Soviet Union Olympic football team

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Soviet Union Olympic team
Shirt badge/Association crest
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)
FIFA code URS
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bulgaria 1–1 Soviet Union 
(Moscow, USSR; 27 June 1959)[1]
Biggest win
 Soviet Union 8–0 Cuba 
(Moscow, USSR; 24 July 1980)
Biggest defeat
 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
Men’s Football
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow Team
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team

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.

History[edit]

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.

1960 Olympics[edit]

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.

Qualification[edit]

3rd Group[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bulgaria 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 5
 Soviet Union 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 4
 Romania 4 1 1 2 2 4 -2 3

Games[edit]

29 June 1959
?:?
Soviet Union  1 – 1  Bulgaria
Korolenkov Goal 68' Report Milanov Goal 26'
Lenin Central Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 102,000
Referee: Bengt Lundell (Sweden)

19 July 1959
?:?
Soviet Union  2 – 0  Romania
Urin Goal 10'
Metreveli Goal 61'
Report
Lenin Central Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 102,000
Referee: Erio Pattiniemi (Finland)

Roster[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Boris Razinsky (1933-07-12)12 July 1933 (aged 26) 4 Soviet Union CSK MO Moscow
2DF Dmitriy Bagrich (1936-03-26)26 March 1936 (aged 23) 4 Soviet Union CSK MO Moscow
2DF Anatoliy Soldatov (1931-07-11)11 July 1931 (aged 28) 3 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
2DF Mikhail Yermolayev (1935-11-04)4 November 1935 (aged 24) 3 Soviet Union CSK MO Moscow
2DF Nikolai Linyaev (1933-07-17)17 July 1933 (aged 26) 3 Soviet Union CSK MO Moscow
2DF Anatoly Krutikov (1933-09-21)21 September 1933 (aged 26) 1 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
2DF Ivan Morgunov (1929-01-01)1 January 1929 (aged 30) 1 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Stanislav Zavidnov (1934-10-14)14 October 1934 (aged 25) 3 Soviet Union Zenit Leningrad
3MF Yury Kovalyov (1934-02-06)6 February 1934 (aged 25) 3 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Boris Batanov (1934-07-15)15 July 1934 (aged 25) 2 Soviet Union Zenit Leningrad
3MF Valery Korolenkov (1939-03-17)17 March 1939 (aged 20) 2 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
3MF Aleksandr Sokolov (1930-02-26)26 February 1930 (aged 29) 1 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
3MF Shota Yamanidze (1937-03-15)15 March 1937 (aged 22) 1 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Slava Metreveli (1936-03-30)30 March 1936 (aged 23) 4 Soviet Union Torpedo Moscow
4FW Zaur Kaloyev (1931-03-24)24 March 1931 (aged 28) 3 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Valeri Urin (1934-08-10)10 August 1934 (aged 25) 2 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
4FW Avtandil Gogoberidze (1922-08-03)3 August 1922 (aged 37) 1 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
4FW Igor Zaitsev (1934-04-21)21 April 1934 (aged 25) 1 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Viktor Voroshilov (1926-08-15)15 August 1926 (aged 33) 1 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Viktor Sokolov (1936-09-28)28 September 1936 (aged 23) 1 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow

Notes:

  • Age is based on December 12, 1959.

Olympic Record[edit]

Since 1992 the olympic roster may consist out of under-23 year old players, plus three over the age players.[2]

Host Nation(s) - Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
before 1920 preceded with Russia
1920 - 1948 Did not enter
Finland 1952 Round 1 3 1 1 1 8 9
Australia 1956 Champion 5 4 1 0 9 2
Italy 1960 Did not qualify
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972 3rd place 7 5 2 0 17 6
Canada 1976 3rd place 5 4 0 1 10 4
Soviet Union 1980 3rd place 6 5 0 1 19 3
United States 1984 Boycotted - - - - - -
South Korea 1988 Champion 6 5 1 0 14 6
Spain 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
after 1992 seceded to Russia
Total 6/20 32 24 5 3 77 30

Venues[edit]

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
Lokomotiv Stadium Simferopol 1988-1991 3 2 1 0 5 1 2.33
Central Stadium Kiev 1963 1 1 0 0 7 0 3
Druzhba Stadium Lvov 1971 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Hrazdan Stadium Yerevan 1971 1 1 0 0 5 1 3
Central Lokomotiv Stadium Moscow 1990 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Totals 1956-1991 29 21 6 2 74 13 2.38

Soviet managers[edit]

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
Boris Arkadiev Soviet Union 1959 4 1 2 1 3 2 25 1960
Vyacheslav Solovyov Soviet Union 1963-1964 5 2 2 1 14 6 40 1964
Aleksandr Ponomarev Soviet Union 1971 5 4 1 0 14 1 80 1972
Konstantin Beskov Soviet Union 1975 6 5 1 0 14 2 83.33 1976
Konstantin Beskov Soviet Union 1980 6 5 0 1 19 3 83.33 1980
Vladimir Salkov Soviet Union 1983 2 1 1 0 5 2 50 1984
Eduard Malofeyev Soviet Union 1983-1984 4 2 1 1 4 2 50 1984 1984*
Anatoly Byshovets Soviet Union 1986-1988 14 11 3 0 26 8 78.57 1988 1988
Boris Ignatyev Soviet Union 1990-1991 6 2 3 1 6 4 33.33 1992

Notes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prior to the decision taken by FIFA after the 1958 FIFA World Cup, prohibited from participating in the Olympics footballer who plays in the finals of the World Cup, in football tournament are the first (main) USSR team.
  2. ^ Olympic tournaments

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