Ukraine national under-21 football team

The Ukraine national under-21 football team is also known as Youth [football] team of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Молодіжна збірна України) is one of junior national football teams of Ukraine for participation in under-21 international competitions. The team is managed by the Ukrainian Association of Football staff, committee of national teams. The team participates in qualifications to the Olympic competitions and the continental (UEFA) U-21 competitions.

Ukraine Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Молодіжка (Young men)
AssociationUkrainian Association of Football
Head coachRuslan Rotan
CaptainArtem Bondarenko
Most capsOleksandr Yatsenko (38)
Top scorerPylyp Budkivskyi (18)
Home stadiumValeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ukraine 0–0[1] Belarus 
Ternopil,[2] Ukraine; 28 October 1992
Biggest win
 Ukraine 8–0 Armenia 
Kyiv, Ukraine; 13 October 1998
Biggest defeat
 France 4–0 Ukraine
Paris, France; 26 March 1999
Note: Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunner-up (2006)

Their first game the team played was on October 28, 1992. Its first competition the team entered in 1994 the qualification round for the 1996 European Under-21 Championship. The team has qualified for a tournament twice. The under-21s not only qualified for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship, but also reached the final, where they lost to Netherlands on 4 June 2006 by 3–0. The under-21s also qualified to the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship that was held in Denmark.

HistoryEdit

Its first game under national flag the team played on 28 October 1992 by hosting Belarus national under-21 football team in a friendly game in Ternopil (Ternopil City Stadium).[1] The game ended in scoreless tie and was attended by 4,000 people.[1] The initial squad consisted of following players Sergei Aleksandrov, Dmytro Parfenov, Serhiy Fedorov, Oleksandr Koval, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Vitaliy Kosovskyi, Ihor Luchkevych, Serhiy Onopko, Vladimir Lebed, Hennadiy Moroz, Vitaliy Pushkutsa, Kostyantyn Pinchuk, Oleg Solovyov, Ruslan Romanchuk, Oleksandr Karabuta.[1] Later two out of the squad Lebed and Aleksandrov continued to play for Russian national teams.

In August 1993, the Ukraine youth squad took part in its first tournament where it contested few teams outside of Europe. Its first competitive tournament became the Youth Euro 1996 where it was eliminated in qualification group. Its first game Ukraine U-21 played at home against its opponents from Lithuania on 6 September 1994.

It took Ukraine another 10 years to finally qualify to the tournament final when in 2006 it almost won the tournament losing in the final game to Netherlands which earned its first title instead.

TournamentsEdit

UEFA U-21 ChampionshipEdit

Since 1984, it is an official U-21 European championship. Since 1992, the tournament doubles as qualifying competition for the Olympic Games every four years.[3]

  • 1994: Did not enter.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2000: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2002: Did not qualify. Finished 1st of 5 in qualification group. Lost qualification play-off to Switzerland.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Runner-up. Finished 2nd of 7 in qualification group. Won qualification play-off over Belgium.
  • 2007: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Group Stage. Finished 1st of 5 in qualification group. Won qualification play-off over Netherlands
  • 2013: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2015: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group. Lost qualification play-off to Germany.
  • 2017: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2019: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2021: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.

UEFA U-21 European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 24 12
  1998 8 5 1 2 14 4
  2000 8 3 2 3 16 12
  2002 12 6 1 5 16 17
  2004 8 2 5 1 8 5
  2006 Runner-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 4 6 14 8 2 4 27 11
  2007 Did Not Qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4
  2009 8 5 0 3 16 7
  2011 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 5 10 5 4 1 16 8
  2013 Did Not Qualify 10 5 2 3 21 10
  2015 10 6 1 3 20 13
  2017 10 4 2 4 14 12
    2019 10 5 2 3 18 12
    2021 10 5 1 4 17 11
    2023
2025
Total Runner-up 2/14 8 2 2 4 5 11 124 64 23 37 218 132
  Summer Olympics years

Olympic qualificationEdit

Since 1992, the olympic roster may consist out of under-23 year old players, plus three over the age players.[4]

  • 1996: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2000: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2008: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2012: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in Group Stage of the UEFA final tournament.
  • 2016: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
  • 2020: Did not qualify. Eliminated in European qualifications.
Host Nation(s) - Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1896 - 1992 preceded with Soviet Union
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020
  2024 to be determined
Total 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Important friendliesEdit

Lobanovsky tournament (2006– )Edit

  • Winners (2): 2009, 2019
  • Runners-up (4): 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Commonwealth of Independent States Cup (2012–2014)Edit

Head coachesEdit

Manager[5] Nation Ukraine career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
Volodymyr Muntian   1992–1994 15 8 5 2 25 12 53.33 1996
Viktor Kolotov   1995 7 3 2 2 17 10 42.86 1996
Oleksandr Ishchenko   1996–1997 11 7 2 2 19 6 63.64 1998
Viktor Kolotov   1998–1999 12 6 3 3 32 16 50 2000
Volodymyr Onyschenko   1999–2001 21 9 3 9 23 31 42.86 2000, 2002
Anatoliy Kroshchenko[6]   2002 10 1 6 3 10 12 10 2004
Pavlo Yakovenko   2002–2004 20 8 6 6 24 20 40 2004, 2006
Hennadiy Lytovchenko   2003–2004 2 1 1 0 4 2 50
Oleksiy Mykhaylichenko   2004–2007 41 21 6 14 4 2 51.22 2006, 2007, 2009 2006
Volodymyr Muntian (caretaker)   2008 5 0 2 3 2 8 0
Pavlo Yakovenko   2008–2012 70 31 25 14 109 66 44.29 2009, 2011, 2013 2011
Serhiy Kovalets   2013–2015 ? ? ? ? ? ? 2013, 2015
Oleksandr Holovko   2015–2018 ? ? ? ? ? ? 2017, 2019
Ruslan Rotan   2018–present ? ? ? ? ? ?

Coaching staffEdit

Currently approved:[7]

Head coach   Ruslan Rotan
Coach   Oleksandr Melaschenko
Coach   Oleksiy Chystyakov
Coach   Vasyl Kardash
Goalkeeper Coach   Vitaliy Reva

Forthcoming fixturesEdit

2023 UEFA qualificationsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 10 8 2 0 31 5 +26 26 Final tournament 5–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 7–0
2   Ukraine 10 7 2 1 20 11 +9 23 Play-offs 3–3 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–1
3   Serbia 10 3 3 4 10 11 −1 12 0–3 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0
4   Faroe Islands 10 2 4 4 6 12 −6 10 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–0
5   North Macedonia 10 2 3 5 8 15 −7 9 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–1
6   Armenia 10 1 0 9 7 28 −21 3 1–4 0–2 1–4 2–0 1–2
Source: UEFA

Recent and fixtured matchesEdit

3 September 2021 (2021-09-03) Serbia   0–1   Ukraine Sportski centar FSS, Stara Pazova
18:00 Report Kryskiv   14' Attendance: 212
Referee: Balázs Berke (Hungary)
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) Ukraine   2–1   Armenia Kolos Stadium, Kovalivka
18:00 (19:00 EEST) Kryskiv   20'
Mudryk   62'
Report Galstyan   45+4' Attendance: 2,940
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (Sweden)
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) France   5–0   Ukraine Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest
18:30 Kalimuendo   40'
Diop   43'
Adli   54'
Cherki   68', 80'
Report Talovyerov   27' Attendance: 4,546
Referee: Nick Walsh (Scotland)
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) Ukraine   1–0   Faroe Islands Slavutych-Arena, Zaporizhzhia
17:00 (18:00 EEST) Edmundsson   24' (o.g.) Report Attendance: 1,470
Referee: Mario Zebec (Croatia)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) North Macedonia   1–1   Ukraine FFM Training Centre, Skopje
13:00 Grozdanovski   58' Report Syrota   43' Attendance: 482
Referee: Sigurd Kringstad (Norway)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) Ukraine   2–1   Serbia Arena Lviv, Lviv
17:00 (18:00 EET) Kryskiv   9'
Sudakov   81'
Report Mitrović   78' Attendance: 4,771
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary)
1 June 2022 (2022-06-01) Faroe Islands   0–4   Ukraine Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn
19:00 (18:00 WET) Report
Attendance: 675
Referee: Kristoffer Hagenes (Norway)
5 June 2022 (2022-06-05) Ukraine   4–0   North Macedonia Esenyurt Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium, Istanbul (Turkey)[8]
18:45 (19:45 TRT)
Report Attendance: 81
Referee: Goga Kikacheishvili (Georgia)
9 June 2022 (2022-06-09) Ukraine   3–3   France Esenyurt Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium, Istanbul (Turkey)[8]
18:45 (19:45 TRT) Report Referee: Vassilis Fotias (Greece)
12 June 2022 (2022-06-12) Armenia   0–2   Ukraine Yerevan Football Academy Stadium, Yerevan
17:00 (19:00 AMT) Report
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) Slovakia   v   Ukraine
Report
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) Ukraine   v   Slovakia
Report

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Anatoliy Trubin (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 21) 9 0   Shakhtar Donetsk
1 1GK Ruslan Neshcheret (2002-01-22) 22 January 2002 (age 20) 7 0   Dynamo Kyiv
1GK Kiril Fesyun (2002-08-07) 7 August 2002 (age 20) 2 0   Kolos Kovalivka

2 2DF Kostyantyn Vivcharenko (2002-06-10) 10 June 2002 (age 20) 15 2   Dynamo Kyiv
4 2DF Maksym Talovyerov (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 22) 11 0   Slavia Prague
3 2DF Anton Bol (2003-01-08) 8 January 2003 (age 19) 5 0   Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Oleksandr Drambayev (2001-04-21) 21 April 2001 (age 21) 4 0   Zulte Waregem
15 2DF Valeriy Dubko (2001-03-22) 22 March 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Dender
2DF Roman Didyk (2002-12-02) 2 December 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Rukh Lviv
2DF Dmytro Kapinus (2003-04-28) 28 April 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Metalist 1925 Kharkiv

3MF Arseniy Batahov (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 20) 17 0   Zorya Luhansk
21 3MF Artem Bondarenko (captain) (2000-08-21) 21 August 2000 (age 21) 16 2   Shakhtar Donetsk
10 3MF Heorhiy Sudakov (2002-09-01) 1 September 2002 (age 19) 13 3   Shakhtar Donetsk
13 3MF Ivan Zhelizko (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 21) 13 0   Valmiera
18 3MF Dmytro Kryskiv (2000-10-06) 6 October 2000 (age 21) 12 3   Metalist 1925 Kharkiv
6 3MF Oleksiy Sych (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 21) 12 0   Rukh Lviv
8 3MF Mykola Mykhaylenko (2001-05-22) 22 May 2001 (age 21) 9 0   Chornomorets Odesa
22 3MF Bohdan Biloshevskyi (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 22) 6 0   FC Oleksandriya
16 3MF Eldar Kuliyev (2002-03-24) 24 March 2002 (age 20) 2 1   Mynai

11 4FW Vladyslav Supryaha (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 22) 15 1   Sampdoria
9 4FW Mykola Kukharevych (2001-07-01) 1 July 2001 (age 21) 14 3   OH Leuven
7 4FW Bohdan Viunnyk (2002-05-21) 21 May 2002 (age 20) 13 2   Zürich
4FW Danyil Alefirenko (2000-04-19) 19 April 2000 (age 22) 9 1   Zorya Luhansk
17 4FW Vladyslav Vanat (2002-01-04) 4 January 2002 (age 20) 7 3   Dynamo Kyiv
14 4FW Maksym Braharu (2002-07-21) 21 July 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Chornomorets Odesa
20 4FW Maksym Khlan (2003-01-27) 27 January 2003 (age 19) 3 0   Zorya Luhansk

Recent call-upsEdit

Head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Ukraine Under-21s all-time international record, correct as of 29 March 2021.[10]


Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)
Against Confederation Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
  Albania UEFA 7 6 1 0 17 2 +15
  Andorra UEFA 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
  Armenia UEFA 10 8 2 0 31 3 +28
  Austria UEFA 3 1 1 1 2 2 +0
  Azerbaijan UEFA 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1
  Bahrain AFC 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1
  Belarus UEFA 14 6 6 2 19 12 +7
  Belgium UEFA 4 2 1 1 8 5 +3
  Bulgaria UEFA 6 2 0 4 10 11 -1
  Chile CONMEBOL 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
  China PR AFC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Croatia UEFA 6 2 2 2 6 7 -1
  Czech Republic UEFA 8 1 1 6 5 13 -8
  Cyprus UEFA 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3
  Denmark UEFA 11 3 4 4 13 15 -2
  Egypt CAF 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  England UEFA 5 0 1 4 2 9 -7
  Estonia UEFA 5 3 2 0 13 5 +8
  Finland UEFA 5 2 2 1 5 4 +1
  France UEFA 9 1 5 3 8 14 -6
  Georgia UEFA 11 5 4 2 28 12 +16
  Germany UEFA 6 0 1 5 2 14 -12
  Greece UEFA 8 5 3 0 11 2 +9
  Hungary UEFA 2 1 0 1 3 5 -2
  Iceland UEFA 5 3 0 2 13 10 +3
  Iran AFC 5 2 2 1 10 7 +3
  Northern Ireland UEFA 8 4 3 1 13 6 +7
  Israel UEFA 9 4 4 1 8 7 +1
  Italy UEFA 5 1 0 4 3 6 -3
  Kazakhstan UEFA 4 4 0 0 9 2 +7
  South Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1
  Kosovo UEFA 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Kyrgyzstan AFC 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
  Latvia UEFA 8 6 2 0 19 6 +13
  Liechtenstein UEFA 4 4 0 0 16 3 +13
  Lithuania UEFA 11 6 3 2 23 14 +9
  Libya CAF 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0
  North Macedonia UEFA 5 2 0 3 5 5 +0
  Malta UEFA 6 5 1 0 19 4 +15
  Moldova UEFA 11 7 4 0 23 5 +18
  Montenegro UEFA 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  Netherlands UEFA 9 2 3 4 6 13 -7
  Norway UEFA 5 0 0 5 2 10 -8
  Poland UEFA 8 3 3 2 15 14 +1
  Portugal UEFA 5 3 0 2 3 3 +0
  Romania UEFA 5 2 0 3 4 13 -9
  Russia UEFA 5 2 1 2 10 9 +1
  Saudi Arabia AFC 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5
  Scotland UEFA 5 3 2 0 13 5 +8
  Slovakia UEFA 7 0 5 2 4 6 -2
  Slovenia UEFA 10 7 2 1 18 6 +12
  Serbia UEFA 6 1 4 1 5 7 -2
  Spain UEFA 4 1 1 2 2 6 -4
  Sweden UEFA 3 1 0 2 7 3 +4
   Switzerland UEFA 5 2 1 2 7 6 +1
  Syria AFC 3 1 1 1 2 2 +0
  Tajikistan AFC 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
  Turkey UEFA 13 6 3 4 19 14 +5
  Turkmenistan AFC 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
  United States CONCACAF 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0
  Uzbekistan AFC 5 2 3 0 7 3 +4
  Wales UEFA 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
  • Serbia and Montenegro +1=1-1 2-4 (Yugoslavia)
  • Kyrgyzstan national +1=0-0 4-0
  • Norway u-23 +0=0-1 0-2
  • England C +0=0-1 0-2

Home venues recordEdit

Since the game Ukraine v Belarus (28 October 1992), Ukraine youth team have played their home games at 19 different stadiums.

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
VVL Dynamo Kyiv 43 20 17 6 76 36 1.79
Bannikov Kyiv 13 8 3 2 24 11 2.08
Obolon Arena Kyiv 12 5 6 1 22 8 1.75
Boreks Borodianka 5 3 1 1 8 6 2
Tsentralnyi Cherkasy 5 3 0 2 7 5 1.8
Shakhtar Chervonohrad 3 3 0 0 11 0 3
Dynamo Training Center Kyiv, Koncha-Zaspa 3 2 1 0 7 1 2.33
CSK ZSU Kyiv 2 2 0 0 8 2 3
Lokomotyv Donetsk 2 2 0 0 3 1 3
Kolos Boryspil 2 1 1 0 2 0 2
Sevastopol Sevastopol 2 1 1 0 3 1 2
Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhia 2 1 0 1 5 2 1.5
Arena Lviv Lviv 2 1 0 1 4 2 1.5
Auto ZAZ Zaporizhia 1 1 0 0 5 0 3
SKA Odessa 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Metalist Kharkiv 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Ternopilsky Ternopil 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ukraina Lviv 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Illichivets Mariupol 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Totals 102 55 32 15 196 79 1.94
Last updated: 2 June 2016. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Game report. UAF footpass.
  2. ^ Game report. ukr-football.org.ua
  3. ^ Europe – U-23/U-21 Tournaments
  4. ^ Olympic tournaments
  5. ^ Ruslan Rotan became the 10th head coach in the history of the Ukrainian youth football team (Руслан Ротань став 10-м головним тренером в історії молодіжної збірної України). Ukrainian Association of Football. 28 December 2018
  6. ^ Info who was chosen to be the head coach of the Under-21 team. Football Federation of Ukraine (old website).
  7. ^ "ФФУ утвердила тренерский штаб украинской молодежки ᐉ UA-Футбол". 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Decisions from today's extraordinary UEFA Executive Committee meeting". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  9. ^ "ЄВРО-2023 (U-21). НОВИНИ З ТАБОРУ МОЛОДІЖНОЇ ЗБІРНОЇ УКРАЇНИ: ДЕНЬ НАРОДЖЕННЯ ТА ЗМІНА ГРАФІКУ ТРЕНУВАНЬ" (in Ukrainian). Українська асоціація футболу. 22 May 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  10. ^ "All matches". ffu.org.ua. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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