Geography for the national team of Ukraine: after Ireland, there will be three potential rivals in Europe

Today in Dublin at Aviva Stadium the national team of Ukraine meets the team of Ireland in its first match of the Nations League 2022/2023 season (the kick-off at 21.45 Kyiv time).

Ireland should become Ukraine's 72nd rival in history, taking into account the representatives of the five confederations, and the 52nd opponent from Europe. However, one rival is no longer on the political map: Yugoslavia first changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro, and then split into two.

After Ireland, there will be three more potential rivals for Ukraine in Europe - Belgium, Gibraltar and Liechtenstein. 

Debut meetings of the national team of Ukraine with rivals

Year

Debuts

National teams

1992

3

Hungary, USA, Belarus

1993

4

Israel, Lithuania, Croatia, Mexico

1994

5

Bulgaria, UAE, South Korea, Slovenia, Estonia

1995

1

Italy

1996

4

Moldova, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Portugal

1997

3

Albania, Germany, Armenia

1998

4

Poland, Georgia, Russia, Andorra

1999

2

France, Iceland

2000

2

England, Norway

2001

4

Romania, Cyprus, Wales, Latvia

2002

5

Japan, Yugoslavia, Iran, Greece, Slovakia

2003

3

Spain, Denmark, Macedonia

2004

2

Libya, Kazakhstan

2005

2006

7

Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Switzerland, Scotland

2007

2

Faroe Islands, Uzbekistan

2008

3

Serbia, the Netherlands, Sweden

2009

2010

3

Chile, Canada, Brazil

2011

3

Uruguay, Czech Republic, Austria

2012

1

Montenegro

2013

2

Cameroon, San Marino

2014

1

Niger

2015

2016

2

Kosovo, Finland

2017

1

Malta

2018

1

Morocco

2019

1

Nіgerіya

2020

2021

2

Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In total, Ukraine's rivals include 51 from Europe, seven from Asia, six from Africa, four from CONCACAF and three from South America. We have not met so far only with the teams of Oceania.

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