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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 Borisov Arena in Borisov. Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. Since March 2017 the team is coached by Igor Kriushenko.

Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)White Wings (Belarusian: Белыя крылы, Belyya kryly)
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIgor Kriushenko
CaptainAlyaksandr Martynovich
Most capsAlyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorerMaksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadiumDinamo Stadium, Minsk
FIFA codeBLR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 76 Increase 2 (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest36 (February 2011)
Lowest142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 72 Increase 10 (11 December 2018)[2]
Highest47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest122 (1997–1998)
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 Belarus 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 20 July 1992)
Official:
 Belarus 1–1 Ukraine 
(Minsk, Belarus; 28 October 1992)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus 
(Innsbruck, Austria; 11 June 2003)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 beat out 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).

Home venueEdit

 
Dinamo Stadium in Minsk is the venue for most Belarus international matches

The team played the majority of its home matches at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.

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 till 2017 Belarus played at Borisov Arena. In 2018 they returned to Dinamo Stadium, which was re-opened after major renovation.

ColorsEdit

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.

NicknameEdit

In August 2016, the Football Association announced that the team's nickname would be the "White Wings".[3] 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!"[4]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
  Umbro 2002–2004
  Puma 2004–2012
  Adidas 2012–2018
  Macron 2018–present

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1960–1992 Part of   Soviet Union
  1996 Did Not Qualify 4 10 3 2 5 8 13 −5
    2000 5 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6
  2004 5 8 1 0 7 4 20 −16
    2008 4 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6
    2012 4 10 3 4 3 8 7 +1
  2016 4 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6
  2020 To Be Determined
  2024
Total 0/15  – 48 11 10 27 41 73 -32

UEFA Euro 2020 qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Netherlands (X) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualify for final tournament 24 Mar 10 Oct 19 Nov 21 Mar
2   Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 Sep 19 Nov 11 Jun 16 Nov
3   Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Nov 9 Sep 21 Mar 24 Mar
4   Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Sep 13 Oct 8 Jun 6 Sep
5   Belarus (X) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Oct 8 Jun 11 Jun 10 Oct
First match(es) will be played on 21 March 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.

UEFA Nations League recordEdit

2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Belarus (P) 6 4 2 0 10 0 +10 14 Promotion to League C 1–0 0–0 5–0
2   Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 11 4 +7 10 0–2 4–0 3–0
3   Moldova 6 2 3 1 4 5 −1 9 0–0 1–1 2–0
4   San Marino 6 0 0 6 0 16 −16 0 0–2 0–3 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted.

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

Finals record Qualification record
Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD
1930–1990 Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6 10 1 1 8 5 21 −16
    2002 3 10 4 3 3 12 11 +1
  2006 5 10 2 4 4 12 14 −2
  2010 4 10 4 1 5 19 14 +5
  2014 5 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9
  2018 6 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15
  2022 To be determined
    2026
Total 0/23  – 58 13 12 33 61 97 -36

2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
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
3   Netherlands 10 6 1 3 21 12 +9 19 0–1 2–0 3–1 5–0 4–1
4   Bulgaria 10 4 1 5 14 19 −5 13 0–1 3–2 2–0 4–3 1–0
5   Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 8 26 −18 6 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–0
6   Belarus 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15 5 0–0 0–4 1–3 2–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Recent resultsEdit


Friendly match

Azerbaijan  0–1  Belarus
Report Medvedev   42' (o.g.)
Attendance: 5,500

Friendly match

Slovenia  0–2  Belarus
Report Skavysh   36'
Saroka   90+4'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

Friendly match

Belarus  1–1  Hungary
Saroka   26' Report Varga   29'
Attendance: 8,450

Friendly match

Finland  2–0  Belarus
Uronen   8'
Yaghoubi   75'
Report
Attendance: 4,520

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  5–0  San Marino
Stasevich   4'
Drahun   26'87'
Saroka   67' (pen.)
Kavalyow   90+1'
Report
Attendance: 13,634

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Moldova  0–0  Belarus
Report
Attendance: 4,942
Referee: Mario Zebec (Croatia)

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  1–0  Luxembourg
Saroka   43' Report
Attendance: 14,122

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Belarus  0–0  Moldova
Report
Attendance: 10,870

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

Luxembourg  0–2  Belarus
Report Drahun   37'54'

2018–19 UEFA Nations League D

San Marino  0–2  Belarus
Report Drahun   8'
Saroka   52'

Upcoming fixturesEdit


UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Netherlands  v  Belarus
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Northern Ireland  v  Belarus
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Belarus  v  Germany
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Belarus  v  Northern Ireland
Report

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Estonia  v  Belarus
Report

Record versus different opponentsEdit

Tournament Pld W D L Goals
World Cup Qualifying 58 13 12 33 61–97
Euro Qualifying 58 14 12 32 49–87
UEFA Nations League 6 4 2 0 10–0
Friendly 105 39 34 32 148–129
Opponent Pld W D L Goals
  Luxembourg 12 6 4 2 13–5
  Ukraine 9 1 3 5 5–12
  Lithuania 8 4 3 1 15–5
  Moldova 8 2 4 2 9–7
  Netherlands 8 2 0 6 5–17
  Armenia 7 3 2 2 9–9
  Norway 7 2 2 3 5–9
  Bulgaria 7 2 0 5 6–12
  Latvia 6 4 1 1 13–7
  Poland 6 2 2 2 10–9
  France 6 1 2 3 6–10
  Albania 5 2 2 1 8–5
  Slovenia 5 2 2 1 8–5
  Israel 5 2 0 3 8–9
  Estonia 5 2 0 3 4–5
  Finland 5 0 3 2 4–7
  Romania 5 0 2 3 4–10
  Sweden 5 0 0 5 2–16
  Andorra 4 3 0 1 11–4
  Turkey 4 1 1 2 7–8
  Scotland 4 1 1 2 2–5
  Wales 4 1 0 3 5–7
  Italy 4 0 2 2 5–9
  Russia 4 0 2 2 4–8
  Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 3–11
  Spain 4 0 0 4 1–10
  Austria 4 0 0 4 0–12
  Kazakhstan 3 2 1 0 10–2
  Malta 3 2 1 0 4–1
  Hungary 3 1 2 0 7–4
  Iran 3 1 2 0 4–3
  Georgia 3 1 1 1 4–3
  Macedonia 3 1 1 1 2–4
  Slovakia 3 1 0 2 2–7
  Montenegro 3 0 2 1 1–2
   Switzerland 3 0 0 3 0–4
  San Marino 2 2 0 0 7–0
  Uzbekistan 2 1 1 0 4–3
  Azerbaijan 2 1 1 0 3–2
  Cyprus 2 1 0 1 3–2
  Canada 2 1 0 1 2–1
  United Arab Emirates 2 1 0 1 3–3
  Greece 2 1 0 1 1–1
  Libya 2 0 2 0 2–2
  Denmark 2 0 1 1 0–1
  Croatia 2 0 0 2 1–4
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 2 0–3
  England 2 0 0 2 1–6
  Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 6–1
  Liechtenstein 1 1 0 0 5–1
  Oman 1 1 0 0 4–0
  Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 3–1
  Iceland 1 1 0 0 2–0
  Mexico 1 1 0 0 3–2
  Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 2–1
  South Korea 1 1 0 0 1–0
  Japan 1 1 0 0 1–0
  New Zealand 1 1 0 0 1–0
  Germany 1 0 1 0 2–2
  Honduras 1 0 1 0 2–2
  Peru 1 0 1 0 1–1
  Ecuador 1 0 1 0 1–1
  Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 1–1
  Argentina 1 0 1 0 0–0
  Gabon 1 0 1 0 0–0
  Jordan 1 0 0 1 0–1
  Egypt 1 0 0 1 0–2
  Tunisia 1 0 0 1 0–3
  Northern Ireland 1 0 0 1 0–3
Total: 227 70 60 97 268–313

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Luxembourg and San Marino on 15 and 18 November 2018.
Caps and goals are correct as of 18 November 2018, after the game against San Marino.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Andrey Harbunow (1983-05-29) 29 May 1983 (age 35) 18 0   Dinamo Minsk
12 1GK Syarhey Chernik (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 (age 30) 18 0   Nancy
1 1GK Denis Scherbitskiy (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 22) 1 0   BATE Borisov

3 2DF Alyaksandr Martynovich (captain) (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 31) 63 2   Krasnodar
4 2DF Igor Shitov (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 32) 62 1   Dinamo Minsk
5 2DF Dzyanis Palyakow (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 27) 33 1   BATE Borisov
19 2DF Maksim Valadzko (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 26) 30 2   BATE Borisov
6 2DF Syarhey Palitsevich (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 28) 28 1   Kairat
17 2DF Mikhail Sivakow (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 30) 23 1   Orenburg

10 3MF Alexander Hleb (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 37) 79 6   BATE Borisov
15 3MF Syarhey Kislyak (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 31) 69 9   Dinamo Brest
2 3MF Stanislaw Drahun (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 30) 56 10   BATE Borisov
14 3MF Anton Putsila (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 31) 54 6   Ankaragücü
22 3MF Ihar Stasevich (1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 33) 44 4   BATE Borisov
23 3MF Syarhey Balanovich (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 31) 33 2   Shakhtyor Soligorsk
18 3MF Ivan Mayewski (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 30) 25 0   Astana
8 3MF Pavel Savitski (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 24) 16 4   Dinamo Brest
21 3MF Alexei Rios (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 31) 10 1   BATE Borisov
7 3MF Yury Kavalyow (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 25) 9 1   Shakhtyor Soligorsk
9 3MF Dzmitry Baha (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 28) 2 0   BATE Borisov

11 4FW Anton Saroka (1992-03-05) 5 March 1992 (age 26) 14 7   Lokeren
13 4FW Mikalay Signevich (1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 (age 26) 14 1   BATE Borisov
20 4FW Maksim Skavysh (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 29) 12 1   BATE Borisov

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Alyaksandr Hutar (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 29) 10 0   Dinamo Brest v.   Moldova, 15 October 2018
GK Andrey Klimovich (1988-08-27) 27 August 1988 (age 30) 1 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Moldova, 11 September 2018
GK Pavel Pavlyuchenko (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Dinamo Brest v.   Slovenia, 27 March 2018

DF Ihar Burko (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 30) 5 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Moldova, 15 October 2018
DF Syarhey Matsveychyk (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 30) 11 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Moldova, 11 September 2018
DF Aleksandr Pavlovets (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino v.   San Marino, 8 September 2018 PRE
DF Aleh Veratsila (1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 30) 17 0   Dinamo Brest v.   Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Alyaksey Hawrylovich (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Dinamo Minsk v.   Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Maksim Shvyatsow (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Dinamo Minsk v.   Finland, 9 June 2018
DF Zakhar Volkov (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 21) 0 0   BATE Borisov v.   Hungary, 6 June 2018 INJ

MF Nikita Korzun (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 23) 12 0   Dinamo Minsk v.   Luxembourg, 15 November 2018 INJ
MF Pavel Nyakhaychyk (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 30) 29 2   Dinamo Brest v.   Moldova, 15 October 2018
MF Yury Kendysh (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 28) 8 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Moldova, 15 October 2018
MF Renan Bressan (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 30) 28 3   Chaves v.   Moldova, 11 September 2018
MF Alyaksandr Karnitsky (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 29) 6 0   Sepsi v.   San Marino, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Artem Bykov (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 26) 9 0   Dinamo Brest v.   Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Pavel Sedko (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Dinamo Brest v.   Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE

FW Dzyanis Laptsew (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 (age 27) 15 0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk v.   Moldova, 15 October 2018
FW Mikhail Gordeichuk (1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 29) 25 4   BATE Borisov v.   Luxembourg, 12 October 2018 INJ
FW Yevgeniy Shikavka (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Slutsk v.   Moldova, 11 September 2018
FW Gleb Rassadkin (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Neman Grodno v.   Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • RET Retired from national team

B-teamEdit

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 18 November 2018

 
Alyaksandr Kulchy is the most capped player in the history of Belarus
 
Maksim Romaschenko is the top scorer in the history of Belarus with 20 goals

Most capped playersEdit

Currently active players are listed in bold

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Alyaksandr Kulchy 102 5 1996–2012
2 Sergei Gurenko 80 3 1994–2006
3 Alexander Hleb 79 6 2001–
4 Sergei Kornilenko 78 17 2003–2016
5 Timofei Kalachev 76 10 2004–2016
6 Syarhey Amelyanchuk 74 1 2002–2011
7 Syarhey Shtanyuk 71 3 1995–2007
8 Syarhey Kislyak 69 9 2009–
9 Maksim Romaschenko 64 20 1998–2008
10 Alyaksandr Martynovich 63 2 2009–

Sergei Aleinikov has reached combined 81 caps and 6 goals for Soviet Union, CIS and Belarus during 1984–1994.

Top scorersEdit

Currently active players are listed in bold.

Rank Player Goals Caps Years
1 Maksim Romaschenko 20 64 1998–2008
2 Sergei Kornilenko 17 78 2003–2016
3 Vitali Kutuzov 13 52 2002–2011
4 Vyacheslav Hleb 12 45 2004–2011
5 Raman Vasilyuk 10 24 2000–2008
Vitali Rodionov 10 48 2007–2017
Valyantsin Byalkevich 10 56 1992–2005
Stanislaw Drahun 10 56 2011–
Timofei Kalachev 10 76 2004–2016
10 Syarhey Kislyak 9 69 2009–

ManagersEdit

Manager Career Games Managed Wins Draws Loses Goals
  Mikhail Vergeyenko 1992–1994, 1997–1999 24 2 6 16 22–40
  Sergei Borovsky 1994–1996, 1999–2000 26 4 9 13 21–43
  Eduard Malofeyev 2000–2003 22 10 5 7 31–31
  Valery Streltsov (caretaker) 2002 1 0 0 1 0–3
  Anatoly Baidachny 2003–2005 22 10 4 8 34–29
  Yuri Puntus 2006–2007 14 3 4 7 19–26
  Bernd Stange 2007–2011 49 17 14 18 65–54
  Georgi Kondratiev 2011–2014 27 9 8 11 37–35
  Andrei Zygmantovich (caretaker) 2014 2 1 0 1 3–5
  Alyaksandr Khatskevich 2014–2016 18 6 6 6 14–19
  Igor Kriushenko 2017– 21 8 4 9 22–28
Total: 1992–Present 227 68 60 97 268–313

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Владимир Бережков: "3 сентября приглашаем всех на открытую тренировку сборной"". abff.by (in Russian). 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ "UEFA Direct – August/September 2016" (pdf). 3 August 2016.