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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: 06/09/2016 14:13 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine0-1Slovakia
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
08/25/2016 10:42:02
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Belarus0-2Ukraine
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/16/2016 09:57:17
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine1-0FYR Macedonia
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/10/2016 11:26:42
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Luxembourg0-3Ukraine
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2016 13:43:05
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Spain1-0Ukraine
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
06/10/2016 11:36:02
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/10/2016 11:28:00
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine3-1Belarus
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/10/2016 11:05:55
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia0-0Ukraine
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
06/10/2016 11:10:28
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR Macedonia0-2Ukraine
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
06/10/2016 11:11:28
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine0-1Spain
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
08/25/2016 10:42:02
14 November 2015 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Ukraine2-0Slovenia
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/10/2016 11:13:18
17 November 2015 17 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Slovenia1-1Ukraine
Aggregate: 1-3 (agg: 1-3)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
07/07/2016 22:44:53
Germany2-0Ukraine
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:15
Ukraine0-2Northern Ireland
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:22
Ukraine0-1Poland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
06/23/2016 10:11:36
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine1-1Iceland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
09/06/2016 13:15:58
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyUkraine
Referee: TBD Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
09/22/2016 18:38:23
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineKosovo
Referee: TBD Stadium: Marszałek Piłsudski, Krakow (POL)
09/27/2016 17:33:45
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineFinland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
09/09/2016 09:27:35
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaUkraine
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:41
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandUkraine
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineTurkey
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandUkraine
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
KosovoUkraine
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineCroatia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

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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