American Football in Russia Billboard 1989

International American Football USSR 1989


DateHome TeamAway Team
College GameDynamo Sports Arena, Russia
28.03.1989Oklahoma StarsOklahoma Bummers
FriendlyWest Berlin, Germany
17.09.1989Berlin Adler (Ger)77Moscow Bears (URS)6
International American Football USSR 1989 [Ref: 1]

The first attempt at creating a Professional American Football League in Russia took place in 1979. It was blocked by the Communist Authorities. It was not until 1989, with the Glasnost Era, that the first matches were played, with a demonstration match by two College teams, the “Stars” and the “Bummers” from Oklahoma. [1]

The following months saw the creation of the first Russian team the Moscow Bears, who played the Berlin Adler, an experienced German team and lost 77-6.

The first Russian American Football Championship then took place in 1992, however due to insufficent numbers as well as presumably the large distances involved in a National League, it was not until 2002 that it was again played, and has been played since. [2]

Billboard Advertising the first American Football Game in Russia 1989 [Reference: 3]


Internet Archive

[1] American Football (Russia) (2017) History in Russia [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 December 2017]

[2] American Football League (Russia) | Wayback Machine (2018) American Football League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]


[3] American Football (Russia) (2017) History in Russia | Billboard Advertising First College Game in Russia 1989 [Internet] Available from:×600.jpg%5BAccessed 24 December 2017]


Thanks to Robert Gorby & Enda Fahy.

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