Ukraine national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Team (Збірна)
|Association||Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU)
Федерація Футболу України
|Head coach||Mykhaylo Fomenko|
|Asst coach||Valeriy Dushkov
|Most caps||Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (132)|
|Top scorer||Andriy Shevchenko (48)|
|Home stadium||Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev|
|Highest FIFA ranking||11 (February 2007)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||132 (September 1993)|
|Highest Elo ranking||14|
|Lowest Elo ranking||69 (29 March 1995)|
| Ukraine 1–3 Hungary
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 29 April 1992)
| Ukraine 9–0 San Marino
(Lviv, Ukraine; 6 September 2013)
| Croatia 4–0 Ukraine
(Zagreb, Croatia; 25 March 1995)
Spain 4–0 Ukraine
(Leipzig, Germany; 14 June 2006)
Czech Republic 4–0 Ukraine
(Prague, Czech Republic; 6 September 2011)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2006)|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2012)|
|Best result||Group stage (2012)|
The Ukraine national football team (Ukrainian: Збірна України з футболу) is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992. The team's biggest success on the world stage was reaching the quarter finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team's debut in the finals of a major championship. As a host nation Ukraine automatically qualified for Euro 2012.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadiums
- 3 Forthcoming fixtures
- 4 Recent matches
- 5 Player records
- 6 Ukraine managers
- 7 Players
- 8 Competitive record
- 9 Home venues record
- 10 FIFA-Ranking history 
- 11 Sports kits and sponsors
- 12 Kits
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Officially the national team of Ukraine was formed in early 1990s and soon was recognized internationally. It is not widely known that Ukraine previously had its national team in 1925–1935. Just like the national team of the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR national team.
The earliest records of played games are traced to August 1928. In Moscow was planned to take place a championship of the Soviet Union among national teams of Soviet republics as well as the Moscow city team. National team of Ukrainian SSR played two exhibition games against the Red Sports Federation team from Uruguay, on in Kharkiv (lost 1–2) and another in Moscow just before the tournament (won 3:2). In the Soviet tournament Ukraine played three games and reached final where it lost to Moscow 0–1. Along the way Ukraine managed to defeat national teams of Belarus and Transcaucasus.
In 1931 Ukraine participated in another Soviet championship. It played only one game starting from the semifinals. Ukraine lost in Moscow to the national team of Transcaucasus 0–3 and were eliminated.
Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the Soviet Union national football team. After independence a Ukrainian national team was formed but the Football Federation of Ukraine failed to secure recognition in time to compete in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification. Meanwhile, some of the best Ukrainian players of the beginning of the 1990s (including Andrei Kanchelskis, Viktor Onopko, Sergei Yuran, Yuri Nikiforov, Ilya Tsymbalar and Oleg Salenko) chose to play for Russia, as it was named the official successor of the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union's five-year UEFA coefficients, despite being earned in part by Ukrainian players (for example, in the final of the last successful event, Euro-88, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians), were transferred directly to the direct descendant of the Soviet national football team – the Russian national football team. As a result, a crisis was created for both the national team and the domestic league. When Ukraine returned to international football late 1994 it did so as absolute beginners.
In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Serhiy Rebrov. However, Ukraine failed to qualify for any major tournaments prior to 2006.
2006 FIFA World Cup
After an unsuccessful UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, Ukraine appointed Oleh Blokhin as the national team's head coach. Despite the initial skeptical view to his appointment due to his previous somewhat not much distinguished coaching record and general public calls for a foreign coach, Ukraine went on to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup on 3 September 2005, by drawing Georgia, 1–1, in Tbilisi. In their first World Cup (2006 FIFA World Cup), they were in the Group H together with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After losing 0–4 in the first match against Spain, Ukrainians beat their other two opponents to reach the knock-out stage.
UEFA Euro 2012
As a host nation Ukraine qualified automatically for UEFA Euro 2012, marking their debut in the UEFA European Championship. In their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kiev. Despite the team's efforts, the co-hosts were eliminated after a 0–2 loss to France and a 0–1 loss to England, all in Donetsk.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group C
|Qualified directly for the finals|
|Advanced to the play-offs|
The most important matches of the Ukrainian national team are held in Kiev's Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, also home of FC Dynamo Kyiv. New infrastructure and stadiums were built in preparation for Euro 2012, and other venues include stadiums in the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa. The alternative stadiums are: Donbass Arena (Donetsk), Metalist Stadium (Kharkiv), Arena Lviv (Lviv), Dnipro-Arena (Dnipropetrovsk), Chornomorets Stadium (Odessa).
During Soviet times (before 1991) only two stadiums in Ukraine were used in official games, they are the Olimpiysky NSC in Kiev (known then as Republican Stadium) and the Lokomotiv Stadium in Simferopol.
22 March 2013
|Poland||1 – 3||Ukraine|
|Piszczek 18'||Report||Yarmolenko 2'
26 March 2013
|Ukraine||2 – 1||Moldova|
2 June 2013
|Ukraine||0 – 0||Cameroon|
7 June 2013
|Montenegro||0 – 4||Ukraine|
14 August 2013
|Ukraine||2 – 0||Israel|
6 September 2013
|Ukraine||9 – 0||San Marino|
Khacheridi 45+1', 54'
10 September 2013
|Ukraine||0 – 0||England|
11 October 2013
|Ukraine||1 – 0||Poland|
15 October 2013
|San Marino||0 – 8||Ukraine|
|Report||Seleznyov 13' (pen.), 18'
Dević 15', 51', 57' (pen.)
15 November 2013
|Ukraine||2 – 0||France|
Yarmolenko 82' (pen.)
19 November 2013
|France||3 – 0||Ukraine|
|Ukraine||2 – 0||United States|
Last 12 months – 12 games, 9 win(s), 2 draw(s), 1 loss(es) – 33 scored & 5 allowed.
Best scorer(s): Yarmolenko with 6 goals
Most capped Ukraine players
As of 5 March 2014[update]
Top Ukraine goalscorers
As of 5 March 2014[update]
As of 5 March 2014[update]
|#||Player||Career||Captain Caps||Total Caps|
Top 10 goalkeepers
As of 5 March 2014[update]
- ^1 Players in bold are still actively competing and are available for selection
|Manager||Nation||Ukraine career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Win %||Qualifying cycle||Final tour|
|Mykola Pavlov (caretaker)||1992||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Mykola Pavlov (caretaker)||1994||2||0||0||2||0||3||0|
|Yozhef Sabo||1996–1999||32||15||11||6||26||41||46.88||1998, 2000|
|Oleh Blokhin||2003–2007||46||21||14||11||78||26||45.65||2006, 2008||2006|
|Yuriy Kalytvyntsev (caretaker)||2010–2011||8||3||2||3||14||16||37.5|
|Andriy Bal (caretaker)||2012||3||1||1||1||2||1||33.33||2014|
|Oleksandr Zavarov (caretaker)||2012||1||1||0||0||1||0||100|
Last updated on 5 March 2014.
|Head coach||Mykhaylo Fomenko|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Yuriy Syvukha|
|Senior Administrator||Ruslan Volchanskyi|
Players' records are accurate as of 5 March 2014 after a second match against United States.
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|1930–1990||Did Not Enter||Did Not Enter|
|1994||Did Not Enter (spot not granted by FIFA)||Did Not Enter (spot not granted by FIFA)|
|1998||Did Not Qualify||12||6||3||3||11||9|
|2010||Did Not Qualify||12||6||4||2||21||7|
|2018||To Be Determined|
- * Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
UEFA European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship||UEFA European Championship Qualification|
|1960–1992||Did Not Enter||Did Not Enter|
|1996||Did Not Qualify||10||4||1||5||11||15|
|2012||Group Stage||13th||3||1||0||2||2||4||Qualified as host nation|
|2016||To Be Determined||To Be Determined|
|FIFA World Cup||UEFA European Championship|
|1994 – Qualifying spot not granted by FIFA||1996 – 4th in Qualifying group 4|
|1998 – 2nd in Qualifying group 9, lost to Croatia in play-off||2000 – 2nd in Qualifying group 4, lost to Slovenia in play-off|
|2002 – 2nd in Qualifying group 5, lost to Germany in play-off||2004 – 3rd in Qualifying group 6|
|2006 – Qualified for the tournament (1st in Qualifying group 2)||2008 – 4th in Qualifying group B|
|2010 – 2nd in Qualifying group 6, lost to Greece in play-off||2012 – Qualified as host nation|
|2014 – 2nd in Qualifying group H, lost to France in play-off||2016 – TBD|
All-time team record
The following table shows Ukraine's all-time international record, correct as of 5 March 2014.
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
Home venues record
|Venue||City||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Points per game|
- Last updated: 15 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
Sports kits and sponsors
On 29 March 2010, Ukraine debuted a new Adidas kit. This replaced the Adidas kit with a yellow base and the traditional Adidas three stripe with a snake sash which was used in 2009. Prior to February 2009 Ukraine wore a Lotto kit.
Marketing for the Football Federation of Ukraine is conducted by the Ukraine Football International (UFI).
- Title sponsor: EpiCenter (since 2013)
- Premium (General) sponsors: Chernihivske (since 1998)
- Official sponsors: Henkel (Ukraine), Adidas, Vodafone (Ukraine), Air-company "MAU" (Ukraine International Airlines), NIKO (official Mitsubishi distributor in Ukraine), Boris clinic, Tour agency "Love Cyprus", Resort center "Grand Admiral Club".
- Ukraine determine own future, UEFA
- NSK Olimpiysky, Ukrainian Soccer Portal
- The Ukrainian Football National Team of 1925–1935 (Ukrainian)
- Ukrainian Soccer History website (Ukrainian)
- Ukraine’s forgotten World Cup pedigree, Business Ukraine (4 August 2010)
- "RSSSF European Championship 1988 – Final Tournament – Full Details". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- "It's still on: Ukraine confirm friendly in Cyprus vs. USMNT set to go ahead as scheduled". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "World Cup: USMNT match vs. Ukraine to be moved to Cyprus due to political upheaval". MLSsoccer.com. Major Soccer League. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Ukraine decides not to renew coach's contract, Kyiv Post (23 December 2009)
- Markevych, Surkis sign contract of national football team's chief coach, Kyiv Post (21 April 2010)
- (Ukrainian) "Офіційна заява Мирона Маркевича (Official petition of Myron Markevych)". metalist.kharkov.ua. 21 August 2010.
- "Copy of the document for the resgnation". Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- (Ukrainian) "Збірну довірили Калитвинцеву (National team was entrusted to Kalitvintsev)". www.ffu.org.ua. 25 August 2010.
- Markevich leaves Ukraine helm, UEFA (August 25, 2010)
- Ukraine appoint Blokhin, Sky Sports (21 April 2011)
- Oleg Blokhin appointed Ukraine coach, Reuters (21 April 2011)
- Андрій Баль призначений в.о. головного тренера збірної України (Andriy Bal is appointed acting head coach of the Ukrainian national team), www.ua-football.com (6 October 2012)
- Ukraine's football federation taps Fomenko to coach national team, Kyiv Post (26 December 2012)
- (Russian) Блохин огласил свой тренерский штаб, ua-football.com
- "Михайло Фоменко називає склад на матч зі збірною США" (in Ukrainian). FFU. 25 February 2014.
- "All matches". ffu.org.ua. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- (Russian) "Новую форму сборной первым примерил Ракицкий (+фото) (New uniform for the National team was first fitted by Rakytsky with photo)". ua.football. Globalinfo (Kiev, Ukraine). 29 March 2010.
- "Ukraine 09/10 Adidas football kits". footballshirtculture. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
- National team sponsor promised $2 mln for advancing to the WC-2014
- Article-news at epicentrk.com.ua
- Presentation of new sponsors in 2013 on YouTube. Youtube channel of FFU.
- Explanation of sponsorship.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ukraine national football team.|
- Ukrainian page on FIFA web-site (include upcoming fixtures)
- Official website of the Ukrainian Football Federation (English)
- Ukrainian Football
- Ukraine Soccer History website (Ukrainian)
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- Media library (forum-style) of Ukrainian National Football Team
- ELO ratings
- List of Ukrainian international players perished in car crashes
- Ukraine Football International website
- Complete List of Teams and Results