Ukraine national under-21 football team

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Ukraine Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Молодіжка (Young men)
AssociationUkrainian Association of Football
Head coachRuslan Rotan
CaptainNazariy Rusyn
Most capsOleksandr Yatsenko (38)
Top scorerPylyp Budkivskyi (18)
Home stadiumValeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ukraine 0–0[1] Belarus 
Ternopil,[2] Ukraine; 28 October 1992
Biggest win
 Ukraine 8–0 Armenia 
Kiev, Ukraine; 13 October 1998
Biggest defeat
 France 4–0 Ukraine
Paris, France; 26 March 1999
Note: Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunner-up (2006)

The Ukraine national under-21 football team is also known as Youth [football] team of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Молодіжна збірна України) is one of junior national football teams of Ukraine for participation in under-21 international competitions. The team is managed by the Ukrainian Association of Football staff, committee of national teams. The team participates in qualifications to the Olympic competitions and the continental (UEFA) U-21 competitions.

Their first game the team played was on October 28, 1992. Its first competition the team entered in 1994 the qualification round for the 1996 European Under-21 Championship. The team has qualified for a tournament twice. The under-21s not only qualified for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship, but also reached the final, where they lost to Netherlands on 4 June 2006 by 3–0. The under-21s also qualified to the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship that was held in Denmark.

History[edit]

Its first game under national flag the team played on 28 October 1992 by hosting Belarus national under-21 football team in a friendly game in Ternopil (Ternopil City Stadium).[1] The game ended in scoreless tie and was attended by 4,000 people.[1] The initial squad consisted of following players Sergei Aleksandrov, Dmytro Parfenov, Serhiy Fedorov, Oleksandr Koval, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Vitaliy Kosovskyi, Ihor Luchkevych, Serhiy Onopko, Vladimir Lebed, Hennadiy Moroz, Vitaliy Pushkutsa, Kostyantyn Pinchuk, Oleg Solovyov, Ruslan Romanchuk, Oleksandr Karabuta.[1] Later two out of the squad Lebed and Aleksandrov continued to play for Russian national teams.

In August of 1993, the Ukraine youth squad took part in its first tournament where it contested few teams outside of Europe. Its first competitive tournament became the Youth Euro 1996 where it was eliminated in qualification group. Its first game Ukraine U-21 played at home against its opponents from Lithuania on 6 September 1994.

It took Ukraine another 10 years to finally qualify to the tournament final when in 2006 it almost won the tournament losing in the final game to Netherlands which earned its first title instead.

Tournaments[edit]

UEFA U-21 Championship[edit]

Since 1984, it is an official U-21 European championship. Since 1992, the tournament doubles as qualifying competition for the Olympic Games every four years.[3]

  • 1994: Did not enter.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2000: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2002: Did not qualify. Finished 1st of 5 in qualification group. Lost qualification play-off to Switzerland.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Runner-up. Finished 2nd of 7 in qualification group. Won qualification play-off over Belgium.
  • 2007: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Group Stage. Finished 1st of 5 in qualification group. Won qualification play-off over Netherlands
  • 2013: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2015: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group. Lost qualification play-off to Germany.
  • 2017: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2019: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.

UEFA U-21 European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1994 Part of  Soviet Union Part of  Soviet Union
Spain 1996 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 24 12
Romania 1998 8 5 1 2 14 4
Slovakia 2000 8 3 2 3 16 12
Switzerland 2002 12 6 1 5 16 17
Germany 2004 8 2 5 1 8 5
Portugal 2006 Runner-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 6 14 8 2 4 27 11
Netherlands 2007 Did Not Qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4
Sweden 2009 8 5 0 3 16 7
Denmark 2011 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 5 10 5 4 1 16 8
Israel 2013 Did Not Qualify 10 5 2 3 21 10
Czech Republic 2015 10 6 1 3 20 13
Poland 2017 10 4 2 4 14 12
Italy San Marino 2019 10 5 2 3 18 12
Hungary Slovenia 2021
Total Runner-up 2/13 8 2 2 4 5 11 114 59 22 33 201 121
  Summer Olympics years

Olympic qualification[edit]

Since 1992, the olympic roster may consist out of under-23 year old players, plus three over the age players.[4]

  • 1996: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2000: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2008: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2012: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in Group Stage of the UEFA final tournament.
  • 2016: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2020: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
Host Nation(s) - Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1896 - 1992 preceded with Soviet Union
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
France 2024 to be determined
Total 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Important friendlies[edit]

Commonwealth of Independent States Cup (2012–2014)[edit]

Lobanovsky tournament (2006– )[edit]

  • Winners (2): 2009, 2019
  • Runners-up (4): 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Head Coaches[edit]

Manager[5] Nation Ukraine career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
Volodymyr Muntian Ukraine 1992–1994 15 8 5 2 25 12 53.33 1996
Viktor Kolotov Ukraine 1995 7 3 2 2 17 10 42.86 1996
Oleksandr Ischenko Ukraine 1996–1997 11 7 2 2 19 6 63.64 1998
Viktor Kolotov Ukraine 1998–1999 12 6 3 3 32 16 50 2000
Volodymyr Onyschenko Ukraine 1999–2001 21 9 3 9 23 31 42.86 2000, 2002
Anatoliy Kroshchenko[6] Ukraine 2002 10 1 6 3 10 12 10 2004
Pavlo Yakovenko Ukraine 2002–2004 20 8 6 6 24 20 40 2004, 2006
Hennadiy Lytovchenko Ukraine 2003–2004 2 1 1 0 4 2 50
Oleksiy Mykhaylichenko Ukraine 2004–2007 41 21 6 14 4 2 51.22 2006, 2007, 2009 2006
Volodymyr Muntian (caretaker) Ukraine 2008 5 0 2 3 2 8 0
Pavlo Yakovenko Ukraine 2008–2012 70 31 25 14 109 66 44.29 2009, 2011, 2013 2011
Serhiy Kovalets Ukraine 2013–2015 ? ? ? ? ? ? 2013, 2015
Oleksandr Holovko Ukraine 2015–2018 ? ? ? ? ? ? 2017, 2019
Ruslan Rotan Ukraine 2018–present ? ? ? ? ? ?

Coaching staff[edit]

Currently approved:

Head coach Ukraine Ruslan Rotan
Coach Ukraine Oleksandr Melaschenko
Coach Ukraine Alexey Chistyakov
Coach Ukraine
Goalkeeper Coach Ukraine

Forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2021 UEFA qualifications[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 10 Sep '19 4 Sep '20 13 Oct '20 10 Oct '19 19 Nov '19
2  Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
31 Mar '20 10 Oct '19 14 Nov '19 14 Oct '19 13 Oct '20
3  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '19 9 Oct '20 6 Sep '19 31 Mar '20 10 Sep '19
4  Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Oct '19 4 Sep '20 8 Sep '20 10 Sep '19 10 Oct '19
5  Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep '20 19 Nov '19 13 Oct '20 9 Oct '20 6 Sep '19
6  Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Oct '20 8 Sep '20 27 Mar '20 31 Mar '20 4 Sep '20
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: UEFA

2019 UEFA qualifications[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 8 2 0 23 4 +19 26 Final tournament 0–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 7–0
2  Netherlands 10 5 3 2 21 6 +15 18 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 8–0
3  Ukraine 10 5 2 3 18 12 +6 17 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–0
4  Scotland 10 4 2 4 13 13 0 14 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–0
5  Latvia 10 0 4 6 5 18 −13 4 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–0
6  Andorra 10 0 3 7 1 28 −27 3 0–1 0–1 0–6 1–1 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: UEFA

2017 UEFA qualifications[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Macedonia 10 6 3 1 13 7 +6 21 Final tournament 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2  France 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 20 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
3  Iceland 10 5 3 2 13 9 +4 18 3–0 3–2 2–4 2–0 1–1
4  Ukraine 10 4 2 4 14 12 +2 14 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–1
5  Scotland 10 2 2 6 8 17 −9 8 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–1
6  Northern Ireland 10 0 2 8 6 18 −12 2 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA

Recent matches[edit]

Ukraine 3–2 Latvia
Report

Ukraine 1–0 Andorra
Report
Referee: Suren Baliyan (Armenia)

Ukraine 3–1 Scotland
Report
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)

Netherlands 3–0 Ukraine
Report
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the matches for the 2019 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament on 31 May 2019.[7]

Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
Anatoliy Trubin (2001-08-01) August 1, 2001 (age 17) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Oleh Bilyk (1998-01-11) January 11, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Oleksandriya
Andriy Kozhukhar (1999-07-20) July 20, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Chornomorets Odesa
Defenders
Yevhen Cheberko (1998-01-23) January 23, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Zorya Luhansk
Vladyslav Babohlo (1998-11-14) November 14, 1998 (age 20) Ukraine FC Oleksandriya
Tymur Stetskov (1998-01-27) January 27, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Oleksandriya
Oleksiy Bykov (1998-03-29) March 29, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Mariupol
Orest Lebedenko (1998-09-23) September 23, 1998 (age 20) Spain CD Lugo
Bohdan Milovanov (1998-04-19) April 19, 1998 (age 21) Spain Sporting de Gijón B
Ivan Semenikhin (1998-09-28) September 28, 1998 (age 20) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Midfielders
Dmytro Kryskiv (2000-10-06) October 6, 2000 (age 18) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Volodymyr Yakimets (1998-03-03) March 3, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Dmytro Topalov (1998-03-12) March 12, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Bohdan Biloshevsky (2000-01-12) January 12, 2000 (age 19) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv
Akhmed Alibekov (1998-05-29) May 29, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv
Yevhen Smyrnyi (1998-08-18) August 18, 1998 (age 20) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv
Artem Kozak (1998-05-28) May 28, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Arsenal Kyiv
Maksym Lunyov (1998-05-22) May 22, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Zorya Luhansk
Bohdan Lyednyev (1998-04-07) April 7, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Zorya Luhansk
Mykhaylo Mudryk (2001-01-05) January 5, 2001 (age 18) Ukraine FC Arsenal Kiev
Nazar Mosiychuk (2000-01-11) January 11, 2000 (age 19) Ukraine FC Vorskla Poltava
Strikers
Oleh Kozhushko (1998-02-17) February 17, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine SC Dnipro-1
Vladyslav Vakula (1999-04-29) April 29, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Mariupol

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players are still eligible and have been called up within the last match.[8][9][10]

Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Latest call-up
Goalkeepers
Yevhenii Kucherenko (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 19) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Andriy Lunin (1999-02-11) February 11, 1999 (age 20) Spain CD Leganés v  Scotland, October 12, 2018
Defenders
Vladyslav Dubinchak (1999-07-01) July 1, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Arsenal Kiev v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Oleksandr Romanchuk (1999-12-16) December 16, 1999 (age 19) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Roman Vantukh (1999-07-04) July 4, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Olimpik Donetsk v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Vitaliy Mykolenko (1999-05-29) May 29, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv v  Netherlands, October 16, 2018
Denys Popov (1999-02-17) February 17, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv v  Netherlands, October 16, 2018
Midfielders
Oleksandr Nazarenko (2000-02-01) February 1, 2000 (age 19) Ukraine SC Dnipro-1 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament, May 31, 2019 WD
Yurii Shpyrka (1998-04-22) April 22, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament, May 31, 2019 WD
Maksym Chekh (1999-01-03) January 3, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Andriy Kravchuk (1999-02-26) February 26, 1999 (age 20) Ukraine FC Olimpik Donetsk v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Maksym Rizie (1998-04-09) April 9, 1998 (age 21) Slovakia FC Kosice v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Illya Putrya (1998-05-15) May 15, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Mariupol v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Oleksandr Petrusenko (1998-03-26) March 26, 1998 (age 21) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv v  Georgia, November 16, 2018
Vadym Yanchak (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 20) Slovenia FC Lokomotiva Kosice v  Georgia, November 16, 2018
Mykola Shaparenko (1998-10-04) October 4, 1998 (age 20) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv v  Netherlands, October 16, 2018
Strikers
Yevhen Isayenko (2000-08-07) August 7, 2000 (age 18) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament, May 31, 2019 WD
Nazariy Rusyn (1998-10-25) October 25, 1998 (age 20) Ukraine FC Dynamo Kyiv Valeriy Lobanovskyi Memorial Tournament, May 31, 2019 WD
Jeka (1998-04-24) April 24, 1998 (age 21) Portugal FC Boavista v  Latvia, March 26, 2019
Stanislav Bilenkyi (1998-08-22) August 22, 1998 (age 20) Slovakia FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda v  Georgia, November 16, 2018

Notes:

  • INJ Injured or recovering from surgery
  • WD Withdrew

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Ukraine Under-21s all-time international record, correct as of 11 October 2010.[11]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Albania 4 3 1 0 7 1 +6
 Armenia 10 8 2 0 31 3 +28
 Belarus 8 3 2 3 10 8 +2
 Belgium 4 2 1 1 8 5 +3
 Bulgaria 5 2 0 3 9 9 0
 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
 China PR 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Chile 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
 Croatia 3 1 1 1 3 3 +2
 Cyprus 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Denmark 5 3 0 2 7 6 +1
 Egypt 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 England 1 0 0 1 1 3 +2
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6
 France 3 0 2 1 2 6 −4
 Georgia 9 5 2 2 22 6 +16
 Germany 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6
 Greece 6 3 3 0 5 2 +3
 Hungary 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
 Iran 3 2 1 0 7 2 +2
 Iceland 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1
 Israel 5 2 2 1 4 2 +2
 Italy 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Libya 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Lithuania 5 2 2 1 11 10 +1
 Liechtenstein 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
 North Korea 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 North Macedonia 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
 Malta 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
 Moldova 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3
 Montenegro 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Netherlands 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2
 Northern Ireland 4 2 2 0 7 3 +4
 Norway 4 0 0 4 2 8 −6
 Poland 6 2 3 1 14 10 +4
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1
 Romania 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7
 Russia 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Serbia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 1 0 1 1 4 −3
 Slovakia 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8
 Spain 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1
 Sweden 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 2 4 +2
 Syria 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 Turkey 8 2 2 4 8 12 −4
 United States 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Wales 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
 Yugoslavia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Total 166 82 39 51 255 177 78

Home venues record[edit]

Since the game Ukraine v Belarus (28 October 1992), Ukraine youth team have played their home games at 19 different stadiums.

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
VVL Dynamo Kyiv 43 20 17 6 76 36 1.79
Bannikov Kyiv 13 8 3 2 24 11 2.08
Obolon Arena Kyiv 12 5 6 1 22 8 1.75
Boreks Borodianka 5 3 1 1 8 6 2
Tsentralnyi Cherkasy 5 3 0 2 7 5 1.8
Shakhtar Chervonohrad 3 3 0 0 11 0 3
Dynamo Training Center Kyiv, Koncha-Zaspa 3 2 1 0 7 1 2.33
CSK ZSU Kyiv 2 2 0 0 8 2 3
Lokomotyv Donetsk 2 2 0 0 3 1 3
Kolos Boryspil 2 1 1 0 2 0 2
Sevastopol Sevastopol 2 1 1 0 3 1 2
Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhia 2 1 0 1 5 2 1.5
Arena Lviv Lviv 2 1 0 1 4 2 1.5
Auto ZAZ Zaporizhia 1 1 0 0 5 0 3
SKA Odessa 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Metalist Kharkiv 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Ternopilsky Ternopil 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ukraina Lviv 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Illichivets Mariupol 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Totals 102 55 32 15 196 79 1.94
Last updated: 2 June 2016. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Game report. UAF footpass.
  2. ^ Game report. ukr-football.org.ua
  3. ^ Europe – U-23/U-21 Tournaments
  4. ^ Olympic tournaments
  5. ^ Ruslan Rotan became the 10th head coach in the history of the Ukrainian youth football team (Руслан Ротань став 10-м головним тренером в історії молодіжної збірної України). Ukrainian Association of Football. 28 December 2018
  6. ^ Info who was chosen to be the head coach of the Under-21 team. Football Federation of Ukraine (old website).
  7. ^ https://ffu.ua/article/36630
  8. ^ https://ffu.ua/teams/structure/9
  9. ^ https://ffu.ua/article/36697
  10. ^ https://ffu.ua/article/36725
  11. ^ "All matches". ffu.org.ua. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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