Two-time UEFA European Futsal Championship runners-up, Ukraine are aiming to go one better in 2012 and have a solid record at this level to back up their ambitions.
They set up as an independent national team in 1994 under Gennadiy Lysenchuk, who remains the coach, and in their very first tournament made the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup semi-finals. They went on to reach the 2001 and 2003 European finals, losing to Spain and hosts Italy respectively, and remain World Cup regulars as well as 2004 international university champions. Lysenchuk has blooded a new generation in recent years after the retirement of several key players including Serhiy Koridze.
Yevgen Rogachov, Valeriy Legchanov, Serhiy Cheporniuk
Coach: Gennadiy Lysenchuk
Date of birth: 18 December 1947
Playing career: (football) FC Zorya Luhansk, FC Krylya Sovetov Samara and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Coaching career: FC Kolos Nikopol, FC Sudostoitel Nikolaev, FC Vorskla Poltava, FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
That Ukraine are a world-class futsal force is down in no small part to coach Lysenchuk. Also the president of the Futsal Federation of Ukraine, Lysenchuk has been in charge of the national team since their 1994 debut and has led them to two UEFA European Futsal Championship finals and has also achieved success at world level. During his playing days he was a football goalkeeper for Zorya Luhansk, Krylya Sovetov and Dnipro. Lysenchuk also graduated from the Moscow Coaches' High School and then became professor of football at the Kyiv State University of Physical Culture and Sports.
In 1984 he took charge of Kolos Nikopol, and went on to coach Sudostoitel Nikolaev, Vorskla Poltava and Kryvbas before setting up the Ukraine side in 1994 and seeing his side win their opening game 2-1 against Belarus. Two years later they qualified for the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup at the first attempt, reaching the semi-finals, and they also played at the maiden UEFA tournament that season. Ukraine have continued to perform strongly, most notably in reaching the EURO finals in 2001 and 2003 when they were pipped by Spain and Italy respectively, and in 1998 and 2004 their student team were world champions. They missed out in the 2007 group stage, but Lysenchuk showed there was hope for the future when he coached Ukraine to the inaugural 2008 UEFA European Under-21 Futsal Tournament semi-finals and made the last eight in the 2010 senior competition.
2007: Group stage
2005: Fourth place
1999: Did not qualify
1996: Fifth place
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