KIEV, October 31 (Itar-Tass) - The Kiev city authorities and the Dynamo football club have agreed to relocate a monument to outstanding coach Valery Lobanovsky to Mikhail Grushevsky Street in the center of the Ukrainian capital, the Dynamo club’s press service reported on Thursday.
“The monument which was first installed in the territory of Dynamo stadium will soon be installed outside the stadium’s colonnade and will replace the club’s shop. The figure of Valery Lobanovsky who glorified Ukraine with his achievements will become more noticeable and available to thousands of Kiev residents and guests who come to pay tribute to the great coach every day,” a Dynamo club source said.
A bronze monument to Lobanovsky was opened on May 11, 2003. The coach sits on a bench as if watching a football game. The bench is located on half of a soccer ball. Part of it is made of glass. Episodes from Lobanovsky’s life are transmitted to a small screen installed inside the ball. The hands of a watch on the coach’s hand shows the time of his death. The sculpture weighs 5 tonnes. It is 3.5 meters high.
Valery Lobanovsky is one of the best coaches in football history and is included in the list of 50 best specialists in the past 50 years.