Straight Red: Soccer in Soviet Art

We love two things at Post & Out: art and soccer. So, what better way to kill the clock waiting for Russia 2018 than scrolling through some creative depictions of the game throughout the Soviet era? We’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite examples that we hope you’ll enjoy. Do svidaniya!

ADVERTISING

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Advertisement for sport journal, Arthur Woodburn Collection, c. 1919-1930
MODERNISM

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Football, Aleksandr Deineka, 1924
PORTRAITS

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The Sportswoman, Ivan Semyonovich Kulikov, 1928
FILM

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Eleven Devils, Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, 1929
RELIEF

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The Football Players, Alexander Deineka, 1955
FINE ART

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Football, Nikolai Molodtsov, 1956
ILLUSTRATION

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Goalkeeper drawing, I. Kesha-Proskuriakov, 1958 From 123RF.com
PROPAGANDA

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“USSR Is a Mighty Athletic Power!”, Reshetnikov B.A., 1962
POSTAGE STAMPS

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Postage stamp celebrating 70 years of Russian soccer, 1968
BOOKS

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FC Dynamo Kyiv reference book, 1970
PROGRAMS

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FC Dynamo Kyiv match program commemorating the club’s 50th anniversary, 1977
GRAPHIC ART

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Spartakiada, Gustav Klucis, 1977
SCULPTURE

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Monument to Lev Yashin, Alexander Rukavishnikov, Moscow, 1999
All photos used under the Editorial Use Only license.

Edited 6 September, 2016.

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