2020 A Lyga

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A Lyga
Season2020
Dates6 March – 7 November 2020
Champions Žalgiris
Champions League Žalgiris
Europa Conference League Sūduva
Kauno Žalgiris
Panevėžys
Matches played60
Goals scored153 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Hugo Vidémont
(13 goals)
Biggest home win Žalgiris 4–0 Panevėžys
(6 March 2020)
Biggest away win Riteriai 0–3 Kauno Žalgiris
(8 March 2020)
Highest scoring Žalgiris 4–0 Panevėžys
(6 March 2020)
Longest winning run3 matches
Sūduva
Longest unbeaten run3 matches
Sūduva
Longest winless run4 matches
Panevėžys
Longest losing run4 matches
Panevėžys
2019
2021
All statistics correct as of 13 June 2020.

The 2020 A Lyga was the 31st season of the A Lyga, the top-tier football league of Lithuania. The season began on 6 March and was planned to end on 7 November 2020. On 12 March all sports events were postponed for two weeks in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. [1]

Contents

Teams

FK Sūduva Marijampolė begin the season as defending champions having won their third consecutive league title last year.

Three clubs dropped out of A Lyga last season - Stumbras folded in the summer, while Atlantas and Palanga were disqualified after the end of the season after investigation revealed numerous match-fixing incidents.

Licensing process

The top 5 previous season's teams - FK Sūduva Marijampolė, FK Žalgiris, FK Riteriai, FK Kauno Žalgiris and FK Panevėžys met licensing criteria and received a straight pass to their licenses. Disqualified FK Palanga and FK Atlantas appealed the disqualification decision and expressed interest in playing in A Lyga. Their appeals were rejected.

Five of the I Lyga teams applied for A Lyga licenses - FK Banga Gargždai, FC Džiugas, Vilniaus Vytis, DFK Dainava and FC Hegelmann Litauen. The previous year's I Lyga winners FC Džiugas failed to meet A Lyga licensing criteria, and their application was rejected. FC Džiugas will continue playing in I Lyga this season. FK Banga Gargždai won the play-off match against FK Palanga and earned the right to play in A Lyga. Their A Lyga license was granted upon appeal. Vilniaus Vytis and DFK Dainava did not earn promotion to A Lyga, however they were hoping for exceptions which are common in Lithuanian football. In this instance their applications were rejected on the grounds of failing to meet several critical criteria. FC Hegelmann Litauen withdrew their application prior to the licensing committee's meeting. This meant that only six teams will play in the 2020 A Lyga championship. The LFF announced that four I Lyga teams will qualify for promotion to A Lyga next season. [2]

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Vilnius teams
Riteriai
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Home towns of the 2020 A Lyga teams
2020 A Lyga competitors
ClubLocationStadiumSurfaceCapacitySeasons
in A Lyga
2019 position
Banga Gargždai Gargždai Stadium Artificial2,32372nd in LFF I lyga
Kauno Žalgiris Kaunas SM Tauras Stadium Natural50064th
NFA StadiumArtificial500
Panevėžys Panevėžys Aukštaitija Stadium Natural6,60025th
Žemyna Progymnasium StadiumArtificial500
Riteriai Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial5,06773rd
Sportima Arena Artificial3,157
Sūduva Marijampolė Sūduva Stadium
(Hikvision Arena)
Natural6,250181st
Marijampolė Football Indoor Arena
(Hikvision FIA)
Artificial2,660
Žalgiris Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial5,067192nd
Sportima Arena Artificial3,157

Personnel and kits

TeamHead coachCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Banga Flag of Lithuania.svg Tomas Tamošauskas [3] Flag of Lithuania.svg Deividas Padaigis Flag of the United States.svg Nike -
Kauno Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania.svg Rokas Garastas Flag of Lithuania.svg Linas Pilibaitis Flag of Denmark.svg Hummel BC Žalgiris
Panevėžys Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins Flag of Lithuania.svg Paulius Janušauskas Flag of Denmark.svg Hummel [4] Kalnapilis
Riteriai Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Pikkarainen Flag of Lithuania.svg Valdemaras Borovskis Flag of the United States.svg NikeEcoil
Sūduva Flag of Lithuania.svg Saulius Širmelis Flag of Lithuania.svg Algis Jankauskas Flag of Spain.svg Joma Hikvision
Žalgiris Flag of Belarus.svg Aleksey Baga Flag of Lithuania.svg Saulius Mikoliūnas Flag of the United States.svg NikeTop Sport

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of appointment
Riteriai Flag of Belarus.svg Albert Rybak end of caretaker spell3 January 2020 Flag of Lithuania.svg Mindaugas Čepas 7 January 2020
Sūduva Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Vladimir Cheburin contract expiryat the end of the 2019 season Flag of Austria.svg Heimo Pfeifenberger 8 January 2020
Žalgiris Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins end of caretaker spell27 November 2019 Flag of Belarus.svg Aleksey Baga 19 January 2020
Kauno Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania.svg Mindaugas Čepas contract expiry [5] 2 December 2019 Flag of Lithuania.svg Rokas Garastas 3 December 2019
Sūduva Flag of Austria.svg Heimo Pfeifenberger contract termination [6] 14 April 2020 Flag of Lithuania.svg Saulius Širmelis 23 May 2020
Panevėžys Flag of Moldova.svg Alexandru Curteian contract termination [7] 15 June 2020 Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins 4 July 2020
Riteriai Flag of Lithuania.svg Mindaugas Čepas resigned [8] 28 June 2020 Flag of Lithuania.svg Vaidas Sabaliauskas (caretaker)28 June 2020
Riteriai Flag of Lithuania.svg Vaidas Sabaliauskas end of caretaker spell [9] 26 July 2020 Flag of Poland.svg Janusz Niedźwiedź 26 July 2020
Riteriai Flag of Poland.svg Janusz Niedźwiedź contract termination [10] 1 August 2020 Flag of Lithuania.svg Vaidas Sabaliauskas (caretaker)1 August 2020
Riteriai Flag of Lithuania.svg Vaidas Sabaliauskas end of caretaker spell [11] 11 August 2020 Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Pikkarainen 11 August 2020

Regular season

On 12 March all sports events were postponed for two weeks in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. [12]

League Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Žalgiris (C)2014334214+2845Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Sūduva 2013433218+1443Qualification for the Europa Conference League first qualifying round
3 Kauno Žalgiris 2012263018+1238
4 Banga 20371016301416
5 Panevėžys 20261219381912Qualification for the Europa Conference League second qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
6 Riteriai 20261217382112
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. [13]
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. Panevėžys qualified for the Europa Conference League as the 2020 Lithuanian Football Cup winners.

Fixtures and results

Season statistics

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of France.svg Hugo Vidémont Žalgiris 13
2 Flag of Croatia.svg Josip Tadić Sūduva 11
3 Flag of Lithuania.svg Linas Pilibaitis Kauno Žalgiris 8
4 Flag of Romania.svg Liviu Antal Žalgiris 6
5 Flag of Austria.svg Mihret Topčagić Sūduva 5
Flag of Brazil.svg Jorge Elias Panevėžys
6 Flag of Nigeria.svg Emmanuel David Kauno Žalgiris 4
Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuriy Bushman Kauno Žalgiris
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Semir Kerla Sūduva
Flag of Latvia.svg Valērijs Šabala Sūduva
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Richie Ennin Žalgiris
Flag of Serbia.svg Andrija Kaluđerović Žalgiris

Updated to match(es) played on 1 September 2020.
Source: soccerway.com [14]

See also

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