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Šiauliai, Lithuania


About Šiauliai

Futbolo Klubas Šiauliai, known in English-speaking countries as Football Club Šiauliai, was founded in 1995. Previously operating under the name Sakalas Šiauliai, the team adopted their current name in 2004. Despite spending several years outside of Lithuania's top flight, the club have began to challenge for silverware over the course of recent seasons.

Although the club has only existed in its current form since 1995, its roots can be traced back to the formation of a team called Tauras Siauliai, who were also based in the city and competed during the Soviet era. That team's greatest success came in the 1974 season, when they were able to win the LFF Lyga title, but they were also notable for finishing as runners up in the Lithuanian Cup in 1991.

Since the creation of the team as it exists today, major success has been harder to come by and so far, the club have been unable to collect another league title. Indeed, the closest they have come to league success came in the 2009 and 2011 campaigns, when Šiauliai finished in 4th place in the table. In both 2010-11 and 2012-13, as a result of their league positions, they competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. The 2013 season also saw the club once again finish as Lithuanian Cup runners up, after losing the final to Žalgiris Vilnius. On this occasion, they were able to take the match into extra time and then penalties, but eventually lost the penalty shootout 8-7.

Artūras Rimkevičius, Viktor Raskov and Santiago Cesanelli have been amongst the most notable players to turn out for the club in recent years. Rimkevičius scored 35 goals in the 2012 season, which is currently the record for the most goals scored by one player in a single A Lyga campaign.

Šiauliai's home matches are currently held at Savivaldybė Stadium, which is able to hold a maximum of 4,000 supporters.