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.
|Nickname(s)||White Wings (Belarusian: Белыя крылы, Belyya kryly)|
|Association||Football Federation of Belarus|
|Head coach||Igor Kriushenko|
|Most caps||Alyaksandr Kulchy (102)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Romaschenko (20)|
|Home stadium||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk|
|Current||80 2 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||36 (February 2011)|
|Lowest||142 (March 1994)|
|Current||76 1 (29 July 2018)|
|Highest||47 (17 November 2010)|
|Lowest||122 (+?) (1997–1998)|
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 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).
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 2016 qualificationEdit
|1||Spain||10||9||0||1||23||3||+20||27||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–0||1–0||3–0||4–0||5–1|
|3||Ukraine||10||6||1||3||14||4||+10||19||Advance to play-offs||0–1||0–1||—||3–1||3–0||1–0|
UEFA Nations League recordEdit
2018–19 UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|1||Luxembourg||4||3||0||1||10||1||+9||9||Promotion to League C||—||15 Nov||4–0||3–0|
|4||San Marino (Y)||4||0||0||4||0||13||−13||0||0–3||18 Nov||15 Nov||—|
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
|Report||Saroka 58' (pen.)|
|Report||Medvedev 42' (o.g.)|
|Saroka 26'||Report||Varga 29'|
Drahun 26', 87'
Saroka 67' (pen.)
Record versus different opponentsEdit
|World Cup Qualifying||58||13||12||33||61–97|
|UEFA Nations League||4||2||2||0||6–0|
|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 Nations League matches against Luxembourg and Moldova on 12 and 15 October 2018.
Caps and goals are correct as of 15 October 2018, after the game against Moldova.
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||Andrey Klimovich||27 August 1988||1||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|GK||Denis Scherbitskiy||14 April 1996||1||0||BATE Borisov||v. Finland, 9 June 2018|
|GK||Pavel Pavlyuchenko||1 January 1998||1||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Slovenia, 27 March 2018|
|GK||Syarhey Ignatovich||26 June 1992||1||0||Dinamo Minsk||v. Georgia, 13 November 2017|
|DF||Igor Shitov||24 October 1986||60||1||Dinamo Minsk||v. Luxembourg, 12 October 2018 PRE|
|DF||Syarhey Matsveychyk||5 June 1988||11||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Aleksandr Pavlovets||13 August 1996||4||0||Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino||v. San Marino, 8 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Aleh Veratsila||10 July 1988||17||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Finland, 9 June 2018|
|DF||Alyaksey Hawrylovich||5 January 1990||3||0||Dinamo Minsk||v. Finland, 9 June 2018|
|DF||Maksim Shvyatsow||2 April 1998||0||0||Dinamo Minsk||v. Finland, 9 June 2018|
|DF||Zakhar Volkov||12 August 1997||0||0||BATE Borisov||v. Hungary, 6 June 2018 INJ|
|DF||Nikita Naumov||15 November 1989||1||0||Vitebsk||v. Georgia, 13 November 2017|
|DF||Alyaksandr Sachywka||5 January 1986||4||0||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Armenia, 9 November 2017 INJ|
|MF||Syarhey Balanovich||29 August 1987||32||2||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Renan Bressan||3 November 1988||28||3||Chaves||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Pavel Savitski||12 July 1994||14||4||Dinamo Brest||v. San Marino, 8 September 2018 INJ|
|MF||Alyaksandr Karnitsky||14 February 1989||6||0||Sepsi||v. San Marino, 8 September 2018 PRE|
|MF||Dzmitry Baha||4 January 1990||2||0||BATE Borisov||v. Finland, 9 June 2018|
|MF||Artem Bykov||19 October 1992||9||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE|
|MF||Pavel Sedko||3 April 1998||1||0||Dinamo Brest||v. Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 PRE|
|MF||Vladislav Klimovich||12 June 1996||2||0||Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino||v. Georgia, 13 November 2017|
|MF||Oleg Yevdokimov||25 February 1994||2||0||Minsk||v. Georgia, 13 November 2017|
|FW||Mikhail Gordeichuk||23 October 1989||25||4||BATE Borisov||v. Luxembourg, 12 October 2018 INJ|
|FW||Yevgeniy Shikavka||15 October 1992||1||0||Slutsk||v. Moldova, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Gleb Rassadkin||5 April 1995||0||0||Neman Grodno||v. Azerbaijan, 23 March 2018 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 12 October 2018
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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