Lithuania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Nacionalinė komanda (National team)
AssociationLithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEdgaras Jankauskas
CaptainFedor Černych
Most capsSaulius Mikoliūnas (101)
Top scorerTomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadiumDarius and Girėnas Stadium
FIFA codeLTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 137 Increase 1 (4 April 2024)[1]
Highest37 (October 2008)
Lowest148 (November 2010)
First international
 Lithuania 0–5 Estonia 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 24 June 1923)
Biggest win
 Lithuania 7–0 Estonia 
(Riga, Latvia; 20 May 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 27 May 1924)
Baltic Cup
Appearances29 (first in 1928)
Best resultChampions (1930, 1935, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2010)

The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė) represents Lithuania in men's international football, and is controlled by the Lithuanian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Lithuania. They played their 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 thereafter against Georgia on 27 May of that year.

Although Lithuania has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, nor the UEFA European Championship, they have successfully participated in the regional Baltic Cup tournament, which takes place every two years between Lithuania and their Baltic rivals, Latvia and Estonia. Lithuania has won the Baltic Cup championship 10 times out of 29 appearances, and only Latvia has won it more frequently. Despite this Lithuania holds the record for winning the most consecutive Baltic Cup championships, four titles in a row from 1996 to 2000.

From 2012 until 2022, the national team played their home matches at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius.

History

Lithuanian football team at the 1924 Summer Olympics

On 24 June 1923, Lithuania played their first ever game, at the Lietuvos Fizinio Lavinimosi Sąjunga Stadionas, resulting in a 5–0 loss against Estonia. In 1924, Lithuania entered the 1924 Olympics in France, losing 9–0 against Switzerland on 25 May 1924. Two days later, Lithuania suffered a 10–0 loss to Egypt, a record defeat to date. During the early years of the Lithuanian national team, Lithuania regularly played Baltic neighbours Estonia and Latvia, with Lithuania's first win coming in a 2–1 away win against Estonia on 24 August 1924 in Tallinn. In 1930, Lithuania won the third edition of the Baltic Cup in Kaunas.[3] On 13 October 1940, Lithuania played their final game for just shy of 50 years, a 4–3 win against Latvia, following the first Soviet annexation of the country.[4]

Lithuania's first game following the declaration of independence in 1990 was a 2–2 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on 27 May 1990.[5] 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."[6] It was followed by another successful 2–0 performance against Austria in Marijampolė on 10 September 2008.

Results and fixtures

Main article: Lithuania national football team results (2020–present)

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania  1–1  Bulgaria Kaunas, Lithuania
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 14,230
Referee: Jakob Alexander Sundberg (Denmark)
20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Hungary  2–0  Lithuania Budapest, Hungary
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 58,274
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania  2–2  Montenegro Kaunas, Lithuania
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 11,328
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania  1–3  Serbia Kaunas, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 8,586
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Bulgaria  0–2  Lithuania Sofia, Bulgaria
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 6,916
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Lithuania  2–2  Hungary Kaunas, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Attendance: 5,349
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Montenegro  2–0  Lithuania Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 3,647
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
19 November 2023 Friendly Cyprus  1–0  Lithuania Limassol, Cyprus
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Alphamega Stadium
Referee: Marcel Birsan (Romania)

2024

21 March 2024 Nations League play-out Gibraltar  0–1  Lithuania Faro/Loulé, Portugal
20:45 Report
Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Attendance: 207
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
26 March 2024 Nations League play-out Lithuania  1–0
(2–0 agg.)
 Gibraltar Kaunas, Lithuania
Report Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
Note: Lithuania won 2–0 on aggregate and remained in League C, while Gibraltar were relegated to League D.
8 June 2024 2024 Baltic Cup Latvia  v  Lithuania Riga, Latvia
UTC+3 Stadium: Daugava Stadium
11 June 2024 2024 Baltic Cup Lithuania  v  Estonia/ Faroe Islands Kaunas, Lithuania
UTC+3 Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
6 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania  v  Cyprus Kaunas, Lithuania
20:45 Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
9 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Romania  v  Lithuania Bucharest, Romania
21:45 Stadium: Steaua Stadium
12 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania  v  Kosovo Kaunas, Lithuania
15:00 Report Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
15 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Lithuania  v  Romania Lithuania
20:45
15 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Cyprus  v  Lithuania Cyprus
21:45
18 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Kosovo  v  Lithuania TBD
20:45 Report

Coaching staff

Position[7] Name
Manager Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas
Assistant coach Lithuania Andrius Velička
Assistant coach Lithuania Vaidas Sabaliauskas
Fitness coach Lithuania Georgas Freidgeimas
Goalkeeping coach Lithuania Audrius Paškevičius
Analyst Lithuania Rokas Pranaitis

Managers history

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 2018 26 3 5 18 14 50 011.54
Valdas Urbonas Lithuania 2019 2021 24 5 4 15 17 49 020.83
Valdas Ivanauskas Lithuania 2021 2022 13 2 1 10 6 29 015.38
Reinhold Breu (interim) Germany 2022 2022 4 0 2 2 1 4 000.00
Edgaras Jankauskas Lithuania 2023 present 12 3 4 5 10 15 025.00

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the international matches in March 2024.[8]

Caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2023, after the match against  Cyprus.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Emilijus Zubas (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 33) 17 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv FC
12 1GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 27) 9 0 Romania Universitatea Cluj
16 1GK Vytautas Černiauskas (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 35) 6 0 Lithuania FK Panevėžys

4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 31) 48 1 Germany SV Sandhausen
13 2DF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 26) 47 2 Slovenia Olimpija
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 35) 41 0 Lithuania FK Panevėžys
3 2DF Markas Beneta (1993-11-08) November 8, 1993 (age 30) 22 0 Lithuania FK Panevėžys
19 2DF Edgaras Utkus (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 23) 13 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge KSV
17 2DF Pijus Širvys (1998-04-01) April 1, 1998 (age 26) 12 3 Slovenia NK Maribor
20 2DF Rokas Lekiatas (1998-11-07) November 7, 1998 (age 25) 8 0 Romania FC U Craiova 1948
5 2DF Kipras Kažukolovas (2000-11-20) November 20, 2000 (age 23) 6 0 Kazakhstan FC Astana
7 2DF Klaudijus Upstas (1994-10-30) October 30, 1994 (age 29) 5 0 Lithuania FC Hegelmann

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 33) 93 12 Turkey Tuzlaspor
10 3MF Fedor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 32) 89 14 India Kerala Blasters FC
14 3MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 29) 63 3 Greece PAS Lamia 1964
18 3MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 30) 33 1 Lithuania FK Žalgiris
22 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 24) 23 1 Lithuania FK Žalgiris
15 3MF Gvidas Gineitis (2004-04-15) April 15, 2004 (age 20) 12 0 Italy Torino FC
21 3MF Daniel Romanovskij (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 27) 10 0 Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi
23 3MF Artūr Dolžnikov (2000-06-06) June 6, 2000 (age 23) 6 0 Lithuania FK Kauno Žalgiris
3MF Giedrius Matulevičius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 27) 3 0 Lithuania FK Žalgiris
3MF Matas Vareika (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 24) 0 0 Lithuania FC Hegelmann

9 4FW Gytis Paulauskas (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 24) 11 2 Ukraine FC Kolos Kovalivka
4FW Armandas Kučys (2003-02-27) 27 February 2003 (age 21) 5 0 Lithuania FK Kauno Žalgiris

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 Lukas Paukštė (1998-09-25) 25 September 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Lithuania Šiauliai  Serbia, 10 September 2023

DF Artemijus TutyškinasINJ (2003-08-08) 8 August 2003 (age 20) 6 0 Poland ŁKS Łódź  Serbia, 10 September 2023

MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 28) 32 1 Turkey İstanbulspor  Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Matijus Remeikis (2003-03-28) March 28, 2003 (age 21) 3 0 Lithuania FK Panevėžys  Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Eligijus Jankauskas (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 25) 9 0 Lithuania Šiauliai  Cyprus, 19 November 2023
MF Donatas KazlauskasINJ (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 30) 32 2 Lithuania Šiauliai  Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 29) 17 3 Lithuania Kauno Žalgiris  Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Karolis Uzėla (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 24) 5 0 Lithuania Kauno Žalgiris  Serbia, 10 September 2023
MF Deividas ŠešplaukisINJ (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 26) 2 0 Lithuania Šiauliai  Serbia, 10 September 2023

FW Faustas Steponavičius (2004-06-08) June 8, 2004 (age 19) 2 0 Bulgaria PFK Botev Plovdiv  Cyprus, 19 November 2023

Notes
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • WD = The player withdrew from the current squad due to non-injury issue.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.

Player records

As of 20 November 2023.[9]
Players in bold are still active with Lithuania.

Most appearances

Saulius Mikoliūnas is Lithuania's most capped player with 101 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Saulius Mikoliūnas 101 5 2004–2022
2 Arvydas Novikovas 93 12 2010–present
3 Fedor Černych 89 14 2012–present
4 Andrius Skerla 84 1 1996–2011
5 Deividas Šemberas 82 0 1996–2013
6 Tomas Danilevičius 71 19 1998–2012
7 Žydrūnas Karčemarskas 66 0 2003–2013
8 Aurelijus Skarbalius 65 5 1991–2005
Marius Stankevičius 65 5 2001–2013
10 Deividas Česnauskis 64 4 2001–2016

Top goalscorers

Tomas Danilevičius is Lithuania's top scorer with 19 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Tomas Danilevičius 19 71 0.27 1998–2012
2 Fedor Černych 14 89 0.16 2012–present
3 Antanas Lingis 12 33 0.36 1928–1938
Arvydas Novikovas 12 93 0.13 2010–present
5 Edgaras Jankauskas 10 56 0.18 1991–2008
6 Virginijus Baltušnikas 9 42 0.21 1990–1998
7 Jaroslavas Citavičius 8 24 0.33 1926–1933
Valdas Ivanauskas 8 28 0.29 1992–2000
Darius Maciulevičius 8 38 0.21 1991–2005
Robertas Poškus 8 48 0.17 1999–2011

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined invitation
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 the  Soviet Union Part of the  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 8 1 0 7 4 19
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/11 81 18 16 47 63 130

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of the  Soviet Union
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 13 12
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 3 2 5 8 16
Portugal 2004 8 3 1 4 7 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 5 1 6 11 13
Poland Ukraine 2012 8 1 2 5 4 13
France 2016 10 3 1 6 7 18
European Union 2020 8 0 1 7 5 25
Germany 2024 8 1 3 4 8 14
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland 2028 To be determined To be determined
Italy Turkey 2032
Total 0/8 74 21 12 41 63 122

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 C 4 6 0 0 6 3 16 Same position 39th
2020–21 C 4 6 2 2 2 5 7 Same position 41st
2022–23 C 1 8 2 1 5 4 14 Same position 47th
2024–25 C 2 To be determined
Total 20 4 3 13 12 37 41st
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Baltic Cup

Main article: Baltic Cup (football)

Honours

Baltic Cup

Head-to-head record

Main article: Lithuanian national football team head to head

As of 19 November 2023.

See also

References

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
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