Lobanovskiy is one of the best, and most underrated, coaches of all time. His lack of recognition can probably be attributed to the fact that he never managed successfully outside the former USSR, and never achieved prominence in major Western European Leagues.It is also overlooked that his career stretches from the 60's to 2001, an amazing feat of longevity.
Lobanovskiy started with a relatively unknown club, FC Dnipro Dnipropetovsk. He didn't really achieve much success there and he quickly moved on to the club where he made his iconic status, FC Dinamo Kiev.At Kiev, He broke the Russian monopoly on Soviet football by helping a Ukranian team win the title. He managed Kiev from 1974 to 1990, managing the Soviet national team in three separate spells as well.
He also has a fantastic record with trophies, winning more than 20-odd Soviet trophies, excluding 2 UEFA Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup. His trophy cabinet is less impressive with the National Team, but that does not detract from his impressive achievements at Club level.
However, what he is really famous for is his application of computer technology to football. Lobanovskiy, in keeping with the Soviet emphasis on technological know-how and scientific modernization, was a prodigiously talented mathematician who devised a system to analyze player performance.
The system placed precedence upon the connections between players and the dynamics of the system rather than the talent of individual players. His guiding principle was," The team can be much greater than the sum of its parts." It was statistical analysis 20 years before Opta Stats and Prozone came into the main.
Lobanovskiy's side was also known for being trained very harshly, and for being one of the most fit sides in Europe. Their pressing was relentless, and this fitness was a big factor in their success in the USSR and in Europe.