CIS national football team

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This article is about the Commonwealth of Independent States soccer team. For the Canadian university Canadian football team, see Canadian Interuniversity Sport Football All-Canadian Team.
 CIS
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Association Football Federation of CIS
Head coach Anatoly Byshovets
Most caps Dmitri Kharine (11)[1]
Top scorer Sergei Kiriakov (4)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code CIS
First colours
Second colours
First international

United States United States 0–1 CIS CIS-euro92-flag.png
(Miami, USA; 25 January 1992)

Last international
Scotland Scotland 3–0 CIS CIS-euro92-flag.png
(Norrköping, Sweden; 18 June 1992)
Biggest win
El Salvador El Salvador 0–3 CIS CIS-euro92-flag.png
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 29 January 1992)
Biggest defeat
Mexico Mexico 4–0 CIS CIS-euro92-flag.png
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 March 1992)
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 1992)
Best result Round 1, 1992

The CIS national football team was a provisional national team of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union in 1992. It was accepted that the team would represent the Commonwealth of Independent States. The CIS team was created as part of transformation that was planned to take place. And since the USSR national team had already booked a spot in Euro 1992 through the 1991 qualification tournament, the only way to preserve the spot for the post-Soviet team was to take part in the competition as a unified team.

With the end of Euro 1992, the team was transformed into the Russia national football team.

Situation[edit]

Flag used by the CIS team at Euro 1992.

As the Soviet Union has formally ceased to exist on 1 January 1992, so did all its organizations including the football federation. The Association of Football Federations of CIS was formed on 11 January 1992 and was approved by FIFA two days later. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was adopted as its anthem. Along with the Association, national federations of its members started to form and apply for international recognition.

The CIS national football team, previously known as the USSR national football team, completed its participation in the Euro 1992 in June 1992. It was disbanded soon thereafter and all its results were transferred to the Russia national football team that played its first game in August 1992.

The CIS national football team was coached by Anatoly Byshovets. The team failed to achieve success in the 1992 European Football Championship, finishing last in the group, but achieved two notable draws with Germany and the Netherlands, before being beaten 3–0 by Scotland in what turned out to be their last match.

European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Sweden 1992 Group stage 8th 3 0 2 1 1 4
Total 1/1 8th 3 0 2 1 1 4

Post Soviet National Federations creation (reinstatement)[edit]

National Federations of the CIS Association[edit]

Armenia Armenia 18 January 1992 National team U-21 team UEFA
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan March 1992 National team U-21 team UEFA
Belarus Belarus 1989 National team U-21 team UEFA
Georgia (country) Georgia 15 February 1936 National team U-21 team UEFA
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1992 National team U-21 team UEFA
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 25 February 1992 National team U-23 team AFC
Moldova Moldova 14 April 1990 National team U-21 team UEFA
Russia Russia 8 February 1992 National team U-21 team UEFA
Tajikistan Tajikistan 1936 National team U-23 team AFC
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 1992 National team U-23 team AFC
Ukraine Ukraine 13 December 1991 National team U-21 team UEFA
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1946 National team U-23 team AFC

National Federations outside of the CIS Association[edit]

Estonia Estonia 14 December 1921 National team U-21 team UEFA
Latvia Latvia 1921 National team U-21 team UEFA
Lithuania Lithuania 9 December 1922 National team U-21 team UEFA

UEFA Euro 1992 squad[edit]

Head coach: Anatoli Byshovets

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Dmitri Kharin (1968-08-16)16 August 1968 (aged 23) 12 Russia CSKA Moscow
2 2DF Andrei Chernyshov (1968-01-07)7 January 1968 (aged 24) 23 Russia Spartak Moscow
3 2DF Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968-09-07)7 September 1968 (aged 23) 5 Russia Spartak Moscow
4 2DF Akhrik Tsveiba (1966-09-10)10 September 1966 (aged 25) 22 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev
5 2DF Oleg Kuznetsov (1963-03-22)22 March 1963 (aged 29) 60 Scotland Rangers
6 3MF Igor Shalimov (1969-02-02)2 February 1969 (aged 23) 23 Italy Foggia
7 3MF Alexei Mikhailichenko (1963-03-30)30 March 1963 (aged 29) 38 Scotland Rangers
8 4FW Andrei Kanchelskis (1969-01-23)23 January 1969 (aged 23) 20 England Manchester United
9 3MF Sergei Aleinikov (1961-11-07)7 November 1961 (aged 30) 75 Italy Lecce
10 3MF Igor Dobrovolski (1967-08-27)27 August 1967 (aged 24) 26 Switzerland Servette
11 4FW Sergei Yuran (1969-06-11)11 June 1969 (aged 22) 13 Portugal Benfica
12 1GK Stanislav Cherchesov (1963-09-02)2 September 1963 (aged 28) 10 Russia Spartak Moscow
13 4FW Sergei Kiriakov (1970-01-01)1 January 1970 (aged 22) 8 Russia Dynamo Moscow
14 4FW Volodymyr Lyutyi (1962-04-20)20 April 1962 (aged 30) 5 Germany MSV Duisburg
15 4FW Igor Kolyvanov (1968-03-06)6 March 1968 (aged 24) 22 Italy Foggia
16 3MF Dmitri Kuznetsov (1965-08-28)28 August 1965 (aged 26) 17 Spain Espanyol
17 3MF Igor Korneev (1967-09-04)4 September 1967 (aged 24) 5 Spain Espanyol
18 2DF Viktor Onopko (1969-10-14)14 October 1969 (aged 22) 1 Russia Spartak Moscow
19 3MF Igor Lediakhov (1968-05-22)22 May 1968 (aged 24) 7 Russia Spartak Moscow
20 2DF Andrei Ivanov (1967-04-06)6 April 1967 (aged 25) 3 Russia Spartak Moscow

In total, the CIS squad contained 8 Russians, 6 Ukrainians (one was born in Germany), a Georgian, a Belarusian, an Abkhazian, a Circassian, and an Ossetian. Caps included games played for the Soviet team as well as the CIS. Some players simultaneously played for other national teams such as Kakhaber Tskhadadze (Georgia) and Akhrik Tsveiba (Ukraine).

Practically all the players (marked in bold) played later for the Russia national football team to qualify for and in the finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Due to the incident with the Letter of fourteeners in November 1993 (because of a bleak performance of the team) out of the national team were excluded Igor Shalimov, Igor Dobrovolsky, Igor Kolyvanov, Sergei Kiriakov, Vasili Kulkov, and Andrei Kanchelskis. Oleg Salenko and Andrei Ivanov who also signed the letter eventually withdrew their signatures. To the Russian national football team latter also were called Tsveiba and Chernyshov.

Although almost one third of the team were from Ukraine only two Ukrainian players and an Abkhazian (Akhrik Tsveiba) ever played for the Ukraine national football team, while another four chose play for the Russia national football team.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes two FIFA-sanctioned friendlies against Mexico, that were not registered with the Russian Football Federation.

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