Atlantas

Founded In
1962
Location
Klaipėda, Lithuania

Atlantas

About Atlantas

Futbolo Klubas Atlantas was first established back in 1962 under the name Granitas. Located in the city of Klaipėda, the team have picked up occasional major honours in Lithuania, but experienced greater levels of success during the Soviet era. The team are sometimes referred to as Atlantas Klaipėda and their traditional home colours are yellow and blue. 

Throughout the years, Atlantas have undergone several name changes. In 1993, they became known as PSK Aras. Then, in 1996, the club merged with FK Sirijus Klaipėda, a club who had achieved moderate levels of success within Lithuanian football. Since the merger, the team have been known as Atlantas, which is a reference to the Atlantic Ocean.

The club experienced its most consistent success during the late 1970s and early 1980s, collecting Lithuanian SSR titles in 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1984. The side were also able to win the Lithuanian Cup in 1977, 1981, 1983 and 1986. Since the country gained indepedence from the USSR, Atlantas have picked up fewer major honours, winning just two additional Lithuanian Cups, with those wins coming in 2001 and 2003. As a result, their total tally of Lithuanian Cup wins stands at six. To date, the team have been unable to win the A Lyga title and their best performance came in 2004, when they finished in 3rd place.

Some of the most notable players to have played for the club throughout history include Kostas Lukauskas, Edmontas Karinauskas and Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Atlantas play their home matches at the Central Stadium of Klaipėda, also known as Žalgiris Stadium. In the past, the stadium has been shared with FK Šilutė, although Atlantas are now the only A Lyga team making use of it. Over recent years, the capacity of the venue has been reduced and it is currently able to hold around 5,000 supporters.