Ukraine

Twice European runners-up, Ukraine have a fine futsal pedigree.

Ukraine celebrate beating Denmark in qualifying
Ukraine celebrate beating Denmark in qualifying ©Rustam Hajiyev

Two-time UEFA European Futsal Championship runners-up, Ukraine are aiming to go one better in 2016 and have a solid record at this level to back up their ambitions.

They set up as an independent national team in 1994 under Gennadiy Lysenchuk, who remained the coach until last year, and in their very first tournament made the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup semi-finals. They went on to reach the 2001 and 2003 European finals, losing to Spain and hosts Italy respectively, and remain World Cup regulars as well as 2004 international university champions.

Before his departure in the lead-up to the 2014 Futsal EURO, Lysenchuk blooded a new generation given the retirement of several key players including Serhiy Koridze.

Main round: Denmark 5-2, Belgium 9-2, Azerbaijan 3-2 (Group 4 winners)

Key players
Denys Ovsyannikov, Dmytro Sorokin, Mykola Bilotserkivets

CoachOleksandr Kosenko

Qualifying top scorer
Mykola Bilotserkivets 8

Tournament record
2014: Quarter-finals
2012: Quarter-finals
2010: Quarter-finals
2007: Group stage
2005: Fourth place
2003: Runners-up
2001: Runners-up
1999: Did not qualify
1996: Fifth place

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