UEFA has published its list of top 10 coaches in the history of football. Ukrainian coach Valerii Lobanovskyi, called the “soccer scientist” by UEFA, made the list.
Valerii Lobanovskyi, who won 13 national league titles, nine domestic cups and two European Cup Winners’ Cups in three spells with Dynamo Kyiv, was named among the best coaches of all time. Moreover, Lobanovskyi is the most decorated coach in the former Soviet Union and independent Ukraine and a 1988 UEFA European Championship runner-up as USSR coach.
“What he did for the development of football is beyond words. He was always ahead of his time, creating top-class teams first in the 70s and 80s and then in the late 90s. He is spoken about with respect the world over,” former Bayern and West Germany player and coach Franz Beckenbauer said.
The other coaches who made the shortlist are Rinus Michels, Johan Cruyff, Vicente del Bosque, Udo Lattek, Arrigo Sacchi, José Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough, Helenio Herrera.