Belarus national football team

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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachGeorgi Kondratiev
CaptainSyarhey Vyeramko
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 ranking66
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
CaptainSyarhey Vyeramko
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 ranking66
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 Georgy 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 Malofeev 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 2012 qualification[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 France10631154+1121
 Bosnia and Herzegovina10622178+920
 Romania10352139+414
 Belarus1034387+113
 Albania10235714−79
 Luxembourg10118321−184
 AlbaniaBelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaFranceLuxembourgRomania
Albania 1–01–11–21–01–1
Belarus 2–00–21–12–00–0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–01–00–25–02–1
France 3–00–11–12–02–0
Luxembourg 2–10–00–30–20–2
Romania 1–12–23–00–03–1


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

3 June 2013
20:00 UTC+3
Estonia 0 – 2 Belarus
ReportPutsila Goal 32'
Rodionov Goal 80'
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,700
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

7 June 2013
19:00 UTC+3
Finland 1 – 0 Belarus
Shitov Goal 57' (o.g.)Report
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Attendance: 24,916
Referee: Eli Hacmon (Israel)

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

11 June 2013
20:00 UTC+3
Belarus 1 – 1 Finland
Verkhovtsov Goal 85'ReportPukki Goal 24'
Central Stadium, Gomel
Attendance: 10,100
Referee: Libor Kovařík (Czech Republic)

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
Umut Bulut Goal 4'
Burak Yılmaz Goal 89'
ReportRodionov Goal 10'

Upcoming fixtures[edit]

No further matches are currently scheduled.

Record versus different opponents[edit]

TournamentPldWDLGoals
World Cup Qualifying4712102554–74
Euro Qualifying4811102741–73
Friendly83302825119–102
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
 Romania50234–10
 Andorra430111–4
 Slovenia41216–5
 Turkey41127–8
 France41125–8
 Scotland41122–5
 Wales41035–7
 Bulgaria41033–8
 Finland40314–5
 Italy40225–9
 Czech Republic40043–11
 Austria40040–12
 Kazakhstan321010–2
 Malta32104–1
 Russia30212–4
 Sweden30032–8
 Hungary21106–3
 Iran21104–3
 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
 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:179534878215–251

Current squad[edit]

The following players are called up for friendly matches against Albania and Turkey on 15 and 19 November 2013.

Caps and goals are correct as of 19 November 2013, after game against Turkey.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
221GKAlyaksandr Hutar(1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 24)40Belarus Dinamo Minsk
11GKSyarhey Chernik(1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 25)10Belarus Neman Grodno
182DFDmitry Verkhovtsov(1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27)413Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
32DFAlyaksandr Martynovich(1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 26)352Russia Krasnodar
192DFMaksim Bardachow(1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 27)312Russia Tom Tomsk
212DFEgor Filipenko(1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 25)301Belarus BATE Borisov
62DFArtsyom Radzkow(1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 28)130Russia Terek Grozny
132DFAleh Veratsila(1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 25)100Belarus Dinamo Minsk
92DFDzyanis Palyakow(1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 22)50Belarus BATE Borisov
103MFAlexander Hleb(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 32)646Belarus BATE Borisov
233MFTimofei Kalachev(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 32)618Russia Rostov
143MFAnton Putsila(1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 26)416Russia Volga Nizhny Novgorod
153MFSyarhey Kislyak(1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 26)414Russia Rubin Kazan
173MFYan Tsiharow(1984-03-10) 10 March 1984 (age 29)341Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
23MFStanislaw Drahun(1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 25)213Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
73MFSergey Krivets(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 27)211Belarus BATE Borisov
163MFSyarhey Balanovich(1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 26)162Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk
83MFEdhar Alyakhnovich(1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 26)90Belarus BATE Borisov
43MFAndrey Chukhley(1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 26)70Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
53MFIllya Aleksiyevich(1991-02-10) 10 February 1991 (age 22)50Belarus BATE Borisov
113MFMikhail Gordeichuk(1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 24)10Belarus Belshina Bobruisk
204FWVitali Rodionov(1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 30)4310Belarus 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)250Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Japan, 15 October 2013
GKDzmitry Hushchanka(1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 25)00Belarus Belshina Bobruiskv.  Hungary, 6 February 2013
DFVitali Trubila(1985-01-07) 7 January 1985 (age 28)150Belarus Dinamo Minskv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
DFMaksim Zhavnerchik(1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 28)80Russia Kuban Krasnodarv.  France, 10 September 2013
DFIgor Shitov(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 27)371Russia Dynamo Moscowv.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MFRenan Bressan(1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 25)173Russia Alania Vladikavkazv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFPavel Sitko(1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 28)152Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorskv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFAlyaksandr Valadzko(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 27)71Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Japan, 15 October 2013
MFDzmitry Baha(1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 23)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 Nekhaychik(1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 25)80Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Finland, 11 June 2013
MFAndrey Khachaturyan(1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 26)20Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorskv.  Hungary, 6 February 2013
FWSergei Kornilenko(1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 30)6014Russia Krylia Sovetov Samarav.  Japan, 15 October 2013
FWMaksim Skavysh(1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 24)20Russia Baltika Kaliningradv.  Montenegro, 14 August 2013
FWUladzimir Khvashchynski(1990-05-10) 10 May 1990 (age 23)41Belarus Dinamo Minskv.  Canada, 25 March 2013

Players[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Currently active players are listed in bold

RankPlayerCapsGoalsYears
1Alyaksandr Kulchy10251996–2012
2Sergei Gurenko8031994–2006
3Sergei Omelyanchuk7412002–2011
4Sergei Shtanyuk7131995–2007
5Maksim Romaschenko64201998–2008
Alexander Hleb6462001–
7Timofei Kalachev6182004–
8Sergei Kornilenko60142003–
9Valentin Belkevich56101992–2005
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 Rodionov10432007–
Valentin Belkevich10561992–2005
8Vital Bulyga8372003–2008
Timofei Kalachev8612004–
10Sergei Gerasimets7251992–1999

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–Present2176823–25
Total:1992–Present179534878215–251

References[edit]

External links[edit]