Despite being responsible for producing some of the greatest handball talent in the history of the sport, Ukraine’s national team is still waiting for its major success on the European scene.
Olympic gold medallists from 1976 Serhiy Kushniryuk, Yuriy Lahutyn, Mykola Tomyn, Oleksandr Rezanov and Mykhaylo Ishchenko, 1992 Olympic champion Serhiy Bebeshko, EHF EURO 2000 top scorer Oleg Velyky and seven-time EHF Champions League winner Andriy Xepkin are just some of the high-profile names to have been developed in the Ukraine.
Bebeshko is now in charge of the national team, and their solid performances in qualification meant Ukraine will be making their first appearance at a EHF EURO event for the first time in 10 years. Not since a 16th place finish at EHF EURO 2010 have the Ukrainians graced the competition and hopes will be high of a good performance when they begin the competition in Vienna.
The Ukrainian’s booked their spot at this year’s event as one of the best third-place finishers, down in so small part thanks to two vital victories over the Faroe Islands.
After a decade away from being in the spotlight, Ukraine will be determined to ensure they make the most of their time back in the big time with the hope it is not another 10 years before they are back again.
Dyamnic left-handed right back Sergiy is one of the most decorated players in the Ukrainian national team. He made his debut aged 18 for ZTR and scored his first goals in the EHF Champions League. A four-time champion in Belarus, Sergiy has played 12 seasons in the EHF Champions League and, when part of the Paris Saint-Germain side, he reached the VELUX EHF FINAL4. After leaving PSG, Sergiy remained in France and lays for Chartres following a spell with Pays d’Aix UCH.
Hugely experienced pivot who has enjoyed an astonishing return to the national side. The 33-year-old returned to the fold saw him help the team qualify for EHF EURO 2020 with 19 goals. His club career saw him spend five years in Romania with Dunarea Calarasi before heading back to Ukraine to sign for Zaporozhye.
The EHF EURO 2020 will be the first major international tournament that Serhiy has coached in, despite his experience and success at national level in Belarus and Ukraine. He led Meshkov Brest, Dinamo Minsk and Motor Zaporozhye in the Last 16 of the EHF Champions League as well as winning seven national titles. The former centre back, who played 70 times for the USSR, took over before the start of the qualification campaign and successfully guided his team to the finals.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events