Third Place winner, March 2009 Photo Contest
Enough talent to achieve European Championship or World Cup? You must be joking. We have some good players, but are we in European top 16 in terms of talent? My answer is simple - no, we aren't. Our undoubted starters Stankevicius and Danilevicius plays in Serie B and in NT Stankevicius plays at right back while he is midfielder in club. We have decent goalkeeper in Karcemarskas, our best midfielder in Semberas (also, he plays as a defender in CSKA Moscow and has little match practice as a midfielder). Cesnauskis brothers are good players also, but, as you see we don't have enough cover for them - Morinas is pretty useless on the left hand side at this level. Moreover, do we have any good strikers? Jankauskas maybe still is the best, but he is veteran and injury prone; Danilevicius failed to meet requirements at Livorno after brief start of the season; Poskus... You saw everything in last couple of games. No further comments required I think; Velicka? Had a brief start of the season in quite a mediocre league and maybe deserved place in starting lineup, but is he messiah, who could give us goals we are desperately lacking? Probably no.
I don't say that all our lads are bad players. The trouble is that there is enough countries who have better ones and more of them. Take a look: Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Croatia - all these countries definitely have more talented players and there are also more, who I think have better players than we do (the ones like Israel, Scotland, Belarus, Finland etc.). We must overachieve to advance from the group. We are not doing that though.
So, even if Liubinskas isn't perfect (his conflicts with players are also annoying me, but is the coach guilty party? I'm not so sure), but it is not he who is responsible for the fact we still have never made our way to the Euro or World Cup. It's just about quality of our oponents.