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Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 16.09CET
Preparing for their first finals as an independent nation, the co-hosts have been set a minimum target by their coach Oleh Blokhin: reaching the knockout stages from Group D.

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Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 16.09CET

Ukraine

Preparing for their first finals as an independent nation, the co-hosts have been set a minimum target by their coach Oleh Blokhin: reaching the knockout stages from Group D.

Best EURO performance: never qualified
Coach: Oleh Blokhin
Leading scorer: all-time – Andriy Shevchenko (46); current – Andriy Shevchenko (46)
Most appearances: all-time – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (116); current – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (116)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: Synyo-Zhovti (Blue and yellows)

Having reached the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in their only previous major tournament appearance since independence in 1991, the co-hosts are eager to go even further at UEFA EURO 2012. According to Oleh Blokhin, back in charge after a turbulent couple of years in which three coaches came and went, the minimum target is advancing from Group D. The tournament is likely to be the last hurrah for Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk; for the likes of Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka, it could be just the start.

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Qualified automatically as hosts

Myron Markevych guided Ukraine to three wins and a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands before relinquishing the reins to focus on responsibilities at FC Metalist Kharkiv in August 2010. Yuriy Kalitvintsev managed one victory in eight games as a caretaker coach before making way for Blokhin in April. After initial success Ukraine suffered a national record four successive losses.

Shevchenko became the first Ukrainian player to reach 100 caps on 8 October 2010, in a draw with Canada. Three days later, against Brazil, Tymoshchuk became the second. "Our job is to win EURO but we should remember that there are at least ten other very strong contenders. Apart from Brazil and Argentina, the strongest national teams in world football are all European, so we should first focus on qualifying from the group," said Blokhin.

EURO pedigree
Ukraine was always a prolific resource for the Soviet Union team that won the inaugural UEFA European Championship in 1960 and then finished runners-up three times: losing to Spain in 1964, West Germany in 1972 and then in 1988, going down 2-0 to the Netherlands.

That 1988 side, who had defeated the Oranje 1-0 in the group stage a fortnight earlier, were known as 'Dynamo Kyiv in disguise' after coach Valeriy Lobanovskiy raided his club for 11 players, eight of which played in the final.

Ukraine have never qualified as an independent nation, but came within 12 minutes of reaching UEFA EURO 2000. Denied an automatic spot after a last-day draw in Russia, they were heading through on away goals in the play-offs before Miran Pavlin struck to earn Slovenia a 3-2 aggregate win.

UEFA EURO 2012 Group D fixtures
Monday 11 June:
Ukraine v Sweden, 20.45CET, Kyiv
Friday 15 June: Ukraine v France, 18.00CET, Donetsk
Tuesday 19 June: England v Ukraine, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Team EURO records
Matches played
Overall:
P42 W16 D13 L13 F56 A48
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P42 W16 D13 L13 F56 A48

Click here for extensive list of records

Last updated 4 June 2012

Last updated: 06/12/13 4.43CET

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