CIS national football team

This article is about the Commonwealth of Independent States football team. For the Canadian university Canadian football team, see Canadian Interuniversity Sport Football All-Canadian 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 United States 0–1 CIS
(Miami, USA; 25 January 1992)

Last international
Scotland Scotland 3–0 CIS
(Norrköping, Sweden; 18 June 1992)
Biggest win
El Salvador El Salvador 0–3 CIS
(San Salvador, El Salvador; 29 January 1992)
Biggest defeat
Mexico 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 provisional 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 as part of transformation that was planned to take place. As the USSR national team had already booked a spot in Euro 1992 through the 1991 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.

With the end of Euro 1992, the team was transformed into the Russia national football team.


Flag used by the CIS team at Euro 1992.

As the Soviet Union has formally ceased to exist on 1 January 1992, 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
Sweden 1992Group stage8th302114

Post-Soviet national federations

National federations of the CIS association

Armenia Armenia 18 January 1992 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan March 1992 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Belarus Belarus 1989 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Georgia (country) Georgia 15 February 1936 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 1992 National teamU-21 teamUEFA[1]
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 25 February 1992 National teamU-23 teamAFC
Moldova Moldova 14 April 1990 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Russia Russia 8 February 1992 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Tajikistan Tajikistan 1936 National teamU-23 teamAFC
Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic Turkmenistan 1992 National teamU-23 teamAFC
Ukraine Ukraine 13 December 1991 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1946 National teamU-23 teamAFC

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

National federations outside of the CIS association

Estonia Estonia 14 December 1921 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Latvia Latvia 1921 National teamU-21 teamUEFA
Lithuania Lithuania 9 December 1922 National 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 Russia CSKA Moscow
2 2DF Andrey Chernyshov (1968-01-07)7 January 1968 (aged 24) 23 Russia Spartak Moscow
3 2DF Kakhaber Tskhadadze (1968-09-07)7 September 1968 (aged 23) 5 Russia Spartak Moscow
4 2DF Akhrik Tsveiba (1966-09-10)10 September 1966 (aged 25) 22 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev
5 2DF Oleh Kuznetsov (1963-03-22)22 March 1963 (aged 29) 60 Scotland Rangers
6 3MF Igor Shalimov (1969-02-02)2 February 1969 (aged 23) 23 Italy Foggia
7 3MF Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (1963-03-30)30 March 1963 (aged 29) 38 Scotland Rangers
8 4FW Andrei Kanchelskis (1969-01-23)23 January 1969 (aged 23) 20 England Manchester United
9 3MF Sergei Aleinikov (1961-11-07)7 November 1961 (aged 30) 75 Italy Lecce
10 3MF Igor Dobrovolski (1967-08-27)27 August 1967 (aged 24) 26 Switzerland Servette
11 4FW Sergei Yuran (1969-06-11)11 June 1969 (aged 22) 13 Portugal Benfica
12 1GK Stanislav Cherchesov (1963-09-02)2 September 1963 (aged 28) 10 Russia Spartak Moscow
13 4FW Sergei Kiriakov (1970-01-01)1 January 1970 (aged 22) 8 Russia Dynamo Moscow
14 4FW Volodymyr Lyutyi (1962-04-20)20 April 1962 (aged 30) 5 Germany MSV Duisburg
15 4FW Igor Kolyvanov (1968-03-06)6 March 1968 (aged 24) 22 Italy Foggia
16 3MF Dmitri Kuznetsov (1965-08-28)28 August 1965 (aged 26) 17 Spain Espanyol
17 3MF Igor Korneev (1967-09-04)4 September 1967 (aged 24) 5 Spain Espanyol
18 2DF Viktor Onopko (1969-10-14)14 October 1969 (aged 22) 1 Russia Spartak Moscow
19 3MF Igor Lediakhov (1968-05-22)22 May 1968 (aged 24) 7 Russia Spartak Moscow
20 2DF Andrei Ivanov (1967-04-06)6 April 1967 (aged 25) 3 Russia Spartak Moscow

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).

Practically all the players (marked in bold) played later for the Russia national football team, which qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Due to the incident with the Letter of fourteeners in November 1993 (because of the team's poor performance), 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.


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