Russia. Russian football legends
15 Dec., 2015, press release
On December 9, 2015 Post of Russia issued seven stamps dedicated to the legends of Russian football in the framework of the philatelic program of the Football World Cup, which will be held in Russia in 2018. The stamps represent football players, who have reached the highest achievements and made the national football glorious on the international level.
Valentin Bubukin (1933-2011) - striker, captain of the Soviet national team, coach. He grew up as a player in the Moscow factory team "Krylia Sovetov". He played for the “VVS” Moscow (1952-1953), "Lokomotiv" Moscow (1953-1960, 1962-1965), CSKA Moscow (1961-1962). Valentin Bubukin is a USSR Cup winner (1957) and European Cup winner (1960), a member of the World Championships in 1958 and 1962 (qualifies). He was the head coach of "Lokomotiv" Moscow, "Tavriya" Simferopol, "Karpaty" Lviv, CSKA Moscow and others.
Yuri Voynov (1931-2003) – halfback, coach. At the age of 19 Voynov was invited to "Zenit" Leningrad, and later in "Dynamo". In the autumn of 1961, he won the golden medal of the USSR championship together with "Dynamo" Kiev. He was chosen as one of the best players at the end of the World Cup in 1958. The first European Cup, won by the USSR team in 1960 was the biggest achievement of the football career of Yuri Voynov.
Valentin Ivanov (1934-2011) - striker, captain of the Soviet national team, coach. In 1952 he was invited to "Torpedo" Moscow, where a year later he became the main striker, despite his young age. The best season for the team and for V. Ivanov was in 1960, when "Torpedo" won the championship and the Cup of the USSR and the USSR national team became the champion of Europe. Ivanov took part in the world championships in 1958, 1962 and 1966 (qualifies). He became the Olympic champion in the national team of the USSR in 1956 in Melbourne, where he scored 3 goals in 4 games. Ivanov has devoted almost all his life to "Torpedo" Moscow. During his coaching the club became the champion of the USSR in 1976, won the USSR Cup in 1968 and 1986.
Gavriil Kachalin (1911-1995) – halfback, coach. He played as a halfback in "Dynamo" Moscow in 1936-1942 years, became the champion of the USSR in 1937, 1940, winner of the USSR Cup in 1937. He was honored Master of Sports (1950) and Coach of the USSR (1956). He was the head coach of the USSR national team in 1955-1958, 1960-1962, 1968-1970. While he was coaching the USSR national team, it won the XVI Olympic Games in 1956 and the European Cup in 1960.
Sergey Salnikov (1925-1984) – forward, coach. In 1943 he joined "Zenit" Leningrad, where he played as a striker. In 1944, he won the USSR Cup together with the team. He also played in such teams as “Spartak” Moscow and “Dynamo” Moscow. He became the Champion of the USSR in 1954, 1956, 1958. In the national team he became the Olympic champion in 1956, took part in the World Cup in 1958. He worked as a coach in such teams as: "Shakhtar" (1961), "Trud" (1964), "Spartak" (1964-1965, 1966). In 1971-1972 he was the head coach of the club "Maaref" (Kabul), and in 1976 he helped to coach the national team of Afghanistan. In 1979-1984 he worked as a sports commentator.
Eduard Streltsov (1937-1990) - striker. At the age of 16 he became a player of "Torpedo" Moscow, where he played his entire career as a striker. Streltsov’s football talent revealed very early. At age of 17 he started to play for the national team of the USSR and at the age of 18 he became the best scorer of the championship of the USSR. When he was 19 years old, he became the Olympic champion in Melbourne. In 1968 he won the USSR Cup. A sports complex in Moscow was named after Eduard Streltsov. Since 1997, every year the best football players of the country are awarded with the prize "Strelec", which received its name in honor of E. Streltsov.
Lev Yashin (1929-1990) - goalkeeper, captain of the USSR national team. Lev Yashin played only for “Dynamo” Moscow club until the end of his football career in 1971. Together with the club Lev Yashin became the champion of the Soviet Union five times (in 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1963) and three times won the USSR Cup. Since 1954, Yashin was the goalkeeper of the USSR national team, for which he played 78 matches. In 1956, Yashin became the Olympic champion and won the European Cup in 1960. In 1963 L. Yashin received Ballon d'Or Award. He was voted the best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS.
Type of issue: souvenir sheets of 7 stamps and 9 coupons
Perforation: 12:12 ½
Stamp Size: 42×30mm
Sheet Size: 202×145mm
Circulation: 200,000 souvenir sheets
First Day Cover was in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Sochi, Ekaterinburg, N. Novgorod, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Saransk, Volgograd, Kaliningrad on 9th of December 2015