2019 A Lyga

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A Lyga
Season2019
Champions Sūduva
Relegated Atlantas
Palanga
Stumbras
Champions League Sūduva
Europa League Žalgiris
Riteriai
Kauno Žalgiris
Matches played127
Goals scored405 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorer Tomislav Kiš (27 goals)
Biggest home win Sūduva 9–1 Atlantas
(30 October 2019)
Biggest away win Atlantas 0–5 Sūduva
(10 March 2019)
Panevėžys 2–7 Sūduva
(24 September 2019)
Highest scoring Sūduva 9–1 Atlantas
(30 October 2019)
Longest winning run16 games
Sūduva
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Sūduva
Longest winless run22 games
Stumbras
Longest losing run18 games
Stumbras
Highest attendance2,500
Žalgiris v Sūduva

(20 October 2019)
Lowest attendance50
Palanga v Sūduva

(20 April 2019)
Total attendance52,357
Average attendance468
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of 1 December.

The 2019 A Lyga was the 30th season of the A Lyga, the top-tier association football league of Lithuania. The season began on 2 March 2019 and ended on 27 November 2019. [1]

Contents

Sūduva Marijampolė began the season as defending champions having won their second consecutive league title last year. They secured a third consecutive title in Aukštaitija Stadium on 3 November, after they beat Panevėžys 5–1.

Only five league clubs survived throughout the year – Stumbras folded in the summer, while Atlantas and Palanga were disqualified in the off-season.

Teams

Eight clubs competed – the top six of the 2018 season, the winner of the relegation play-offs and the champions of the 2018 LFF I Lyga. Palanga remained in the league having won the play-offs, while Panevėžys made their top-tier debut replacing relegated Jonava.

Trakai changed their name to Riteriai during the preseason, for a better identification with Vilnius, where the main team has been located since 2014. [2]

Stumbras bankruptcy

Match fixing scandal

Clubs and locations

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Kaunas
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Vilnius teams
Riteriai
Žalgiris
Locations of the 2019 A Lyga teams

The following teams competed in the 2019 championship:

ClubLocationStadiumTurfCapacity 2018 position
Atlantas Klaipėda Central Stadium of Klaipėda Natural 4,4286th
Klaipėda Artificial Football Pitch Artificial 1,000
Kauno Žalgiris Kaunas SM Tauras Stadium Natural5005th
NFA StadiumArtificial500
Palanga Palanga Palanga StadiumNatural1,2127th
Klaipėda SL Klaipėda Artificial Football PitchArtificial1,000
Panevėžys Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium Natural6,600
Žemyna Progymnasium StadiumArtificial500
Riteriai Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial5,0673rd
Sportima Arena Artificial3,157
Stumbras Kaunas NFA StadiumArtificial5004th
Sūduva Marijampolė ARVI Football Arena Natural6,2501st
ARVI Football Indoor Arena Artificial2,660
Žalgiris Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial5,0672nd
Sportima Arena Artificial3,157

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Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamHead coachCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Atlantas Flag of Latvia.svg Viktors Dobrecovs Flag of Lithuania.svg Darvydas Šernas [3] Nike [3]  
Kauno Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania.svg Mindaugas Čepas Flag of Lithuania.svg Linas Pilibaitis [4] Hummel BC Žalgiris
Palanga Flag of Russia.svg Artyom Gorlov Flag of Lithuania.svg Gvidas JuškaNike011 [5]
Panevėžys Flag of Moldova.svg Alexandru Curteian Flag of Lithuania.svg Paulius JanušauskasHummel [6] Kalnapilis
Riteriai Flag of Lithuania.svg Aurelijus Skarbalius Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdemaras Borovskis NikeEcoil
Stumbras Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins Flag of Lithuania.svg Rimvydas Sadauskas Joma  
Sūduva Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Vladimir Cheburin Flag of Lithuania.svg Algis Jankauskas JomaSumeda
Žalgiris Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins Flag of Lithuania.svg Saulius Mikoliūnas [7] NikeTop Sport

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Atlantas Flag of Lithuania.svg Vacys Lekevičius End of caretaker spell11 November 2018 [8] Pre-season Flag of Latvia.svg Viktors Dobrecovs 16 February 2019 [9]
Riteriai Flag of Belarus.svg Albert Rybak 21 December 2018 [10] Flag of Lithuania.svg Aurelijus Skarbalius 21 December 2018 [10]
Palanga Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Trakys Mutual consent2 January 2019 [11] Flag of Russia.svg Artyom Gorlov 29 January 2019 [12]
Stumbras Flag of Portugal.svg Mariano Barreto 31 January 2019 [13] Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins 22 February 2019 [14]
Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdas Urbonas Signed by Lithuania national team 2 February 2019 [15] Flag of Poland.svg Marek Zub 13 February 2019 [16]

Regular season

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Sūduva 2825037415+5975Qualification to Championship round
2 Žalgiris 2821256722+4565
3 Riteriai 2813784429+1546
4 Kauno Žalgiris 28135104839+944
5 Panevėžys 28871341531231
6 Atlantas 28751626532726
7 Palanga (R)28612129704119Qualification to Relegation play-offs
8 Stumbras (R)28432112604815Relegation to I Lyga
Source: A Lyga (in Lithuanian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head matches won; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Matches won. [17]
(R) Relegated

Results

Championship round

Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Sūduva (C)3329049524+7187Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Žalgiris 3324277929+5074Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Riteriai 33167105736+2155
4 Kauno Žalgiris 33165125445+953
5 Panevėžys 331071649631437
6 Atlantas 33752130784826
Source: soccerway.com
(C) Champion

Results

Home \ Away ATL KŽA PAN RIT SUD ZAL
Atlantas 0–21–4
Kauno Žalgiris 1–01–2
Panevėžys 2–01–5
Riteriai 5–20–15–1
Sūduva 9–14–12–1
Žalgiris 5–03–11–3
Source: A Lyga (in Lithuanian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs

The 7th placed team will face the runners-up of the 2019 LFF I Lyga for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn entry into the 2020 A Lyga.

First leg

Banga 2–0 Palanga
Renato Matos da Silva Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Algimantas Bačanskis Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Report
Gargždų stadionas, Gargždai
Attendance: 300
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika

Second leg

Palanga 2–2 Banga
Sergei Mošnikov Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Josip Jurjević Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Report Soccerball shade.svg 45' Jonas Bičkus
Soccerball shade.svg 90+3' Jonas Bičkus
Klaipėdos DDA, Klaipėda
Attendance: 200
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader – Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2020 I Lyga
Team \ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Sūduva 321333222111111111222222111111111
Žalgiris 112112111222222222111111222222222
Riteriai 566555555444433333333444333343333
Kauno Žalgiris 755444433333344444444333444434444
Panevėžys 677788888887776655555555555555555
Atlantas 244676777666667766666666666666666
Palanga 8888676667788888888888888777
Stumbras 4332213445555555777777777888

Updated to games played on 9 November 2019

Season statistics

Attendance

PosTeamTotalHighLowAverageChange
1 Sūduva 16,3252,1005001,089+10.6%
2 Žalgiris 10,1152,500165675+8.9%
3 Panevėžys 8,8001,100250629+19.6%1
4 Stumbras 1,857500100310+63.2%
5 Kauno Žalgiris 4,095500150293+63.7%
6 Atlantas 3,84550075275+6.6%
7 Riteriai 3,72040070248−20.0%
8 Palanga 2,41540050186−12.7%
League total51,1722,50050483+21.1%

Updated to games played on 9 November 2019
Source: A Lyga, Lietuvos Futbolas
Notes:
1: Team played last season in the I Lyga

Awards

Monthly awards

Individual

Team of the Month

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