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Valeriy Lobanovskyi believed in the power of the collective, winning two Cup-Winners Cups with Dynamo Kiev and leading the USSR to the Euro 88 final

26 January ~ Former Dynamo Kiev and USSR manager Valeriy Lobanovskyi is the subject of a short montage by film-maker Jonny Newell. The video uses the techniques of the Soviet montage theory, linking the scientific approach of Lobanovskyi, and the type of football his famous teams played, with the Soviet ideals of collectivism at the time.

Lobanovskyi managed Dynamo Kiev and the Soviet Union among others between 1973 and 2002. At the former he won both the 1975 and1986 Cup-Winners Cup, alongside the 1975 Super Cup, 12 Soviet/Ukrainian titles and nine cups. These successes were achieved through his pioneering scientific style of management, believing in the power of the collective over the individual.

However there were also disappointments, notably losing the Euro 88 final with the USSR against Holland and the European Cup semi-final in 1999 with Dynamo against Bayern. Both runs saw his sides take a number of big scalps – the USSR defeated the Dutch in the group stage and then beat Italy in the semi-finals; while Dynamo decimated a number of the top teams in Europe spearheaded by a young Andriy Shevchenko, culminating in a brilliant 3-1 aggregate victory against Real Madrid.

Lobanovskyi died in 2002 and after his death, upon winning the European Cup with AC Milan and the Ballon d’Or, Shevchenko returned to the grave of his former manager with the trophies, to acknowledge the huge influence Lobanovskyi had on his career.

Lines of Force is a Jonny Newell Film for @SwitchHitFilms

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