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Euro 2016 team preview: Ukraine want to forget their 2012 nightmare

Group C: Germany | Ukraine | Poland | Northern Ireland

Ukraine disappointed in their home tournament four years ago. But if they can muster the spirit of 2006, when they reached the World Cup quarterfinals, they could go far.

How they qualified: Via playoff

Ukraine finished third to Spain and Slovakia in Group C and only claimed a point against their two rivals. They beat Slovenia comfortably in the playoffs by winning 3-1 on aggregate. Although they have a feted attack, their defence conceded just five in 12 games.

How they'll proceed:

Ukraine probably face a battle with rivals Poland for second place. The victor will get a kind-looking round-of-16 draw against the runners-up in France's group. Expect the Poles to edge them out and Ukraine, squeezing through in third, to be picked off by a group winner.

TBD by Editor
This is the first European Championship for which Ukraine have qualified, having co-hosted four years ago.

Predicted lineup:

(4-3-3); GK: Andriy Pyatov; DF: Artem Fedetskyi, Yevhen Khacheridi, Oleksandr Kucher, Vyacheslav Shevchuk; MF: Denys Garmash, Ruslan Rotan, Taras Stepanenko; FW: Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Roman Zozulya.

Key player: Andriy Yarmolenko

The powerful, versatile Dynamo Kyiv forward surely cannot be much longer for the Ukrainian league. He scored twice in the qualifying playoff with Slovenia and, together with Sevilla forward Yevhen Konoplyanka, forms a Ukraine attack that can expose anybody.

Manager: Mykhaylo Fomenko

The vastly experienced 67-year-old has a long career in Ukraine's domestic league and has impressed since taking over after Euro 2012. Ukraine narrowly failed to qualify for the World Cup, and his reign might be judged by this summer's events in France.


June 12 vs. Germany (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)

June 16 vs. Northern Ireland (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

June 21 vs. Poland (Noon ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
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