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Belarussian accent to Kaunas plans

FBK Kaunas will start the new season on 7 April with a new Belarussian coach, but the Lithuanian club's new signings already have Scotland on their minds.

Malofeev recommendation
Another trainer from Belarus, Eduard Malofeev, set Kaunas on course for last season's title before joining Heart of Midlothian FC as director of football. Now back at FC MTZ-RIPO Minsk - who like Kaunas and Hearts are owned by Lithuanian Vladimir Romanov - it was Malofeev who recommended Vladimir Kurnev of FC Neman Grodno as the club's new coach.

Kurnev tip
The 56-year-old will be assisted by Eugenijus Riabovas, who had been in temporary charge, and takes over a Kaunas team who will start the campaign as title favourites. The capital club reached the quarter-finals of this winter's Commonwealth Cup - which brings together the champions of all the former Soviet Republics - in Moscow, losing out on penalties to Latvian champions FK Ventspils. They may get the chance to avenge that defeat in the Baltic League, the new tournament for the top sides in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia which kicks off in April.

Kaunas signings
Having relinquished the title only once since 2000, Kaunas look strong again this season having taken three Belarussian recruits to their winter training camp in Turkey - Neman midfielder Oleg Tarasenko, and MTZ-RIPO duo Vyacheslav Hleb and Oleg Strakhanovich - and signed Senegalese prospect Pascal Mendi. How effective those new signings will prove is a moot point, with all four expected to join Hearts in the future.

Foreign trips
Overseas training camps were previously rare among cash-strapped Lithuanian clubs, but a renewed investment in local football has seen more and more clubs head for warmer climes this winter. Russian investors have helped to fund FK Vėtra's two three-week jaunts in Turkey, where FK Ekranas also trained. FK Sūduva headed to the Black Sea, while FK Žalgiris Vilnius plan a trip to Cyprus.

Narbekovas appoints himself
Finally, Žalgiris president Arminas Narbekovas recently announced that he would be taking over the coaching duties after Benjaminas Zelkevičius and former Lithuania captain Raimondas Žutautas both turned down the job.

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let's go:


Round 1 [Apr 7]
Interas - Kaunas
Vilnius - Vėtra
Sūduva - Šilutė
Ekranas - Šiauliai
Atlantas - Žalgiris
 

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When i see the squads, Interas is second team of FK Vilnius and Silute of FBK..... ridiculous..........
 

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Sūduva (Marijampolė) 4 - 1 Šilutė (Šilutė)
Atlantas (Klaipėda) 1 - 2 Žalgiris (Vilnius)
Vilnius (Vilnius) 0 - 0 Vėtra (Vilnius)
Ekranas (Panevėžys) 2 - 0 Šiauliai (Šiauliai)
Interas (Visaginas) 2 - 3 FBK Kaunas (Kaunas)
 

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2nd round:
Žalgiris 1 - 0 Sūduva
Interas 1 - 1 Šilutė
FBK Kaunas 2 - 1 Šiauliai
Ekranas 0 - 0 Vilnius
Vėtra 2 - 1 Atlantas
 

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1. FBK Kaunas 2 6
2. Žalgiris 2 6
3. Ekranas 2 4
4. Vėtra 2 4
5. Sūduva 2 3
6. Vilnius 2 2
7. Interas 2 1
8. Šilutė 2 1
9. Atlantas 2 0
10. Šiauliai 2 0

After 2 rounds.
 

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Šilutė - Žalgiris 0:0
Sūduva - Vėtra 1:0
Atlantas - Ekranas 1:1
Vilnius - FBK Kaunas 2:2
Šiauliai - Interas 4:1

And the table after 3 rounds:
1 Žalgiris 3 2 1 0 +2 7
2 Kaunas 3 2 1 0 +2 7
3 Sūduva 3 2 0 1 +3 6
4 Ekranas 3 1 2 0 +2 5
5 Vėtra 3 1 1 1 0 4
6 Vilnius 3 0 3 0 0 3
7 Šiauliai 3 1 0 2 0 3
8 Šilutė 3 0 2 1 -3 2
9 Interas 3 0 1 2 -4 1
10 Atlantas 3 0 1 2 -2 1
 

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BTW good to see Suduva and Siauliai atrackting quite big crowds in A Lyga standarts. Suduva had 2400 and 2200 in their home games and Siauliai 2250. Other than that only Ekranas manage to atract more than 1000 people into their games.
 

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Lithuanian champions FBK Kaunas are top of the nascent A Lyga table despite parting ways with Belarussian coach Vladimir Kurnev after just three games.

Swift dismissal
Two wins and a draw from the first three games of a season might seem like a decent return for a new coach but not for Kurnev who has found himself dismissed in record time at Kaunas, with club owner Vladimir Romanov seemingly adopting a similar hiring and firing policy at the Lithuanian club as he does with his Scottish side Heart of Midlothian FC. Since 2005, Kaunas have been through seven coaches, the latest being 42-year-old Bulgarian Angel Chervenkov who had been part of the coaching staff at PFC CSKA Sofia since 2003. Romanov has high hopes for his new appointment, saying: "From 2003 there were a lot of coaching changes at CSKA but Chervenkov always stayed. This proves he's a great specialist."

Useful skill
That ability to avoid dismissal may serve Chervenkov well as he becomes the first Bulgarian coach to take charge of a Lithuanian club. He has already said he thinks his new players are capable but lack tactical guidance. In that respect, his views may not be too far removed from the vast majority of local coaches in Lithuania. While Kurnev's dismissal was unusually swift, his abilities had been widely questioned after his side laboured to achieve results against low-rated opposition in the first three games of the season. In defence, they were regarded as suspect, and the coach - who was appointed along with his assistant Yevgeny Ryabov in February - said after one game: "My team were awful."

Right paperwork
To make matters more complicated, Kurnev never got the correct paperwork to work as a coach in Lithuania. During his time in charge, goalkeeping coach Arturas Ramoška was officially in charge, and a similar situation exists at FK Silute and KFK Šiauliai. Silute are officially led by Svajunas Česnulis, but in practice Darius Gvildis is in charge. Gvildis was invited to take up a post on Kaunas's training staff before joining Silute, whose players are largely loaned from the champions. Meanwhile, Ritis Tavoras is officially in charge at Šiauliai, with real coach Darius Magdišauskas unable to get the necessary paperwork quickly enough after returning from a spell in Sweden.

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Vetra celebrates it’s 10th season with new logo



Football club Vetra Vilnius celebrates it‘s 10 year anniversary and starts the Lithuanian championship season with specially designed logo, as well as with a new blue outfit, which will add to the already available choice of playing with yellow and black colours.
During the presentation of the team Vetra head coach Aleksandr Tarchanov spoke about club‘s aims for the season and admitted he hopes to reach the Baltic league final.

„We already have a place in the Baltic league play-offs almost assured, and our minimal aim is reaching the tournament‘s semi-final. If luck is on our side then maybe we can reach the final“, - said the coach.

Vetra is currently tied for top spot in Group D with Skonto Riga. Both clubs have 5 points each and face Flora Tallinn in the last round of the group stage.
 
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