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Since the below is about the next championship :

by Kestutis Gimbutas
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Eduard Malofeev's appointment as the new coach of deposed Lithuanian champions FBK Kaunas has been the big news of the winter so far as clubs look forward to the 2006 season.

Malofeev move
The Belarussian, now 63 years old, had coached his national team and FC Dinamo Minsk before leaving his most recent job as head of the youth academy at FC MTZ-RIPO Minsk. MTZ-RIPO and Kaunas are owned by the same man - Vladimir Romanov, who also holds a controlling stake in Scottish club Heart of Midlothian FC.

Cup withdrawal
Kaunas, who have signed Nerijus Radžius from Russian side FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrahan, will be competing in the Commonwealth Cup - the competition which brings together all of the champions of the former Soviet republics - in place of FK Ekranas, who chose not to compete.

Gess work
Another veteran coach has been put in charge at FK Vetra. A Russian with dual German citizenship, Edgar Gess briefly coached FC Alania Vladikavkaz last season but made his name by winning the 1979 Soviet title as coach of FC Spartak Moskva. His sporting director at Vetra will be Olympic champion goalkeeper Aleksei Prudnikov.

Major investment
Vetra have signalled their intention to battle for the title this season after founder and club president Romas Stašauskas struck a deal with Russian sponsors Gorodets, also one of the partners of FC Lokomotiv Moskva. Žalgiris are feeling similarly optimistic after being taken over by Lithuania's biggest metal merchants.

Žalgiris ambition
Arminas Narbekovas, voted Lithuania's player of the century, has become the new club president at Žalgiris while the club have welcomed back former player Igoris Pankratjevas, who led Klaipeda-based FK Atlantas for most of last season, as their new coach.

Quiet market
The transfer market has thus far been reasonably quiet with champions FK Ekranas signing 30-year-old Latvian midfielder Ruslans Mihalcuks after a year at FK Ventspils. Experienced striker Egidijus Varnas has joined the club from A Lyga rivals KFK Šiauliai.

Foreign trialists
Meanwhile, former Žalgiris players Tomas Mikuckis and Karolis Jasaitis have joined Marijampole-based FK Suduva and eight players from the Czech Republic and Brazil have headed to FK Vilnius on trial as they prepare for the start of the new campaign in April.

Financial worries
However, how many teams will be involved is still a mystery. There were ten teams in last season's competition, but with second division champions FK Alytis having withdrawn after failing to meet the criteria for top-flight sides and FK Nevežis facing financial troubles, there may be fewer in 2006.
 

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Interesting article, except Vetra claiming to be ready for the race title (Do people really believe that anyway ? ) the most "worrying" is about the last sentences and the number of teams involved next year. Who are the teams promoted from the second division this year ?

Does someone got news to add about that ?
 

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Alytis was the only team promoted, but they couldn't find agreement with local municipality for the stadium reconstruction. Club wanted to loan stadium for longer period and repair it; authorities fears because main club sponsors are construction company so they may change purpose later and build something else in that site.

I think Nevezis will remain in league, though they hasn't decided yet.

Vėtra's owner revealed after last season that he was dissapointed with team's defensive style of play. They signed veteran and former Lithuanian international Donatas Vencevicius who will join experienced Aidas Preiksaitis in the midfield. New foreign players from Russia, Czech Republic, Cameroon. Sound ambitious, but we'll see how they speak on the pitch.

Vilnius as always will probably import buch of beach Brazilians, who'll be sacked in midseason. :)

Changes at Zalgiris looked promising, but few key players left for other teams and I can't imagine who will play for them actually.

Ekranas signed two players so far, both played here before. Egidijus Varnas already scored 55 goals for us in 7 seasons, Michalchuk was loaned for a half of 2004 season. Defender Audrius Banevicius retired from football after 17 seasons here. He played as forward earlier. Around 500 games total and 100+ goals. Legend.
 

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What about Atlantas ?
 

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Don't know about changes in Atlantas, but they played 3 friendly matches recently: lost 1-2 against Kaunas and 0-1 against Silute, won 3-2 against Suduva.

Ekranas were hammered 0-5 by Skonto. :dazed: Few youngsters made their debut, central defender A.Klimavicius is on probation at English Championship side Plymouth Argyle. Next we'll play Metalurgs Liepaja and Ventspils.
 

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Is there any importants moves which are worth to mention so far in the A-Lyga ? I mean internationals or promising youths moving for abroad or the top club ?
 

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No, nothing special so far.

Atlantas will have new manager soon. Club unveiled he has no visa yet - foreigner, probably from Russia. Few players from Russia should came along.
Vetra signed cooperation agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow, as they both have same sponsor/owner. Injection of Russian blood there is also very likely.
 

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by Kestutis Gimbutas

Club officials are still busy fine tuning the Lithuanian First Division fixture list, just weeks before the season kicks off, by which time the identity of the Lithuanian Cup semi-finalists will already be known.

Mid-season break
The start of the campaign will start three days earlier than previously thought after league officials decided to make last-minute changes to the fixture list. Lithuania national team coach Algimantas Liubinskas hopes that will not be the last alteration, however, as he believes the mid-season break is too long. "We should start the season at the beginning of March or even in February,” he said. “We have indoor facilities in Vilnius, a modern venue with the latest kind of synthetic turf, as well as another synthetic pitch in Kaunas."

Familiar line-up
The make-up of the top-flight will be identical to last season as last year's second division champions FK Alytis Alytus were denied promotion because their home stadium does not meet first division standards. As a result, FK Nevézis keep their place among the footballing élite. Nevézis finished bottom last season, failing to win a single match and managing only five points in total. Their 'home' games will be played on neutral territory, as was the case last season, with the Kedainiai arena still awaiting reconstruction.

Russian coaches
Meanwhile, former FC Zenit St. Petersburg defender Sergei Savchenkov has been appointed coach of FK Atlantas. He becomes the third foreign manager currently working in Lithuanian football with former USSR and Belarus national team coach Eduard Malofeev at the helm of FBK Kaunas, while former FC Spartak Moskva forward Edgar Gess has been appointed head coach of FK Vetra.

Transfers quiet
The transfer market has been relatively quiet. Champions FK Ekranas signed Latvian midfielder Ruslan Michalchuk, while Brazilian pair Prado and Ewerthon arrived at FK Vilnius on three-month contracts. Raimondas Vileniskis has returned to Polish side FK Žalgiris Vilnius, while Vetra continue negotiations with Andrius Gedgaudas, who left Kaunas last summer to play in the Russian Premier League for FC Tom Tomsk. They have less than a month to secure his signature before the first round of the Lithuanian Cup in March. The quarter-finals will also be held before the league season starts.
 

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Fobal klub said:
Familiar line-up
The make-up of the top-flight will be identical to last season as last year's second division champions FK Alytis Alytus were denied promotion because their home stadium does not meet first division standards. As a result, FK Nevézis keep their place among the footballing élite. Nevézis finished bottom last season, failing to win a single match and managing only five points in total. Their 'home' games will be played on neutral territory, as was the case last season, with the Kedainiai arena still awaiting reconstruction.
That's quite a nonsense: Alytis is not promoted because of the stadium, and Nevézis is not relegated but will play in a neutral stadium (Kaunas one?). I think Alytis could play in a neutral stadium as well, and maybe deserved to play in the A-Lyga more than Nevézis which was really a disaster last year, and probably won't be better this year. I have sympathy for Kedainiai, but I think Alytus deserved a chance...
 

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I think Alytis realises there is no point to play only for themselves.

League could welcome few clubs at once it there were any real candidates with proper squads and stadium. After Alytis refusal Nevezis just saved us from 9-team league with unwanted bypasses every round.

In Italian, German or English scale Kaunas and Alytus/Kedainiai would suit a derby term easily - there is only about 40 km to Kedainiai and 50+ to Alytus. But football travells are not popular even for such funny distances.

Championship should kick off at 9th of April.
Supercup - March 22,
Cup 1/8 Final - March 18/19, second leg 25/26.
 

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Yes I know, football is not very popular in the Baltic republics, I've attended a match in Riga, a derby, and the Skonto stadium was totally empty, just few people there... I couldn't believe it, since I'm used to our derby in Genova...
But in this case I didn't understand much the difference between Kedainiani and Alytus, both had the same problem with the stadium...
 

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Valdas Trakys has returned to former club FBK Kaunas after agreeing a one-year deal with the Lithuainian Cup holders. The 26-year-old joined FK Atlantas at the start of last season before moving on to Russian second division side FC Orel, for whom he scored once in 18 appearances.

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FK Vetra Vilnius have these new players on trial:
Dejan Miloseski (23, CM, Macedonia, former clubs: Cementarnica (MAC), Paniliakos, Kassandria, Piolemaida (all Greece))
Bobi Bozinovski (24, Winger (?), Macedonia, former clubs: Cementarnica, Vardar, Maccedonia (all MAC))
Algis Jankauskas (23, DF, former clubs: FK Zalgiris Vilnius, Amkar (RUS)) This would be a low blow for the FK Zalgiris fans.
Emmanuel Chipatala (22, LM, Malavi, 7 caps/2 goals, former clubs: Silver Strikers, Bukilli Bullets (both MAL). Reached the semi final of the CAF Champions League with Bukilli Bullets. Was 4th in the top scorers list of the 2005 season with 9 goals.
Miroslav Rikanovic (23, F, Serbia & Montenegro, former clubs: Jediastvo UB)
 

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Dejan Milosevski and Blagoj Bozinovski two of our midfielders !!! according to Macedonian newspaper "Makedonski Sport" they will sign with Vetra for sure.
They were our best midfielders, Milosevski is fantastic free-kick taker, we will miss them a lot :( :( :( :( Now our midfield looks very poor :( :( :(
 

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Another question
i am searching information about a Kauno Jègeriai.
I saw that them are the "second team" of FBK Kaunas.
But i have a question.
Are they same colour as FBK Kaunas?
Are they a different logo o simbol?
Who are them player?

Send me information

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