Founded In
1966 / 2006
Gargždai, Lithuania


About Banga

Football Club Banga, often known as Banga Gargždai, was first established back in 1966. Based in the western city of Gargždai, the team started out as part of the Soviet league system, but failed to make a major impact within the USSR. They have also historically spent much of their time in the second tier of Lithuania's football league, but have made a number of appearances in the country's top division. 

After Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union, Banga Gargždai were initially able to establish themselves as one of its elite teams, competing in the A Lyga consistently from 1994 up until the turn of the millennium. However, they were subsequently relegated and played several seasons in the second tier. Banga's most recent promotion to the top flight came in 2009 and was something of a technicality. Ahead of the season, both FBK Kaunas and Atlantas withdrew from the division, citing differences with the Lithuanian Football Federation. Therefore, Banga were called into the league by the LFF as one of the replacement teams.

In 2010-11, the club finished as runners up in the Lithuanian Football Cup. Although they were able to take the final to extra time, they eventually lost 4-2 to FK Ekranas. To date, this remains the closest the team have come to winning a major piece of silverware. As a result of their performances in the competition, they were granted entry into the qualifying rounds of the following season's UEFA Europa League, making their debut in a major European tournament in the process.

Israel Awenayeri Douglas and Aurelijus Staponka have been amongst the most notable players to have played for the club in recent times, with both being prolific goalscorers.

Banga's home matches are held at Gargždai Stadium, which is currently able to hold up to 2,000 spectators.