Belarus national football team

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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Football Federation of Belarus
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Georgi Kondratiev
Captain Timofei Kalachev
Most caps Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorer Maksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadium Dinamo Stadium, Minsk
(Temporary closed for reconstruction)
FIFA code BLR
FIFA ranking 83
Highest FIFA ranking 36 (February 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 65
Highest Elo ranking 47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking 122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 Belarus Belarus
(Vilnius, Lithuania; July 20, 1992)
Official:
 Belarus 1–1 Ukraine 
(Minsk, Belarus; October 28, 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 5–0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; June 7, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus 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 Georgi Kondratiev.

History[edit]

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 Malofeyev 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).

Home venue[edit]

The team plays vast majority of its home matches at the 40,000 Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.

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).

Colors[edit]

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[edit]

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1960–1992 Part of  Soviet Union
England 1996 Did Not Qualify 4 10 3 2 5 8 13 −5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 5 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6
Portugal 2004 5 8 1 0 7 4 20 −16
Austria Switzerland 2008 4 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6
Poland Ukraine 2012 4 10 3 4 3 8 7 +1
France 2016 To Be Determined
Europe 2020

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Belarus Luxembourg Republic of Macedonia Slovakia Spain Ukraine
Belarus  8 Sep '15 12 Oct '15 12 Oct '14 14 Jun '15 9 Oct '14
Luxembourg  8 Sep '14 5 Sep '15 12 Oct '15 12 Oct '14 15 Nov '14
Macedonia  27 Mar '15 9 Oct '14 15 Nov '14 8 Sep '15 9 Oct '15
Slovakia  9 Oct '15 27 Mar '15 14 Jun '15 9 Oct '14 8 Sep '15
Spain  15 Nov '14 9 Oct '15 8 Sep '14 5 Sep '15 27 Mar '15
Ukraine  5 Sep '15 14 Jun '15 12 Oct '14 8 Sep '14 12 Oct '15


FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1930–1990 Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did Not Enter
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 6 10 1 1 8 5 21 −16
South Korea Japan 2002 3 10 4 3 3 12 11 +1
Germany 2006 5 10 2 4 4 12 14 −2
South Africa 2010 4 10 4 1 5 19 14 +5
Brazil 2014 5 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 +11 20
 France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
 Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 −4 9
 Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 −7 5
 Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4
  Belarus Finland France Georgia (country) Spain
Belarus  1–1 2–4 2–0 0–4
Finland  1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2
France  3–1 3–0 3–1 0–1
Georgia  1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
Spain  2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0


Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]


2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

7 June 2013
19:00 UTC+3
Finland  1 – 0  Belarus
Shitov Goal 57' (o.g.) Report
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Attendance: 24,916
Referee: Eli Hacmon (Israel)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 June 2013
20:00 UTC+3
Belarus  1 – 1  Finland
Verkhovtsov Goal 85' Report Pukki Goal 24'
Central Stadium, Gomel
Attendance: 10,100
Referee: Libor Kovařík (Czech Republic)

Friendly match

14 August 2013
18:30 UTC+3
Belarus  1 – 1  Montenegro
Kornilenko Goal 16' (pen.) Report Vučinić Goal 62'
Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

Friendly match

6 September 2013
19:00 UTC+3
Belarus  3 – 1  Kyrgyzstan
Balanovich Goal 30'
Rodionov Goal 38'
Sitko Goal 67'
Report Rustamov Goal 56'
City Stadium, Borisov
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (Lithuania)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

10 September 2013
22:00 UTC+3
Belarus  2 – 4  France
Filipenko Goal 32'
Kalachev Goal 58'
Report Ribéry Goal 47' (pen.)64'
Nasri Goal 70'
Pogba Goal 73'
Central Stadium, Gomel
Attendance: 12,203
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 October 2013
22:00 UTC+2
Spain  2 – 1  Belarus
Xavi Goal 61'
Negredo Goal 78'
Report Kornilenko Goal 89'
Iberostar Stadium, Palma
Attendance: 22,900
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)

Friendly match

15 October 2013
15:15 UTC+3
Belarus  1 – 0  Japan
Tsiharow Goal 44' Report
Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino
Attendance: 3,250
Referee: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania)

Friendly match

15 November 2013
18:00 UTC+2
Belarus  0 – 0  Albania
Report

Friendly match

19 November 2013
20:00 UTC+2
Turkey  2 – 1  Belarus
Bulut Goal 4'
Yılmaz Goal 89'
Report Rodionov Goal 10'

Friendly match

5 March 2014
17:45 UTC+2
Bulgaria  2 – 1  Belarus
Milanov Goal 14'
Gadzhev Goal 66'
Report Krivets Goal 86'

Upcoming fixtures[edit]


Friendly match

18 May 2014
Iran   Belarus
TBD, Austria

Friendly match

21 May 2014
Liechtenstein   Belarus


Friendly match

4 September 2014
Belarus   Tajikistan


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

8 September 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Luxembourg   Belarus


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

9 October 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Belarus   Ukraine

Record versus different opponents[edit]

Tournament Pld W D L Goals
World Cup Qualifying 47 12 10 25 54–74
Euro Qualifying 48 11 10 27 41–73
Friendly 84 30 28 26 120–104
Opponent Pld W D L Goals
 Lithuania 8 4 3 1 15–5
 Ukraine 7 1 3 3 4–7
 Latvia 6 4 1 1 13–7
 Luxembourg 6 3 2 1 6–2
 Moldova 6 2 2 2 9–7
 Poland 6 2 2 2 10–9
 Netherlands 6 2 0 4 3–10
 Norway 6 1 2 3 4–9
 Armenia 5 3 1 1 8–5
 Albania 5 2 2 1 8–5
 Israel 5 2 0 3 8–9
 Estonia 5 2 0 3 4–5
 Bulgaria 5 1 0 4 4–10
 Romania 5 0 2 3 4–10
 Andorra 4 3 0 1 11–4
 Slovenia 4 1 2 1 6–5
 Turkey 4 1 1 2 7–8
 France 4 1 1 2 5–8
 Scotland 4 1 1 2 2–5
 Wales 4 1 0 3 5–7
 Finland 4 0 3 1 4–5
 Italy 4 0 2 2 5–9
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 3–11
 Austria 4 0 0 4 0–12
 Kazakhstan 3 2 1 0 10–2
 Malta 3 2 1 0 4–1
 Russia 3 0 2 1 2–4
 Sweden 3 0 0 3 2–8
 Hungary 2 1 1 0 6–3
 Iran 2 1 1 0 4–3
 Uzbekistan 2 1 1 0 4–3
 Cyprus 2 1 0 1 3–2
 Georgia 2 1 0 1 2–1
 Canada 2 1 0 1 2–1
 United Arab Emirates 2 1 0 1 3–3
 Libya 2 0 2 0 2–2
 Montenegro 2 0 1 1 1–2
 Denmark 2 0 1 1 0–1
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 1–4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 2 0–3
  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 0–3
 England 2 0 0 2 1–6
 Spain 2 0 0 2 1–6
 Oman 1 1 0 0 4–0
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 3–1
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 2–0
 South Korea 1 1 0 0 1–0
 Japan 1 1 0 0 1–0
 Germany 1 0 1 0 2–2
 Azerbaijan 1 0 1 0 2–2
 Honduras 1 0 1 0 2–2
 Peru 1 0 1 0 1–1
 Ecuador 1 0 1 0 1–1
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 1–1
 Argentina 1 0 1 0 0–0
 Greece 1 0 0 1 0–1
 Jordan 1 0 0 1 0–1
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0–2
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 0–3
 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 0–4
Total: 180 53 48 79 216–253

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for friendly match against Bulgaria on 5 March 2014.

Caps and goals are correct as of 6 March 2014, after game against Bulgaria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Syarhey Vyeramko (1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 31) 26 0 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
22 1GK Alyaksandr Hutar (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
18 2DF Dmitry Verkhovtsov (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27) 42 3 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
3 2DF Alyaksandr Martynovich (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 26) 35 2 Russia Krasnodar
19 2DF Maksim Bardachow (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 27) 32 2 Russia Tom Tomsk
21 2DF Egor Filipenko (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 26) 31 1 Belarus BATE Borisov
5 2DF Vitali Trubila (1985-01-07) 7 January 1985 (age 29) 16 0 Belarus Gomel
13 2DF Aleh Veratsila (1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 25) 11 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
9 2DF Maksim Zhavnerchik (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 29) 9 0 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
16 2DF Dzyanis Palyakow (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
10 3MF Alexander Hleb (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 32) 65 6 Turkey Konyaspor
23 3MF Timofei Kalachev (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 32) 62 8 Russia Rostov
14 3MF Anton Putsila (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 26) 42 6 Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod
15 3MF Syarhey Kislyak (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 26) 42 4 Russia Rubin Kazan
2 3MF Stanislaw Drahun (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 25) 22 3 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
7 3MF Sergey Krivets (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 27) 22 2 Belarus BATE Borisov
4 3MF Edhar Alyakhnovich (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 26) 10 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
11 3MF Alyaksandr Valadzko (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 27) 7 1 Belarus BATE Borisov
17 3MF Illya Aleksiyevich (1991-02-10) 10 February 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
20 4FW Vitali Rodionov (1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 30) 44 10 Belarus BATE Borisov
8 4FW Maksim Skavysh (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Russia Baltika Kaliningrad

Recent callup[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Syarhey Chernik (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
DF Artsyom Radzkow (1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 28) 13 0 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
DF Igor Shitov (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 27) 37 1 Russia Mordovia Saransk v.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MF Yan Tsiharow (1984-03-10) 10 March 1984 (age 30) 34 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MF Syarhey Balanovich (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 26) 16 2 Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MF Andrey Chukhley (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 26) 7 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MF Mikhail Gordeichuk (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MF Renan Bressan (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 25) 17 3 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MF Pavel Sitko (1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 28) 15 2 Belarus Gomel v.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MF Dzmitry Baha (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MF Alyaksandr Pawlaw (1984-08-18) 18 August 1984 (age 29) 13 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MF Pavel Nyakhaychyk (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 25) 8 0 Russia Tom Tomsk v.  Finland, 11 June 2013
FW Sergei Kornilenko (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 30) 60 14 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara v.  Japan, 15 October 2013

Players[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Currently active players are listed in bold

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Alyaksandr Kulchy 102 5 1996–2012
2 Sergei Gurenko 80 3 1994–2006
3 Syarhey Amelyanchuk 74 1 2002–2011
4 Syarhey Shtanyuk 71 3 1995–2007
5 Alexander Hleb 65 6 2001–
6 Maksim Romaschenko 64 20 1998–2008
7 Timofei Kalachev 62 8 2004–
8 Sergei Kornilenko 60 14 2003–
9 Valyantsin Byalkevich 56 10 1992–2005
10 Yuri Zhevnov 53 0 2003–2012

Sergei Aleinikov has reached combined 81 caps and 6 goals for Soviet Union, CIS and Belarus during 1984–1994.

Top scorers[edit]

Currently active playes are listed in bold.

Rank Player Goals Caps Years
1 Maksim Romaschenko 20 64 1998–2008
2 Sergei Kornilenko 14 60 2003–
3 Vitali Kutuzov 13 52 2002–2011
4 Vyacheslav Hleb 12 45 2004–2011
5 Raman Vasilyuk 10 24 2000–2008
Vitali Rodionov 10 44 2007–
Valyantsin Byalkevich 10 56 1992–2005
8 Vital Bulyga 8 37 2003–2008
Timofei Kalachev 8 62 2004–
10 Syarhey Herasimets 7 25 1992–1999

Managers[edit]

Manager Career Games Managed Wins Draws Loses Goals
Belarus Mikhail Vergeyenko 1992–1994, 1997–1999 24 2 6 16 22–40
Belarus Sergei Borovsky 1994–1996, 1999–2000 26 4 9 13 21–43
Belarus Eduard Malofeyev 2000–2003 22 10 5 7 31–31
Belarus Valery Streltsov (caretaker) 2002 1 0 0 1 0–3
Russia Anatoly Baidachny 2003–2005 22 10 4 8 34–29
Belarus Yuri Puntus 2006–2007 14 3 4 7 19–26
Germany Bernd Stange 2007–2011 49 17 14 18 65–54
Belarus Georgi Kondratiev 2011–Present 22 7 6 9 24–27
Total: 1992–Present 180 53 48 79 216–253

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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