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Edgaras Jankauskas
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Personal information
Full name Edgaras Jankauskas
Date of birth March 12, 1975 (1975-03-12) (age 34)
Place of birth Vilnius, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club New England Revolution
Number 10
Youth career
Panerys Vilnius
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Žalgiris Vilnius 93 (41)
1996 CSKA Moscow 18 (9)
1997 Torpedo Moscow 29 (10)
1997–1999 Club Brugge 52 (16)
2000–2002 Real Sociedad 56 (19)
2002 Benfica (loan) 12 (8)
2002–2005 Porto 64 (19)
2004–2005 OGC Nice (loan) 24 (2)
2005–2007 FBK Kaunas 0 (0)
2005–2007 Heart of Midlothian (loan) 37 (9)
2007–2008 AEK Larnaca 15 (5)
2008 Belenenses 5 (0)
2008 Skonto Riga 10 (2)
2009 REO LT Vilnius 4 (8)
2009– New England Revolution 10 (2)
National team
1991– Lithuania 54 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2007

Edgaras Jankauskas (born March 12, 1975 in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian footballer who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

A tall powerful striker who particularly enjoys the physical side of the game, he is also relatively skilled, and is arguably the country's best known player, having represented the national team for almost 20 years.

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Career

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Professional

Jankauskas moved to FK Žalgiris Vilnius' youth ranks at 16, from local FK Panerys Vilnius. In 1996 he joined PFC CSKA Moscow and later spent a further year in the Russian capital with FC Torpedo.

In 1997, Jankauskas moved to Club Brugge K.V. and helped the club win the Belgian championship in his first season; however, in January 2000, he became the most expensive Lithuanian player of all time, when Real Sociedad paid Brugge 2.3 million euros for his services.

After another year and a half in Donostia, Jankauskas was loaned to S.L. Benfica for the 2001-02 season, and the following year was signed by F.C. Porto, under manager José Mourinho. Although not always a regular with Porto, Jankauskas made an important contribution to a side which conquered all in Portugal, winning the league and cup double in 2002-03, and the league title in 2003-04. Jankauskas also helped Porto to an unprecedented run of European success and, while he missed selection for the 2003 UEFA Cup final-winning squad, he was a substitute when the Dragons won the UEFA Champions League, against AS Monaco, in the following year.

After the departure of Mourinho, Jankauskas fell out of favor in Porto and joined OGC Nice on loan, but he failed to settle in France and eventually signed for Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian, via FBK Kaunas, in 2005. In a complex deal, he was loaned to Hearts at the behest of Vladimir Romanov, who controlled both clubs, and spent the next two seasons in Edinburgh. In 2005-06, Jankauskas' experience and goals helped Hearts to win the Scottish Cup and achieve Champions league qualification by finishing second in the league. The following year was less successful for him, as injuries and indifferent form limited his appearances. After his Kaunas and Hearts (loan) contracts expired in 2007, he signed with Cyprus's AEK Larnaca.

On January 30, 2008, Jankauskas signed with Portuguese league outfit C.F. Os Belenenses. However, after spending a few months with the club he terminated his contract. In the summer of 2008, Jankauskas chose Skonto Riga, claiming he wanted to play closer to his homeland. He left Skonto Riga after the 2008 season.

Since the start of 2009 Jankauskas was doing his coaching badges and pondering his retirement. But in June 2009 it was revealed that Jankauskas would be heading to the United States for a trial with Major League Soccer club New England Revolution. On June 28, 2009, it was announced that Jankauskas had signed with the Revolution, pending the arrival of his P1 Visa and ITC documents. His week 26 goal against the Kansas City Wizards was nominated for the MLS Goal of the Year Award.

International

Jankauskas has been an important part of the Lithuania national football team since 1991. he scored his first international goal on 5 October 1996, in a qualifying game for the 1998 FIFA World Cup against Iceland, and has since gone on to score 10 goals in 54 international appearances.

Honours

Club

Žalgiris Vilnius:

Club Brugge:

Porto:

Hearts:

National Team

Individual

International goals

Scores and results list Lithuania's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 October 1996 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Iceland 1-0 2-0 1998 WC Qualifying
2 9 October 1996 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Liechtenstein 1-0 2-1 1998 WC Qualifying
3 30 April 1997 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 1-0 2-0 1998 WC Qualifying
4 3 June 2000 S.Darius and S.Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Armenia 1-1 1-2 Friendly
5 15 August 2001 S.Darius and S.Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Israel 1-1 2-3 Friendly
6 4 September 2004 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium  Belgium 1-1 1-1 2006 WC Qualifying
7 8 September 2004 S.Darius and S.Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  San Marino 1-0 4-0 2006 WC Qualifying
8 8 September 2004 S.Darius and S.Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  San Marino 2-0 4-0 2006 WC Qualifying
9 6 February 2007 La Courneuve, Paris, France  Mali 1-1 1-3 Friendly
10 12 September 2007 S.Darius and S.Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania  Faroe Islands 1-0 2-1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

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