals scored 302 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Valdas Trakys (20)
Biggest home win Sūduva 6-0 Kruoja
Biggest away win LKKA ir Teledema 2-7 Sūduva
Kruoja 0-5 Šiauliai
Banga 0-5 Vėtra
Highest scoring LKKA ir Teledema 2-7 Sūduva
2008
2010

The Lithuanian A Lyga 2009 was the 20th season of top-tier football in Lithuania. The season started on 4 April 2009[1] and ended on 31 October 2009.[2] Ekranas successfully defended their title.

Promotion and relegation

Šilutė were relegated to the 1 Lyga after finishing the 2008 season in last place. They were replaced by 1 Lyga champions Tauras.

Pre-season controversy

The Lithuanian top football division was shaken to its core after FBK Kaunas and Atlantas withdrew their participation on 20 March 2009. Both teams cited serious differences with the Lithuanian Football Federation over the way the league has been led in the past as a reason.[3] This was the second blow to the league within two weeks after Žalgiris were denied a license for this season because of excessive financial problems on 6 March 2009.[4]

As a consequence, the chairman of the National Football Clubs' Association (NFKA), Gintaras Ugianskis, resigned from his post. Further, the organization of the league was put into the hands of the LFF.[5]

The 2009 A Lyga consists of eight teams chosen from all teams of both A Lyga and 1 Lyga. Teams with a higher 2008 season rank had a preference to enter.[6] Clubs being interested in a participation could submit their application until 26 March 2009.[5]

On 27 March 2009, the LFF announced the three replacement teams. Banga Gargždai, LKKA ir Teledema Kaunas and Kruoja Pakruojis were appointed to the league.[1] Further, the LFF classified FBK Kaunas and Atlantas to play in the third-tier II Lyga because of "unethical conduct and other irregularities" while Žalgiris were granted a license for the second-level 1 Lyga.[1]

Clubs

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Banga
Location of teams in the A Lyga 2009
Club Location Stadium Capacity Current manager
Banga Gargždai Gargždai Stadium 800 Lithuania Vytautas Jančiauskas
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium 4,000 Lithuania Valdas Urbonas
Kruoja Pakruojis Pakruojis city stadium 1,000 Lithuania Aidas Dambrauskas
LKKA ir Teledema Kaunas Kaunas LŽŪU stadium 1,000 Lithuania Viačislavas Novikovas
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium 6,260 Lithuania Gedeminas Jarmalavičius
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium 2,430 Lithuania Deivis Kančelskis
Tauras Tauragė Vytauto Stadium 1,600 Latvia Jurijs Popkovs
Vėtra Vilnius Vėtra Stadium 5,300 Lithuania Virginijus Liubšys

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ekranas (C) 28 18 9 1 58 20 +38 63 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Vėtra 28 16 9 3 55 22 +33 0571
3 Sūduva 28 14 11 3 55 22 +33 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Šiauliai 28 13 3 12 40 34 +6 0421
5 Tauras 28 10 8 10 26 22 +4 0381 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
6 Banga 28 7 6 15 25 49 −24 27
7 LKKA ir Teledema 28 4 3 21 19 63 −44 15
8 Kruoja 28 2 7 19 24 70 −46 13

Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
1Vėtra were denied the UEFA license for the 2010–11 season and therefore will not represent Lithuania in the UEFA Europa League.[7] Since the finalists of the 2009–10 Lithuanian Football Cup are Vėtra and Champions League-qualified Ekranas, all Europa League spots were awarded to teams based on their league positions. Therefore, Sūduva and Šiauliai qualified for the second, while Tauras qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results

Every team will play each other four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 28 games.

First half of season

Home \ Away[1]
Banga 1–2 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–5
Ekranas 1–0 4–0 3–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–3
Kruoja 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–5 2–2 0–3
LKKA ir Teledema 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–7 0–2 0–3 0–2
Sūduva 4–0 1–1 6–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1
Šiauliai 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Tauras 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1
Vėtra 2–2 0–0 6–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season

Home \ Away[1]
Banga 0–3 4–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–1
Ekranas 5–1 3–0 3–0 4–2 2–0 1–0 1–1
Kruoja 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–3 2–2
LKKA ir Teledema 1–2 0–3 2–1 0–4 1–4 0–1 0–1
Sūduva 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 5–1 0–0 1–1
Šiauliai 3–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Tauras 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0
Vėtra 2–0 1–2 3–0 4–1 2–0 5–2 2–1
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Last updated: 26 October 2009; Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)

Pos. Player Club Goals
1 Lithuania Valdas Trakys Ekranas 20
2-4 Lithuania Tadas Kijanskas Vėtra 11
Lithuania Mantas Kuklys Šiauliai
Lithuania Ričardas Beniušis Sūduva
5 Lithuania Egidijus Varnas Ekranas 10
6-7 Lithuania Povilas Lukšys Sūduva 9
Lithuania Mindaugas Grigalevičius Vėtra
8-10 Nigeria Israel Awenayeri Douglas Banga 8
Lithuania Igoris Morinas Kruoja
Lithuania Andrius Urbšys Sūduva

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