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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2006, 03:36 Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me anything about the history of FK Žalgiris, FKK Siauliai, or FK Vėtra?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2006, 06:56
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If you have not already found that thread : FC Zalgiris Vilnius -- legendary Lithuanian club
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Why Zalgiris and Siauliai?
You will face Vetra in Intertoto. Not too much history to tell, club was founded in 1997 only (what means Shelbourne are 102 years older ). Promoted to top league in 2001 and relegated straight away. Next season (2003) they came back and claimed 3rd place - their highest achievement so far. Also reached Cup Final the same year, but lost it on penalties. Up until 2004 Vetra played in Rudiskes, a village with less than 1000 inhabitants. Then moved to capital Vilnius.
Before start of current season Vetra got some money boost from Russian company and signed few foreign players from Ukraine, Russia and Macedonia.
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Thank you for the replies!!!

I am curious about FK Žalgiris and FKK Siauliai because according to uefa.com they play each other on Friday 16 June 2006 in Vilnius.
http://www.uefa.com/footballEurope/C...tValueMonth=06
I, along with some of our other supporters, hope to attend this match so I just wanted to know something about the teams we will be watching.
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Zalgiris has richest history of all Lithuanian clubs. In 1983-89 they played in highest league of Soviet Union, in most successful 1987 season claimed 3rd place. One of greatest results was 3-0 win in Kyiv against Dinamo, who just won Cup Winner's Cup by beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the final.
But this fairytale ended when Soviet Union collapsed and Zalgiris joined Lithuanian league in 1990. With lack of decent opposition, best players went abroad, club was sold to shady owners later. Despite poor adminstration, club was competitive until 2000. Then, in 2002, Zalgiris finished outside of top 3 in league for the first time. 4th in next two seasons, 8th (of 10 teams) last year. Then Zalgiris was sold again, three former players from 80s joined adminstration and coaching staff. Currently, their manager is suspended for 15 games for beating referee after match.
Many fans turned away since 1990, but Zalgiris still has biggest group of travelling supporters (ultras). The word Zalgiris itself came from name of nearby village/battle in 1410 when joint Lithuanian-Polish army beated Teutonic Knights.
Champions in: 1991, 1992, 1999.

Current Siauliai team was created only few years ago. Former teams from this city, named Elnias, Sakalas and Kareda had many moments of glory, but were disbanded because of lack of sponsorship. Latest achievement was two succesive titles in 1997 and 1998 by Kareda.
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Vol,

Thanks for the info!!!!

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Currently, their manager is suspended for 15 games for beating referee after match.
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Thanks for the info!!!!


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you should ask fans of the welsh club Rhyl about our managers The coach of Zalgiris Pankratejevas is not the worst case
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The coach of Zalgiris Pankratejevas is not the worst case
Yes, he had a good teacher. :rollani:
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BTW be prepared for the dump that is the Zalgiris stadium. The toilets are by far the worst thing and dont be shocked to find bones of dead animals in the stands a legendary stadium but it's desperate for a renovation.
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BTW be prepared for the dump that is the Zalgiris stadium. The toilets are by far the worst thing and dont be shocked to find bones of dead animals in the stands a legendary stadium but it's desperate for a renovation.
I saw it on worldstadiums.com. Doesn't look too good and it has an athletics track.

Does the Lithuanian NT still play in that stadium or do they use other stadiums now?
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old June 5th, 2006, 19:24
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Last match hosted by Zalgiris stadium was WC qualifier against Spain in October 2004. Since then we play in Vetra stadium which has no tracks around pitch, but looks tiny and unattractive for me.

One national stadium was started to build more than 15 years ago (if I'm not mistaken), but was suspended and only basic carcass lies there. Lots of rumours and promises in latter years about finishing it, as well as reconstruction of Zalgiris but at some point you stop believing in this shit. :depress:
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old June 6th, 2006, 15:51
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Well IMO the best stadium to WATCH football in Lithuania is Vetra 'couse the pitch is like on the palm of your hand but it has lot's of bad sides. Like lack of parking space, to normal score board, only mobile toilets etc. but at this moment it's the best in Vilnius and maybe in Lithuania even 'couse the the Kaunas stadium is an 99% atletics stadium wich is not realy suted for watching football.
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