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FK Vėtra
FK Vėtra Logo
Full name Futbolo Klubas Vėtra
Nickname(s) -
Founded 1996
Ground Vėtra Stadium
Vilnius
(Capacity: 5,900)
Chairman Romas Stašauskas
Manager Virginijus Liubsys
League A Lyga
2009 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

FK Vėtra is a Lithuanian football team from the capital city of Vilnius. The team plays in the Lithuanian Premier division A Lyga. The club was founded in 1996 and was initially based in Rūdiškės, a settlement in Vilnius district, and moved in 2003 to Vilnius city with the purchase of its own stadium.

Despite its short history, Vėtra managed to achieve considerable success in UEFA tournaments.

In 2004, Vėtra played in the Intertoto Cup and reached the 3rd round with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss, including the elimination of Scottish side Hibernian FC.

Their results in the 2005 tournament were not as successful, being eliminated in the early stages by losing both first round matches to future finalists CFR Cluj. In 2006, Vėtra played Shelbourne F.C. of Dublin in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, but lost 0-1 at home, and 0-4 in Ireland.

In the 2007 Intertoto Cup, Vėtra's second round game with Legia Warsaw was called off when Legia fans rioted. The scoreline was 2-0 to Vėtra at the time, and on July 11th, UEFA decided to reward the tie 3-0 to Vėtra, and expel Legia from the competition. Vėtra lost to English side Blackburn Rovers in the third round. [1].

In the 2008 edition of the UEFA Cup Vėtra lost to Viking Stavanger despite winning the first leg thanks to a bizarre goal.

In July 2009 Vėtra became the first Lithuanian club to progress in a European knock-out match after losing its first game at home. In the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa league Vėtra lost 0-1 to HJK Helsinki but defeated their opponents 3-1 to earn a tie against Fulham FC. Vetra lost 3-0 at home and the same away, which means they were knocked out by Fulham.[1 ]

Contents

Achievements

Participation in Lithuanian Championships

Participation in European tournaments

Season Competition Round Club Score
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round Estonia JK Trans Narva 3-0, 1-0
2nd Round Scotland Hibernian 1-1, 1-0
3rd Round Denmark Esbjerg fB 1-1, 0-4
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round Romania CFR Cluj 2-3, 1-4
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round Republic of Ireland Shelbourne FC 0-1, 0-4
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round Wales Llanelli AFC 3-1, 3-5
2nd Round Poland Legia Warszawa '2-0'/3-0, (w/o)
3rd Round England Blackburn Rovers 0-2, 0-4
2008 UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Norway Viking FK 1-0, 0-2
2009 Europa League 1st Qualifying Round Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 3-0, 3-0
2nd Qualifying Round Finland HJK Helsinki 0-1, 3-1
3rd Qualifying Round England Fulham 0-3, 0-3

Current squad

As of July 22, 2009:

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Mantas Galdikas
3 Lithuania DF Valdemar Borovskij
4 Lithuania DF Tadas Kijanskas
5 Lithuania DF Algis Jankauskas (captain)
6 Cameroon DF Bertrand Ngapounou
7 Lithuania MF Jevgenij Moroz
8 Lithuania MF Artūras Žulpa
10 Lithuania MF Gajus Kulbis
11 Lithuania FW Evaldas Grigaitis
12 Estonia MF Nikolai Mašitšev
13 Lithuania DF Gediminas Palauskas
14 Lithuania FW Germanas Plenkovskis (dubl)
15 Lithuania DF Denis Gordej
No. Position Player
17 Lithuania DF Paulius Macevičius
18 Lithuania DF Anton Zuj
19 Lithuania MF Robertas Vėževičius
20 Lithuania FW Tadas Eliošius
21 Lithuania MF Algirdas Breikštas
23 Lithuania MF Gediminas Kruša
26 Lithuania DF Marius Stanaitis
30 Lithuania GK Povilas Valinčius
32 Lithuania MF Vilius Zabarauskas
33 Lithuania MF Tomas Ražanauskas
44 Lithuania FW Mindaugas Grigalevičius
66 Lithuania GK Mantas Tamulionis
–– Lithuania MF Viktor Pašin

Notable former players

References

  1. ^ "Vetra through for a Fulham test". Futbolas.lt. July 24, 2009. http://www.futbolas.lt/en/news/,nid.3490. Retrieved 2009-07-24.  

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