Ukraine had to beat Slovenia in two-legged playoff to qualify for Euro 2016 © Getty Images
Ukraine had to beat Slovenia in two-legged playoff to qualify for Euro 2016 © Getty Images

One of the underdogs of the tournament, Ukraine would be hoping to provide major scalps in what is only their second Euro campaign. They are placed alongside World Champions Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland. With Germany expected to go through as group leaders, Ukraine would see out a fight with Poland for the all-important second spot. Despite not many household names, they are a team which cannot be understated. In midfield, Dynamo Kiev’s Andriy Yarmolenko and Sevilla’s Yevhen Konoplyanka will be huge threats for the opposition.

Ukraine’s defence is stocked with experience. At goal, they have Andriy Pyatov. In defence, the Shakhtar Donetsk trio of Olexandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Vyacheslav Shevchuk will be the key. In the forward line, veteran Yevhen Seleznyov will be tasked with scoring the goals.

The one and only time Ukraine played in Euro’s was in it’s last edition in 2012, being the host nation. They did not have a tournament to remember, as they failed to qualify from the group stages. They were made to work to qualify for Euro 2016, after they finished third in their qualifying group. In the playoffs, they successfully managed to beat Slovenia 3-1 over two legs to book a place in the tournament.

Date Fixture Venue
12-Jun-16 Germany vs Ukraine Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Metropole
16-Jun-16 Ukraine vs Northern Ireland Stade de Lyon, Lyon
21-Jun-16 Ukraine vs Poland Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Denys Boyko, Andriy Pyatov, Mykyta Shevchenko

Defenders: Bohdan Butko, Artem Fedetskiy, Yevhen Khacheridi, Olexandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Vyacheslav Shevchuk

Midfielders: Denys Garmash, Olexandr Karavaev, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Viktor Kovalenko, Ruslan Rotan, Serhiy Rybalka, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Andriy Yarmolenko, Olexandr Zinchenko

Forwards: Pylyp Budkivskiy, Yevhen Seleznyov, Roman Zozulya