Soviet Union national under-20 football team
The Soviet national lads (youth) football team was a special under-18 football team of the Soviet Union designated specifically for FIFA World Youth Championship (today FIFA U-20 World Cup). It ceased to exist on the breakup of the Union.
|Association||Football Federation of USSR|
| Soviet Union 3–1 Iraq |
(Sfax, Tunisia; 28 June 1977)
Australia 1–1 (4-5 p) Soviet Union
(Porto, Portugal; 29 June 1991)
| Soviet Union 5–0 Canada |
(Minsk, Soviet Union; 29 August 1985)
| Brazil 3–0 Soviet Union |
(Guimarães, Portugal; 26 June 1991)
|FIFA U-20 World Cup|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1977)|
|Best result||Winners, 1977|
The team was created in 1977 for the newly created FIFA competition for junior teams (among lads, under-18).
With dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union youth under-18 football team competed at the 1992 UEFA European Under-18 Championship as the CIS youth under-18 football team which qualified for the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship. That berth was passed over (grandfathered) to the Russia national under-20 football team.
FIFA World Youth ChampionshipEdit
- 1977: Winners.
- 1979: Runners-up.
- 1981: Did not qualify.
- 1983: Group stage. Finished 4th of 4 in group D.
- 1985: 4th place. (qualified as a host)
- 1987: Did not qualify.
- 1989: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1991: 3rd place.
- 1993: (qualified, its berth was passed to Russia).
1991 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipEdit
The last Soviet U-20 team
- Head coach
- Gennadi Kostylev