Soviet Union national football team

The Soviet Union national football team (Russian: сбо́рная СССР по футбо́лу, tr. sbórnaya SSSR po futbólu) was the national football team of the Soviet Union.

Soviet Union
1924–1991
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Red Army
AssociationFootball Federation of the Soviet Union
Most capsOleg Blokhin (112)
Top scorerOleg Blokhin (42)
Home stadiumLuzhniki Stadium until 1991
FIFA codeURS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Highest1 (July 1960)
First international
 Soviet Union 3–0 Turkey 
(Moscow, Soviet Union; 16 November 1924)
Last international
 Cyprus 0–3 Soviet Union 
(Larnaca, Cyprus; 13 November 1991)
Biggest win
 Soviet Union 11–1 India 
(Moscow, Soviet Union; 16 September 1955)[1]
 Finland 0–10 Soviet Union 
(Helsinki, Finland; 15 August 1957)
Biggest defeat
 England 5–0 Soviet Union 
(London, England; 22 October 1958)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1958)
Best resultFourth place, 1966
European Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1960)
Best resultChampions, 1960

After the breakup of the Union the team was transformed into the CIS national football team. FIFA considers the CIS national football team (and ultimately, the Russia national football team) as the Soviet successor team[2] allocating its former records to them (except for the Olympic records which are not combined due to the IOC policy); nevertheless, a large percentage of the team's former players came from outside the Russian SFSR, mainly from the Ukrainian SSR, and following the breakup of the Soviet Union, some such as Andrei Kanchelskis from the former Ukrainian SSR, continued to play in the new Russia national football team.

The Soviet Union failed to qualify for the World Cup only twice, in 1974 and 1978, and attended seven finals tournaments in total. Their best finish was fourth in 1966, when they lost to West Germany in the semifinals, 2–1. The Soviet Union qualified for five European Championships, winning the inaugural competition in 1960 when they beat Yugoslavia in the final, 2–1. They finished second three times (1964, 1972, 1988), and fourth once (1968), when, having drawn with Italy in the semi-final, they were sent to the third place playoff match by the loss of a coin toss. The Soviet Union national team also participated in number of Olympic tournaments earning the gold medal in 1956 and 1988. The Soviet team continued to field its national team players in Olympic tournaments despite the prohibition of FIFA in 1958 to field any national team players in Olympics (players in the Olympics were required to be amateurs at the time, Soviets effectively bent the rules by listing their best players in the military).

HistoryEdit

First gamesEdit

 
Soviet Union team of 1927

Due to the far-left coup-d'état known as October Revolution and later the 1917–1922 Russian Civil War, the Soviet Russia ended up in international isolation. In 1922 the Soviet Russia formed along with its occupation administrations in neighboring states the Bolshevik state of Soviet Union. After the civil war the Soviet Union managed to establish international communication with politically similar factions in Europe and around the globe. The Soviet Union joined the Red Sport International proclaiming any sports events outside of the RSI to be "bourgeoisie sport".

The first international match played by a Soviet team (as Russian SFSR) came in September 1922, when the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation football team toured Russia (Soviet Union was formed at the end of December 1922, Treaty on the Creation of the USSR). The Soviet Russia XI scored a 4–1 victory over the Finns in Petrograd. This was also the first international contact for Soviet sports after the 1917 October Revolution. In May 1923, the Soviet team visited Finland and beat the Finnish squad 5–0.[3][4] The first match against national team was played in August 1923, nine months after the establishment of the Soviet Union, when a Russian SFSR team beat Sweden 2–1 in Stockholm.[5]

The first match as the actual Soviet Union football team took place a year later, a 3–0 win over Turkey. This and a return match in Ankara were the only officially recognised international matches played by the Soviet Union prior to the 1952 Summer Olympics, though several unofficial friendlies against Turkey took place in the 1930s. The 1952 Olympics was the first competitive tournament entered by the Soviet Union. In the preliminary round, Bulgaria were defeated 2–1, earning a first round tie against Yugoslavia. Before the match, both Tito and Stalin sent telegrams to their national teams, which showed just how important it was for the two head of states.[6] Yugoslavia led 5–1, but a Soviet comeback in the last 15 minutes resulted in a 5–5 draw. The match was replayed, Yugoslavia winning 3–1.[7] The defeat to the archrivals hit Soviet football hard, and after just three games played in the season, CDKA Moscow, who had made up most of the USSR squad, was forced to withdraw from the league and later disbanded. Furthermore, Boris Arkadiev, who coached both USSR and CDKA, was stripped of his Merited Master of Sports of the USSR title.[8]

Sweden trials and the triumphEdit

The Soviet Union, coached by Gavriil Khachalin, entered the World Cup for the first time at the 1958 tournament, following a qualification playoff against Poland.[9] Drawn in a group with Brazil, England and Austria, they collected three points in total, one from England and two from Austria. Soviet Union and England went to a playoff game, in which Anatoli Ilyin scored in the 67th minute to knock England out. The Soviet Union were then eliminated by the hosts of the tournament, Sweden, in the quarter-finals.

The inaugural European Championships in 1960 marked the pinnacle of Soviet footballing achievement. Easily progressing to the quarter-finals, the team were scheduled to face Spain, but due to the tensions of the Cold War, Spain refused to travel to the Soviet Union, resulting in a walkover. In the semi-final, the Soviet team defeated Czechoslovakia 3–0 and reached the final, where they faced Yugoslavia.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.

The end of Kachalin's dream-teamEdit

 
Lev Yashin trying to stop the shot by Argentine striker José Sanfilippo, during the match played at Buenos Aires in 1961. Soviet Union won 2–1

In the 1962 World Cup, the Soviet team was in Group 1 with Yugoslavia, Colombia and Uruguay. The match between Soviet Union and Colombia ended 4–4; Colombia scored a series of goals (68', 72', 86'). Star goalkeeper Lev Yashin was in poor form both against Colombia and Chile. His form was considered one of the main reasons why Soviet Union team did not gain more success in the tournament.[citation needed]

In 1964, the Soviet Union attempted to defend their European Championship title, defeating Italy in the last 16 (2–0, 1–1) and to reach the quarter-finals. After two matches against Sweden, the Soviet side won on aggregate (1–1, 3–1). The Soviet Union team went to Spain where the finals were held. In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated Denmark 3–0 in Barcelona but their dreams of winning the title again were dashed in the final when Spain, the host, scored a late goal, winning 2–1.

The late 1960s: Semi-finals at World Cup and European ChampionshipsEdit

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the tournament which the Soviet Union team reached their best result by finishing in fourth place. Soviet Union was in Group 4 with North Korea, Italy and Chile. In all three matches, the Soviet Union team managed to defeat their rivals. The Soviet team then defeated Hungary in the quarter-finals thanks to the effective performance of their star, Lev Yashin but their success was ended by two defeats on 25 and 28 July, against West Germany in the semi-finals and Portugal in the third place play off match, respectively. The 1966 squad was the second best scoring Soviet team in the World Cup history, with 10 goals.

For the Euro 1968, the qualification competition was played in two stages; a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). Again, only four teams could reach the finals which were held in Italy. The semi-final match between Soviet Union and Italy ended 0–0. It was decided to toss a coin to see who reached the final, rather than play a replay. Italy won, and went on to become European champions. On 8 June 1968, the Soviets were defeated by England in the third place match.

Kachalin's second attemptEdit

The 1970 World Cup started with the match between Mexico and the Soviet Union. The Soviet team became the first team to make a substitution in World Cup history in this match. Other opponents in their group were Belgium and El Salvador. The Soviet team easily qualified to the quarter-final where they lost against Uruguay in extra time. This was the last time the Soviet Union reached the quarter-finals. They were able to obtain 5th place in the rankings which FIFA released in 1986.

The final tournament of the 1972 European Championships took place between 14 and 18 June 1972. Again, only four teams were in the finals. Soviets defeated Hungary 1–0, a second half goal. The final was between West Germany and Soviet Union. The match ended with a victory of the German side thanks to the effective football of Gerd Müller. This tournament was one of the two tournaments in which the Soviet Union finished as runner-up.

Failures to qualify in the 1970sEdit

 
The Soviet Union playing the Argentina at Estadio Monumental, November 1976

After being runners up at Euro 1972, the rest of the 1970s were bleak for the Soviets, who were disqualified from the 1974 World Cup as a result of refusal to play Chile in the aftermath of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, and failed to qualify for the 1978 World Cup or the 1976 and 1980 European Championships.

Beskov recovers the teamEdit

 
Soviet Union v Belgium at the 1986 World Cup

The 1982 World Cup was the Soviet Union's first major tournament appearance for a decade. The Soviet Union was in Group 6 with Brazil, Scotland and New Zealand. Goals by Socrates and Eder marked the defeat of the Soviet side against Brazil in the first group match (even though it was a very hard match for the Brazilians), and they were eventually eliminated in the second round by finishing the group in second place, when they defeated Belgium only 1–0 and drew against Poland with an 0–0 result. In 1984, the Soviets again failed to qualify for the European Championships, but succeeded in qualifying for the 1986 World Cup. Soviet Union were in Group C with Hungary, France and Canada. The Soviets used Irapuato, Guanajuato as their training ground in the World Cup.

The Soviet team enjoyed a successful group stage by scoring nine goals and finishing the group in first place. Ultimately, however, they lost to Belgium 3-4 after extra time in the round of 16. Despite their poor performance in the cup, this team was the best scoring Soviet team in World Cup history, with 12 goals.

Lobanovsky era and demise of Soviet UnionEdit

After failing to qualify for three consecutive European Cups (1976, 1980, 1984), the Soviets managed to qualify for the 1988 competition, the last time the Soviet Union national football team took part in the European Football Championship. The finals were held in West Germany, with eight teams participating. Soviet Union finished Group B as leaders above the Netherlands and defeated Italy 2–0 in the semi-final. In the final against the Netherlands, another team from Group B, the Netherlands won the match with a clear score to be crowned European champions.

The final major championship contested by the Soviet team was the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where they were drawn in Group B with Argentina, Romania and Cameroon. The only success for the Soviets came when they defeated group leaders Cameroon 4–0. The Soviets lost their other matches and failed to qualify from the group. The Soviet Union qualified for Euro 1992, but the breakup of the Soviet Union meant that their place was instead taken by the CIS national football team. After the tournament, the former Soviet Republics competed as separate independent nations, with FIFA allocating the Soviet team's record to Russia.[10]

UEFA Euro 1988Edit

Qualification stageEdit

Group 3Edit

Group 3 1 2 3 4 5 GP W D L Goals Pts
1.   Soviet Union 2:0 1:1 2:0 4:0 8 5 3 0 14-3 13
2.   East Germany 1:1 0:0 2:0 3:1 8 4 3 1 13-4 11
3.   France 0:2 0:1 2:0 1:1 8 1 4 3 4-7 6
4.   Iceland 1:1 0:6 0:0 2:1 8 2 2 4 4-14 6
5.   Norway 0:1 0:0 2:0 0:1 8 1 2 5 5-12 4

Squad compositionEdit

Head coach: Valeriy Lobanovskyi

No. Name Birth date Club QG(G) Games Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Rinat Dasayev (c) 13.06.1957 Spartak Moscow 8(-3) 5 -4
16 Viktor Chanov 21.07.1959 Dynamo Kyiv 1
Defenders
отб.т. Nikolay Larionov 19.02.1957 Zenit Leningrad 1
отб.т. Viktor Losev 25.01.1959 Dynamo Moscow 1
отб.т. Aleksandr Chivadze 08.09.1955 Dinamo Tbilisi 1
отб.т. Aleksandr Bubnov 10.10.1955 Spartak Moscow 1
2 Volodymyr Bezsonov 05.03.1958 Dynamo Kyiv 6 3
3 Vagiz Khidiatullin 03.03.1959 Spartak Moscow 8(1) 5
4 Oleh Kuznetsov 22.03.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 7 4
5 Anatoliy Demyanenko 19.02.1959 Dynamo Kyiv 7 4
13 Tengiz Sulakvelidze 23.07.1956 Dinamo Tbilisi 2(1) 2
19 Serhiy Baltacha 17.02.1958 Dynamo Kyiv 1 1
12 Ivan Vyshnevskyi 21.02.1957 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Midfielders
отб.т. Pavlo Yakovenko 19.12.1964 Dynamo Kyiv 6
отб.т. Igor Dobrovolskiy 27.08.1967 Dynamo Moscow 2
отб.т. Vadym Tyshchenko 24.03.1963 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1
отб.т Ivan Yaremchuk 19.03.1962 Dynamo Kyiv 2
6 Vasyl Rats 25.03.1961 Dynamo Kyiv 7(1) 5 1
7 Sergei Aleinikov 07.11.1961 Dinamo Minsk 7(1) 5 1
8 Hennadiy Lytovchenko 11.09.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 5(1) 4 1
9 Oleksandr Zavarov 26.04.1961 Dynamo Kyiv 6(2) 5
15 Oleksiy Mykhailychenko 30.03.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 4(1) 5 1
18 Sergei Gotsmanov 27.03.1959 Dinamo Minsk 4
14 Vyacheslav Sukristov 01.01.1961 Žalgiris Vilnius
Forwards
отб.т. Oleh Blokhin 05.11.1952 Dynamo Kyiv 4(1)
отб.т. Sergei Rodionov 03.09.1962 Spartak Moscow 5
отб.т. Vadym Yevtushenko 01.01.1958 Dynamo Kyiv 1
10 Oleh Protasov 04.02.1964 Dynamo Kyiv 5(1) 5 2
11 Ihor Belanov 25.09.1960 Dynamo Kyiv 6(4) 4
20 Viktor Pasulko 01.01.1961 Spartak Moscow 2 1
17 Sergei Dmitriev 19.03.1964 Zenit Leningrad

Final stageEdit

Group 2Edit

Team GP W D L Goals Pts
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 5 − 2 5
  Netherlands 3 2 0 1 4 − 2 4
  Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 − 2 3
  England 3 0 0 3 2 − 7 0

SemifinalsEdit

Soviet Union  2–0  Italy
Report
Attendance: 61,606

FinalEdit

Soviet Union  0–2  Netherlands
Report
Attendance: 62,770[11]

1990 FIFA World CupEdit

Qualification stageEdit

Group 3Edit

Group 3 1 2 3 4 5 GP W D L Goals Pts
1.   Soviet Union 2:0 2:0 3:0 1:1 8 4 3 1 11-4 11
2.   Austria 0:0 3:2 3:0 2:1 8 3 3 2 9-9 9
3.   Turkey 0:1 3:0 3:1 1:1 8 3 1 4 12-10 7
4.   East Germany 2:1 1:1 0:2 2:0 8 3 1 4 9-13 7
5.   Iceland 1:1 0:0 2:1 0:3 8 1 4 3 6-11 6

Squad compositionEdit

Head coach: Valeriy Lobanovskyi

No. Name Birth date Club QG(G) Games Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Rinat Dasayev (c) 13.06.1957 Spartak Moscow,   Sevilla FC 6(-2) 1 -2
16 Viktor Chanov 21.07.1959 Dynamo Kyiv 2(-2)
22 Aleksandr Uvarov 13.01.1960 Dynamo Moscow 2 -2
Defenders
qual. Oleh Luzhnyi 05.08.1968 Dynamo Kyiv 4
qual. Gela Ketashvili 27.09.1965 Dinamo Tbilisi 2
qual. Vasiliy Kulkov 11.06.1966 Spartak Moscow 1
2 Volodymyr Bezsonov 05.03.1958 Dynamo Kyiv 4 2
3 Vagiz Khidiatulin 03.03.1959   Toulouse FC 5 3
4 Oleh Kuznetsov 22.03.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 6 3
5 Anatoliy Demyanenko 19.02.1959 Dynamo Kyiv 2 1
20 Sergei Gorlukovich 18.11.1961 Lokomotiv Moscow,   Borussia Dortmund 7 3
13 Akhrik Tsveiba 11.09.1966 Dynamo Kyiv
19 Sergei Fokin 26.07.1961 CSKA Moscow
Midfielders
qual. Oleksiy Mykhailychenko 30.03.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 7(2)
qual. Fyodor Cherenkov 25.07.1959 Spartak Moscow 2
qual. Valdas Ivanauskas 31.07.1966 FK Žalgiris 1
6 Vasyl Rats 25.04.1961 Dynamo Kyiv,   RCD Espanyol 6 1
7 Sergei Aleinikov 07.11.1961 Dinamo Minsk,   Juventus F.C. 7 3
8 Hennadiy Lytovchenko 11.09.1963 Dynamo Kyiv 8(3) 3
9 Oleksandr Zavarov 26.04.1961   Juventus F.C. 8(1) 3 1
11 Igor Dobrovolskiy 27.08.1967 Dynamo Moscow 7(2) 3 1
15 Ivan Yaremchuk 19.03.1962 Dynamo Kyiv 1 2
17 Andrei Zygmantovich 02.12.1962 Dinamo Minsk 2 2 1
18 Igor Shalimov 02.02.1969 Spartak Moscow 2
21 Valeriy Broshin 19.10.1962 CSKA Moscow
Forwards
qual. Yuriy Savichev 13.02.1965 Torpedo Moscow 3
10 Oleh Protasov 04.02.1964 Dynamo Kyiv 8(3) 3 1
12 Aleksandr Borodyuk 30.11.1962 Dynamo Moscow,   Schalke 04 1 1
14 Vladimir Lyutyi 20.04.1962   Schalke 04 1

Final stageEdit

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 −2 6 Qualification to knockout stage
2   Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3   Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
4   Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 Elimination
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]

UEFA Euro 1992Edit

At the final stage of the Euro Championship it already played as CIS national football team

Qualification stageEdit

Group 3Edit

Group 3 1 2 3 4 5 И В Н П М О
1.   Soviet Union   0:0 2:0 2:2 4:0 8 5 3 0 13-2 13
2.   Italy 0:0   1:1 3:1 2:0 8 3 4 1 12-5 10
3.   Norway 0:1 2:1   0:0 3:0 8 3 3 2 9-5 9
4.   Hungary 0:1 1:1 0:0   4:2 8 2 4 2 10-9 8
5.   Cyprus 0:3 0:4 0:3 0:2   8 0 0 8 2-25 0

Squad compositionEdit

Head coach: Anatoliy Byshovets

No. Name Birth date Club QG(G) Games Goals
Goalkeepers
qual. Aleksandr Uvarov 13.01.1960 Dynamo Moscow,   Maccabi Tel Aviv 4
12 Stanislav Cherchesov 02.09.1963 Spartak Moscow 3(-2)
1 Dmitriy Kharine 16.08.1968 CSKA Moscow 1 3 -4
Defenders
qual. Sergei Gorlukovich 18.11.1961   Borussia Dortmund 1
qual. Vadym Tyshchenko 24.03.1963   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1
qual. Vasili Kulkov 11.06.1966 Spartak Moscow,   S.L. Benfica 8
qual. Dmitriy Galiamin 08.01.1963 CSKA Moscow,   RCD Espanyol 5
2 Andrei Chernyshov 07.01.1968 Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Moscow 8 3
4 Akhrik Tsveiba 10.09.1966   Dynamo Kyiv 6 2
5 Oleg Kuznetsov 22.03.1963   Dynamo Kyiv,   Rangers F.C. 5(1) 3
16 Dmitriy Kuznetsov 28.08.1965 CSKA Moscow,   RCD Espanyol 3 3
3 Kakhaber Tskhadadze 07.09.1968 Spartak Moscow 1
18 Viktor Onopko 14.10.1969 Spartak Moscow 3
20 Andrei Ivanov 06.04.1967 Spartak Moscow 1
Midfielders
qual. Vladimir Tatarchuk 26.07.1961 CSKA Moscow,   Slavia Prague 1
qual. Aleksandr Mostovoy 22.08.1968 Spartak Moscow,   S.L. Benfica 5(2)
6 Igor Shalimov 02.02.1969 Spartak Moscow,   Foggia Calcio 8(1) 1
7 Oleksiy Mykhailychenko (c) 30.03.1963   U.C. Sampdoria,   Rangers F.C. 8(2) 3
8 Andrei Kanchelskis 23.01.1969   Shakhtar Donetsk,   Manchester United 8(3) 3
9 Sergei Aleinikov 07.11.1961   U.S. Lecce 6(1) 2
10 Igor Dobrovolskiy 27.08.1967 Dynamo Moscow,   CD Castellón,   Servette FC 2 3 1
17 Igor Korneyev 04.09.1967 CSKA Moscow,   RCD Espanyol 2(1) 1
19 Igor Ledyakhov 22.05.1968   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Rotor Volgograd, Spartak Moscow
Forwards
qual. Oleh Protasov 04.02.1964   Olympiacos F.C. 4(1)
qual. Ivan Hetsko 06.04.1968   Chornomorets Odesa 2
11 Sergei Yuran 11.06.1969   Dynamo Kyiv,   S.L. Benfica 5(1) 2
15 Igor Kolyvanov 06.03.1968 Dynamo Moscow,   Foggia Calcio 7 2
13 Sergei Kiryakov 01.01.1970 Dynamo Moscow 2
14 Vladimir Lyutyi 20.04.1962   Schalke 04,   MSV Duisburg 1

Final stageEdit

Group 2Edit

Team GP W D L Goals Pts
  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 4 − 1 5
  Germany 3 1 1 1 4 − 4 3
  Scotland 3 1 0 2 3 − 3 2
  CIS 3 0 2 1 1 − 4 2

Kit evolutionEdit

 
 
 
 
 
1958–1989 Home
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1966 WC
(vs North Korea)
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1970
Home
(vs Belgium)
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
1975
(vs Ireland)
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1982 WC
Home
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1982 WC
Away
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1986
Home
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1986
Away
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1988
Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1988
Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990
Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990
Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1991
Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1991
Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1991
Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1991
Away

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third Place    Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1954
  1958 Quarter-final 7th 5 2 1 2 5 6 Squad 5 4 0 1 18 3
  1962 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 1 1 9 7 Squad 4 4 0 0 11 3
  1966 Fourth Place 4th 6 4 0 2 10 6 Squad 6 5 0 1 19 6
  1970 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 1 1 6 2 Squad 4 3 1 0 8 1
  1974 Disqualified (forfeited) 6 3 1 2 5 4
  1978 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 5 3
  1982 Second Group Stage 7th 5 2 2 1 7 4 Squad 8 6 2 0 20 2
  1986 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 12 5 Squad 8 4 2 2 13 8
  1990 Group Stage 17th 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad 8 4 3 1 11 4
Total Fourth Place 7/14 31 15 6 10 53 34 53 35 9 9 110 34

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third Place    Fourth Place  

UEFA European Championship record Qualification Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1 Squad 2 2 0 0 4 1
  1964 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 2 Squad 4 2 2 0 7 3
  1968 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 1 1 0 2 Squad 8 6 0 2 19 8
  1972 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 1 3 Squad 8 5 3 0 16 4
  1976 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 12 10
  1980 6 1 3 2 7 8
  1984 6 4 1 1 11 2
  1988 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 4 Squad 8 5 3 0 14 3
  1992 Qualified, but dissolved and replaced by CIS national football team 8 5 3 0 13 2
Total 1 Title 5/8 13 7 2 4 17 12 58 34 16 8 103 41

Olympic recordEdit

Olympic record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
1896–1912 Preceded with Russia
1920–1948 Did not enter
  1952 Round 1 14th 3 1 1 1 8 9 Squad
  1956 Gold medalists 1st 5 4 1 0 9 2 Squad
  1960 Did not qualify
  1964
  1968
  1972 Bronze medalists 3rd 7 5 2 0 17 6 Squad
  1976 Bronze medalists 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 4 Squad
Since 1976 succeeded with Olympic team
Total Gold medalists 4/20 20 14 4 2 44 21

HonoursEdit

This is a list of honours for the senior Soviet Union national football team

FIFA World Cup

  • Fourth-place (1): 1966

UEFA European Championship

Olympic football tournament

Player recordsEdit

  1. ^ Sergei Aleinikov also made four appearances for Belarus.
  2. ^ a b Oleg Protasov also made one appearance for Ukraine.

Soviet managersEdit

Notes:

Home venues recordEdit

Since Soviet's first fixture (16 November 1924 vs. Turkey) they have played their home games at various stadiums.

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points per game
Central Lenin Stadium Moscow 1956–1992 78 50 18 10 151 50 2.15
Central Stadium Kiev 1969–1990 12 10 1 1 27 6 2.58
Lenin Dynamo Stadium Tbilisi 1967–1987 10 6 1 3 19 9 1.9
Dynamo Stadium Moscow 1954–1971 9 7 2 0 41 8 2.56
Lokomotiv Stadium Simferopol 1979–1989 4 4 0 0 11 1 3
Kirov Stadium Leningrad 1967–1984 3 3 0 0 8 1 3
Hrazdan Stadium Yerevan 1978 2 2 0 0 12 2 3
Central Lokomotiv Stadium Moscow 1979–1988 2 2 0 0 5 1 3
Central Stadium Volgograd 1977 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
Pakhtakor Central Stadium Tashkent 1975 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Vorovsky Stadium Moscow 1924 1 1 0 0 3 0 0
Black Sea Shipping Stadium Odessa 1974 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Totals 1924-1992 123 86 22 15 281 80 2.28
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Note:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Soviet Union 11:1 India". eu-football.info. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Member Association – Russia". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007.
  3. ^ Hentilä, Seppo (1982). Suomen työläisurheilun historia I. Työväen Urheiluliitto 1919–1944. Hämeenlinna: Karisto. pp. 146–148. ISBN 951-23216-0-2.
  4. ^ Hentilä, Seppo (2014). Bewegung, Kultur und Alltag im Arbeitersport (in German). Helsinki: The Finnish Society for Labour History. p. 48. ISBN 978-952-59762-6-7.
  5. ^ "Soviet Union – International Results 1911-1935". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 January 2007.
  6. ^ "USSR – Yugoslavia, the Story of Two Different Football Conceptions". http://russianfootballnews.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017. External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Yugoslavia National Team List of Results 1950-1959". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 January 2007.
  8. ^ "USSR – Yugoslavia, the Story of Two Different Football Conceptions". russianfootballnews.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  9. ^ "1958 – Qualifying competition". Planet World Cup. Retrieved 13 January 2007.
  10. ^ "History. About FUR. General information. FUR". en.rfs.ru. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016.
  11. ^ "European Football Championship 1988 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  12. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Soviet Union/CIS – Record International Players". RSSSF.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Inaugural champions
European champions
1960 (first title)
Succeeded by