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Vetra

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FK Vėtra was a Lithuanian football (soccer) team from the capital city of Vilnius.

History

The club was founded in 1997 and was initially based in Rūdiškės, a settlement in Vilnius district, and moved in 2003 to Vilnius city with the purchase of its own stadium.

Despite its short history, Vėtra managed to achieve considerable success in UEFA tournaments.

In 2004, Vėtra played in the Intertoto Cup and reached the 3rd round with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss, including the elimination of Scottish side Hibernian FC.

Their results in the 2005 tournament were not as successful, being eliminated in the early stages by losing both first round matches to future finalists CFR Cluj. In 2006, Vėtra played Shelbourne F.C of Dublin in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, but lost 0-1 at home, and 0-4 in Ireland.

In the 2007 Intertoto Cup, Vėtra's second round game with Legia Warsaw was called off when Legia fans rioted. The scoreline was 2-0 to Vėtra at the time, and on July 11th, UEFA decided to award the tie 3-0 to Vėtra, and expel Legia from the competition. Vėtra lost to English side Blackburn Rovers in the third round.

In the 2008 edition of the UEFA Cup Vėtra lost to Viking FK despite winning the first leg thanks to a bizarre goal.

In July 2009 Vėtra became the first Lithuanian club to progress in a European knock-out match after losing its first game at home. In the second qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Vėtra lost 0-1 to HJK Helsinki but defeated their opponents 3-1 to earn a tie against Fulham FC. Vetra lost 3-0 at home and the same away, which means they were knocked out by Fulham.

The team played in the Lithuanian Premier division A Lyga but in summer of 2010 was expelled by Lithuniana Football Federation for financial troubles and debts to players, coaches and other club staff

Achievements

- A Lyga 2nd placed: 2009
- Lithuanian Football Cup runners-up: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 (finalist)

Participation in Lithuanian Championships

- 2003 LFF Lyga - 3rd
- 2004 LFF Lyga - 5th
- 2005 A Lyga - 4th
- 2006 LFF Lyga - 3rd
- 2007 - 5th
- 2008 - 3rd
- 2009 - 2nd

Participation in European tournaments


Notable former players

- Clément Beaud
- Tadas Kijanskas
- Dejan Milošeski
- Aidas Preikšaitis
- Andrius Skerla
- Darvydas Šernas
- Donatas Vencevičius
- Marijan Budimir




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