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Lobanovsky vs Beskov among 6 of football's best managerial rivalries ever

Posted 11/13/2019

Like Clough and Revie, Menotti and Bilardo, these two former managers of the Soviet Union could hardly have been more opposed in their methods. 

Thermal engineering graduate Lobanovsky, who had three separate spells as USSR boss, was akin to a scientist in his analytical planning and hands-on coordination. Beskov saw football as art and was more than happy to give his players the creative freedom to express themselves on the pitch. The conflict was at its fiercest in the late-'70s and throughout the ’80s, when Lobanovsky was in charge of Dynamo Kiev and Beskov was at Spartak Moscow.

Lobanovsky had the upper hand in terms of trophies – Dynamo won the Soviet Supreme League four times between 1980 and 1986, bookended by Spartak getting their hands on the championship in 1979 and 1987 – but Beskov won plenty of plaudits and admirers for his team’s entertaining style of play. (fourfourtwo.com)


Lobanovsky also "guided Dynamo Kiev football club to eight Soviet league championships, six Soviet Cups, five straight Ukrainian league titles (1997–2001), two European Cup–Winners’ Cups (1975 and 1986), the 1975 Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA) Super Cup title, and the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League in 1999." (Britannika)


Three players of Lobanovsky's teams - Oleh Blokhin, Ihor Belanov and Andriy Shevchenko received the Golden Ball as the best players of European football. 

In the whole Soviet football history, there was only a goalkeeper Lev Yashin who received a similar award in 1963 besides those three Ukrainian forwards.