Soviet Union national under-21 football team
|Association||Football Federation of the Soviet Union|
| Spain 1–2 Soviet Union |
(Málaga, Spain; 30 March 1971)
Soviet Union 1–1 Italy
(Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR; 16 October 1991)
| Soviet Union 6–0 Czechoslovakia |
(Yerevan, Armenian SSR; 10 April 1974)
| West Germany 5–0 Soviet Union |
(Aachen, West Germany; 30 March 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 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.
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 31 December 1991.
- Mikhail Yeremin died on 30 June 1991 from injuries he sustained in an auto accident on 23 June, 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|