Ekranas

Founded In
1964
Location
Panevėžys, Lithuania

Ekranas

About Ekranas

Football Club Ekranas was founded in 1964 by Vincentas Navickas. Based in the city of Panevėžys, the team enjoyed moderate success towards the end of the Soviet era, but have risen to greater prominence since Lithuania gained independence and the A Lyga was established in 1991. Ekranas are nicknamed 'Mėlynai Raudoni', a reference to the traditional colours of the club's kits, which translates to 'The Blue Reds'.

After several decades of competition in the USSR, the club enjoyed huge success in 1985, winning the Lithuanian SSR Championship. In addition, the season also saw them lift the Lithuanian Cup for the first time. Their performances ensured that when the A Lyga was created, Ekranas were a founding member.

Since Lithuania became independent, Ekranas have gone on to achieve even greater levels of success and have emerged as one of the country's most decorated sides. In total, they have been crowned as A Lyga champions on seven occasions, including a string of consecutive wins in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Additional success has been found in the Lithuanian Cup, which the team have collected on five occasions. In both 2010 and 2011, the team achieved a league and cup double, while in 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2011, the team also picked up the Lithuanian Super Cup. In recent years, they have played in the qualifying rounds of both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League, although they are yet to reach the group stage of either competition.

Amongst the most notable footballers to have played for the club are Vaidotas Šlekys, Povilas Lukšys and Mantas Savėnas.

Ekranas play their home matches at Aukštaitija Stadium, which opened in 1965. The venue takes its name from Aukštaitija, one of the regions of Lithuania. It was renovated in 2008 and currently has a seated capacity of 4,000.

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