Soviet Union 1988 player shirt by Adidas believed to have been issued to Sukristov for the 1988 European Championship Group B match against the Republic of Ireland played at Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover on the 15th June '88.
Ireland had pulled off a famous shock victory in their opening match while the Soviet Union had beaten the Dutch 1-0 so both were full of confidence and could all but secure qualification to the Semi Finals with a positive result here.
It was first blood to the Irish who took a half-time lead through Ronnie Whelan but Protasov struck in the 74th minute and finished honours even in a 1-1 draw. The USSR made it through as group winnersafter beating England and they seemlessly dispatched Italy to set up a repeat of their opening game in the Final, a mouthwatering prospect. Unfortunately Holland got their revenge with van Basten scoring one of the greatest goals of all-time. Valeriy Lobanovskiy's men wore this superb Adidas design with an octagonal pattern within the material in all of their games except for against England even though it was official their away strip. Sukristov was an unused substitute for all of the nation's matches at the tournament, the defender represented the USSR 4 times and later went on to play for his native Lithuania.
Correct size player size flock print professionally heat pressed, cloth crest is machine stitched, flock CCCP logo and light transfer Adidas trefoil, made from 62% polyester and 38% cotton in West Germany, swapped with an Ireland player and comes from their own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided.