Belarus national football team

Belarus
Nickname(s) White Wings (Belarusian: Белыя крылы, Belyya kryly)
Association Football Federation of Belarus
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Igor Kriushenko
Captain Alyaksandr Martynovich
Most caps Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorer Maksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadium Borisov Arena, Borisov
FIFA code BLR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 (16 August 2018)
Highest 36 (February 2011)
Lowest 142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 76 1 (29 July 2018)
Highest 47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest 122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 Belarus 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 20 July 1992)
Official:
 Belarus 1–1 Ukraine 
(Minsk, Belarus; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 5–0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; 7 June 1998)
 Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan 
(Borisov, Belarus; 4 September 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus 
(Innsbruck, Austria; 11 June 2003)

Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусі па футболе, Natsyyanalnaya zbornaya Bielarusi pa futbolie) represents Belarus in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Borisov Arena in Borisov. Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. Since March 2017 the team is coached by Igor Kriushenko.

History

After the split of the Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on 20 July 1992. Before that, several Belarusian players played for the Soviet Union national team. The first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on 28 October 1992, and their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on 12 October 1994.

Belarus have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup, or the UEFA European Championship. Despite the lack of any significant success during the 1990s, some notable results were still achieved, like a home win against the Netherlands in the qualifiers for Euro 1996, and two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualifiers.

Under coach Eduard Malofeyev, the team came very close to playing Germany in a play-off round to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but were defeated by Wales in the last group stage match, missing the chance to overtake Ukraine, who drew their last game, finishing the group second behind Poland.

Their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign was very unsuccessful as Belarus lost seven of their eight games. Around the same time, a generational change occurred and a number of players from the U-21 team (which qualified for the 2004 European U-21 Championship) joined the senior national team. With each subsequent head coach (Anatoly Baidachny, Yuri Puntus and Bernd Stange) the team improved their attacking skills. As a result, in each subsequent qualifying tournament starting with the 2006 World Cup, Belarus scored more goals (total and average per game) than in previous campaigns. However, problems in defense and a lot of missed goals prevented them from finishing higher than fourth in the group. Some notable results during this period, included a high-scoring 3–4 away loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers (the first time Italy conceded 3 goals in a home qualifying game since 1983), another home victory against the Netherlands during the Euro 2008 qualifiers as well as an away win and a home draw against France in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Belarusians achieved some success in minor tournaments. In 2002, the team beat out Russia and Ukraine to win the LG Cup. In 2004 and 2008, they won the 12th and 14th editions of the Malta International Tournament respectively. The first with its Olympic Squad, and the later with the first team (many starters were only available for the last game against Malta).

Home venue

The team played vast majority of its home matches at the 40,000 Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, before it was closed for renovation in late 2012.

Occasionally other venues are also used: Molodechno City Stadium in May 1996 (friendly against Azerbaijan), Vitebsky Central Sport Complex in Vitebsk in November 2005 (friendly against Latvia), Central Stadium in Gomel in October 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifying match against Luxembourg), Neman Stadium in Grodno June 2009 (2010 World Cup qualifier against Andorra), Borisov City Stadium just a few days later (friendly against Moldova) and Regional Sport Complex Brestskiy in Brest in October 2009 (another 2010 World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan).

In late 2012 Dinamo Stadium was closed for renovation and the team started alternating between different home venues: Central Stadium in Gomel (2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France), Borisov City Stadium (friendly against Kyrgyzstan) and Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino (friendlies against Montenegro and Japan).

Since 2014 Belarus moved to the newly opened Borisov Arena.

Colors

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Belarus played home games in all white, occasionally changing shorts to green. All green uniform or green jerseys/white shorts were used as away kits. Since qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2004 Belarus changed their primary colors to red jerseys and green shorts, and away kits to all white. In 2011 home colors were changed to all red. All-White became the home colour a short time later and now appears with the pattern on the Belarus flag, with the away kit being in Black in 2016, also using an adidas template and placing the flag pattern on it.

Nickname

In August 2016, the Football Association announced that the team's nickname would be the "White Wings".[1] The name was influenced by the book The Land Beneath White Wings (1977) by famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkevich. The BFF’s new marketing and communications director, Uladzimir Berezhkov, said: "We are looking at various ways of establishing links with our literary heritage and cultural traditions", commenting that "If the Belarusian people opt to associate the team with Karatkevich, almost every phrase in the book can be used as a hashtag!"[2]

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Umbro 2002–2004
Puma 2004–2012
Adidas 2012–present

UEFA European Championship record

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1960–1992 Part of  Soviet Union
1996 Did Not Qualify 410325813−5
2000 58035410−6
2004 58107420−16
2008 4124171723−6
2012 41034387+1
2016 410325814−6
2020 To Be Determined
Total 0/15   48 11 10 27 41 73 -32

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 10 9 0 1 23 3 +20 27 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 5–1
2  Slovakia 10 7 1 2 17 8 +9 22 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1
3  Ukraine 10 6 1 3 14 4 +10 19 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0
4  Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 14 6 11 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–0
5  Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 6 27 21 4 0–4 2–4 0–3 1–1 1–0
6  Macedonia 10 1 1 8 6 18 12 4 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Nations League record

2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1  Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C 12 Oct 15 Oct 8 Sep
2  Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 8 Sep 15 Oct
3  Moldova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Sep 18 Nov 12 Oct
4  San Marino 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 Nov 11 Sep 15 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 8 September 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

FIFA World Cup record

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1930–1990 Part of  Soviet Union
1994 Did not enter
1998 Did not qualify 610118521−16
2002 3104331211+1
2006 5102441214−2
2010 4104151914+5
2014 58116716−9
2018 610127621−15
2022 To be determined
2026
Total 0/23   58 13 12 33 61 97 -36

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Fixtures and results

Recent results


2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Luxembourg  1–0  Belarus
Da Mota  60' Report

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Belarus  0–4  Sweden
Report Forsberg  18'
Nyman  24'
Berg  37'
Granqvist  84' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,431

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Belarus  1–3  Netherlands
M.Valadzko  55' Report Pröpper  25'
Robben  84' (pen.)
Depay  90+3'
Attendance: 6,850

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

France  2–1  Belarus
Griezmann  27'
Giroud  33'
Report Saroka  44'
Attendance: 74,037

Friendly match

Armenia  4–1  Belarus
Özbiliz  41'
Mkhitaryan  45'
Hovsepyan  55'
Vardanyan  84'
Report Saroka  58' (pen.)
Attendance: 900
Referee: Lasha Silagava (Georgia)

Friendly match

Georgia  2–2  Belarus
Sikharulidze  35'
Dvali  51'
Report Stasevich  24'
Nyakhaychyk  41'
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Suren Baliyan (Armenia)

Friendly match

Azerbaijan  0–1  Belarus
Report Medvedev  42' (o.g.)
Attendance: 5,500

Friendly match

Slovenia  0–2  Belarus
Report Skavysh  36'
Saroka  90+4'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

Friendly match

Belarus  1–1  Hungary
Saroka  26' Report Varga  29'
Attendance: 8,450

Friendly match

Finland  2–0  Belarus
Uronen  8'
Yaghoubi  75'
Report
Attendance: 4,520
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)

Upcoming fixtures


2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  v  San Marino

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Moldova  v  Belarus

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  v  Luxembourg

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  v  Moldova

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Luxembourg  v  Belarus

Record versus different opponents

Tournament Pld W D L Goals
World Cup Qualifying5813123361–97
Euro Qualifying5814123249–87
Friendly105393432148–129
Opponent Pld W D L Goals
 Luxembourg1044210–5
 Ukraine91355–12
 Lithuania843115–5
 Netherlands82065–17
 Armenia73229–9
 Norway72235–9
 Bulgaria72056–12
 Latvia641113–7
 Moldova62229–7
 Poland622210–9
 France61236–10
 Albania52218–5
 Slovenia52218–5
 Israel52038–9
 Estonia52034–5
 Finland50324–7
 Romania50234–10
 Sweden50052–16
 Andorra430111–4
 Turkey41127–8
 Scotland41122–5
 Wales41035–7
 Italy40225–9
 Russia40224–8
 Czech Republic40043–11
 Spain40041–10
 Austria40040–12
 Kazakhstan321010–2
 Malta32104–1
 Hungary31207–4
 Iran31204–3
 Georgia31114–3
 Macedonia31112–4
 Slovakia31022–7
 Montenegro30211–2
  Switzerland30030–4
 Uzbekistan21104–3
 Azerbaijan21103–2
 Cyprus21013–2
 Canada21012–1
 United Arab Emirates21013–3
 Greece21011–1
 Libya20202–2
 Denmark20110–1
 Croatia20021–4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina20020–3
 England20021–6
 Tajikistan11006–1
 Liechtenstein11005–1
 Oman11004–0
 Kyrgyzstan11003–1
 Iceland11002–0
 Mexico11003–2
 Republic of Ireland11002–1
 South Korea11001–0
 Japan11001–0
 New Zealand11001–0
 Germany10102–2
 Honduras10102–2
 Peru10101–1
 Ecuador10101–1
 Saudi Arabia10101–1
 Argentina10100–0
 Gabon10100–0
 Jordan10010–1
 Egypt10010–2
 Tunisia10010–3
 Northern Ireland10010–3
Total: 221665897258–313

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against San Marino and Moldova on 8 and 11 September 2018.

Caps and goals are correct as of 9 June 2018, after the game against Finland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Andrey Harbunow (1983-05-29) 29 May 1983 15 0 Dinamo Minsk
12 1GK Syarhey Chernik (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 15 0 Nancy
1 1GK Alyaksandr Hutar (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 10 0 Dinamo Brest
1GK Andrey Klimovich (1988-08-27) 27 August 1988 1 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

4 2DF Igor Shitov (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 58 1 Dinamo Minsk
2DF Alyaksandr Martynovich (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 57 2 Krasnodar
5 2DF Dzyanis Palyakow (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 30 1 BATE Borisov
19 2DF Maksim Valadzko (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 26 2 BATE Borisov
2DF Syarhey Palitsevich (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 25 1 Kairat
17 2DF Mikhail Sivakow (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 20 1 Orenburg
3 2DF Syarhey Matsveychyk (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 11 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk
6 2DF Aleksandr Pavlovets (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 4 0 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino

15 3MF Syarhey Kislyak (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 67 9 Irtysh Pavlodar
2 3MF Stanislaw Drahun (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 50 5 BATE Borisov
22 3MF Ihar Stasevich (1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 38 3 BATE Borisov
23 3MF Syarhey Balanovich (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 30 2 Shakhtyor Soligorsk
11 3MF Renan Bressan (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 26 3 Chaves
3MF Pavel Nyakhaychyk (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 26 2 Dinamo Brest
18 3MF Ivan Mayewski (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 19 0 Astana
8 3MF Pavel Savitski (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 14 4 Dinamo Brest
21 3MF Nikita Korzun (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 11 0 Dinamo Minsk
3MF Alexei Rios (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 9 1 BATE Borisov
9 3MF Yury Kavalyow (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 7 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk
14 3MF Alyaksandr Karnitsky (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 6 0 Sepsi
3MF Yury Kendysh (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 5 0 Sheriff Tiraspol

4FW Mikalay Signevich (1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 12 1 BATE Borisov
20 4FW Dzyanis Laptsew (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 12 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk
13 4FW Maksim Skavysh (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 11 1 BATE Borisov
10 4FW Anton Saroka (1992-03-05) 5 March 1992 8 4 Lokeren
7 4FW Yevgeniy Shikavka (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 1 0 Slutsk

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Denis Scherbitskiy (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 1 0 BATE Borisov v.  Finland, 9 June 2018
GK Pavel Pavlyuchenko (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 1 0 Dinamo Brest v.  Slovenia, 27 March 2018
GK Syarhey Ignatovich (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 1 0 Dinamo Minsk v.  Georgia, 13 November 2017
GK Dmitry Dudar (1991-11-08) 8 November 1991 0 0 Gomel v.  Netherlands, 7 October 2017 PRE
GK Dzmitry Hushchanka (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 0 0 Vitebsk v.  Sweden, 3 September 2017
GK Vladislav Vasilyuchek (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 0 0 Neman Grodno v.  Luxembourg, 31 August 2017 PRE

DF Aleh Veratsila (1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 17 0 Dinamo Brest v.  Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Alyaksey Hawrylovich (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 3 0 Dinamo Minsk v.  Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Maksim Shvyatsow (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 0 0 Dinamo Minsk v.  Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Zakhar Volkov (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 0 0 BATE Borisov v.  Hungary, 6 June 2018 INJ
DF Ihar Burko (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 5 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.  Georgia, 13 November 2017
DF Nikita Naumov (1989-11-15) 15 November 1989 1 0 Vitebsk v.  Georgia, 13 November 2017
DF Alyaksandr Sachywka (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 4 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.  Armenia, 9 November 2017 INJ
DF Alyaksey Yanushkevich (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 4 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.  France, 10 October 2017
DF Dmitry Aliseiko (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 4 0 Isloch Minsk Raion v.  Netherlands, 7 October 2017 PRE
DF Egor Filipenko (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 52 1 BATE Borisov v.  Sweden, 3 September 2017

MF Dzmitry Baha (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 2 0 BATE Borisov v.  Finland, 9 June 2018
MF Anton Putsila (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 50 6 Ankaragücü v.  Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Mikhail Gordeichuk (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 25 4 BATE Borisov v.  Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Artem Bykov (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 9 0 Dinamo Brest v.  Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Pavel Sedko (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 1 0 Dinamo Brest v.  Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Vladislav Klimovich (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 2 0 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino v.  Georgia, 13 November 2017
MF Oleg Yevdokimov (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 2 0 Minsk v.  Georgia, 13 November 2017
MF Edhar Alyakhnovich (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 15 1 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino v.  France, 10 October 2017
MF Alyaksey Lyahchylin (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 1 0 Neman Grodno v.  Netherlands, 7 October 2017 PRE
MF Mikhail Babichev (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 0 0 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino v.  Luxembourg, 31 August 2017 PRE

FW Gleb Rassadkin (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 0 0 Neman Grodno v.  Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
FW Yahor Zubovich (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 0 0 Melaka United v.  Netherlands, 7 October 2017 PRE
FW Uladzimir Khvashchynski (1990-05-10) 10 May 1990 4 1 Dinamo Minsk v.  Luxembourg, 31 August 2017 PRE
FW Alyaksandr Makas (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 1 0 Dinamo Minsk v.  Luxembourg, 31 August 2017 PRE
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • RET Retired from national team

B-team

Belarus B national team has been assembled a number of times throughout the history to participate in occasional minor friendly matches and tournaments. The team typically consists of domestic league players who are considered a potential backup for the main senior team. The team was most recently assembled for participation in 2017 King's Cup in Thailand on 14–16 July 2017.

Players

Most capped players

Currently active players are listed in bold

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1Alyaksandr Kulchy10251996–2012
2Sergei Gurenko8031994–2006
3Sergei Kornilenko78172003–2016
4Alexander Hleb7762001–2016
5Timofei Kalachev76102004–2016
6Syarhey Amelyanchuk7412002–2011
7Syarhey Shtanyuk7131995–2007
8Syarhey Kislyak6792009–
9Maksim Romaschenko64201998–2008
10Igor Shitov5812008–
Yuri Zhevnov5802003–2015

Sergei Aleinikov has reached combined 81 caps and 6 goals for Soviet Union, CIS and Belarus during 1984–1994.

Top scorers

Currently active players are listed in bold.

Rank Player Goals Caps Years
1Maksim Romaschenko20641998–2008
2Sergei Kornilenko17782003–2016
3Vitali Kutuzov13522002–2011
4Vyacheslav Hleb12452004–2011
5Raman Vasilyuk10242000–2008
Vitali Rodionov10482007–2017
Valyantsin Byalkevich10561992–2005
Timofei Kalachev10762004–2016
9Syarhey Kislyak9672009–
10Vital Bulyga8372003–2008

Managers

Manager Career Games Managed Wins Draws Loses Goals
Mikhail Vergeyenko 1992–1994, 1997–1999 24 2 6 16 22–40
Sergei Borovsky 1994–1996, 1999–2000 26 4 9 13 21–43
Eduard Malofeyev 2000–2003 22 10 5 7 31–31
Valery Streltsov (caretaker) 2002 1 0 0 1 0–3
Anatoly Baidachny 2003–2005 22 10 4 8 34–29
Yuri Puntus 2006–2007 14 3 4 7 19–26
Bernd Stange 2007–2011 49 17 14 18 65–54
Georgi Kondratiev 2011–2014 27 9 8 11 37–35
Andrei Zygmantovich (caretaker) 2014 2 1 0 1 3–5
Alyaksandr Khatskevich 2014–2016 18 6 6 6 14–19
Igor Kriushenko 2017– 15 4 2 9 12–28
Total: 1992–Present 221 66 58 97 258–313

See also

References

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