Russian soccer fans mark legendary Lev Yashin's 80th anniversary

MOSCOW. October 22. KAZINFORM Russia's Lev Yashin (October 22, 1929-March 20, 1990) is still 'the icon' of the Soviet football for the fans worldwide, his teammate and famous commentator said on Thursday, Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

Yury Maslachenko said that "Lev enjoyed tremendous popularity among fans as well as journalists worldwide. The Soviet football was mainly associated with the name of Yashin," Maslachenko said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Lev Yashin is the only goalkeeper ever to have won the European Player of the Year Award. He spent his whole career, from 1949 to 1971, at Dynamo. The keeper, who wore all black when defending his goal, won world fame with his breathtaking performances in the 1966 World Cup in England, as the Soviet Union reached the semifinals.

In 1994, FIFA established the Lev Yashin award for the best goalkeeper at the World Cup. Yashin's FIFA testimonial game at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow was attended by 100,000 fans, who saw appearances by soccer legends such as Pele, Eusebio and Franz Beckenbauer. There is also bronze monument to Yashin at Dynamo's home ground, Kazinform cites RIA Novosti. See for full version.

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