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.

Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

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 (141); current – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (141)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: Synyo-Zhovti (Blue and yellows)
Where they play: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv

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 had never qualified as an independent nation until now, 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, participating 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