Soviet Union national under-20 football team

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Soviet Union U-20
Nickname(s)Lads (Юноши)
AssociationFootball Federation of USSR
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coach-
FIFA codeURS
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Soviet Union 3–1 Iraq 
(Sfax, Tunisia; 28 June 1977)
Last international

 Australia 1–1 (4-5 p) Soviet Union 
(Porto, Portugal; 29 June 1991)
Biggest win
 Soviet Union 5–0 Canada 
(Minsk, Soviet Union; 29 August 1985)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 3–0 Soviet Union 
(Guimarães, Portugal; 26 June 1991)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1977)
Best resultWinners, 1977

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.

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 Championship[edit]

  • 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 Championship[edit]

The last Soviet U-20 team

Head coach
Gennadi Kostylev
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Oleksandr Pomazun (1971-10-11)11 October 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Metallist Kharkov
2 2DF Yervand Krbachian (1971-10-01)1 October 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan
3 2DF Sergei Mandreko (1971-08-01)1 August 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Pamir Dushanbe
4 2DF Sergei Mamchur (1972-02-03)3 February 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
5 2DF Valeri Minko (1971-08-08)8 August 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
6 2DF Evgeni Bushmanov (1971-11-02)2 November 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
7 3MF Dmitri Mikhailenko (1973-07-13)13 July 1973 (aged 18) Soviet Union Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
8 4FW Serhiy Scherbakov (1971-08-15)15 August 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk
9 4FW Dmitri Karsakov (1971-12-29)29 December 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow / KAMAZ N. Chelny
10 4FW Serhiy Konovalov (1972-03-01)1 March 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
11 3MF Volodymyr Sharan (1971-09-18)18 September 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Karpaty Lviv / Dynamo Kyiv
12 1GK Andrei Novosadov (1972-03-27)27 March 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
13 2DF Dmitri Klimovich (1972-04-30)30 April 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk
14 2DF Alexei Guschin (1971-10-21)21 October 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
15 3MF Yuri Alekseevich Drozdov (1972-01-16)16 January 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
16 3MF Vitali But (1972-11-16)16 November 1972 (aged 19) Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
17 3MF Armen Babalarian (1971-08-15)15 August 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan / Kotayk
18 3MF Evgueni Pokhlebaev (1971-11-25)25 November 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
19 1GK Gennady Tumilovich (1971-09-03)3 September 1971 (aged 20) Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk

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