Ukraine
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Синьо-жовті (The Blue and Yellow)
Збірна (The National Team)
AssociationUkrainian Association of Football (UAF)
Українська Асоціація Футболу
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachOleksandr Petrakov
CaptainAndriy Pyatov
Most capsAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (144)[a]
Top scorerAndriy Shevchenko (48)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUKR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 27 Steady (31 March 2022)[2]
Highest11 (February 2007)
Lowest132 (September 1993)
First international
 Ukraine 1–3 Hungary 
(Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 29 April 1992)
Biggest win
 Ukraine 9–0 San Marino 
(Lviv, Ukraine; 6 September 2013)
Biggest defeat
 France 7–1 Ukraine 
(Saint-Denis, France; 7 October 2020)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2006)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2020)

The Ukraine national football team (Ukrainian: збірна України з футболу) represents Ukraine in men's international football and is governed by the Ukrainian Association of Football, the governing body for football in Ukraine. Ukraine's home ground is the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv. The team has been a full member of UEFA and FIFA since 1992.

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 reached the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their debut in the finals of a major championship.[4]

As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.[4] Four years later, Ukraine finished third in their qualifying group for Euro 2016 and advanced via the play-off route to reach a UEFA European Championship tournament through the qualifiers for the first time. This marked the first time in Ukraine's six play-off appearances that it managed to win such a tie, having lost previous play-off ties for the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup.

Ukraine's best performance in the UEFA European Championship was in 2020, where they reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

History

Ukrainian SSR (1925–1990)

The national team was formed in the early 1990s and was recognized internationally soon afterwards. It is not widely known, however, that Ukraine previously had a national team in 1925–1935.[5][6] Just like the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic had its own national team.

The earliest record of games played by Ukraine 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; at the All-Soviet tournament, Ukraine reached the final where it lost to Moscow 1–0, after defeating Belarus and Transcaucasus.

In 1929, Ukraine beat Lower Austria in an exhibition match in Kharkiv 4–1, and played in another Soviet tournament. Ukraine lost to Transcaucasus 3–0.

Official formation

Prior to Independence in 1991, Ukrainian players represented the Soviet Union national team. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Russia took the place of the Soviet Union national team in the qualifying tournament for the 1994 World Cup. The national team of Ukraine did not manage to enter the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (the draw for the qualification stage was held on 8 December 1991,[7] before Ukraine was admitted to FIFA). Meanwhile, some of the best Ukrainian players of the beginning of the 1990s (including Andrei Kanchelskis, Viktor Onopko, Sergei Yuran, Yuriy Nikiforov, Ilya Tsymbalar and Oleg Salenko) chose to play for Russia, as it was named the official successor of the Soviet Union.[8] At that time Vyacheslav Koloskov was the only top official from the former Soviet Union and later the Russia who served as a vice-president of UEFA in 1980–1996 and represented all of members of the Soviet Union and later the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Valeriy Lobanovskyi, was Head Coach of the National Team in 1979 and between 2001 and 2002
Valeriy Lobanovskyi, was Head Coach of the National Team in 1979 and between 2001 and 2002

The Soviet Union's five-year UEFA coefficient, despite being earned in part by Ukrainian players (for example, in the final of the last successful event, Euro 1988, under the direction of Valery Lobanovsky, 7 out of starting 11 players were Ukrainians[9]), were transferred to the direct descendant of the Soviet national team – the Russia national team. As a result, a crisis was created for both the national team and the domestic league.

Another reason for the occurred harsh crisis in the Ukrainian football was lack of adequate funding of teams,[8] due to the general economic crisis that has affected all of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.[8] There also was a reverse influx of players;[8] Viktor Leonenko agreed on transfer from Dynamo Moscow to Dynamo Kyiv. The Russian club did not want to release him, but Leonenko did not want to continue to play in Moscow.[8]

In the following years, the Ukrainian team improved, showcasing talents like Andriy Shevchenko, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk,[a] Serhiy Rebrov and Oleksandr Shovkovskyi.

First official games (Prokopenko)

Soon after being accepted to FIFA and UEFA as a full member in 1992, Ukraine selected its first manager by members of a coaching council which consisted of Anatoliy Puzach (manager of Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Kucherevskyi (FC Dnipro), Yevhen Lemeshko (Torpedo Zaporizhzhia), Yukhym Shkolnykov (Bukovyna Chernivtsi) and Viktor Prokopenko (Chornomorets Odesa). Later, they were joined by Valeriy Yaremchenko (Shakhtar Donetsk). The circle was narrowed to three specialists; Prokopenko eventually became the manager.[10]

Viktor Prokopenko, the first manager of the national team
Viktor Prokopenko, the first manager of the national team

Ukraine played their first match on 29 April 1992 against Hungary in Uzhhorod at the Avanhard Stadium, losing 3–1 with the sole Ukrainian goal scored by Ivan Hetsko. Shortly after, the Ukrainian team lost some notable players to the CIS team that was playing its own friendly against the England in Moscow.[11]

Euro 96 qualification (Bazylevych)

Main article: UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying Group 4

Ukraine appointed another head coach, Oleh Bazylevych, who made his debut with the national team in the spring of 1993 in Odessa during a friendly against Israel, a 1–1 draw. Less than a month later Ukraine finally won, in Vilnius in an away friendly against Lithuania. During the summer they lost 3–1 to Croatia; Ukraine was later seeded in Group 4 of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualification.

Ukraine was defeated by Israel in March 1994, and drew Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates. On 7 September 1994, the national team lost 2–0 to Lithuania.[12] After a series of poor results, on 24 September, the Football Federation of Ukraine appointed Yozhef Sabo as an acting manager until the end of the year.

Yozhef Sabo

With the new manager, their next home game against Slovenia ended goalless.[13] They then beat Estonia 3–0,[14] before confirming Anatoliy Konkov as the new head coach on 5 January 1995.

Oleg Blokhin

Their away game to Croatia was a 4–0 loss, and they lost 3–0 to Italy.[15]

1998–2004: near misses

Ukraine participated in 1998 World Cup qualification, where the team was drawn into Group 9. Ukraine took second place, only behind Germany, and lost 3–1 on aggregate to Croatia.

In UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying, Ukraine, assigned in Group 4, finished above Russia, thanks to an important draw in Moscow, but still only qualified for the playoff despite being undefeated. Ukraine then fell to Slovenia 3–2 on aggregate.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification saw Ukraine in Group 5. Yet, Ukraine suffered a home loss to Poland in their opening match, and a number of draws had resulted in Ukraine qualifying for the playoff again, losing to Germany, 5–2 on aggregate.

In UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying, Ukraine was assigned into Group 6, with Spain and Greece. Ukraine failed to qualify.[citation needed]

2006 FIFA World Cup

After Euro 2004 qualifying, Ukraine appointed Oleg Blokhin as the national team's head 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 the 2006 World Cup, they were in the Group H with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. After losing 4–0 in the first match against Spain, the Ukrainians won the next two matches to face Switzerland in the round of 16. Switzerland became the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated without conceding a goal throughout the tournament.[citation needed]

2006–2012

After the World Cup, Ukraine were placed in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group B, along with Italy and France; Ukraine had also performed poorly against Scotland, Georgia and Lithuania, ultimately finishing in fourth place.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification saw Ukraine in Group 6, drawing Croatia and winning against England, sending Ukraine to the playoff. Greece, which had been eliminated by Ukraine in the qualifiers four years earlier, would eventually get revenge.[citation needed]

Main article: UEFA Euro 2012 Group D

Ukraine in 2012
Ukraine in 2012
Ukraine before a match against Bulgaria, 14 December 2012
Ukraine before a match against Bulgaria, 14 December 2012

As co-hosts, Ukraine qualified automatically for Euro 2012,[4] marking their debut in the UEFA European Championship. In their opening game against Sweden, Ukraine won 2–1 in Kyiv. In Donetsk, Ukraine was eliminated after a 2–0 loss to France and a 1–0 defeat to England.

2014–present

Ukraine quaified for yet another playoff, after two wins over Poland and two draws over England, where they would play against France. Ukraine beat France at home 2–0, but suffered a 3–0 loss away, thus being eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Ukraine in 2015
Ukraine in 2015

In Euro 2016 qualifying, Ukraine were drawn against Spain, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Despite having won all matches besides Spain, they finished third due to results against Spain and Slovakia. They defeated Slovenia in the playoff.

Ukraine lost all three games at Euro 2016 without scoring a goal; a 2–0 loss to Germany, a 2–0 loss to Northern Ireland, and Poland 1–0.

Ukraine started off with a home draw to Iceland in 2018 World Cup qualifying and an away draw to Turkey. This was followed by two home wins, 3–0 against Kosovo and 1–0 against Finland. After a 1–0 away loss to Croatia, they beat Finland 2–1 away and Turkey 2–0 at home, they lost 2–0 away to Iceland and won 2–0 away win against Kosovo. Losing to Croatia at home, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for their first time since UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying.

In the inaugural UEFA Nations League, Ukraine were drawn with Czech Republic and Slovakia in League B. They beat the Czech Republic 2–1 away and Slovakia 1–0 at home, before earning a promotion to League A with a 1–0 home win to the Czech Republic, before ending with a 4–1 away loss to Slovakia.

Main article: UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group B

Ukraine were placed in a tough group with Euro 2016 title holders Portugal, and Serbia. Against Portugal, centre-back Yaroslav Rakytskiy was absent due to his move to Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Portuguese lineup. The match ended 0–0. The second game, against Luxembourg, ended up as a 2–1 win, preceding Ukraine's 5–0 win against Serbia, along with a narrow 1–0 win against Luxembourg. Two matches—away and home against Lithuania (winning 3–0 and 2–0 respectively) saw Ukraine with 16 points and in need of only a point against Portugal. Ukraine won 2–1 and the group before drawing Serbia 2–2.

Ukraine were drawn with Switzerland, Spain, and Germany in the next Nations League. The Ukrainians started their campaign by overcoming Switzerland at home 2–1 to temporarily take first place. However, their next opponent Spain won 4–0. Germany then won 2–1 in Kyiv. Ukraine then defeated Spain for the first time with a 1–0 win. Germany swept Ukraine after a 1–0 deficit was cancelled for a 3–1 victory.

As the COVID-19 crisis in Ukraine worsened, eight players from the starting squad tested positive (including one positive SARS-CoV-2 test upon arrival to Lucerne), and as a result, the entire delegation was put into quarantine by the Department of Health of the Canton of Lucerne.[16] Their game against Switzerland away was sequently cancelled. Ukraine faced relegation if the game was to be awarded 3–0 to Switzerland, or if the result is decided by a drawing of lots and Switzerland were to be handed a 1–0 victory. Eventually, UEFA decided that the match result would be 3–0 in favour of Switzerland, meaning that Ukraine had been officially relegated after just one season in League A.

Ukraine managed to qualify to the knockout stages in the European Championship for the first time in 2020, as one of the best third-placed teams. They beat Sweden 2–1 in the round of 16, after Artem Dovbyk scored the winning goal in the first minute of the second half in extra time. They were then defeated by England in the quarter-final, recording their best finish at a major tournament since 2006.

Ukraine drew 1–1 against France in 2022 World Cup qualifying.[17] Ukraine would then qualify for the playoff after breaking the record set by Australia for the most consecutive draws in World Cup qualification, with five straight draws.[citation needed] They then picked up a much-needed victory over Finland, ending their run of draws and giving them a two-point lead over Bosnia and a three-point lead over Finland. However, both Bosnia and Finland had a game in hand over Ukraine, who managed to qualify for the playoffs after a 2–0 win over Bosnia and a Finnish loss to France. Ukraine will face Scotland in the Group A playoff semifinals, postponed in March 2022 to June after Russia invaded the country in February.[18]

Stadiums

Further information: List of football stadiums in Ukraine

Most matches are held at Kyiv's Olimpiyskyi National Sports Complex.

During the Soviet era (before 1991), only three stadiums in Ukraine were used in official games, the Olimpiysky NSC in Kyiv (known then as Republican Stadium), the predecessor of Chornomorets, BSS Central Stadium in Odesa, and the Lokomotiv Stadium in Simferopol.

Home venue record

Since Ukraine's first fixture (29 April 1992 vs. Hungary) they have played their home games at 11 different stadiums.

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex Kyiv 62 29 21 12 88 52 1.74
Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium Kyiv 20 13 5 2 38 15 2.2
Arena Lviv Lviv 14 11 3 0 33 6 2.57
Metalist Oblast Sports Complex Kharkiv 13 7 2 4 21 9 1.77
Ukraina Stadium Lviv 6 6 0 0 14 5 3
Chornomorets Stadium Odesa 6 4 2 0 7 3 2.33
Donbass Arena Donetsk 5 0 1 4 2 9 0.2
Dnipro-Arena Dnipro 4 3 1 0 5 2 2.5
Shakhtar Stadium Donetsk 2 0 1 1 0 2 0.5
Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhzhia 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Meteor Stadium Dnipro 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Avanhard Stadium Uzhhorod 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Totals 135 74 37 24 212 108 1.92
Last updated: 11 November 2021. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Kits and sponsors

Kit history and evolution

On 29 March 2010, Ukraine debuted a new Adidas kit.[19] This replaced the Adidas kit with a yellow base and the traditional Adidas three stripe with a snake sash which was used in 2009.[20] Prior to 5 February 2009 Ukraine wore a Lotto kit. In 2009 the official team kit was produced by German company Adidas which has a contract with the Ukrainian team until 31 December 2016. Joma manufactured the kits starting from the year 2017 for the match against Croatia on 24 March 2017.[21]

Former crest.
Former crest.

Sponsors

Marketing for the Football Federation of Ukraine is conducted by the Ukraine Football International (UFI).

Former title and general sponsors included Ukrtelecom, Kyivstar,[25] Nordex (Austria),[26][27] and Geoton.

Results and fixtures

Main article: Ukraine national football team results (2020–29)

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2021

23 May Friendly Ukraine  1–1  Bahrain Kharkiv, Ukraine
Tsyhankov 90+1' Report Dhiya Saeed 75' (pen.) Stadium: Metalist Stadium
Attendance: 19 000
Referee: Pavel Orel (Czech Republic)
3 June[b] Friendly Ukraine  1–0  Northern Ireland Dnipro, Ukraine
Zubkov 10' Report Stadium: Dnipro-Arena
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
7 June[c] Friendly Ukraine  4–0  Cyprus Kharkiv, Ukraine
Report Stadium: Metalist Stadium
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (Latvia)
13 June UEFA Euro 2020 Netherlands  3–2  Ukraine Amsterdam, Netherlands
21:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 15,837
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
17 June UEFA Euro 2020 Ukraine  2–1  North Macedonia Bucharest, Romania
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 10,001
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
21 June UEFA Euro 2020 Ukraine  0–1  Austria Bucharest, Romania
19:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 10,472
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
29 June UEFA Euro 2020 R16 Sweden  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Ukraine Glasgow, Scotland
20:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 9,221
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
3 July UEFA Euro 2020 QF Ukraine  0–4  England Rome, Italy
21:00 CEST Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 11,880
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
1 September 2022 World Cup qualification Kazakhstan  2–2  Ukraine Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
16:00 (20:00 UTC+6) Valiullin 74', 90+6' Report
Stadium: Astana Arena
Attendance: 6,274
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
4 September 2022 World Cup qualification Ukraine  1–1  France Kyiv, Ukraine
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskiy
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
8 September Friendly Czech Republic  1–1  Ukraine Plzeň, Czech Republic
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Doosan Arena
Attendance: 5,231
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
9 October 2022 World Cup qualification Finland  1–2  Ukraine Helsinki, Finland
18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
12 October 2022 World Cup qualification Ukraine  1–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Lviv, Ukraine
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report Stadium: Arena Lviv
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
11 November Friendly Ukraine  1–1  Bulgaria Odesa, Ukraine
18:30 (19:30 UTC+3) Stepanenko 79' Report Kirilov 35' Stadium: Chornomorets Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Arda Kardesler (Turkey)
16 November 2022 World Cup qualification Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–2  Ukraine Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

2022

11 May Global Tour for Peace Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany 1–2  Ukraine Mönchengladbach, Germany
Noß 13' Report Stadium: Borussia-Park
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Denys Shurman (Ukraine; first half)
Daniel Siebert (Germany; second half)
17 May Global Tour for Peace Empoli Italy 1–3  Ukraine Empoli, Italy
20:30 La Mantia 45' Report Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani
Referee: Manuel Volpi (Italy)
18 May Global Tour for Peace Rijeka Croatia 1–1  Ukraine Rijeka, Croatia
Drmić 36' Report Harmash 23' Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
23 May Friendly Ukraine  v TBC Slovenia
26 May Friendly Ukraine  v  DR Congo Slovenia
1 June[d] 2022 World Cup qualification Scotland  v  Ukraine Glasgow, Scotland
Report Stadium: Hampden Park
8 June 2022–23 Nations League Republic of Ireland  v  Ukraine Dublin, Republic of Ireland
21:45 Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
11 June 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  v  Armenia Poland[28]
21:45 Report
14 June 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  v  Republic of Ireland Poland[28]
21:45 Report
21 September 2022–23 Nations League Scotland  v  Ukraine Glasgow, Scotland
21:45 Report Stadium: Hampden Park[29]
24 September 2022–23 Nations League Armenia  v  Ukraine Armenia
19:00 Report
27 September 2022–23 Nations League Ukraine  v  Scotland TBD[28]
21:45 Report

Coaching staff

Currently approved:[30]

Position Name
Head coach Ukraine Oleksandr Petrakov
Assistant coaches
Ukraine Andriy Annenkov
Ukraine Oleksandr Shovkovskyi
Goalkeeping coach Ukraine Vyacheslav Kernozenko
Fitness coaches
Ukraine Ivan Bashtovyi
Ukraine Vyacheslav Ruzhentsev

Coaching history

As of 16 November 2021[31][32]
No. Manager Nation Ukraine career G W D L GF GA GD Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
1 Viktor Prokopenko Ukraine 1992 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 000.00
C Mykola Pavlov Ukraine 1992 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
2 Oleh Bazylevych Ukraine 1993–1994 11 4 3 4 13 14 −1 036.36 1996
C Mykola Pavlov Ukraine 1994 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 000.00
3 Yozhef Sabo Ukraine 1994 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 050.00 1996
4 Anatoliy Konkov Ukraine 1995 7 3 0 4 8 13 −5 042.86 1996
5 Yozhef Sabo Ukraine 1996–1999 32 15 11 6 44 26 +18 046.88 1998, 2000
6 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Ukraine 2000–2001 18 6 7 5 20 20 +0 033.33 2002
7 Leonid Buryak Ukraine 2002–2003 19 5 6 8 18 23 −5 026.32 2004
8 Oleg Blokhin Ukraine 2003–2007 46 21 14 11 65 40 +25 045.65 2006, 2008 2006
9 Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko Ukraine 2008–2009 21 12 5 4 31 16 +15 057.14 2010
10 Myron Markevych[33] Ukraine 2010 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6 075.00
C Yuriy Kalytvyntsev[34] Ukraine 2010–2011 8 1 5 2 10 13 −3 012.50
11 Oleg Blokhin[35] Ukraine 2011–2012 18 7 3 8 27 28 −1 038.89 2014 2012
C Andriy Bal[36] Ukraine 2012 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 000.00 2014
C Oleksandr Zavarov Ukraine 2012 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
12 Mykhaylo Fomenko[37] Ukraine 2012–2016 37 24 6 7 67 22 +45 064.86 2014, 2016 2016
13 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine 2016–2021 51 25 13 13 71 61 +10 049.02 2018, 2020, 2022 2020
14 Oleksandr Petrakov Ukraine 2021–[e] 7 2 5 0 10 7 +3 028.57 2022

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the training camp in May 2022 in Slovenia.[38]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021, after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.[39][40][41][42]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Andriy Pyatov (captain) (1984-06-28) 28 June 1984 (age 37) 101 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
1 1GK Heorhiy Bushchan (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 27) 13 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
23 1GK Andriy Lunin (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 23) 6 0 Spain Real Madrid
24 1GK Dmytro Riznyk (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava

22 2DF Mykola Matviyenko (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 26) 47 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21 2DF Oleksandr Karavayev (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 29) 40 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2 2DF Eduard Sobol (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 27) 27 0 Belgium Club Brugge
16 2DF Vitaliy Mykolenko (1999-05-29) 29 May 1999 (age 22) 21 0 England Everton
13 2DF Illya Zabarnyi (2002-09-01) 1 September 2002 (age 19) 18 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
25 2DF Valeriy Bondar (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
4 2DF Denys Popov (1999-02-17) 17 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3 2DF Taras Kacharaba (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
18 2DF Oleksandr Syrota (2000-06-11) 11 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv

7 3MF Andriy Yarmolenko (vice-captain) (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 32) 106 44 England West Ham United
6 3MF Taras Stepanenko (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 32) 69 4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
17 3MF Oleksandr Zinchenko (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 (age 25) 48 8 England Manchester City
5 3MF Serhiy Sydorchuk (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 31) 47 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
8 3MF Ruslan Malinovskyi (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 29) 45 6 Italy Atalanta
15 3MF Viktor Tsyhankov (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 24) 35 6 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
10 3MF Mykola Shaparenko (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 23) 23 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
11 3MF Oleksandr Zubkov (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 25) 18 1 Hungary Ferencváros
20 3MF Oleksandr Pikhalyonok (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Ukraine Dnipro-1
14 3MF Mykhaylo Mudryk (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

9 4FW Roman Yaremchuk (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 26) 36 12 Portugal Benfica
19 4FW Artem Dovbyk (1997-06-21) 21 June 1997 (age 24) 6 2 Ukraine Dnipro-1
26 4FW Danylo Sikan (2001-04-16) 16 April 2001 (age 21) 4 1 Germany Hansa Rostock

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Anatoliy Trubin (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 U21
GK Denys Boyko (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 34) 7 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 WD

DF Yukhym Konoplya (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD
DF Serhiy Kryvtsov (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 31) 30 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
DF Viktor Korniyenko (1999-02-14) 14 February 1999 (age 23) 2 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
DF Oleksandr Tymchyk (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 25) 10 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 November 2021
DF Artem Shabanov (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 30) 2 0 Hungary Fehérvár v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 October 2021
DF Bohdan Mykhaylichenko (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 RES

MF Vitaliy Buyalskyi (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 29) 9 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD
MF Serhiy Buletsa (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
MF Oleksiy Hutsulyak (1997-12-25) 25 December 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Ukraine Dnipro-1 Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 INJ
MF Viktor Kovalenko (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 26) 33 0 Italy Spezia v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 November 2021
MF Ihor Kharatin (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 27) 4 0 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Bulgaria, 11 November 2021 RES
MF Vladyslav Kocherhin (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Poland Raków Częstochowa v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 RES
MF Vladyslav Kalitvintsev (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 29) 0 0 Ukraine Oleksandriya v.  Finland, 9 October 2021 RES
MF Yevhenii Makarenko (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 31) 15 0 Hungary Fehérvár v.  Czech Republic, 8 September 2021
MF Yevhen Konoplyanka (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 32) 86 21 Poland Cracovia v.  Kazakhstan, 1 September 2021 RES
MF Marlos (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988 (age 33) 27 1 Brazil Athletico Paranaense v.  England, 3 July 2021 RET
MF Roman Bezus (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 31) 24 5 Belgium Gent v.  England, 3 July 2021
MF Heorhiy Sudakov (2002-09-01) 1 September 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk v.  England, 3 July 2021
MF Bohdan Lyednyev (1998-04-07) 7 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Hungary Fehérvár v.  Northern Ireland, 3 June 2021
MF Artem Bondarenko (2000-08-21) 21 August 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Volodymyr Shepelyev (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 24) 7 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Bahrain, 23 May 2021 INJ
MF Oleksandr Andriyevskyi (1994-06-25) 25 June 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Bahrain, 23 May 2021 INJ

FW Denys Harmash (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 32) 31 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD
FW Artem Besedin (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 (age 26) 18 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Global Tour for Peace, 11–18 May 2022 WD

Notes
  • U21 = Was called up from national U21 squad.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • RES = Reserves squad – replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad/standby.

Previous squads

Player records

Main article: List of Ukraine international footballers

As of 16 November 2021[39][43][41][42]
Players in bold are still active with Ukraine.

Most capped players

Andriy Shevchenko is Ukraine's top scorer with 48 goals.
Andriy Shevchenko is Ukraine's top scorer with 48 goals.
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk[a] 144 4 2000–2016
2 Andriy Shevchenko 111 48 1995–2012
3 Andriy Yarmolenko 106 44 2009–present
4 Andriy Pyatov 101 0 2007–present
5 Ruslan Rotan 100 8 2003–2018
6 Oleh Husyev 98 13 2003–2016
7 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 92 0 1994–2012
8 Yevhen Konoplyanka 86 21 2010–present
9 Serhiy Rebrov 75 15 1992–2006
10 Andriy Voronin 74 8 2002–2012

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Andriy Shevchenko 48 111 0.43 1995–2012
2 Andriy Yarmolenko 44 106 0.42 2009–present
3 Yevhen Konoplyanka 21 86 0.24 2010–present
4 Serhiy Rebrov 15 75 0.2 1992–2006
5 Oleh Husyev 13 98 0.13 2003–2016
6 Roman Yaremchuk 12 36 0.33 2018–present
Serhiy Nazarenko 12 56 0.21 2003–2012
8 Yevhen Seleznyov 11 58 0.19 2008–2018
9 Andriy Vorobey 9 68 0.13 2000–2008
Andriy Husin 9 71 0.13 1993–2006

Most capped goalkeepers

As of 16 November 2021

Rank Player Games Wins GA Av GA Period
1 Andriy Pyatov 101 50 83 0.822 2007–present
2 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 92 38 80 0.87 1994–2012
3 Heorhiy Bushchan 13 4 22 1.692 2020–present
4 Oleh Suslov 12 7 15 1.25 1994–1997
5 Vitaliy Reva 9 3 10 1.111 2001–2003
6 Andriy Dykan 8 5 11 1.375 2010–2012
Maksym Levytskyi 8 1 10 1.25 2000–2002
8 Denys Boyko 7 3 7 1 2014–present
Dmytro Tyapushkin 7 1 11 1.571 1994–1995
10 Valeriy Vorobyov 6 3 2 0.333 1994–1999
Andriy Lunin 6 2 6 1 2018–present

Captains

See also: List of Ukraine national football team captains

As of 16 November 2021[44]

Rank Player Captain Caps Total Caps Period
1 Andriy Shevchenko 58 111 1995–2012
2 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk[a] 41 144 2000–2016
3 Oleh Luzhnyi 39 52 1992–2003
4 Ruslan Rotan 24 100 2003–2018
5 Andriy Pyatov 23 101 2007–present
6 Andriy Yarmolenko 17 106 2009–present
7 Yuriy Kalitvintsev 13 22 1995–1999
Oleksandr Holovko 13 58 1995–2004
9 Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 12 92 1994–2012
10 Oleksandr Kucher 8 57 2006–2017

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Ukraine at the FIFA World Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 as Part of  Soviet Union 1930 to 1990 as Part of  Soviet Union
as  Ukraine as  Ukraine
United States 1994 FIFA member from 1992. Not admitted to the tournament.[f] FIFA member from 1992. Not admitted to the tournament.[f]
France 1998 Did not qualify
12 6 3 3 11 9 1998
South Korea Japan 2002 12 4 6 2 15 13 2002
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 5 7 12 7 4 1 18 7 2006
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 12 6 4 2 21 7 2010
Brazil 2014 12 7 3 2 30 7 2014
Russia 2018 10 5 2 3 13 9 2018
Qatar 2022 To be determined 8 2 6 0 11 8 2022
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined 2026
Total Quarter-finals 1/8 5 2 1 2 5 7 78 37 28 13 119 60
* Denotes draws include knock-out matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship

Main article: Ukraine at the UEFA European Championship

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1960 to 1992 as Part of  Soviet Union and  CIS 1960 to 1992 as Part of  Soviet Union and  CIS
as  Ukraine as  Ukraine
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 11 15 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000 12 5 6 1 16 7 2000
Portugal 2004 8 2 4 2 11 10 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 5 2 5 18 16 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Qualified as host nation
France 2016 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 0 5 12 7 2 3 17 5 2016
European Union 2020 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 0 3 6 10 8 6 2 0 17 4 2020
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 3/8 11 3 0 8 8 19 62 29 17 16 90 57

Qualifying campaigns

FIFA World Cup UEFA European Championship
1994 – Qualifying spot not granted by FIFA 1996 – 4th in Qualifying group 4
1998 – 2nd in Qualifying group 9, lost to Croatia in play-off 2000 – 2nd in Qualifying group 4, lost to Slovenia in play-off
2002 – 2nd in Qualifying group 5, lost to Germany in play-off 2004 – 3rd in Qualifying group 6
2006 – Qualified for the tournament (1st in Qualifying group 2) 2008 – 4th in Qualifying group B
2010 – 2nd in Qualifying group 6, lost to Greece in play-off 2012 – Qualified for the tournament (as a host nation)
2014 – 2nd in Qualifying group H, lost to France in play-off 2016 – Qualified for the tournament (3rd in Qualifying group C, won over Slovenia in play-off)
2018 – 3rd in Qualifying group I 2020 – Qualified for the tournament (Winner in Qualifying group B)

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 B 1 4 3 0 1 5 5 Rise 14th
Italy 2020–21 A 4 6 2 0 4 5 13 Decrease 13th
2022–23 B To be determined
Total 10 5 0 5 10 18 13th

Head-to-head record

World Map of Ukraine's opponents
World Map of Ukraine's opponents

The following table shows Ukraine's all-time international record, correct as of 16 November 2021.[46][47][48]

Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)
Against Confederation Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Albania UEFA 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9
 Andorra UEFA 4 4 0 0 17 0 +17
 Armenia UEFA 8 5 3 0 17 8 +9
 Austria UEFA 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
 Azerbaijan UEFA 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6
 Bahrain AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Belarus UEFA 9 5 3 1 12 5 +7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Bulgaria UEFA 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5
 Cameroon CAF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Canada CONCACAF 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Chile CONMEBOL 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Costa Rica CONCACAF 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 Croatia UEFA 9 1 3 5 5 15 −10
 Cyprus UEFA 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4
 Czech Republic UEFA 5 2 2 1 4 6 −2
 Denmark UEFA 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 England UEFA 8 1 2 5 3 13 −10
 Estonia UEFA 5 5 0 0 11 0 +11
 Faroe Islands UEFA 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Finland UEFA 4 3 1 0 6 3 +3
 France UEFA 12 1 5 6 8 23 −15
 Georgia UEFA 9 6 3 0 16 6 +10
 Germany UEFA 8 0 3 5 7 17 −10
 Greece UEFA 6 2 2 2 4 3 +1
 Hungary UEFA 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
 Iceland UEFA 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
 Iran AFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Israel UEFA 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2
 Italy UEFA 8 0 2 6 3 15 −12
 Japan AFC 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
 Kazakhstan UEFA 6 4 2 0 12 6 +6
 Kosovo UEFA 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
 Latvia UEFA 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 Libya CAF 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3
 Lithuania UEFA 10 7 1 2 20 8 +12
 Luxembourg UEFA 5 5 0 0 12 1 +11
 Malta UEFA 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Mexico CONCACAF 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Moldova UEFA 5 3 2 0 6 3 +3
 Montenegro UEFA 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3
 Morocco CAF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Netherlands UEFA 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4
 Niger CAF 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Nigeria CAF 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Northern Ireland UEFA 6 3 2 1 4 3 +1
 North Macedonia UEFA 5 3 1 1 5 2 +3
 Norway UEFA 5 4 1 0 5 0 +5
 Poland UEFA 9 3 2 4 9 11 -2
 Portugal UEFA 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
 Romania UEFA 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4
 Russia UEFA 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 San Marino UEFA 2 2 0 0 17 0 +17
 Saudi Arabia AFC 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4
 Scotland UEFA 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Serbia UEFA 7 6 1 0 16 3 +13
 Slovakia UEFA 8 3 3 2 9 10 –1
 Slovenia UEFA 6 1 3 2 7 7 0
 South Korea AFC 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3
 Spain UEFA 7 1 1 5 4 14 −10
 Sweden UEFA 4 3 1 1 6 4 +2
  Switzerland UEFA 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Tunisia CAF 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Turkey UEFA 9 2 3 4 9 11 −2
 United Arab Emirates AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 United States CONCACAF 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 Uzbekistan AFC 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 Wales UEFA 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1
Total 5/6 288 132 82 76 399 243 +156

FIFA Ranking history

As of 25 March 2021[49][50]
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
90 77 71 59 49 47 27 34 45 45 60 57 40 13 30
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 2021
15 22 34 55 47 18 25 29 30 35 28 24 24 24 25

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d On 11 March 2022, UAF annulled Tymoshchuk's caps and goals for the national team due to his refusal to speak out against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1]
  2. ^ The Ukraine v Northern Ireland match, originally scheduled for 2 June 2020, at the NSK Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv was postponed due to the coronavirus. The match was later rescheduled to 3 June 2021.
  3. ^ The Ukraine v Cyprus match, originally scheduled for 26 May 2020, at the Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv was postponed due to the coronavirus. The match was later rescheduled to 7 June 2021.
  4. ^ The Ukraine v Scotland match, originally scheduled for 24 March 2022, was postponed due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[18]
  5. ^ Oleksandr Petrakov took over as caretaker for seven games, until he was formally appointed full-time on 17 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b FIFA adopted a decision not to allow to participate in the 1994 FIFA World Cup the national teams of those former Soviet republics that did not participate in the qualification draw on 8 December 1991.[8] A proposition of Ukraine to arrange a separate tournament for all successors of the Soviet Union and supported by Georgia and Armenia was blocked by Russia.[45]

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