Valery Lobanovsky’s secrets of success
Valery Vasilievich Lobanovsky lived by football. Ever since school, he was interested in football. It’s a pity, but then there was no Internet yet, since finding out football scores today is much less problematic. He attended football sports schools in Kyiv until the 50s, and since 1955 Lobanovsky joined FC Dynamo (Kyiv). For a footballer, he had a very unconventional mindset, which helped him to receive the title of “Best Club Scorer” in 1960. As a player, Valery Vasilevich played over 260 matches, in which he scored 71 goals.
At the age of 29, this outstanding man has already begun his coaching career. By football standards, this is a young age, because almost all players end their careers when they are 30-35 years old. In Soviet times, it was very popular to compare the methods used by famous football clubs. With the help of radio and print media, people learned today football scores.
The leading USSR sports publication “Sport Express” reported on some disagreements in the work of the coaching staffs of Valery Lobanovsky and Eduard Malafeev (Dynamo Minsk). The latter stood at the origins of “sincere/romantic football,” while Lobanovsky was a real pragmatist. The editor-in-chief of the “Football-Hockey” publication wrote about Lobanovsky’s completely new vision, therefore he chose completely different training and performance methods. It is necessary to pay tribute to this approach, because the season 1975 for FC Dynamo Kyiv was very successful. With Lobanovsky and Bazilevich, the team won:
- Cup Winners’ Cup;
- USSR Super Cup;
- USSR Championship.
All those people who worked with Valery Vasilyevich note a special approach to business: he literally thought of a football strategy and set everyone up exclusively for victory before every match.
Unique technology is the key to success
Before every match, Lobanovsky knew La Liga results today of his rivals, which allowed him to understand what form a certain team had. His main preference was victories at home, and in away matches he was satisfied with a draw. Each training was an enhanced practice of some exercises. Great emphasis was placed on physical fitness. To achieve the desired result, players adhered to certain rules and instructions that V.V. Lobanovsky personally invented. He was so talented that in 1989 he published a book called “Endless Match”. Today it will not be difficult to find it online, as well as La Liga results of current matches.
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