Valery Lobanovsky

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Valery Lobanovsky
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Valery Lobanovsky 1985
Surname Valery Wassyljowytsch Lobanowskyj
birthday January 6, 1939
place of birth KievUkrainian SSR , Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1923Soviet Union 
date of death May 13, 2002
Place of death ZaporizhiaUkraineUkraineUkraine 
size 187 cm
position striker
Years station
Dynamo Kiev
Years station Games (goals) 1
1957-1964 Dynamo Kiev 144 (42)
1965-1966 Chernomorets Odessa 59 (15)
1967-1968 Shakhtar Donetsk 50 (14)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1960-1961 USSR 2 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1969-1973 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
1974-1990 Dynamo Kiev
1975-1976 USSR
1982-1983 USSR
1986-1990 USSR
1990-1993 UAE
1994-1996 Kuwait
1997-2002 Dynamo Kiev
2000-2001 Ukraine
1 Only league games are given.

Valery Lobanovskyi Wassyljowytsch ( Ukrainian Валерій Васильович Лобановський ; Russian Валерий Васильевич Лобановский Valeri Lobanovsky Vasilyevich6. January 1939 in Kiev , Ukrainian SSR , Soviet Union ; †  13. May 2002 in Zaporozhye , Ukraine ) was a Soviet and Ukrainian football player and coach .

He is particularly known for his work with Dynamo Kiev , the Soviet national soccer team and the Ukrainian national soccer team .

Player career

Lobanowskyj began his playing career as a left winger at Dynamo Kiev , with whom he was both Soviet champion and cup winner . He spent seven years in Kiev before ending his career at the age of 29 after brief appearances with Chornomorets Odessa and Shakhtar Donetsk . In his playing career, he scored 71 goals in 253 games. He took part in two world championships and two Olympic games. Overall, he came to two games in which he could not score, as well as two games in the Olympic selection, which at that time, together with other Eastern Bloc teams, dominated the Olympic tournaments. His well-known trademark were the corner kicks, which he often converted directly into the goal.

Coaching career

A year after the termination of his playing career Lobanovsky was the coach of Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk . After four comparatively unspectacular years, he switched to his former club, Dynamo Kiev, which he coached for 17 years from the 1974 season. During his time with Kiev, he broke Russian dominance in Soviet football. He managed to become champion 8 times and cup winners 6 times in the Soviet Union and to win the European Cup Winners' Cup twice (in the 1974/75 and 1985/86 seasons). In addition, the Kiev Dynamos won the European Supercup under his leadership in 1975 .

The main reason for these successes was the modern style of play with a double back four and no libero , which Lobanowskyj introduced as the first European coach in the 1970s. This mainly influenced Dutch and Italian coaches, who gradually changed the way their teams played, including Arrigo Sacchi , who celebrated numerous international successes with AC Milan and repeatedly counted Lobanowskyj among his great role models. Franz Beckenbauer and Ralf Rangnick are also among his admirers .

At the same time he worked three times as a Soviet national coach. He won the bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics with his first engagement as national coach. However, he got most of the attention the third time around, when he put together a team almost entirely from his own players from Dynamo Kiev. At the 1986 World Cup , the team was group first, but had to admit defeat in the round of 16 after an exciting game in extra time, Belgium 4: 3. However, the team achieved their greatest success at the European Championship in 1988 . Lobanowskyj's team was again group winners, defeating the Netherlands , among others . The two teams only met again in the final, in which the Netherlands won.

In the wake of perestroika , many of Lobanovsky's best players left both Kiev and the USSR to play in Western Europe. Lobanowskyj left Dynamo Kiev and in 1992 accepted the financially lucrative offer from the national team of the United Arab Emirates . After four unspectacular years, he moved to the Kuwaiti national team , which he coached in 1994 for a long time.

In January 1997 Lobanowskyj returned to Dynamo Kiev . The club was then in a deep crisis. On the one hand, he was locked out of an international competition by UEFA after a bribery scandal, on the other hand, you also had to fight hard in the domestic league. Lobanowskyj soon turned things around and brought the club back to the top of European football. Kiev reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 1999 , where they only just lost 3: 4 (first leg 3: 3, second leg 0: 1) to Bayern Munich . Between 2000 and 2002 he was also the coach of the Ukrainian national soccer team .

Lobanowskyj's grave in the Kiev Baikowe Cemetery

Lobanowskyj suffered a stroke on May 7, 2002 and died of the consequences a few days later. He was buried in the Baikowe cemetery in Kiev . More than 200,000 people attended his funeral, including many world-famous personalities. After his death he was given the title Hero of Ukraine , the country's highest honor. The Dynamo Kiev football stadium was also named after him. Close to the stadium is a monument, which was inaugurated inside the stadium in May 2003 and later moved in front of its main entrance, showing Lobanowskyj sitting on a coaching bench in life size. In the course of decommunization in Ukraine , the former Kievan Red Star Prospect was renamed to Valery Lobanovskyi Prospect in December 2015 .


As a player
As a trainer

Web links

Commons : Valery Lobanovsky  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. kicker online: Coach legend Lobanowski is dead , May 13, 2002
  2. Interview with Ralf Rangnick with RevierSport from April 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud: Valeri Lobanovsky - International Matches as Coach . . February 12, 2020. Accessed February 20, 2020.
  4. Biography Valerij Lobanowskyj on the website of the Baikowe Cemetery ; accessed on November 19, 2016 (Russian)
  5. Dirk Suckow / Veikko Frauenstein: “We live as long as we are remembered”. On the topography of the memory of Valery Lobanovsky in the Kiev urban area. In: Stephan Krause / Christian Lübke / Dirk Suckow (eds.): The east is a sphere. Football in the culture and history of Eastern Europe . Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-7307-0388-5 , p. 210–222, here 218 .