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Established
1922 (99 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Stadium/Home
Central Lenin Stadium
(103,000 Capacity)

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Location
Moscow, Russia, USSR

Nicknames
Кра́сная Армия (Red Army)

League
FIFA World Cup

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curswine: 22/Aug/20
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18 Jun 90 Cameroon  0 - 4  USSR
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22 Jun 88 USSR  2 - 0  Italy

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The Soviet Union national football team (Russian: сбо́рная СССР по футбо́лу, sbornaya SSSR po futbolu) was the national football team of the Soviet Union.

After the breakup of the Union the team was transformed into the CIS national football team. FIFA considers the CIS national football team (and ultimately, the Russia national football team) as the Soviet successor team allocating its former records to them (except for the Olympic records which are not combined due to the IOC policy); nevertheless, a large percentage of the team's former players came from outside the Russian SFSR, mainly from the Ukrainian SSR, and following the breakup of the Soviet Union, some such as Andrei Kanchelskis from the former Ukrainian SSR, continued to play in the new Russia national football team.

The Soviet Union failed to qualify for the World Cup only twice, in 1974 and 1978, and attended seven finals tournaments in total. Their best finish was fourth in 1966, when they lost to West Germany in the semifinals, 2–1. The Soviet Union qualified for five European Championships, winning the inaugural competition in 1960 when they beat Yugoslavia in the final, 2–1. They finished second three times (1964, 1972, 1988), and fourth once (1968), when, having drawn with Italy in the semi-final, they were sent to the third place playoff match by the loss of a coin toss. The Soviet Union national team also participated in number of Olympic tournaments earning the gold medal in the 1956 and 1988. The Soviet team continued to field its national team players in Olympic tournaments despite the prohibition of FIFA in 1958 to field any national team players in Olympics (players in the Olympics were required to be amateurs at the time, Soviets effectively bent the rules by listing their best players in the military).

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The Soviet Union played at various stadiums around the country most notably being the Central Lenin Stadium (now Luzhniki Stadium) in Moscow where they played 78 times in total. Other stadium played at include the Central Stadium in Kyiv, the Lenin Dynamo Stadium in Tbilisi, and the Dynamo Stadium in Moscow.

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