Lev Yashin

1929 - 1990

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Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Russian: Лев Иванович Яшин; 22 October 1929 – 20 March 1990) was a Soviet professional footballer, widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport. He was known for his athleticism, positioning, imposing presence in goal, and acrobatic reflex saves. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lev Yashin has received more than 4,029,862 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Lev Yashin is the 5th most popular soccer player, the 23rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 32nd in 2019) and the most popular Russian Soccer Player.

Lev Yashin is most famous for being the goalkeeper for the Soviet Union in the 1960s. He is considered one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

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Among soccer players, Lev Yashin ranks 5 out of 21,273Before him are Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, and Ferenc Puskás. After him are Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Garrincha, Gerd Müller, Eusébio, and Mário Zagallo.

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Among people born in 1929, Lev Yashin ranks 5Before him are Yasser Arafat, Grace Kelly, Anne Frank, and Audrey Hepburn. After him are Milan Kundera, Bud Spencer, Martin Luther King Jr., Jürgen Habermas, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sergio Leone, and Hassan II of Morocco. Among people deceased in 1990, Lev Yashin ranks 2Before him is Rajneesh. After him are Greta Garbo, Roald Dahl, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Althusser, Alberto Moravia, Ava Gardner, B. F. Skinner, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Paulette Goddard, and Sarah Vaughan.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Lev Yashin ranks 23 out of 3,761Before him are Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Ayn Rand (1905), and Alexander I of Russia (1777). After him are Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Igor Stravinsky (1882), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), and Nicholas I of Russia (1796).


Among soccer players born in Russia, Lev Yashin ranks 1After him are Rinat Dasayev (1957), Mordechai Spiegler (1944), Valentin Ivanov (1934), Igor Netto (1930), Eduard Streltsov (1937), Oleg Salenko (1969), Andrey Arshavin (1981), Slava Metreveli (1936), Viktor Ponedelnik (1937), Valery Gazzaev (1954), and Sergei Salnikov (1925).