Everything you need to know about Ukraine before Euro 2024

Everything you need to know about Ukraine before Euro 2024

11/06/24 11:51

Ukraine return to the major international tournament stage after missing out on a place at the 2022 World Cup following a playoff final loss to Wales. Here is everything you need to know about the Ukrainian side set to begin their 2024 Euros campaign in Germany.

26 man team for the tournament

Headlined by Premier League players Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mykhailo Mudryk, of Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, here are the 26 players Serhiy Rebrov will be taking to the Euros:

Group and schedule

Ukraine were drawn into Group E alongside belgium, Slovakia and Romania.

Their tournament begins on Monday the 17th of June against Romania (14:00 BST), they then play Slovakia on the 21st (14:00 BST) and end their group matches against Belgium on the 26th (17:00 BST). Their games will be available to watch on BBC One for the first two fixtures with their match against Belgium being shown on BBC iPlayer.

Player to watch

Struggling to live up to his £89 million price tag at Chelsea, where better to prove himself than on the international stage for his country this summer. My player to watch for Ukraine is Mykhailo Mudryk.

The 23-year-old forward/midfielder finished his domestic season with seven goals and two assists in all competitions for a Chelsea side that was not without their struggles all around.

In European qualifiers he bagged his first two goals and two assists in his career for the national team, including the goal against Iceland that sealed qualification for Ukraine.

For a side that has struggled for goals in their last couple pre-tournament friendlies (0-0 vs Germany and 3-1 vs Poland), Mudryk has the opportunity to provide a creative spark going forward for Ukraine.

How did they fare at Euro 2020

At Euro 2020 Ukraine earned their best finish at a major tournament since 2006. They were drawn in Group C with the Netherlands, Austria and North Macedonia and despite two losses and just one win they progressed to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

They beat Sweden 2-1 in the round-of-16 before falling to England in the quarter-finals in a 4-0 thrashing.

How far will they go this time?

I am not predicting Ukraine to match their Euro 2020 campaign, whilst I do think they will finish third in Group E, I expect them to narrowly miss out on a spot in the four best third-placed teams and ultimately go out of the tournament in the group stages.

Benji Kosartiyer
Cameron Beards

Football Writer


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