History

FC DYNAMO KYIV HISTORY

1927 - 1945

The chronicle has it that the inaugural match of Dynamo Kyiv was played on June 17, 1928 against Dynamo Odessa. Yet the first crucial trial came later in the month, when the White and Blues were beaten 2:6 by a more skilful Dynamo Moscow in a friendly. 

1936 season proved to be the most notable. The clubs contested the first USSR Supreme League title. The Dynamo hosted the historical unveiling game at their club stadium in Kyiv. Unluckily, it was the visitors from Dynamo Moscow who thrashed the hosts 5:1. That defeat proved learning as the side registered after four wins and suffered only one defeat. Consequently, the club finished the first USSR Supreme League as a runner-up. A promising start!

1946 – 1961

Naturally, the post-war years proved challenging in terms of pooling the team together.

Crucial turned out to be the 1951 season. The new coach Oleh Oshenkov combined promising youngsters from the reserves and experienced players and built a strong side.

Dynamo Kyiv tasted their first glorious victory in 1954 by beating in the USSR Cup final Spartak Yerevan 2:1.

The White and Blues conquered the USSR League crown for the first time in 1961, leaving Torpedo Moscow four points behind and becoming the first non-Moscow-based club to clinch the title.

The golden medals were awarded to O. Makarov, M. Koltsov, V. Shcheholkov, A. Suchkov, V. Anufriyenko, Y. Sabo, Y. Voynov, V. Turyanchyk, V. Serebryanyakov, O. Bazylevych, A. Biba, V. Troyanovskyy, V. Lobanovsky and V. Kanyevsky. 

1962 – 1975

After the victorious 1961 season, the team seemed to enjoy moderate success: 5th placed in 1962 and 7th placed in 1963.

In January 1964, Victor Maslov named by the fans and players “grandfather”was appointed as the hew head coach.  In his first season in charge he guided the White and Blues to the second triumph in the USSR Cup.

More impressive success followed. Dynamo won the USSR Supreme League title three times in a row 1966, 1967 and 1968. The club also took part for the first time in the 1965-1966 UEFA Cup Winners Cup by reaching the quarter-finals where they were beaten by far more experienced Glasgow Celtic 4:1 on aggregate.

In the early seventies the major upheaval for the squad was the arrival of a new coach Valeriy Lobanovsky in 1973. Under his care the White and Blues finished top in the USSR championship in 1974 and won the Soviet Cup the same year.

Next season Lobanovsky, or “iron colonel” as he was nicknamed in the West steered the team to the triumph in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Vladimir Onyschenko (twice) and Oleh Blokhin were among the scorers in overwhelming win over Hungarian Ferencvaros 3:0.

The heavy power of Dynamo machine felt in autumn of 1975 superb Bayern Munich sided captained by great Franz Beckenbauer. Dynamo defeated the Champions Cup holders 3:0 on aggregate and rightly placed in the club’s trophy room the UEFA Super Cup. The author of all three goals Oleh Blokhin for his heroics was named by France Football as the Best Player in Europe by receiving the Golden Ball. 

1986 – 1991

Dynamo’s runaway success in the 1975 season draw attention to Lobanovsky methodology. Football pundits made things clear: the optimum training cycles program could be drawn up only using comprehensive data about the player’s functional preparedness. 

The new USSR League triumph came in 1977. Victor Yurkovsky, Volodymyr Lozynsky, Oleksandr Berezhnyy, Petro Slobodyan and Volodymyr Bezsonov received their first gold medals.

The White and Blues performed in 1978 season without Volodymyr Muntyan, Volodymyr Troshkin and Victor Matviyenko – three players who attributed greatly to club’s triumph of 1975. Yet, Dynamo managed to win the USSR Cup by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the final and finishing runner-up in the League.

Valeriy Lobanovskyy resigned in 1983 to become a head coach of the USSR National team. The subsequent seasons Dynamo finished empty-handed and only with Loba return in 1985, the White and Blues were dominant local force and shone in Europe. Dynamo made League and Cup double (by beating Shakhtar Donetsk in the final 2:1) and won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup next season demolishing CF Atletico Madrid 3:0.

In the penultimate season of the USSR football era Dynamo Kyiv on top again by making League and Cup double in 1990.

1992 – 2002

The first championship of the independent Ukraine came as a sharp disappointment for White and Blues. The team easily made it to the decisive game, to be beaten in Lviv by SC Tavriya Simferopol 0:1.

The bitter lesson was learned and since 1992/03 till 2000/01 seasons Dynamo Kyiv established themselves as the clear domestic power by clinching nine Ukraine Vyscha Liga titles and adding five Ukraine Cups.

The great success was largely achieved by the fruitful work of Valeriy Lobanovsky who returned to Dynamo from the Middle East in 1996 and splendid performances of great White and Blues Academy graduate Andriy Shevchenko.

1998/99 season was one of the best in the modern history of Kyiv Dynamo as the team reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, by beating mighty Real Madrid in the quarter-finals 3:1 on aggregate.

The season earlier Lobanovsky side thrashed European giants FC Barcelona 7:0 on aggregate with starring performances of Serhiy Rebrov and Andriy Shevchenko up front.  

May 13, 2002 became a mourning day nationwide. Valeriy Lobanovskyy passed away shortly after the stroke he suffered during the League away match against Metalurh Z. Dynamo entered a new era…

2003 – 2013


Starting from the 2001/02 season when Dynamo were for the first time dethroned in the Ukraine League by Shakhtar Donetsk the White and Blues lost the domestic monopoly to the rising rival from the South-West part of the country.

Dynamo won only three Ukraine Premier League titles since that time (the last in 2008/09) finishing in four straight seasons empty handed.  

The biggest hopes of the White and Blues to return back glory days connected with the club legend and the most prolific scorer of the club Oleh Blokhin appointed as the head coach in September 2012. 

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