Football Statues

No 18 (in a series of several): Valery Lobanovsky (1939-2002)

Valery Lobanovsky

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.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Ukrainians do have a thing for life-size bronze statues. Last time I was in Kiev they also had a nifty memorial to the Escape to Victory match between Dynamo and the Nazis.


  2. He looks a lot slimmer than he did in his later years. What always fascinated me about the man was how he built a brilliant side every decade or so – starting with the 1975 vintage (Oleg Blokhin et al,), moving through the classic mid eighties team that made up most of the players in the USSR side in the second Mexican world cup (Vasili Rats, Igor Belanov etc.) and then on to the Shevchenko-Rebrov axis of the Noughties.


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