Lev's lifestyle was typical of boys from the working-class suburbs of Moscow. The kids' entertainment was very diverse and often extremely dangerous - in addition to riding “Hare” on the tram, finding sulfur or even gunpowder, they made pistons and threw them on rails in front of the running trams. In winter, the children skied on the sloping roofs of the local sheds, turning them into original ski jumps. To successfully land and not earn a serious injury, it was necessary to show good coordination, composure and courage. Repeatedly Lev Yashin had to participate in fights - both “one on one” and in clashes “wall to wall”.
The entire male population of the capital of the 1930s was “ill” with football, and, undoubtedly, this hobby could not escape the boys. Together with his peers, Lev from early spring until late autumn "uncontrollably" cut himself "in football. Familiar in our understanding of footballs then did not exist, and the boys ran for tightly tied with rags balls. As a child, Lev Ivanovich himself was a good attacker and did not even imagine that he would ever take his place at the gate.
In the summer of 1941, the life of eleven-year-old Lev Yashin turned sharply over - his father took him to relatives in the village, but the war broke out and they had to return to Moscow. Ivan Petrovich, as an employee of an aircraft factory, was given a reservation, and in October the Yashin family set off for evacuation. We landed them near Ulyanovsk, where they, together with other Muscovites in the open field, began to build a new plant. People lived in tents, Ivan Petrovich disappeared for days at work, and Lev, somehow studying in fifth grade, nursed his little brother and helped Alexander Petrovna with his housework. Of course, he didn’t like that much, and the boy pestered his father with requests to take him to the factory.
In the autumn of 1943, the father finally fulfilled his son's wish — several workers from his workshop went to the front and they needed replacement. Very quickly, Yashin became a third-level mechanic, receiving a full-fledged work card, which he was very proud of. In winter, 1943-1944, when workers laid fires between machines in unheated workshops, and slept here on boxes of materials and tools, a fourteen-year-old teenager was addicted to smoking. He was accustomed to this by his partner, who feared that Yashin would fall asleep from fatigue at the machine. At the beginning of 1944, the plant returned from evacuation, and the Yashin family went home. Soon the Victory Day came, and the sixteen-year-old Leo received the first in his life and at the same time the most expensive award for him - the medal "For Valiant Labor in the Years of the Great Patriotic War".
After the war, mechanic Yashin continued to work at his own enterprise and was there in good standing. Lev got up at half past five in the morning, and returned home late at night, because after work he worked in a school for working youth. Tired, first of all, psychologically - from a long road, heavy monotonous work, classes in an evening school - Yashin, still in the middle of 1945, found an outlet for himself, signing up for the factory football section. The coach there was Vladimir Checherov, who, only after seeing the gangling guy, immediately identified him at the gate. Lev did not like it, but the desire to play was much stronger, and he decided to keep quiet. Employees of the plant were trained on Sundays, on a single day off. Soon Yashin was included in the factory team and took part in the championship area in football.
At the beginning of 1948, colleagues and relatives of Lev Ivanovich began to notice that something was wrong with him. Yashin himself said about this: “Something in me suddenly broke. I have never been reputed to be a foolish or hard-tempered man. And then everything at home and at work became annoying, he went all trashed, could flare up on any trifle. In the end, I collected my belongings and left home. I also stopped going to the factory. ” At the defense enterprise, absenteeism at the time was considered as sabotage and was the reason for criminal prosecution. Fortunately, fellow football players advised Yashin to ask for military service before reaching the draft age. In the military enlistment office, Lev Ivanovich was met, in the spring of 1948, he was assigned to one of the units of the Interior Ministry troops stationed in Moscow. They quickly found out that Yashin was a football goalkeeper, and included him in one of the teams of the unit. Soon, Lev Ivanovich took part in the championship of the capital city council "Dynamo".
Fate smiled at the young man. Once the goalkeeper of one of the teams of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was injured in the warm-up, and Lev Ivanovich had to play two games in a row. During these fights, Arkady Chernyshev, the coach of the Dynamo youth team, drew attention to him. How he managed to discern a genius in a tall goalkeeper, who was scored four goals for two games that day, Arkady Ivanovich did not really understand - in any case, he later explained this in different ways. After the end of the matches, he proposed Yashin to join the Dynamo youth team.
Starting to work with Lev, the coach immediately noticed that the guy is much tougher and more conscientious than his teammates. At the same time, Chernyshev discovered a rare analytical gift in his pupil - Lev himself tried to explain to the coach the mistakes he had made during the game and wondered how they could be corrected. Exercising diligently, the young man successfully played in the championship and in the Moscow Cup 1949. In the semifinal battle, the Dynamo youth team came together with the Dynamo team, partly staffed by veterans, partly by reserve players of the team of craftsmen. Arkady Chernyshev himself took part in the game along with the once famous footballers Vasily Trofimov and Sergey Ilyin. The match caused a big stir, the stands of the Small Stadium "Dynamo" were filled with spectators who came. Lev Ivanovich was reliable as ever and helped the partners to win with the 1: 0 score.
In the fall of 1949, Mikhail Yakushin, Dynamo's senior coach, on the recommendation of Chernyshev, took Yashin into the main team. Nevertheless, it was only an advance for the future - for those years Dinamo was played by two first-class goalkeepers - the ambitious Walter Sanaya and the experienced Alexei Khomich, nicknamed the “Tiger”. Lev Ivanovich could take their place in the Dynamo gates only under successful circumstances. Initially, Mikhail Iosifovich reacted with disbelief to the new guard of the gate: the long, ungainly, skinny goalkeeper was very strange — sometimes very constrained, then, on the contrary, relaxed and ragged. It was also alarming for his habit to go far out of the gate, which sometimes led to discouraging mistakes. Nevertheless, his incredible diligence and perseverance bribed him. The football aces who played at Dynamo liked to stay on the pitch and knock on goal after workouts. Yashin — in mud and dust — was spinning like a squirrel in a wheel. The first to always "surrender" was experienced attackers, and not the young goalkeeper.
Alexey Khomich, at the request of Yakushin, took the young goalkeeper under his care. Alexey Petrovich generously shared with Lev the secrets of mastery, marveling at the same time of his seriousness and thoroughness. Following the example of Khomich, the young goalkeeper started a special notebook in which he noted the actions of goalkeepers and field players after seeing the games, and also wrote down the most important things he learned from teammates and coaches. In the summer of 1950, both leading goalkeepers of the team “broke down” one after another, and 2 on July seventy-fifth minute of the match with the capital Spartak Lev Ivanovich for the first time in his life entered the field of the local Dynamo stadium. His team at this point led 1: 0, but because of the ridiculous oversight Yashin, faced with his own defender at the exit of the gate, the final score was 1: 1. And after four days there was a complete embarrassment. In the away game with Dinamo Tbilisi, the capital's players confidently began (4: 1), but then Yashin in fifteen minutes missed three goals in a row, and two of them were clearly on his conscience. Although the team of Lev Ivanovich was able to snatch the victory (5: 4), the young goalkeeper was separated from the big football for a long time - he only had to play for two years for a double.
The offensive three-year “link” to the backup team went to Lev Ivanovich ultimately to the benefit. The doubles held their own championship, and, thus, Yashin had no idle time. Constantly being in the game, he gradually gained confidence in his abilities. However, the most important thing is that it was here that Lev Ivanovich could calmly improve his unique goalkeeper style. However, this style could not be called. It was the whole system of the game, consisting in the fact that the goalkeeper not only defended the frame of the goal, but, in fact, was the organizer of the entire team game. His goal Yashin set not only to repel shots on goal, but also to interrupt enemy attacks in the bud. To do this, he often ran far into the field - outside the penalty area - and played with his feet and head. In fact, Lev Ivanovich acted as another defender cleansing the tactical blunders of his partners. Having captured the ball, the goalkeeper immediately tried to organize a counterattack. For greater accuracy, he, as a rule, sent the ball to the attackers not by foot, as it was accepted in those years, but by hand. And, finally, Yashin prompted the players to protect which specific zones to cover. All this led to the fact that the enemy was not allowed to beat on goal or forced to do it from disadvantageous positions. The partners, who quickly realized the usefulness of the goalkeeper’s advice, immensely trusted Yashin’s “eccentricities”.
Meanwhile, Arkady Chernyshev did not forget about his pupil. In the thirties and forties, almost all Soviet football players would go on skates in the winter and play hockey with the ball - its rules resembled football and such a transition was not difficult for players. Lev Ivanovich showed on the ice the makings of an outstanding striker. In the early fifties, Canadian hockey was already cultivated in the USSR with might and main, and Chernyshev was one of the first to take up its development. In the autumn of 1950, a couple of months after Yashin’s unsuccessful debut in the first team, Arkady Ivanovich suggested that he try his hand at ice hockey as an attacker. However, Yashin himself, despite his impressive growth, wanted to take the gate. Only in March 1953 he had the opportunity to play in the USSR Cup as an understudy of the Estonian Karl Liiva. He performed quite well and quite helped his team to win the honorary prize. It is curious that Lev received the title of master of sports first as a hockey player, and only then as a football player. Considering the sympathy of Chernyshev, who was the senior coach of the USSR national hockey team, he had excellent prospects for 1954 to be part of the main hockey squad and go to Sweden for the world championship, where, I must say, our team won gold medals for the first time. However, Yashin liked football much more, and having received a place in Dynamo's starting line-up at 1953, Lev Ivanovich left hockey forever.
2 May 1953 Twenty-four-year-old Yashin again appeared on the pitch at Dynamo stadium in a match with the Moscow-based Lokomotiv. From the very first minutes, “Crane” (as fans called it in those years) began to play so reliably that since then its place in the base has not been questioned. And 8 September 1954 Yashin played his first match for the national team. Soviet footballers defeated the Swedes with a 7: 0 score. The triumphant return of Lev Ivanovich to big football coincided in time both with the “golden age” of the Moscow “Dynamo” and with the outstanding achievements of the Soviet team, which was among the first teams in the world. Yashin played a huge role in the success of our players. In the first decade of the performance of the legendary goalkeeper for Dynamo, the club became the champion five times and ranked second three times. The defense led by him was considered the most reliable in the country and successfully resisted the strongest torpedo and Spartak forwards in the USSR. Yashin himself, who had learned the style of their game, acted on them like a boa on rabbits. The defense players in international matches coped with their duties somewhat worse - they knew the “habits” of foreign forwards worse, which meant that Lev Ivanovich had to come into the game more often, demonstrating his skills.
In the fifties, Moscow “Spartak” and “Dynamo”, as well as the national team of the Soviet Union, increasingly began to go abroad for friendly games with the strongest foreign teams. Yashin was spotted in Europe as early as 1954, when Dynamo was defeated away with the 4: 1 score, the celebrated Milan. In general, the results of the USSR national team games were equally successful - it is enough to note two victories over the German national team, who were world champions (1955: 3 in 2 in Moscow and 1956: 2 in Hanover in 1). The victories in these matches, as well as the triumph of the Soviet team in the fall of 1956, in Melbourne at the Olympic tournament, were largely determined by the game of the goalkeeper. It was the goalkeeper who was “literally everything” that ensured the victory (1: 0) in the most difficult final match with the Yugoslavs, who owned the initiative for the main part of the match.
The victory at the Olympic tournament raised the national team of players to the rank of national heroes. The titles of honored masters of sports were awarded to eleven participants in the final match, including Lev Ivanovich. But the strongest football teams of the planet that were considered - unlike the players from the socialist countries - were professionals did not participate in this Olympiad. The Soviet national team had to prove its strength at the World Cup 1958 of the year. Preparation for it was difficult. Slava turned her head to a number of young players, and the team played a qualifying match not too successfully - a replay with the Poles was needed. Soviet players finally defeated Poland's national team (2: 0), but thunder struck just before leaving for Sweden. Three footballers from the main squad, who had spent a stormy evening with the girls the day before, were arrested. The incident also seriously affected the morale of the team.
For leaving the group, our players had to fight against the national teams of Brazil, Austria and England. And already the first match with the British, which was successfully folded first (2: 0 score after the first half), went sideways - when the 2: 1 score was reached, a judge from Hungary awarded a penalty to our gate for a foul that occurred outside the penalty area. The Soviet players tried to challenge the decision, but the judge answered them: “Not fair? And in 56, did you act honestly? ”So the entry of Soviet troops into Hungary auknul on the football arena ... With the British, the USSR national team tied (2: 2), and then our athletes beat the Austrians (2: 0) and lost to the Brazilians ( 0: 2), future world champions. A day after the third match, there was another meeting with the England team for reaching the quarterfinals. The exhausted players of both teams fought to the last, and our players were stronger (1: 0 score). But resist - again in a day! - three times more than the rest of the Swedish team, they failed - 0: 2. They had nothing to reproach themselves with, Yashin, for example, lost seven kilograms at that competition, and the Western press spoke admiringly about him as the best goalkeeper in the world.
By today's standards, the performance of the national team could be considered successful - a place in the eight of the strongest and a loss only to the vice-champions and world champions. However, in those years, the tasks were set only the most maximalist. Both the players and the team coaches were criticized, and only Yashin did not touch. In July, the USSR national team, which significantly rejuvenated 1960, took part in the first European Championship. A number of leading football federations (England, Germany, Italy) refused to participate in the competition. Teams of the USSR, France, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia entered the final stage of the championship. Confidently replaying the Czechs (3: 0), our team met with the masterful Yugoslavs. In the first half, the advantage was for the enemy, but Yashin was reliable. Gradually, the Yugoslavs, who had fought the French on the eve, “sat down” and the game leveled off. And on 113-th minute, Victor Monday beat the winning goal (2: 1).
The phenomenal game Yashin hit not only rivals, but also those who led to play with him on the same team. Forward Valentin Bubukin talked about this: “All of us - Ivanov, Meskhi, Streltsov, I played, and Lev lived football.” In practice, in Bubukin’s opinion, this happened: “In 1960, our team beat the Poles with 7: 1. Goalkeeper for the ball rushed something a couple of times. But what he did, in his own words, during the game: “He knocked Caesarev out of the gate, but did not turn off from the episode, but mentally worked in the role of a right-back. He shouted: come on to Ivanov, then for Vanka he gave a pass on Monday, and struck with him on goal. Then he worked in the defense, hedged partners. The opponents' striker went to a good position and hit hard, I took the ball almost without moving. ” The press then wrote: "Yashin, after reading the combination, was in the right place!". However, he did not read the combination, he PARTICIPATED in it! ”
French journalists called the Russian goalkeeper "playing coach." In 1961, Argentina’s leading football magazine described Lev Ivanovich’s game as follows: “Yashin showed us what a goalkeeper in football should be. With his instructions, with his commander's voice, with his exits and transfers to the edge of the field, he is the basis of the Russian defense, effectively eliminating the best combinations. He really deserves to be called the best goalkeeper in the world, as he became the author of a certain system of a football game. ”
Winning the European Cup raised our fans' hopes for a successful performance of the team at the next World Cup, held in Chile in May 1962. However, they were disappointed - the USSR national team, having started quite cheerfully (victory over the 2: 0 Yugoslavs), looked more and more tired from game to game. With great difficulty beating the Colombians and Uruguayans, the Soviet footballers reached the quarterfinals. At the beginning of the match with the championship owners, Lev Ivanovich suffered a concussion - one of the Chilean forwards struck him in the head with a strong blow. Substitutions at that time were not allowed, and the goalkeeper was forced to play until the end of the entire match. Not surprisingly, he did not save the team at the eleventh and twenty-seventh minutes. There was still an hour of playing time, but the Soviet players were never able to score.
At home, the performance of the national football team was perceived as a shame. The scapegoat this time was Yashin. It should be noted here that deeply disappointed football fans could judge what happened only by the articles of TASS correspondents and radio reports by Nikolai Ozerov. And just from them it should have been that in the early departure of the Soviet football players, the goalkeeper was primarily to blame, who did not beat off two distant and seemingly simple blows - “it’s unforgivable for Yashin to miss such balls.” It seemed that in the current situation the thirty-two-year-old goalkeeper should retire. Fortunately, the head coach of Dynamo Ponomarev reacted with understanding to the experiences of Lev Ivanovich, who did not even try to defend himself from unfair accusations. Often, instead of training, the mentor sent Yashin to fish so that he could bring his feelings in order.
The goalkeeper had to restore mental balance for a long time. For the first time he framed 22 July in Tashkent in a Dynamo game with a local Pakhtakor. By the fall, Yashin scored his sporting form, having missed only four goals in the last eleven matches of the USSR Championship. And in the USSR 1963 Championship of the Year, Lev Ivanovich set a record of impenetrability altogether, having defended “zero” in 22 games from 27 and conceding only six goals. At the end of the year, he received an invitation to play in a friendly game of the world team against England. The match dedicated to the 100 anniversary of English football, took place on October 23 1963. The Soviet leadership, in general, favored Lev Ivanovich, took an unprecedented step — the live television broadcast of the game. The famous goalkeeper defended the gates of the world team all the first half, and defended so that his game became the main event of the match. The enemy inflicted many dangerous shots on goal, but Yashin could not break through. In the second half, he was replaced by Yugoslav Milutin Shoshkich, to whom the British scored two goals. 25-year-old British goalkeeper Gordon Banks, still considered in stories British football goalkeeper number XXUMX, later wrote: “One half, spent on the field with him, was enough for me to understand - we have a genius. ... I am sure if Yashin had remained at the gate, we would not have won. I also remember that the audience at the stadium reacted to Leo more emotionally than to our players. When he left the field, he was given a real ovation. ” After playing in the national team of the world, Yashin’s international authority rose to transcendental heights. The vote, held by the French edition of France Football, recognized Lev Ivanovich as the best footballer of Europe 1 of the year. Yashin was the first goalkeeper awarded the "Golden Ball".
It should be noted that the entire football life of Lev Ivanovich, without sparing himself, trained hard. For the most part, it “thundered with bones” in the grassless training fields, stone in summer, muddy and wet in autumn and spring. In one training session, Yashin received over 200 punches to the chest with a ball. He apparently had a completely “broken off” stomach. But this iron man not only did not wrinkle in pain, but demanded that his gates be beaten at close range and at close range. Only once in the life of his wife, Valentina Timofeevna visited her husband's training session and ran home all in tears — she was not able to see such a “torture”. Well-known hockey player Vladimir Yurzinov recalled how in the fall of 1970, he happened to watch a two-hour training session for Dynamo players. Lev Ivanovich was always in the game. Then the players went home, and only the 41-year-old goalkeeper and several guys from the double remained on the field, who at his request agreed to “knock” on the goal. When the tired young people left the field, Yashin, noticing hockey players, persuaded “real men” to kick him. Vladimir Vladimirovich said: “And we beat. To sweat, to frenzy, to darkness. That's when I needed a camera, a crowd of reporters, flashes of blitz. That's when people would see the real Yashin - a great man and an athlete. ”
In 1964, the USSR national team competed in the second European Cup raffle held in Spain. Easily “sorted out” in the semifinals with the Danes (3: 0), she met with the hosts of the tournament. The game had a clear political subtext - four years earlier, Franco had forbidden his athletes from playing with the national team of the Soviet Union. Despite the confident play of our players, they lost the match (2: 1). Fortunately, the goalkeeper did not blame the defeat. After that, the USSR national team was headed by Nikolai Morozov, who set the course for the renewal of the squad. The whole 1965 year the gates were alternately defended by young Yuri Pshenichnikov, Anzor Kavazashvili and Viktor Bannikov, and Yashin returned to the national team only in the fall to the beginning of the qualifying matches. At the end of the year, the Soviet team went on a tour of Latin America, where they played with the strongest teams of the New World. He took part in this trip and Lev Ivanovich, who defended the gate during the games with the teams of Brazil (2: 2) and Argentina (1: 1). The veteran’s performance convinced the trainer of his indispensability: “We have two Yashin framed! He himself, and his surname. " Even two-time world champions, headed by Pele himself, were visibly respecting the Soviet goalkeeper, and seemed to attack his gates with timidity.
In July, the 1966 36-year-old goalkeeper went to the World Cup in England, where he again became one of the main characters. However, this time he did not play at all, but only at the most important meetings. Having taken the first place in the preliminary tournament, the USSR national team defeated the Hungarians in the quarterfinals, and for the first time in history reached the semifinals of the world championship. The game with the German team was extremely difficult - at the beginning of the match our midfielder Jozsef Szabo was injured, in the middle of the game the best Soviet striker Igor Chislenko was removed. A series of unforced errors by defenders crossed Yashin's brilliant game - the Soviet team lost with the 1: 2 score. One of the local newspapers called the Soviet goalkeeper a "tragic hero" of the fight.
Returning to his homeland, Lev Ivanovich continued to play for his own Dynamo and for various national teams: his country, Europe and the world. On his long goalkeeper century, Lev Ivanovich saw a lot of coaches. Relations with them were built, as a rule, on mutual respect. Mentors, understanding the special role of Yashin in the team, usually turned a blind eye to his smoking habit. Another privilege of the famous goalkeeper was the right to leave the hotels and training bases and go fishing - even on foreign trips he carried fishing gear with him and on arrival he first asked the local people where the nearest reservoir was located. In his own words, watching the float calmed the nerves and helped tune in to the game.
For the last time for the Soviet national team, Yashin played 16 on July 1967 in a match with the Greek national team. At the 1970 World Cup of the Year in Mexico, he was in the application as the third goalkeeper, but he did not enter the field. When the head coach offered him to go to the game with the players of El Salvador in order to “check in” in the championship, Lev Ivanovich flatly refused, not wanting to deprive the main goalkeeper Anzor Kavazashvili. And on May 27, 1971 held a farewell match for Yashin, in which the world team played against Dynamo. Lev Ivanovich played fifty minutes and did not miss a single ball, then giving way to Vladimir Pilguy, who scored twice in world football stars. The match ended with a score of 2: 2.
After completing his football career at an incredibly late age (in 41 year), Yashin led his own team, and at 1975 he became deputy head of the hockey and football department of the Dynamo Central Council. A year later, Lev Ivanovich went to a similar job at the Sports Committee. Very often, he was approached for the most varied assistance — both familiar people associated with sports and those whom Yashin had never seen before. And he helped - walked through the instances, called, punched. A great many letters came to him, and at least he looked through all of them. Sometimes because of this, incidents happened: once, in response to a warm letter, a fan from Uzbekistan arrived in Moscow, bringing his wife and seven children with him. He declared at Lev Ivanovich’s apartment, turning it into a hostel for a whole week. All this time Yashin at his own expense fed the guests and showed them Moscow.
Externally, the fate of the former football player looked quite well, but it was only outwardly - the famous goalkeeper felt himself in the world of officials as a “black sheep” and could not do anything about it. Accustomed to say everything that he considers necessary to his partners, he hardly put up with the need to hide his thoughts or express himself roundly. "Colleagues" also did not like him. In the course of public events, being close to Yashin, the country's top officials, unwittingly recognized their true price - it was the legendary goalkeeper who was always attracted the attention of viewers. In 1982, Yashin - despite the personal invitation of the organizers - was not included in the Soviet delegation that went to the world championship in Spain. The bewilderment expressed on this occasion by the international football community, led to the fact that sports officials still took Yashin with them as a ... translator. It must be said, a proud football player for a long time did not agree with the degrading status, but in the end he understood that the “colleagues” did not describe him, but themselves. Of course, in Spain, everything fell into place - the football world took it exactly as Yashin and nothing else.
With age, the many diseases of the great goalkeeper have become increasingly reminded of themselves. Some of them have arisen a long time ago, for example, a stomach ulcer, others appeared after the organism has ceased to receive usual physical activities. The fatal role was played by perennial smoking. Yashin suffered a stroke, followed by a pair of heart attacks, gangrene, which caused amputation of his legs, cancer ... March 20 1990 did not go.
Everyone who knew Lev Ivanovich admitted that he was an extraordinary person. And it was not connected with his rare football talent. Even more contemporaries struck Yashin's human talent. The former mechanic who graduated only from the school of working youth, knew how to behave with dignity both among the working people and alongside football and non-football celebrities. Both partners and rivals Yashin enjoyed unquestioned authority. “Shouting” during the matches to the defenders, on the sidelines he never tried to command anyone and did not try to stand out. He endured insults patiently, never trying to evade responsibility, if indeed he was at least a little to blame. Relatives, trying to save the goalkeeper from “Samoyed”, told him: “Why did you torment yourself, did the team win?”. However, Yashin responded to this: "The field players won, but I lost." Another characteristic episode - the boys who handed the balls during the matches, said that Yashin - famous Yashin - for each filed ball said “thank you” to them and never cursed if they involuntarily were wrong.
To get to know, let alone make friends with Lev Ivanovich, all football stars, without exception, were honored. With many outstanding athletes, Yashin developed purely human sympathy, as his closest friends were football players Franz Beckenbauer, Uwe Seeler, Ferenc Puskas, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Bobby Charlton, Eusebio, Gyula Grošić and Pele himself. The great Brazilian athlete always looked at Yashin with reverence, and when he arrived in Moscow, he would visit him.
According to the materials of the weekly edition “Our history. 100 Great Names "and the books of A.M. Soskin "Shine through tears."