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Soviet Union Olympic football team

The Soviet Union Olympic football team was the national football team of the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1990. The team participated in most of the qualification football tournaments for Summer Olympics. Until 1992, when age restrictions were officially introduced, the Soviet Union fielded its reserves in qualification tournaments, while in the finals the first team participated. Starting from 1990 the Soviet Union national under-21 football team participated in the Olympic qualifying competitions.

Soviet Union Olympic team
Nickname(s)The Olympic Assembled (Olimpiyskaya sbornaya) (Олимпийская сборная)
AssociationFootball Federation of the Soviet Union
Most capsIgor Dobrovolski, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Alexei Mikhailichenko, Dmitri Kharine, Volodymyr Troshkin (14)
Top scorerIgor Dobrovolski (8)
FIFA codeURS
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bulgaria 1–1 Soviet Union 
(Moscow, USSR; 27 June 1959)[1]
Biggest win
 Soviet Union 8–0 Cuba 
(Moscow, USSR; 24 July 1980)
Biggest defeat
 East Germany 4–1 Soviet Union 
(Warsaw, Poland; 28 June 1964)
Summer Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1952)
Best resultGold Medal, 1956, 1988
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow Team
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team

Contents

HistoryEdit

Officially the Olympic national team was founded in 1959 after the FIFA adopted its decision in 1958 prohibiting players who played in the World Cup finals from participation in the Olympics. The Soviet Union did not participate in the World Cup until 1958 (see 1958 World Cup (qualifications)); instead, it allowed its first team (base team) to compete at the Olympics (since 1952). Upon introducing the first team to the World Cup, the Olympic football team of USSR was created. The under-23 years old restriction was introduced for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

1960 OlympicsEdit

QualificationEdit

3rd GroupEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bulgaria 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 5
  Soviet Union 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 4
  Romania 4 1 1 2 2 4 -2 3

GamesEdit

Soviet Union  1 – 1  Bulgaria
Korolenkov   68' Report Milanov   26'
Attendance: 102,000
Referee: Bengt Lundell (Sweden)

Soviet Union  2 – 0  Romania
Urin   10'
Metreveli   61'
Report
Attendance: 102,000
Referee: Erio Pattiniemi (Finland)

RosterEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Boris Razinsky (1933-07-12)12 July 1933 (aged 26) 4   CSK MO Moscow
2DF Dmitriy Bagrich (1936-03-26)26 March 1936 (aged 23) 4   CSK MO Moscow
2DF Anatoliy Soldatov (1931-07-11)11 July 1931 (aged 28) 3   Spartak Moscow
2DF Mikhail Yermolayev (1935-11-04)4 November 1935 (aged 24) 3   CSK MO Moscow
2DF Nikolai Linyaev (1933-07-17)17 July 1933 (aged 26) 3   CSK MO Moscow
2DF Anatoly Krutikov (1933-09-21)21 September 1933 (aged 26) 1   Spartak Moscow
2DF Ivan Morgunov (1929-01-01)1 January 1929 (aged 30) 1   Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Stanislav Zavidnov (1934-10-14)14 October 1934 (aged 25) 3   Zenit Leningrad
3MF Yury Kovalyov (1934-02-06)6 February 1934 (aged 25) 3   Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Boris Batanov (1934-07-15)15 July 1934 (aged 25) 2   Zenit Leningrad
3MF Valery Korolenkov (1939-03-17)17 March 1939 (aged 20) 2   Dynamo Moscow
3MF Aleksandr Sokolov (1930-02-26)26 February 1930 (aged 29) 1   Dynamo Moscow
3MF Shota Yamanidze (1937-03-15)15 March 1937 (aged 22) 1   Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Slava Metreveli (1936-03-30)30 March 1936 (aged 23) 4   Torpedo Moscow
4FW Zaur Kaloyev (1931-03-24)24 March 1931 (aged 28) 3   Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Valeri Urin (1934-08-10)10 August 1934 (aged 25) 2   Dynamo Moscow
4FW Avtandil Gogoberidze (1922-08-03)3 August 1922 (aged 37) 1   Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Igor Zaitsev (1934-04-21)21 April 1934 (aged 25) 1   Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Viktor Voroshilov (1926-08-15)15 August 1926 (aged 33) 1   Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Viktor Sokolov (1936-09-28)28 September 1936 (aged 23) 1   Lokomotiv Moscow

Notes:

  • Age on 12 December 1959.

Olympic RecordEdit

[2]

Host Nation(s) - Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1920 - 1948 Did not enter
  1952 Round 1 3 1 1 1 8 9
  1956 Champion 5 4 1 0 9 2
  1960 Did not qualify
  1964
  1968
  1972 3rd place 7 5 2 0 17 6
  1976 3rd place 5 4 0 1 10 4
  1980 3rd place 6 5 0 1 19 3
  1984 Boycotted - - - - - -
  1988 Champion 6 5 1 0 14 6
  1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 6/20 32 24 5 3 77 30

VenuesEdit

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
Central Lenin Stadium Moscow 1959-1984 13 9 2 2 27 8 2.23
Central Dynamo Stadium Moscow 1956-1991 9 7 2 0 24 1 2.56
Lokomotiv Stadium Simferopol 1988-1991 3 2 1 0 5 1 2.33
Central Stadium Kiev 1963 1 1 0 0 7 0 3
Druzhba Stadium Lvov 1971 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Hrazdan Stadium Yerevan 1971 1 1 0 0 5 1 3
Central Lokomotiv Stadium Moscow 1990 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Totals 1956-1991 29 21 6 2 74 13 2.38

Soviet managersEdit

The list does not include games of the senior team such as participation at the Olympic tournaments finals (1952-1980).

Manager Nation Years Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Qualifying cycle Final tour
Boris Arkadiev   1959 4 1 2 1 3 2 25 1960
Vyacheslav Solovyov   1963-1964 5 2 2 1 14 6 40 1964
Aleksandr Ponomarev   1971 5 4 1 0 14 1 80 1972
Konstantin Beskov   1975 6 5 1 0 14 2 83.33 1976
Konstantin Beskov   1980 6 5 0 1 19 3 83.33 1980
Vladimir Salkov   1983 2 1 1 0 5 2 50 1984
Eduard Malofeyev   1983-1984 4 2 1 1 4 2 50 1984 1984*
Anatoly Byshovets   1986-1988 14 11 3 0 26 8 78.57 1988 1988
Boris Ignatyev   1990-1991 6 2 3 1 6 4 33.33 1992

Notes:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prior to the decision taken by FIFA after the 1958 FIFA World Cup which prohibited any team’s footballers who played in the finals of the World Cup from participating in the Olympic football tournament.
  2. ^ Olympic tournaments

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