The Belarus football team played their first match in July 1992 following the split of the Soviet Union. The match ended in a 1-1 draw against Lithuania. It took two years for the nation to get their first victory which came against Luxembourg in October 1994.
The team's first qualification campaign was for Euro 96. However, they failed to qualify with a 4th place finish. The nation has actually failed to finish higher than 4th in any of their other European Championship qualification groups since. In qualifying for Euro 2012, Belarus will have to take on France, Romania, Bosnia, Albania and Luxembourg. The team have also never qualified for a World Cup.
Nevertheless, they came relatively close in making a Play Off for the 2002 tournament. The team needed a victory against Wales in their final group match to overtake Ukraine. However, they lost subsequently missing the opportunity.
The country is currently ranked as the 82nd best in the world. This is some way below their best of 57 that was achieved in June 2008. Even so, it's far higher than their lowest ranking of 142 in 1994 that was given to them upon their acceptance into FIFA.