Soviet Union Olympic football team
|Nickname(s)||The Olympic Assembled (Olimpiyskaya sbornaya) (Олимпийская сборная)|
|Association||Football Federation of USSR|
|Most caps||Igor Dobrovolski, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Alexei Mikhailichenko, Dmitri Kharine, Volodymyr Troshkin (14)|
|Top scorer||Igor Dobrovolski (8)|
| Bulgaria 1–1 Soviet Union
(Moscow, USSR; 27 June 1959)
| Soviet Union 8–0 Cuba
(Moscow, USSR; 24 July 1980)
| East Germany 4–1 Soviet Union
(Warsaw, Poland; 28 June 1964)
|Summer Olympic Games|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1952)|
|Best result||Gold Medal, 1956, 1988|
|Olympic medal record|
The Soviet Union Olympic football team was the national football team of USSR from 1959 to 1990 in the Soviet Union. The team participated in most of qualification football tournaments for Summer Olympics. Until 1984 when age restriction was officially introduced, the Soviet Union was fielding its reserves in qualification tournaments, while in the finals participated the first team. Starting from 1990 in the Olympic competitions participated the Soviet Union national under-21 football team.
Officially the Olympic national team was found in 1959 after the FIFA adopted its decision in 1958 prohibiting participation in the Olympics players who also played in the World Cup finals. 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. Under 23 years old restriction was introduced for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
As the Olympic champions the team started out in the UEFA 3rd group along with football teams of Bulgaria and Romania (geographical principle of seeding). The Olympic team was created out of the players of immediate reserve to senior team. Out of all the players only the goalkeeper Boris Razinsky represented the team in Melbourne 1956. The coach of the team was appointed Boris Arkadyev who led the Soviet team in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, while in the couching council were included Mikhail Yakushin and Aleksandr Ponomarev.
The playing calendar was composed that the USSR team played all its games first, particularly all its home games.
29 June 1959
|Soviet Union||1 – 1||Bulgaria|
|Korolenkov 68'||Report||Milanov 26'|
19 July 1959
|Soviet Union||2 – 0||Romania|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club|
|GK||Boris Razinsky||12 July 1933 (aged 26)||4||CSK MO Moscow|
|DF||Dmitriy Bagrich||26 March 1936 (aged 23)||4||CSK MO Moscow|
|DF||Anatoliy Soldatov||11 July 1931 (aged 28)||3||Spartak Moscow|
|DF||Mikhail Yermolayev||4 November 1935 (aged 24)||3||CSK MO Moscow|
|DF||Nikolai Linyaev||17 July 1933 (aged 26)||3||CSK MO Moscow|
|DF||Anatoly Krutikov||21 September 1933 (aged 26)||1||Spartak Moscow|
|DF||Ivan Morgunov||1 January 1929 (aged 30)||1||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|MF||Stanislav Zavidnov||14 October 1934 (aged 25)||3||Zenit Leningrad|
|MF||Yury Kovalyov||6 February 1934 (aged 25)||3||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|MF||Boris Batanov||15 July 1934 (aged 25)||2||Zenit Leningrad|
|MF||Valery Korolenkov||17 March 1939 (aged 20)||2||Dynamo Moscow|
|MF||Aleksandr Sokolov||26 February 1930 (aged 29)||1||Dynamo Moscow|
|MF||Shota Yamanidze||15 March 1937 (aged 22)||1||Dinamo Tbilisi|
|FW||Slava Metreveli||30 March 1936 (aged 23)||4||Torpedo Moscow|
|FW||Zaur Kaloyev||24 March 1931 (aged 28)||3||Dinamo Tbilisi|
|FW||Valeri Urin||10 August 1934 (aged 25)||2||Dynamo Moscow|
|FW||Avtandil Gogoberidze||3 August 1922 (aged 37)||1||Dinamo Tbilisi|
|FW||Igor Zaitsev||21 April 1934 (aged 25)||1||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|FW||Viktor Voroshilov||15 August 1926 (aged 33)||1||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|FW||Viktor Sokolov||28 September 1936 (aged 23)||1||Lokomotiv Moscow|
- Age is based on December 12, 1959.
Since 1992 the olympic roster may consist out of under-23 year old players, plus three over the age players.
|Host Nation(s) - Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|before 1920||preceded with Russia|
|1920 - 1948||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|after 1992||seceded to Russia|
|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|
|Central Lokomotiv Stadium||Moscow||1990||1||0||1||0||2||2||1|
The list does not include games of the senior team such as participation at the early Olympic tournaments finals (1952-1980).
|Manager||Nation||Years||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||GF||GA||Win %||Qualifying cycle||Final tour|
- The USSR Olympic team withdrew from the football tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Since 1991 to the Olympics from UEFA qualifies a national under-21 football team.
- Football in the Soviet Union
- Soviet Union national football team
- Soviet Union national under-21 football team
- Soviet Union national under-19 football team