Ukraine football team


Founded :1991
Captain : Oleksandr Kucher
Association : Football Federation of Ukraine
Head coach : Andriy Shevchenko
Arenas/Stadiums : Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
Kit Colour Home / Away :Yellow/Blue
FIFA Ranking :29
Official Website : http://www.ffu.org.ua/eng/
 
Achievements:

World Cup:Appearances 1 (first in 2006),Best result:Quarter-finals, 2006
European Championship:Appearances 2 (first in 2012),Best result:Group stage, 2012 and 2016




About:

The Ukraine's National Football Team is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and the country's breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992. The team's biggest success on the world stage was reaching the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team's debut in the finals of a major championship.

As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012. Four years later, Ukraine qualified for Euro 2016 via the play-off route, the first time qualifying for a UEFA European Championship via the qualifying process, as it finished in third place in its qualifying group. This marked the first time in Ukraine's five play-off appearances that it managed to win such a tie, previously unsuccessful in the play-off ties for the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup.

Background:

Officially the national team of Ukraine, the national team was formed in the early 1990s and shortly after was recognized internationally. It is not widely known, however, that Ukraine previously had a national team in 1925–1935. Just like the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic had its own national team.The earliest record of games it played can be traced back to August 1928. A championship among the national teams of the Soviet republics as well as the Moscow city team was planned to take place in Moscow. Just before the tournament started, the Ukraine national team played two exhibition games against the Red Sports Federation team from Uruguay, one in Kharkiv (lost 1–2) and the other in Moscow (won 3–2).

At the All-Soviet tournament, Ukraine played three games and reached the final where it lost to Moscow 0–1. Along the way, Ukraine managed to defeat the national teams of Belarus and Transcaucasus.After an unsuccessful Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, Ukraine appointed Oleh Blokhin as the national team's head coach. Despite initial skepticism about his appointment due to his previous somewhat undistinguished coaching record and general public calls for a foreign coach, Ukraine went on to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup on 3 September 2005 after drawing 1–1 against Georgia in Tbilisi. In their first World Cup, in 2006, they were in the Group H together with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After losing 0–4 in the first match against Spain, the Ukrainians beat their other two opponents to reach the knock-out stage.

In the round of 16, Ukraine played against the winner of the Group G Switzerland, who they beat on penalties. In the quarter-finals, they were beaten 0–3 by eventual champions Italy.As co-hosts, Ukraine qualified automatically for Euro 2012, marking their debut in the UEFA European Championship. In their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kiev. Despite the team's efforts, however, Ukraine was eliminated after a 0–2 loss to France and a 0–1 loss to England, both in Donetsk.For the Euro 2016 qualifying round, Ukraine were drawn against Spain, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. The Zbirna was expected to qualify for the tournament as runners-up of the group behind Spain but, despite having won all of their games against Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg, the Ukrainians finished third due to a lack of finishing during the top matches against Spain and Slovakia.

They therefore had to face Slovenia in the play-off route and succeeded in taking revenge over the team which eliminated Ukraine at the same stage in 1999. They recorded a 2–0 win at Lviv before catching the 1–1 draw at the very end of the second game.The tournament, however, turned into a surprising nightmare. Ukraine lost all of their three games, becoming the only participant in such a case and the first team to exit the tournament, also failing to score a single goal. The Ukrainians started against Germany and were beaten despite good resistance and great chances during an entertaining first half. They came close to levelling the score but were unable to deliver the final end product and were hit by Germany on the counterattack at the very end of the game. Despite a 2–0 loss, it appeared that they would prove to be a stubborn opposition for their opponents. This game was followed by a dreadful and disastrous second 2–0 loss against Northern Ireland with a new goal conceded at the very end of the encounter. Ukraine were the first team eliminated of the competition at this point and lost 1–0 their last game to Poland in which they suffered of an important lack of finishing and a poor performance from striker Roman Zozulya.

Squad:

Number  

Position  

Player

12

GK

Andriy Pyatov

1

GK

Denys Boyko

23

GK

Oleksiy Shevchenko

5

DF

Oleksandr Kucher (Captain)

17

DF

Artem Fedetskyi

20

DF

Yaroslav Rakitskyi

2

DF

Bohdan Butko

3

DF

Ivan Ordets

4

DF

Eduard Sobol

28

DF

Serhiy Kryvtsov

14

MF

Ruslan Rotan (Vice-captain)

7

MF

Andriy Yarmolenko

10

MF

Yevhen Konoplyanka

6

MF

Taras Stepanenko

16

MF

Serhiy Sydorchuk

21

MF

Oleksandr Zinchenko

9

MF

Viktor Kovalenko

18

MF

Oleksandr Karavayev

19

MF

Yevhen Shakhov

22

MF

Ivan Petryak

15

MF

Maksym Malyshev

13

MF

Viktor Tsyhankov

8

FW

Roman Zozulya

11

FW

Artem Kravets

41

FW

Artem Besyedin