Belarus national football team
Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусі па футболе, Natsyyanalnaya zbornaya Bielarusi pa futbolie) represents Belarus in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. From March 2017 till June 2019 the team was coached by Igor Kriushenko.
|Nickname(s)||White Wings (Belarusian: Белыя крылы, Belyya kryly)|
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk|
|Current||82 1 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest||142 (March 1994)|
|Current||81 5 (16 June 2019)|
|Highest||47 (17 November 2010)|
Lithuania 1–1 Belarus
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 20 July 1992)
Belarus 1–1 Ukraine
(Minsk, Belarus; 28 October 1992)
| Belarus 5–0 Lithuania |
(Minsk, Belarus; 7 June 1998)
Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan
(Borisov, Belarus; 4 September 2014)
Belarus 5–0 San Marino
(Minsk, Belarus; 8 September 2018)
| Austria 5–0 Belarus |
(Innsbruck, Austria; 11 June 2003)
After the split of the Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on 20 July 1992. Before that, several Belarusian players played for the Soviet Union national team. The first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on 28 October 1992, and their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on 12 October 1994.
Belarus have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup, or the UEFA European Championship. Despite the lack of any significant success during the 1990s, some notable results were still achieved, like a home win against the Netherlands in the qualifiers for Euro 1996, and two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualifiers.
Under coach Eduard Malofeyev, the team came very close to playing Germany in a play-off round to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but were defeated by Wales in the last group stage match, missing the chance to overtake Ukraine, who drew their last game, finishing the group second behind Poland.
Their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign was very unsuccessful as Belarus lost seven of their eight games. Around the same time, a generational change occurred and a number of players from the U-21 team (which qualified for the 2004 European U-21 Championship) joined the senior national team. With each subsequent head coach (Anatoly Baidachny, Yuri Puntus and Bernd Stange) the team improved their attacking skills. As a result, in each subsequent qualifying tournament starting with the 2006 World Cup, Belarus scored more goals (total and average per game) than in previous campaigns. However, problems in defense and a lot of missed goals prevented them from finishing higher than fourth in the group. Some notable results during this period, included a high-scoring 3–4 away loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers (the first time Italy conceded 3 goals in a home qualifying game since 1983), another home victory against the Netherlands during the Euro 2008 qualifiers as well as an away win and a home draw against France in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Belarusians achieved some success in minor tournaments. In 2002, the team defeated Russia and Ukraine to win the LG Cup. In 2004 and 2008, they won the 12th and 14th editions of the Malta International Tournament respectively. The first with its Olympic Squad, and the later with the first team (many starters were only available for the last game against Malta).
Occasionally other venues are also used: Molodechno City Stadium in May 1996 (friendly against Azerbaijan), Vitebsky Central Sport Complex in Vitebsk in November 2005 (friendly against Latvia), Central Stadium in Gomel in October 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifying match against Luxembourg), Neman Stadium in Grodno June 2009 (2010 World Cup qualifier against Andorra), Borisov City Stadium just a few days later (friendly against Moldova) and Regional Sport Complex Brestskiy in Brest in October 2009 (another 2010 World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan).
In late 2012 Dinamo Stadium was closed for renovation and the team started alternating between different home venues: Central Stadium in Gomel (2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France), Borisov City Stadium (friendly against Kyrgyzstan) and Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino (friendlies against Montenegro and Japan).
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Belarus played home games in all white, occasionally changing shorts to green. All green uniform or green jerseys/white shorts were used as away kits. Since qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2004 Belarus changed their primary colors to red jerseys and green shorts, and away kits to all white. In 2011 home colors were changed to all red. All-White became the home colour a short time later and now appears with the pattern on the Belarus flag, with the away kit being in Black in 2016, also using an adidas template and placing the flag pattern on it.
In August 2016, the Football Association announced that the team's nickname would be the "White Wings". The name was influenced by the book The Land Beneath White Wings (1977) by famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkevich. The BFF's new marketing and communications director, Uladzimir Berezhkov, said: "We are looking at various ways of establishing links with our literary heritage and cultural traditions", commenting that "If the Belarusian people opt to associate the team with Karatkevich, almost every phrase in the book can be used as a hashtag!"
UEFA European Championship recordEdit
|Finals record||Qualification record|
|1960–1992||Part of Soviet Union|
|1996||Did Not Qualify||4||10||3||2||5||8||13||−5|
|2020||To Be Determined|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualificationEdit
|1||Northern Ireland||4||4||0||0||7||2||+5||12||Qualify for final tournament||—||9 Sep||16 Nov||2–1||2–0|
|2||Germany||3||3||0||0||13||2||+11||9||19 Nov||—||6 Sep||16 Nov||8–0|
|3||Netherlands (X)||2||1||0||1||6||3||+3||3||10 Oct||2–3||—||4–0||19 Nov|
|4||Belarus (X)||4||0||0||4||1||9||−8||0||0–1||0–2||13 Oct||—||10 Oct|
|5||Estonia||3||0||0||3||1||12||−11||0||1–2||13 Oct||9 Sep||6 Sep||—|
UEFA Nations League recordEdit
2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|1||Belarus||6||4||2||0||10||0||+10||14||Promotion to League C||—||1–0||0–0||5–0|
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|Finals record||Qualification record|
|1930–1990||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||6||10||1||1||8||5||21||−16|
|2022||To be determined|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
|1||France||10||7||2||1||18||6||+12||23||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||2–1||4–0||4–1||0–0||2–1|
|2||Sweden||10||6||1||3||26||9||+17||19||Advance to second round||2–1||—||1–1||3–0||8–0||4–0|
Fixtures and resultsEdit
Drahun 26', 87'
Saroka 67' (pen.)
|Report||Drahun 37', 54'|
|Depay 1', 55' (pen.)
Van Dijk 86'
|J. Evans 30'
Record versus different opponentsEdit
As of 11 June 2019
|World Cup Qualifying||58||13||12||33||61–97|
|UEFA Nations League||6||4||2||0||10–0|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||0||1||3–3|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0–3|
|Republic of Ireland||1||1||0||0||2–1|
The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Germany and Northern Ireland on 8 and 11 June 2019.
Caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2019, after the game against Northern Ireland.
The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Denis Scherbitskiy||14 April 1996||1||0||BATE Borisov||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 INJ|
|GK||Andrey Harbunow||29 May 1983||19||0||Dinamo Minsk||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|GK||Anton Chichkan||10 July 1995||0||0||BATE Borisov||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|GK||Syarhey Chernik||20 July 1988||18||0||Nancy||v. San Marino, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Mikhail Sivakow||16 January 1988||25||1||Orenburg||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 PRE|
|DF||Syarhey Matsveychyk||5 June 1988||11||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 PRE|
|DF||Syarhey Palitsevich||9 April 1990||28||1||Kairat||v. Netherlands, 21 March 2019 PRE|
|DF||Aleksandr Pavlovets||13 August 1996||4||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Netherlands, 21 March 2019 PRE|
|DF||Ihar Burko||8 September 1988||5||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Moldova, 15 October 2018|
|MF||Syarhey Balanovich||29 August 1987||33||2||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 PRE|
|MF||Pavel Savitski||12 July 1994||18||4||Dinamo Brest||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 PRE|
|MF||Alexander Hleb||1 May 1981||80||6||BATE Borisov||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Anton Putsila||23 June 1987||56||6||Altay||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Alexei Rios||14 May 1987||10||1||BATE Borisov||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Yury Kendysh||10 June 1990||8||0||Sheriff Tiraspol||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Dzmitry Baha||4 January 1990||2||0||BATE Borisov||v. Netherlands, 21 March 2019 PRE|
|MF||Renan Bressan||3 November 1988||28||3||Chaves||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Alyaksandr Karnitsky||14 February 1989||6||0||Sepsi||v. San Marino, 8 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Alyaksandr Makas||8 October 1991||1||0||Isloch Minsk Raion||v. Germany, 8 June 2019 PRE|
|FW||Anton Saroka||5 March 1992||15||7||BATE Borisov||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
|FW||Mikalay Signevich||20 February 1992||15||1||Ferencváros||v. Northern Ireland, 24 March 2019|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
- RET Retired from national team
Belarus B national team has been assembled a number of times throughout the history to participate in occasional minor friendly matches and tournaments. The team typically consists of domestic league players who are considered a potential backup for the main senior team. The team was most recently assembled for participation in 2017 King's Cup in Thailand on 14–16 July 2017.
As of 11 June 2019
Most capped playersEdit
Currently active players are listed in bold
Currently active players are listed in bold.
|Mikhail Vergeyenko||1992–1994, 1997–1999||24||2||6||16||22–40|
|Sergei Borovsky||1994–1996, 1999–2000||26||4||9||13||21–43|
|Valery Streltsov (caretaker)||2002||1||0||0||1||0–3|
|Andrei Zygmantovich (caretaker)||2014||2||1||0||1||3–5|
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