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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: 09/06/15 2.24CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 26/06/2015 03:19 CET
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: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
04/29/2015 09:39:53
Ukraine0-1Montenegro
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/01/2015 17:01:23
Poland1-3Ukraine
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
06/01/2015 14:56:57
Ukraine2-1Moldova
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) Stadium: Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
07/01/2015 17:13:52
Montenegro0-4Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/09/2015 09:49:08
Ukraine9-0San Marino
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL) – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
05/10/2015 09:38:03
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
Ukraine0-0England
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/01/2015 17:01:23
Ukraine1-0Poland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv (UKR)
10/30/2014 13:39:22
San Marino0-8Ukraine
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) – Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
04/29/2015 16:48:59
Ukraine2-0France
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/01/2015 17:01:23
France3-0Ukraine
Aggregate: 3-2
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Ukraine1-0Moldova
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 19:17:21
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine0-1Slovakia
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/01/2015 16:58:16
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Belarus0-2Ukraine
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) – Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/29/2015 09:43:28
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine1-0FYR Macedonia
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
05/10/2015 09:38:03
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Luxembourg0-3Ukraine
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
05/05/2015 13:15:38
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Ukraine0-0Lithuania
Referee: not available Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/01/2015 17:01:25
Spain1-0Ukraine
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
06/08/2015 10:59:41
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Ukraine1-1Latvia
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:46:07
9 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Georgia1-2Ukraine
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:11:10
Ukraine3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/26/2015 02:20:06
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineBelarus
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
06/25/2015 12:32:11
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
SlovakiaUkraine
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
06/25/2015 12:20:54
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR MacedoniaUkraine
Referee: TBD
05/05/2015 13:15:49
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
UkraineSpain
Referee: TBD
05/05/2015 13:15:29

General info

  • Founded : 1991
  • Stadium : NSK Olimpiyskyi
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, 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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