Belarus national football team
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Head coach||Georgi Kondratiev|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk
(Temporary closed for reconstruction)
|Highest FIFA ranking||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||142 (March 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||47 (17 November 2010)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||122 (+?) (1997–1998)|
Lithuania 1–1 Belarus
(Vilnius, Lithuania; July 20, 1992)
Belarus 1–1 Ukraine
(Minsk, Belarus; October 28, 1992)
| Belarus 5–0 Lithuania
(Minsk, Belarus; June 7, 1998)
| Austria 5–0 Belarus
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)
The Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусi па футболе) represents Belarus in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. Since December 2011 their head coach has been Georgy Kondratiev.
- 1 History
- 2 Home venue
- 3 Colors
- 4 UEFA European Championship record
- 5 FIFA World Cup record
- 6 Fixtures and results
- 7 Record versus different opponents
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Players
- 10 Managers
- 11 References
- 12 External links
After the split of Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on July 20, 1992. Before that, some Belarusian players played for the USSR national football team. The first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on October 28, 1992 and their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on October 12, 1994.
Belarus have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup, or the UEFA European Championship. Despite the lack of any significant success during the 1990s, some notable results were still achieved, like a home win against the Netherlands in qualification for Euro 1996 and two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualification.
Under coach Eduard Malofeev the team came very close to playing Germany in a play-off round to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but were defeated by Wales in the last group stage match, missing the chance to overtake Ukraine, who drew their last game, finishing the group second behind Poland.
Their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign was very unsuccessful as Belarus lost 7 of their 8 games. Around the same time a generational change occurred and a number of players from the U-21 team (which qualified for the 2004 European U-21 Championship) joined the senior national team. With each subsequent head coach (Anatoly Baidachny, Yuri Puntus and Bernd Stange) the team improved their attacking skills. As a result in each subsequent qualifying tournament starting with the 2006 World Cup Belarus scored more goals (total and average per game) than in previous campaigns. However, problems in defense and a lot of missed goals prevented them from finishing higher than 4th in the group. Some notable results during this period included a high-scoring 3–4 away loss to Italy in a 2006 World Cup qualifier (the first time Italy conceded 3 goals in a home qualifying game since 1983), another home victory against the Netherlands during Euro 2008 qualifying as well as away win and home draw against France in Euro 2012 qualification.
Belarusians achieved some success in minor tournaments. In 2002 the team beat out Russia and Ukraine to win the "LG Cup". In 2004 and 2008, they won the 12th and 14th editions of Malta International Football Tournament respectively. The first with its Olympic Squad and the later with the first team (many starters were only available for the last game vs Malta).
Occasionally other venues were also used: Molodechno City Stadium in May 1996 (friendly against Azerbaijan), Vitebsky Central Sport Complex in Vitebsk in November 2005 (friendly against Latvia), Central Stadion in Gomel in October 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifying match against Luxembourg), Neman Stadium in Grodno June 2009 (2010 World Cup qualifier against Andorra), Borisov City Stadium just a few days later (friendly against Moldova) and Regional Sport Complex Brestskiy in Brest in October 2009 (another 2010 World Cup quallifier against Kazakhstan).
In late 2012 Dinamo Stadium has been closed for renovation and the team started alternating between different home venues: Central Stadion in Gomel (2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France), Borisov City Stadium (friendly against Kyrgyzstan) and Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino (friendlies against Montenegro and Japan).
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Belarus played home games in all white, occasionally changing shorts to green. All green uniform or green jerseys/white shorts were used as away kits. Since qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2004 Belarus changed their primary colors to red jerseys and green shorts, and away kits to all white. In 2011 home colors were changed to all red.
UEFA European Championship record
|Finals record||Qualification record|
|1960–1992||Part of Soviet Union|
|1996||Did Not Qualify||4||10||3||2||5||8||13||−5|
|2016||To Be Determined|
UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
FIFA World Cup record
|Finals record||Qualification record|
|1930–1990||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did Not Enter|
|1998||Did Not Qualify||6||10||1||1||8||5||21||−16|
|2018||To Be Determined|
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Fixtures and results
3 June 2013
|Estonia||0 – 2||Belarus|
7 June 2013
|Finland||1 – 0||Belarus|
|Shitov 57' (o.g.)||Report|
11 June 2013
|Belarus||1 – 1||Finland|
|Verkhovtsov 85'||Report||Pukki 24'|
14 August 2013
|Belarus||1 – 1||Montenegro|
|Kornilenko 16' (pen.)||Report||Vučinić 62'|
6 September 2013
|Belarus||3 – 1||Kyrgyzstan|
10 September 2013
|Belarus||2 – 4||France|
|Report||Ribéry 47' (pen.), 64'
11 October 2013
|Spain||2 – 1||Belarus|
15 October 2013
|Belarus||1 – 0||Japan|
15 November 2013
|Belarus||0 – 0||Albania|
19 November 2013
|Turkey||2 – 1||Belarus|
|Umut Bulut 4'
Burak Yılmaz 89'
No further matches are currently scheduled.
Record versus different opponents
|World Cup Qualifying||47||12||10||25||54–74|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||0||1||3–3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0–3|
Caps and goals are correct as of 19 November 2013, after game against Turkey.
The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.
Most capped players
Currently active players are listed in bold
Currently active playes are listed in bold.
|Mikhail Vergeyenko||1992–1994, 1997–1999||24||2||6||16||22–40|
|Sergei Borovsky||1994–1996, 1999–2000||26||4||9||13||21–43|
|Valery Streltsov (caretaker)||2002||1||0||0||1||0–3|
- Belarus Federation of Football (Russian)
- Football.by (Russian)
- Fan Site of the Belarus National Team (Belarusian)
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