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21.11.2017

Alexei Rios
Why did Alexei Rios refuse to play for Peru? FC BATE midfielder Alexei Rios remembered why he rejected an invitation to play for the national team of Peru. - Did you regret that you had refused the offer of the national team of Peru after they qualified for the World Cup 2018? No. I have lived all my life in Belarus. This is my main homeland. And the second one is Peru. It just happened this way. - Do you expect to get somewhere with Belarus national team?

11.10.2017

Belarus lost to France in final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier
Belarus lose to France in last 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier The national football team of Belarus finished its participation in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. In the final away match the team of coach Igor Kriushenko lost to France.

09.10.2017

Igor Kriushenko, head coach of Belarus national team
Belarus to take on France in last WC 2018 qualifier Midfielder of FC Shakhter Soligorsk Edgar Olekhnovich has been called in the national team of Belarus for the final match of the 2018 World Cup qualifying against France, which will be held on October 10 in Paris. Belarus lost Saturday's game against the Netherlands 1:3 at Borisov Arena. In that match Alexei Rios, Sergei Balanovich and Nikolai Signevich received yellow cards which will not allow them to play in Paris.

04.09.2017

Sweden down Belarus 4:0 in World Cup qualifier
Sweden down Belarus 4:0 in World Cup qualifier Belarus lost to Sweden at home 0:4 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification at Borisov Arena. Both teams suffered away defeats in the previous round: Belarusians lost to Luxembourg (0:1), while Sweden were downed by Bulgaria (2:3).  Only in the starting 15 minutes did Belarusian footballers play on equal terms, and then followed ridiculous mistakes in the defense, which resulted in three goals. In the 18th minute Emil Forsberg opened the scoring, in 6 minutes Christoffer Nyman added a second one and on 37 minutes Marcus Berg made it 0:3. 

01.09.2017

Luxembourg stun Belarus in World Cup 2018 qualifier
Luxembourg stun Belarus in World Cup 2018 qualifier The Belarusian national football team held another match in the qualification for the World Cup 2018. It took place on the road, in Luxembourg, against the local national team. The modest status of opponents was aggravated by their squad problems. But alas, Igor Kriushenko's Belarus could not earn three points even in this situation. Belarus conceded one goal and could not equalize until the end of the game.

29.08.2017

Belarus preparing for World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Sweden
Belarus preparing for World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Sweden The national football team of Belarus has started preparing for the World Cup 2018 qualifying matches. On August 31, Igor Kriushenko's team will play with Luxembourg. On September 3 Belarus will host Sweden at Borisov Arena. The White Wings occupy fifth place in the qualifying tournament not having a chance for the World Cup Finals. The upcoming rivals occupy quite opposite positions. Luxembourg with one point is last in the standings, while Sweden is first in the group.

06.04.2017

Belarus, Russia to boost security ahead of 2018 World Cup
Belarus, Russia to boost security ahead of 2018 World Cup On the eve of the World Cup 2018, Belarus and Russia will strengthen security measures. Representatives of the Union State met in Grodno to discuss migration policy. They talked about making adjustments to the existing legislation and the equal validity of driving licenses in both countries. From June 1, only national driving licenses will be valid in Russia, while Belarus recognizes driving licenses of the international format. In addition, the meeting participants discussed migration legislation in the tourist environment.

27.03.2017

Sweden blank Belarus in World Cup 2018 qualifier
Sweden blank Belarus in World Cup 2018 qualifier The coach of Belarus has changed but the result remained the same. The Belarus national football team lost 0:4 against Sweden in an away World Cup qualifying match. Manager Igor Kriushenko's Belarus were fruitless in attack and very vulnerable in defense. As a result they conceded four goals. Two of them were scored by Emil Forsberg. In the first case he scored from a penalty, while the second was due to the fault of Andrey Gorbunov.

24.03.2017

Belarus manager Igor Kriushenko on WC 2018 qualifier against Sweden
Belarus manager Igor Kriushenko on WC 2018 qualifier against Sweden The national football team of Belarus is ready to play against any opponent, and a draw or a win will be a successful outcome of the next World Cup qualifying match against Sweden. Manager Igor Kriushenko shared expectations of the upcoming match before flying to Stockholm. The head coach has almost determined the starting lineup but some positions still require a particular decision, including the goalkeeper. By the way, goalie Sergei Chernik will leave the team after the battle with the Swedes on March 25.

21.03.2017

Hleb out for Belarus' WC qualifiers against Sweden and Macedonia
Hleb out for Belarus' WC qualifiers against Sweden and Macedonia Midfielder of Samara's Kryila Sovetov Alexander Hleb will not play for Belarus in World Cup qualifiers 2018 against Sweden and Macedonia, which are due in March. The new manager Igor Kriushenko is now coaching Belarus. - On Monday, I did an MRI. The survey showed damage to two ligaments of my ankle. I sent the reports to doctors of Krylia and the national team. On Tuesday, they will make their own decisions on the timing and methods of recovery. But now it is already obvious that I will not play in the March matches, Hleb told a Pressball correspondent.

14.11.2016

Bulgaria down Belarus in WC 2018 qualifier
Bulgaria down Belarus in WC 2018 qualifier After an unsuccessful start in the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament, both Belarus and Bulgaria wanted to bounce back and earn some vital points.  However, only the hosts delivered leaving Belarus without points again. They first attacked more and quickly achieved success.  On 10 minutes, the Bulgarians intercepted the ball in midfield, with Spas Delev racing down the right wing and passing to Ivelin Popov, who struck past Andrey Gorbunov. 

11.11.2016

Belarus beats Greece in FIFA friendly
Belarus beats Greece in FIFA friendly The national football team of Belarus has won against Greece in a friendly match 1:0. The meeting, held at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, has not caused much interest among Greek fans. The 34,000-capacity stands saw only about 2,000 fans coming to see the game.  In the first 10 minutes, the hosts owned the initiative, but could not succeed.  After that, Belarusians have become more active, with Sergei Politevich bringing Belarus a 1:0 lead in the 14th minute, after a perfectly executed free-kick.

08.11.2016

Belarus national football team prepares for matches with Greece and Bulgaria
Belarus national football team preparing for matches with Greece and Bulgaria The Belarus national football team started preparation for the final matches of 2016. The Belarusian team will have a guest sparring with Greece, and on Sunday, they will compete with the Bulgarian team. This match will be an official one and will be held in the framework of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Head coach of the team Alexander Khatskevich invited debutant from  BATE Yuri Kendysh.

11.10.2016

Luxembourg hold Belarus to 1:1 draw in 2018 WC qualifier
Luxembourg hold Belarus to 1:1 draw in 2018 WC qualifier The football team of Belarus drew their match against Luxembourg in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier. Belarusians took possession and had playing advantage throughout the game, but the visitors successfully repelled all attacks of Alexander Khatskevich's team for a long time. However, the hosts' perseverance brought fruit not long before the final whistle.

10.10.2016

Belarus to face Luxemburg in WC 2018 qualifier after defeat vs Netherlands
Belarus to face Luxemburg in WC 2018 qualifier after defeat vs Netherlands The Belarus national football team is going to hold another match of the qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2018 on October 10. Behind is a home draw vs France (0:0) and an away defeat against the Netherlands (1:4) on Saturday. This evening Borisov Arena is waiting for the underdogs Luxemburg. However, the Belarusian team's relationship with semi-amateurs from a small duchy has never been simple.  Suffice it to recall the dramatic defeat of Belarus 0:1 in Gomel in 2007 when the visitors scored the winning goal in stoppage time. 

07.10.2016

Belarus preparing for Netherlands WC 2018 qualifier
Belarus preparing for Netherlands WC 2018 qualifier The national football team of Belarus will hold a qualifying match of the World Cup 2018. The Belarus national team has travelled to Rotterdam where they will take on qualifying Group A rivals the Netherlands. This meeting will be refereed by a Scottish ref team led by Craig Thomson. The match will take place at the Feyenoord stadium, which seats 51,000 spectators.

06.10.2016

Netherlands vs Belarus: Pre-match press conference by Alexander Khatskevich
Netherlands vs Belarus: Pre-match press conference by Alexander Khatskevich Belarus national football team is completing preparation for the next qualifying match of the World Cup 2018. The White Wings will take on the formidable team of the Netherlands. On October 5, head coach of the Belarusian national team met with the media at the pre-match press conference. Alexander Khatskevich is anticipating the match against a solid opponent without fear. Khatskevich answered a number of topical questions.

01.09.2016

Belarus beat Norway in away friendly ahead of FIFA WC qualifier against France
Belarus beat Norway in away friendly ahead of FIFA WC qualifier against France The beginning of the meeting at Ullevaal in Oslo was quite equal, with rivals creating only a few chances. Gradually, however, the Norwegians, as befits the hosts, began to play a more active game and created several dangerous chances at the goal of Andrei Gorbunov, but the Belarusian goalkeeper coolly eliminated all threats.  Closer to the break the guests moved the game from their goal and created two brilliant chances within three minutes. 

12.08.2016

Belarus' squad for Norway friendly announced
Belarus' preliminary squad for Norway friendly announced The players of the national team of Belarus on August 28 will begin preparations for a friendly match against Norway and the opening match of the 2018 World Cup qualifying against France. The coaching staff of the Belarusian team led by Alexander Khatskevich named an long list of candidates, which includes 30 players: Goalkeepers - Andrei Gorbunov (Atromitos, Athens, Greece), Sergey Chernik (Nancy, France), Andrei Klimovich (Minsk), Aleksandr Gutor (Orenburg, Russia);

03.08.2016

Belarus football team to hold friendly match against Norway
Belarus football team to play friendly against Norway The football teams of Belarus and Norway on August 31 will hold a friendly match in Oslo, the Belarusian Football Federation reports. Previously, Belarus and Norway met each other six times, with Belarus winning only once, two draws and three Norway's wins. In the July FIFA rankings, the Norwegian team took 49th place, while Belarusians are 72nd.

14.07.2016

Belarus rise to 72nd spot in FIFA ranking
Belarus rise to 72nd spot in FIFA ranking Belarus national team has risen six places in the updated ranking of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and is now in 72nd position. Over the past month, the Belarusians did not play any matches and have 507 points. There were several changes at the top of the world rankings. The new European champions Portugal rose from 8th to 6th place and finalists France jumped from 17th to 7th position. The top ten of the July FIFA ranking:

07.07.2016

Belarus national football team to get shirts with national patterns
Belarus to play in shirts with national patterns vs France in WC 2018 qualifier In an interview with Tribuna.com, director of the Department of Marketing and Communications of the Belarusian Football Federation Vladimir Berezhkov said that the Belarus national football team will play in shirts with national pattern in the World Cup 2018 qualification. Also, white wings will become the team's brand.

05.06.2016

Belarus 78th in FIFA rankings
Belarus drops to 78th place in FIFA rankings Belarus national team has lost one position in the updated ranking of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and now occupies 78th place. In May, Alexander Khatskevich's Belarus held two friendly matches away against the future participants of Euro 2016 Finals. In Belfast Belarus lost to Northern Ireland 0:3 but then won against Ireland in Cork 2:1. Now the Belarusian team has 442 points.

27.07.2015

Belarus' FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification calendar
Belarus' FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification calendar Belarus will begin qualification of the 2018 World Cup with a home game against France. It will take place on September 6, 2016, according to Pressball. The draw placed Belarus in a very difficult group. The draw for the FIFA World Cup's European Zone Qualification took place on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Belarus is in Group A together with the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Luxembourg. Coach Alexander Khatskevich's team will play the matches on the following dates: October 7, 2016 Netherlands v Belarus

14.07.2015

Belarus in pot 5 ahead of 2018 World Cup qualification draw The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has announced pots ahead of the World Cup 2018 qualification draw. They are based on the updated FIFA rankings. The Belarus national team, ranked 100th at the moment, will be drawn from the fifth pot.