What would the Soviet Union’s Premier League footballing landscape look like?

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Adam Brown
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The former Soviet Union countries are estimated to be over 22.4million kilometres in size – by that measurement, you’d expect that somewhere amongst those states, there would’ve been no shortage of top Premier League footballers. 

Whilst not all former Soviet countries (Like Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) have got a representative in the team, to get you thinking about who potentially has made the line-up: we can reveal that the side is made up of players from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Georgia, Belarus, Estonia and Armenia. No prizes for guessing who the Armenian player might be.

While a fairly decent side in terms of trophies won, judging from the sheer size of the former Soviet union, you can’t help but think that they probably could do a little bit better.

Of course, they’ve had some standout players in the Premier League, but how many players could you say can be considered amongst the elite? It could be considered slightly pedantic, but by comparison – the continent of South America is 5million km smaller – and has produced many more top players. The former Soviet union states need to play much more football.

Still, those that have been world-class have been fantastic to watch, Arsenal fans in particular will remember the heroics of the likes of Alexander Hleb and Andrey Arshavin, who simply by their massive amount of success, have become two of the most influential sporting figures in their respective countries.