Julius Kvedaras has been elected as the new president of the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF), with the outgoing Liutauras Varanavičius having chosen not to seek a new term.
The 62-year-old has made youth football and improvements to infrastructure the key targets for his four-year mandate. "Lithuania is a small footballing nation and we have to continue working hard to stay competitive," he said. "We can only succeed by doing that together. We must continue developing the infrastructure and focus on youth football, expanding the network of football academies."
A well-known player from the 1960s to 1980s, Kvedaras represented Russian side FC Tom Tomsk from 1973–75 before moving into coaching in the 1990s, also serving as assistant coach for the national team. He has been general secretary of the LFF since 2000 and a member of the UEFA Football Committee since 2007.
Varanavičius had been president of the LFF from 2000, and while he chose not to chase a fourth term he has pledged to keep helping the LFF in international matters and commercial activities as first vice-president. "I can confidently say that I achieved the goals set during my tenure and the federation is in good health to target new objectives," Varanavičius said. "I will support the development of football in Lithuania in my fields of expertise, to the best of my ability."
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