The Belarus national football team played their first match in 1992, with their first FIFA recognised friendly coming later that year. Previously to that Belarus nationals would play for the USSR but that ended with the split of the Soviet Union. It took the Belarus national football team two years after that first international friendly to record their first win. It came in a match against Luxembourg in 1994.
The Belarus national football team entered their first European championship qualifying campaign for Euro 1996 and then their first world cup qualifying campaign for France 1998. Since then they have entered all subsequent qualifiers for both tournaments but have never qualified for a finals competition. The national team play the majority of their home matches at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, which has a 40,000 capacity, but they do sometimes move around the country.
After a fairly unspectacular 90’s the Belarus national football team enjoyed their best performance in the qualifying for Korea/Japan 2002. The side finished third in their group and if it were not for a defeat to Wales in the final group game would have finished above Ukraine in second and progressed to the play-off. Since that the team has become more consistent.