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Belarus
Belarus celebrate victory at the Stade de France in September 2010 ©Getty Images

Belarus

Best result: Have never qualified
Coach: Georgi Kondratiev
Leading scorer: all-time – Maksim Romaschenko (20); current – Sergei Kornilenko (14)
Most appearances: all-time – Aleksandr Kulchiy (102); current – Aleksandr Hleb (64)
Association formed: 1989
Nickname: Red-and-Greens
Where they play: Various, including Dinamo Stadion, Minsk; Tsentralny Stadium, Gomel

Since first competing as an independent nation in EURO '96 qualifying, Belarus have never made it through to the play-offs, let alone a final tournament, their best effort coming when they finished third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup preliminaries having challenged for a finals place right up until their concluding game. Fourth is their highest ranking in a UEFA European Championship qualifying group, though they might have done better in the most recent campaign when they were unable to build on a momentous opening 1-0 win in France. They finished last in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying section.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P48 W11 D10 L27 F41 A73
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P48 W11 D10 L27 F41 A73

Belarus lost 1-0 to Norway on their UEFA European Championship qualifying debut in September 1994. They would finish the campaign fourth in the group, ahead of Malta and Luxembourg, but laid down a marker with a famous 1-0 win against a star-studded Netherlands side in Minsk.

Two draws with Italy were rare highlights in a disappointing UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying campaign, and while Belarus have yet to reach a major tournament, they have continued to upset Europe's heavyweights. The Dutch came unstuck in the Belarusian capital once again in November 2007, and there was a 1-0 win away to France three years later as Bernd Stange's team enjoyed a terrific start to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. That win in Paris was the start of a four-game run in which Stange's charges conceded no goals and garnered eight points, though their campaign ultimately fizzled out.

Memorable EURO matches
03/09/2010: France 0-1 Belarus, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying

Sergei Kislyak's late effort capped a sensational display at the Stade de France.

31/03/1999: Italy 1-1 Belarus, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
The visitors held on valiantly after Filippo Inzaghi cancelled out Valentin Belkevich's goal.

07/06/1995: Belarus 1-0 Netherlands, EURO '96 qualifying
Serguei Gerasimets' goal earned victory against a team loaded with UEFA Champions League winners.

Did you know?
In 2013, Belarus played 13 matches – their highest ever total in a calendar year (W4 D4 L5).

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.16CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    17/11/2007, Albania 2-4 Belarus, Tirana
    11/10/2006, Belarus 4-2 Slovenia, Minsk
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/06/2003, Austria 5-0 Belarus, Innsbruck
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 28
    Aleksandr Kulchiy (BLR)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Serguei Gerasimets (BLR)
    Sergei Kornilenko (BLR)
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