European football action has Lithuania as a small favorite in their EURO 2008 qualifier against Georgia. Up until the start of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008, Lithuania had competed in the three most recent UEFA European Championships, playing 28 matches in the process. In that time, they had won eleven, drawn four and lost 13 of their engagements with 28 goals scored and 39 conceded. Lithuania's first international friendly since independence from the Soviet Union took place on 27 May 1990 and ended in a 2-2 draw away against Georgia in Tbilisi.
Georgian forward Shota Arveladze has announced his international retirement ahead of the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers against Lithuania and France. The 34-year-old, whose former clubs include AFC Ajax and Rangers FC, has scored 16 goals in 63 appearances for his country, including five strikes in Group B to help Georgia take six points from as many games. Despite that success, Arveladze says injuries have taken their toll and he reached his decision after the 2-1 defeat in Scotland in March, when he was again on target.