Belarus national football team
|Nickname(s)||The White Wings|
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Head coach||Alyaksandr Khatskevich|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Borisov Arena, Borisov|
|Current||57 13 (15 September 2016)|
|Highest||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest||142 (March 1994)|
|Current||63 (29 June 2016)|
|Highest||47 (17 November 2010)|
|Lowest||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; Natsyyanalnaya zbornaya Bielarusi pa Futbolie) 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 Nickname
- 5 Kit suppliers
- 6 UEFA European Championship record
- 7 FIFA World Cup record
- 8 Fixtures and results
- 9 Record versus different opponents
- 10 Current squad
- 11 Players
- 12 Managers
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
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. All-White became the home colour a short time later and now appears with the pattern on the Belarus flag, with the away kit being in Black in 2016, also using an adidas template and placing the flag pattern on it.
In August 2016, the Football Association announced that the team's nickname would be the "White Wings". The name was influenced by the book The Land Beneath White Wings (1977) by famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkevich. The BFF’s new marketing and communications director, Uladzimir Berezhkov, said: "We are looking at various ways of establishing links with our literary heritage and cultural traditions", commenting that "If the Belarusian people opt to associate the team with Karatkevich, almost every phrase in the book can be used as a hashtag!"
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|
|2020||To Be Determined|
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
|1||Spain||10||9||0||1||23||3||+20||27||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–0||1–0||3–0||4–0||5–1|
|3||Ukraine||10||6||1||3||14||4||+10||19||Advance to play-offs||0–1||0–1||—||3–1||3–0||1–0|
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||Bulgaria||1||1||0||0||4||3||+1||3||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||25 Mar '17||31 Aug '17||13 Nov '16||7 Oct '17||4–3|
|2||Netherlands||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1||Possible second round[a]||3 Sep '17||—||10 Oct '17||7 Oct '16||10 Oct '16||9 Jun '17|
|3||Sweden||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1||10 Oct '16||1–1||—||25 Mar '17||9 Jun '17||7 Oct '17|
|4||Belarus||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||9 Jun '17||7 Oct '17||3 Sep '17||—||0–0||10 Oct '16|
|4||France||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||7 Oct '16||31 Aug '17||11 Nov '16||10 Oct '17||—||3 Sep '17|
|6||Luxembourg||1||0||0||1||3||4||−1||0||10 Oct '17||13 Nov '16||7 Oct '16||31 Aug '17||25 Mar '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
Ukraine v Belarus
5 September 2015
|Ukraine||3 – 1||Belarus|
Konoplyanka 40' (pen.)
|Report||Kornilenko 62' (pen.)|
Belarus v Luxembourg
8 September 2015
|Belarus||2 – 0||Luxembourg|
|Gordeichuk 34', 62'||Report|
Slovakia v Belarus
9 October 2015
|Slovakia||0 – 1||Belarus|
Belarus v Macedonia
12 October 2015
|Belarus||0 – 0||Macedonia|
Armenia v Belarus
25 March 2016
|Armenia||0 – 0||Belarus|
Montenegro v Belarus
29 March 2016
|Montenegro||0 – 0||Belarus|
Northern Ireland v Belarus
27 May 2016
|Northern Ireland||3 – 0||Belarus|
Republic of Ireland v Belarus
31 May 2016
|Republic of Ireland||1 – 2||Belarus|
|Ward 72'||Report||Gordeichuk 20'
Norway v Belarus
31 August 2016
|Norway||0 – 1||Belarus|
Belarus v France
6 September 2016
|Belarus||0 – 0||France|
Bulgaria v Belarus
13 November 2016
Record versus different opponents
|World Cup Qualifying||49||12||11||26||55–76|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||0||1||3–3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0–3|
|Republic of Ireland||1||1||0||0||2–1|
The following players were named for preliminarily lineup for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Netherlands and Luxembourg on 7 and 10 October 2016.
Caps and goals are correct as of 6 September 2016, after the game against France.
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||Yuri Zhevnov||17 April 1981||58||0||Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast||v. Macedonia, 12 October 2015|
|DF||Ihar Burko||8 September 1988||0||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Macedonia, 12 October 2015|
|MF||Alexander Hleb||1 May 1981||73||6||BATE Borisov||v. Norway, 31 August 2016 INJ|
|MF||Renan Bressan||3 November 1988||23||3||APOEL||v. Norway, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|MF||Anton Putsila||23 June 1987||50||6||Gaziantepspor||v. Macedonia, 12 October 2015|
|MF||Alyaksandr Sachywka||5 January 1986||0||0||Minsk||v. Macedonia, 12 October 2015|
|FW||Vitali Rodionov||11 December 1983||46||10||BATE Borisov||v. Norway, 31 August 2016 PRE|
|FW||Mikalay Yanush||9 September 1984||4||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Norway, 31 August 2016 INJ|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
Most capped players
Currently active players are listed in bold
Currently active players 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
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- Belarus Federation of Football (Russian) (English)
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- Fan Site of the Belarus National Team (Belarusian)
- "Владимир Бережков: «3 сентября приглашаем всех на открытую тренировку сборной»". abff.by (in Russian). 11 August 2016.
- "UEFA Direct - August/September 2016" (pdf). 3 August 2016.