Team guide: Ukraine

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Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko - still going strong. Photo: PA

Head coach: Oleg Blokhin

Pedigree: Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1992 Ukraine have never previously reached a European Championship finals. The closest they came prior to 'qualifying' for this summer's tournament as co-hosts was a play-off for Euro 2000, when a team containing Andriy Shevchenko, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleg Luzhny suffered a shock 3-2 aggregate defeat to Slovenia.

Euro 2012 chances: Andriy Shevchenko, 35, wants one last hurrah before going into international retirement; raucously partisan crowds are expected wherever the team go; and their group rivals (particularly England) have not had the best of preparations. All the ingredients are there for Ukraine to reach the quarter-finals - and possibly beyond.

Key man: Ukraine's most-capped player Anatoly Tymoshchuk is the man who makes this team tick. A muscular holding midfielder, his patrolling role will give Ukraine a solid base from which to attack.

Euro 2012 group fixtures: v Sweden (11 June, Kiev), v France (15 June, Donetsk), v England (19 June, Donetsk).

Squad

Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Olexandr Horyainov (Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev).

Defenders: Olexandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Taras Mykhalyk (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Selin (Vorskla), Bogdan Butko (Illichivets).

Midfielders: Olexandr Aliev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusiev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya), Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Andrei Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev), Marco Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Andriy Voronin (Dynamo Moscow), Evhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk).

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Ukraine's Bayern Munich star Anatoly Tymoshchuk is a key man. Credit: PA

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