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Lithuania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Rinktine (National team)
Association Lithuanian Football Federation
(Lietuvos futbolo federacija – LFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Reinhold Breu (caretaker) (2022)
Captain Ernestas Šetkus
Most caps Saulius Mikoliūnas (101)
Top scorer Tomas Danilevičius (19)
Home stadium Darius and Girėnas Stadium
FIFA code LTU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 132 Increase 1 (7 February 2019)
Highest 37 (October 2008)
Lowest 148 (November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 124 Decrease 19 (3 March 2019)
Highest 47 (10 September 2008)
Lowest 150 (27 May 1990, 18 December 2022)
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)

The Lithuania national football team (Lithuanian: [Lietuvos nacionalinė futbolo rinktinė] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) represents Lithuania in 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 11 times, only Latvia has won it more. Despite this Lithuania holds the record for winning the most consecutive Baltic Cup championships, four titles in a row from 1996 to 2000.

Since 2012 the national team has played their home matches at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius.

History

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. 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.

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

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

2022

2023

Coaching staff

Position Name
Interim Manager Germany Reinhold Breu
Assistant coach Lithuania Andrius Velička
Assistant coach Germany Mario Tanzer
Fitness coach Lithuania Georgas Freidgeimas
Goalkeeping coach Lithuania Audrius Ramonas
Analyst Lithuania Rokas Pranaitis

Managers history

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win%
Zelkevičius, BenjaminasBenjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1990 1991 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
Liubinskas, AlgimantasAlgimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 1992 1994 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&048.&&&&&048 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.14000024.14
Zelkevičius, BenjaminasBenjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 1995 1997 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&045.&&&&&045 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.38000041.38
Latoža, KęstutisKęstutis Latoža Lithuania 1998 1999 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.78000027.78
Tautkus, RobertasRobertas Tautkus (caretaker) Lithuania 1999 1999 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Stankus, StasysStasys Stankus Lithuania 2000 2000 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
Kvedaras, JuliusJulius Kvedaras (caretaker) Lithuania 2000 2000 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Zelkevičius, BenjaminasBenjaminas Zelkevičius Lithuania 2001 2003 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&5000021.05
Liubinskas, AlgimantasAlgimantas Liubinskas Lithuania 2003 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&&054.&&&&&054 &&&&&&&&&&&&&065.&&&&&065 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036.00
Couceiro, JoséJosé Couceiro Portugal 2008 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&040.&&&&&040.00
Žutautas, RaimondasRaimondas Žutautas Lithuania 2010 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
László, CsabaCsaba László Hungary 2012 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.50000012.50
Pankratjevas, IgorisIgoris Pankratjevas Lithuania 2013 2015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 &&&&&&&&&&&&&023.81000023.81
Jankauskas, EdgarasEdgaras Jankauskas Lithuania 2016 2018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.54000011.54
Urbonas, ValdasValdas Urbonas Lithuania 2019 2021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.83000020.83
Ivanauskas, ValdasValdas Ivanauskas Lithuania 2021 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.38000015.38
Breu, ReinholdReinhold Breu (interim) Germany 2022 present &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00

Players

Current squad

  • The following players were called up for the 2022 Baltic Cup tournament.
  • Match dates: 16 and 19 November 2022
  • Opposition:  Iceland and  Estonia
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 19 November 2022, after the match against  Estonia
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Edvinas Gertmonas (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 27) 4 0 Lithuania Žalgiris
16 1GK Ignas Plūkas (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 30) 1 0 Lithuania Hegelmann
1GK Marius Adamonis (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 26) 1 0 Italy Lazio

13 2DF Saulius Mikoliūnas RET (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 39) 101 5 Lithuania Žalgiris
4 2DF Edvinas Girdvainis (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 31) 40 0 Lithuania Kauno Žalgiris
2 2DF Linas Klimavičius (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 34) 37 0 Lithuania Panevėžys
23 2DF Rolandas Baravykas (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 28) 33 2 Unattached
3 2DF Artemijus Tutyškinas (2003-08-08) 8 August 2003 (age 20) 4 0 Poland ŁKS Łódź
8 2DF Natanas Žebrauskas (2002-02-18) February 18, 2002 (age 22) 3 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
2DF Klaudijus Upstas (1994-10-30) October 30, 1994 (age 29) 2 0 Lithuania Hegelmann
2DF Vilius Armalas (2000-07-21) July 21, 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Lithuania Hegelmann

11 3MF Arvydas Novikovas (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 33) 85 12 Unattached
17 3MF Justas Lasickas (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 26) 38 2 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana
20 3MF Domantas Šimkus (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 28) 28 0 Romania Universitatea Cluj
22 3MF Modestas Vorobjovas (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 28) 27 1 Romania Chindia Târgoviște
18 3MF Paulius Golubickas (1999-08-19) 19 August 1999 (age 24) 20 1 Croatia Gorica
19 3MF Tomas Kalinauskas (2000-04-27) April 27, 2000 (age 23) 2 0 England Havant & Waterlooville
3MF Gvidas Gineitis (2004-04-15) April 15, 2004 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Torino

10 4FW Fedor Černych (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 32) 80 12 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok
4FW Augustinas Klimavičius (2001-04-27) April 27, 2001 (age 22) 6 1 Lithuania Hegelmann
4FW Armandas Kučys (2003-02-27) 27 February 2003 (age 21) 4 0 Sweden Oskarshamns AIK

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 Džiugas Bartkus (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 34) 11 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
GK Ernestas Šetkus (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 38) 38 0 Unattached  Turkey, 14 June 2022

DF Benas Šatkus INJ (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 22) 14 0 Germany VfL Osnabrück  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
DF Dominykas Barauskas INJ (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 26) 11 0 Poland Stal Mielec  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
DF Edgaras Utkus INJ (2000-06-22) 22 June 2000 (age 23) 10 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge  Turkey, 14 June 2022
DF Pijus Širvys (1998-04-01) April 1, 1998 (age 25) 4 0 Lithuania Panevėžys  Turkey, 14 June 2022
DF Egidijus Vaitkūnas (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 35) 62 0 Lithuania Kauno Žalgiris  Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022

MF Vykintas Slivka (1995-04-29) 29 April 1995 (age 28) 54 3 Greece Lamia  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Linas Mėgelaitis (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 25) 15 1 Italy Viterbese  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Titas Milašius (2000-12-12) December 12, 2000 (age 23) 5 0 Poland Podbeskidzie  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Deividas Dovydaitis (2003-01-26) January 26, 2003 (age 21) 0 0 Lithuania Šiauliai  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Artūr Dolžnikov (2000-06-06) June 6, 2000 (age 23) 4 0 Unattached  Luxembourg, 25 September 2022
MF Donatas Kazlauskas (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 29) 33 2 Lithuania Žalgiris  Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Vilius Armanavičius (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 28) 6 0 Lithuania Hegelmann  Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Karolis Uzėla (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 23) 4 0 Latvia RFS  Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Giedrius Matulevičius (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 26) 3 0 Lithuania Sūduva  Turkey, 14 June 2022
MF Nauris Petkevičius (2000-02-19) February 19, 2000 (age 24) 2 0 Belgium Beerschot  Turkey, 7 June 2022
MF Gustas Jarusevičius (2003-05-23) May 23, 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Lithuania Žalgiris training camp 2022 June
MF Ovidijus Verbickas (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 30) 30 1 Lithuania Žalgiris  Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022
MF Gratas Sirgėdas (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 29) 14 5 Lithuania Kauno Žalgiris  Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022
MF Eligijus Jankauskas (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Lithuania Šiauliai  Republic of Ireland, 29 March 2022

FW Karolis Laukžemis (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 31) 29 2 Lithuania Sūduva  Turkey, 14 June 2022
FW Ignas Kružikas (1998-12-14) December 14, 1998 (age 25) 3 0 Lithuania Hegelmann  Turkey, 14 June 2022

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

Players in bold are still active with Lithuania.

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 Was not invited
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 0 2
France 1938 2 0 0 2 3 9
Brazil 1950 Part of the  Soviet Union Part of the  Soviet Union
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
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
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 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 66 20 9 37 55 108

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 6 0 1 5 2 14 0TBA 47th
Total 18 2 3 13 10 37 47th
*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

Honours

Baltic Cup

  • Winners (10): 1930, 1935, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2010

Head-to-head record

As of 31 March 2021.

See also

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  • Lithuania national under-21 football team
  • Lithuania national under-19 football team
  • Lithuania national under-18 football team
  • Lithuania national under-17 football team
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