Chronology Of Ukrainian Football - a must read for anyone interested in the subject:
December 13, 1991:
Football Federation Of Ukraine (FFU) has been given a life. Viktor Bannikov was its first president.
: Ukraine, as well as Georgia, Slovenia, and Croatia received a temporary UEFA and FIFA memberships
March 6, 1992:
First ever Ukrainian Premier League match has been played (Chornomorets vs Karpaty in Odesa which ended in a tie). First goal was scored by Anatoliy Muschynka from Lviv.
April 29, 1992:
Ukrainian National Team's first ever internation match as a FIFA member. We lost at home (Uzhhorod) to Hungary - 1:3
First coach: Viktor Prokopenko (
First captain: Yuriy Shelepnytsky
First goal scored by UNT: Ivan Hetsko
May 31, 1992:
First ever Ukrainian Cup winner has been decided. Chornomorets (under Viktor Prokopenko) beat Metalist Kharkiv 1:0 in Odesa.
June 21, 1992:
First ever Ukrainian Premier League winner has been decided. In a play-off match between Dynamo Kyiv and Tavria Simferopol, Shevchenko's (not Andriy a.k.a. Sheva
p) only goal in the game won the title for the Crimea team.
Ukraine recieved a permanent FIFA membership and was now able to participate in all competitions under FIFA's helm.
August 19, 1992:
A representative of the independant
Ukraine debbuted in European competitions. Tavria drew with Shelbourne in Dublin - 0:0 and Chornomorets overcame Vaduc away from home - 5:0
October 21, 1993:
Ukraine's first ever official
international match - Ukraine U-21 beat Hungary U-21 in the Euro qualifications
May 8, 1994:
Ukraine Youth Team (U-17, coach Volodymyr Kyyanchenko) won a bronze medal in the Euro-1994 beating Austria in the third place play-off.
Ukraine National Team played its first ever official game - a 0:2 defeat by Lithuania in Kyiv in the Euro-1996 qualifications
June 27, 1996:
New FFU president was appointed Valeriy Pustovoytenko.
April 7, 1999:
Dynamo Kyiv reached the Champions League semi-final, where they were beated by Bayern Munich (3:3, 0:1)
June 24, 2000:
Ukraine U-19 team (coach Anatoliy Kroschenko) became a European vice champion after losing to France U-19 in the final - 0:1.
August 16, 2000:
New FFU president was appointed Hryhory Surkis.
28 June, 2001:
Ukraine U-19 (coach Anatoliy Kroschenko) made its debut in the Junior World Cup. In the 1/8 Ukraine was beaten by Paraguay 1:2.
November 5, 2003:
In Kyiv, for the first time on the territory of the Former Soviet Union states, the UEFA Executive Committee was held
May 19, 2004:
Hryhory Surkis was elected as a member of the UEFA Executive Committee.
June 10, 2004:
First ever Ukraine Super Cup was held. Dynamo Kyiv (Olexiy Mykhaylychenko) played Shakhtar Donetsk and won 6:5 on penalties after the game ended in a 1:1 draw.
June 21, 2004:
Ukraine U-19 Team (Pavlo Yakovenko) reached Euro-2004 semi-final where they were defeated by Spain U-19 after extra time - 2:4 (2:2 @ full time), but in the next game won the bronze medals.
Ukraine Nationa Team captain Andriy Shevchenko was voted as the Best European Player of the Year (Ballon d'Or) for the year 2004.
June 22, 2005:
Ukraine U-20 Team (Olexiy Mykhaylychenko) participated in the Junior World Cup (U-20) In the Netherlands, reaching the 1/8 stage, where they were beated by Nigeria U-20 - 0:1.
June 18, 2005:
FFU was officially announced as a contender for co-hosting Euro-2012 with Poland.
November 18, 2005:
Ukraine and Poland's application for hosting Euro-2012 reached the final stage alognside Hungary/Croatia and Italy.
Ukraine was announced as the host of the U-19 European championship in 2009 (in Donetsk and Mariupol).
June 4, 2006:
Ukraine U-21 Team (Olexiy Mykhaylychenko) became a European vice-champion after getting beaten by Holland U-19 in the final - 0:3.
June 30, 2006:
Ukraine NT, after reaching the quarter-final stage of the World Cup gets beated by Italy - 3:0.
November 29, 2006:
House of football, first in its kind, was open in Kyiv. Lennart Johansson (UEFA president), Urs Linsi (FIFA secretary general), Michell Platini (member of UEFA executive committee) and heads of 32 National Federations and many other were present at the opening ceremony.