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Ukraine team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.52CET
Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union in the past and had to wait until their role as UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts for their first finals as an independent nation.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.52CET

Ukraine team profile

Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union in the past and had to wait until their role as UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts for their first finals as an independent nation.

Best result: group stage 2012
Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko
Leading scorers: all-time – Andriy Shevchenko (48); current – Andriy Yarmolenko (22)
Most appearances: all-time – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (140); current – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (141)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: Synyo-Zhovti (Blue and yellows)
Where they play: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv

Ukraine's top five qualifying goals

Ukraine supplied several players to Soviet Union sides competing at the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship, notably in the late 1980s when legendary coach Valeriy Lobanovskiy was in charge. Since independence the country has challenged consistently for major tournaments but qualified only twice.

Firstly when Oleh Blokhin led an Andriy Shevchenko-inspired side not just to the 2006 World Cup but onwards to the quarter-finals, and then via the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2016. Ukraine's EURO duck was broken when they co-hosted the 2012 finals, but despite Blokhin's return a win against Sweden was followed by defeats by France and England and a group stage exit.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P57 W24 D15 L18 F75 A57
Final tournament: P3 W1 D0 L2 F2 A4
Qualifying: P54 W23 D15 L16 F73 A53

1960 Soviet Union joy recalled

Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union team that won the inaugural UEFA European Championship in 1960 and finished runners-up three times: losing to Spain (1964), West Germany (1972) and the Netherlands (1988). 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 gave Slovenia a 3-2 aggregate win.

They had to wait until 2012 for their first appearance, qualifying as co-hosts with Poland. Blokhin's side enjoyed a dream finals debut, Shevchenko rolling back the years and raising the roof of Kyiv's NSK Olimpiyskyi with two predatory headers as Ukraine came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1. It was as good as it got as they went down 2-0 against France and 1-0 to England to bow out.

Memorable EURO matches
14/11/2015: Ukraine 2-0 Slovenia, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
A solid first-leg win in Lviv laid the foundation for Ukraine's first ever play-off success.

11/06/2012: Ukraine 2-1 Sweden, UEFA EURO 2012 group stage
The last two goals of Shevchenko's career provided an electric start for the finals co-hosts.

09/10/1999: Russia 1-1 Ukraine, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Shevchenko's clever free-kick earned a point away to their fierce rivals.

Did you know?
Ukrainian players made up 12 of Valeriy Lobanovskiy's 20-strong Soviet Union party, built upon the coach's own FC Dynamo Kyiv selection, that lost the 1988 final to the Netherlands.

*Last updated 18/11/2015

Last updated: 28/11/15 15.53CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/11/2015 16:33 CET
3 September 2014 03 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
10/17/2015 04:58:34
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
09/08/2015 23:13:32
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
10/26/2015 12:09:55
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine1-0FYR Macedonia
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
09/08/2015 23:13:37
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
09/08/2015 23:13:42
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
10/17/2015 03:11:31
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
09/17/2015 14:37:16
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 11:46:41
9 June 2015 09 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:09:13
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
09/08/2015 23:13:45
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
10/15/2015 18:54:22
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
10/05/2015 15:07:05
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR Macedonia0-2Ukraine
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
10/12/2015 09:20:39
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
10/14/2015 16:54:01
14 November 2015 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
11/23/2015 15:27:37
17 November 2015 17 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Aggregate: 1-3 (agg: 1-3)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
11/23/2015 14:54:45
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:42:35
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:48:02
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:17:17
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:12:32
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:27:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:42:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:42:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:27:48

General info

  • Founded : 1991
  • Stadium : NSK Olimpiyskyi
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    17/10/2007, Ukraine 5-0 Faroe Islands, Kyiv
  • Biggest defeat:
    25/03/1995, Croatia 4-0 Ukraine, Zagreb
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Andriy Shevchenko (UKR)
  • Top scorers: 12
    Andriy Shevchenko (UKR)