Belarus national football team

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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachGeorgi Kondratiev
CaptainTimofei Kalachev
Most capsAlyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorerMaksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadiumDinamo Stadium, Minsk
(Temporary closed for reconstruction)
FIFA codeBLR
FIFA ranking83
Highest FIFA ranking36 (February 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking65
Highest Elo ranking47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 Belarus Belarus
(Vilnius, Lithuania; July 20, 1992)
Official:
 Belarus 1–1 Ukraine 
(Minsk, Belarus; October 28, 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 5–0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; June 7, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus Belarus
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)
 
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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachGeorgi Kondratiev
CaptainTimofei Kalachev
Most capsAlyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorerMaksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadiumDinamo Stadium, Minsk
(Temporary closed for reconstruction)
FIFA codeBLR
FIFA ranking83
Highest FIFA ranking36 (February 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking65
Highest Elo ranking47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 Belarus Belarus
(Vilnius, Lithuania; July 20, 1992)
Official:
 Belarus 1–1 Ukraine 
(Minsk, Belarus; October 28, 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 5–0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; June 7, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus Belarus
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)

The Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусi па футболе) 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. Since December 2011 their head coach has been Georgi Kondratiev.

History[edit]

After the split of Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on July 20, 1992. Before that, some Belarusian players played for the USSR national football team. The first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on October 28, 1992 and their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on October 12, 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 qualification for Euro 1996 and two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualification.

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 7 of their 8 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 4th in the group. Some notable results during this period included a high-scoring 3–4 away loss to Italy in a 2006 World Cup qualifier (the first time Italy conceded 3 goals in a home qualifying game since 1983), another home victory against the Netherlands during Euro 2008 qualifying as well as away win and home draw against France in Euro 2012 qualification.

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 Malta International Football Tournament respectively. The first with its Olympic Squad and the later with the first team (many starters were only available for the last game vs Malta).

Home venue[edit]

The team plays vast majority of its home matches at the 40,000 Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.

Occasionally other venues were also used: Molodechno City Stadium in May 1996 (friendly against Azerbaijan), Vitebsky Central Sport Complex in Vitebsk in November 2005 (friendly against Latvia), Central Stadion 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 quallifier against Kazakhstan).

In late 2012 Dinamo Stadium has been closed for renovation and the team started alternating between different home venues: Central Stadion 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).

Colors[edit]

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.

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

Finals recordQualification record
YearResultPosPldWDLGFGAGD
1960–1992Part of  Soviet Union
England 1996Did Not Qualify410325813−5
Belgium Netherlands 200058035410−6
Portugal 200458107420−16
Austria Switzerland 20084124171723−6
Poland Ukraine 201241034387+1
France 2016To Be Determined
Europe 2020

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Spain00000000
 Ukraine00000000
 Slovakia00000000
 Belarus00000000
 Macedonia00000000
 Luxembourg00000000
 BelarusLuxembourgRepublic of MacedoniaSlovakiaSpainUkraine
Belarus 8 Sep '1512 Oct '1512 Oct '1414 Jun '159 Oct '14
Luxembourg 8 Sep '145 Sep '1512 Oct '1512 Oct '1415 Nov '14
Macedonia 27 Mar '159 Oct '1415 Nov '148 Sep '159 Oct '15
Slovakia 9 Oct '1527 Mar '1514 Jun '159 Oct '148 Sep '15
Spain 15 Nov '149 Oct '158 Sep '145 Sep '1527 Mar '15
Ukraine 5 Sep '1514 Jun '1512 Oct '148 Sep '1412 Oct '15


FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Finals recordQualification record
YearResultPosPldWDLGFGAGD
1930–1990Part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994Did Not Enter
France 1998Did Not Qualify610118521−16
South Korea Japan 20023104331211+1
Germany 20065102441214−2
South Africa 20104104151914+5
Brazil 201458116716−9
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Spain8620143+1120
 France8521156+917
 Finland823359−49
 Georgia8125310−75
 Belarus8116716−94
 BelarusFinlandFranceGeorgia (country)Spain
Belarus 1–12–42–00–4
Finland 1–00–11–10–2
France 3–13–03–10–1
Georgia 1–00–10–00–1
Spain 2–11–11–12–0


Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]


Friendly match

14 August 2013
18:30 UTC+3
Belarus 1 – 1 Montenegro
Kornilenko Goal 16' (pen.)ReportVučinić Goal 62'
Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

Friendly match

6 September 2013
19:00 UTC+3
Belarus 3 – 1 Kyrgyzstan
Balanovich Goal 30'
Rodionov Goal 38'
Sitko Goal 67'
ReportRustamov Goal 56'
City Stadium, Borisov
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (Lithuania)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

10 September 2013
22:00 UTC+3
Belarus 2 – 4 France
Filipenko Goal 32'
Kalachev Goal 58'
ReportRibéry Goal 47' (pen.)64'
Nasri Goal 70'
Pogba Goal 73'
Central Stadium, Gomel
Attendance: 12,203
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 October 2013
22:00 UTC+2
Spain 2 – 1 Belarus
Xavi Goal 61'
Negredo Goal 78'
ReportKornilenko Goal 89'
Iberostar Stadium, Palma
Attendance: 22,900
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)

Friendly match

15 October 2013
15:15 UTC+3
Belarus 1 – 0 Japan
Tsiharow Goal 44'Report
Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino
Attendance: 3,250
Referee: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania)

Friendly match

15 November 2013
18:00 UTC+2
Belarus 0 – 0 Albania
Report

Friendly match

19 November 2013
20:00 UTC+2
Turkey 2 – 1 Belarus
Bulut Goal 4'
Yılmaz Goal 89'
ReportRodionov Goal 10'

Friendly match

5 March 2014
17:45 UTC+2
Bulgaria 2 – 1 Belarus
Milanov Goal 14'
Gadzhev Goal 66'
ReportKrivets Goal 86'
Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Milenko Vukadinović (Serbia)

Friendly match

18 May 2014
14:00 UTC+2
Iran 0 – 0 Belarus
Report
Franz Fekete Stadium, Kapfenberg, Austria
Attendance: 3,700
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)

Friendly match

21 May 2014
19:00 UTC+2
Liechtenstein 1 – 5 Belarus
Burgmeier Goal 78' (pen.)ReportGordeichuk Goal 13'
Kislyak Goal 15'
Krivets Goal 23'
Savitskiy Goal 58'67'
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
Attendance: 500
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (Luxembourg)

Upcoming fixtures[edit]


Friendly match

4 September 2014
Belarus  Tajikistan

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

8 September 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Luxembourg  Belarus

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

9 October 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Belarus  Ukraine

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

12 October 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Belarus  Slovakia

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

15 November 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Spain  Belarus

Record versus different opponents[edit]

TournamentPldWDLGoals
World Cup Qualifying4812102655–76
Euro Qualifying4811102741–73
Friendly86312926125–105
OpponentPldWDLGoals
 Lithuania843115–5
 Ukraine71334–7
 Latvia641113–7
 Luxembourg63216–2
 Moldova62229–7
 Poland622210–9
 Netherlands62043–10
 Norway61234–9
 Armenia53118–5
 Albania52218–5
 Israel52038–9
 Estonia52034–5
 Bulgaria51044–10
 Romania50234–10
 Andorra430111–4
 Slovenia41216–5
 Turkey41127–8
 France41125–8
 Scotland41122–5
 Wales41035–7
 Finland40314–5
 Italy40225–9
 Czech Republic40043–11
 Austria40040–12
 Kazakhstan321010–2
 Malta32104–1
 Iran31204–3
 Russia30212–4
 Sweden30032–8
 Hungary21106–3
 Uzbekistan21104–3
 Cyprus21013–2
 Georgia21012–1
 Canada21012–1
 United Arab Emirates21013–3
 Libya20202–2
 Montenegro20111–2
 Denmark20110–1
 Croatia20021–4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina20020–3
  Switzerland20020–3
 England20021–6
 Spain20021–6
 Liechtenstein11005–1
 Oman11004–0
 Kyrgyzstan11003–1
 Iceland11002–0
 South Korea11001–0
 Japan11001–0
 Germany10102–2
 Azerbaijan10102–2
 Honduras10102–2
 Peru10101–1
 Ecuador10101–1
 Saudi Arabia10101–1
 Argentina10100–0
 Greece10010–1
 Jordan10010–1
 Egypt10010–2
 Tunisia10010–3
 Slovakia10010–4
Total:182544979221–254

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for friendly matches against Iran and Liechtenstein on 18 and 21 May 2014.

Caps and goals are correct as of 22 May 2014, after game against Liechtenstein.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKAlyaksandr Hutar(1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 25)50Belarus Dinamo Minsk
221GKSyarhey Chernik(1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26)20Belarus BATE Borisov
32DFAlyaksandr Martynovich(1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 26)372Russia Krasnodar
212DFEgor Filipenko(1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 26)321Belarus BATE Borisov
132DFAleh Veratsila(1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 25)130Belarus Dinamo Minsk
22DFDzyanis Palyakow(1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23)70Belarus BATE Borisov
62DFSyarhey Palitsevich(1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 24)10Belarus Dinamo Minsk
143MFAnton Putsila(1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 26)446Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod
153MFSyarhey Kislyak(1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 26)445Russia Rubin Kazan
103MFSergey Krivets(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 28)243Belarus BATE Borisov
163MFSyarhey Balanovich(1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 26)182Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk
233MFIhar Stasevich(1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 28)151Belarus Dinamo Minsk
43MFEdhar Alyakhnovich(1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 27)120Belarus BATE Borisov
113MFAlyaksandr Valadzko(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 28)91Belarus BATE Borisov
173MFMikhail Gordeichuk(1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 24)31Belarus BATE Borisov
183MFMikhail Sivakov(1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 26)30Belarus Gomel
83MFPavel Savitskiy(1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 19)22Belarus Neman Grodno
73MFArtem Bykov(1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 21)20Belarus Dinamo Minsk
204FWVitali Rodionov(1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 30)4610Belarus BATE Borisov

Recent callup[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKSyarhey Vyeramko(1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 31)260Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFDmitry Verkhovtsov(1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27)423Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFMaksim Bardachow(1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 27)322Russia Tom Tomskv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFVitali Trubila(1985-01-07) 7 January 1985 (age 29)160Belarus Gomelv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFMaksim Zhavnerchik(1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 29)90Russia Kuban Krasnodarv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFArtsyom Radzkow(1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 28)130Turkey Gençlerbirliğiv.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
DFIgor Shitov(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 27)371Russia Mordovia Saranskv.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MFAlexander Hleb(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 33)656Turkey Konyasporv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
MFTimofei Kalachev(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 33)628Russia Rostovv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
MFStanislaw Drahun(1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 26)223Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
MFIllya Aleksiyevich(1991-02-10) 10 February 1991 (age 23)60Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
MFYan Tsiharow(1984-03-10) 10 March 1984 (age 30)341Russia Lokomotiv Moscowv.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MFAndrey Chukhley(1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 26)70Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblastv.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MFRenan Bressan(1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 25)173Kazakhstan Astanav.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFPavel Sitko(1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 28)152Belarus Gomelv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFDzmitry Baha(1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24)10Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFAlyaksandr Pawlaw(1984-08-18) 18 August 1984 (age 29)130Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MFPavel Nyakhaychyk(1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26)80Russia Tom Tomskv.  Finland, 11 June 2013
FWMaksim Skavysh(1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 24)30Russia Baltika Kaliningradv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
FWSergei Kornilenko(1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 30)6014Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Japan, 15 October 2013

Players[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Currently active players are listed in bold

RankPlayerCapsGoalsYears
1Alyaksandr Kulchy10251996–2012
2Sergei Gurenko8031994–2006
3Syarhey Amelyanchuk7412002–2011
4Syarhey Shtanyuk7131995–2007
5Alexander Hleb6562001–
6Maksim Romaschenko64201998–2008
7Timofei Kalachev6282004–
8Sergei Kornilenko60142003–
9Valyantsin Byalkevich56101992–2005
10Yuri Zhevnov5302003–2012

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

Top scorers[edit]

Currently active playes are listed in bold.

RankPlayerGoalsCapsYears
1Maksim Romaschenko20641998–2008
2Sergei Kornilenko14602003–
3Vitali Kutuzov13522002–2011
4Vyacheslav Hleb12452004–2011
5Raman Vasilyuk10242000–2008
Vitali Rodionov10462007–
Valyantsin Byalkevich10561992–2005
8Vital Bulyga8372003–2008
Timofei Kalachev8622004–
10Syarhey Herasimets7251992–1999

Managers[edit]

ManagerCareerGames ManagedWinsDrawsLosesGoals
Belarus Mikhail Vergeyenko1992–1994, 1997–199924261622–40
Belarus Sergei Borovsky1994–1996, 1999–200026491321–43
Belarus Eduard Malofeyev2000–200322105731–31
Belarus Valery Streltsov (caretaker)200210010–3
Russia Anatoly Baidachny2003–200522104834–29
Belarus Yuri Puntus2006–20071434719–26
Germany Bernd Stange2007–20114917141865–54
Belarus Georgi Kondratiev2011–Present2487929–28
Total:1992–Present182544979221–254

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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