FC Stumbras

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Stumbras
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Full nameFootball Club Stumbras Kaunas
Founded2013
Dissolved2019 [1]
ShareholdersRichard Walsh
Mariano Barreto
Mark Lehnett
Carlos Olavo
2019 8th (defunct)
Website Club website

Football Club Stumbras was a professional football club, based in Kaunas, Lithuania, which played in A Lyga, the top tier of Lithuanian football. Founded in 2013 on the basis of the NFA, the club has reached the heights of Lithuanian football in a fairly short period of time. It became infamous for one-sided footballer contracts. The club stopped functioning mid-season in 2019 after the owner pulled out the funds. The club played its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium (capacity 9,180) and used the NFA stadium in Kaunas (capacity 500) as an alternative.

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Name history

History

The club was established in 2013 on the basis of the Nacionalinė Futbolo Akademija team, adopting the name FC Stumbras and playing in II Lyga Southern Zone. The majority of the team's players were under 20 years old. Stumbras finished 2nd in the league and were promoted to I Lyga for the next year.

In 2014 FC Stumbras was able to sign a few more experienced players to go with their youth, most notably former national team striker and Kaunas native Artūras Rimkevičius. Stumbras started out the season strongly winning the first 8 matches. In July 2014, during the break, it was announced that 3 starting squad players Martynas Zaleckis, Klaidas Janonis and Klaudijus Upstas would leave the team, Rolandas Čepkauskas becoming the new head coach was announced a few days after. [2] FC Stumbras went on to finish the regular season 3rd, making it to the second phase. After beating FK Nevėžis 4–1 in the last match of the season, Stumbras secured 1st place in the league and Artūras Rimkevičius was declared top goal scorer with 26. The last team to represent the second largest city in Lithuania in A Lyga was FBK Kaunas in 2012. FC Stumbras chairman Vytautas Vaškūnas confirmed that the club would use their right to play in the top Lithuanian league in 2015 and Kaunas would have a team in A Lyga once again, he also confirmed the club would bring back Rimkevičius and would most likely strengthen the squad even more the following season. [3]

Stumbras made it official that they would like to join the premier Lithuanian football league for the 2015 season, on the second check up Stumbras was accepted. Getting ready for the 2015 season Stumbras already proved their worth playing matches against Lithuanian and foreign clubs, losing only once to Estonian Champions FC Levadia 1-0. On 28 January 2015, it was announced that 6 new players would join the club Nerijus Mačiulis, Tomas Snapkauskas, Mantvydas Eiza, Martynas Dapkus, Giedrius Kvedaras and Aleksandr Sikorskiy, later Darius Gvildys was announced as new head coach. Before the start of the season, Stumbras management surprised everyone when announcing that fans are welcome to watch them play for free for their home matches. [4] On 28 February 2015, FC Stumbras debuted in A Lyga beating FK Šiauliai 3-1 in Kaunas.

In 2019 season Stumbras won against FK Sūduva Marijampolė and FK Žalgiris Vilnius, team was in first position, but after first round team had problems, and could not win any more. In summer club lost place in 2019–20 UEFA Europa League [5] and later in A Lyga [6] and at last defunct. [7]

Stadium

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Darius and Girėnas Stadium

The club plays its home matches at the Darius and Girėnas Stadium. Stadium is a multi-use stadium in the Ąžuolynas park in Žaliakalnis district of Kaunas, Lithuania. The all-seater stadium holds 9,180. In 1998 the stadium was renovated according to UEFA regulations, and in 2005 it was modernised with the installation of the biggest stadium television screen in the Baltic states.

Crest and colours

Only in 2013 after adapting the name Stumbras, the crest came along with it. It features a blue bison with a football being squashed under its leg on the background of a white shield with red borders and then placed on another shield which is blue with white text saying FC Stumbras at the top and Kaunas in smaller text under it. The choice of name and branding for the club is believed[ by whom? ] to be a reference to the historic coat of arms of Kaunas, which from 1935 to 1992 featured a white bison instead of an aurochs.

Since the beginning, the club has used the colors blue and white on their kits. The logo contained some red; at the start of the 2015 season the club played its debut match with new kits that introduced the color red to their uniforms.

Kit manufacturers

Kit evolution

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Traditional home kit
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2013–2016 Away kit
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Away kit in 2017 season
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Away kit in 2018 season
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Goalkeeper`s kit 2018 Home

Achievements

LFF I Lyga Championship: 1

Lithuanian Cup :

Participation in Lithuanian championships

European record

As of July 2018

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAway Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Cyprus.svg Apollon Limassol 1−00–21–2
Notes

Last squad before defunt

As of 4 July 2019

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Rokas Rasimavičius
3 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Matheus Bissi
4 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Almeida
5 DF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Arnas Paura
6 MF Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yehor Kondratyuk
8 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Elvinas Navickas
9 MF Flag of Georgia.svg  GEO Levan Macharashvili
10 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Domantas Antanavičius
13 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Simas Gedžiūnas
14 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Lukas Čepkauskas
17 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Antonio Belo
19 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Gavi Thompson
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 DF Flag of Mexico.svg  MEX Gerardo Alonso
21 MF Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Denys Pidruchnyi
23 DF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Deividas Raulinaitis
27 MF Flag of Moldova.svg  MDA Andrei Ciofu
33 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Tanas Petukauskas
40 GK Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Tomas Raudonikis
80 MF Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Arnas Borodinas
91 GK Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Giedrius Kvedaras
94 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Mateus Gama
99 FW Flag of Guinea.svg  GUI Alsény Bah
MF Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  KAZ Demiyat Slambekov

Staff

As of 5 March 2019.

PositionName
President Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Walsh
Chief Operating Officer Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Forde
Director Flag of Lithuania.svg Karolis Dieninis
Director of football Flag of Lithuania.svg Giedrius Klevinskas
Head Coach Flag of Portugal.svg João Luís Martins
Assistant Coach Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Miranda
Coach Flag of Portugal.svg Luis Guilherme Morgado Rodrigues
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Lithuania.svg Artūras Ramoška
Physio Flag of Portugal.svg Artur Pereira

Managers

Partnership

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