The golden ages of the Soviet national team

Think of the Russian national team and you’re unlikely to think of anything particularly positive. One brief flutter towards success came in reaching the Euro 2008 semi-finals in fine style – led by the mercurial Andrey Arshavin – but just as quickly, any hopes of glory were gone – and are yet to return. You may…

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The last great days of the Soviet Union

Twenty pivotal seconds brought football’s Iron Curtain down. Munich’s iconic Olympiastadion played host to the final of the 1988 European Championships, and it was here, in the 57th minute, that the last great act of the Soviet Union unfolded. Trailing 2-0, the second goal, that incredible Marco van Basten goal, the one which left Rinat…

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