Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Russian: Лев Ива́нович Я́шин, 22 October 1929 – 20 March 1990), nicknamed as "The Black Spider", was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game. He was known for his superior athleticism in goal, imposing stature, amazing reflex saves and inventing the idea of goalkeeper sweeping. Yashin was voted the best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS.

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... USSR awarded Order of Lenin to Vsevolod Bobrov and Lev Yashin to commemorate their achievements in sport ... In 1963 Lev Yashin became first Soviet player who was recognized as the best European footballer ... In 1988 Lev Yashin received the golden order of FIFA "For service" and in March 1990 was recognized as the Hero of Socialist Labour ...
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