CIS national football team

Association Football Federation of the Soviet Union
Head coach Anatoly Byshovets
Most caps Dmitri Kharine (11)[1]
Top scorer Sergei Kiriakov (4)
Home stadium Various
First colours
Second colours
First international

United States 0–1 CIS
(Miami, Florida; 25 January 1992)

Last international
Scotland 3–0 CIS
(Norrköping, Sweden; 18 June 1992)
Biggest win
El Salvador 0–3 CIS
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 29 January 1992)
Biggest defeat
Mexico 4–0 CIS
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 March 1992)
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 1992)
Best result Round 1, 1992

The CIS national football team was a transitional national team of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union in 1992. It was accepted that the team would represent the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The CIS team was created to allow the Soviet national team further participation as it had already booked a spot in Euro 1992 through the 1990–91 qualification tournament. The only way to preserve the spot for the post-Soviet team was to take part in the competition as a unified team. Players had an option either to play for the team or to play for a team of their country.

With the end of Euro 1992, the Russia national team was recognized as the only successor of the CIS team.


As the Soviet Union has formally ceased to exist on 26 December 1991, so did all its organizations including the football federation. The Association of Football Federations of CIS was formed on 11 January 1992 and was approved by FIFA two days later. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was adopted as its anthem. Along with the Association, national federations of its members started to form and apply for international recognition.

The CIS national football team, previously known as the USSR national football team, completed its participation in the Euro 1992 in June 1992. It was disbanded soon thereafter and all its results were transferred to the Russia national football team that played its first game in August 1992.

The CIS national football team was coached by Anatoly Byshovets. The team failed to achieve success in the 1992 European Football Championship, finishing last in the group, but achieved two notable draws with Germany and the Netherlands, before being beaten 3–0 by Scotland in what turned out to be their last match.

European Championship record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1992Group stage8th302114

Post-Soviet national federations

National federations of the CIS association

Armenia18 January 1992National teamU-21 teamUEFA
AzerbaijanMarch 1992National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Belarus1989National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Georgia15 February 1936National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Kazakhstan1992National teamU-21 teamUEFA[1]
Kyrgyzstan25 February 1992National teamU-23 teamAFC
Moldova14 April 1990National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Russia8 February 1992National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Tajikistan1936National teamU-23 teamAFC
Turkmenistan1992National teamU-23 teamAFC
Ukraine13 December 1991National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Uzbekistan1946National teamU-23 teamAFC

1. ^ Kazakhstan were affiliated with the AFC from 1994 until 2002, when they joined UEFA.

National federations outside the CIS association

Estonia14 December 1921National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Latvia1921National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Lithuania9 December 1922National teamU-21 teamUEFA

UEFA Euro 1992 squad

Head coach: Anatoliy Byshovets

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Dmitri Kharine (1968-08-16)16 August 1968 (aged 23) 12 CSKA Moscow
2 2DF Andrey Chernyshov (1968-01-07)7 January 1968 (aged 24) 23 Spartak Moscow
3 2DF Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968-09-07)7 September 1968 (aged 23) 5 Spartak Moscow
4 2DF Akhrik Tsveiba[lower-alpha 1] (1966-09-10)10 September 1966 (aged 25) 22 Dynamo Kiev
5 2DF Oleh Kuznetsov (1963-03-22)22 March 1963 (aged 29) 60 Rangers
6 3MF Igor Shalimov (1969-02-02)2 February 1969 (aged 23) 23 Foggia
7 3MF Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (1963-03-30)30 March 1963 (aged 29) 38 Rangers
8 4FW Andrei Kanchelskis (1969-01-23)23 January 1969 (aged 23) 20 Manchester United
9 3MF Sergei Aleinikov (1961-11-07)7 November 1961 (aged 30) 75 Lecce
10 3MF Igor Dobrovolski (1967-08-27)27 August 1967 (aged 24) 26 Servette
11 4FW Sergei Yuran (1969-06-11)11 June 1969 (aged 22) 13 Benfica
12 1GK Stanislav Cherchesov (1963-09-02)2 September 1963 (aged 28) 10 Spartak Moscow
13 4FW Sergei Kiriakov (1970-01-01)1 January 1970 (aged 22) 8 Dynamo Moscow
14 4FW Volodymyr Lyutyi (1962-04-20)20 April 1962 (aged 30) 5 MSV Duisburg
15 4FW Igor Kolyvanov (1968-03-06)6 March 1968 (aged 24) 22 Foggia
16 3MF Dmitri Kuznetsov (1965-08-28)28 August 1965 (aged 26) 17 Espanyol
17 3MF Igor Korneev (1967-09-04)4 September 1967 (aged 24) 5 Espanyol
18 2DF Viktor Onopko (1969-10-14)14 October 1969 (aged 22) 1 Spartak Moscow
19 3MF Igor Lediakhov (1968-05-22)22 May 1968 (aged 24) 7 Spartak Moscow
20 2DF Andrei Ivanov (1967-04-06)6 April 1967 (aged 25) 3 Spartak Moscow
  1. Tsveiba was capped once by Ukraine, in 1992. He switched allegiance to Russia in 1997, earning eight caps.

In total, the CIS squad contained eight Russians, six Ukrainians (one born in Germany), a Georgian, a Belarusian, an Abkhazian, a Circassian, and an Ossetian. Caps included games played for the Soviet team as well as the CIS. Some players simultaneously played for other national teams such as Kakhaber Tskhadadze (Georgia) and Akhrik Tsveiba (Ukraine).

With the exception of Volodymyr Lyutyi, all the players resumed their international careers with their respective individual nations. Russia qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States with the bulk of the Euro 1992 CIS squad but due to the incident with the Letter of fourteeners in November 1993; Igor Shalimov, Igor Dobrovolsky, Igor Kolyvanov, Sergei Kiriakov, Vasili Kulkov, and Andrei Kanchelskis were excluded from the national team. Oleg Salenko and Andrei Ivanov, who also signed the letter, eventually withdrew their signatures. Tsveiba and Chernyshov were later called to the Russia national football team.

Although almost one third of the team were from Ukraine, only two Ukrainian players and an Abkhazian (Akhrik Tsveiba) ever played for the Ukraine national football team, while another four chose to play for the Russian national team.

See also


  1. Includes two FIFA-sanctioned friendlies against Mexico, that were not registered with the Russian Football Federation.
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