Soviet Footballer of the Year

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The award Soviet Footballer of the Year was awarded to the best footballer of the Soviet Union from 1964 until 1991. The poll was conducted among journalists by the weekly sport newspaper Football (Football-Hockey).[1] Each journalist named his own top three player every year. Each place carried a point weight such as 1st place was worth 3 pts., 2nd - 2, and 3rd - 1.

The idea for the award appeared right after Lev Yashin has received Ballon d'Or award in 1963 (Ballon d'Or 1963).

List of winners[edit]

0Year0 0Place0 0Player0 0Club0 0Points0 0Notes0
1964
01st 0Valery Voronin0 0Torpedo Moscow0
186
02nd 0Valentin Ivanov0 0Torpedo Moscow0
85
03rd 0Slava Metreveli0 0Dinamo Tbilisi
80
1965
01st 0Valery Voronin0 0Torpedo Moscow0
?
0Only the winners were announced; it was later established that0
0Streltsov finished 2nd.0
02nd 0Eduard Streltsov0 0Torpedo Moscow0
?
1966
01st 0Andriy Biba0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
94
0Yashin and Shesternev obtained an equal number points,0
0but Yashin was ranked higher for having more 1st place votes.0
02nd 0Lev Yashin0 0Dynamo Moscow 0
75
03rd 0Albert Shesternev0 0CSKA Moscow
75
1967
01st 0Eduard Streltsov0 0Torpedo Moscow0
155
02nd 0Murtaz Khurtsilava0 0Dinamo Tbilisi 0
84
03rd 0Anatoliy Byshovets0 0Dynamo Kyiv 0
31
1968
01st 0Eduard Streltsov0 0Torpedo Moscow0
206
02nd 0Murtaz Khurtsilava0 0Dinamo Tbilisi 0
107
03rd 0Albert Shesternev0 0CSKA Moscow 0
41
1969
01st 0Vladimir Muntyan0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
223
02nd 0Anzor Kavazashvili0 0Spartak Moscow 0
170
03rd 0Albert Shesternev0 0CSKA Moscow 0
76
1970
01st 0Albert Shesternyov0 0CSKA Moscow0
298
02nd 0Vladimir Fedotov0 0CSKA Moscow 0
159
03rd 0Viktor Bannikov0 0Dynamo Kyiv 0
73
1971
01st 0Evhen Rudakov0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
298
02nd 0Viktor Kolotov0 0Dynamo Kyiv 0
200
03rd 0Eduard Markarov0 0Ararat Yerevan 0
61
1972
01st 0Yevgeny Lovchev0 0Spartak Moscow0
188
02nd 0Evhen Rudakov0 0Dynamo Kyiv 0
156
03rd 0Murtaz Khurtsilava0 0Dinamo Tbilisi 0
140
1973
01st 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
207
02nd 0Arkady Andriasyan0 0Ararat Yerevan0
156
03rd 0Vladimir Pilguy0 0Dynamo Moscow0
82
1974
01st 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
236
02nd 0Vladimir Veremeev0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
62
03rd 0Aleksandr Prokhorov0 0Spartak Moscow0
60
1975
01st 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
362
02nd 0Vladimir Veremeev0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
108
03rd 0Yevgeni Lovchev0 0Spartak Moscow0
99
1976
01st 0Vladimir Astapovskiy0 0CSKA Moscow0
256
02nd 0David Kipiani0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
136
03rd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
116
1977
01st 0David Kipiani0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
323
02nd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
198
03rd 0Yuriy Dehteryov0 0Shakhter Donetsk0
171
1978
01st 0Ramaz Shengelia0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
235
02nd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
156
03rd 0Georgi Yartsev0 0Spartak Moscow0
135
1979
01st 0Vitali Starukhin0 0Shakhter Donetsk0
248
02nd 0Vagiz Khidiyatullin0 0Spartak Moscow0
175
03rd 0Yuri Gavrilov0 0Spartak Moscow0
172
1980
01st 0Aleksandr Chivadze0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
259
02nd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
187
03rd 0Vagiz Khidiyatullin0 0Spartak Moscow0
103
1981
01st 0Ramaz Shengelia0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
360
02nd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
217
03rd 0Leonid Buryak0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
112
1982
01st 0Rinat Dasaev0 0Spartak Moscow0
400
02nd 0Anatoliy Demyanenko0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
120
03rd 0Andrei Yakubik0 0Pakhtakor Tashkent0
117
1983
01st 0Fyodor Cherenkov0 0Spartak Moscow0
442
02nd 0Rinat Dasaev0 0Spartak Moscow0
181
03rd 0Aleksandr Chivadze0 0Dinamo Tbilisi0
91
1984
01st 0Hennadiy Litovchenko0 0Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk0
397
02nd 0Mikhail Biryukov0 0FC Zenit Leningrad0
222
03rd 0Yuri Gavrilov0 0Spartak Moscow0
75
1985
01st 0Anatoliy Demyanenko0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
409
02nd 0Oleg Protasov0 0Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk0
393
03rd 0Fyodor Cherenkov0 0Spartak Moscow0
306
1986
01st 0Aleksandr Zavarov0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
357
0In 1986 Igor Belanov won the Ballon D’Or0
0but could not become the best player in USSR.0
02nd 0Igor Belanov0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
313
03rd 0Oleg Blokhin0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
81
1987
01st 0Oleg Protasov0 0Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk0
256
02nd 0Alexei Mikhailichenko0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
144
03rd 0Rinat Dasaev0 0Spartak Moscow0
120
1988
01st 0Alexei Mikhailichenko0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
482
02nd 0Rinat Dasaev0 0Spartak Moscow0
109
03rd 0Fyodor Cherenkov0 0Spartak Moscow0
81
1989
01st 0Fyodor Cherenkov0 0Spartak Moscow0
345
02nd 0Stanislav Cherchesov0 0Spartak Moscow0
172
03rd 0Vladimir Bessonov0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
164
1990
01st 0Igor Dobrovolski0 0Dynamo Moscow0
259
02nd 0Sergei Yuran0 0Dynamo Kyiv0
115
03rd 0Aleksandr Mostovoi0 0Spartak Moscow0
68
1991
01st 0Igor Kolyvanov0 0Dynamo Moscow0
229
02nd 0Aleksandr Mostovoi0 0Spartak Moscow0
153
03rd 0Igor Korneev0 0CSKA Moscow0
148

Most wins by club[edit]

Club 0Winners0 0Winning years0
0Dynamo Kyiv
9
01966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1986, 19880
0Dynamo Tbilisi
4
01977, 1978, 1980, 1981
0Spartak Moscow
4
01972, 1982, 1983, 1989
0Torpedo Moscow
4
01964, 1965, 1967, 1968
0CSKA Moscow
2
01970, 1976
0Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk0
2
01984, 1987
0FC Dynamo Moscow
2
01990, 1991
0Shakhter Donetsk
1
01979

Most wins by player[edit]

Name 0Wins0 0Winning years0
0Oleg Blokhin
3
01973, 1974, 19750
0Fyodor Cherenkov0
2
01983, 19890
0Ramaz Shengelia0
2
01978, 19810
0Eduard Streltsov
2
01967, 19680
0Valery Voronin
2
01964, 19650

See also[edit]

After the Soviet Union dissolved most of the new independent countries created their own awards to the best footballer of the year. A few countries including Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania had been awarding their own awards even before the collapse of Soviet Union.

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