Soviet Union national under-21 football team

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Soviet Union U-21/23
Nickname(s) -
Association Football Federation of USSR
Head coach -
Most caps ?
Top scorer ?
First colours
Second colours
First international
Spain Spain 1-2 USSR Soviet Union
Málaga, March 30, 1971
Last International
Soviet Union USSR 1-1 Italy Italy
Simferopol, October 16, 1991
Biggest win
Soviet Union USSR 6-0 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Yerevan, April 10, 1974
Biggest defeat
Germany West Germany 5-0 USSR Soviet Union
Aachen, March 30, 1982
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 1980)
Best result Winners, 1976 (as U-23), 1980 & 1990

The Soviet national youth football team was the under-21 football team of the Soviet Union. Before 1978 it was known as under-23 team. It ceased to exist on the breakup of the Union.

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[edit]

  • 1972: Runners-up.
  • 1974: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1976: Winners.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

  • 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[edit]

The last Soviet U-21 team

Head coach
Vladimir Radionov
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Andriy Kovtun (1968-02-28)28 February 1968 (aged 23) 6 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk / Dynamo Kyiv
1GK Dmitriy Kharine (1968-08-16)16 August 1968 (aged 23) 10 Russia Dynamo Moscow / CSKA Moscow
1GK Mikhail Yeremin (1968-06-17)17 June 1968 (aged 23) 2 Russia CSKA Moscow / deceased*
2DF Dmitriy Chugunov (1968-06-09)9 June 1968 (aged 23) 6 Russia Shinnik Yaroslavl / Torpedo Moscow
2DF Andriy Bal (1958-01-16)16 January 1958 (aged 33) 8 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv / Bnei Yehuda
2DF Vadim Rogovskoi (1962-02-06)6 February 1962 (aged 29) 1 Russia Torpedo Moscow
2DF Andriy Sydelnykov (1967-09-27)27 September 1967 (aged 24) 6 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2DF Andrei Chernyshov (1968-01-07)7 January 1968 (aged 23) 5 Russia Dynamo Moscow
2DF Oleh Luzhny (1968-08-05)5 August 1968 (aged 23) 4 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Ravil Sabitov (1968-03-08)8 March 1968 (aged 23) 4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Serhiy Zayets (1969-08-18)18 August 1969 (aged 22) 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Boris Pozdnyakov (1962-05-31)31 May 1962 (aged 29) 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Andrei Solovtsov (1967-10-17)17 October 1967 (aged 24) 2 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Mikhail Solovyov (1968-12-23)23 December 1968 (aged 23) 2 Russia Torpedo Moscow
2DF Gennadi Nagornykh (1968-05-20)20 May 1968 (aged 23) 1 Russia Rostselmash Rostov
2DF Gela Ketashvili (1965-09-27)27 September 1965 (aged 26) 1 Georgia (country) Guria Lanchkhuti
2DF Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968-09-07)7 September 1968 (aged 23) 5 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Igor Shalimov (1969-02-02)2 February 1969 (aged 22) 11 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Serhiy Shmatovalenko (1967-01-20)20 January 1967 (aged 24) 11 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Andrei Kobelev (1968-10-22)22 October 1968 (aged 23) 10 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Andrei Kanchelskis (1969-01-23)23 January 1969 (aged 22) 8 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
3MF Aleksandr Mostovoi (1968-08-22)22 August 1968 (aged 23) 7 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Andrei Pyatnitskiy (1967-09-27)27 September 1967 (aged 24) 6 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
3MF Yevgeniy Smertin (1969-01-17)17 January 1969 (aged 22) 4 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Igor Dobrovolskiy (1967-08-27)27 August 1967 (aged 24) 2 Spain CD Castellón
3MF Zaza Revishvili (1968-05-23)23 May 1968 (aged 23) 2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Gia Dzhishkariani (1967-11-30)30 November 1967 (aged 24) 1 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Serhiy Pohodin (1968-04-29)29 April 1968 (aged 23) 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
4FW Igor Kolyvanov (1968-03-06)6 March 1968 (aged 23) 11 Russia Dynamo Moscow
4FW Sergei Kiriakov (1970-01-01)1 January 1970 (aged 21) 6 Russia Dynamo Moscow
4FW Nikolai Pisarev (1968-11-23)23 November 1968 (aged 23) 2 Switzerland FC Winterthur
4FW Oleg Salenko (1969-10-25)25 October 1969 (aged 22) 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4FW Sergei Yuran (1969-06-11)11 June 1969 (aged 22) 1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv

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National teams of the former Soviet republics[edit]

 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

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