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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 (14)
Most appearances: all-time – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (131); current – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (131)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: Synyo-Zhovti (Blue and yellows)
Where they play: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv

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 once, when Oleh Blokhin led an Andriy Shevchenko-inspired side not just to the 2006 World Cup but onwards to the quarter-finals. 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: P45 W17 D13 L15 F58 A52
Final tournament: P3 W1 D0 L2 F2 A4
Qualifying: P42 W16 D13 L13 F56 A48

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
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.

27/03/1999: France 0-0 Ukraine, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Ukraine laid down a marker against the world champions and eventual EURO winners.

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 07/01/2014

Last updated: 18/02/14 11.58CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/09/2014 17:58 CET
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
04/18/2013 22:14:06
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) – Stadium: Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
04/18/2013 22:14:21
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
05/24/2013 15:46:43
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw (POL)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
05/28/2013 11:07:40
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/07/2013 21:22:13
Ukraine9-0San Marino
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL) – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
09/11/2013 07:09:02
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
09/10/2013 21:36:18
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv (UKR)
12/16/2013 12:42:54
San Marino0-8Ukraine
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) – Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle (SMR)
12/16/2013 12:42:54
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
12/16/2013 12:43:08
Aggregate: 3-2
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 21:08:20
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
09/17/2014 17:08:53
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
09/17/2014 17:01:42
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
09/17/2014 17:11:40
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
08/07/2014 11:40:44
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:11
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:10
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:30
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:23
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:44
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:44

General info

  • Founded : 1991
  • Stadium : NSK Olimpiyskyi
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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)
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