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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 (141); 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

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

Last updated: 03/12/15 14.00CET

Related information

Team profiles

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 13/11/2017 11:43 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine1-1Iceland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:54:44
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Turkey2-2Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
11/02/2017 16:54:47
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine3-0Kosovo
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) Stadium: Krakow Stadium, Krakow (POL)
11/02/2017 16:54:49
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine1-0Finland
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Stadion Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Ukraine2-0Serbia
Referee: not available Stadium: OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:57:35
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-0Ukraine
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
6 June 2017 06 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Ukraine0-1Malta
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion Graz Liebenau, Graz (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:57:27
Finland1-2Ukraine
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Tampere Stadion, Tampere (FIN)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine2-0Turkey
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Iceland2-0Ukraine
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Kosovo0-2Ukraine
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
11/02/2017 16:55:02
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine0-2Croatia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:54:46
10 November 2017 10 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Ukraine2-1Slovakia
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
11/13/2017 10:44:48

General info

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