The national team of Ukraine has the third latest start in the calendar year

Today, June 1, the national team of Ukraine will host the third start of the calendar year in history - Alexander Petrakov's team will play in Glasgow, Scotland with the hosts in the semifinal match of the playoffs of the 2022 World Cup.

The reason for such a late start is known - the war waged by Russia against Ukraine.

Later than 2022, the national team started only twice. The record was set for the 2020 pandemic. Until then, 1998 held the lead for a long time. Then our team first came on the field only in mid-July.

In February, the Blue and Yellows played their first match of the year 11 times, in March - 12.

Only official matches at the level of national teams under the auspices of FIFA are taken into account. 

Top 10 latest debut official matches of the national team of Ukraine by years

Year

date

City

Status

Opponent

Score

Coach

2020

September 3

Lviv

LN-2021

Switzerland

2:1

Andriy Shevchenko

1998

July 15

Kyiv

TM

Poland

1:2

Jozsef Sabo

2022

1 June

Glasgow

2022 World Cup (n)

Scotland

 

Oleksandr Petrakov

2010

May 25

Kharkiv

TM

Lithuania

4:0

Myron MARKEVYCH

1992

29 April

Uzhhorod

TM

Hungary

1:3

Victor Prokopenko

1993

27 April

Odesa

TM

Israel

1:1

Oleg Basilevich

2000

26 April

Sophia

TM

Bulgaria

1:0

Valery Lobanovsky

1996

9 April

Chisinau

TM

Moldova

2:2

Jozsef Sabo

2015

March 27

Seville

2016 European Championships (c)

Spain

0:1

Michael Fomenko

1995

March 25

Zagreb

1996 European Championships (c)

Croatia

0:4

Anatoliy Konkov

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