Eduard Streltsov

Football, Football player

1937 – 1990


Who was Eduard Streltsov?

Eduard Anatolyevich Streltsov was a Soviet footballer who represented Torpedo Moscow and the Soviet national team as a forward. Joining Torpedo at the age of 16 from the Fraser factory team in 1953, Streltsov made his international debut two years later and was part of the squad that won the gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He came seventh in a poll of Western European sports journalists to name the top footballer in Europe during 1957, but his promising career was then interrupted at the age of 20 by a conviction of rape that led to five years in the Gulag's forced labour camp system.

Streltsov was accused of raping a 20-year-old woman, Marina Lebedeva, in 1958. After being told an admission of guilt would allow his participation in the 1958 World Cup, Streltsov confessed to the crime, despite inconclusive evidence against him. Instead sentenced to twelve years in a labour camp, Streltsov was released after five and resumed his football career with Torpedo Moscow two years later. In the first season of his comeback, Torpedo won the Soviet Championship for only the second time in their history.

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Jul 21, 1937
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Also known as
  • 爱德华·阿纳托利耶维奇·斯特列尔佐夫
  • Стрельцов, Эдуард Анатольевич
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia
Lived in
  • Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Jul 22, 1990

on July 23, 2013


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