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.