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A Lyga
Season 2009
Champions Ekranas
5th league title
Relegated Kruoja
Champions League Ekranas
Europa League Vėtra
Sūduva
TBD (via dom. cup)
Baltic League Ekranas
Vėtra
Sūduva
Šiauliai
Tauras
Matches played 112
Goals scored 302 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Valdas Trakys (20)
Biggest home win Sūduva 6-0 Kruoja
Biggest away win LKKA ir Teledema 2-7 Sūduva
Kruoja 0-5 Šiauliai
Banga 0-5 Vėtra
Highest scoring LKKA ir Teledema 2-7 Sūduva
2008
2010

The Lithuanian A Lyga 2009 was the 20th season of top-tier football in Lithuania. The season started on 4 April 2009[1] and ended on 31 October 2009.[2] Ekranas successfully defended their title.

Contents

Promotion and relegation

Šilutė were relegated to the 1 Lyga after finishing the 2008 season in last place. They were replaced by 1 Lyga champions Tauras.

Pre-season controversy

The Lithuanian top football division was shaken to its core after FBK Kaunas and Atlantas withdrew their participation on 20 March 2009. Both teams cited serious differences with the Lithuanian Football Federation over the way the league has been led in the past as a reason.[3] This was the second blow to the league within two weeks after Žalgiris were denied a license for this season because of excessive financial problems on 6 March 2009.[4]

As a consequence, the chairman of the National Football Clubs' Association (NFKA), Gintaras Ugianskis, resigned from his post. Further, the organization of the league was put into the hands of the LFF.[5]

The 2009 A Lyga consists of eight teams chosen from all teams of both A Lyga and 1 Lyga. Teams with a higher 2008 season rank had a preference to enter.[6] Clubs being interested in a participation could submit their application until 26 March 2009.[5]

On 27 March 2009, the LFF announced the three replacement teams. Banga Gargždai, LKKA ir Teledema Kaunas and Kruoja Pakruojis were appointed to the league.[1] Further, the LFF classified FBK Kaunas and Atlantas to play in the third-tier II Lyga because of "unethical conduct and other irregularities" while Žalgiris were granted a license for the second-level 1 Lyga.[1]

Clubs

Location of teams in the A Lyga 2009
Club Location Stadium Capacity Current manager
Banga Gargždai Gargždai Stadium 800 Lithuania Vytautas Jančiauskas
Ekranas Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium 4,000 Lithuania Valdas Urbonas
Kruoja Pakruojis Pakruojis city stadium 1,000 Lithuania Aidas Dambrauskas
LKKA ir Teledema Kaunas Kaunas LŽŪU stadium 1,000 Lithuania Viačislavas Novikovas
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium 6,260 Lithuania Gedeminas Jarmalavičius
Šiauliai Šiauliai Savivaldybė Stadium 2,430 Lithuania Deivis Kančelskis
Tauras Tauragė Vytauto Stadium 1,600 Latvia Jurijs Popkovs
Vėtra Vilnius Vėtra Stadium 5,300 Lithuania Virginijus Liubšys

League table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Ekranas  (C) 28 18 9 1 58 20 +38 63 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Vėtra 28 16 9 3 55 22 +33 57 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Sūduva 28 14 11 3 55 22 +33 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Šiauliai 28 13 3 12 40 34 +6 42
5 Tauras 28 10 8 10 26 22 +4 38
6 Banga 28 7 6 15 25 49 −24 27
7 LKKA ir Teledema 28 4 3 21 19 63 −44 15
8 Kruoja  (R) 28 2 7 19 24 70 −46 13 Relegation to 2010 1 Lyga

Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
1Winners of 2009–10 Lithuanian Football Cup will qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Every team will play each other four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 28 games.

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First half of season

Home \ Away1 BAN EKR KRU L&T SŪD ŠIA TAU VĖT
Banga 1–2 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–5
Ekranas 1–0 4–0 3–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–3
Kruoja 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–5 2–2 0–3
LKKA ir Teledema 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–7 0–2 0–3 0–2
Sūduva 4–0 1–1 6–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1
Šiauliai 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Tauras 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1
Vėtra 2–2 0–0 6–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season

Home \ Away1 BAN EKR KRU L&T SŪD ŠIA TAU VĖT
Banga 0–3 4–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–1
Ekranas 5–1 3–0 3–0 4–2 2–0 1–0 1–1
Kruoja 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–3 2–2
LKKA ir Teledema 1–2 0–3 2–1 0–4 1–4 0–1 0–1
Sūduva 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 5–1 0–0 1–1
Šiauliai 3–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Tauras 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0
Vėtra 2–0 1–2 3–0 4–1 2–0 5–2 2–1
Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Last updated: 26 October 2009; Source: futbolas.lt (Lithuanian)

Pos. Player Club Goals
1 Lithuania Valdas Trakys Ekranas 20
2-4 Lithuania Tadas Kijanskas Vėtra 11
Lithuania Mantas Kuklys Šiauliai
Lithuania Ričardas Beniušis Sūduva
5 Lithuania Egidijus Varnas Ekranas 10
6-7 Lithuania Povilas Lukšys Sūduva 9
Lithuania Mindaugas Grigalevičius Vėtra
8-10 Nigeria Israel Awenayeri Douglas Banga 8
Lithuania Igoris Morinas Kruoja
Lithuania Andrius Urbšys Sūduva

European Competitions

2009-10 UEFA Champions League

Lithuania Ekranas L - Azerbaijan Baku (2–2, 2–4) 4–6 on aggregate

2009-10 UEFA Europa League

Luxembourg Grevenmacher - Lithuania Vėtra W (0–3, 0–3) 0–6 on aggregate
Lithuania Sūduva L - Denmark Randers (0–1, 1–1) 1–2 on aggregate
Lithuania Vėtra W - Finland HJK Helsinki (0–1, 3–1) 3–2 on aggregate
Serbia Sevojno - LithuaniaKaunas L (0–0, 1–1) 1–1 on aggregate, 1–0 on away goals
Lithuania Vėtra L - England Fulham (0–3, 0–3) 0–6 on aggregate

References

  1. ^ a b c "A lygoje "Kauno", "Atlanto", ir "Žalgirio" nebus" (in Lithuanian). www.futbolas.lt. 27 March 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/lt/naujienos/,nid.2641. Retrieved 28 March 2009.  
  2. ^ "Paskelbtas 2009 metų A lygos sezono tvarkaraštis" (in Lithuanian). www.futbolas.lt. 30 March 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/lt/naujienos/,nid.2663. Retrieved 30 March 2009.  
  3. ^ "A lygos likimas spręsis po savaitės, "Kaunas" ir "Atlantas" traukiasi, "Žalgiriui" vilčių yra" (in Lithuanian). www.futbolas.lt. 20 March 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/lt/naujienos/,nid.2585. Retrieved 21 March 2009.  
  4. ^ "No exemption for legendary club (Legendiniam klubui išimtis nepadaryta)" (in Lithuanian). www.15min.lt. 7 March 2009. http://www.15min.lt/naujiena/sportas/futbolas/24/31464/. Retrieved 11 March 2009.  
  5. ^ a b "Final decisions on A lyga to be made on March 27th". www.futbolas.lt. 21 March 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/en/news/,nid.2593. Retrieved 23 March 2009.  
  6. ^ "A lygoje žaisti sutiktų bent trys I lygos klubai" (in Lithuanian). www.futbolas.lt. 25 March 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/lt/naujienos/,nid.2623. Retrieved 25 March 2009.  

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