Benjaminas Zelkevičius

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Benjaminas Zelkevičius
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-02-06) 6 February 1944 (age 76)
Place of birth Vilnius, Reichskommissariat Ostland
(present-day Lithuania)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Technical Director
Club information
Current team
FM Ateitis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1967 Žalgiris Vilnius
1968 Shakhtar Donetsk 19 (3)
1969–1973 Žalgiris Vilnius 181 (29)
Teams managed
1977–1982 Žalgiris Vilnius
1985–1991 Žalgiris Vilnius
1990–1991 Lithuania
1992 FK Austria Wien (assistant)
1995–1997 Lithuania
1997 KAMAZ-Chally
1998 Rotor Volgograd (assistant)
1999 Shinnik Yaroslavl
2000 Baltika Kaliningrad (consultant)
2001–2002 Lithuania
2002–2003 Baltika Kaliningrad
2004–2007 Liepājas Metalurgs
2009 Luch-Energiya Vladivostok
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Benjaminas Zelkevičius (born 6 February 1944) is a football coach and a former striker from Lithuania. He is currently the Technical Director at FM Ateitis. Zelkevičius has been manager of the Lithuania national football team on three separate occasions: from 1990–1991, 1995–1997, and 2001–2002. As player he had played 331 matches for the FK Žalgiris Vilnius (50 goals).

He had coached also FK Žalgiris Vilnius and Russian football club FC Baltika Kaliningrad.

During his playing career, he played for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Soviet Top League and for FK Žalgiris Vilnius in the Soviet First League.[citation needed][1]

Post-managing career[edit]

From September 2009 through 2010 Zelkevičius was coaching at FM Ateitis youth academy. On 12 August 2019, he became Ateitis' Technical Director.[2]

Since 2015, Zelkevičius also is Chair of the Lithuanian Football Coaches Council.[3]


Champion of Latvia 2005


  1. ^ "Zelkevichius Benjaminas". KLISF. Retrieved 18 March 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Iš futbolo nesitraukia – Zelkevičius deda naują žingsnį savo karjeroje". DELFI (in Lithuanian). 12 August 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Lietuvos nacionalinės futbolo rinktinės naujojo trenerio rinkimai". Alytaus gidas (in Lithuanian). 18 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
Preceded by
Viktors Lukins
FHK Liepājas Metalurgs manager
Succeeded by
Jurijs Andrejevs