Ukraine

Euro 2012 Teams: Ukraine
  • Ukraine - Euro 2012Ukraine
  • Manager: Oleh Blokhin
  • Best Finish: Never Qualified
  • No of Appearances: 0

General Information

Co-hosts Ukraine will be making their first appearance at a European Championship this summer and history is there to be made for coach Oleh Blokhin and his experienced squad.

 

After years in the international wilderness, the Yellow-Blues announced themselves on the global stage when reaching the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup; however further success since that tournament has been hard to come by.

 

Ukraine will be playing their group matches in Kiev and Donetsk – an obvious advantage against such stern opposition but it remains to be seen whether they can mix it with the crème of the European crop.

 

Automatic qualification means that Ukraine have had a quiet couple of years, a factor which could work for or against them when thrust back into competitive action.

Chances

Ukraine will face Sweden in the opening group fixture and will be confident of posting a result in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.

 

But with France and England to come, the Yellow-Blues certainly have it all to do if they are to qualify for the last eight.

 

Blokhin’s men could well emerge as a force if a confident win over Sweden can be attained, nevertheless they will be underdogs against both Les Bleus and the Three Lions – despite home advantage.

Key Player: Anatoliy Tymoschuk

With a 114 caps to his name, Tymoschuk is Ukraine’s solid midfield lynchpin and his battling qualities and experience are priceless to the national side. At 33, this is likely to be his last major tournament but the Bayern Munich man’s quality and energy should not be underestimated.

TitanBet Prediction

3rd in Group Stage - Ukraine can give themselves a decent chance of qualifying by beating Sweden however both France and England will be fancied to edge them out of contention. They are likely to thrive in front of a bustling home crowd but their squad quality as a whole probably falls some way short of requirements for the quarter-finals.

Did You Know:

Anatoliy Tymoschuk is the only player in the squad to who plies his trade outside of Ukraine and Russia.