In the upcoming January transfer window, Bayern Munich are set to engage in a heated battle with La Liga champions Barcelona for the coveted 26-year-old Girona winger Viktor Tsygankov.
Although Ukraine did not immediately present a threat to the more established football superpowers, they were placed 11th on FIFA's world rankings at their peak in 2007.
Ukraine's most famous footballer of all-time, Andriy Shevchenko, starred for Dynamo Kyiv and AC Milan, also enjoying a stint at Chelsea, where he was once the most expensive player in Premier League history.
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic national team in the 1920s and 1930s
Ukraine formation and early years
Ukraine had to integrate itself into international football from scratch following the fall of the Soviet Union.
After a turbulent and unsuccessful Euro 1996 qualification campaign, Ukraine only narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, losing to Croatia in the play-offs.
After an undefeated Euro 2000 qualification campaign, Ukraine once again had to settle for a play-off spot despite two draws against reigning world champions France.
Ukraine once again made the play-offs for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea. However, a 5-2 aggregate defeat to eventual finalists Germany saw them miss out on the finals.
They looked set to make the qualification play-offs for Euro 2004, as Spain were the only opponents in their group that were stronger than Ukraine on paper.
The 2006 World Cup
Players from Ukraine celebrate after the penalty shoot out during the 2nd round match of 2006 FIFA World Cup between Switzerland and Ukraine in Cologne on Monday 26 June, 2006
Euro 2012, 2016 and 2020
Their performances improved in qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but they still fell short of reaching the tournament due to a play-off defeat at the hands of old tormentors Greece.
Ukraine co-hosted Euro 2012 along with Poland, with Blokhin back as head coach after stepping down in 2007.
Under Mykhaylo Fomenko Ukraine reached the qualification play-offs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but were beaten by France 3-2 on aggregate despite a 2-0 home victory, meaning that they failed to reach the tournament once again.
However, Ukraine did manage to qualify for Euro 2016 after beating Slovenia in a play-off, avenging their Euro 2000 qualification play-off defeat.
After the Euro 2016 flop, Fomenko was replaced by Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko.
Ukraine during the Russian invasion
Ukraine national team legends
Andriy Yarmolenko, previously of Borussia Dortmund and West Ham, is Ukraine's second most capped player after Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.
Racism is a problem among a tiny minority of Ukranian football fans and there was a recent high-profile incident which saw Taison of Shakhtar Donetsk sent off for his reaction to racist abuse at the hands of Dynamo Kyiv fans.