The parakeet dream is decided on Lobanovsky street

In Zaporiyia the mythical Ukrainian technician, winner of 33 titles and revolutionary in the 70s and 80s with his scientific methods, died.

Espanyol will certify his pass to the Europa League group stage at Slavutych-Arena, with a capacity for 12,000 spectators and where Central Metallurg plays its matches. One of the main streets of Zaporiyia that converges in this remodeled compound in 2006 is named after Valery Lobanovsky, the most influential coach of the former Soviet Union and Ukraine. Andriy Shevchenko himself went to the statue that honors the coach in Kiev to dedicate the Golden Ball won in 2004. "His influence is so deep that I see it in dreams," said the Ukrainian striker for a 2016 UEFA report.

Lobanovsky suffered a heart problem in May 2002 after his Dynamo in Kiev beat Metallurg in Zaporiyia by 1-3. He was admitted and operated by the neurosurgeon Leonid Yakovenko, one of the best specialists. But the heart of this training mathematician couldn't stand it anymore, battered by other health problems. He died on May 13, at age 63, and ended a successful football career. 2 From 1969 to 2002 he won 33 titles, counting two European Cups and a UEFA Cup, placing himself as the second coach in history with more drinks after Alex Ferguson.


Since then, Zaporiyia, by chance, has also been linked to Lobanovsky, a historical personality in Ukraine. Before being that coach of the outdated, grandfather and wise of the benches, Lobanovsky was a young enthusiast and revolutionary, one of the greatest analysts of this sport.


Raised in a working-class family in Kiev, this extreme demonstrated a certain ability since childhood for math That not only led him to doctorate in this engineering, but also to apply that science to football, a random sport that he tried to give a logic to. 222222 That eagerness led him to success in his first club, the Dniepropretovsk, a humble team to which He managed to move up the category with his methods.

4 The jump to the club of his life

At that time he drew the attention of the Dynamo of Kiev, his lifelong club, with which he began in 1974 to form a legendary team. In that first period, he won eight Soviet leagues and two Recopas, one of them at Atlético de Madrid in 1986. Luis Aragonés always remembered that he went to see the training before the match and said "let's go, we lose sure, but don't tell him nothing to the boys before the final ".

Affiliated to the socialist party, Lobanovsky, nicknamed the general, was a stakhanovist on the lawn, so thorough that he hung a list with all the tasks that each player had to perform in the game. His methods left a legacy in many later coaches. "He is a bench guru," , said Marcelo Lippi. "It was an advance in his time," reiterated Franz Beckenbauer in the same report dedicated by UEFA three years ago.


One of the players who went through Lobanovsky's methods and ended up at Espanyol was Vasyl Rats, who only played 11 games In the 1988-89.

campaign Under his umbrella and with his methods, countless players grew and managed to succeed in other countries, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall, at which time Lobanovsky, who had also been in charge of the selection , decided to live an adventure in the Emirates and Kuwait. He returned to Dynamo in Kiev in 1996 and swept again, even reaching a semifinals of the Champions League in 1999. At that time, it was when he was enchanted by Shevchenko, who made his debut and molded it into one of the best in the world .

Lobanovsky was the father of the last golden age of Soviet and Ukrainian football. Now, in the city where his life was extinguished 17 years ago and next to that stadium, Espanyol can make the dream come true.


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