Ukraine national football team
|Nickname(s)||Синьо-жовті (The Blue and Yellow)|
Збірна (The National Team)
|Association||Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF)|
Українська Асоціація Футболу
|Head coach||Oleksandr Petrakov|
|Most caps||Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (144)[a]|
|Top scorer||Andriy Shevchenko (48)|
|Current||27 (25 August 2022)|
|Highest||11 (February 2007)|
|Lowest||132 (September 1993)|
| Ukraine 1–3 Hungary |
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 29 April 1992)
| Ukraine 9–0 San Marino |
(Lviv, Ukraine; 6 September 2013)
| France 7–1 Ukraine |
(Saint-Denis, France; 7 October 2020)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2006)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2012)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2020)|
The Ukraine national football team (Ukrainian: Збірна України з футболу) represents Ukraine in men's international football and is governed by the Ukrainian Association of Football, the governing body for football in Ukraine. Ukraine's home ground is the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv. The team has been a full member of UEFA and FIFA since 1992.
After Ukrainian Independence and the country's breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992. The team reached the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their debut in the finals of a major championship.
As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012. Four years later, Ukraine finished third in their qualifying group for Euro 2016 and advanced via the play-off route to reach a UEFA European Championship tournament through the qualifiers for the first time. This marked the first time in Ukraine's six play-off appearances that it managed to win such a tie, having lost previous play-off ties for the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2022 World Cup.
Ukrainian SSR (1925–1990)
The national team was formed in the early 1990s and was recognized internationally soon afterwards. It is not widely known, however, that Ukraine previously had a national team in 1925–1935. Just like the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic had its own national team.
The earliest record of games played by Ukraine can be traced back to August 1928. A championship among the national teams of the Soviet republics as well as the Moscow city team was planned to take place in Moscow; at the All-Soviet tournament, Ukraine reached the final where it lost to Moscow 1–0, after defeating Belarus and Transcaucasus.
Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the Soviet Union national team. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, https://www.globalinfo4.com/ took the place of the Soviet Union national team in the qualifying tournament for the 1994 World Cup. The national team of Ukraine did not manage to enter the </ref> before Ukraine was admitted to FIFA). Meanwhile, some of the best Ukrainian players of the beginning of the 1990s (including Andrei Kanchelskis, Viktor Onopko, Sergei Yuran, Yuriy Nikiforov, Ilya Tsymbalar and Oleg Salenko) chose to play for Russia, as it was named the official successor of the Soviet Union. At that time Vyacheslav Koloskov was the only top official from the former Soviet Union and later the Russia who served as a vice-president of UEFA in 1980–1996 and represented all of members of the Soviet Union and later the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Soviet Union's five-year UEFA coefficient, despite being earned in part by Ukrainian players (for example, in the final of the last successful event, Euro 1988, under the direction of Valery Lobanovsky, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians), were transferred to the direct descendant of the Soviet national team – the Russia national team. As a result, a crisis was created for both the national team and the domestic league.
Another reason for the occurred harsh crisis in the Ukrainian football was lack of adequate funding of teams, due to the general economic crisis that has affected all of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries. There also was a reverse influx of players; Viktor Leonenko agreed on transfer from Dynamo Moscow to Dynamo Kyiv. The Russian club did not want to release him, but Leonenko did not want to continue to play in Moscow.
First official games (Prokopenko)
Soon after being accepted to FIFA and UEFA as a full member in 1992, Ukraine selected its first manager by members of a coaching council which consisted of Anatoliy Puzach (manager of Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Kucherevskyi (FC Dnipro), Yevhen Lemeshko (Torpedo Zaporizhzhia), Yukhym Shkolnykov (Bukovyna Chernivtsi) and Viktor Prokopenko (Chornomorets Odesa). Later, they were joined by Valeriy Yaremchenko (Shakhtar Donetsk). The circle was narrowed to three specialists; Prokopenko eventually became the manager.
Ukraine played their first match on 29 April 1992 against Hungary in Uzhhorod at the Avanhard Stadium, losing 3–1 with the sole Ukrainian goal scored by Ivan Hetsko. With the creation of "fantom" (transitional) CIS team in place of the Soviet Union playing its own friendly against the England in Moscow in preparation to the UEFA Euro 1992, the Ukrainian team lost some notable players to the that team. Following couple of losses to Hungary and a tie to United States, Prokopenko resigned and the last season game that year for the national team was led by his assistants Mykola Pavlov and Leonid Tkachenko.
Euro 96 qualification (Bazylevych)
Ukraine appointed another head coach, Oleh Bazylevych, who made his debut with the national team in the spring of 1993 in Odessa during a friendly against Israel, a 1–1 draw. Less than a month later Ukraine finally won, in Vilnius in an away friendly against Lithuania. During the summer they lost 3–1 to Croatia; Ukraine was later seeded in Group 4 of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualification.
Ukraine was defeated by Israel in March 1994, and drew Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates. On 7 September 1994, the national team started its first official qualification campaign with a surprising home loss 2–0 to Lithuania. Following the defeat and a weak performance in preceding friendlies Bazylevych was fired and on the tour to South Korea the team was led by the Bazylevych assistants Pavlov and Muntyan as a temporary replacement until Federation signs a contract with Valeriy Lobanovsky. on 24 September, the Football Federation of Ukraine appointed Yozhef Sabo as an acting manager until the end of the year after Lobanovsky signed a contract with Kuwait.
With the new manager, their next home game against Slovenia ended goalless and they then beat Estonia 3–0 gaining their first win in official competitive game. At the beginning of the year Football Federation confirmed Anatoliy Konkov as the new head coach on 5 January 1995.
With Konkov the team started with away losses 4–0 to Croatia and 3–0 to Italy. After that there was a three-games winning streak including a home victory against Croatia and theoretical hopes which were abruptly cut after loss to Slovenia and the team finished at the fourth place in its first qualification campaign behind Lithuania.
1998–2004: near misses
Following expiration of a year-long contract with Konkov, in 1996 the Federation appointed Sabo as a head coach and received a preliminary agreement that Lobanovsky will become available following his contract with Kuwait.
Ukraine participated in 1998 World Cup qualification, where the team was drawn into Group 9. Ukraine took second place, only behind Germany and ahead of Portugal but was defeated in a play-off stage 3–1 on aggregate by Croatia. The qualification campaign became notable as a beginning of international career for Shevchenko as well as more play time for some other players such as Oleksandr Shovkovsky and Serhiy Rebrov.
In UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, Ukraine, assigned in Group 4, finished above Russia, thanks to an important draw in Moscow and a home victory, but still only qualified for the playoff behind the French side despite being undefeated. Ukraine then fell to Slovenia 3–2 on aggregate. Following the qualification campaign, the Federation finally signed a contract with Valery Lobanovsky, ending the Sabo's tenure as a head coach.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification saw Ukraine in Group 5. With Lobanovsky as a head coach there were expectations of the first qualification to the finals. Yet, Ukraine suffered a home loss to Poland in their opening match, and a number of draws had resulted in Ukraine qualifying for the playoff again, losing to Germany, 5–2 on aggregate. Under a public pressure, particularly the Higher League head coaches who argued that the national team head coach cannot competently serve for both club and national, as well as health issues of Lobanovsky himself, the Federation decided not to renew contract with Lobanovsky letting him concentrate on Dynamo Kyiv.
In UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying, Ukraine with the new head coach and another former Dynamo Kyiv star Leonid Buryak was assigned into Group 6, with Spain and Greece. Ukraine failed to qualify.
2006 FIFA World Cup
After Euro 2004 qualifying, Ukraine appointed Oleg Blokhin as the national team's head coach. Seeded at the Group 2 Ukraine went on to qualify as a group winners for their first-ever FIFA World Cup on 3 September 2005 after drawing 1–1 against Georgia in Tbilisi and ahead of Turkey, Denmark and the last campaign rivals Greece among others. This also was the first successful qualification campaign for Ukraine despite a poor home turf performance.
In the 2006 World Cup, they were in the Group H with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After losing 4–0 in the first match against Spain, the Ukrainians won the next two matches to face Switzerland in the round of 16. Tying at 0, Ukraine managed to take Switzerland to penalty shoot-out where two saves from Oleksandr Shovkovsky secured a positive outcome for his side despite the first kick miss by Andriy Shevchenko. Switzerland that did not lose or yield a single goal was sent home early with Ukraine advancing to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Ukraine facing Italy was defeated with the second half two goals from Luca Toni securing a comfortable 3–0 win for the future 2006 World Cup champions.
After the World Cup, Ukraine were placed in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group B, along with Italy and France; Ukraine had also performed poorly against Scotland, Georgia and Lithuania, ultimately finishing in fourth place. Due to the bleak performance of the national team Oleg Blokhin resigned and surprisingly signed with the recently established FC Moscow.
With another Soviet football star player Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko as the new head coach, 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification saw Ukraine in Group 6, drawing Croatia and winning against England, sending Ukraine to the playoff. Greece, which had been eliminated by Ukraine in the qualifiers four years earlier, would eventually get revenge. Following failure to qualify, the Federation decided not to renew contract with Mykhaylychenko.
As co-hosts, Ukraine qualified automatically for Euro 2012, marking their debut in the UEFA European Championship. The Federation decided to appoint Myron Markevych to prepare and lead the national team in the Euro finals. However, following few friendlies Markevych resigned due to the off-pitch politics and having holding coaching office of both national team and Metalist Kharkiv. For the next several games in 2010-11 the national team was led by a caretaker Yuriy Kalitvintsev who starred for Ukraine back in its first qualification campaign for the Euro 1996.
On 21 April 2011 Blokhin was again appointed head coach of the Ukrainian national team signing a four year contract. With Blokhin at helm in their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kyiv. In Donetsk, Ukraine was eliminated after a 2–0 loss to France and a 1–0 defeat to England.
Seeded at the UEFA Group H Ukraine qualified for yet another playoff, after two wins over Poland and two draws over England, where they would play against France. Ukraine beat France at home 2–0, but suffered a 3–0 loss away, thus being eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Blokhin who remained a head coach following the home Euro 2012 had to stepped down due to health concerns in autumn of 2012 soon after the first home game against England and was replaced by Andriy Bal and later Oleksandr Zavarov. While considering hiring a first foreign specialist, the Federation finally appointed Mykhailo Fomenko as a head coach by end of 2012. Even though Fomenko did not manage to qualify for the World Cup, the Federation decided to retain his services until end of 2015. With qualification to the Euro 2016, Fomenko was honored to lead the national team in the finals.
With the ongoing Russian aggression, Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying were drawn against Spain, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Despite having won all matches besides Spain, they finished third due to results against Spain and Slovakia. They defeated Slovenia in the playoff.
Ukraine lost all three games at Euro 2016 without scoring a goal; a 2–0 loss to Germany, a 2–0 loss to Northern Ireland, and Poland 1–0.
Following the Euro 2016, Fomenko was replaced with Andriy Shevchenko as a head coach who served as his assistant during the Euro finals. Seeded in the UEFA Group I, Ukraine started off with a home draw to Iceland in 2018 World Cup qualifying and an away draw to Turkey. This was followed by two home wins, 3–0 against Kosovo and 1–0 against Finland. After a 1–0 away loss to Croatia, they beat Finland 2–1 away and Turkey 2–0 at home, they lost 2–0 away to Iceland and won 2–0 away win against Kosovo. Losing to Croatia at home, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for their first time since UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying and in all its previous FIFA World Cup qualification.
In the inaugural UEFA Nations League, Ukraine were drawn with Czech Republic and Slovakia in League B. They beat the Czech Republic 2–1 away and Slovakia 1–0 at home, before earning a promotion to League A with a 1–0 home win to the Czech Republic, before ending with a 4–1 away loss to Slovakia.
Ukraine were placed in a group with Euro 2016 title holders Portugal as well as Serbia among other teams. Its opening game of the qualifying campaign Ukraine visited Portugal which was led by returning Cristiano Ronaldo. The match ended 0–0. The second game, against Luxembourg, ended up as a 2–1 win, preceding Ukraine's 5–0 win against Serbia, along with a narrow 1–0 win against Luxembourg. Two matches—away and home against Lithuania (winning 3–0 and 2–0 respectively) saw Ukraine with 16 points and in need of only a point against Portugal. Ukraine won 2–1 and the group before drawing Serbia 2–2.
Ukraine were drawn with Switzerland, Spain, and Germany in the next Nations League. The Ukrainians started their campaign by overcoming Switzerland at home 2–1 to temporarily take first place. However, their next opponent Spain won 4–0. Germany then won 2–1 in Kyiv. Ukraine then defeated Spain for the first time with a 1–0 win. Germany swept Ukraine after a 1–0 deficit was cancelled for a 3–1 victory.
As the COVID-19 crisis in Ukraine worsened, eight players from the starting squad tested positive (including one positive SARS-CoV-2 test upon arrival to Lucerne), and as a result, the entire delegation was put into quarantine by the Department of Health of the Canton of Lucerne. Their game against Switzerland away was sequently cancelled. Ukraine faced relegation if the game was to be awarded 3–0 to Switzerland, or if the result is decided by a drawing of lots and Switzerland were to be handed a 1–0 victory. Eventually, UEFA decided that the match result would be 3–0 in favour of Switzerland, meaning that Ukraine had been officially relegated after just one season in League A.
Ukraine managed to qualify to the knockout stages in the European Championship for the first time in 2020, as one of the best third-placed teams. They beat Sweden 2–1 in the round of 16, after Artem Dovbyk scored the winning goal in the first minute of the second half in extra time. They were then defeated by England in the quarter-final, recording their best finish at a major tournament since 2006.
Ukraine drew 1–1 in both games against France in 2022 World Cup qualifying. Ukraine would then qualify for the playoff after breaking the record set by Australia for the most consecutive draws in World Cup qualification, with five straight draws. After five years and under the spell of draws in the recent campaign, Shevchenko announced his resignation in August 2021 and was replaced with Oleksandr Petrakov who recently led the Ukraine U-20 team to the World Cup victory. Ukraine eventually picked up a much-needed victory over Finland, ending their run of draws and giving them a two-point lead over Bosnia and a three-point lead over Finland. However, both Bosnia and Finland had a game in hand over Ukraine, who managed to qualify for the playoffs after a 2–0 win over Bosnia and a Finnish loss to France. Ukraine faced Scotland in the Group A playoff semifinals, postponed in March 2022 to June after Russia invaded the country in February, winning 3–1 at Hampden Park, but ultimately losing 1–0 to Wales in an emotional playoff final at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Most matches are held at Kyiv's Olimpiyskyi National Sports Complex.
During the Soviet era (before 1991), only three stadiums in Ukraine were used in official games, the Olimpiysky NSC in Kyiv (known then as Republican Stadium), the predecessor of Chornomorets, BSS Central Stadium in Odesa, and the Lokomotiv Stadium in Simferopol.
Home venue record
|Venue||City||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Points per game|
|Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex||Kyiv||62||29||21||12||88||52||1.74|
|Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium||Kyiv||20||13||5||2||38||15||2.2|
|Metalist Oblast Sports Complex||Kharkiv||13||7||2||4||21||9||1.77|
- Last updated: 11 November 2021. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
Kits and sponsors
Kit history and evolution
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 5 February 2009 Ukraine wore a Lotto kit. In 2009 the official team kit was produced by German company Adidas which has a contract with the Ukrainian team until 31 December 2016. Joma manufactured the kits starting from the year 2017 for the match against Croatia on 24 March 2017.
Marketing for the Football Federation of Ukraine is conducted by the Ukraine Football International (UFI).
- Title sponsor: Epicentr (since 2013)
- Premium (General) sponsors: Chernihivske (since 1998)
- Official sponsors: Henkel (Ukraine), Adidas, Airline "MAU" (Ukraine International Airlines), NIKO (official Mitsubishi distributor in Ukraine), Boris clinic, Tour agency "Love Cyprus", Resort center "Grand Admiral Club"
Results and fixtures
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.
|9 October 2022 World Cup qualification||Finland||1–2||Ukraine||Helsinki, Finland|
|18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)||
||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|12 October 2022 World Cup qualification||Ukraine||1–1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Lviv, Ukraine|
|20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)||
||Stadium: Arena Lviv|
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
|11 November Friendly||Ukraine||1–1||Bulgaria||Odesa, Ukraine|
|18:30 (19:30 UTC+3)||Stepanenko 79'||Report||Kirilov 35'||Stadium: Chornomorets Stadium|
Referee: Arda Kardesler (Turkey)
|16 November 2022 World Cup qualification||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–2||Ukraine||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|11 May Global Tour for Peace||Borussia Mönchengladbach||1–2||Ukraine||Mönchengladbach, Germany|
|Noß 13'||Report||Stadium: Borussia-Park|
Referee: Denys Shurman (Ukraine; first half)
Daniel Siebert (Germany; second half)
|17 May Global Tour for Peace||Empoli||1–3||Ukraine||Empoli, Italy|
|20:30||La Mantia 45'||Report||Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani|
Referee: Manuel Volpi (Italy)
|18 May Global Tour for Peace||Rijeka||1–1||Ukraine||Rijeka, Croatia|
|Drmić 36'||Report||Harmash 23'||Stadium: Stadion Rujevica|
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
|1 June[b] 2022 World Cup qualification||Scotland||1–3||Ukraine||Glasgow, Scotland|
||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|5 June 2022 World Cup qualification||Wales||1–0||Ukraine||Cardiff, Wales|
||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|8 June 2022–23 Nations League||Republic of Ireland||0–1||Ukraine||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
||Stadium: Aviva Stadium|
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
|11 June 2022–23 Nations League||Ukraine||3–0||Armenia||Łódź, Poland|
|16:00||Report||Stadium: ŁKS Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
|14 June 2022–23 Nations League||Ukraine||1–1||Republic of Ireland||Łódź, Poland|
||Stadium: ŁKS Stadium|
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
|21 September 2022–23 Nations League||Scotland||3–0||Ukraine||Glasgow, Scotland|
|21:45||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
|24 September 2022–23 Nations League||Armenia||0–5||Ukraine||Yerevan, Armenia|
Dovbyk 69', 84'
|Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium|
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
|27 September 2022–23 Nations League||Ukraine||0–0||Scotland||Kraków, Poland|
|21:45||Report||Stadium: Cracovia Stadium|
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|Head coach||Oleksandr Petrakov|
|Goalkeeping coach||Vyacheslav Kernozenko|
|No.||Manager||Nation||Ukraine career||G||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Win %||Qualifying cycle||Final tour|
|4||Yozhef Sabo||1996–1999||32||15||11||6||44||26||+18||46.88||1998, 2000|
|7||Oleg Blokhin||2003–2007||46||21||14||11||65||40||+25||45.65||2006, 2008||2006|
|11||Mykhaylo Fomenko||2012–2016||37||24||6||7||67||22||+45||64.86||2014, 2016||2016|
|12||Andriy Shevchenko||2016–2021||51||25||13||13||71||61||+10||49.02||2018, 2020, 2022||2020|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Anatoliy Trubin||1 August 2001||3||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Armenia, 24 September 2022 U21|
|GK||Heorhiy Bushchan||31 May 1994||15||0||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ|
|GK||Andriy Pyatov||28 June 1984||102||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Armenia, 11 June 2022 RET|
|GK||Denys Boyko||29 January 1988||7||0||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Finland, 9 October 2021 WD|
|DF||Eduard Sobol||20 April 1995||27||0||Club Brugge||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ|
|DF||Denys Popov||17 February 1999||3||0||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022|
|DF||Oleksandr Syrota||11 June 2000||2||0||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022|
|DF||Yukhym Konoplya||26 August 1999||3||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD|
|DF||Viktor Korniyenko||14 February 1999||2||1||Shakhtar Donetsk||Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ|
|DF||Artem Shabanov||7 March 1992||2||0||Fehérvár||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 October 2021|
|MF||Serhiy Sydorchuk||2 May 1991||54||3||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Scotland, 27 September 2022 WD|
|MF||Viktor Kovalenko||14 February 1996||33||0||Spezia||v. Armenia, 24 September 2022 INJ|
|MF||Oleksandr Zinchenko||15 December 1996||52||8||Arsenal||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ|
|MF||Mykola Shaparenko||4 October 1998||28||1||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ|
|MF||Oleksiy Hutsulyak||25 December 1997||0||0||Dnipro-1||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES|
|MF||Yehor Nazaryna||10 July 1997||0||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES|
|MF||Vitaliy Buyalskyi||6 January 1993||9||0||Dynamo Kyiv||Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD|
|MF||Serhiy Buletsa||16 February 1999||3||0||Zorya Luhansk||Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ|
|MF||Ihor Kharatin||2 February 1995||4||0||Legia Warsaw||v. Bulgaria, 11 November 2021 RES|
|MF||Vladyslav Kocherhin||30 April 1996||1||0||Raków Częstochowa||v. Finland, 9 October 2021 RES|
|MF||Vladyslav Kalitvintsev||4 January 1993||0||0||Oleksandriya||v. Finland, 9 October 2021 RES|
|FW||Artem Besedin||31 March 1996||19||2||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES|
|FW||Danylo Sikan||16 April 2001||6||1||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022|
|FW||Denys Harmash||19 April 1990||31||2||Dynamo Kyiv||Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD|
Most capped players
Most capped goalkeepers
As of 27 September 2022[update]
|Rank||Player||Captain Caps||Total Caps||Period|
FIFA World Cup
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990 as Part of Soviet Union||1930 to 1990 as Part of Soviet Union|
|as Ukraine||as Ukraine|
|1994||FIFA member from 1992. Not admitted to the tournament.[d]||FIFA member from 1992. Not admitted to the tournament.[d]||1994||Qualifying spot not granted by FIFA|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|12||6||3||3||11||9||1998||2nd in Qualifying group 9, lost to Croatia in play-off|
|2002||12||4||6||2||15||13||2002||2nd in Qualifying group 5, lost to Germany in play-off|
|2006||Quarter-finals||8th||5||2||1||2||5||7||12||7||4||1||18||7||2006||1st in Qualifying group 2|
|2010||Did not qualify||12||6||4||2||21||7||2010||2nd in Qualifying group 6, lost to Greece in play-off|
|2014||12||7||3||2||30||7||2014||2nd in Qualifying group H, lost to France in play-off|
|2018||10||5||2||3||13||9||2018||3rd in Qualifying group I|
|2022||10||3||6||1||14||10||2022||2nd in Qualifying group D, lost to Wales in play-off|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined||2026|
- * Denotes draws include knock-out matches decided on penalty kicks.
UEFA European Championship
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960 to 1992 as Part of Soviet Union and CIS||1960 to 1992 as Part of Soviet Union and CIS|
|as Ukraine||as Ukraine|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||4||1||5||11||15||1996||4th in Qualifying group 4|
|2000||12||5||6||1||16||7||2000||2nd in Qualifying group 4, lost to Slovenia in play-off|
|2004||8||2||4||2||11||10||2004||3rd in Qualifying group 6|
|2008||12||5||2||5||18||16||2008||4th in Qualifying group B|
|2012||Group stage||12th||3||1||0||2||2||4||Host nation||2012||Qualified as host nation|
|2016||24th||3||0||0||3||0||5||12||7||2||3||17||5||2016||3rd in Qualifying group C, won over Slovenia in play-off|
|2020||Quarter-finals||8th||5||2||0||3||6||10||8||6||2||0||17||4||2020||Winner in Qualifying group B|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined||2024||In progress|
UEFA Nations League
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2024–25||B||To be determined|
|Positive balance (more wins)|
|Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)|
|Negative balance (more losses)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||UEFA||2||1||1||0||3||1||+2|
|Republic of Ireland||UEFA||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1|
|United Arab Emirates||AFC||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Total: 71 nations||5/6||296||136||84||78||412||249||+163|
FIFA Ranking history
- Ukraine national under-21 football team
- Ukraine national under-19 football team
- Ukraine national under-18 football team
- Ukraine national under-17 football team
- Ukraine national under-16 football team
- Ukrainians on the Soviet Union national football team
- On 11 March 2022, UAF annulled Tymoshchuk's caps and goals for the national team due to his refusal to speak out against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- The Ukraine v Scotland match, originally scheduled for 24 March 2022, was postponed due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- Oleksandr Petrakov took over as caretaker for seven games, until he was formally appointed full-time on 17 November 2021.
- FIFA adopted a decision not to allow to participate in the 1994 FIFA World Cup the national teams of those former Soviet republics that did not participate in the qualification draw on 8 December 1991. A proposition of Ukraine to arrange a separate tournament for all successors of the Soviet Union and supported by Georgia and Armenia was blocked by Russia.
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