Belarus national football team
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Head coach||Alyaksandr Khatskevich|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Borisov Arena, Borisov|
|FIFA ranking||100 20 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||142 (March 1994)|
|Elo ranking||69 (14 June 2015)|
|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)
Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan
(Borisov, Belarus; September 4, 2014)
| Austria 5–0 Belarus
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)
Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусi па футболе; Nationalnaya zbornaya Belarusi pa Futbole) 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 Borisov Arena in Borisov. Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. Since December 2014 the team is coached by Alyaksandr Khatskevich.
- 1 History
- 2 Home venue
- 3 Colors
- 4 Kit suppliers
- 5 UEFA European Championship record
- 6 FIFA World Cup record
- 7 Fixtures and results
- 8 Record versus different opponents
- 9 Current squad
- 10 Players
- 11 Managers
- 12 See also
- 13 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 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).
Occasionally other venues are 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 was 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).
Since 2014 Belarus moved to the newly opened Borisov Arena.
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 2016 qualification
|1||Slovakia (X)||6||6||0||0||13||3||+10||18||Advance to final tournament||—||2–1||8 Sep||9 Oct||2–1||3–0|
|2||Spain||6||5||0||1||15||3||+12||15||5 Sep||—||1–0||3–0||5–1||9 Oct|
|3||Ukraine||6||4||0||2||9||2||+7||12||Final tournament or play-offs||0–1||12 Oct||—||5 Sep||1–0||3–0|
|4||Belarus||6||1||1||4||4||11||−7||4||1–3||0–1||0–2||—||12 Oct||8 Sep|
|5||Macedonia||6||1||0||5||6||14||−8||3||0–2||8 Sep||9 Oct||1–2||—||3–2|
|6||Luxembourg (Y)||6||0||1||5||3||17||−14||1||12 Oct||0–4||0–3||1–1||5 Sep||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least third place (and play-offs), but may still qualify directly as one of the top two teams or as the best third-placed team; (Y) Cannot qualify directly as one of the top two teams, but may still qualify as third-placed team.
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|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
|1||Netherlands||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||10 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||3 Sep '17||7 Oct '16||9 Jun '17|
|2||France||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible Second round[a]||31 Aug '17||—||13 Nov '16||7 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||3 Sep '17|
|3||Sweden||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6 Sep '16||9 Jun '17||—||10 Oct '16||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '17|
|4||Bulgaria||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '17||31 Aug '17||—||13 Nov '16||6 Sep '16|
|5||Belarus||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7 Oct '17||6 Sep '16||3 Sep '17||9 Jun '17||—||10 Oct '16|
|6||Luxembourg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13 Nov '16||25 Mar '17||7 Oct '16||10 Oct '17||31 Aug '17||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the Second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
Fixtures and results
Belarus v Tajikistan
4 September 2014
|Belarus||6 – 1||Tajikistan|
Luxembourg v Belarus
8 September 2014
|Luxembourg||1 – 1||Belarus|
|Gerson 42'||Report||Drahun 78'|
Belarus v Ukraine
9 October 2014
|Belarus||0 – 2||Ukraine|
|Report||Martynovich 82' (o.g.)
Belarus v Slovakia
12 October 2014
|Belarus||1 – 3||Slovakia|
|Kalachev 79'||Report||Hamšík 65', 84'
Spain v Belarus
15 November 2014
|Spain||3 – 0||Belarus|
Belarus v Mexico
18 November 2014
|Belarus||3 – 2||Mexico|
|Report||Jiménez 48', 53'|
Macedonia v Belarus
27 March 2015
|Macedonia||1 – 2||Belarus|
|Trajkovski 9'||Report||Kalachev 44'
Belarus v Gabon
30 March 2015
|Belarus||0 – 0||Gabon|
Russia v Belarus
7 June 2015
|Russia||4 – 2||Belarus|
|Report||Kislyak 51', 66'|
Belarus v Spain
14 June 2015
|Belarus||0 – 1||Spain|
Record versus different opponents
|World Cup Qualifying||48||12||10||26||55–76|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||0||1||3–3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0–3|
The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Ukraine and Luxembourg on 5 and 8 September 2015.
Caps and goals are correct as of 14 June 2015, after the game against Spain.
The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
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|
|Andrei Zygmantovich (caretaker)||2014||2||1||0||1||3–5|
- Belarus national under-23 football team
- Belarus national under-21 football team
- Belarus national under-19 football team
- Belarus national under-17 football team
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (February 2015)|
- Belarus Federation of Football (Russian) (English)
- Football.by (Russian)
- Fan Site of the Belarus National Team (Belarusian)
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