Sūduva

Founded In
1930
Location
Marijampolė, Lithuania

Sūduva

About Sūduva

Football Club Sūduva, often known as Sūduva Marijampolė, is one of the oldest existing clubs in Lithuanian football, with a history dating back to around 1930. Based in the city of Marijampolė, the team have competed as part of both the USSR and Lithuania's league systems and have been able to achieve major success, especially in recent years. The club's nickname is 'Suvalkiečiai', which translates to 'Sudovians'.

During the Soviet era, the club underwent a series of name changes, as various different factories offered their support. On the field, the side competed at local level, building a small fanbase from the surrounding area. Their most notable achievement was reaching the final of the Lithuanian Cup in 1976, which they evetually lost to Kelininkas Kaunas. 

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the club briefly played in the Baltic championship and the top division of the Lithuanian league, but struggled and quickly fell down the divisions. In 2002, Sūduva returned to the top flight and again finished as runners up in the Lithuanian Cup. Since that time, the side have experienced huge success, winning the cup in both 2006 and 2009, as well as the 2009 Lithuanian Supercup. Over the course of recent years, Sūduva have began to compete seriously for the league title, with the team finishing in 2nd place in the 2007 and 2010 seasons. Meanwhile, the 2010 campaign also saw the side finish as runners up in the Baltic League. Their performances at domestic level have seen the club gain entry to the preliminary rounds of the UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions.

Tomas Radzinevičius, Tomas Mikuckis, Willer Souza Oliveira and Saulius Klevinskas have been amongst the most notable players to compete for the team.

Sūduva's home matches are played at ARVI Football Arena, which opened in 2008. The venue underwent an expansion in 2009, bringing its capacity up from 4,500 to 6,250.