Soviet Union national under-21 football team
|Association||Football Federation of USSR|
| Spain 1-2 USSR
Málaga, March 30, 1971
USSR 1-1 Italy
Simferopol, October 16, 1991
| USSR 6-0 Czechoslovakia
Yerevan, April 10, 1974
| West Germany 5-0 USSR
Aachen, March 30, 1982
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||Winners, 1976 (as U-23), 1980 & 1990|
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the USSR Under-21 team was formed. The team had a good record, winning the competition twice, reaching the last four once, but failing to qualify for the last eight on five occasions.
After the dissolution of the USSR (on December 26, 1991), the senior team played out its remaining fixtures, which were the finals of Euro 92. Because the USSR U-21s had, by December 26, already failed to qualify for their version of the 1992 European Championship, the former Soviet states didn't play as a combined team at U-21 level ever again.
Of the former Soviet states, only Russia entered the 1992-1994 competition. However, the Russian U-21 team should not be considered as a continuation of this team; a large percentage of the team's players came from outside Russia (Russia still provided the most). A total of 15 former Soviet states play international football today; 11 in Europe under UEFA, 4 in Asia under the AFC.
Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. USSR's unparalleled record in U-23 competitions is also shown.
UEFA U-23 Championship Record
- 1972: Runners-up.
- 1974: Losing semi-finalists.
- 1976: Winners.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 1978: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
- 1980: Winners.
- 1982: Losing semi-finalists.
- 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
- 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
- 1988: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
- 1990: Winners.
- 1992: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
1990 European Championship squad
The last Soviet U-21 team
- Head coach
- Vladimir Radionov
- All data through December 31, 1991.
- Mikhail Yeremin died on June 30, 1991 from injuries he sustain in auto accident June 23, 1991, less than a week after his birthday.
- Rogovskoi moved to Poland (Zagłębie Lubin), Sydelnykov - Germany (SG Wattenscheid 09), Pozdnyakov - Austria (FC Stahl Linz), Tskhadadze - Sweden (GIF Sundsvall), Shalimov - Italy (U.S. Foggia), Kanchelskis - England (Manchester United F.C.), Pyatnitskiy - Russia (Spartak Moscow), Mostovoi - Portugal (S.L. Benfica), Dobrovolskiy - Switzerland (Servette FC), Kolyvanov - Italy (U.S. Foggia), Yuran - Portugal (S.L. Benfica).
National teams of the former Soviet republics
|Russia||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Ukraine||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Belarus||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Uzbekistan||National team||U-20 team||AFC|
|Kazakhstan||National team||U-21 team||UEFA (AFC:1992-2002)|
|Georgia||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Azerbaijan||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Lithuania||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Moldova||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Latvia||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Kyrgyzstan||National team||U-20 team||AFC|
|Tajikistan||National team||U-20 team||AFC|
|Armenia||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Turkmenistan||National team||U-20 team||AFC|
|Estonia||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|