Ukraine national football team
The Ukraine national football team is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine.
Manager: Mykhaylo Fomenko
Captain: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
Association: Football Federation of Ukraine
Arena/Stadium: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
Head coach: Mykhaylo Fomenko
Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union in the past and had to wait until their role as UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts for their first finals as an independent nation.
Ukraine manager Mykhaylo Fomenko’s 23-man squad for the European Championships:
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar), Denys Boyko (Besiktas), Mykyta Shevchenko (Shakhtar).
Defenders: Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Bohdan Butko (Shakhtar), Artem Fedetskyi (Dnipro), Oleksandr Karavaev (Shakhtar), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar), Yaroslav Rakytskiy (Shakhtar), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar).
Midfielders: Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar), Anatoliy Tumoschuk (Kairat), Oleksandr Zinchenko (UFA).
Forwards: Roman Zozulya (Dnipro), Pylyp Budkivskyi (Shakhtar), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar).
Best result: group stage 2012
Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko
Leading scorers: all-time – Andriy Shevchenko (48); current – Andriy Yarmolenko (22)
Most appearances: all-time – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (141); current – Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (141)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: Synyo-Zhovti (Blue and yellows)
Where they play: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
Ukraine national football team jersey
Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union team that won the inaugural UEFA European Championship in 1960 and finished runners-up three times: losing to Spain (1964), West Germany (1972) and the Netherlands (1988). Ukraine had never qualified as an independent nation until now, but came within 12 minutes of reaching UEFA EURO 2000. Denied an automatic spot after a last-day draw in Russia, they were heading through on away goals in the play-offs before Miran Pavlin gave Slovenia a 3-2 aggregate win.
They had to wait until 2012 for their first appearance, participating as co-hosts with Poland. Blokhin’s side enjoyed a dream finals debut, Shevchenko rolling back the years and raising the roof of Kyiv’s NSK Olimpiyskyi with two predatory headers as Ukraine came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1. It was as good as it got as they went down 2-0 against France and 1-0 to England to bow out.