Soviet Union Soccer and the last milestones (part 2)

This was a Soviet team that Vicini insisted that they “played the football style of the next century” during the Mexico 86 final. In the rain in Stuttgart, Italy’s Vicini was defeated by the combination between strength and “mind” in the semi-final. Two goals in three minutes and a half put an end to the game.
From the goals of the Vasiliy Rats in Cologne, followed by the draw in Ireland in Cologne, over run England in Frankfurt and then with a superb performance against Italy in Stuttgart, it was no coincidence that Lobanovskyi’s team reached the final of Euro 88. This was the result of a two-year project in which Lobanovskyi took on the role of coaching both the Soviet Union and the Dynamo Club. More than half of Lobanovskyi’s Euro 88 squad was based in Kyiv and the main players in the squad were based in Ukraine.
Lobanovskyi regained the position of the Soviet head coach just before the Mexican 86 final – a position he had twice served in short periods of time – and replaced Eduard Malofeyev – who took them In Mexico, the Soviet Union had a liberal performance not in the expectations of many people. They bring a spectacular football and elite. The 11 players Lobanovskyi took from the match between Dynamo and Atlético Madrid in the final of the Winners’ Cup, eight of them in the starting line-up against Hungary in Irapuato one month later. Hungary lost 0-6.
Finished in Group C of France’s Henri Michel, the Soviet Union qualified for the 16th round with a solid defense and scoring ability, These are complicated phases of coordination. They show that a brand of football is so hypnotic for everyone, something that usually does not appear too much because of the Iron Curtain.
It was a play style that marked the emergence of a new and very different Soviet Union team. A transfer took place no different than a “rebuilding” shock. It seems more appropriate to have a legacy as old as Oleg Blokhin as the backbone of the Mexico 86 squad.
Belgium faced León, the Soviet Union participated in one of the greatest matches in the history of the World Cup. At the end of the match, Lobanovskyi’s army had to stop at the 1986 World Cup finals, though Belanov scored a hat-trick. And even though they stopped playing early, they were still eligible for Euro 1988.
Lobanovskyi gave a hint about the promised land and the future face of football. Their new glory finally pulled the Soviet Union out of the shadows of the legendary days of the 60s and early 70s.

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