FK Atlantas

FK Atlantas is a Lithuanian football team from the port city of Klaipėda. The team currently plays in A Lyga, the first level of the Lithuanian football league pyramid.

FK Atlantas
Full nameFootball Club Atlantas
Founded1962 (1962)
1996 (1996) modern club
GroundCentral Stadium of Klaipėda
Capacity4,428
ChairmanVidas Adomaitis
ManagerDonatas Navikas
LeagueA Lyga
20196th
WebsiteClub website

The club's name has changed several times. It was established in 1962 as Granitas, and became PSK Aras in 1993. Since 1996, when FK Sirijus Klaipėda was absorbed into the club, it has had the name Atlantas, which in Lithuanian language means Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantas were Lithuanian champions in 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1984.

History

Modern Atlantas was founded in 1996. In Soviet occupation period in Klaipėda City was team known as Granitas and Atlantas from 1970 was farm club of Granitas. Atlantas name was used in Lithuanian championship and Granitas in Soviet Union Championship. In Lihuanian independence period from 1990 Granitas and Atlantas tradition was lost, but in 1996 refounded team and named Atlantas. This team soon became a strongest football team in Klaipėda. Played in top division long time.

In summer 2018 club had financial problems, because account`s in banks was suspended. After that some players run away from club.[1] Club owners thinked about all chanses to save club from dissvolvement.[2] In the first half of 2018 A Lyga club was in 4th position and after summer they dont won any game in championship and lost their position. But after 28 rounds they was in 6th position and could play in final stage of the championship. 29 round was lost to FC Stumbras 0-6,[3]

In January 2019 about club situation known, that they lost sponsorship from business and Klaipėda city municipality and that means, that club soon can defunct.[4]

In February 2019 the club changed owners. The new chief is Vidas Adomaitis.[5][6]

Name history

  • 1962 – Granitas Klaipėda
  • 1970 – Atlantas Klaipėda
  • 1996 – FK Atlantas Klaipėda

Honours

Domestic

Lithuanian Championship:

  • Runners-up - 3
2001, 2002, 2013
  • 3rd place - 5
1999, 2000, 2004, 2014, 2015
  • Winners - 2
2001, 2003
  • Finalists - 2
2004, 2014–15

Soviet Championship::

  • Lithuanian SSR Championship:
  • Champions - 4
1978, 1980, 1981, 1984
  • Winners - 2
1964, 1985
  • Lithuanian SSR cup:
  • Winners - 4
1977, 1981, 1983, 1986

Other tournaments

  • 3rd place - 1
2003

Stadium

Central Stadium of Klaipėda is a multi-purpose stadium in Klaipėda, Lithuania. It is currently used mostly for football matches by FK Atlantas competing in A Lyga. In the past the stadium had a capacity of 9,000 and now holds only 5,000.

Sometimes (in early spring or late autumn, or winter) plays in alternative stadium Klaipėdos miesto centrinio stadiono dirbtinės dangos aikštė.[7] That is artificial pavement ground nearby Central Stadium.

Supporters

FK Atlantas supporters are called Vakarų Frontas. FK Atlantas supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Žalgiris Vilnius.

Crest and colours

The crest features a yellow seahorse with a football on the background. In the middle of the crest there is a white text saying Atlantas at the top and Klaipėda in smaller text under it. The logo contained some white.

Since the beginning the club has used the colors yellow and blue on their kits.

Traditional kit
Traditional kit
Away kit
2007/2008; 2015 (Away)
Puma since 2017 (Home)
Puma since 2017 (Away)
Goalkeeper`s kit 2018

Kit manufacturers

Season-by-season

Lithuania
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L Goals Top Scorer Cup Europe
1999 1st 3 18 9 6 3 34–24
2000 1st 3 36 21 4 11 70–45
2001 1st 2 36 19 12 5 66–29
2002 1st 2 32 20 7 5 58–23
2003 1st 5 28 9 6 13 27–30
2004 1st 3 28 15 5 8 36–29
2005 1st 7 36 11 8 17 40–52
2006 1st 6 36 14 10 12 46–41
2007 1st 6 36 13 6 17 54–45
2008 1st 6 28 7 7 14 31–44
2009 3rd 1 20 18 2 0 101–11 Gintas Podelis
2010 2nd 7 27 9 6 12 35–33 Žilvinas Kymantas
2011 1st 11 33 3 2 28 28–121 Karolis Laukžemis
2012 1st 8 36 7 6 23 33–92 Tino Lagator
2013 1st 2 32 22 5 5 64–23 Evaldas Razulis
2014 1st 3 36 19 8 9 76–36 Evaldas Razulis
2015 1st 3 36 21 7 8 65–34 Andrey Panyukov
2016 1st 4 33 16 8 9 42–32 Maksim Maksimov
2017 1st 5 33 8 12 13 39–43 Andrey Panyukov
2018 1st 6 33 6 6 21 28-75

Current squad

As of 22 August 2019[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Lukas Paukštė
2 DF José Carrión
4 DF Tautvydas Špiegis
5 DF Marius Činikas
6 DF Andrius Bartkus
7 FW Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana (loan from FK RFS)
8 MF Vytautas Lukša
9 FW Tadas Labukas
10 FW Darvydas Šernas
12 GK Stefano Kunchev
No. Position Player
13 MF Vilius Armanavičius
14 DF Jonas Latakas
16 DF Damir Žutić
19 MF Jurica Kovačić
20 FW Deivids Dobrecovs
22 MF Ņikita Juhņevičs
23 MF Titas Vitukynas
24 MF Justas Vainikaitis
27 MF Dimitar Petkov
28 DF Tomas Gvazdinskas
44 MF Akinjide Idowu
77 MF Mateo Dunić

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player

Notable and famous players

FK Atlantas players who have either appeared for their respective national team at any time or received an individual award while at the club.


European Cups history

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Kocaelispor 1–0 0–1 1–1 (5–3 p)
2R Bradford City 1–4 1–3 2–7
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Rapid Bucureşti 0–4 0–8 0–12
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Litex Lovech 0–5 1–3 1–8
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Dyskobolia Grodzisk 0–2 1–4 1–6
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Spartak Moscow 1–0 0–2 1–2
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Rhyl 3–2 1–2 4–4 (a)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Differdange 03 0–1 3–1 3–2
2Q Shakhter Karagandy 0–0 0–3 0–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Beroe Stara Zagora 0–2 1–3 1–5
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q HJK 0–2 1–1 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kairat 0–6 1–2 1–8

Staff

Position Name
President Vidas Adomaitis
Director (?)
Director of Football Arnas Lekevičius
Head Coach Viktors Dobrecovs
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach

Managers

References

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