The official poster of 2018 World Cup showcases the USSR’s most legendary footballer

Vitaly Mutko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Russian Football Union President, unveils the 2018 FIFA World Cup official poster featuring an image of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin

Vitaly Mutko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Russian Football Union President, unveils the 2018 FIFA World Cup official poster featuring an image of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin

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Lev Yashin was the most famous goalkeeper in the history of both Russia and the USSR.

The official FIFA 2018 poster, presented in Moscow on November 28, 2017, depicts the most famous Soviet football player – the peerless goalkeeper Lev Yashin (1929 – 1990), who played for the USSR national team between 1954 and 1970.

Yashin was an international star, acknowledged across the globe. He was voted the best goalkeeper in the 20th century by both FIFA and IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics). “We had no doubt when making our choice,” commented Vitaly Mutko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Russian Football Union, while presenting the official poster.

The first copy of new Yashin poster was given to the current Russian national team goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. “Yashin was a great goalkeeper, it’s an honor for me,” Akinfeev said. “I’ll be happy if I can get to be anywhere near his level”.

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