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List of the best soccer players from Soviet Union. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Soviet Union, along with photos when available. This list of best Soviet soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Soviet soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Soviet footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Soviet soccer player of all time?"

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Aftandil Hajiyev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Aftandil Hajiyev playing currently for Sumgayit. He is also a member of Azerbaijan national football team. Hajiyev made 22 appearances for the Azerbaijan national football team from 2000 through

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Aghvan Mkrtchyan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender, Midfielder Aghvan Varazdati Mkrtchyan is an Armenian football defender, who currently plays for Armenian Premier League club Mika Yerevan. He was also a member of the Armenia national team, participated in ...more

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Aivars Riherts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union

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Aivar Anniste is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aivar Anniste is an Estonian footballer, who plays in the Estonian Meistriliiga for FC Flora Tallinn. He plays the position of central midfielder.

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Akaki Devadze is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Akaki Devadze is a retired Georgian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for the Georgian national team between 1992 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2005, and was capped 20 times.

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Akhrik Tsveiba is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Akhrik Sokratovich Tsveiba is a retired Soviet association footballer who currently works as a scout for FC Dynamo Moscow. His son Sandro Tsveiba is a professional footballer as well.

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Albert Sarkisyan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Albert Sarkisyan is a retired Armenian football midfielder. Albert was a member of the Armenia national team, participated in 33 international matches and scored 3 goals since his debut in away ...more

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Albert Shesternyov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Albert Alekseyevich Shesternyov was a soccer player for CSKA Moscow and the Soviet Union. He is generally regarded as the best football defender in Soviet football history. Nicknamed "Ivan ...more

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Aleksandrs Starkovs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Forward Aleksandrs Starkovs is a Latvian football coach and a former footballer. He is currently working at the Latvian Football Federation as the chairman of the National teams' committee. Starkovs ...more

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Aleksandrs Vlasovs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Goalkeeper

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Aleksandr Borodyuk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Forward, Midfielder Aleksandr Genrikhovich Borodyuk is a Russian football manager and former international player for USSR and Russia. Borodyuk attended the Fakel football school and spent one season with their ...more

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Aleksandr Chertoganov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksandr Chertoganov is a Ukrainian-born, Azerbaijani footballer who plays for Sumgayit. He was also a member of the Azerbaijan national football team.

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Aleksandr Chivadze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Aleksandr Gavrilovich Chivadze, is a former Georgian football defender and coach. Chivadze spent his entire club career at FC Dinamo Tbilisi, playing from 1974 to 1987. He earned 46 caps for the ...more

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Aleksandr Dmitrijev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksandr Dmitrijev is an Estonian professional footballer of Russian descent who is currently playing for FC Infonet .

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Alyaksandr Yermakovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Alyaksandr Yermakovich is a retired Belarusian football midfielder. Since 2008 he has been an assistant coach in BATE Borisov, and in October 2013 he was appointed as the team's head coach.

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Alyaksandr Fyedarovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Alyaksandr Fyedarovich Alyaksandr Fedarovich is a retired Belarusian footballer. After hir retirement he went on to work in BATE Borisov as a goalkeeper coach. He is of Polish descent.

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Aleksandr Filimonov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Goalkeeper Aleksandr Vladimirovich Filimonov is an association football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Arsenal Tula, the beach soccer team of Lokomotiv Moscow, and the Russia national beach soccer ...more

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Aleksandr Katasonov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Katasonov Forward Aleksandr Mikhailovich Katasonov is a Russian professional football coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for FC Lokomotiv-2 Moscow.

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Aleksandr Kuchma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Kuchma Defender Alexander Kuchma is a Kazakh football defender who most recently played for Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Taraz. In December 2014, Kuchma left FC Taraz.

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Aleksandr Maslov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Maslov Forward Aleksandr Maslov is a Russian ex-footballer. He played as a striker for Russian, Spanish and Swiss professional clubs, most notably for FC Rostov. Currently he is an assistant coach at Rostov. ...more

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Aleksandr Mysikov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Mysikov Forward Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Mysikov is a football striker from Russia. His previous club was FK Ventspils. Now he plays for Dordoi Bishkek.

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Aleksandr Panov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Forward Alexander Vladimirovich Panov is a Russian international association football striker. Panov is a lightweight and quick striker, nicknamed "Kolpino rocket" for his speed. Among his ...more

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Aleksandr Pavlenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksandr Yevgenyevich Pavlenko is a Russian football midfielder who plays for FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok.

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Aleksandr Petrosyan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union

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Aleksandr Prudnikov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Prudnikov Forward Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Prudnikov is a Russian football player who currently plays for FC Amkar Perm in the Russian Football Premier League.

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Aleksandr Shirko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Forward Aleksandr Petrovich Shirko is association footballer. Shirko started his professional career with Spartak Moscow, with whom he won six Russian Premier League titles, from 1996 to 2001, and ...more

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Alexander Tadevosyan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Alexander Yurai Tadevosyan is an Armenian football defender. He currently plays for the Armenian Premier League club Mika Yerevan. He was also a member of the Armenia national team, and has ...more

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Aleksandr Tochilin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Aleksandr Vasilyevich Tochilin is a retired Russian football player who played the most of his career for FC Dynamo Moscow and once represented Russia. As of May 2009, he works as a coach with ...more

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Alyaksandr Vishnyakow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Alyaksandr Vishnyakow Forward Alyaksandr Vishnyakow is a retired Belarusian footballer. He ended his career at the age of 23 due to injuries. His last club was Naftan Novopolotsk.

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Alyaksandr Valadzko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Alyaksandr Pawlavich Valadzko, also spelled sometimes as Aleksandr Pavlovich Volodko is a Belarusian footballer of Polish descent.

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Oleksandr Zavarov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Oleksandr Anatoliyovych Zavarov, also spelt Aleksandr Anatoljević Zavarov – is a former Ukrainian football midfielder and the former head coach at FC Arsenal Kyiv. In 1986 he was named the best ...more

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Aleksandr Zhidkov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Zhidkov Goalkeeper Aleksandr Vitalyevich Zhidkov is a former Azerbaijani footballer who last played for FC Tom Tomsk. He was also a member of Azerbaijan national football team. He is currently a coach with FC ...more

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Aleksei Bugayev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Aleksei Ivanovich Bugayev is an association footballer who played defender. In 2010, he played for FC Krasnodar. Bugayev has previously played for FC Tom' Tomsk, Torpedo Moscow and Lokomotiv ...more

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Aleksei Guschin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksei Guschin Defender Aleksei Anatolievich Guschin is a retired Russian football Defender. He capped for USSR U-20 team at 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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Aleksei Poliakov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksei Poliakov Goalkeeper Aleksei Nikolayevich Poliakov is a Russia-born Uzbekistani football goalkeeper who last played for FC Lokomotiv-2 Moscow.

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Aleksei Rebko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksei Vasilyevich Rebko is an association footballer who played midfielder. He plays for FC Rostov.

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Aleksei Zuev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Goalkeeper Aleksei Aleksandrovich Zuev is a Russian football goalkeeper. In 2010, he played for FC Vityaz Podolsk. He made two appearances in UEFA Champions League 2006-07. On 3 March 2007 he was arrested ...more

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Aleksejs Krucs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union

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Aleksejs Kuplovs-Oginskis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union

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Alyaksey Khaletski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Alyaksey Khaletski is a Belarusian footballer playing currently for Gorodeya.

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Alexander Huber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Alexander Huber Midfielder Alexander Huber is a German football player who currently plays for FSV Frankfurt. He plays as right defender or in the midfield.

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Aleksandre Iashvili is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Forward, Midfielder Alexander Iashvili is a retired Georgian football striker.

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Aleksandr Laktionov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksandr Laktionov Forward Aleksandrs Yuryevich Laktionov is a football midfielder from Russia. He last played for FC Yakutiya Yakutsk.

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Aleksandr Mostovoi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksandr Vladimirovich Mostovoi is a Russian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Known as El Zar from his lengthy spell at Spain's Celta de Vigo, he was often referred to ...more

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Alexander Rekhviashvili is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Aleksandre Roland Rekhviashvili is a retired Georgian football midfielder who last recently played on the national team and has been capped 21 times since his debut in 1999. His club career ...more

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Aleksei Trinitatskiy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksei Trinitatskiy Midfielder Aleksei Igorevich Trinitatskiy is a Russian footballer who currently plays for FSK Dolgoprudny.

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Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Midfielder Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko, is a Ukrainian football coach and former professional football player. He is the Distinguished Master of Sports of USSR and the Distinguished Coach of ...more

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Alexei Negmatov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Defender Aleksej Negmatov is a Tajikistani footballer who plays as a defender for FC Vakhsh and the Tajikistan national football team.

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Alexey Abramov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Alexey Abramov Midfielder Alexey Gennadyevich Abramov is a Russian footballer, who plays for FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk.

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Aleksei Kostenko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Soviet Union
Aleksei Kostenko Midfielder Alexey Igorevich Kostenko is a Russian footballer. In 2009, he played for FC Tyumen. Kostenko previously played for FC Spartak Nalchik in the Russian Premier League and SKA Rostov-on-Don in the ...more