Ukraine national football team

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Ukraine
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Синьо-жовті (The Blue and Yellow)
Збірна (The National Team)
AssociationUkrainian Association of Football (UAF)
Українська Асоціація Футболу
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachOleksandr Petrakov
CaptainAndriy Yarmolenko
Most capsAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (144)[a]
Top scorerAndriy Shevchenko (48)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUKR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 27 Steady (25 August 2022)[2]
Highest11 (February 2007)
Lowest132 (September 1993)
First international
 Ukraine 1–3 Hungary 
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 29 April 1992)
Biggest win
 Ukraine 9–0 San Marino 
(Lviv, Ukraine; 6 September 2013)
Biggest defeat
 France 7–1 Ukraine 
(Saint-Denis, France; 7 October 2020)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2006)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best resultQuarter-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.[4]

As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.[4] 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.

Ukraine's best performance in the UEFA European Championship was in 2020, where they reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

History[edit]

Ukrainian SSR (1925–1990)[edit]

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.[5][6] 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.

In 1929, Ukraine beat Lower Austria in an exhibition match in Kharkiv 4–1, and played in another Soviet tournament. Ukraine lost to Transcaucasus 3–0.

Official formation[edit]

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 [1]</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.[7] 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.

Valeriy Lobanovskyi, was Head Coach of the National Team in 1979 and between 2001 and 2002

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[8]), 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,[7] due to the general economic crisis that has affected all of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.[7] There also was a reverse influx of players;[7] 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.[7]

In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk,[a] Serhiy Rebrov and Oleksandr Shovkovskyi.

First official games (Prokopenko)[edit]

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.[9]

Viktor Prokopenko, the first manager of the national team

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,[10] 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)[edit]

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.[11] 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[12] and they then beat Estonia 3–0 gaining their first win in official competitive game.[13] 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.[14] 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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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.

2006–2012[edit]

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.[15][16]

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.[citation needed] Following failure to qualify, the Federation decided not to renew contract with Mykhaylychenko.[17]

Ukraine in 2012
Ukraine before a match against Bulgaria, 14 December 2012

As co-hosts, Ukraine qualified automatically for Euro 2012,[4] 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.[18][19] 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.[20][21] 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.

2014–present[edit]

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[22] 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.[23] Even though Fomenko did not manage to qualify for the World Cup, the Federation decided to retain his services until end of 2015.[24] With qualification to the Euro 2016, Fomenko was honored to lead the national team in the finals.

Ukraine in 2015

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[citation needed] After five years and under the spell of draws in the recent campaign, Shevchenko announced his resignation in August 2021[28] and was replaced with Oleksandr Petrakov who recently led the Ukraine U-20 team to the World Cup victory.[29] 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,[30] winning 3–1 at Hampden Park, but ultimately losing 1–0 to Wales in an emotional playoff final at the Cardiff City Stadium.[31]

Stadiums[edit]

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.

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, All matches are currently taking place in nearby Poland

Home venue record[edit]

Since Ukraine's first fixture (29 April 1992 vs. Hungary) they have played their home games at 11 different stadiums.

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
Arena Lviv Lviv 14 11 3 0 33 6 2.57
Metalist Oblast Sports Complex Kharkiv 13 7 2 4 21 9 1.77
Ukraina Stadium Lviv 6 6 0 0 14 5 3
Chornomorets Stadium Odesa 6 4 2 0 7 3 2.33
Donbass Arena Donetsk 5 0 1 4 2 9 0.2
Dnipro-Arena Dnipro 4 3 1 0 5 2 2.5
Shakhtar Stadium Donetsk 2 0 1 1 0 2 0.5
Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhzhia 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Meteor Stadium Dnipro 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Avanhard Stadium Uzhhorod 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Totals 135 74 37 24 212 108 1.92
Last updated: 11 November 2021. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Kits and sponsors[edit]

Kit history and evolution[edit]

On 29 March 2010, Ukraine debuted a new Adidas kit.[32] This replaced the Adidas kit with a yellow base and the traditional Adidas three stripe with a snake sash which was used in 2009.[33] 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.[34]

Former crest.

Sponsors[edit]

Marketing for the Football Federation of Ukraine is conducted by the Ukraine Football International (UFI).

Former title and general sponsors included Ukrtelecom, Kyivstar,[38] Nordex (Austria),[39][40] and Geoton.

Kit supplier Period
United Kingdom Umbro 1992–1997
Germany Puma 1998–2002
Italy Lotto 2003–2008
Germany Adidas 2009–2016
Spain Joma 2017–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2021[edit]

9 October 2022 World Cup qualification Finland  1–2  Ukraine Helsinki, Finland
18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)
  • Pukki 29'
Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
11 November Friendly Ukraine  1–1  Bulgaria Odesa, Ukraine
18:30 (19:30 UTC+3) Stepanenko 79' Report Kirilov 35' Stadium: Chornomorets Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Arda Kardesler (Turkey)

2022[edit]

11 May Global Tour for Peace Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany 1–2  Ukraine Mönchengladbach, Germany
Noß 13' Report Stadium: Borussia-Park
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Denys Shurman (Ukraine; first half)
Daniel Siebert (Germany; second half)
17 May Global Tour for Peace Empoli Italy 1–3  Ukraine Empoli, Italy
20:30 La Mantia 45' Report Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani
Referee: Manuel Volpi (Italy)
26 May Friendly Ukraine  Cancelled  DR Congo Slovenia
1 June[b] 2022 World Cup qualification Scotland  1–3  Ukraine Glasgow, Scotland
19:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 49,772
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
5 June 2022 World Cup qualification Wales  1–0  Ukraine Cardiff, Wales
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 32,660
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
8 June 2022–23 Nations League Republic of Ireland  0–1  Ukraine Dublin, Republic of Ireland
21:45 Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 40,111
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
11 June 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  3–0  Armenia Łódź, Poland[41]
16:00 Report Stadium: ŁKS Stadium
Attendance: 12,503
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
14 June 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  1–1  Republic of Ireland Łódź, Poland[41]
21:45
Report
Stadium: ŁKS Stadium
Attendance: 10,641
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
21 September 2022–23 Nations League Scotland  3–0  Ukraine Glasgow, Scotland
21:45
Report Stadium: Hampden Park[42]
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
24 September 2022–23 Nations League Armenia  0–5  Ukraine Yerevan, Armenia
19:00 Report Tymchyk 22'
Zubkov 57'
Dovbyk 69', 84'
Ihnatenko 81'
Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium
Attendance: 7,200
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
27 September 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  0–0  Scotland Kraków, Poland
21:45 Report Stadium: Cracovia Stadium
Attendance: 13,534
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)

Coaching staff[edit]

Currently approved:[43]

Position Name
Head coach Ukraine Oleksandr Petrakov
Assistant coaches
Ukraine Andriy Annenkov
Ukraine Oleksandr Shovkovskyi
Goalkeeping coach Ukraine Vyacheslav Kernozenko
Fitness coaches
Ukraine Ivan Bashtovyi
Ukraine Vyacheslav Ruzhentsev

Coaching history[edit]

As of 27 September 2022[44][45]
No. Manager Nation Ukraine career G W D L GF GA GD Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
1 Viktor Prokopenko Ukraine 1992 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 000.00
C Mykola Pavlov
Leonid Tkachenko
Ukraine 1992 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
2 Oleh Bazylevych Ukraine 1993–1994 11 4 3 4 13 14 −1 036.36 1996
C Mykola Pavlov
Volodymyr Muntyan
Ukraine 1994 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 000.00
C Yozhef Sabo Ukraine 1994 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 050.00 1996
3 Anatoliy Konkov Ukraine 1995 7 3 0 4 8 13 −5 042.86 1996
4 Yozhef Sabo Ukraine 1996–1999 32 15 11 6 44 26 +18 046.88 1998, 2000
5 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Ukraine 2000–2001 18 6 7 5 20 20 +0 033.33 2002
6 Leonid Buryak Ukraine 2002–2003 19 5 6 8 18 23 −5 026.32 2004
7 Oleg Blokhin Ukraine 2003–2007 46 21 14 11 65 40 +25 045.65 2006, 2008 2006
8 Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko Ukraine 2008–2009 21 12 5 4 31 16 +15 057.14 2010
9 Myron Markevych[46] Ukraine 2010 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6 075.00
C Yuriy Kalytvyntsev[47] Ukraine 2010–2011 8 1 5 2 10 13 −3 012.50
10 Oleg Blokhin[20] Ukraine 2011–2012 18 7 3 8 27 28 −1 038.89 2014 2012
C Andriy Bal[48] Ukraine 2012 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 000.00 2014
C Oleksandr Zavarov Ukraine 2012 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
11 Mykhaylo Fomenko[49] Ukraine 2012–2016 37 24 6 7 67 22 +45 064.86 2014, 2016 2016
12 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine 2016–2021 51 25 13 13 71 61 +10 049.02 2018, 2020, 2022 2020
13 Oleksandr Petrakov Ukraine 2021–[c] 15 6 7 2 23 13 +10 040.00 2022

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches against Scotland (twice) and Armenia in September 2022.[50]

Caps and goals updated as of 27 September 2022, after the match against Scotland.[51][52][53][54][55]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Andriy Lunin (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 23) 9 0 Spain Real Madrid
23 1GK Dmytro Riznyk (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava
1 1GK Yevhen Volynets (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Ukraine Kolos Kovalivka

22 2DF Mykola Matviyenko (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 26) 54 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21 2DF Oleksandr Karavayev (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 30) 46 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4 2DF Serhiy Kryvtsov (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 31) 31 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
16 2DF Vitaliy Mykolenko (1999-05-29) 29 May 1999 (age 23) 28 1 England Everton
13 2DF Illya Zabarnyi (2002-09-01) 1 September 2002 (age 20) 24 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
18 2DF Oleksandr Tymchyk (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 25) 12 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3 2DF Bohdan Mykhaylichenko (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 25) 7 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
19 2DF Taras Kacharaba (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 27) 3 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
2 2DF Valeriy Bondar (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

7 3MF Andriy Yarmolenko (captain) (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 32) 112 45 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
6 3MF Taras Stepanenko (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 33) 73 4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
8 3MF Ruslan Malinovskyi (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 29) 51 7 Italy Atalanta
15 3MF Viktor Tsyhankov (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 24) 42 7 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
20 3MF Oleksandr Zubkov (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 26) 24 2 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
10 3MF Mykhaylo Mudryk (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 8 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
14 3MF Danylo Ihnatenko (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 25) 5 1 France Bordeaux
17 3MF Oleksandr Pikhalyonok (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 25) 5 0 Ukraine Dnipro-1
5 3MF Eduard Sarapiy (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Ukraine Dnipro-1

9 4FW Roman Yaremchuk (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 26) 42 13 Belgium Club Brugge
11 4FW Artem Dovbyk (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 25) 14 6 Ukraine Dnipro-1

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 21) 3 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Armenia, 24 September 2022 U21
GK Heorhiy Bushchan (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 28) 15 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ
GK Andriy Pyatov (1984-06-28) 28 June 1984 (age 38) 102 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Armenia, 11 June 2022 RET
GK Denys Boyko (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 34) 7 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 WD

DF Eduard Sobol (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 27) 27 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ
DF Denys Popov (1999-02-17) 17 February 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022
DF Oleksandr Syrota (2000-06-11) 11 June 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022
DF Yukhym Konoplya (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD
DF Viktor Korniyenko (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 23) 2 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
DF Artem Shabanov (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 30) 2 0 Hungary Fehérvár v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 October 2021

MF Serhiy Sydorchuk (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 31) 54 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Scotland, 27 September 2022 WD
MF Viktor Kovalenko (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 26) 33 0 Italy Spezia v.  Armenia, 24 September 2022 INJ
MF Oleksandr Zinchenko (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 (age 25) 52 8 England Arsenal v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ
MF Mykola Shaparenko (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 24) 28 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 INJ
MF Oleksiy Hutsulyak (1997-12-25) 25 December 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Ukraine Dnipro-1 v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES
MF Yehor Nazaryna (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES
MF Vitaliy Buyalskyi (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 29) 9 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD
MF Serhiy Buletsa (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
MF Ihor Kharatin (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 27) 4 0 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Bulgaria, 11 November 2021 RES
MF Vladyslav Kocherhin (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Poland Raków Częstochowa v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 RES
MF Vladyslav Kalitvintsev (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Ukraine Oleksandriya v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 RES

FW Artem Besedin (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 (age 26) 19 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Scotland, 21 September 2022 RES
FW Danylo Sikan (2001-04-16) 16 April 2001 (age 21) 6 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Republic of Ireland, 14 June 2022
FW Denys Harmash (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 32) 31 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD

Notes
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • RES = Reserves squad – replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad/standby.

Previous squads[edit]

Player records[edit]

As of 27 September 2022[52][56][54][55]
Players in bold are still active with Ukraine.

Most capped players[edit]

Andriy Shevchenko is Ukraine's top scorer with 48 goals.
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk[a] 144 4 2000–2016
2 Andriy Yarmolenko 112 45 2009–present
3 Andriy Shevchenko 111 48 1995–2012
4 Andriy Pyatov 102 0 2007–2022
5 Ruslan Rotan 100 8 2003–2018
6 Oleh Husiev 98 13 2003–2016
7 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 92 0 1994–2012
8 Yevhen Konoplyanka 86 21 2010–present
9 Serhiy Rebrov 75 15 1992–2006
10 Andriy Voronin 74 8 2002–2012

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Andriy Shevchenko 48 111 0.43 1995–2012
2 Andriy Yarmolenko 45 112 0.4 2009–present
3 Yevhen Konoplyanka 21 86 0.24 2010–present
4 Serhiy Rebrov 15 75 0.2 1992–2006
5 Roman Yaremchuk 13 42 0.31 2018–present
Oleh Husiev 13 98 0.13 2003–2016
7 Serhiy Nazarenko 12 56 0.21 2003–2012
8 Yevhen Seleznyov 11 58 0.19 2008–2018
9 Andriy Vorobey 9 68 0.13 2000–2008
Andriy Husin 9 71 0.13 1993–2006

Most capped goalkeepers[edit]

As of 27 September 2022

Rank Player Games Wins GA Av GA Period
1 Andriy Pyatov 102 51 83 0.814 2007–2022
2 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 92 38 80 0.87 1994–2012
3 Heorhiy Bushchan 15 5 24 1.714 2020–present
4 Oleh Suslov 12 7 15 1.25 1994–1997
5 Andriy Lunin 9 4 6 1.5 2018–present
Vitaliy Reva 9 3 10 1.111 2001–2003
7 Andriy Dykan 8 5 11 1.375 2010–2012
Maksym Levytskyi 8 1 10 1.25 2000–2002
9 Denys Boyko 7 3 7 1 2014–present
Dmytro Tyapushkin 7 1 11 1.571 1994–1995

Captains[edit]

As of 27 September 2022[57]

Rank Player Captain Caps Total Caps Period
1 Andriy Shevchenko 58 111 1995–2012
2 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk[a] 41 144 2000–2016
3 Oleh Luzhnyi 39 52 1992–2003
4 Ruslan Rotan 24 100 2003–2018
Andriy Pyatov 24 102 2007–2022
6 Andriy Yarmolenko 22 112 2009–present
7 Yuriy Kalitvintsev 13 22 1995–1999
Oleksandr Holovko 13 58 1995–2004
9 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 12 92 1994–2012
10 Oleksandr Kucher 8 57 2006–2017

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Outcome
1930 to 1990 as Part of  Soviet Union 1930 to 1990 as Part of  Soviet Union
as  Ukraine as  Ukraine
United States 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
France 1998 Did not qualify
12 6 3 3 11 9 1998 2nd in Qualifying group 9, lost to Croatia in play-off
South Korea Japan 2002 12 4 6 2 15 13 2002 2nd in Qualifying group 5, lost to Germany in play-off
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 5 7 12 7 4 1 18 7 2006 1st in Qualifying group 2
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 12 6 4 2 21 7 2010 2nd in Qualifying group 6, lost to Greece in play-off
Brazil 2014 12 7 3 2 30 7 2014 2nd in Qualifying group H, lost to France in play-off
Russia 2018 10 5 2 3 13 9 2018 3rd in Qualifying group I
Qatar 2022 10 3 6 1 14 10 2022 2nd in Qualifying group D, lost to Wales in play-off
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined 2026
Total Quarter-finals 1/8 5 2 1 2 5 7 80 38 28 14 122 62
* Denotes draws include knock-out matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA Outcome
1960 to 1992 as Part of  Soviet Union and  CIS 1960 to 1992 as Part of  Soviet Union and  CIS
as  Ukraine as  Ukraine
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 11 15 1996 4th in Qualifying group 4
Belgium Netherlands 2000 12 5 6 1 16 7 2000 2nd in Qualifying group 4, lost to Slovenia in play-off
Portugal 2004 8 2 4 2 11 10 2004 3rd in Qualifying group 6
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 5 2 5 18 16 2008 4th in Qualifying group B
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Host nation 2012 Qualified as host nation
France 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
European Union 2020 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 0 3 6 10 8 6 2 0 17 4 2020 Winner in Qualifying group B
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined 2024 In progress
Total Quarter-finals 3/8 11 3 0 8 8 19 62 29 17 16 90 57

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 B 1 4 3 0 1 5 5 Rise 14th
2020–21 A 4 6 2 0 4 5 13 Decrease 13th
2022–23 B 1 6 3 2 1 10 14 Same position 22th
2024–25 B To be determined
Total 16 8 2 6 20 32 13th

Head-to-head record[edit]

World Map of Ukraine's opponents

The following table shows Ukraine's all-time international record, correct as of 27 September 2022.[59][60][61]

Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)
Against Confederation Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Albania UEFA 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9
 Andorra UEFA 4 4 0 0 17 0 +17
 Armenia UEFA 10 7 3 0 25 8 +17
 Austria UEFA 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
 Azerbaijan UEFA 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6
 Bahrain AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Belarus UEFA 9 5 3 1 12 5 +7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Bulgaria UEFA 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5
 Cameroon CAF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Canada CONCACAF 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Chile CONMEBOL 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Costa Rica CONCACAF 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 Croatia UEFA 9 1 3 5 5 15 −10
 Cyprus UEFA 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4
 Czech Republic UEFA 5 2 2 1 4 6 −2
 Denmark UEFA 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 England UEFA 8 1 2 5 3 13 −10
 Estonia UEFA 5 5 0 0 11 0 +11
 Faroe Islands UEFA 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Finland UEFA 4 3 1 0 6 3 +3
 France UEFA 12 1 5 6 8 23 −15
 Georgia UEFA 9 6 3 0 16 6 +10
 Germany UEFA 8 0 3 5 7 17 −10
 Greece UEFA 6 2 2 2 4 3 +1
 Hungary UEFA 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
 Iceland UEFA 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
 Iran AFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Israel UEFA 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2
 Italy UEFA 8 0 2 6 3 15 −12
 Japan AFC 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
 Kazakhstan UEFA 6 4 2 0 12 6 +6
 Kosovo UEFA 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
 Latvia UEFA 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 Libya CAF 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3
 Lithuania UEFA 10 7 1 2 20 8 +12
 Luxembourg UEFA 5 5 0 0 12 1 +11
 Malta UEFA 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Mexico CONCACAF 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Moldova UEFA 5 3 2 0 6 3 +3
 Montenegro UEFA 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3
 Morocco CAF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Netherlands UEFA 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4
 Niger CAF 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Nigeria CAF 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Northern Ireland UEFA 6 3 2 1 4 3 +1
 North Macedonia UEFA 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3
 Norway UEFA 5 4 1 0 5 0 +5
 Poland UEFA 9 3 2 4 9 11 −2
 Portugal UEFA 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
 Republic of Ireland UEFA 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
 Romania UEFA 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4
 Russia UEFA 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 San Marino UEFA 2 2 0 0 17 0 +17
 Saudi Arabia AFC 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4
 Scotland UEFA 5 2 1 2 6 7 -1
 Serbia UEFA 7 6 1 0 16 3 +13
 Slovakia UEFA 8 3 3 2 9 10 −1
 Slovenia UEFA 6 1 3 2 7 7 0
 South Korea AFC 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3
 Spain UEFA 7 1 1 5 4 14 −10
 Sweden UEFA 4 3 1 1 6 4 +2
  Switzerland UEFA 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Tunisia CAF 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Turkey UEFA 9 2 3 4 9 11 −2
 United Arab Emirates AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 United States CONCACAF 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 Uzbekistan AFC 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 Wales UEFA 4 1 2 1 3 3 0
Total: 71 nations 5/6 296 136 84 78 412 249 +163

FIFA Ranking history[edit]

As of 25 March 2021[62][63]
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
90 77 71 59 49 47 27 34 45 45 60 57 40 13 30
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 2021
15 22 34 55 47 18 25 29 30 35 28 24 24 24 25

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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.[1]
  2. ^ The Ukraine v Scotland match, originally scheduled for 24 March 2022, was postponed due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[30]
  3. ^ Oleksandr Petrakov took over as caretaker for seven games, until he was formally appointed full-time on 17 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b 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.[7] 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.[58]

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