Posts Tagged ‘Oleh Blokhin’
May 22, 2012 by drakesdrum
The ghost of Lobanovskyi still looms large over the current Ukrainian team, managed by Oleh Blokhin. Having been a key player for Lobanovskyi, Blokhin is a true disciple of his former manager. His ceaseless restlessness, constantly seeking improvement, a keen eye for detail, huge emphasis on the team and system of the team and a disciplinarian approach in demanding the very best from his players. Blokhin will go into 2012 with realistic ambitions but there won’t be a more determined nation to do well, indeed many sections of the media and fans haven’t been shy in demanding a Euro 2012 win.
May 19, 2012 by drakesdrum
“A path is a path at day and a path at night and we will follow this path”
The monument of Valeryi Lobanovskyi sits proudly outside the Dynamo stadium in Kyiv, the same monument Andriy Shevchenko laid his medals on after he won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003. Shevchenko once described Lobanovskyi as “the God and father of Ukrainian football” and indeed, Lobanovskyi’s mark on football in the Ukraine, and in former Soviet states in general, still plays a significant role. Talk to your average football fan outside of these states and ask them who the best managers in football history are, chances are Lobanovskyi’s name will be more hushed up than a KGB operation. With all European eyes on Ukraine as Euro 2012 looms large and with the ghost of Lobanovskyi never far from view, where does Ukraine stand going into the tournament?