Marius Žaliūkas

Lithuanian association football player

Marius Žaliūkas (10 November 1983 – 31 October 2020) was a Lithuanian professional footballer. He played as a centre back, but also played as a defensive midfielder.

Marius Žaliūkas
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Žaliūkas with Heart of Midlothian in 2011
Personal information
Full name Marius Žaliūkas
Date of birth (1983-11-10)10 November 1983
Place of birth Kaunas, Lithuania
Date of death 31 October 2020(2020-10-31) (aged 36)
Place of death Kaunas, Lithuania
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Inkaras Kaunas 9 (0)
2004–2007 FBK Kaunas 31 (2)
2004–2005FK Šilutė (loan) 15 (0)
2006–2007Heart of Midlothian (loan) 27 (2)
2007–2013 Heart of Midlothian 158 (9)
2013–2014 Leeds United 15 (0)
2014–2015 Rangers 24 (2)
2016 Žalgiris 11 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Lithuania U21 10 (0)
2005–2016 Lithuania 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:59, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:47, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Žaliūkas played for Inkaras Kaunas, FBK Kaunas, FK Šilutė, Hearts, Leeds United, Rangers and Žalgiris throughout his career, as well as the Lithuania national side.

DeathEdit

In 2018 Žaliūkas was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. On 31 October 2020, Žaliūkas died in Kaunas at the age of 36.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Scottish club statistics[2][3]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Heart of Midlothian 2006–07 27 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 2
2007–08 26 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 28 1
2008–09 28 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 31 2
2009–10 22 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 25 2
2010–11 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2011–12 36 1 6 1 1 0 4 0 47 2
2012–13 24 2 1 0 3 2 2 0 30 4
Total 185 11 12 1 10 2 8 0 212 14
Rangers 2014-15 19 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 2
Career Totals 204 13 12 1 11 2 8 0 232 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Marius Zaliukas: Former Hearts & Rangers defender dead at age of 36". BBC Sport. 31 October 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  2. "Marius Žaliūkas Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. Marius Zaliukas at Soccerbase

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