On January 8th FC Žalgiris started preparation for a new season. Before the first training session new head coach of Žalgiris Aurelijus Skarbalius held a press conference and introduced members of a teams coaching staff.
After unsuccesful finish of last season Žalgiris parted ways with head coach Aliaksandr Brazevich and asistant coach Andrius Skerla. Vilnius team started 2018 season with a new head coach A.Skarbalius, as well as coach for physical training Marius Čeliauskas and video analyst Rokas Pranaitis, while assistant coach Rolandas Džiaukštas and goalkeepers coach Audrius Paškevičius will continue their work at club as well.
In the first training session took part players from Žalgiris first and second teams: goalkeepers Džiugas Bartkus, Pijus Petkevičius, Airidas Mickevičius, defenders Linas Klimavičius, Mamadou Mbodj, Donovan Slijngard, Diego Oyarzun, Rolandas Baravykas, Dominykas Barauskas, midfielders - Slavko Blagojevič, Liviu Antal, Saulius Mikoliūnas, Karolis Uzėla, youngsters Osvaldas Čipkus, Arnold Baulin, Arminas Čivilis, Dominyk Kodz, Artūras Lukša, Edvinas Morinas. Team introduced two new footballers – midfielders Marquinhos from Brasil and Marko Tomič from Serbia.
Preparation for a new season will be held in Lithuania ant Turkey. From January 8th untill 29th Žalgiris will train in Vilnius, on January 30th will move to Turkey and near Antalya will held a training camp. On 11th of February team will come back to Vilnius and will spend last two weeks before official start of A leaugue campaing in „Sportima“.
During the preparation period Žalgiris will play 6 friendly games. First test will be on January 20th, in Sportima against second Žalgiris team. On January 27th Žalgiris will play againt RFS team in Riga. Next three friendly games will be held in Turkey: February 3rd against Bohemians 1905 from Prague, 7th – Akhmat from Grozny and 10th – Vorskla from Poltava. Last friendly game will be held on February 17th in Vilnius against Wigry team from Suwalki.
Official start of A league is set for 24-25 of February.