SHIRT CODE: 1250
Oleh Protasov, Soviet Union Nº 10, Red and white Short Sleeve Match Worn Shirt, International 1989 - 1990.
Protasov was a key member of the Soviet Union team throughout the 1980s. His 29 goals for them are second highest in the team's history.
The Soviet Union had the best record in European Championships until the emerge of West Germany in the 1970's. They reached at least the semifinal of tournament 5 times out of a possible(only 7 tournaments were held before the collapse of the Soviet Union), winning the inaugural competition in 1960 when they beat Yugoslavia in the final, 2–1. They finished second three times (1964, 1972, 1988), and fourth once (1968), when, having drawn with Italy in the semi-final, they were sent to the third place playoff match by the loss of a coin toss. For the World Cup finals, the Soviet Union failed to qualify for the World Cup only twice, in 1974 and 1978, and attended seven finals tournaments in total. Their best finish was fourth in 1966, when they lost to West Germany in the semifinals, 2–1. The Soviet Union national team also participated in number of Olympic tournaments earning the gold medal in the 1956 and 1988.