Saturday, June 24, 2017

Leeds United

Under Don Revie, Leeds United won two league championship titles
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Leeds United have won three First Division league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. The club has also won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. The majority of the honours were won under the management of Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s. Leeds lost the 1975 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich and reached the semi-finals of the tournament's successor, the Champions League, in 2001

1992 League Champion
Team GK: Nigel Martyn (England)
Having started his career with Bristol Rovers he moved to Crystal Palace where he became the first £1million goalkeeper in British football and was a member of the Palace side that lost the 1990 Cup Final and won the Full Members Cup in 1991. Subsequently, Martyn spent six seasons at Leeds United. He went on to win 23 England caps. An ankle injury forced him to retire in 2006, following three seasons at Everton.

GK: David Harvey (Scotland)
For Leeds United, Harvey played 63 times in the 1972–73 season, and played in both the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Winners Cup Final – ending up on the losing side both times. Leeds put together a 29-match unbeaten start to the 1973–74 season, winning the League championship.  He also played in NASL for Vancouver Whitecaps.  For Scotland, he was the first choice keeper at the WC Finals in 1974.

GK: John Lukic  (England)
He played his entire career for both Leeds United and Arsenal, having two spells with each club, making a total of 668 league appearances and played at the highest level of English football in four separate decades. He was capped by both the England U21 and England B sides.

RB: Paul Reaney (England)
Reaney started with leeds United under Don Revie.  In 1967–68 Leeds won the League Cup and the Fairs Cup, and in 1968–69 they won the League championship. He alsompayed for Newcastle. Capped 3 times. Reaney missed the 1970 World Cup in Mexico because of an injury.

CB: Lucas Radebe (South Africa)
He began playing in South Africa with Kaizer Chiefs, before transferring to Leeds United, where he played 200 matches for the Yorkshire side. During his spells at these clubs, he picked up the nicknames "Rhoo" and "The Chief". He became captain of Leeds United and also of the South African national team, most notably at World Cup 2002.  In 2000, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award.
Lucas Radebe

CB: Jack Charlton (England)
Jack Charlton played his entire career with Leeds United.  He was FWA Player of the Year in 1967.  He is the elder brother of the Manchester United great, Bobby.  They helped England to win the WC in 1966 and reached the semi-final of Euro 1968.  He earned 35 caps for England.

CB/ST: John Charles (Wales)
He was the greatest Welsh player.  He was equally adept at centre-forward or centre-back.  He was all-time great with Leeds United, but this best part of career was with Juventus. He was Serie A's top scorer with 28 goals, and was voted player of the season as Juventus won the Scudetto. He played in Turin for five years, scoring 93 goals in 155 matches, winning the scudetto (Italian league championship) three times, and the Italian Cup twice. He was 3rd in the Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) in 1959. He was never booked in his entire career.
John Charles

CB/DM: Norman Hunter  (England)
Hunter was known as one of the hardest tackler ever came out of English football. His nickname was "Bites Your Leg" Hunter.  He was one of Don Revie's key players at Leeds United, forming a strong partnership with Jack Charlton. He was PFA Player of the Year in 1974.  He won the WC in 1966 as an unused player.  He went to Mexico 1970, but only made a single appearance.

DM/LB: Paul Madeley (England)
Madeley signed for Leeds from non-league Farsley Celtic in May 1962 and became a regular in the team from 1966 onwards.
In his Leeds career, he played in every position on the pitch except goalkeeper. Capped 24 times.  He declined to be a stand-in player for the 1970 WC Finals.

LB: Terry Cooper (England)
He was Don Revie's trusted left back at Leeds United. He played for Leeds from 1962 and 1975.  He left to join Middlesbrough, which was then managed by his teammate Jack Charlton. He had 20 caps for England.

CM:  Billy Bremner (Scotland)
Bremner was Leeds United's greatest ever player.  He was their captain when they dominated English football.  He was also named as the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1970. He was known for his rough play. He is a member of both the English Football Hall of Fame and Scottish Football Hall of Fame. He spent 1976 to 1978 at Hull City, before being appointed player-manager at Doncaster Rovers in November 1978. He was capped 50 times. He went to the WC finals in 1974.
Billy Bremner
CM: Bobby Collins (Scotland)
Collins signed with Everton, but ended up joining Celtics in 1949.  He played there for 10 years before moving to Everton.  In 1962, he signed by Don Revie at Leeds United. He helped the club to a promotion in 1964. He skipped the team as he won the FWA Player of the Year in 1965. Capped 31 times.

CM: Gary McAllister (Scotland)
McAllister started his career at local side Motherwell before moving to Leicester Cit. He then went on to play for Leeds United, where he won the English league championship in 1991–92. McAllister later had spells at Coventry City and Liverpool. He won 59 caps and scoring five goals for Scotland. His leadership qualities were noticed, and he spent four successful years as Scotland captain in addition to two seasons as Leeds United captain. He was awarded an MBE in the 2001 

RM/CM: Gordon Strachan (Scotland)
Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City.  He spent 7 seasons with Aberdeen, winning two league titles and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. He was capped 50 times, representing Scotland at both WC Finals in 1982 and 1986.
Gordon Strachan 

CM: David Batty (England)
He is most famous for playing for Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.  He won league titles with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, but his role with Blackburn Riovers was limited by an injury.  He was capped for the England national football team, and representing the nation at UEFA Euro 1992 and the 1998 World Cup.

 CM/AM: Johnny Giles (Ireland)
An all-time great for Leeds United in the 1970's where he won two English league titles.  He also played for Manchester United,  West Bromwich Albion, and in the NASL.  He was voted as Ireland's greatest player at  at the UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004.  He was capped 59 times.
Johnny Giles

LW:  Harry Kewell (Australia)

In 2012, he was voted the greatest ever Australian player.  At Leeds United, he won the PFA Young Player of the year in 1999-2000.  With Mark Viduka, the team reached the semifinal of the Champions' League in 2000-2001.  At liverpool, he won the Champions League in 2005, where he started the final match.  He became the first Australian-born player to win a Champions' League medal.

LW: Eddie Gray (Scotland)
Gray was an integral member of the legendary Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s, later twice becoming the club's manager. In 2000, Gray was voted as the third Greatest Leeds United player of all time, surpassed only by his club captain, Billy Bremner (No. 1) and John Charles (No. 2).  Gray played in 12 full international games for Scotland between 1969 and 1977. 
Eddie Gray

AM: Tony Currie (England)  
Currie started with Watford in 1967.  He was transferred to Sheffield United in 1968 and went on to score 54 goals in 313 appearances and was also made captain by manager Ken Furphy in March 1974. In September 2014, as part of the club's 125th Anniversary celebrations, he was named Sheffield United's Greatest Ever Player. In 1976,  he moved to  Leeds United.  His curling shot against Southampton F.C. in 1978 won ITV's The Big Match Goal of the Season that year.  Capped 17 times.

AM: Peter Lorimer (Scotland)
From 1984 to 1985 he was club captain of Leeds and holds the record as the club's youngest ever player and record goalscorer. He has been voted as the #9 greatest Leeds player of all time and voted into the Greatest Leeds United team of all time. He also played in NASL.  he represented Scotland at the 1974 WC Finals.
Peter Lorimer

ST: Anthony Yeboah (Ghana)
He enjoyed a successful career in Europe and was one of the best African players in the 1990's.  His most successful period was spent with Eintracht Frankfrut where he was the Bundesliga back-to-back top scorers twice in five seasons. He earned 59 caps, Despite playing with Abedi Pele, Ghana failed to qualify for the WC Finals. He is the third highest goalscoring total in the nation's history behind Abedi Pele and Asamoah Gyan.

ST: Mick Jones (England)
Jones started with Sheffield United in 1963. He made his England debut in 1965 against West Germany at centre forward. In 1967, he joined Leeds United, where he became a part of Dion Revie's famous side.  he was capped three times.

ST: Lee Chapman (Englnad)
He is best known for spells with Stoke City, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United. He also played for Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Southend United, Ipswich Town and Swansea City. As well as this he played in both France and Norway for Chamois Niortais and Strømsgodset IF, and was capped by both the England U21 and England B teams. He also won the Football League Cup with Nottingham Forest and the league title with Leeds United.
Lee Chapman
ST: Mark Viduka
Viduka started with Croatian-based club Melbourne Knights FC.  He went to Europe in 1995, where he was probably the most famous Australian playing in Europe.  He played in Croatia, Scotland and England.  In Scotland, he was the top scoring in the Scottish league and won the SPFA Player of the Season with Celtics. And then, he joined Leeds United, where the club reached the semifinal of the Champions' League.  He also played for Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.

ST: Allan Clarke (England)
Earloer in his career, he played Walsall, Fulham and Leicester.  In 1969, he joined Leeds United, where he was a part of Don Revie's team.  Clarke won its second Fairs Cup in 1971 – scoring in the final against Juventus.  Clarke was capped 19 times.  He made his debut during the 1970 WC Finals in Mexico.
Allan Clarke

Honorable Mention
Tony Dorigo,Vinnie Jones, Jonathan Woodgate, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen, Lee Bowyer, Eric Cantona, Dominic Matteo, Mel Sterland , Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Alan Smith, John Sheridan, Gary Speed, Rio Ferdinand, Tom Jennings, Albert Johanneson, John Sheridan, Paul Robinson, Gary Sprake, Mervyn Day.

Squad Explanation
-- I have too many centerbacks. Vinnie Jones, Jonathan Woodgate, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen and Rio Ferdinand were honourable mentions.
-- Eric Cantona played in their championship-winning season and was a star of the team, but he only played a short time there.  
-- Tony Dorigo was left off because of Cooper and Madeley.
-- Gary Speed and Albert Johanneson were kept out by Kewell and Gray.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Spartak Moscow All-Time Team

1936 Soviet Top League Champion
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

In the early days of Soviet football, almost all the teams were related to the government—Dinamo with the police, CSKA with the army and Spartak Moscow, created by a trade union public organization was considered to be "the people's team." Spartan Moscow was the second most successful football team in the Soviet Union and the most successful Russian club after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The club was founded by the Starostin brothers with help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth) in the early 1930's.

2016-2017 Russian Premier League Champion
GK: Rinat Dasaev (USSR)
He was considered one of the best keepers in the world during the 1980's.  He was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union. He appeared in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1988, where the Soviets finished second.
Rinat Dasaev 

GK: Anatoly Akimov (USSR)
Akimov was also a handball player.  He played for the Moscow teams " Trigogorka ", " Spartak ", " Dynamo ", " Torpedo " and the Air Force . He was considered one of the best Soviet goalkeepers of the pre-war period. 

GK: Vladislav Zhmelkov (USSR)
Zhmelkov played Spartak Moscow and CSKAS Moscow before the War.  He won the best sportsman of the USSR in 1939.

LB/RB: Mikhail Ogonkov  (USSR)
He was a member of the USSR team that won the 1956 Olympic gold medal.  He spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He career was cut short in 1958 when he was suspended for three years. 

CB: Vasily Sokolov (USSR)
In 1929, he began his career in local football team Żeldor. He played for DKA Smolensk (1934-1936). In October 1936, he played one match for CDKA Moscow, and the following year he returned to Smolensk DKA. In 1938, he moved to Spartak Moscow, where he achieved his greatest success. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War he joined Krylja Soviet Moscow, but in 1942 he returned to Spartak, where he served as captain.

CB/RB: Aleksandr Starostin (USSR)
Before the founding of Spartak Moscow, he played for Moscow clubs: RGO Sokol (1918-1921), ISS (1922), Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Food Industry (1926-1930) and Promkooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Dukat "(1932-1933).  With Spartak Moscow, he was the first captain of the team. From 1931 to 1935, he played 11 unofficial matches for the Soviet Union. Since 1932, he was their captain. 

CB: Viktor Onopko (USSR/Russia)
He was an Ukrainian, but chose to play for Russia after the collapse of the USSR.  He picked up 4 caps for CIS and 109 caps for Russia. He played in the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, as well as Euro 96.  He played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow, Real Oviedo, Rayo Vallecano, Alania Vladikavkaz and FC Saturn.
Viktor Onopko 
CB Anatoli Bashashkin (USSR)
He was captain of the Soviet Union at the 1952 Olympics, but following their politically embarrassing defeat to Yugoslavia he was stripped of the captaincy.  He played CDSK Moscow and Spartak Moscow.

CB: Vagiz Khidiyatullin (USSR)
He earned 58 caps and scored 6 goals for the USSR , and played for them in the 1980 Summer Olympics, 1988 UEFA European Championship and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He played for many clubs in Russia and France.

SW/DM: Anatoli Maslyonkin (USSR)
He earned 33 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in two World Cups, as well as the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, where the Soviets were champions. He also won a goal medal in Football at the 1956 Summer Olympics

LB: Evgeny Lovchev  (USSR)
The Soviet player of the Yer in 1972. He played 52 for the USSR.  He was one of the best fullback of his time.  In 1970 he became the first player to be booked on a World Cup match, in the opening game of the tournament against Mexico.  He played mainly for Spartak Moscow.
Evgeny Lovchev

DM/CM: Andrey Starostin (USSR)
He was one of the famous Starostin brothers that made Spartak Moscow so famous. He played for clubs in Moscow Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Pisheviki (1926-1930), Cooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Ducat (1932-1933), Spartak (1935-1942, captain team in 1937-1940). He played for the national team of Moscow - 1933-40, RSFSR - 1931-34. For the USSR national team played he played 10 informal matches from 1932-35 respectively, all against the Turkish national team. He also played hockey.

CM: Igor Netto (USSR)
He was regarded among the best midfielders in Soviet history.  He played most of his career for Spartak Moscow.  He was the captain of the USSR from 1954 to 1963. He led the country to the gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and victory at the first ever European Championship in 1960. He missed all but one match in the 1958 FIFA World Cup due to injury, and also played all four matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup when the Soviet Union reached the quarterfinals. In total he collected 54 international caps and four goals. 
Igor Netto

He played 494 matches for Spartak Moscow between 1977 and 1993, more than any other player in the club's history. He played on the Soviet national team, scoring 12 goals in 32 appearances. He was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1983 and 1989.
Fyodor Cherenkov

RW: Valeri Karpin (Russia)
At club level, Karpin has played for Fakel Voronezh (1989), Spartak Moscow (1990–94), Real Sociedad (1994–96 and 2002–05), Valencia CF (1996–97), and Celta Vigo (1997–2002). He retired at the end of the 2004–05 season with Real Sociedad. For Russia, Karpin has been capped 72 times, scoring 17 goals (also capped once for the CIS). He scored Russia's first goal after the breakup of the Soviet Union, in a 2–0 win against Mexico in 1992. Karpin played for Russia at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2002 World Cup.

RW: Petr Starostin (USSR)
The youngest of the Starostin brothers.  He played for Spartak Moscow throughout the 1930's.  

LW: Galimzyan Khusainov (USSR)
He played for the Soviet Union national team (33 matches/4 goals), and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, 1966 FIFA World Cup and at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, where the Soviet Union squad won the silver medal, despite his goal in the final.

AM: Andrey Tikhonov (Russia)Tikhonov won a total of eight Russian League titles with Spartak Moscow. He then had a short loan spell in Israel, before signing a contract with Krylia Sovetov Samara. From 1996 to 2000, he was capped 29 times.  His international career was not as good as his club career.
Andrey Tikhonov 

AM: Yegor Titov (Russia)
Titov spent the majority of his club career at Spartak Moscow, starting in 1995, helping them to six consecutive league titles, and winning Russian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000. He played for Russia at the 2002 World Cup and has amassed over 30 caps for his country.
Yegor Titov

FW: Nikolai Starostin (USSR)
He was the eldest of four Starostin brothers.  With the help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth), he founded Spartak Moscow in the 1930's.  Known for his rivalry with Dynamo Moscow and Lavrentiy Beria.  He was jailed during the Great Purge.

SR/FW: Boris Tatushin (USSR)
Tatushin spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow.  He made his debut for USSR on September 8, 1954 in a friendly against Sweden. He played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but was not selected for the final tournament squad, because he was arrested with Eduard Streltsov and Mikhail Ogonkov over rape allegations and was disqualified for three years.

ST: Anatoli Ilyin (USSR)
Ilene spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He was capped 31 times for the Soviet Union.  In 1956, he scored the winning goal the Olympics Gold Medal Matches. He participated in the 1958 WC Finals.

ST: Sergey Rodionov (USSR)
During his years at Spartak (1979–90, 1993–95) and Red Star Saint-Ouen (1990–93) he scored 162 goals. He was the league top scorer in 1989. He was a member of the USSR national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

ST: Sergei Salnikov (USSR)
He played for both Dynamo and Spartak Moscow.  He was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, where Salnikov scored two goals in the quarterfinal match against Indonesia. He is the grandfather of the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas.

ST Nikita Simonyan (USSR)
He is the top scorer in the history of the club Spartak Moscow at 160 goals, and is also the top scorer in the Soviet Top League at 133 goals.  He was the Soviet captain at the WC Finals in 1958.  He was capped 20 times.
Nikita Simonyan

Honorable Mention
Anzor Kavazashvili, Stanislav Cherchesov, Gennady Logofet, Nikolai Tishchenko, Ilya Tsymbalar, Aleksandr Bubnov, Ilya Tsymbalar, Aleksei Paramonov, Anatoli Isayev, Stanisław Leuta, Viktor Papayev, 

Squad Explanation
-- Stanislav Cherchesov and Anzor Kavazashvili were considered for the goalkeepers.
-- The Starostin brothers were associated with the founding of the club and how it turned soccer into a big sport in the Soviet Union. So all four of them made the squad.  Their conflict with Lavrenty Beria was well-documented.  
Starostin brothers 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dynamo Kyiv All-Time Team

1975 Cup Winners' Cup
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Since 1936, Dynamo Kyiv has spent its entire history in the top league of Soviet and later Ukrainian football. Its most successful periods are associated with Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who coached the team during three stints, leading them to numerous domestic and European titles. The club became the only in Soviet football that managed to overcome the total hegemony of Moscow-based clubs in the Soviet Top League. It is the first Soviet football club that started to participate in the UEFA European competitions since 1965. It won 2 UEFA Cup Winners' Cups. Along with Dinamo Tbilisi, they were the only two Soviet clubs that succeeded in the UEFA competitions. The first team of Dynamo became a base team for the Soviet Union national football team in the 1970–1980s and the Ukraine national football team in the 1990–2000s. 
1986 Cup Winners' Cup

GK: Yevhen Rudakov (Soviet Union/Russia)
He was an ethnic Russian born in Moscow.  His career was associated with Dynamo Kyiv where he is regarded as their greatest keeper.  He became the first foreigner to win Ukraine's Player of the Year in 1971. He also represented the USSR  42 times and helped them reach the Euro 1972 finals.
Yevhen Rudakov
GK: Oleh Makarov (Soviet Union)
He played for Dynamo Kyiv from 1948 to 1953.  He was voted as the second best keeper on the Ukraine Team of the Century after Yevhen Rudakov. He was capped once for the USSR.

GK: Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (Ukraine)
He was capped 92 times between 1994 and 2012.  He was the first-choice keeper for Ukraine at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and teh Euro 2012.  He won the penalty shootout against Switzerland in the round of 16.  He spent his entire career with Dynamo Kyiv.

RB: Vladimir Bessonov (Soviet Union)
He won 79 caps and scored 4 goals for the Soviet Union from 1977 to 1990.  He went to the WC Finals in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He was one of the best fullbacks in Soviet football history.
Vladimir Bessonov 

CB/RB: Oleh Luzhnyi  (Soviet Union)
He played for the USSR before the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He played 59 times for Ukraine and captained them for 39 times.  He was a key defender during Dynamo Kyiv's run the Champions' League during the 1990's.

CB: Mykhaylo Fomenko (Soviet Union)
He was capped 24 times by the Soviet Union.  He was voted into the Ukrainian Team of the Century in 2000.  He won the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.

CB: Anatoliy Konkov (Soviet Union)
He was best remembered for winning the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.  He was capped 47 times for the Soviet Union.

SW: Sergei Baltacha (Soviet Union)
He won  the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.  He played in the 1982 for Soviet Union and then, on the runner-up team at Euro 1988.

CB: Oleg Kuznetsov (USSR/CIS/Ukraine)
He was capped by the USSR, the CIS and Ukraine.  He was a star defender for the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.  He helped them to reach the Final of the Euro 1988.  He also played in the WC Finals in 1986 and 1990, and then, for CIS in the Euro 1992.  

LB: Anatoliy Demyanenko (Soviet Union)
He was a longtime Dynamo Kyiv captain and a prolific left wingback for the Soviet Union.  He played in three WC Finals(1982, 1986 and 1990) and reached the Final of Euro 1988. In 2000,  he was voted the 3rd best player in the Ukrainian 'Team of the Century".

DM: Vasyl Turyanchyk (Soviet Union) 
He spent most of his career in Kiev Dynamo from 1959 to 1969. Between 1965 and 1969, he was the team captain.  He was Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 1967, 1968 (shared).  

Vasyl Turyanchyk
DM:  Vasyl Rats (Soviet Union)
He was born born in Ukraine of Hungarian ethnicity).  He scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory against Holland in the first round of Euro 1988, but Holland went on to beat the Soviet Union in the rematch in the Final.  He was capped 47 times for the Soviet Union.  He participated at the WC Finals in 1986 and 1990.

RW: Hennadiy Lytovchenko (Soviet Union)
He was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1984.  He was capped by the USSR for 58 times and by Ukraine for 4 times.  He was a star player at Euro 1988.  The highlights of his club career were played in FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Kyiv and Olympiacos F.C.

CM: Volodymyr Muntyan (Soviet Union)
He was born in Ukraine of Romanian ethnicity. He played his entire career with Dynamo Kyiv.  He won the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.  He played 49 times for the Soviet Union.
Volodymyr Muntyan 

AM:  Oleksandr Zavarov (Soviet Union)
He helped Dynamo Kyiv in winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1985-1986.  He finished as the top scorer of the tournament and won the Soviet player of the Year award that year.  He had 41 caps for the USSR, scoring six goals including two in the World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990. He also played in the Euro 1988 in which the USSR team were runners-up. 

AM/CM: Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (Soviet Union/CIS)
He was capped 36 for the USSR and 5 times for CIS. He was a part of the Soviet squad that finished second at Euro 88.  He became the Soviet Player of the Year in 1988 after the tournament.  He was also capped twice by Ukraine.  He became one of the first Soviet player to play successfully aboard when he joined Sampdoria and then, Rangers in the 1990's.

LW: Volodymyr Onyshchenko (Soviet Union)
He earned 44 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in UEFA Euro 1972, and won two Olympic bronze medals. He won the 1975 Cup Winners' Cup with Dynamo Kyiv.

AM/CM: Leonid Buryak (Soviet Union)
He was born in Ukraine of Jewish ethnicity. He was one of Dynamo Kyiv's greatest players.  He was capped 49 times for the USSR. He won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and went to the WC Finals in 1982.
Leonid Buryak 
FW:  Valeriy Lobanovskyi (Soviet Union)
Probably best remembered as the coach that put both Soviet Union and Ukraine on the map.  As a player, he was considered to be Dynamo Kyiv's greatest player.  He was most famous for his legendary ability to score from corner kicks.  He was capped twice.

SS: Igor Belanov  (Soviet Union)
He made a name for himself at Dynamo Kyiv, winning five major titles and being named European Footballer of the Year in 1986.  He played for the Soviet Union at the WC Finals in 1986, where he was one of the star players.  He is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian player in history.
Igor Belanov 

SS: Oleg Blokhin (Soviet Union)
He was probably the greatest outfielder in Soviet history. He was the European Player of the Year in 1975.  He holds the all-time top goalscorer record for both Dynamo Kyiv (266 goals) and the Soviet Union national team (42 goals), as well as being the overall top goalscorer in the history of the Soviet Top League (211 goals). He is also the only player to have been capped over 100 times for the Soviet Union and holds Dynamo's appearance record with 582 appearances during his 18 year spell at the club.
Oleg Blokhin
ST: Oleh Protasov (Soviet Union)
He was named Soviet Footballer of the Year in 1987. He scored 125 goals in the Soviet Championship, making him the 8th best scorer of all-time of the Championship.  He played for the Soviet Union 68 times, including at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as Euro 88, where he scored two goals.  He played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos Piraeus, Gamba Osaka, Veria FC, and finally Proodeftiki FC.

ST: Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan)
He is a Uzbek international of Russian origin. He played for Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 to 2009. He is the all-time scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goal.  He played in three AFC Asian Cups for Uzbekistan, helping them to fourth place in 2011.
Maksim Shatskikh 

ST: Serhiy Rebrov (Ukraine)
He gained international fame as an attacking partner of Andriy Shevchenko at Dynamo Kyiv throughout the 1990s.  He also played in England and Turkey.  He was capped 75 times by Ukraine, scoring 15 goals. He played in the nation's first ever World Cup, in 2006.

ST: Andrei Shevchenko (Ukraine)
He is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian player in history.  He won the Ballon D'Or in 2004 and came 3rd on the World Player of the Year.  He was best remembered for his stint with AC Milan, winning the Champions' League in 2003.  He won 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukraine.
Andrei Shevchenko 
Honorable Mention
Yuriy Voynov, Volodymyr Veremeyev,  Anatoliy Byshovets, Valyantsin Byalkevich, Viktor Serebryanikov, Andriy Biba, Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Kanevskyi, Oleh Husyev, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Artem Milevskiy.

Sqaud Explanation 
-- I selected the older players when both the Soviets and Dynamo Kyiv were a force in European football.
-- Nineteen of out 23 players from my Ukraine All-Time team made it to this team. Viktor Bannikov and Andriy Biba were made the "Honorable Mention".  Only two other players from my Ukraine All-Time did not play for this club.
-- Maksim Shatskikh, Vasyl Rats, Volodymyr Muntyan, Leonid Buryak, Vasyl Turyanchyk and Yevhen Rudakov were the six players not on my Ukraine All-Time Team making this team. Except for Vasyl Turyanchy, they were not of Ukrainian ethnicity.
-- Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan)is the all-time scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League with 124 goal.  
-- It is difficult for rightback Oleh Husyev to get ahead two great players ahead of him.
-- Vasyl Turyanchyk was one of the first ever holding midfielder in the world. Biba who used to play in front him deserved to be on this team.  He was described as one of Soviet Union's best playmaker, but I have selected players with better international experience.  He only got one cap to his credit. Volodymyr Muntyan, Leonid Buryak and Oleksandr Zavarov were chosen ahead of him.  I toyed with the idea of dropping Valeriy Lobanovskyi, but his name had been associated more than any person in history.

Formation I: 4-1-3-2
I based this lineup on the 4-3-2 formation used by Valeriy Lobanovskyi on at the 1986 Cup-Winners' Cup Final.  In order to bring Shenvchenko to the team, I pushed Blokhin to the midfield on the left.