National Teams Hall of Fame. U-16: Euro 1994 bronze

Recent successes of Ukrainian teams, in particular, of the national team - in Nations League and European Championship qualifying as well as Ukraine U-20 at U-XNUMX World Cup 2019 , complemented the history of domestic football with new bright pages.

The triumph of Oleksandr Petrakov's team is a stellar for youth football. Ukrainian football won its first international recognition in the years of independence in the spring of 1994. At that time, 16-year-old boys under Volodymyr Kyyanchenko became bronze medalists of European Championship in Ireland.

It was the first qualifying cycle for our U-16 youth team (later this age will be changed to U-17), and the success came immediately. The qualifying tournament was very short - just two matches in October 1993 in Debrecen, Hungary. At first Ukraine defeated the hosts - 1:0 (Volodymyr Hopkalo's goal), and then won over Armenia - 9:0. The hat-trick was recorded by Roman Marych, Andrii Holovko scored twice, while Volodymyr Hopkalo, Andrii Klymenko, Valentyn Slyusar and Serhii Zhura scored twice.

Marych, who represented Karpaty Lviv, did not get to the application for the final tournament. Oleksii Voronov from the Republican Higher School of Physical Education met the same fate.

In the same 1993, in preparation for Euro-1994 qualification, Kyyanchenko's team took part in an international tournament in the Netherlands, where they drew with the hosts (3: 3), defeated Luxembourg (5: 0), defeated Iceland (2: 1) and lost to Portugal (0: 1). Subsequently, Ukrainians played in a tournament in Austria, where the the victory over Latvia (3: 0) can be also noted.

The top scorers in preparation were Serhii Zhura (five goals) and Valentyn Slyusar (four goals). Serhii Bilokin (2), Hennadii Zubov and Andrii Klymenko (one each) also were among scorers.

Among those who did not play in either Euro-1994 qualification or in the final tournament, Serhii Bud-Husaym (UOR Kharkiv), Ihor Knyazev (Metalist Kharkiv), Serhii Levytskyi (Dynamo Kyiv) and Anatolii Matkevych (UOR Dnipropetrovsk) participated in friendly matches.

There was great hope for this bronze generation. But only few of them made their way to the main team. Hennadii Zubov showed himself most clearly - 29 matches, three goals (1996-2003). There were two matches played by Valentyn Slyusar (2008-2009), and Serhii Perhun - one (2001). The latter probably would have played more, but three days after his debut in the national team suffered a head injury in a game for CSKA Moscow, after which he died on August 28, 2001. A short time later, Omar Mishkov, who died on September 6, 2001, got into a car crash. The team coach Volodymyr Kyyanchenko (since May 21, 2011), Oleh Fedoruk (September 29, 2014) and Serhii Omelyanovych (July 21, 2015) are no longer alive.

Ukraine at Euro-1994 (U-16)

Step by step

Belgium - Ukraine - 1: 2

Goals: Vandepaar (74, penalties) - Yashchuk (6), Fedoruk (9).

Ukraine: Perhun, Kolchin (Kuptsov, 78), Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Gopkalo (Bilokin, 73), Zubov, Locksmith, Zgura, Omelyanovich, Yashchuk.

Referee: V. Grinak (Slovakia).

Warned: Shockert - Locksmith.

April 26. Dublin. Belfieldpark Stadium. Group Tournament.

Turkey - Ukraine - 1: 1

Goals: Bayhan (11) - Teeth (20).

Ukraine: Ostapenko, Kolchin, Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Gopkalo, Zubov, Locksmith, Zgura, Omelyanovich (Bilokin, 78), Yashchuk (Golovko, 70).

Referee: K. E. Fisker (Denmark).

Warned: Duranoglu - Omelyanovich, Kolchin, Golovko.

Sent off: Belokin (79).

April 28. Dublin. RDS Stadium. Group Tournament.

Iceland - Ukraine - 1: 2

Goals: Gislason (17) - Box (56), Locksmith (68).

Ukraine: Ostapenko, Kolchin, Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Hopkalo (Klimenko, 46), Zubov, Slusar, Zgura, Omelyanovich, Yashchuk (Golovko, 78).

Referee: R. O'Hanlon (Ireland).

April 30. Dublin. Belfieldpark Stadium. Group Tournament.

England - Ukraine - 2: 2 (penalties - 4: 5)

Goals: Carragher (2), Cassidy (56) - Fedoruk (49), Omelyanovich (80).

Ukraine: Ostapenko, Kolchin, Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Klimenko, Zubov (Gopkalo, 76), Locksmith, Zgura, Omelyanovich, Bilokin (Golovko, 74).

Referee: J. Pratash (Portugal).

May 3. Dublin. RDS Stadium. 1/4 finals.

Denmark - Ukraine - 2: 2 (penalties - 5: 3)

Goals: Lectonen (37), Torup (80) - Belokin (42), Hopkalo (61).

Ukraine: Ostapenko, Kolchin, Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Klimenko (Gopkalo, 40), Zubov, Slusar, Zgura, Omelyanovich, Bilokin (Golovko, 73).

Referee: R. O'Hanlon (Ireland).

Warned: Gronkyar - Bilokin, Omelyanovich.

Sent off: Omelyanovich (71).

May 5. Dublin. Dalimanpark Stadium. 1/2 of the finals.

Austria - Ukraine - 0: 2

Goals: Box (21), Zgura (72, penalties).

Ukraine (starting line-up): Ostapenko, Kolchin, Fedoruk, Nazarov, Mishkov, Hopkalo, Zubov, Locksmith, Zgura, Yashchuk, Kuptsov. Replaced by: Klimenko, Golovko.

Referee: M. Levnikov (Russia).

Booked: Klein.

May 8. Dublin. RDS Stadium. Match for 3rd place.

Note that future stars played in our rivals. For example, Fatih Tekke (Turkey), Eidur Gudjössen (Iceland), Jamie Carragher and Emil Heski (England), Esper Gronkyar and Martin Laursen (Denmark).

The composition of the national team of Ukraine (U-16) at Euro 1994

Goalkeepers

 

 

 

 

Oleh OSTAPENKO

27.10.1977

UOR Dnipropetrovsk

5

6c

Serhii PERKHUN

04.09.1977

Dnipro

1

1c

Defenders

 

 

 

 

Denis KOLCHYN

13.10.1977

Chornomorets Odesa

6

0

Omar MISHKOV

10.11.1977

Lazurne More Odesa

6

0

Dmytro NAZAROV

03.08.1977

UOR Simferopol

6

0

Oleg FEDORUK

27.10.1977

REFMC Kyiv

6

2

Oleksii KUPTSOV

02.09.1977

UOR Dnipropetrovsk

2

0

Midfielders

 

 

 

 

Serhii ZHURA

03.11.1977

Chornomorets Odesa

6

1

Hennadii ZUBOV

12.09.1977

Stal Alchevsk

6

1

Volodymyr HOPKALO

07.12.1978

Dynamo Kyiv

5

1

Serhii OMELYANOVYCH

13.08.1977

Zorya-MALS Luhansk

5

1

Serhii BILOKON

14.11.1977

UOR Dnipropetrovsk

4

1

Andrii KLYMENKO

13.09.1977

UOR Lviv

3

0

Forwards

 

 

 

 

Valentyn SLYUSAR

15.09.1977

Dynamo Kyiv

6

1

Oleh YASHCHUK

26.10.1977

Nyva Ternopil

4

3

Andrii HOLOVKO

05.08.1977

Dnipro-75

3

0

Coach

 

 

 

 

Volodymyr KYYANCHENKO

10.03.1941

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