Ukraine national football team

Ukraine
Україна
Nickname(s) The Main Team (Головна команда)
Yellow-Blue (Жовто-Сині)
Association Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU)
Федерація Футболу України
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Andriy Shevchenko[1]
Captain Andriy Pyatov
Most caps Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (144)
Top scorer Andriy Shevchenko (48)
Home stadium Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev
FIFA code UKR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 35 (16 August 2018)
Highest 11 (February 2007)
Lowest 132 (September 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 28 1 (9 July 2018)
Highest 14 (November 2010)
Lowest 69 (29 March 1995)
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
 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)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2006
European Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2012)
Best result Group stage, 2012 and 2016

The Ukraine 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 debut in the finals of a major championship.[2] As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.[2] Four years later, Ukraine qualified for 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 having been unsuccessful in the play-off ties for the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup.

Ukraine's home ground is the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.[3]

History

Pre-independence (1925–1935)

Officially the national team of Ukraine, the national team 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.[4][5] Just like the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist 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 Ukraine 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 1929, Ukraine beat the team of Lower Austria in an exhibition match in Kharkiv, recording a score of 4–1.

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).

Official formation

Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the Soviet Union national team. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Russia took the place of the Soviet Union national team in the qualifying tournament for the 1994 World Cup. The national team of Ukraine was excluded from the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification.[6] 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 1988, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians[7]), 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. When Ukraine returned to international football in late 1994, it did so as absolute beginners.[6]

In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleksandr Shovkovskiy. Ukraine, however, failed to qualify for any major tournaments prior to 2006.

First official games (Prokopenko)

Soon after being accepted to FIFA and UEFA as a full member in 1992, Ukraine started its preparation for 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 United Arab Emirates. 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 (FC Dnipro), Yevhen Lemeshko (Torpedo Zaporizhya), Yukhym Shkolnykov (Bokovyna Chernnivtsi) and Viktor Prokopenko (Chornomorets Odesa). 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, the latter who eventually became the head coach.

The first game of the team it was agreed to play against Hungary on 22 April 1992 in Kiev at the Respublikansky Stadium. Due to financial issues, however, it was rearranged to 29 April 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 failing to qualify for the Euro 1992, was preparing for 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, the 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.[8] Among those were Andrei Kanchelskis, Volodymyr Lyutyi, Sergei Yuran, Viktor Onopko, Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko and Akhrik Tsveiba (the last two would later represent Ukraine). For the game against Hungary, only Ivan Hetsko and Oleh Luzhny had previous experience of playing at international 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.

The first home game was lost 1:3 with Ivan Hetsko becoming the first goalscorer in the history of national team. During the summer of 1992 the Prokopenko's team played two more away games on 27 June against the United States (0:0) and on 26 August against Hungary (1:2). After the second loss to Hungary Prokopenko resigned. Leading in its game against Hungary, Ukraine national team allowed two goals in the final 10 minute stretch.

To the scheduled against Belarus in Minsk in the fall, Ukraine has left with the Prokopenko's assistants Mykola Pavlov and Leonid Tkachenko. At the Dinama Stadium, Ukraine managed to salvaged a game by tying one a piece with a goal from Yuriy Maksymov.

Euro 96 qualification (Bazylevych)

During a winter intermission, Ukraine received a new head coach, former forward of Dynamo Kyiv Oleh Bazylevych. With Ukraine national team he made his debut in spring of 1993 in Odessa in a friendly against Israel. In the expected win, the game again was saved just 10 minutes before it ended by Serhiy Konovalov with a score 1:1. Less than a month later Ukraine finally celebrated its first victory in Vilnius in friendly against Lithuania winning it 1:2 (Viktor Leonenko and Dmytro Mykhailenko). During summer Ukraine played one away game against Croatia which spoiled the recent success with 3:1 defeat. One of the goals for Croatian in the game scored Davor Suker, for Ukraine his first goal scored Andriy Husin. In October of 1993 Ukraine went on its first tour to the United States where it played three games against the US and Mexico. In San Diego, the game with Mexico, which Ukraine lost 1:2, was attended by over 50,000 stadium spectators. During a winter break Ukraine found out that it was seeded in the Group 4 of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualification.

In March of 1994, Ukraine paid Israel a visit, but lost the game with a single penalty kick. Next there was a home game with Belarus which finally Ukraine won with confidence (3:1), even though trailing at the half. Just before its first official game at international competition which was scheduled to be played with Lithuania at home, Ukraine played couple of away games against Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates which both ended with 1:1 tie. Another tour was scheduled right after the game with Lithuania to Korea, the national team of which was coached by a native of Kiev Anatoliy Byshovets. The opening game against Lithuania, considering the last year away victory, was expected to end positively for Ukraine. However, on 7 September 1994 at Republican Stadium Ukraine was completely stunned by Lithuania with 0:2 defeat.[9] Both goals were yielded with couple of minutes apart in the mid of the second half and the main trouble maker for Ukraine became Valdas Ivanauskas who at time was a forward in Hamburger SV. For Korea the national team left without Bazylevych and led by his assistants whom were Mykola Pavlov and Volodymyr Muntyan. With Korea, Ukraine national team played two games and both lost. A week later it returned home. On 20 September 1994 Oleh Bazylevych was highly criticized at the federation's coaching meeting and the final decision about his future at the team it was decided to obtain at the next meeting of the FFU Executive Committee few days later.[10] However, the next day Bazylevych resigned accusing Bannikov being tactless. On 24 September 1994 the Football Federation of Ukraine appointed Josef Sabo as an acting head coach until the end of the year.

Following the change of coach, the national team did not improve right away. The next game at home Ukraine tied with Slovenia 0:0.[11] After missing to obtain its first victory again, Ukraine rolled down to bottom of the tournament table just above Estonia. The next game was in the mid November at home against the same Estonian team and Ukraine had to win to keep any hopes in the qualification tournament. Estonians who were unable to field its best team hoped to repeat the Slovenian effort a month before.[12] Ukraine managed to overcome their defense obtaining finally its first victory 3:0. The team finished the year fourth in the table with main games yet ahead. Right after the game with Estonia, Sabo left his post and the Federation had to choose new coach.[13] On 5 January 1995 FFU confirmed Anatoliy Konkov as the new head coach.

2006 FIFA World Cup

After an unsuccessful 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 after drawing 1–1 against Georgia in Tbilisi. In their first World Cup, in 2006, 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.

In the round of 16, Ukraine played against the winner of the Group G Switzerland, who they beat on penalties. In the quarter-finals, they were beaten 0–3 by eventual champions Italy.

UEFA Euro 2012

As co-hosts, Ukraine qualified automatically for Euro 2012,[2] marking their debut in the UEFA European Championship. In their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kiev. Despite the team's efforts, however, Ukraine was eliminated after a 0–2 loss to France and a 0–1 loss to England, both in Donetsk.

2014 World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H

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Euro 2016

For the Euro 2016 qualifying round, Ukraine were drawn against Spain, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. The Zbirna was expected to qualify for the tournament as runners-up of the group behind Spain but, despite having won all of their games against Belarus, F.Y.R.Macedonia and Luxembourg, the Ukrainians finished third due to a lack of finishing during the top matches against Spain and Slovakia. They therefore had to face Slovenia in the play-off route and succeeded in taking revenge over the team which eliminated Ukraine at the same stage in 1999. They recorded a 2–0 win at Lviv before catching the 1–1 draw at the very end of the second game.

Ukraine won convincingly all of their preparation friendlies against Cyprus, Wales, Romania and Albania. At club level, FC Dnipro had recently reached the UEFA Europa League final in 2015, while Shakhtar Donetsk had progressed to the semi-finals one year later, as the Ukrainian clubs succeeded in sending one participant to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League two times in a row. Having been drawn against world champions Germany, Slavic neighbors Poland and first-time Euro competitors Northern Ireland, the Ukrainian team was expected to advance at least to the next round.

The tournament, however, turned into a surprising nightmare. Ukraine lost all of their three games, becoming the only participant in such a case and the first team to exit the tournament, also failing to score a single goal. The Ukrainians started against Germany and were beaten despite good resistance and great chances during an entertaining first half. They came close to levelling the score but were unable to deliver the final end product and were hit by Germany on the counterattack at the very end of the game. Despite a 2–0 loss, it appeared that they would prove to be a stubborn opposition for their opponents. This game was followed by a dreadful and disastrous second 2–0 loss against Northern Ireland where a goal was again conceded at injury time. The Ukrainian media mainly criticized the coach Mykhaylo Fomenko's perceived inadequate psychological preparation of the squad as much as predictable tactics which were judged as easy to break down. Ukrainians stars Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka's underperformance was also mentioned. Ukraine were the first team eliminated from the competition at this point and lost 1–0 their last game to Poland.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I

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2018–19 UEFA Nations League

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1  Ukraine 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Promotion to League A 9 Sep 16 Oct
2  Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Nov 13 Oct
3  Czech Republic 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 Relegation to League C 1–2 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 6 September 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Stadiums

The most important matches of the Ukrainian national team are held in Kiev's Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, also home of 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, Dnipro, Odesa. The alternative stadiums are: Donbass Arena (Donetsk), Metalist Stadium (Kharkiv), Arena Lviv (Lviv), Dnipro-Arena (Dnipro), Chornomorets Stadium (Odesa).

During the Soviet time era (before 1991), only two stadiums in Ukraine were used in official games, 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.

Player records

Most capped players

As of 3 June 2018
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 2000–2016 144 4
2 Andriy Shevchenko 1995–2012 111 48
3 Ruslan Rotan 2003– 100 8
4 Oleh Husyev 2003–2016 98 13
5 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 1994–2012 92 0
6 Andriy Pyatov 2007– 81 0
7 Andriy Yarmolenko 2009– 77 35
8 Serhiy Rebrov 1992–2006 75 15
9 Andriy Voronin 2002–2012 74 8
10 Yevhen Konoplyanka 2010– 71 17
Andriy Husin 1993–2006 71 9

Top goalscorers

As of 3 June 2018

# Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Andriy Shevchenko 1995–2012 48 111 0.43
2 Andriy Yarmolenko 2009– 35 77 0.46
3 Yevhen Konoplyanka 2010– 17 71 0.24
4 Serhiy Rebrov 1992–2006 15 75 0.2
5 Oleh Husyev 2003–2016 13 98 0.13
6 Serhiy Nazarenko 2003–2012 12 56 0.21
7 Yevhen Seleznyov 2008– 11 56 0.2
8 Andriy Vorobey 2000–2008 9 68 0.13
Andriy Husin 1993–2006 9 71 0.13
10 Tymerlan Huseynov 1993–1997 8 14 0.57
Artem Kravets 2011– 8 21 0.38
Artem Milevskyi 2006–2012 8 50 0.16
Andriy Voronin 2002–2012 8 74 0.11
Ruslan Rotan 2003– 8 100 0.08

Top 10 goalkeepers

As of 3 June 2018

# Player Career Games Wins GA GAA
1 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 1994–2012 92 38 80 0.87
2 Andriy Pyatov 2007– 80 40 62 0.775
3 Oleh Suslov 1994–1997 12 7 15 1.25
4 Vitaliy Reva 2001–2003 9 3 10 1.111
5 Andriy Dykan 2010–2012 8 5 11 1.375
Maksym Levytskyi 2000–2002 8 1 10 1.25
7 Dmytro Tyapushkin 1994–1995 7 1 11 1.571
8 Valeriy Vorobyov 1994–1999 6 3 2 0.333
9 Denys Boyko 2014– 5 3 2 0.4
Dmytro Shutkov 1993–2003 5 2 4 0.8
Vyacheslav Kernozenko 2000–2008 5 2 8 1.6

Captains

As of 3 June 2018[14]

# Player Career Captain Caps Total Caps
1 Andriy Shevchenko 1995–2012 58 111
2 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 2000–2016 41 144
3 Oleh Luzhnyi 1992–2003 39 52
4 Ruslan Rotan 2003– 23 100
5 Yuriy Kalitvintsev 1995–1999 13 22
Oleksandr Holovko 1995–2004 13 58
7 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 1994–2012 12 92
8 Oleksandr Kucher 2006– 7 56
9 Hennadiy Lytovchenko 1993–1994 4 4
Yuriy Maksymov 1992–2002 4 27
Vyacheslav Shevchuk 2006–2016 4 56

Managers

Last updated on 3 June 2018.[15]

Manager Nation Ukraine career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
Viktor Prokopenko 1992 3 0 1 2 2 5 0
Mykola Pavlov (caretaker) 1992 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Oleh Bazylevych 1993–1994 11 4 3 4 13 14 36.36 1996
Mykola Pavlov (caretaker) 1994 2 0 0 2 0 3 0
Yozhef Sabo 1994 2 1 1 0 3 0 50 1996
Anatoliy Konkov 1995 7 3 0 4 8 13 42.86 1996
Yozhef Sabo 1996–1999 32 15 11 6 44 26 46.88 1998, 2000
Valeriy Lobanovskyi 2000–2001 18 6 7 5 20 20 33.33 2002
Leonid Buryak 2002–2003 19 5 6 8 18 23 26.32 2004
Oleh Blokhin 2003–2007 46 21 14 11 65 40 45.65 2006, 2008 2006
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko 2008–2009 21 12 5 4 31 16 57.14 2010
Myron Markevych[16] 2010 4 3 1 0 9 3 75
Yuriy Kalytvyntsev (caretaker)[17] 2010–2011 8 1 5 2 10 13 12.5
Oleh Blokhin[18] 2011–2012 18 7 3 8 27 28 38.89 2012,[19] 2014 2012
Andriy Bal (caretaker)[20] 2012 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 2014
Oleksandr Zavarov (caretaker) 2012 1 1 0 0 1 0 100
Mykhaylo Fomenko[21] 2012–2016 37 24 6 7 67 22 64.86 2014, 2016 2016
Andriy Shevchenko 2016– 16 9 4 3 24 13 56.25 2018

Coaching staff

Currently approved:[22]

Head coach Andriy Shevchenko
Coach Mauro Tassotti
Coach Andrea Maldera
Observer Andriy Voronin
Observer Volodymyr Onyshchenko
Goalkeeping coach Pedro Luis Jaro
Fitness coach Ivan Bashtovyi

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League matches against Czech Republic and Slovakia on 6 and 9 September respectively.[23]
Players' records are accurate as of 3 June 2018 after the match against Albania.[24][25]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Andriy Pyatov (1984-06-28) 28 June 1984 81 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
1 1GK Denys Boyko (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 5 0 Dynamo Kyiv
21 1GK Andriy Lunin (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 2 0 Leganés

3 2DF Yevhen Khacheridi (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 51 3 PAOK
23 2DF Yaroslav Rakitskiy (1989-08-03) 3 August 1989 49 5 Shakhtar Donetsk
20 2DF Oleksandr Karavayev (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 12 1 Zorya Luhansk
4 2DF Mykola Matviyenko (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 9 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
13 2DF Serhiy Kryvtsov (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 5 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
2DF Yevhen Makarenko (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 3 0 Anderlecht
5 2DF Mykyta Burda (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 2 0 Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Oleh Danchenko (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 0 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
2DF Andriy Tsurikov (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 0 0 Oleksandriya

7 3MF Andriy Yarmolenko (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 77 35 West Ham United
10 3MF Yevhen Konoplyanka (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 71 17 Schalke 04
6 3MF Taras Stepanenko (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 45 3 Shakhtar Donetsk
16 3MF Serhiy Sydorchuk (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 22 2 Dynamo Kyiv
17 3MF Oleksandr Zinchenko (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 17 1 Manchester City
8 3MF Ruslan Malinovskyi (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 11 0 Genk
11 3MF Marlos (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988 7 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
15 3MF Viktor Tsyhankov (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 4 0 Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Vitaliy Buyalskyi (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 3 0 Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Volodymyr Shepelyev (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 1 0 Dynamo Kyiv

4FW Yevhen Seleznyov (1985-07-20) 20 July 1985 56 11 Akhisar Belediyespor
4FW Roman Yaremchuk (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 0 0 Gent

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.[26][27][28][29][30]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Maksym Koval (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 2 0 Al-Fateh v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017

DF Vasyl Kravets ALT (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 0 0 Lugo v.  Slovakia, 9 September 2018 ALT
DF Bohdan Butko (1991-01-13) 13 January 1991 30 0 Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
DF Eduard Sobol (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 9 0 Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
DF Artem Shabanov (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 1 0 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
DF Pavlo Lukyanchuk (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 0 0 Kisvárda v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
DF Ivan Ordets INJ (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 11 1 Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Japan, 27 March 2018
DF Oleksandr Svatok (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 0 0 Zorya Luhansk v.  Saudi Arabia, 23 March 2018 PRE
DF Oleksandr Kucher (1982-10-22) 22 October 1982 56 2 Kayserispor v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017
DF Ihor Perduta (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 0 0 Vorskla Poltava v.  Croatia, 9 October 2017
DF Mykola Morozyuk (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 13 1 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Kosovo, 6 October 2017 PRE

MF Viktor Kovalenko (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 17 0 Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
MF Mykola Shaparenko (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 2 0 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Albania, 3 June 2018
MF Ruslan Rotan (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 100 8 Unattached v.  Japan, 27 March 2018
MF Ivan Petryak (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 4 0 Ferencvárosi v.  Japan, 27 March 2018
MF Yevhen Shakhov (1990-11-30) 30 November 1990 4 1 PAOK v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017
MF Oleksandr Andriyevskyi (1994-06-25) 25 June 1994 1 0 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017
MF Serhiy Myakushko (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 1 0 Karpaty Lviv v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017
MF Vyacheslav Tankovskyi INJ (1995-08-16) 16 August 1995 0 0 Shakhtar Donetsk v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017
MF Denys Harmash (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 30 2 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Slovakia, 10 November 2017 WD
MF Vladlen Yurchenko (1994-01-22) 22 January 1994 0 0 Unattached v.  Iceland, 5 September 2017

FW Artem Besyedin INJ (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 10 1 Dynamo Kyiv v.  Czech Republic, 6 September 2018 WD
FW Artem Kravets (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 21 8 Kayserispor v.  Japan, 27 March 2018
FW Yuriy Kolomoyets (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 1 0 Vorskla Poltava v.  Saudi Arabia, 23 March 2018 PRE

Notes:

  • INJ = Now injury.
  • WD = Withdrew because of injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.
  • SUS Suspended for the next match.
  • U21 = Joined the Ukraine national under-21 team instead.
  • ALT Alternate - replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability

Previous squads

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930–1990 Part of  Soviet Union 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
2002 12 4 6 2 15 13
2006 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 5 7 12 7 4 1 18 7
2010 Did not qualify 12 6 4 2 21 7
2014 12 7 3 2 30 7
2018 10 5 2 3 13 9
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total Quarter-finals 1/7 5 2 1 2 5 7 69 35 22 12 108 50
* Denotes draws include knock-out matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship UEFA European Championship qualifying
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Part of  Soviet Union Part of  Soviet Union
1996 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 11 15
2000 12 5 6 1 16 7
2004 8 2 4 2 11 10
2008 12 5 2 5 18 16
2012 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Qualified as host nation
2016 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 0 5 12 7 2 3 17 5
2020 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 2/6 6 1 0 5 2 9 54 23 15 16 73 53

Qualifying campaigns

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)
2018 – 3rd in Qualifying group I

UEFA Nations League record

UEFA Championship record
Year Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 B 1 To be determined
Total 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0

All-time team record

The following table shows Ukraine's all-time international record, correct as of 3 June 2018.[31]

Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Albania6510134+9
 Andorra4400170+17
 Armenia8530178+9
 Austria2101440
 Azerbaijan211060+6
 Belarus9531125+7
 Brazil100102−2
 Bulgaria532072+5
 Cameroon1010000
 Canada1010220
 Chile110021+1
 Costa Rica110040+4
 Croatia9135515−10
 Cyprus3111550
 Czech Republic201104−4
 Denmark3111220
 England712439−6
 Estonia4400100+10
 Faroe Islands220070+7
 Finland220031+2
 France9135514−9
 Georgia9630166+10
 Germany6033512−7
 Greece622243+1
 Hungary200225−3
 Iceland412134−1
 Iran100101−1
 Israel622275+2
 Italy7016214−12
 Japan320132+1
 Kazakhstan440093+6
 Kosovo220050+5
 Latvia321031+2
 Lithuania8512158+7
 Libya211041+3
 Luxembourg330090+9
 Macedonia421131+2
 Mexico100112−1
 Moldova532063+3
 Montenegro210141+3
 Morocco1010000
 Netherlands201114−3
 Niger110021+1
 Northern Ireland5221330
 Norway541050+5
 Poland8323990
 Portugal2101220
 Romania62131014−4
 Russia211043+1
 San Marino2200170+17
 Saudi Arabia211051+4
 South Korea200203−3
 Scotland2101330
 Serbia550091+8
 Slovakia623176+1
 Slovenia6132770
 Spain5014310−7
  Switzerland2110220
 Sweden421143+1
 Tunisia110010+1
 Turkey8224911−2
 United Arab Emirates1010110
 United States431051+4
 Uruguay100123−1
 Uzbekistan220041+3
 Wales422031+2
Total2341126162332222+110

Home venues record

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
Olimpiysky National Sports Complex Kiev 57 27 19 11 82 47 1.75
Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium Kiev 20 13 5 2 38 15 2.2
Arena Lviv Lviv 9 7 2 0 23 4 2.56
Metalist Stadium Kharkiv 9 4 1 4 13 8 1.44
Ukraina Stadium Lviv 6 6 0 0 14 5 3
Chornomorets Stadium Odesa 5 4 1 0 6 2 2.6
Donbass Arena Donetsk 5 0 1 4 2 9 0.2
Dnipro Stadium Dnipro 2 2 0 0 2 0 3
Shakhtar Stadium Donetsk 2 0 1 1 0 2 0.5
Meteor Stadium Dnipro 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Avanhard Stadium Uzhhorod 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Totals117633123183971.88
Last updated: 10 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

FIFA Ranking history

[32]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
90 77 71 59 49 47 27 34 45 45 60 57 40 13 30 15 22 34 55 47 18 25 29 30 35

Kits and sponsors

Kit history and evolution

On 29 March 2010, Ukraine debuted a new Adidas kit.[33] This replaced the Adidas kit with a yellow base and the traditional Adidas three stripe with a snake sash which was used in 2009.[34] Prior to 5 February 2009 Ukraine wore a Lotto kit. On 2009 the official team kit is 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 March 24, 2017.[35]

Sponsors

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

Former title and general sponsors included Ukrtelekom and Kyivstar.[39]

See also

Notes

    References

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    2. 1 2 3 uefa.com. "Member associations - Ukraine - Profile – UEFA.com". UEFA.com.
    3. NSK Olimpiysky, Ukrainian Soccer Portal
    4. The Ukrainian Football National Team of 1925–1935 (in Ukrainian)
    5. Ukrainian Soccer History website (in Ukrainian)
    6. 1 2 Ukraine’s forgotten World Cup pedigree Archived 16 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Business Ukraine (4 August 2010)
    7. "RSSSF European Championship 1988 – Final Tournament – Full Details". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07.
    8. 1992 season of the Russian national football tean. Rusteam.permian.ru
    9. In captivity of emotions and ambitions (В плену у эмоций и амбиций). Fanat (from Komanda newspaper).
    10. From Korea - empty-handed ("supping unsalted") (Из Кореи - не солоно хлебавши). Komanda newspaper (by Fanat)
    11. Slovenians surprised and got surprised (Словенцы удивили и удивились). Komanda newspaper (by Fanat).
    12. Premature compliments (Преждевременные комплименты). Komanda newspaper (by Fanat)
    13. Hopes are new, yet result is erstwhile (Надежды новые, результат прежний). Komanda newspaper (by Fanat)
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    20. 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)
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    23. https://ffu.ua/article/34473
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    30. https://en.ffu.ua/article/1965
    31. "All matches". ffu.org.ua. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
    32. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Ukraine - Men's". FIFA.com. September 14, 2017.
    33. "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 (Kyiv, Ukraine). 29 March 2010.
    34. "Ukraine 09/10 Adidas football kits". footballshirtculture. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
    35. https://www.joma-sport.com/en/news/joma-official-technical-sponsor-of-football-federation-of-ukraine
    36. "Спонсор збірної України пообіцяв $2 млн. за вихід на ЧС-2014 - Факти". 22 January 2013.
    37. "Article-news at epicentrk.com.ua".
    38. Presentation of new sponsors in 2013 on YouTube. Youtube channel of FFU.
    39. источники, Внешние. "Спонсори збірної України, їх статуси і класифікація".
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