Ukraine national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Main Team (Головна команда)
|Association||Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU)
Федерація Футболу України
|Head coach||Andriy Shevchenko|
|Most caps||Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (144)|
|Top scorer||Andriy Shevchenko (48)|
|Home stadium||Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv|
|Current||30 11 (14 July 2016)|
|Highest||11 (February 2007)|
|Lowest||132 (September 1993)|
|Current||33 (10 July 2016)|
|Highest||14 (November 2010)|
|Lowest||69 (29 March 1995)|
| Ukraine 1–3 Hungary
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 29 April 1992)
| Ukraine 9–0 San Marino
(Lviv, Ukraine; 6 September 2013)
| Croatia 4–0 Ukraine
(Zagreb, Croatia; 25 March 1995)
Spain 4–0 Ukraine
(Leipzig, Germany; 14 June 2006)
Czech Republic 4–0 Ukraine
(Prague, Czech Republic; 6 September 2011)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2006)|
|Appearances||2 (First in 2012)|
|Best result||Group stage (2012 and 2016)|
The Ukraine's National Football Team (Ukrainian: Збірна України з футболу) is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. 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's biggest success on the world stage was reaching the quarter finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team's début in the finals of a major championship. As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for Euro 2012. Four years later, Ukraine qualified for UEFA Euro 2016 via the play-off route, the first time qualifying for a UEFA European Championship via the qualifying process, as it finished in third place in its qualifying group. This marked the first time in Ukraine's five play-off appearances that it managed to win such a tie, previously unsuccessful in the play-off ties for the UEFA Euro 2000, 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadiums
- 3 Recent and forthcoming matches
- 4 Player records
- 5 Ukraine managers
- 6 Players
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Home venues record
- 9 FIFA Ranking history
- 10 Sports kits and sponsors
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Officially the national team of Ukraine, it was formed in the early 1990s and shortly after was recognized internationally. It is not widely known, however, that Ukraine previously had a national team in 1925–1935. Just like the RSFSR, the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic had its own national team.
The earliest record of games it played 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. Just before the tournament started, the Ukrainian national team played two exhibition games against the Red Sports Federation team from Uruguay, one in Kharkiv (lost 1–2) and the other in Moscow (won 3–2). At the All-Soviet tournament, Ukraine played three games and reached the final where it lost to Moscow 0–1. Along the way, Ukraine managed to defeat the national teams of Belarus and Transcaucasus.
In 1931, Ukraine participated in another All-Soviet championship in Moscow. It played only one game, starting from the semifinals. Ukraine lost to the national team of Transcaucasus 0–3 and was eliminated.
In 1986, Ukraine became a winner of association football tournament of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR that was hosted in Ukraine when in final it beat the team of Uzbekistan (Uzbek SSR).
Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the Soviet Union national football team. After independence a Ukrainian national team was formed but the Football Federation of Ukraine failed to secure recognition in time to compete in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification. Meanwhile, some of the best Ukrainian players of the beginning of the 1990s (including Andrei Kanchelskis, Viktor Onopko, Sergei Yuran, Yuri Nikiforov, Ilya Tsymbalar and Oleg Salenko) chose to play for Russia, as it was named the official successor of the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union's five-year UEFA coefficients, despite being earned in part by Ukrainian players (for example, in the final of the last successful event, Euro 88, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians), were transferred to the direct descendant of the Soviet national football team – the Russian national football team. As a result, a crisis was created for both the national team and the domestic league. When Ukraine returned to international football in late 1994 it did so as absolute beginners.
In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleksandr Shovkovskiy. However, Ukraine failed to qualify for any major tournaments prior to 2006.
Troubles with coaches
Soon after being accepted to FIFA and UEFA as a full member in 1992, Ukraine started its preparation to its first game. At first the head coach of the team was planned to be Valeriy Lobanovskyi, but at that time he had a current contract with the UAE national football team. Thus, the first manager of the team had to be chosen among members of a coaching council which consisted of Anatoliy Puzach (manager of Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Kucherevskyi (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Yevhen Lemeshko (Torpedo Zaporizhia), Yukhym Shkolnykov (Bukovyna Chernivtsi) and Viktor Prokopenko (Chornomorets Odessa). Later they were joined by a native of Donetsk Valeriy Yaremchenko (Shakhtar Donetsk). At the end a circle of candidates narrowed down only to three names Puzach, Yaremnchenko, and Prokopenko who eventually became the head coach.
The first game of the team it was agreed to play against the Hungary national football team on 22 April 1992 in Kiev at the Respublikansky Stadium. Due to some financial issues, it was rearranged to 29 April 1992 and moved to the border with Hungary in Uzhhorod at the Avanhard Stadium. There was almost no preparation to the game as all "pioneers" gathered in Kiev on 27 April and the next day flew out to Uzhhorod. At the same time the opponent, while failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 1992, it was preparing for the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification. Ukraine at that time failed to be accepted for the qualification cycle.
Unlike the Hungarian squad, players of which played alongside before and were coached by the European Cup winning coach Emerich Jenei, Ukrainian team lost some its better and experienced players to the CIS national football team that was playing its own friendly against the England national football team in Moscow. Among those players were Andrei Kanchelskis, Volodymyr Lyutyi, Sergei Yuran, Viktor Onopko, Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, and Akhrik Tsveiba (the last two would return later). For the game against Hungary, only Ivan Hetsko and Oleh Luzhny had previous experience of playing at national team level. Other players had only played for the Soviet Olympic football team, while Serhiy Kovalets played for Ukraine at the Spartakiad of People of the USSR in 1986.
2006 FIFA World Cup
After an unsuccessful UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, Ukraine appointed Oleh Blokhin as the national team's head coach. Despite initial skepticism about his appointment due to his previous somewhat undistinguished coaching record and general public calls for a foreign coach, Ukraine went on to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup on 3 September 2005, by drawing 1–1 against Georgia in Tbilisi. In their first World Cup (2006 FIFA World Cup), they were in the Group H together with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After losing 0–4 in the first match against Spain, the Ukrainians beat their other two opponents to reach the knock-out stage.
UEFA Euro 2012
As a host nation Ukraine qualified automatically for UEFA Euro 2012, marking their début in the UEFA European Championship. In their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kyiv. Despite the team's efforts, the co-hosts were eliminated after a 0–2 loss to France and a 0–1 loss to England, all in Donetsk.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group C
|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|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I
|1||Croatia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||12 Nov '16||24 Mar '17||5 Sep '16||6 Oct '17||2 Sep '17|
|1||Iceland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible second round[a]||11 Jun '17||—||5 Sep '17||9 Oct '16||6 Oct '16||9 Oct '17|
|1||Ukraine||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9 Oct '17||5 Sep '16||—||2 Sep '17||12 Nov '16||9 Oct '16|
|1||Turkey||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5 Sep '17||6 Oct '17||6 Oct '16||—||24 Mar '17||12 Nov '16|
|1||Finland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9 Oct '16||2 Sep '17||11 Jun '17||9 Oct '17||—||5 Sep '16|
|1||Kosovo||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6 Oct '16||24 Mar '17||6 Oct '17||11 Jun '17||5 Sep '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.
The most important matches of the Ukrainian national team are held in Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, also home of FC Dynamo Kyiv. New infrastructure and stadiums were built in preparation for Euro 2012, and other venues include stadiums in the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa. The alternative stadiums are: Donbass Arena (Donetsk), Metalist Stadium (Kharkiv), Arena Lviv (Lviv), Dnipro-Arena (Dnipropetrovsk), Chornomorets Stadium (Odessa).
During Soviet times (before 1991) only two stadiums in Ukraine were used in official games, they are the Olimpiysky NSC in Kiev (known then as Republican Stadium) and the Lokomotiv Stadium in Simferopol.
Recent and forthcoming matches
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.
|5 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Ukraine||3 – 1||Belarus||Lviv, Ukraine|
Konoplyanka 40' (p)
|Report||Kornilenko 62' (p)||Stadium: Arena Lviv
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
|8 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Slovakia||0 – 0||Ukraine||Žilina, Slovakia|
|Report||Stadium: Štadión Pod Dubňom
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|9 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Macedonia||0 – 2||Ukraine||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia|
|Report||Seleznyov 59' (p)
|Stadium: Philip II Arena
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)
|12 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Ukraine||0 – 1||Spain||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Report||Mario 22'||Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|14 November 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q play-offs||Ukraine||2 – 0||Slovenia||Lviv, Ukraine|
|Report||Stadium: Arena Lviv
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
|17 November 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q play-offs||Slovenia||1 – 1||Ukraine||Maribor, Slovenia|
|20:45||Cesar 11'||Report||Yarmolenko 90+7'||Stadium: Ljudski vrt
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|24 March 2016 Friendly||Ukraine||1 – 0||Cyprus||Odessa, Ukraine|
|Stepanenko 40'||Stadium: Chornomorets Stadium
Referee: Orel Grinfield (Israel)
|28 March 2016 Friendly||Ukraine||1 – 0||Wales||Kyiv, Ukraine|
|Yarmolenko 28'||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium
|29 May 2016 Friendly||Romania||3 – 4||Ukraine||Torino, Italy|
|Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|3 June 2016 Friendly||Ukraine||3 – 1||Albania||Bergamo, Italy|
|Report||Sadiku 12'||Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)
|12 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage||Germany||2 – 0||Ukraine||Lille, France|
|Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|16 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage||Ukraine||0 – 2||Northern Ireland||Lyon, France|
|Stadium: Stade des Lumières
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|21 June 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage||Ukraine||0 – 1||Poland||Marseille, France|
|Stadium: Stade Vélodrome
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Last 12 months – 13 games, 7 win(s), 2 draw(s), 4 loss(es) – 17 scored & 12 allowed.
Best scorer(s): Yarmolenko with 6 goals
Most capped Ukraine players
As of 21 June 2016[update]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Top Ukraine goalscorers
As of 21 June 2016[update]
|1||Andriy Shevchenko (list)||1995–2012||48||111||0.43|
|#||Player||Career||Captain Caps||Total Caps|
Top 10 goalkeepers
As of 21 June 2016[update]
Last updated on 26 July 2016.
|Manager||Nation||Ukraine career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Win %||Qualifying cycle||Final tour|
|Mykola Pavlov (caretaker)||1992||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Mykola Pavlov (caretaker)||1994||2||0||0||2||0||3||0|
|Yozhef Sabo||1996–1999||32||15||11||6||26||41||46.88||1998, 2000|
|Oleh Blokhin||2003–2007||46||21||14||11||78||26||45.65||2006, 2008||2006|
|Yuriy Kalytvyntsev (caretaker)||2010–2011||8||1||5||2||14||16||12.5|
|Andriy Bal (caretaker)||2012||2||0||1||1||2||1||0||2014|
|Oleksandr Zavarov (caretaker)||2012||1||1||0||0||1||0||100|
|Mykhaylo Fomenko||2012–2016||37||24||6||7||67||22||64.86||2014, 2016||2016|
|Head coach||Andriy Shevchenko|
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|
|DF||Mykyta Kamenyuka||3 June 1985||1||0||Zorya Luhansk||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|DF||Yevhen Selin||9 May 1988||15||1||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Wales, 28 March 2016|
|DF||Artem Putivtsev||29 August 1988||1||0||Termalica||v. Wales, 28 March 2016|
|DF||Andriy Pylyavskyi||4 December 1988||1||0||Vorskla Poltava||v. Slovenia, 17 November 2015|
|DF||Mykola Morozyuk||17 January 1988||13||1||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Slovakia, 8 September 2015|
|MF||Oleh Husyev||25 April 1983||98||13||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|MF||Ivan Petryak||13 March 1994||1||0||Zorya Luhansk||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|MF||Maksym Malyshev||24 December 1992||1||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|MF||Yevhen Shakhov||30 November 1990||0||0||PAOK FC||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|MF||Ruslan Malinovskyi||4 May 1993||3||0||Shakhtar Donetsk||v. Slovenia, 17 November 2015|
|FW||Artem Kravets||3 June 1989||13||4||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Romania, 29 May 2016|
|FW||Oleksandr Hladkyi||24 August 1987||11||1||Dynamo Kyiv||v. Slovenia, 14 November 2015 INJ|
- INJ = Withdrew because of injury.
- PRE = Preliminary squad.
- RET = Retired from the national team.
- 2006 FIFA World Cup squads – Ukraine
- UEFA Euro 2012 squads – Ukraine
- UEFA Euro 2016 squads – Ukraine
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|1930–1990||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did Not Enter (spot not granted by FIFA)||Did Not Enter (spot not granted by FIFA)|
|1998||Did Not Qualify||12||6||3||3||11||9|
|2010||Did Not Qualify||12||6||4||2||21||7|
|2018||To Be Determined|
- * Denotes draws include knock-out matches decided on penalty kicks.
UEFA European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship||UEFA European Championship Qualification|
|1960–1992||Part of Soviet Union||Part of Soviet Union|
|1996||Did Not Qualify||10||4||1||5||11||15|
|2012||Group Stage||13th||3||1||0||2||2||4||Qualified as host nation|
|2020||To Be Determined|
|FIFA World Cup||UEFA European Championship|
|1994 – Qualifying spot not granted by FIFA||1996 – 4th in Qualifying group 4|
|1998 – 2nd in Qualifying group 9, lost to Croatia in play-off||2000 – 2nd in Qualifying group 4, lost to Slovenia in play-off|
|2002 – 2nd in Qualifying group 5, lost to Germany in play-off||2004 – 3rd in Qualifying group 6|
|2006 – Qualified for the tournament (1st in Qualifying group 2)||2008 – 4th in Qualifying group B|
|2010 – 2nd in Qualifying group 6, lost to Greece in play-off||2012 – Qualified for the tournament (as a host nation)|
|2014 – 2nd in Qualifying group H, lost to France in play-off||2016 – Qualified for the tournament (3rd in Qualifying group C,
won over Slovenia in play-off)
All-time team record
The following table shows Ukraine's all-time international record, correct as of 21 June 2016.
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
Home venues record
|Venue||City||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Points per game|
- Last updated: 28 March 2016. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
FIFA Ranking history
Sports 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.
|1992 – 1996||Umbro|
|1997 – 2002||Puma|
|2002 – 2008||Lotto|
|2009 – present||Adidas|
Marketing for the Football Federation of Ukraine is conducted by the Ukraine Football International (UFI).
- Title sponsor: EpiCenter (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"
- 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
- Former Soviet Republics competitive record
- Шевченко – главный тренер сборной Украины
- Ukraine determine own future, UEFA
- NSK Olimpiysky, Ukrainian Soccer Portal
- The Ukrainian Football National Team of 1925–1935 (Ukrainian)
- Ukrainian Soccer History website (Ukrainian)
- Ukraine’s forgotten World Cup pedigree, Business Ukraine (4 August 2010)
- "RSSSF European Championship 1988 – Final Tournament – Full Details". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- 1992 season of the Russian national football tean. Rusteam.permian.ru
- "Copy of the document for the resgnation". Retrieved 2011-12-07.
- "Збірну довірили Калитвинцеву (National team was entrusted to Kalitvintsev)". www.ffu.org.ua (in Ukrainian). 25 August 2010.
- Ukraine appoint Blokhin, Sky Sports (21 April 2011)
- Андрій Баль призначений в.о. головного тренера збірної України (Andriy Bal is appointed acting head coach of the Ukrainian national team), www.ua-football.com (6 October 2012)
- Ukraine's football federation taps Fomenko to coach national team, Kyiv Post (26 December 2012)
- "All matches". ffu.org.ua. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- "Новую форму сборной первым примерил Ракицкий (+фото) (New uniform for the National team was first fitted by Rakytsky with photo)". ua.football (in Russian). Globalinfo (Kiev, Ukraine). 29 March 2010.
- "Ukraine 09/10 Adidas football kits". footballshirtculture. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
- National team sponsor promised $2 mln for advancing to the WC-2014
- Article-news at epicentrk.com.ua
- on YouTube. Youtube channel of FFU.
- Explanation of sponsorship.
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