1982 Luzhniki Disaster
An October 1982 match between Soviet soccer team FC Spartak Russia and Dutch team HFC Haalem at Lenin Stadium (now called Luzhniki Staduim) had so few attendees that security measures weren’t implemented. At the end of the game, Spartak fans were filing out, believing they were about to win 1-0. Spartak scored a second goal, and the departing fans, hearing the roar of the crowd, turned around to go back in. Some reports say a woman then lost her shoe, causing a bottle neck, and with fans going both ways and unable to move, a panic broke out. At least 66 fans, mostly young men, were killed – but the number might be as high as 340.