Football legend Lev Yashin

Football legend Lev Yashin

Football legend Lev Yashin

Football legend Lev Yashin was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the game, and the best goalkeeper of the 20th century. Lev Yashin was awarded the special prize of the weekly “France Football” – “Golden Ball”. Tall brunette, 190cm tall, muscular and athletic, Yashin was in his thirties, when he was named the best goalkeeper in the world. It was 50 years ago – in October 1963. At the same time Moscow Dynamo was awarded the “Golden Ball” – a prize for the best football player in Europe. It was a real triumph. His game was the whole epoch in the development of the art of goalkeeping. “What kind of a goalkeeper is the one who is not tormented by the goal he has allowed? He must be tormented! And if he is calm, that means the end. No matter what he had in the past, he has no future.” Lev Yashin.

Dynamo football team (Moscow)

Dynamo football team (Moscow). L-R: Viktor Tsaryov, Lev Yashin, Vladimir Kesarev, Valery Korolenkov, Vladimir Glotov, Eduard Mudrik, Victor Maslov, Yuri Vshivtsev, Georgy Ryabov, Igor Chislenko and Fadeev.

Lev Yashin was born in 1929, in the family of a Moscow worker. He worked as a mechanic at one of the Tushino plants. Played in the factory team. After serving in the army Lev Yashin played for the club’s youth team of the Moscow “Dynamo”. He spent his professional football career with Dynamo Moscow, from 1950 to 1970, winning the USSR football championship five times and the USSR Cup three times.

Football legend Lev Yashin

USSR goalkeeper Lev Yashin makes a superb save after a shot from Sandro Mazzola of Italy.

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin and Igor Netto

Lev Yashin and Igor Netto

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Football legend Lev Yashin

Moscow. USSR. Meeting of legendary football players – Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele

1989

1989

Moscow. USSR. Meeting of legendary football players - Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele

Moscow. USSR. Meeting of legendary football players – Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele

Legendary football players - Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele

Legendary football players – Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin and Brazilian striker Pele

Football legend Lev Yashin

During the years of marriage, Lev gave me millions of red roses. Valentina Timofeevna Yashina

Footballer Lev Yashin and his family: daughter Irina (L), wife Valentina (R), and daughter Yelena. 1971

Footballer Lev Yashin and his family: daughter Irina (L), wife Valentina (R), and daughter Yelena. 1971

Lev Yashin - grave

Lev Yashin – grave

Lev Yashin - coin

Lev Yashin – coin

Lev Yashin - coin

Lev Yashin – coin

Yashin’s grandson Vasily Frolov also was a football goalkeeper. In 2009, he completed a career, becoming a physical education teacher. Vasily played for the backup of “Dynamo” St. Petersburg “Dynamo” and “Zelenograd”. Yashin was not just a great keeper, but also one of the biggest characters the sport has ever seen. Bursting on to the world football scene at the 1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden™, the first to be broadcast internationally thanks to the Soviet satellite Sputnik II, Yashin’s popularity grew rapidly thanks to his imposing displays and abundant charisma. Dressed head to toe in black and able to smother even the fiercest of efforts, his nickname of the ‘Black Spider’ only enhanced his iconic status.

On the alley at Luzhniki Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, and at the central stadium Dynamo in 1999 were established the monuments to Lev Yashin. Work by sculptor A.I. Rukavishnikov

On the alley at Luzhniki Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, and at the central stadium Dynamo in 1999 were established the monuments to Lev Yashin. Work by sculptor A.I. Rukavishnikov

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