Oleg Blokhin: The anniversary of the victory in the Cup Winners' Cup 1975 will be celebrated in the family circle
Today marks 45 years since the day when Dynamo Kyiv won the European club trophy for the first time in history - the Cup Winners' Cup. On May 14, 1975, the team led by Valerii Lobanovskyi defeated Ferencvaros 3-0 in the final match in Basel, Switzerland.
Volodymyr Onyshchenko scored twice in that match (in the 18th and 39th minutes) and Oleh Blokhin scored once (in the 67th minute). It is symbolic that both goalscorers, as well as another participant in that triumph, Volodymyr Troshkin, are currently working at UAF. Blokhin is the co-head of UAF Strategic Football Development Council, Onyshchenko works in the coaching staff of the national team, and Troshkin is a leading specialist of UAF Committee on the Status and Transfer of Players.
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Recalling 1975 and the victory in Basel, Volodymyr Onyshchenko connects the Dynamo success with Valerii Lobanovskyi's and Oleh Bazylevych ideas. Their team became the first in the USSR to win a significant European trophy. "At that time, of course, we were not sure that we would reach the final and win it. We played from match to match, went to this goal step by step. All the matches on the way to the final were different, with their own story and plot. As for the final itself, we managed to implement the setup given to us by Valerii Lobanovskyi. There was no special pumping before the match. The most important thing was that the coaches learned the Ferencvaros game in detail, we knew all their strengths and weaknesses, which we took advantage of. The success of Dynamo was that we became the leaders of the ideas laid down by Valerii Lobanovskyi and his assistant Oleh Bazylevych. That's why I congratulate Dynamo fans who still remember this date, and I hope that our Ukrainian football will also achieve such high goals, and we will believe and expect that it will happen in the near future".
"I remember the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup final because I played it with an injury, as, by the way, and then the 1986 final," recalls Oleg Blokhin of the historic event. - Probably, the final of 1975 did not cause much excitement in the European press at that time, because in the decisive match the teams from the socialist camp - the USSR and Hungary - came together. The poster was not as loud as it could be, for example, if Liverpool, Real Madrid took part in it ...
However, I think at that time our final was a match of the level of the current Champions League. The match took place in Basel, at a small stadium. I remember that, despite the score 3: 0 in our favor, it turned out quite difficult. Ferencvaros also had a good team, which reached the final not accidentally. Before we scored the first goal, the game was equal, and the Hungarians also had moments. After Volodymyr Onyshchenko's first goal, it became easier to breathe. But we believed in the victory only when the score became 3-0, and then the final whistle sounded. "
Oleg Blokhin recalled how the team was met in Kyiv after the victorious final: “Of course, at home, in Kyiv, we were greeted as real winners. We were returning on a charter flight, the airport had a red carpet, bread and salt. The republic leaders arrived. It was a huge success for domestic football. "
By the way, after winning the Cup Winners' Cup final in 1975, Oleg Blokhin soon received the prize for the best player in Europe - the Golden Ball. "I didn't know I would win the Golden Ball, but that year the season turned out golden for our whole team. We won all the tournaments then, "Blokhin said.
Today, 45 years after the historic victory, the two-time Cup Winner and quarterfinalist of the 2006 World Cup as head coach of the national team of Ukraine admits that he will celebrate this date at home: "Now there is a quarantine, so we can not gather with friends. Of course, in the family circle we will celebrate a little. Still, this day is associated with pleasant memories. "
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