No 18 (in a series of several): Valery Lobanovsky (1939-2002)
Valery Lobanovsky is quiet easily the most successful coach in the history of football in the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. He led Dynamo Kiev to five league championships and two Cup Winners’ Cups victories between 1974 and 1986 and the Soviet Union to runners-up spot in the 1988 European Championships. Returning to Dynamo Kiev for a third spell he took them to five consecutive league titles between 1997 and 2001 and also to the semi-finals of the Champions’ League in 1999. Erected in his honour this distinctive monument sits outside Dynamo’s stadium which was also renamed the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium in his memory.
More on Lobanovsky and Dynamo Kiev can be found in Andy Dougan’s highly readable ‘Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev’.
Picture from Wikipedia.