URSS Retro Shirts

URSS Retro Shirts

Our assortment of USSR Retro Shirts is one of the most complete collection we have in our range of products. We have diverse Models of Retro Shirts, that are connecting supporters and lovers of sports fashion from the Soviet Union. We have USSR Retro Shirts of the following eras:

• The Retro Jersey of the USSR from the sixties. This shirt was worn when the team won the first and only international competititon. At the first ever European championship  played in 1960 in France, the Team won against the strong squad from Yugoslavia by  2:1. Back then the great goalkeeper Lev Yashion, the black spider, played on the team and is to date a national hero.

• The USSR Classic shirt from the seventies. This shirt represents another era, where the Soviets showed their international format; In the final of the European Championship they lost to the German national team with the mythic player Franz Beckenbauer.

• The USSR Retro Shirt from the eighties: The models from the eighties are the some of the favorites of our clients. The Soviet union was close to dissolution; and was leaded in these years by the great striker and Ballon d’Or Winner, the Ukrainian Oleg Blojin. At this time , the Soviets accomplished their last international success, when the mainly with players from Dynamo Kiev, reached the final of the European Championship 1988.

Classic Football Fashion for Men; enjoy our USSR Shirts while going for a walk through your city or during a little match with your friends.

Soviet Union (CCCP) and Russia football shirts and History

Football in Russia is highly appreciated. It is a centennial sport that came to Russia at the end of the 19th century from the hand of the English, the nation that invented the beautiful game.

The first international match of the Russian football team was played in 1912 against Finland in the framework of the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912. Russia lost 2-1 to Finland. The Russian team was in eleventh position in the ranking. In this period the Tsar and the Russian Empire political system were still implanted in the nation.

After the 1917 Revolution that swept away the political system of the Russian Empire, football had a great boost and football teams began to be founded. The Lokomotiv that brought together the players chosen from the railroad workers; Spartak, the team in which the common people played, was also called the People's Team. But teams also emerged from ministerial bodies, such as Dinamo, which was made up of members of the secret services and the Ministry of the Interior. The army also had its squad; the CSKA.

The body that regulated football in its beginnings was the Russian Football Union, which was born in 1912, which was followed after the Russian Revolution of 1917 in 1934 by the Football Federation of the USSR. In 1992 it finally  recovered its name original, after the fall of the Soviet Union; Russian Football Union .

As the history of nations marks the history of national football, the Russia national team was formed in 1923 and was renamed the Soviet Union team after the Russian Revolution of 1917.  After the fall of the wall and the dismantling of the communist countries between 1992 and 1994 new  independent football teams were created from the states that made-up the Soviet Union, such as the squads of Russia, Ukraine or Belarus.

It is interesting to note that in the communist era the hiring of international players was not allowed since football was not allowed to be associated with the bourgeoisie. Thus, the players were not officially paid.

The team, either as a Russian team or as the Union of the Soviet Republics (USSR), participated in different football World Cups, the Olympic Games and the European Football Championship. In other words, it has followed the trail of all European countries in terms of football history.

The first match of the Soviet Union football team took place in 1923 against Sweden where they beat the Swedes 2 to 1 and later against Turkey in 1924 in Moscow where they took the match 3-0.

Soviet Union (CCCP) shirts and history: the 1950s

During this decade the Russian national football team took part in its first World Cup, Sweden 1958, where in the group stage the russian tied the game against England, 2-2, they beat the Austrian team, 2-0, and lost 2-0 to Vavá and Pelé's Brazil. These results allowed them to move on to the next phase where they lost 2-0 to the host country, Sweden, in the quarterfinals.

After the participation of the Russian team in the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, the Russia soccer team or the later Soviet Union did not participate in the Olympic Games in the following years. We have to go back to the year 1952 when it  took part in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. During this tournament the Soviet Union team beat Bulgaria 2-1 in the preliminary round but fell to Yugoslavia in the first round and was eliminated.

One of the greatest achievements of the Soviet Union football team of all time was the victory at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games where the team won the Gold Medal after defeating in the first round West Germany, the powerful European team by 2 -1, drawing against Indonesia 4-0 in the quarterfinals, defeating Bulgaria 2-1 in the semifinals, as well as against Yugoslavia in the final 0-1. It should be noted that the Soviet team had in its ranks players which were not allowed by FIFA to play for the competition of the Olympic Games.

Three football teams from the communist bloc, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, took the gold, silver and bronze medals of football respectively in these Olympic Games, which indicates the strategic importance of sport in terms of promotion of its image abroad. Sport as we have seen many times has always been used to improve the image of a country, of a political system, or of a leader or simply to lift the spirits of the citizens in times of crisis. By way of example, in Nazi Germany sport was also used in the service of the regime.

Let us take advantage of this aside to indicate that political meetings were prohibited during the communist era visits to the stadium and playing a sport game of a 22-person on a pitch, were gathering places that escaped the iron control of the communist state structure. Therefore football was the perfect excuse for citizens to meet in a group and surely launch political slogans.

History and football Jerseys of the Soviet Union (USSR) national team - 1960s

The 1960s are considered the golden age of CCCP Soviet football. The decade started well and the team won the title of champions of the first Euro championship whose final phase took place in France, 1960 UEFA European Football Championship. For this they beat Hungary in the round of 16, were lucky enough to see the withdrawal of the Spain national team because the dictator Franco did not give permission to the squad to play in Moscow in the quarterfinals and win the match against Czechoslovakia, 3-0, in the semifinals.

The final game was won by the Soviet Union team against Yugoslavia,  2-1 with goals from Metreveli and Ponedélnik in the 113th minute. In the ranks of the CCCP team, the legendary goalkeeper Lev Yachine, called the black spider, played a A spectacular match, it was a Ballon d'Or in 1963, highlighting its legendary importance. The Soviet team played an efficient football based mostly on the strength of its players.  It was a European Championship where the communist bloc teams shone.

Below is a photo of the Soviet Union football team. As you can see the players wear their classic shirt completely red and with the acronym CCCP embroidered on the chest. Lev Yashin is pictured wearing his classic all-black outfit, hence its nickname: the black spider.

CCCP URSS Team in the pitch European Cup 1960 football shirt
 CCCP 1960 retro shirt, French 1960 European Nations' Cup

In the 1962 World Cup hosted in Chile they reached the second phase again, after finishing first in the group phase, but fell in the quarterfinals against the Chilean host. We shouldn't forget that they beat Uruguay 2-1 or Yugoslavia 2-0 in this group stage.

At the 1964 Euro, which was still called the European Nations Cup, the CCCP players revalidate their European power by reaching the final against Spain. The Soviet Red will fall to the Spanish Red 2-1, although the Spanish wore blue in the final. We can imagine a high-voltage political final between the Soviet and Spanish teams under the dictator Franco. The CCCP team beat Denmark 3-0 in the semifinals.

During the 1966 World Cup in England, the USSR soccer team will play one of its best World Cups. Once again, the players passed the group stage as first in the group and managed to beat Hungary 2-1 in the quarterfinals with goals from Chislenko and Porkujan. However, they will fall in the Semifinals against the Federal Republic of Germany by 2 to 1.

Porkujan's goal at the end of the game was not enough against the goals by german'players Haller and Beckenbauer.They will finish in fourth place behind England, West Germany and Portugal, after losing the match for third and fourth place to Portugal national team of Eusebio, the great player called the black panther.

The USSR played that World Cup with the traditional v-neck polo shirt and the letters CCCP on the red background used by the players in the 1960s and even in the early 1970s. Also, in that World Cup they wore a very original jacket with a complete white band on the sleeves and featuring the hammer and sickle embroidered in the traditional Soviet red.

CCCP 1966 retro shirt, the World Cup 1966

 CCCP 1966 retro shirt, the World Cup in which they obtained their best classification.

Soviet Union (CCCP) shirts and history: the 1970s

The first competition of this decade was the 1970 World Cup, and the USSR team got their most common result in the World Cups. The supporters of the Soviet Union could see how their team surpassed the first round but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Uruguayan team in extra time. They will finish in fifth position after Brazil, Italy, Federal Germany and Uruguay; they will finish classified among the great football teams of all time.

In relation to the Olympic Games, the Soviet Union football team CCCP had not participated since its 1956 Gold Medal, however in 1972 it will win the Bronze Medal exquo with East Germany, by being tied at 2.

The Soviet Union squad had a brilliant Euro in 1972, held in Belgium. They were passing rounds with solvency to stand in the final phase together with the Federal Republic of Germany (their black beast), the host Belgium and Hungary. In the semifinals they defeated Hungary 1-0 with a goal from Konkow. In the final held at the Heysel stadium they succumbed to the Germany 3-0. The German goals were scored by Gerd Müller and Wimmer. The Soviets still wore their traditional Soviet red polo shirt with the letters CCCP embroidered on the chest. We leave you a photo of that runner-up team in the European championship.

CCCP 1972 shirt, the Soviet Union team was runner-up in the 1972 UEFA European Football Championship

Retro CCCP 1972 shirt, the Soviet Union team was runner-up in the 1972 UEFA European Football Championship

That runner-up marked the end of an important period and also the beginning of the Blochin CCCP era. The legendary Ukrainian player par excellence of the Soviet national team who embodies the best of football of the 70s and 80s. A true 10 with vision of the game and goal, a great sprinter, with a spectacular technical definition, will also participate in the Games 1976 Olympics, where once again the Soviet Union Olympic football team will win the Bronze Medal. The contribution of Oleg Blojín who began his steps in the USSR national team was very important considering that he had won the Ballon d'Or in 1975.

However the 70s were quite eventful years, far from the previous prodigious decade. Even so, the team, at the 1976 Euro Cup, reached the quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Czechoslovakia after being the first of their group which included the teams of Ireland, Turkey and Switzerland.

The USSR shirts will have modifications in this decade, the polo neck will disappear transformed into a round neck, giving it a touch of modernity. Above in the jerseys section you can see the CCCP vintage football shirt 1970, red, with short sleeves, with a round neckline with a white border that will be repeated on the sleeves. A simple but forceful shirt especially for the acronym of the CCCP in the center of the chest. The white away shirt follows the same design guidelines, the edges of the neck and sleeves will be red as well as the acronym of the CCCP.

We take the opportunity to explain the CCCP acronym; in Cyrillic: Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик -  Soyuz Soviétskikh Sotsialistícheskikh Respúblik, which means the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. So when we see the beautiful letters on the chest we will understand the meaning and identity symbolized in the times of communism.

History and Soccer Jerseys of the Soviet Union and Russia -The 1980's

We started this decade highlighting the World Cup of 1982 that was played in Spain. It was a great World Cup with the mythical Dasaev, successor to Lev Yashin, the legendary goalkeeper named "the black spider". The Soviets were eliminated in the second group stage by Boniek's Poland, their catalyst player. The USSR had to return home on goal difference. Let's see their journey;  in the first group stage they were second behind Brazil, against which they lost 2-1, although CCCP player Andriy Bal started scoring and the first half ended with a victory for the Soviets. The Brazilians in the second half turned the game around with goals from Socrates and Eder (with a controversial refereeing decisions by Spanish Lamo Castillo). In third and fourth place in this group were Scotland and New Zealand. In the second group stage they played against Poland and Belgium. The first squad of the group could go directly to the semifinals. The Soviet Union beat Belgium 1-0 and finished against Poland 0-0, but as Poland defeated Belgium 3-0, so the USSR players had to finish there the competition. Sad destiny to leave a World Cup on goal difference and without losing in the second phase.

Above you can see the replicas of the shirts of this decade. The one Oleh Blochin wore; CCCP (USSR) 80's shirt. The 1982 one that was made by Adidas, with the Soviet shield of the proletarian hammer and sickle appears on the right side, the red color shows a very fine white stripes.

Retro CCCP 1980 shirt, the Soviet Union team during the World Cup 1982

Retro CCCP 1980 shirt, the Soviet Union team left the 82nd World Cup on goal difference.

We also have the 1982 Soviet Union jersey in its away version in white with red stripes. The Soviet Union played with this kit the decisive match of the World Cup against Boniek's Poland at the Camp Nou. The final result was a tie to zero.

CCCP WC 1982 team with white shirt

CCCP 1982 retro shirt, the Soviet Union team left the 82nd World Cup on goal difference.

In the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the team performed a great first phase, finishing first in the group. For this, the USSR team had to forcefully beat Hungary 6-0, ended in 1-1 draw with France and beat the Canadian team  2-0. But they were eliminated in the round of 16, a marvelous Belgian team that reached the semifinals in that World Cup, 3-4, despite Belanov scoring 3 goals.   The base of the Soviet soccer team was Dynamo Kiev with the legendary coach Lobanov and the star Oleg Blokhin and Belanov both Ballon d'Or.

Above you can see our replica of the CCCP football 1986 shirt with the Soviet Union coat of arms above the acronym of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the V-neck, in red and in the second shirt in white.

The highlight of this decade was the 1988 Euro championship that was played in West Germany. The Soviet Union were finalist against Holland, although the Dutch took the victory by 2-0 . In the Soviet team trained by Lobanov, we could see playing Belanov again, Protasov and the great Zavarov and Khidiayatullin. Curiously, the two teams met in the group stage and the CCCP won by 0 to 1. In addition, the red team was first in the group leaving Ireland and England out. They also beat Italy in the semi-finals. It was the mythical Dutch team with Rijkaard, Koeman, Gullit, Wouters and Van Basten, and also trained by the creator of the Total Football Rinus Michels.

Another highlight of the 1980s was the Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, especially because they beat Brazil in the final. These were his last relevant tournaments before the fall of the Iron Curtain that marked the end of the USSR and the world as we knew it then.

Team of the Soviet Union (CCCP) 1988, finalist of the Euro.

Team of the Soviet Union (CCCP) 1988, finalist of the Euro.

The Soviet Union at the end of this decade was on the verge of collapsing and as we commented at the beginning of this football history, the dismantling of the Socialist Republic in 1991 will imply a period of transition and the re-founding of the national teams of the republics that made up the USSR; Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Georgia, etc.

In the 1990s Russia and Ukraine the most powerful footballing nations, like the rest, participated separately. Russia will already participate in the 1994 World Cup and will already be a representative team of an independent nation.

This historical journey leaves us as a summary of a team, that of the Soviet Union that has been very often present in World Cups and European championships, making interesting performances, fighting for titles and with players who have been legends not only in their nation but worldwide. It is not surprising that it is a team that never leaves you indifferent and that is always respected. It is important to note that sport in Soviet times, but also today in Russia, has always been both an amateur and professional activity in which to express national pride.

Our shirts that we present represent all these values ​​and the ideals of the former Soviet Republics, which is why they are highly loved by fans of the history of football and vintage fashion.