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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

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/03/2014 00:53 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Ukraine0-0Czech Republic
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
06/12/2013 08:56:36
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
England1-1Ukraine
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
04/18/2013 22:14:06
Moldova0-0Ukraine
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) – Stadium: Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
04/18/2013 22:14:21
Ukraine0-1Montenegro
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
05/24/2013 15:46:43
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Bulgaria0-1Ukraine
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
06/12/2013 08:56:26
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Norway0-2Ukraine
Referee: Carlos Gómez (ESP) – Stadium: Olimpico, Seville (ESP)
06/12/2013 08:57:45
Poland1-3Ukraine
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw (POL)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Ukraine2-1Moldova
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
05/28/2013 11:07:40
2 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Ukraine0-0Cameroon
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
04/24/2014 16:31:05
Montenegro0-4Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/07/2013 21:22:13
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Ukraine2-0Israel
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
04/24/2014 16:31:50
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)
Ukraine0-0England
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
09/10/2013 21:36:18
Ukraine1-0Poland
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
Ukraine2-0France
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
12/16/2013 12:43:08
France3-0Ukraine
Aggregate: 3-2
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
05 March 2014 - Friendlies 2010-12
Ukraine2-0USA
Referee: not available
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineSlovakia
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 00:44:37
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
BelarusUkraine
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:44:10
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineFYROM
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:25:40
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
LuxembourgUkraine
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 09:56:36
SpainUkraine
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 05:07:48
UkraineLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:44:55
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineBelarus
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 05:34:03
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
SlovakiaUkraine
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 01:29:01
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYROMUkraine
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 00:38:39
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineSpain
Referee: TBD
02/26/2014 02:04:16

General info

  • Founded : 1991
  • Stadium : NSK Olimpiyskyi
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

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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