National team's Hall of Fame. U-21: Euro 2006 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, complemented the history of domestic football with new bright pages.

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

Ukraine U-2006 made it to the final of the European Championship only on the sixth attempt - in the Euro-21 (U-2000) cycle. In the first two cycles Ukrainians took second place in the group, in the Euro-2004 and Euro-2002 they were third, and the closest to the final part became the Euro-XNUMX cycle. At that time, Volodymyr Onyshchenko's team lost to Switzerland in the play-offs.

Euro-2006 (U-21) qualifying round began in September 2004. But in fact, this team started getting staffed even earlier. At the end of 2002, Pavlo Yakovenko came to the helm of Ukraine U-2004, replacing Anatolii Kroshchenko after the unsuccessful start at Euro-21 (U-1981) selection. The new coch immediately expanded the list of candidates to the squad, in which, along with the 2000 players of birth (the generation that won silver at Euro-20 and competed at the World Championships (U-2001) in 1983), not only guys 1984 —1985 years of birth, but also XNUMX.

This experience at U-21 level matches allowed Aliyev, Milevskyi, Yatsenko and their peers to win bronze medals at Euro 2004 (U-19) and pass to the 2005 World Cup (U-20) and with wealth of points to get to the start of Euro qualifying -2006 (U-21) in September 2004. No one had any idea that after September's away matches with Denmark (2: 3) and Kazakhstan (1: 0) the cadence of Pavlo Yakovenko would end.

In October 2004 Ukraine was already led by Oleksii Mykhailychenko, who had just been released from Dynamo after a home defeat to Turkey's Trabzonspor in the Champions League qualification. The start of the new coach was 1%: Greece - 0: 6, Georgia - 0: 17. Oleksandr Hladkii, a XNUMX-year-old forward in the company of much more experienced partners, scored one of the goals to Georgia.

But further problems began: Turkey - 0: 1, Albania - 1: 1, Denmark - 0: 1. The decisive was a June 2005 match in Athens, where Adrian Pukanych's goal gave Ukraine a 1-0 victory. Oleksii Mykhailychenko was not on the coaching bench, he was replaced by Hennadii Lytovchenko - assistant head coach, who at that time was working with U-20 national team (players born in 1985) at the World Championships in the Netherlands. This win allowed blue-yellow to reach the finish line with a three point lead from Greece (23:20), to take second place after Denmark (29) and get to the play-offs.

The duel with Belgium was even more dramatic than the victory in Athens. In Mariupol the hosts were defeated - 2: 3, but in Lokeren showed a character and snatched the necessary victory, losing in the first half - 0: 1. At the 70th minute Ruslan Fomin levelled the score, on the 83rd Dmytro Chyhrynskyi led Ukraine ahead, and on the 93rd Artem Milevskyi brought the team a ticket for the final tournament - 3: 1!

To Portugal, Mykhailichenko's wards arrived after the losing at Valerii Lobanovskyi tournament (third place of four teams), but with awareness of their mistakes and valuable experience of performances at Euro 2004 (U-19) and World Cup-2005 -20).

In a very tense fight against the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark, who lost twice in the selection to blue-yellow, but took revenge in the final tournament, Ukraine won their group and reached the semifinals, where in the penalty shoot-out knocked out Serbia and Montenegro. And only in the finals Ukraine lacked the strength to get a victory over the Netherlands.

Ukraine at Euro-2006 (U-21)

Step by step

Netherlands - Ukraine - 1: 2

Goals: Loirink (90 + 2) - Milevskyi (39, penalties), Fomin (51).

Ukraine: Pyatov, Romanchuk, Yatsenko, Chyhrynskyi, Pukanych (Oberemko, 74), Milevskyi (Feshchuk, 90 + 3), Fomin (Aliyev, 80), Cheberyachko, Yarmash, Mykhalyk, Maksymov.

Referee: G. Lehner (Austria). Booked: Huntelaar - Fomin, Cheberyachko.

May 24. Agueda. City Stadium. 3 viewers. Group Tournament.

Italy - Ukraine - 1: 0

Goal: Chiellini (90 + 3).

Ukraine: Pyatov, Yarmash, Chyhrynskyi, Yatsenko (Ishchenko, 79), Romanchuk, Oberemko, Aliyev, Cheberyachko, Kryvosheyenko (Mykhalyk, 46), Feshchuk (Fomin, 60), Milevskyi.

Referee: H. Webb (England). Booked: Sammarco, Palladino, Donadel, Chiellini - Yarmash, Romanchuk.

May 26. Agueda. City Stadium. 6 873 spectators. Group Tournament.

Denmark - Ukraine - 1: 2

Goals: Kalenberg (43) - Fomin (31), Milevsky (84).

Ukraine: Pyatov, Romanchuk, Yatsenko, Chygrynsky, Pukanich (Obremko, 67), Milevsky, Fomin (Aliyev, 78), Cheberyachko, Yarmash, Mikhalik, Maksimov.

Referee: AV Malenko (Spain). Booked: Agger, Trust, Andreasen - Maximov, Milevsky.

May 29. Agueda. City Stadium. 5 784 spectators. Group Tournament.

Serbia-Montenegro - Ukraine - 0: 0 (penalty - 4: 5)

Ukraine: Pyatov (Rybka, 120), Romanchuk, Yatsenko, Chygrynsky, Pukanich (Aliyev, 58), Milevsky (Godin, 19), Fomin, Cheberyachko, Yarmash, Mikhalik, Maksimov.

Referee: H. Webb (England). Booked: Bisevac, Ivanovic - Yarmash, Romanchuk.

Post-match penalties: Aliyev (0: 0, goalkeeper), Jankovic (0: 0, goalkeeper), Fomin (0: 1), Miliash (1: 1), Chygrynsky (1: 2), Milovanovic (2: 2), Godin (2: 3), Basta (3: 3), Yatsenko (3: 4), Lomich (4: 4), Maximov (4: 5), Purovich (4: 5, past the goal).

June 1st. Aveiro. City Stadium. 17 spectators. Semifinal.

Netherlands - Ukraine - 3: 0

Goals: Huntelaar (11, 43, penalty), Hoffs (90 + 4).

Ukraine: Pyatov, Romanchuk, Yatsenko, Chygrynsky, Milevsky, Fomin (Aliyev, 46), Cheberyachko, Yarmash, Mikhalik, Godin (Feshchuk, 46), Maksimov.

Referee: M. Hanssson (Sweden). Booked: Vlar - Romanchuk, Yarmash, Yatsenko, Feshchuk. Sent off: Romanchuk (77).

June 4th. Porto. Bessa XXI Stadium. 22 145 spectators. Final.

Team of Ukraine (U-21) at Euro-2006

Goalkeepers

 

 

 

 

Andrii PYATOV

28.06.1984

Vorskla

5

6c

Oleksandr RYBKA

10.04.1987

Dynamo

1

0c

Yevhen SHYRYAYEV

22.02.1984

Chornomorets

Defenders

 

 

 

 

Oleksandr ROMANCHUK

21.10.1984

Arsenal

5

Dmytro CHYHRYNSKYI

07.11.1986

Shakhtar

5

Hryhorii YARMASH

04.01.1985

Vorskla

5

Oleksandr YATSENKO

24.02.1985

Kharkiv

5

Mykola ISHCHENKO

09.03.1983

Karpaty

1

Dmytro NEVMYVAKA

19.03.1984

Dynamo

Midfielders

 

 

 

 

Oleksandr ALIYEV

03.02.1985

Dynamo

5

Taras MYKHALYK

28.10.1983

Dynamo

5

Yevhen CHEBERYACHKO

19.06.1983

Arsenal

5

Oleksandr MAKSYMOV

13.02.1985

Kharkiv

4

Andrii OBEREMKO

18.03.1984

Kharkiv

3

Adrian PUKANYCH

22.06.1983

Illichivets

3

Oleksii HODIN

02.02.1983

Tavriya

2

Serhii PYLYPCHUK

26.11.1984

Spartak N (Russia)

Oleksandr SYTNYK

02.01.1985

Dynamo

Forwards

 

 

 

 

Artem MILEVSKYI

12.01.1985

Dynamo

5

2

Ruslan FOMIN

02.03.1986

Metalist

5

2

Maksym FESHCHUK

25.11.1985

Karpaty

3

Ivan KRYVOSHEYENKO

11.05.1984

Illichivets

1

Coach

 

 

 

 

Oleksii MYKHAILICHENKO

30.03.1963

5

A very interesting moment - this team could had been helped by two players of 1983, Oleh Husyev and Andrii Rusol. But they had been in the national team and were very important elements of Oleg Blokhin's team that made it to the 2006 World Cup.

After Euro-2006 (U-21), several more heroes from Mikhailchenko's team entered the national team - Pyatov, Yatsenko, Chyhrynskyi and Milevskyi. But Blokhin picked up only Milevskyi, who scored a penalty in the penalty shootout against Switzerland in 1/8 ot the tournament.

In general, most of the players of this U-XNUMX got their chance in the national team of Ukraine. Many of them took the opportunity and became involved in it for a long time. For example, Pyatov is still the first choice goalie of the main team of the country.

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