Belarus national football team

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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Football Federation of Belarus
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Alyaksandr Khatskevich
Captain Alyaksandr Martynovich
Most caps Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorer Maksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadium Borisov Arena, Borisov
FIFA code BLR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 Increase 28 (5 November 2015)
Highest 36 (February 2011)
Lowest 142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 71 (9 September 2015)
Highest 47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest 122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 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)
 Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan 
(Borisov, Belarus; September 4, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 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.

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]

Dinamo Stadium in Minsk is the venue for most Belarus international matches

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

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.

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.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
United Kingdom Umbro 2002–2004
Germany Puma 2004–2012
Germany Adidas 2012–present

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 4 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6
Europe 2020 To Be Determined
Total 0/15 - 48 11 10 27 41 73 -32

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Slovakia Ukraine Belarus Luxembourg Republic of Macedonia
1  Spain 10 9 0 1 23 3 +20 27 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 5–1
2  Slovakia 10 7 1 2 17 8 +9 22 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1
3  Ukraine 10 6 1 3 14 4 +10 19 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0
4  Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6 11 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–0
5  Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 6 27 −21 4 0–4 2–4 0–3 1–1 1–0
6  Macedonia 10 1 1 8 6 18 −12 4 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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
Total 0/20 - 48 12 10 26 55 76 -21

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 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
1  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
1  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep '16 9 Jun '17 10 Oct '16 25 Mar '17 7 Oct '17
1  Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 Mar '17 7 Oct '17 31 Aug '17 13 Nov '16 6 Sep '16
1  Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Oct '17 6 Sep '16 3 Sep '17 9 Jun '17 10 Oct '16
1  Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Nov '16 25 Mar '17 7 Oct '16 10 Oct '17 31 Aug '17
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ 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[edit]

Recent results[edit]


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

15 November 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Spain  3 – 0  Belarus
Isco Goal 18'
Busquets Goal 19'
Pedro Goal 55'
Report
Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva
Attendance: 19,249
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

Friendly match

18 November 2014
20:00 UTC+3
Belarus  3 – 2  Mexico
Kislyak Goal 50'
Signevich Goal 55'
Nyakhaychyk Goal 81'
Report Jiménez Goal 48'53'
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 6,700
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (Russia)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

27 March 2015
22:45 UTC+3
Macedonia  1 – 2  Belarus
Trajkovski Goal 9' Report Kalachev Goal 44'
Kornilenko Goal 82'
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,200
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

Friendly match

30 March 2015
15:00 UTC+3
Belarus  0 – 0  Gabon
Report
Bellis Sports Centre, Belek, Turkey
Attendance: 300
Referee: Mohammed Abdulah (Syria)

Friendly match

7 June 2015
18:00 UTC+3
Russia  4 – 2  Belarus
Kokorin Goal 20'
Golovin Goal 77'
Miranchuk Goal 83'
Kerzhakov Goal 90+2'
Report Kislyak Goal 51'66'
Arena Khimki, Khimki
Attendance: 7,138
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

14 June 2015
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus  0 – 1  Spain
Report Silva Goal 45'
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 13,121
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

5 September 2015
19:00 UTC+3
Ukraine  3 – 1  Belarus
Kravets Goal 7'
Yarmolenko Goal 30'
Konoplyanka Goal 40' (pen.)
Report Kornilenko Goal 62' (pen.)
Arena Lviv, Lviv
Attendance: 32,648
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

8 September 2015
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus  2 – 0  Luxembourg
Gordeichuk Goal 34'62' Report
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 3,482
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

9 October 2015
21:45 UTC+3
Slovakia  0 – 1  Belarus
Report Dragun Goal 34'

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

12 October 2015
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus  0 – 0  Macedonia
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 1,545
Referee: Christian Dingert (Germany)

Upcoming fixtures[edit]


Friendly match

24/25 March 2016
Armenia   Belarus

Friendly match

29 March 2016
Montenegro   Belarus

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

6 September 2016
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus   France

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

7 October 2016
21:45 UTC+3
Netherlands   Belarus

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

10 October 2016
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus   Luxembourg

Record versus different opponents[edit]

Tournament Pld W D L Goals
World Cup Qualifying 48 12 10 26 55–76
Euro Qualifying 58 14 12 32 49–87
Friendly 90 33 30 27 136–112
Opponent Pld W D L Goals
 Ukraine 9 1 3 5 5–12
 Lithuania 8 4 3 1 15–5
 Luxembourg 8 4 3 1 9–3
 Latvia 6 4 1 1 13–7
 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
 Russia 4 0 2 2 4–8
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 3–11
 Spain 4 0 0 3 1–10
 Austria 4 0 0 4 0–12
 Kazakhstan 3 2 1 0 10–2
 Malta 3 2 1 0 4–1
 Iran 3 1 2 0 4–3
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 2–7
 Sweden 3 0 0 3 2–8
 Hungary 2 1 1 0 6–3
 Uzbekistan 2 1 1 0 4–3
 Macedonia 2 1 1 0 2–1
 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
 Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 6–1
 Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 5–1
 Oman 1 1 0 0 4–0
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 3–1
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 2–0
 Mexico 1 1 0 0 3–2
 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
 Gabon 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
Total: 196 59 52 85 240–275

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Slovakia and Macedonia on 9 and 12 October 2015.
Caps and goals are correct as of 9 October 2015, after the game against Slovakia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yuri Zhevnov (1981-04-17) 17 April 1981 (age 34) 58 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
12 1GK Syarhey Chernik (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 27) 6 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
22 1GK Andrey Harbunow (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 32) 5 0 Greece Atromitos
3 2DF Alyaksandr Martynovich (Captain) (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 28) 47 2 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
19 2DF Maksim Bardachow (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 29) 41 2 Russia Tom Tomsk
21 2DF Egor Filipenko (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 27) 41 1 Spain Málaga
5 2DF Dzyanis Palyakow (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 24) 14 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
18 2DF Mikhail Sivakow (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 28) 7 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk
6 2DF Syarhey Palitsevich (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 25) 7 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
13 2DF Maksim Valadzko (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Belarus BATE Borisov
23 2DF Ihar Burko (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk
15 3MF Syarhey Kislyak (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 28) 56 9 Russia Rubin Kazan
14 3MF Anton Putsila (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 28) 50 6 Turkey Gaziantepspor
2 3MF Stanislaw Drahun (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 27) 35 5 Russia Dynamo Moscow
9 3MF Ihar Stasevich (1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 30) 27 2 Belarus BATE Borisov
16 3MF Syarhey Balanovich (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 28) 23 2 Russia Amkar Perm
7 3MF Renan Bressan (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 27) 21 3 Portugal Rio Ave
17 3MF Pavel Nyakhaychyk (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 27) 17 1 Russia Tom Tomsk
11 3MF Mikhail Gordeichuk (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 26) 10 3 Belarus BATE Borisov
3 3MF Alyaksandr Sachywka (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Belarus Minsk
20 4FW Mikalay Signevich (1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Belarus BATE Borisov
10 4FW Mikalay Yanush (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 31) 1 0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Recent call-ups[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 Alyaksandr Hutar (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 26) 7 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk v.  Russia, 7 June 2015
DF Igor Shitov (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 29) 47 1 Russia Mordovia Saransk v.  Slovakia, 9 October 2015 INJ
DF Roman Begunov (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Belarus Dinamo Minsk v.  Slovakia, 9 October 2015 INJ
DF Dzmitry Verkhawtsow (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 29) 44 3 Poland Korona Kielce v.  Russia, 7 June 2015 INJ
DF Maksim Zhavnerchik (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 31) 9 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Russia, 7 June 2015 PRE
MF Alexander Hleb (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 34) 71 6 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Slovakia, 9 October 2015 INJ
MF Timofei Kalachev (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 34) 71 10 Russia Rostov v.  Slovakia, 9 October 2015 INJ
MF Ivan Mayewski (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 27) 4 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala v.  Luxembourg, 8 September 2015
MF Sergey Krivets (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 29) 31 4 France Metz v.  Spain, 14 June 2015
FW Sergei Kornilenko (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 32) 70 17 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara v.  Luxembourg, 8 September 2015
FW Dzyanis Laptsew (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Russia Tosno v.  Spain, 14 June 2015
FW Alyaksandr Makas (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Belarus Minsk v.  Gabon, 30 March 2015
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad

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 Timofei Kalachev 71 10 2004–
Alexander Hleb 71 6 2001–
Syarhey Shtanyuk 71 3 1995–2007
7 Sergei Kornilenko 70 17 2003–
8 Maksim Romaschenko 64 20 1998–2008
9 Yuri Zhevnov 58 0 2003–
10 Valyantsin Byalkevich 56 10 1992–2005
Syarhey Kislyak 56 10 2009–

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 17 70 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 46 2007–2014
Valyantsin Byalkevich 10 56 1992–2005
Timofei Kalachev 10 71 2004–
9 Syarhey Kislyak 9 56 2009–
10 Vital Bulyga 8 37 2003–2008

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 2011–2014 27 9 8 11 37–35
Belarus Andrei Zygmantovich (caretaker) 2014 2 1 0 1 3–5
Belarus Alyaksandr Khatskevich 2014– 8 3 2 3 8–9
Total: 1992–Present 196 59 52 85 240–275

See also[edit]

External links[edit]