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The Ukraine national football team is the national football team of Ukrainemarker and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and breakaway from the Soviet Unionmarker, they played their first match against Hungary on April 29, 1992.

Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the USSR national football team. Some of the best Ukrainian players of the beginning of the 1990s (including Andrei Kanchelskis, Viktor Onopko, Sergei Yuran and Oleg Salenko) chose to play for Russia as it was named the official successor of the USSR, while Ukraine did not participate in major international competitions until 1994. As a result a crisis was created for both the national team and the domestic league. Problems were further compounded when Soviet Union's five-year UEFA coefficients, despite being earned in part by Ukrainian players (for example, in the final of the last successful event, Euro-88, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians), were transferred directly to the direct descendant of the Soviet national football team - the Russian national football team.

In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoschuk and Serhiy Rebrov. However, Ukraine failed to qualify for any major intercontinental tournament prior to 2005, three times failing at the last qualifying stage, the playoffs, after finishing second in their qualifying groups. It lost to Croatia, failing to get to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Slovenia prevented Ukraine from going to Euro 2000, and Germany stopped them prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

After an unsuccessful Euro 2004 qualification campaign, Ukraine appointed Oleg Blokhin as the national team's head coach. Despite initial resentment to his appointment due to his previous poor coaching record and calls for a foreign coach, Ukraine went on to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup on September 3 2005, by drawing with Denmark, 1–1, in Copenhagenmarker. In their first World Cup (2006 FIFA World Cup), they were in the group H together with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After being crushed in the first match by Spain 0–4, Ukraine beat their other two opponents to reach the knock-out stage. In the round of 16, Ukraine played the winner of group G Switzerland, which they beat on penalties reaching the quarter-final of the tournament before losing 3–0 to eventual champions Italy.

Stadiums

The most important matches of the Ukrainian national team are held in Kyivmarker´s Olimpiysky National Sports Complexmarker, the previous home of Dynamo Kyiv (which presently only uses the stadium for major European matches). The alternative stadiums include: Ukrainamarker (Lvivmarker), Dnipro Stadiummarker (Dnipropetrovskmarker), Chornomoretsmarker (Odessamarker), Metalistmarker (Kharkivmarker), and now most recently Donbass Arenamarker, along with many others. However as new infrastructure and stadiums are built (especially in preparation for Euro 2012), other venues will include stadiums in the cities of Lvivmarker, Donetskmarker, Odessamarker, among others.

2006 FIFA World Cup

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first major tournament since splitting from the USSR, Ukraine were drawn in Group H along with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Ukraine got off to a poor start with a 4–0 defeat against Spain, but recovered to beat Saudi Arabia 4–0 in a then-national record victory. In their last group match, a lacklustre performance by Ukraine saw them hold on to second place, as they beat Tunisia 1–0 with a penalty kick scored by Andriy Shevchenko.

In the second round, Ukraine beat Switzerland on penalties (3–0) when the match ended 0–0 after extra-time. In the quarter-finals, Ukraine lost 3–0 to Italy to end their first World Cup campaign.

Forthcoming fixtures

Date Tournament Location Opponent


2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Group 6

Recent Matches

Friendly International


Friendly International


FIFA World Cup qualification


FIFA World Cup qualification


FIFA World Cup qualification


Friendly International


FIFA World Cup qualification


FIFA World Cup qualification


FIFA World Cup qualification


FIFA World Cup qualification


2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Second Round


2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Second Round

Form last 12 months: 6 win(s), 3 draw(s), 3 loss(es), 22 goal(s) scored, 12 goal(s) allowed. The top scorer(s): Nazarenko, Shevchenko - 4 goal(s).

World Cup record

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1994 Did not enter, not recognized by FIFAmarker - - - - - - -
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Quarter-finals 8/32 5 2 1* 2 5 7
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 1/4 5 2 1* 2 5 7


* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


European Championship record

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Did not enter, was part of USSR - - - - - -
1996 to 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2012 Qualified as host nation (along with Poland) - - - - - -
Total


Qualifying campaigns

FIFA World Cup European Football Championship
1994 - Qualifying spot not granted by FIFAmarker 1996 - Finished 4th in Qualifying group
1998 - Finished 2nd in Qualifying group, lost to Croatia in playoffs 2000 - Finished 2nd in Qualifying group, lost to Slovenia in playoffs
2002 - Finished 2nd in Qualifying group, lost to Germany in playoffs 2004 - Finished 3rd in Qualifying group
2006 - Finished 1st in Qualifying group, qualified for WC 2006 2008 - Finished 4th in Qualifying group
2010 - Finished 2nd in Qualifying group, lost to Greece in playoffs 2012 - Qualified as host nation


Player records

Player records are accurate as of November 18, 2009.

Most capped Ukraine players

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andriy Shevchenko 1995 - Present 94 43
2 Anatoliy Tymoschuk 2000 - Present 92 1
3 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 1994 - Present 86 0
4 Serhiy Rebrov 1992 - 2006 75 15
5 Andriy Husin 1993 - 2006 71 9
6 Andriy Vorobei 2000 - 2008 68 9
7 Andriy Nesmachniy 2000 - 2009 67 0
8 Vladislav Vashchuk 1996 - 2007 63 1
9 Andriy Voronin 2002 - Present 61 6
10 Oleksandr Holovko 1995 - 2004 58 0





Ukraine captains

# Player Career Captain Caps

(Total Caps)
1 Andriy Shevchenko 1995 - Present 45 (94)
2 Oleh Luzhny 1992 - 2002 39 (52)
3 Anatoliy Tymoschuk 2000 - Present 13 (92)
Oleksandr Holovko 1995 - 2004 13 (58)
Yuri Kalitvintsev 1995 - 1999 13 (22)
5 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 1994 - Present 11 (86)
7 Serhiy Bezhenar 1992 - 1997 4 (23)
Yuri Maximov 1992 - 2002 4 (27)
9 Serhiy Diryavka 1992 - 1995 3 (9)
Ihor Kutepov 1992 - 1993 3 (4)





Top Ukraine goalscorers

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Pct.
1 Andriy Shevchenko 1995 - Present 43 (94)
2 Serhiy Rebrov 1992 - 2006 15 (75)
3 Serhiy Nazarenko 2003 - Present 11 (41)
4 Andriy Vorobei 2000 - 2008 9 (68)
Andriy Husin 1993 - 2006 9 (71)
6 Timerlan Huseinov 1993 - 1997 8 (14)
7 Maksym Kalynychenko 2002 - Present 7 (44)
Oleh Husyev 2003 - Present 7 (54)
9 Viktor Leonenko 1992 - 1996 6 (14)
Ruslan Rotan 2003 - Present 6 (40)
Andriy Voronin 2002 - Present 6 (61)



Top 10 goalkeepers

# Player Games Wins GA GAA
1 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 86 35 74 .86
2 Andriy Pyatov 17 9 10 .59
3 Oleh Suslov 12 7 15 1.25
4 Vitaliy Reva 9 3 10 1.11
5 Maksym Levytskyi 8 1 10 1.25
6 Dmytro Tiapushkin 7 1 11 1.57
7 Valeriy Vorobyov 6 3 2 .33
8 Dmytro Shutkov 5 2 4 .80
9 Vyacheslav Kernozenko 5 2 8 1.60
10 Bohdan Shust 4 2 1 .25



  • Players in bold are still actively competing and are available for selection


Ukraine managers

Manager Ukraine career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
Viktor Prokopenko 1992 3 0 1 2 2 5
Mykola Pavlov (caretaker) 1992 1 0 1 0 1 1
Oleh Bazilevich 1993–1994 11 4 3 4 13 14 1996
Mykola Pavlov (caretaker) 1994
Total
2
3
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
1
3
4


Yozhef Sabo 1994 2 1 1 0 3 0 1996
Anatoly Konjkov 1995 7 3 0 4 8 13 1996
Yozhef Sabo 1996–1999
Total
32
34
15
16
11
12
6
6
44
47
26
26


1998, 2000
Valery Lobanovsky 2000–2001 18 6 7 5 20 20 2002
Leonid Buriak 2002–2003 19 5 6 8 18 23 2004
Oleg Blokhin 2003–2007 46 21 14 11 65 40 2006, 2008 2006
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko 2008– 20 12 4 4 31 16 2010
Last updated on November 18, 2009.

Current players

Players' records are accurate as of November 18, 2009.

The following players have all recently been called up to the Ukraine squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Greece in November 14 and November 18, 2009.

Goalkeepers
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Andriy Pyatov 28.06.1984 Shakhtar Donetsk 17 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Stanyslav Bohush 25.10.1983 Dynamo Kyiv 2 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Rustam Khudzhamov 05.10.1982 Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009


Defenders
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Andriy Rusol 16.01.1983 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 47 (3) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Dmytro Chyhrynskiy 07.11.1986 FC Barcelona 21 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Oleksandr Kucher 22.10.1982 Shakhtar Donetsk 19 (1) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Vyacheslav Shevchuk 13.05.1979 Shakhtar Donetsk 16 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Taras Mykhalyk 28.10.1983 Dynamo Kyiv 16 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Vitaliy Mandzyuk 24.01.1986 Dynamo Kyiv 13 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Hryhory Yarmash 04.01.1985 Vorskla Poltava 8 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Vasyl Kobin 24.05.1985 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Yaroslav Rakytskiy 03.08.1989 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 (1) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Yevhen Khacheridi 28.07.1987 Dynamo Kyiv 4 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009



Midfielders
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 30.03.1979 Bayern Munich 92 (1) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Oleh Husyev 25.04.1983 Dynamo Kyiv 54 (7) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Ruslan Rotan 29.10.1981 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 40 (6) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Oleksiy Hai 06.11.1982 Shakhtar Donetsk 22 (1) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Oleksandr Aliyev 03.02.1985 Dynamo Kyiv 9 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Andriy Yarmolenko 23.10.1989 Dynamo Kyiv 6 (2) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Ihor Khudobyak 20.02.1985 Karpaty Lviv 0 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009


Forwards
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Andriy Shevchenko (Captain) 29.09.1976 Dynamo Kyiv 94 (43) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Artem Milevskiy 12.01.1985 Dynamo Kyiv 27 (4) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Yevhen Seleznyov 20.07.1985 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 13 (4) v Greece, November 18, 2009
Volodymyr Homenyuk 19.07.1985 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 8 (0) v Greece, November 18, 2009


Recent call ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months. denotes injury.

Goalkeepers
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 02.01.1975 Dynamo Kyiv 86 (0) v Andorra, October 14, 2009 [1]
Oleksandr Horyainov 29.06.1975 Metalist Kharkiv 0 (0) v England, April 1, 2009


Defenders
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up

Pavlo Pashayev 04.01.1988 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 (0) v Serbia, February 11, 2009
Mykola Ischenko 09.03.1983 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (0) v Andorra, October 14, 2009 [1]


Midfielders
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Maksym Kalynychenko 26.01.1979 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 44 (7) v Turkey, August 12, 2009
Serhiy Nazarenko 16.02.1980 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 41 (11) v Andorra, October 14, 2009
Serhiy Kravchenko 24.04.1983 Dynamo Kyiv 8 (1) v England, April 1, 2009
Yevhen Levchenko 02.01.1978 Saturn Ramenskoe 8 (0) v Belarus, September 9, 2009
Serhiy Valyayev 16.09.1978 Metalist Kharkiv 3 (1) v Kazakhstan, June 10, 2009
Valentyn Slyusar 15.09.1977 Metalist Kharkiv 2 (0) v Kazakhstan, June 10, 2009


Forwards
Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Most Recent Call up
Andriy Voronin 21.07.1979 Liverpool 61 (6) v Andorra, October 14, 2009
Marko Devic 27.10.1983 Metalist Kharkiv 2 (0) v England, April 1, 2009
Artem Kravets 03.06.1989 Dynamo Kyiv 0 (0) v England, April 1, 2009 [2]
Oleksandr Kovpak 02.02.1983 Tavriya Simferopol 0 (0) v Kazakhstan, June 10, 2009


  • Called up, but was not selected to play


  • Injured, withdrawn from team


Previous squads



Home venues record

Since Ukraine's first fixture (April 29, 1992 vs. Hungary) they have played their home games at 9 different stadiums.

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
Olimpiyskyimarker Kyivmarker 41 20 14 7 65 33 1.80
VVL Dynamomarker Kyivmarker 13 8 4 1 24 9 2.15
Ukrainamarker Lvivmarker 5 5 0 0 11 3 3.00
Dnipromarker Dnipropetrovskmarker 2 2 0 0 2 0 3.00
Chornomoretsmarker Odessamarker 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.00
Shakhtarmarker Donetskmarker 2 0 1 1 0 2 0.50
Meteormarker Dnipropetrovskmarker 1 0 1 0 2 2 1.00
Metalistmarker Kharkivmarker 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.00
Donbass Arenamarker Donetskmarker 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.00
Avanhardmarker Uzhhorodmarker 1 0 0 1 1 3 0.00
Totals 69 36 22 11 107 54


Last updated: November 18, 2009. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.


World rankings

Date FIFA Ranking Elo Rating
January 1994 90th 49th
January 1995 77th 63rd
January 1996 69th 55th
January 1997 59th 44th
January 1998 49th 44th
January 1999 34th 34th
January 2000 27th 36th
January 2001 34th 34th
Date FIFA Ranking Elo Rating
January 2002 45th 42nd
January 2003 45th 40th
January 2004 61st 49th
January 2005 57th 31st
January 2006 40th 30th
January 2007 13th 21st
January 2008 30th 39th
January 2009 16th 25th


Highest position ever
FIFA: 11 (February 2007)
Elo: 17 (June 2009)
Lowest position ever
FIFA: 132 (September 1993)
Elo: 67 (March 1995)


Kits

On 10th February 2009, Ukraine debuted a new Adidas kit with a yellow base and the traditional Adidas three stripe with a snake sash.

Prior to February 2009 Ukraine wore a Lotto kit.

See also



References

  1. RSSSF European Championship 1988 - Final Tournament - Full Details
  2. Nesmachniy international career ended
  3. Ukrainian Football Federation - Селезньов замінив Кравця


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