Belarus national football team
The Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусі па футболе / Nacyjanalnaja zbornaja Biełarusi pa futbole) represents Belarus in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Borisov Arena in Borisov. Since independence in 1991, Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship.
|Nickname(s)||Белыя крылы / Bielyia kryly|
(The White Wings)
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Head coach||Mikhail Markhel|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk|
|Current||87 (11 June 2020)|
|Highest||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest||142 (March 1994)|
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 missed scoring opportunities 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.
Belarus 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).
During UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Belarus once again finished fourth in their group. However, with Belarus managed to top their group in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D, Belarus qualified to the country's first ever play-offs, and is scheduled against Georgia.
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).
From 2014 until 2017 as well as in 2019 (UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying against Germany and Northern Ireland), Belarus played at Borisov Arena. In 2018, they returned to Dinamo Stadium, which was re-opened after major renovation.
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 Federation announced that the national 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!"
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of the Soviet Union||Part of the Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||6th||10||1||1||8||5||21|
|2022||To be determined||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|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of the Soviet Union||Part of the Soviet Union|
|1996||Did not qualify||4th||10||3||2||5||8||13|
|2020||To be determined||4th||8||1||1||6||4||16|
|2024||To be determined|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualificationEdit
|1||Germany||8||7||0||1||30||7||+23||21||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–4||6–1||4–0||8–0|
|8 October 2020|
|12 November 2020|
|Winners semi-final 1/2|
|8 October 2020|
|Winners semi-final 1/2|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||C||To be determined|
Recent results and upcoming fixturesEdit
|6 September 2019 Euro 2020 qual.||Estonia||1–2||Belarus||Tallinn, Estonia|
||Report||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena|
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
|9 September 2019 Friendly||Wales||1–0||Belarus||Cardiff, Wales|
||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium|
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|10 October 2019 Euro 2020 qual.||Belarus||0–0||Estonia||Minsk, Belarus|
|18:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Dinamo Stadium|
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
|13 October 2019 Euro 2020 qual.||Belarus||1–2||Netherlands||Minsk, Belarus|
||Stadium: Dinamo Stadium|
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|16 November 2019 Euro 2020 qual.||Germany||4–0||Belarus||Mönchengladbach, Germany|
|20:45 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Borussia-Park|
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|19 November 2019 Friendly||Montenegro||2–0||Belarus||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|18:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
|23 February 2020 Friendly||Uzbekistan||0–1||Belarus||Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates|
||Stadium: Al Hamriya Sports Club Stadium|
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (UAE)
|26 February 2020 Friendly||Bulgaria||0–1||Belarus||Sofia, Bulgaria|
||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
|7 September 2020 2020–21 UNL||Kazakhstan||v||Belarus||Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan|
|20:00 UTC+6||Stadium: Astana Arena|
|8 October 2020 Euro 2020 play-off SF||Georgia||v||Belarus||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|20:45 UTC+1||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
Record versus different opponentsEdit
As of 26 February 2020
|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 named for the preliminarly squad for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs semifinal match against Georgia on 26 March 2020 and possible final match on 31 March 2020, before the play-offs were postponed to October/November 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Caps and goals are correct as of 26 February 2020, after the game against Bulgaria.
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||Maksim Plotnikov||29 January 1998||1||0||Dinamo Minsk||v. Uzbekistan, 23 February 2020 INJ|
|GK||Syarhey Chernik||20 July 1988||19||0||Irtysh Pavlodar||v. Montenegro, 19 November 2019|
|GK||Andrey Klimovich||27 August 1988||2||0||Orenburg||v. Wales, 9 September 2019|
|DF||Kiryl Pyachenin||18 March 1997||2||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|DF||Aleksandr Poznyak||23 July 1994||1||0||Gorodeya||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|DF||Nikita Stepanov||6 April 1996||1||0||Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|DF||Roman Vegerya||14 July 2000||1||0||Neman Grodno||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|DF||Zakhar Volkov||12 August 1997||1||0||BATE Borisov||v. Uzbekistan, 23 February 2020 PRE|
|DF||Aleh Veratsila||10 July 1988||20||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Montenegro, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Alyaksandr Sachywka||5 January 1986||5||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Montenegro, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Dmitriy Bessmertny||3 January 1997||2||0||BATE Borisov||v. Montenegro, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Syarhey Volkaw||27 January 1999||1||0||Vitebsk||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|MF||Roman Yuzepchuk||24 July 1997||1||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|MF||Alyaksandr Karnitsky||14 February 1989||6||0||Mezőkövesd||v. Estonia, 10 October 2019 PRE|
|MF||Syarhey Balanovich||29 August 1987||33||2||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Estonia, 6 September 2019 PRE|
|FW||Yevgeniy Shevchenko||6 June 1996||2||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020|
|FW||Vsevolod Sadovsky||4 October 1996||0||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Bulgaria, 26 February 2020 INJ|
|FW||Mikalay Signevich||20 February 1992||17||1||Ferencváros||v. Estonia, 10 October 2019 PRE|
- 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 26 February 2020
Most capped playersEdit
Currently active players are listed in bold
Currently active players are listed in bold.
As of 26 February 2020
|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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- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- "Lithuania v Belarus". eu.football. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
- "Archived copy" Владимир Бережков: "3 сентября приглашаем всех на открытую тренировку сборной". abff.by (in Russian). 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 1 November 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "UEFA Direct – August/September 2016" (pdf). 3 August 2016.
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