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Soviet Union national under-21 football team

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 ot a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. USSR's unparalleled record in U-23 competitions is also shown.

Contents

  • UEFA U-23 Championship Record 1
  • UEFA U-21 Championship Record 2
  • 1990 European Championship squad 3
  • National teams of the former Soviet republics 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6

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
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Andriy Kovtun (1968-02-28)28 February 1968 (aged 23) 6 Shakhtar Donetsk / Dynamo Kyiv

Notes:

National teams of the former Soviet republics

 Armenia National team U-21 team UEFA
 Azerbaijan National team U-21 team UEFA
 Belarus National team U-21 team UEFA
 Estonia National team U-21 team UEFA
 Georgia National team U-21 team UEFA
 Kazakhstan National team U-21 team UEFA (AFC:1992-2002)
 Kyrgyzstan National team U-20 team AFC
 Latvia National team U-21 team UEFA
 Lithuania National team U-21 team UEFA
 Moldova National team U-21 team UEFA
 Russia National team U-21 team UEFA
 Tajikistan National team U-20 team AFC
 Turkmenistan National team U-20 team AFC
 Ukraine National team U-21 team UEFA
 Uzbekistan National team U-20 team AFC

See also

External links

  • UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
  • The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.


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