The CIS national football team was a transitional national team of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union in 1992. It was accepted that the team would represent the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The CIS team was created to allow the USSR national team further participation as it had already booked a spot in Euro 1992 through the 1990–91 qualification tournament. The only way to preserve the spot for the post-Soviet team was to take part in the competition as a unified team. Players had an option either to play for the team or to play for a team of their country.
With the end of Euro 1992, the Russia national team was recognized as the only successor of the CIS team.
As the Soviet Union has formally ceased to exist on 1 January 1992, so did all its organizations including the football federation. The Association of Football Federations of CIS was formed on 11 January 1992 and was approved by FIFA two days later. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was adopted as its anthem. Along with the Association, national federations of its members started to form and apply for international recognition.
The CIS national football team, previously known as the USSR national football team, completed its participation in the Euro 1992 in June 1992. It was disbanded soon thereafter and all its results were transferred to the Russia national football team that played its first game in August 1992.
The CIS national football team was coached by Anatoly Byshovets. The team failed to achieve success in the 1992 European Football Championship, finishing last in the group, but achieved two notable draws with Germany and the Netherlands, before being beaten 3–0 by Scotland in what turned out to be their last match.
|Armenia||18 January 1992||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Azerbaijan||March 1992||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Belarus||1989||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Georgia||15 February 1936||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Kazakhstan||1992||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Kyrgyzstan||25 February 1992||National team||U-23 team||AFC|
|Moldova||14 April 1990||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Russia||8 February 1992||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Tajikistan||1936||National team||U-23 team||AFC|
|Turkmenistan||1992||National team||U-23 team||AFC|
|Ukraine||13 December 1991||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Uzbekistan||1946||National team||U-23 team||AFC|
1. ^ Kazakhstan were affiliated with the AFC from 1994 until 2002, when they joined UEFA.
|Estonia||14 December 1921||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Latvia||1921||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
|Lithuania||9 December 1922||National team||U-21 team||UEFA|
Head coach: Anatoliy Byshovets
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club|
|1||GK||Dmitri Kharine||16 August 1968 (aged 23)||12||CSKA Moscow|
|2||DF||Andrey Chernyshov||7 January 1968 (aged 24)||23||Spartak Moscow|
|3||DF||Kakhaber Tskhadadze||7 September 1968 (aged 23)||5||Spartak Moscow|
|4||DF||Akhrik Tsveiba[a]||10 September 1966 (aged 25)||22||Dynamo Kiev|
|5||DF||Oleh Kuznetsov||22 March 1963 (aged 29)||60||Rangers|
|6||MF||Igor Shalimov||2 February 1969 (aged 23)||23||Foggia|
|7||MF||Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko||30 March 1963 (aged 29)||38||Rangers|
|8||FW||Andrei Kanchelskis||23 January 1969 (aged 23)||20||Manchester United|
|9||MF||Sergei Aleinikov||7 November 1961 (aged 30)||75||Lecce|
|10||MF||Igor Dobrovolski||27 August 1967 (aged 24)||26||Servette|
|11||FW||Sergei Yuran||11 June 1969 (aged 22)||13||Benfica|
|12||GK||Stanislav Cherchesov||2 September 1963 (aged 28)||10||Spartak Moscow|
|13||FW||Sergei Kiriakov||1 January 1970 (aged 22)||8||Dynamo Moscow|
|14||FW||Volodymyr Lyutyi||20 April 1962 (aged 30)||5||MSV Duisburg|
|15||FW||Igor Kolyvanov||6 March 1968 (aged 24)||22||Foggia|
|16||MF||Dmitri Kuznetsov||28 August 1965 (aged 26)||17||Espanyol|
|17||MF||Igor Korneev||4 September 1967 (aged 24)||5||Espanyol|
|18||DF||Viktor Onopko||14 October 1969 (aged 22)||1||Spartak Moscow|
|19||MF||Igor Lediakhov||22 May 1968 (aged 24)||7||Spartak Moscow|
|20||DF||Andrei Ivanov||6 April 1967 (aged 25)||3||Spartak Moscow|
In total, the CIS squad contained eight Russians, six Ukrainians (one born in Germany), a Georgian, a Belarusian, an Abkhazian, a Circassian, and an Ossetian. Caps included games played for the Soviet team as well as the CIS. Some players simultaneously played for other national teams such as Kakhaber Tskhadadze (Georgia) and Akhrik Tsveiba (Ukraine).
With the exception of Volodymyr Lyutyi, all the players resumed their international careers with their respective individual nations. Russia qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States with the bulk of the Euro 1992 CIS squad but due to the incident with the Letter of fourteeners in November 1993; Igor Shalimov, Igor Dobrovolsky, Igor Kolyvanov, Sergei Kiriakov, Vasili Kulkov, and Andrei Kanchelskis were excluded from the national team. Oleg Salenko and Andrei Ivanov, who also signed the letter, eventually withdrew their signatures. Tsveiba and Chernyshov were later called to the Russia national football team.
Although almost one third of the team were from Ukraine, only two Ukrainian players and an Abkhazian (Akhrik Tsveiba) ever played for the Ukraine national football team, while another four chose to play for the Russian national team.