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Valdas Ivanauskas
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Personal information
Full name Valdas Ivanauskas
Date of birth July 31, 1966 (1966-07-31) (age 43)
Place of birth    Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Vilija Kaunas
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Žalgiris Vilnius
CSKA Moscow
Žalgiris Vilnius
Lokomotiv Moscow
Austria Wien
Hamburger SV
Austria Salzburg
SV Wilhelmshaven
BV Cloppenburg
012 0(1)
032 0(2)
083 (19)
016 0(7)
078 (28)
091 (13)
035 0(7)
050 (16)
0?? 0(?)   
National team
005 0(0)
028 0(8)
Teams managed
Lithuania (assistant manager)
FBK Kaunas
Heart of Midlothian (First-Team Coach)
Heart of Midlothian
FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Lithuania U18's
FK Banga Gargždai
Lithuania U21's
Standard Sumgayit

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Valdas Ivanauskas (born July 31, 1966 in Kaunas) is a football coach and a former football striker from Lithuania.

He is best known in Europe for his time at Hamburger SV as a player in 1993-97 and coaching at Hearts football club in 2005-07.



Ivanauskas started his playing career and soon became a regular with FK Žalgiris, a club that was a respected member of the old Soviet Premier Division. Ivanauskas spent the 1985 season in the Second Division with CSKA Moscow, but then he returned to Žalgiris. However, in season 1990, he played in the Second Division for Lokomotiv Moscow after Žalgiris decided to transfer to the new Lithuanian League.

In November 1990 he moved abroad to play for Austria Vienna, where he was hugely successful with 52 goals in 122 games during which he was twice the leading scorer in the League. As a result, Valdas helped Austria to win three successive Championships and in June 1992, the Lithuanian striker scored the only goal of the Cup Final against Admira Wacker.

In July 1993 he moved to Germany and became the first Lithuanian to play in the German Bundesliga, playing 100 matches for Hamburger SV between 1993 and 1997 and scoring 17 goals. He was also a hero in his homeland and was voted Lithuanian Footballer of the year in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994[1].

In the summer of 1997 he moved back to Austria, and signed for SV Salzburg, where he spent two seasons including a spell at St. Pölten before ending his career at a German Regional League side SV Wilhelmshaven in July 1999. Two years later the 35-year old striker had a season with BV Cloppenburg where he retired for good in June 2002[2].


He played 28 international matches and scored 8 goals for the national team, and also played 5 matches for the Soviet Union between 1988 and 1990.


Coaching career

Ivanauskas celebrating with Hearts players following their Scottish Cup victory in 2006

Since retiring he has acquired a UEFA Professional Coaching Licence in Germany and in 2003 started his manager career when he became assistant manager of the Lithuanian national team[3]. The same year Ivanauskas also took caretaker position in FK Vėtra, and was later appointed on a permanent basis. In 2004 season Ivanauskas led FK Vėtra to its first ever Intertoto Cup third-round appearance, eliminating Tony Mowbray's revitalised Hibernian side, but resigned in August citing personal problems and that he was too occupied with his job in the national team. However in just a couple of weeks time he took over at FBK Kaunas and led the club to Lithuanian championship title and Lithuanian Cup victory.

In summer 2005 after a run of poor results he resigned from FBK Kaunas. It was rumoured that he might take over Scottish team Heart of Midlothian, a club with a Lithuanian-based owner and several Lithuanian players. Although these rumors persisted even after the sacking of managers John Robertson and George Burley, the club subsequently appointed Graham Rix as head coach. However, when in March 2006 Rix was also sacked, Ivanauskas was promoted to the position of interim head first team coach until the end of the season.

After finishing second in the SPL and guiding to club to a Scottish Cup triumph, it was announced on 30 June 2006 that Ivanauskas had been appointed as Hearts' head coach on a permanent basis. In doing so he became the club's first foreign manager.

On October 23 2006, Valdas Ivanauskas was given two weeks leave by majority shareholder, Vladimir Romanov, citing health reasons - believed to be stress. He was replaced by Eduard Malofeev and returned as head coach on 27th of November. On March 20, 2007, Ivanauskas left his position of head coach by mutual consent.[4] He was replaced by Anatoly Korobochka and Stephen Frail who had served as Sporting Director and Reserve Coach respectfully, during Ivanauskas' reign.

In September 2007, Ivanauskas became manager of FC Carl Zeiss Jena of Germany's 2.Bundesliga[5]. His stay at FC Carl Zeiss Jena was cut short when he was fired on 3 January 2008 due to lack of results[6].

On July 2008 Ivanauskas made a return to football and agreed to coach FK Banga Gargždai in the Lithuanian second division and led the team to its first bronze medal finish in 14 years. The team also earned promotion to the A Lyga, Lithuanian top football division for the 2009 season, after three other clubs withdrew before the start of the season.

On November 2008, Ivanauskas also became the interim coach of Lithuania's under-18 football team, and after leading the team to a surprise draw in a friendly against Germany, on February 2009 was subsequently appointed as head coach of Under-21 national football team[7] and on 16 July 2009 signed an contract with Standard Sumgayit[8]. On July 22 he was replaced with Vitalijus Stankevičius, as the U-21 headcoach, because LFF decided that he can't effectively complete his tasks. On October 23rd he was fired from Standart Sumgayit.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Heart of Midlothian Scotland March 22, 2006 October 23, 2006 28 14 9 5 50.00
Heart of Midlothian Scotland November 27, 2006 March 20, 2007 17 8 5 4 47.06
Carl Zeiss Jena Germany September 21, 2007 January 03, 2008 12 3 6 3 25.00


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