Soviet Union national under-21 football team

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Soviet Union U-21/23
Nickname(s)-
AssociationFootball Federation of the Soviet Union
Head coach-
Most caps?
Top scorer?
First colours
Second colours
First international
Spain Spain 1–2 Soviet Union Soviet Union
(Málaga, Spain; 30 March 1971)
Last International
Soviet Union Soviet Union 1–1 Italy Italy
(Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR; 16 October 1991)
Biggest win
Soviet Union Soviet Union 6–0 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
(Yerevan, Armenian SSR; 10 April 1974)
Biggest defeat
West Germany West Germany 5–0 Soviet Union Soviet Union
(Aachen, West Germany; 30 March 1982)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 1980)
Best resultWinners, 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 26 December 1991), the senior team played out its remaining fixtures, which were the finals of Euro 92. Because the USSR U-21s had, by 26 December, 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. 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 Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk / Dynamo Kyiv
1GK Dmitriy Kharine (1968-08-16)16 August 1968 (aged 23) 10 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow / CSKA Moscow
1GK Mikhail Yeremin (1968-06-17)17 June 1968 (aged 23) 2 Soviet Union CSKA Moscow / deceased*
2DF Dmitriy Chugunov (1968-06-09)9 June 1968 (aged 23) 6 Soviet Union 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 Soviet Union Torpedo Moscow
2DF Andriy Sydelnykov (1967-09-27)27 September 1967 (aged 24) 6 Soviet Union Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2DF Andrei Chernyshov (1968-01-07)7 January 1968 (aged 23) 5 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
2DF Oleh Luzhny (1968-08-05)5 August 1968 (aged 23) 4 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Ravil Sabitov (1968-03-08)8 March 1968 (aged 23) 4 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Serhiy Zayets (1969-08-18)18 August 1969 (aged 22) 3 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
2DF Boris Pozdnyakov (1962-05-31)31 May 1962 (aged 29) 2 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
2DF Andrei Solovtsov (1967-10-17)17 October 1967 (aged 24) 2 Soviet Union Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Mikhail Solovyov (1968-12-23)23 December 1968 (aged 23) 2 Soviet Union Torpedo Moscow
2DF Gennadi Nagornykh (1968-05-20)20 May 1968 (aged 23) 1 Soviet Union Rostselmash Rostov
2DF Gela Ketashvili (1965-09-27)September 27, 1965 (aged 26) 1 Soviet Union Guria Lanchkhuti
2DF Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968-09-07)7 September 1968 (aged 23) 5 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Igor Shalimov (1969-02-02)2 February 1969 (aged 22) 11 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
3MF Serhiy Shmatovalenko (1967-01-20)20 January 1967 (aged 24) 11 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Andrei Kobelev (1968-10-22)22 October 1968 (aged 23) 10 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
3MF Andrei Kanchelskis (1969-01-23)23 January 1969 (aged 22) 8 Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk
3MF Aleksandr Mostovoi (1968-08-22)22 August 1968 (aged 23) 7 Soviet Union Spartak Moscow
3MF Andrei Pyatnitskiy (1967-09-27)27 September 1967 (aged 24) 6 Soviet Union Pakhtakor Tashkent
3MF Yevgeniy Smertin (1969-01-17)17 January 1969 (aged 22) 4 Soviet Union 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 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Gia Dzhishkariani (1967-11-30)30 November 1967 (aged 24) 1 Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
3MF Serhiy Pohodin (1968-04-29)29 April 1968 (aged 23) 1 Soviet Union Shakhtar Donetsk
4FW Igor Kolyvanov (1968-03-06)6 March 1968 (aged 23) 11 Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow
4FW Sergei Kiriakov (1970-01-01)1 January 1970 (aged 21) 6 Soviet Union 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 Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
4FW Sergei Yuran (1969-06-11)11 June 1969 (aged 22) 1 Soviet Union 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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