Belarus national football team

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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAndrei Zygmantovich (caretaker)
Asst coachAlyaksandr Kulchy
CaptainTimofei Kalachev
Most capsAlyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorerMaksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadiumBorisov Arena, Borisov
FIFA codeBLR
FIFA ranking106 Decrease 17 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking36 (February 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking63
Highest Elo ranking47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 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)
 Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan 
(Borisov, Belarus; September 4, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus 
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)
 
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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAndrei Zygmantovich (caretaker)
Asst coachAlyaksandr Kulchy
CaptainTimofei Kalachev
Most capsAlyaksandr Kulchy (102)
Top scorerMaksim Romaschenko (20)
Home stadiumBorisov Arena, Borisov
FIFA codeBLR
FIFA ranking106 Decrease 17 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking36 (February 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking142 (March 1994)
Elo ranking63
Highest Elo ranking47 (17 November 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking122 (+?) (1997–1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 1–1 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)
 Belarus 6–1 Tajikistan 
(Borisov, Belarus; September 4, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 5–0 Belarus 
(Innsbruck, Austria; June 11, 2003)

Belarus national football team (Belarusian: Нацыянальная зборная Беларусi па футболе; Nationalnaya zbornaya Belarusi pa Futbole) 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. In November 2014 team's former assistant coach Andrei Zygmantovich has been appointed as a caretaker head coach, after Georgi Kondratiev, who managed the team since 2011, resigned.

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]

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

The team plays vast majority of its home matches at the 40,000 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 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 was 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).

Since 2014 Belarus moved to the newly opened Borisov Arena.

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.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit providerPeriod
United Kingdom Umbro2002–2004
Germany Puma2004–2012
Germany Adidas2012–present

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
Total0/14-481110274173-32

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Slovakia330062+49
 Spain3201103+76
 Ukraine320131+26
 Macedonia310248−43
 Belarus301226−41
 Luxembourg301238−51
 BelarusLuxembourgRepublic of MacedoniaSlovakiaSpainUkraine
Belarus 8 Sep '1512 Oct '151–314 Jun '150–2
Luxembourg 1–15 Sep '1512 Oct '150–415 Nov '14
Macedonia 27 Mar '153–215 Nov '148 Sep '159 Oct '15
Slovakia 9 Oct '1527 Mar '1514 Jun '152–18 Sep '15
Spain 15 Nov '149 Oct '155–15 Sep '1527 Mar '15
Ukraine 5 Sep '1514 Jun '151–00–112 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
Total0/20-481210265576-21

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

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)

Friendly match

4 September 2014
19:00 UTC+3
Belarus 6 – 1 Tajikistan
Stasevich Goal 7'
Kornilenko Goal 55'
Krivets Goal 59'
Alyakhnovich Goal 61'
Kislyak Goal 63'
Aleksiyevich Goal 75'
ReportFatkhuloev Goal 34'
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 2,400
Referee: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

8 September 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Luxembourg 1 – 1 Belarus
Gerson Goal 42'ReportDrahun Goal 78'

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

9 October 2014
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus 0 – 2 Ukraine
ReportMartynovich Goal 82' (o.g.)
Sydorchuk Goal 90+2'
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 10,512
Referee: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

12 October 2014
21:45 UTC+3
Belarus 1 – 3 Slovakia
Kalachev Goal 79'ReportHamšík Goal 65'84'
Šesták Goal 90+1'
Borisov Arena, Borisov
Attendance: 3,684
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)

Upcoming fixtures[edit]


UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

15 November 2014
22:45 UTC+2
Spain  Belarus

Friendly match

18 November 2014
20:00 UTC+3
Belarus  Mexico

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

27 March 2015
22:45 UTC+2
Macedonia  Belarus

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

14 June 2015
22:45 UTC+2
Belarus  Spain

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

5 September 2015
22:45 UTC+2
Ukraine  Belarus

Record versus different opponents[edit]

TournamentPldWDLGoals
World Cup Qualifying4812102655–76
Euro Qualifying5111112943–79
Friendly87322926131–106
OpponentPldWDLGoals
 Lithuania843115–5
 Ukraine81344–9
 Luxembourg73317–3
 Latvia641113–7
 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-Herzegovina20020–3
 Switzerland20020–3
 England20021–6
 Spain20021–6
 Slovakia20021–7
 Tajikistan11006–1
 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
Total:186555081229–261

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Spain and friendly match against Mexico on 15 and 18 November 2014.
Caps and goals are correct as of 12 October 2014, after the game against Ukraine.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKYuri Zhevnov(1981-04-17) April 17, 1981 (age 33)550Russia Torpedo Moscow
1GKAlyaksandr Hutar(1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 25)60Belarus Dinamo Minsk
121GKSyarhey Chernik(1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26)30Belarus BATE Borisov
32DFAlyaksandr Martynovich(1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 27)412Russia Krasnodar
42DFIgor Shitov(1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 28)401Russia Mordovia Saransk
192DFMaksim Bardachow(1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 28)342Russia Rostov
2DFSyarhey Palitsevich(1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 24)20Belarus Dinamo Minsk
132DFSyarhey Matsveychyk(1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 26)00Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk
2DFAlyaksey Yanushkevich(1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 28)00Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk
2DFMaksim Valadzko(1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 22)00Belarus BATE Borisov
233MFTimofei Kalachev (Captain)(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 33)669Russia Rostov
153MFSyarhey Kislyak(1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 27)476Russia Rubin Kazan
3MFAnton Putsila(1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 27)446Russia Torpedo Moscow
143MFSergey Krivets(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 28)284France Metz
23MFStanislaw Drahun(1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 26)264Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
163MFSyarhey Balanovich(1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 27)222Russia Amkar Perm
93MFIhar Stasevich(1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 29)192Belarus Dinamo Minsk
3MFPavel Nyakhaychyk(1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26)80Russia Tom Tomsk
203MFIllya Aleksiyevich(1991-02-10) 10 February 1991 (age 23)71Belarus BATE Borisov
113MFMikhail Gordeichuk(1989-10-23) 23 October 1989 (age 25)51Belarus BATE Borisov
63MFMikhail Sivakow(1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 26)30Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa
84FWSergei Kornilenko(1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 31)6315Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
4FWMikalay Signevich(1992-02-20) 20 February 1992 (age 22)00Belarus BATE Borisov

Recent call-ups[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
GKAndrey Klimovich(1988-08-27) 27 August 1988 (age 26)00Belarus Gomelv.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
GKSyarhey Vyeramko(1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 32)260Russia Ufav.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014
DFDmitry Verkhovtsov(1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 28)443Russia Ufav.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
DFEgor Filipenko(1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 26)351Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
DFDzyanis Palyakow(1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23)100Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
DFAleh Veratsila(1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 26)140Belarus Dinamo Minskv.  Luxembourg, 8 September 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 29)130Turkey Gençlerbirliğiv.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
MFRenan Bressan(1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 26)183Portugal Rio Avev.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
MFEdhar Alyakhnovich(1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 27)151Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
MFPavel Savitski(1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 20)32Belarus Neman Grodnov.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
MFAlexander Hleb(1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 33)666Turkey Konyasporv.  Luxembourg, 8 September 2014
MFYan Tsiharow(1984-03-10) 10 March 1984 (age 30)351Russia Lokomotiv Moscowv.  Luxembourg, 8 September 2014
MFAlyaksandr Valadzko(1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 28)91Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Liechtenstein, 21 May 2014
MFArtem Bykov(1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 22)20Belarus Dinamo Minskv.  Liechtenstein, 21 May 2014
MFAndrey Chukhley(1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 27)70Russia Tyumenv.  Turkey, 19 November 2013
FWMikalay Yanush(1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 30)00Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorskv.  Slovakia, 12 October 2014
FWVitali Rodionov(1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 30)4610Belarus BATE Borisovv.  Liechtenstein, 21 May 2014
FWMaksim Skavysh(1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 24)30Russia Baltika Kaliningradv.  Bulgaria, 6 March 2014

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
5Timofei Kalachev6692004–
Alexander Hleb6662001–
7Maksim Romaschenko64201998–2008
8Sergei Kornilenko63152003–
9Valyantsin Byalkevich56101992–2005
10Yuri Zhevnov5502003–

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 Kornilenko15632003–
3Vitali Kutuzov13522002–2011
4Vyacheslav Hleb12452004–2011
5Raman Vasilyuk10242000–2008
Vitali Rodionov10462007–
Valyantsin Byalkevich10561992–2005
8Timofei Kalachev9662004–
9Vital Bulyga8372003–2008
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 Kondratiev2011–201427981137–35
Belarus Andrei Zygmantovich2014–00000–0
Total:1992–Present186555081229–261

See also[edit]

External links[edit]