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UEFA EURO: Netherlands - Ukraine Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

NetherlandsNetherlandsJohan Cruijff ArenA - AmsterdamSunday 13 June 2021
21.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 1
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The Netherlands will hope for a repeat of their only previous home fixture against Ukraine when the teams meet in Amsterdam on the opening day of UEFA EURO 2020 Group C.

• While the Dutch are making their return to the final tournament after missing out in 2016, Ukraine are featuring at a EURO for the third time, both in succession and overall.

• This is a tenth EURO appearance for the Netherlands, champions in 1988.

Previous meetings
• This is a first competitive meeting for the teams, whose two previous fixtures were both friendlies.

• The sides first met in Rotterdam on 24 May 2008, goals from Dirk Kuyt (24), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (38) and Ryan Babel (64) earning Marco van Basten's home side a 3-0 victory at at the Stadion Feijenoord against a Ukraine side coached by Oleksiy Mykhailychenko. Van Basten and Mykhailychenko had been on opposing sides in the final of EURO '88, the Dutchman scoring a famous volley in a 2-0 victory against the Soviet Union.

• Both coaches had changed by the time the teams reconvened for another friendly at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk on 11 August 2010. Bert van Marwijk's visitors, playing their first match since losing the FIFA World Cup final to Spain, took a 73rd-minute lead through Jeremain Lens, but Oleksandr Aliyev levelled two minutes later for Ukraine, who were then coached – for the last time – by Myron Markevich.

• Current Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko featured in both those games. Andriy Pyatov and Yevhen Konoplyanka both played 90 minutes in the Donetsk draw.

EURO facts: Netherlands
• The Netherlands have appeared in nine previous UEFA European Championship final tournaments; they missed out on UEFA EURO 2016, the first time they had not featured in a EURO since 1984.

• Champions in 1988 – their sole major international trophy – the Netherlands finished third at the 1976 UEFA European Championship and also reached the semi-finals in 1992, 2000 as co-hosts and 2004. Their most recent knockout appearance came in 2008, when they lost to Russia after extra time in the quarter-finals.

• On their last EURO appearance, in 2012, a team coached by Van Marwijk finished bottom of a group including Portugal, Germany and Denmark without a point; that made it four consecutive final tournament defeats. 

• The Oranje finished fourth in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying group behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

• This is the first time the Netherlands have featured in a European Championship or FIFA World Cup since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

• The Dutch did, however, reach the final of the first UEFA Nations League in 2019, beating England 3-1 after extra time in the semi-finals only to lose 1-0 to hosts Portugal in the final.

• Ronald Koeman's side finished second behind Germany in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying Group C, picking up 19 points from their eight matches (W6 D1 L1). Koeman was replaced as coach by Frank de Boer in September 2020.

• Memphis Depay provided eight assists in qualifying, more than any other player. Having scored six himself, he played a direct role in 58% of the Netherlands' 24 goals.

• Having managed ten goals in his first 53 international appearances, Georginio Wijnaldum hit eight in seven qualifying appearances to finish as the Netherlands' top scorer.

• The Netherlands' record in Amsterdam overall is W56 D26 L34. At the Johan Cruijff ArenA, their record is W39 D19 L14, although they have won just seven of the last 19 matches in the stadium (D2 L10). In qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, the Netherlands lost 3-2 to Germany in Amsterdam but beat Estonia 5-0 there.

EURO facts: Ukraine
• Having never featured in a UEFA European Championship before co-hosting the 2012 edition with Poland, this is Ukraine's third successive appearance in the final tournament.

• Ukraine have lost five of their six EURO matches, the exception a 2-1 defeat of Sweden in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 fixture. Shevchenko, now head coach, scored twice in Kyiv – Ukraine's only EURO finals goals.

• A team coached by Mykhailo Fomenko finished bottom of Group C at UEFA EURO 2016, losing to Germany, Northern Ireland (both 0-2) and Poland (0-1).

• Shevchenko's side finished top of Group B in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, picking up 20 points from their eight games – three more than holders Portugal.

• Ukraine remained unbeaten in qualifying, winning six matches and drawing two. They are one of five sides to not lose a game in the UEFA EURO 2020 preliminaries, along with Belgium, Italy – who both won all their fixtures – Spain and Denmark.

• This is the first time Ukraine have qualified for a EURO directly; after co-hosting in 2012, they beat Slovenia in the play-offs to reach the 2016 event.

• This is also Ukraine's first game in Amsterdam, and only their second in the Netherlands after that 2008 reverse in Rotterdam.

Links and trivia
• Have played in the Netherlands:
Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV Eindhoven 2016/17 loan)

• Have played together:
Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer & Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta 2019–)
Marco Bizot & Ruslan Malinovskyi (Genk 2016/17)
Davy Pröpper, Jeroen Zoet, Luuk de Jong, Steven Bergwijn & Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV Eindhoven 2016/17)

• Donny van de Beek scored at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Ajax's 3-1 defeat of Dynamo Kyiv in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League play-off first leg. Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong also played 90 minutes in that game and in the subsequent goalless draw in Ukraine; Mykyta Burda, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Vitaliy Buyalskiy, Viktor Tsygankov, Artem Besedin and substitute Volodymyr Shepelev all featured for Dynamo in Amsterdam.

• Steven Berghuis scored past Pyatov in Rotterdam as Feyenoord lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage; two Marlos goals helped Shakhtar win the return 3-1 in Kharkiv.

• An extra-time Konoplyanka goal in Amsterdam in Dnipro's 2-1 loss at Frank de Boer's Ajax in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg took the Ukrainian club through on away goals.

• Malinovskyi scored twice in Zorya Luhansk's 4-3 loss at Feyenoord in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League play-off second leg.

• Depay's goal helped PSV to a 2-0 win at Chornomorets Odesa in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Konoplyanka scored Dnipro's winner in a 2-1 victory at PSV in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Mykola Shaparenko scored Dynamo Kyiv's second goal in a 2-0 defeat of AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on 15 September 2020.

• De Roon was part of the Atalanta side that won 3-0 away to Shakhtar on Matchday 6 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, a result that took the Italian side into the round of 16 at the expense of their opponents.


Head coach Only this chapter

Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Netherlands

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – group stage
2008 – quarter-finals
2004 – semi-finals
2000 – semi-finals
1996 – quarter-finals
1992 – semi-finals
1988 – winners
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – group stage
1976 – third place
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – last 16
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
Netherlands v Yugoslavia, 25/06/00

Final tournament defeat
1-4: Netherlands v England, 18/06/96

Qualifying win
11-0: Netherlands v San Marino, 02/09/11

Qualifying defeat
4-1: Poland v Netherlands, 10/09/75
3-0: Turkey v Netherlands, 06/09/15

Final tournament appearances
Edwin van der Sar
13: Phillip Cocu
13: Dennis Bergkamp
12: Edgar Davids
11: Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Final tournament goals
6: Patrick Kluivert
6: Ruud van Nistelrooy
5: Marco van Basten
4: Dennis Bergkamp

Overall appearances
38: Wesley Sneijder
37: Edwin van der Sar
32: Rafael van der Vaart
31: Frank de Boer
29: Ruud Gullit
29: Clarence Seedorf
28: Robin van Persie
27: Aron Winter
26: Joris Mathijsen

Overall goals
19: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Marco van Basten
16: Robin van Persie
Ruud van Nistelrooy
13: Patrick Kluivert
12: Johan Cruyff
11: Ruud Gullit
11: Georginio Wijnaldum
10: Wesley Sneijder


UEFA European Championship records: Ukraine

2016 – group stage
2012 – group stage
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify

Final tournament win
Ukraine v Sweden, 11/06/12

Final tournament defeat
three times, most recently Ukraine v Northern Ireland, 16/06/16

Qualifying win
twice, most recently Ukraine v Serbia, 07/06/19

Qualifying defeat
Croatia v Ukraine, 25/03/95

Final tournament appearances
6: Yevhen Khacheridi
Yevhen Konoplyanka
6: Andriy Pyatov
6: Andriy Yarmolenko
4: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Final tournament goals
2: Andriy Shevchenko

Overall appearances
Andriy Pyatov
29: Andriy Shevchenko
28: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
25: Olexandr Shovkovskiy
24: Oleg Luzhny
23: Yevhen Konoplyanka
22: Andriy Yarmolenko
21: Andriy Voronin
19: Oleh Gusev
19: Andriy Gusin

Overall goals
Andriy Shevchenko
7: Andriy Yarmolenko
5: Tymerlan Huseynov
5: Serhiy Rebrov
4: Oleh Gusev
4: Yevhen Konoplyanka
4: Roman Yaremchuk



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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