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31 October 2020 20:34

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Marius Zaliukas: Former Hearts, Leeds and Rangers defender dies aged 36

Marius Zaliukas captained Hearts to victory in the 2012 Scottish Cup final with a 5-1 win over Hibernian at Hampden Park Marius Zaliukas captained Hearts to victory in the 2012 Scottish Cup Marius Zaliukas, the former Hearts, Rangers and Leeds United defender, has passed away aged 36, the Lithuanian FA have announced. Zaliukas spent six years at Hearts from 2007-2013 and captained them to victory in the 2012 Scottish Cup final as they beat Hibernian at Hampden Park. The news was announced during Hearts' Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs. The Lithuanian FA said in a statement: "Marius Zaliukas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and managed to score one goal. Image: Marius Zaliukas played more than 150 games for Hearts Former Hearts and Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas has passed away at the age of just 36.

Zaliukas had been quietly battling an unnamed condition, according to website 15min, and his wife announced on Saturday that the defender has passed away just 11 days shy of his 37th birthday. The centre-back made over 200 appearances for Hearts and was part of the side which won the Scottish Cup in 2012, captaining the Jambos in the final. That victory was sealed with a 5-1 win over Hibs, with the sad news of his passing breaking during a Scottish Cup semi-final between the Edinburgh rivals. Zaliukas left Gorgie in 2013 to sign for Leeds United but returned a year later for a season at Rangers. A statement said: "Marius Zaliukas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and managed to score one goal.

"During his excellent career, the player represented FBK Kaunas, Kauno Inkaro, Silute, Hearts, Rangers, Leeds United and Vilnius Zalgiris clubs. The Lithuanian Football Federation have announced that former Hearts, Leeds and Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas has died at the age of 36. Zaliukas captained Hearts to Scottish Cup final glory against Hibernian in 2012 during a six-year spell at Tynecastle and later had shorter spells at Elland Road and Ibrox. GETTY IMAGES 1 The news of Zaliukas' passing was announced during Hearts' Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs The news was announced during Hearts' Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs. "He was a really, really nice big guy.

What a nice man he was. I can't say enough nice things about him. FORMER Rangers and Leeds star Marius Zaliukas has tragically died at the age of just 36, just 11 days before his birthday. The shock news was revealed by his wife Nora Zaliuke and the Lithuanian Football Federation. 3 Former Leeds and Rangers star Marius Zaliukas has passed away at the age of just 36 Credit: Keith Campbell - The Sun Glasgow The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with the friends and family of former defender Marius Žaliūkas who has sadly passed away at 36 pic.twitter.com/ph8vmd9NaM — Leeds United (@LUFC) October 31, 2020 #RangersFC is tonight shocked and saddened to hear of the death of former player Marius Zaliukas at the age of just 36.

The thoughts of the directors, management and players of Rangers are with Marius' family at this sad and difficult time pic.twitter.com/Z3P5l6jCww — Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 31, 2020 It read: "Marius Zaliukas, a long-term defender of the national team and the legendary Lithuanian footballer, has died. "Zaliukas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and managed to score one goal. "During his excellent career, the player represented FBK Kaunas, Kauno Inkaro, Silute, Hearts, Rangers, Leeds United and Vilnius Zalgiris. "On behalf of the Lithuanian football community, we express our deepest condolences to Marius' family." Leeds also posted a tribute on Twitter, showing the footballer in their club shirt. The Premier League side wrote: "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with the friends and family of former defender Marius Zaliukas who has sadly passed away at 36." Rangers also posted a tribute, writing: "Rangers are tonight shocked and saddened to hear of the death of former player Marius Zaliukas at the age of just 36. "The thoughts of the directors, management and players of Rangers are with Marius' family at this sad and difficult time." Zaliukas's football career in Britain started back in 2006 when he joined Scottish side Hearts on loan from FBK Kaunas. 3 Zaliukas joined Rangers from Leeds - his second Scottish club Credit: Keith Campbell - The Sun Glasgow Marius Zaliukas has died at the age of 36, the Lithuanian Football Federation has confirmed. The ex-Hearts captain, who also spent time with Leeds United and Rangers, had been privately battling illness. His wife announced on Saturday that the defender had passed away, 11 days before his 37th birthday The news was announced during Hearts' Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs on Saturday. The LFF said in a statement: "Marius Zaliukas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and managed to score one goal. "On behalf of the Lithuanian football community, we express our deepest condolences to Marius' family." The centre-back spent much of his club career in Scotland, initially arriving at Hearts from FBK Kaunas. He became a hero at Tynecastle, playing more than 150 games for Hearts between 2007 and 2013, captaining the side to Scottish Cup glory in 2012. Zaliukas later went on to play for Leeds and Rangers before calling time on his playing career four years ago. The Whites posted on social media: "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with the friends and family of former defender Marius Žaliūkas who has sadly passed away at 36".