National team's Hall of Fame. U-18: Euro 2000 silver

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

We suggest to mention previous medal swirls of blue-yellow.

Six years after winning bronze medals at Euro 1994 (U-16) Ukrainian football has again received international recognition. This time - in the older age category, U-18. Although it would be fairer to call it U-19, because some players were already 19 years old at the time of the final tournament. Subsequently, by the way, UEFA made adjustments to the names of categories, making them more relevant to reality.

Anatoliy Buznik began to take care of the generation of football players born in 1981. Under his leadership, the boys made their way to the final tournament of Euro-1998 (U-16), where they scored four points in three matches and did not leave the group. But they gained some experience that came in handy in the future.

The Euro 2000 (U-18) qualifying tournament consisted of two stages. The first took place in Ploiesti, Romania, where the hosts and the Ukrainian national team scored an equal number of points - five each. In the last match, the rivals met each other and drew (0: 0), which brought Ukraine first place and a pass to the next round. Before that, Anatoliy Kroshchenko's wards defeated Bulgaria, which included the future scorer Dimitar Berbatov, with a score of 4: 0 and shared the points with the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina - 1: 1. Goals were scored by Andriy Matveev (2), Ruslan Valeev, Volodymyr Bondarenko and Bohdan Shershun.

The matches of the second stage - in the playoff format - took place in the spring of 2000. In Kyiv, the Ukrainians defeated the national team of Northern Ireland with a minimum score of 1: 0, in Belfast in the 4th minute the hosts restored the balance, and the fate of the confrontation was decided at the end of the match: 83rd minute - 1: 1, 87th - 2: 1, 89-a - 2: 2.

The hero of these two matches was Oleksiy Belik, whose star was going to Shakhtar at the time. He scored all three goals for the British, and scored in the final tournament. Probably, he was not enough for the team in the decisive match with the French team, because the main scorer of the Ukrainians earned disqualification due to an extra yellow card.

However, the silver medals of the European Championship turned out to be the most serious achievement for Ukrainian football at that time. The performers quickly became famous, they were closely watched and expected that in the future most of them will become the main players of the national team.

But Belik played in the national team only 19 matches in 2004-2007 (five goals). Vitaliy Lysytsky played five matches for her (2001-2002), Bohdan Shershun - four (2003-2006).

And the main star of Ukraine, born in 1981, was Ruslan Rotan, who played a total of 100 matches for the national team and scored eight goals (2003-2018). However, he did not have a stable place in Kroshchenko's team. Serhiy Symonenko (two matches in the national team), who took part in other matches against Kroschenko, including the first stage of the Euro-2000 selection, also did not make it to the finals of Euro-2000.

But Ruslan Bidnenko, Serhiy Danilovsky and Taras Kabanov (all - one match in the national team) in 2000 were not invited to the youth team. Bidnenko played until 1999 inclusive, and Danilovsky and Kabanov started playing only in 2001.

We will also note the players who helped the national team of Ukraine to make it to the final tournament of Euro-2000. In addition to Symonenko, who then represented the Moscow "Torpedo", at the first stage of selection are Alexander Batrachenko ("Metallurg" Zaporozhye), Pavlo Katkov ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih), Mykola Nakonechny ("Borisfen" Boryspil) and Volodymyr Petrovsky ("Dynamo") Kiev). Serhiy Levchenko (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Smalko (Borisfen Boryspil) and Serhiy Histev (Stal Alchevsk) also played in the second stage.

In addition, in friendly matches in 2000 Serhiy Sernetsky (CSKA Kyiv) played, and in 1999 - Ruslan Bidnenko (Borisfen Boryspil), Artur Buzyla (FC Vinnytsia), Serhiy Halyuza (Zorya Luhansk), Dmytro Kozachenko (Obolon-PPO Kyiv), Volodymyr Kravchenko (Metalist Kharkiv), Andriy Mykhailov (Dynamo Kyiv), Vitaliy Sydorenko (Obolon-PPO Kyiv) and Oleksandr Shevelyukhin (Dynamo Kyiv).

Ukraine at Euro-2000 (U-18)

Step by step

Germany - Ukraine - 0: 1

Goal: Belik (63).

Ukraine: Rudenko, Pasichnichenko, Shershun, Lisitsky, Komarnitsky, Bandovsky (Stoyan, 46), Belik, Valeyev (Monakhov, 88), Gerasimenko (Matveev, 84), Kondratovich, Berezovchuk.

Referee: T. H. Orebo (Norway). Booked: Belik (52). Sent off: Lisitsky (90).

July 17th. Mannheim. "Karl-Benz-Stadion". 16 spectators. Group tournament.

Croatia - Ukraine - 1: 2

Goals: Babich (44) - Belik (40), Bondarenko (76).

Ukraine: Rudenko, Pasichnichenko, Shershun, Komarnitsky, Stoyan (Prokhorov, 67), Belik, Valeyev, Gerasimenko (Kutas, 85), Kondratovich, Monakhov (Bondarenko, 21), Berezovchuk.

Referee: M.-E. M. Gonzalez (Spain). Booked: Stoyan (57).

July 19th. Forst. "Waldstadion". 3 spectators. Group tournament.

Netherlands - Ukraine - 0: 0

Ukraine: Rudenko, Pasichnichenko, Shershun, Lisitsky, Komarnitsky, Bondarenko, Belik, Valeyev (Matveev, 72; Stoyan, 89), Prokhorov, Kondratovich (Gerasimenko, 46), Berezovchuk.

Referee: C. Amarilla (Paraguay). Booked: Knol (41), Mustafa (87) - Belik (85).

July 21st. Goffenheim. "Dittmar-Hopp-Stadion". 4 spectators. Group tournament.

France - Ukraine - 1: 0

Goal: Bounier (81).

Ukraine: Rudenko, Pasichnichenko (Kutas, 83), Shershun, Lisitsky (Stoyan, 64), Komarnitsky, Bondarenko, Valeev (Bendovsky, 67), Gerasimenko, Prokhorov, Kondratovich, Berezovchuk.

Referee: Erdemir (Turkey). Booked: Vinyal (67), Mendy (85), Akhamada (90) - Stoyan (75), Kondratovich (83), Bondarenko (85).

July 24th. Nuremberg. Frankenstadion. 32 spectators. Final.

It should be noted that the future players of the national teams of their countries also played in the teams of our rivals. For example, Hanno Balic and Benjamin Laut (Germany), Dario Srna, Marko Babic, Nikola Safaric, Marian Bulyat, Dino Drpic (Croatia), Rafael van der Vaart (Netherlands). The Dutchman Saeed Butahar later played for the national team of Morocco. The Czech team was represented by Petr Cech, Milan Baros, Tomas Hubschman and David Lafata. And under the leadership of coach Jacques Crevoisier, the European champions were the future players of the French national team - Jibril Cissé (41 matches, nine goals), Philippe Mexès (29, 1), Gael Given (12) and Bernard Mendy (3). Some of them have become international stars.

The Ukraine squad: (U-18) at Euro-2000

Goalkeepers

Vitaliy RUDENKO

26.01.1981

Chornomorets Odesa

4

2c

Artem KUSLIY

07.07.1981

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

0

0

Defenders

Vitaliy Komarnitsky

02.08.1981

Ironi Rishon LeZion (Israel)

4

0

Roman PASICHNYCHENKO

17.06.1981

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

4

0

Denis STOYAN

24.08.1981

Borysfen Boryspil

4

0

Bohdan Shershun

14.05.1981

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

4

0

Fedor PROKHOROV

24.04.1981

Obolon-PPO Kyiv

3

0

Pavel KUTAS

03.09.1982

Dynamo Kyiv

2

0

Anton MONAKHOV

31.01.1982

"Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih

2

0

Midfielders

Andrey BEREZOVCHUK

16.04.1981

"Mykolaiv"

4

0

Ruslan VALEYEV

31.10.1981

Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

4

0

Dmitry Kondratovich

24.06.1981

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

4

0

Vladimir BONDARENKO

06.07.1981

CSKA Kyiv

3

1

Vitaliy LYSYTSKY

16.04.1982

Dynamo Kyiv

3

0

Igor BENDOVSKY

06.10.1981

Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

2

0

Forwards

Andrey HERASYMENKO

08.01.1981

Dynamo Kyiv

4

0

Alexey BELIK

15.02.1981

Shakhtar Donetsk

3

2

Andrey MATVEYEV

06.05.1981

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

2

0

Coach

Anatoly KROSHCHENKO

26.10.1937

 

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