The era from the 1960s through to the 1990s was an incredibly productive one for Dynamo Kiev who produced four distinct teams of exceptional quality in that time, one in each decade, that established the club in the heart of the European mainstream. In the 1960s there was Biba and Byshovets, part of Viktor Maslov’s breakthrough side that broke Moscow dominance by winning three Soviet titles in succession between 1966 and 1968. Fast forward to the late 1990s when Shevchenko and Rebrov formed the best attacking pairing in Europe and almost took the club to its first Champions League Final.
Talented teams these undoubtedly were, but it was in the decades in between when Kiev produced its most seminal club sides: the brilliant 1975 and 1986 teams that both peaked with European Cup Winners Cup success. Legendary forward Oleg Blokhin was the sole player whose career spanned both, meaning he was in a unique position to comment on their respective qualities. His considered view was that while there was more individual talent in 1975, the 1986 team was a better unit overall.
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So we set out to ask the same question in our latest Eleven post by looking at both teams in detail and creating what we think is the best combined one. Our result closely mirrors the view of Blokhin: the 1975 team is better represented in the creative positions while the 1986 team contributes more players to our eleven overall, albeit by a narrow six to five margin.
On the image the players marked in blue are from 1975 and the players in red are from 1986. We have selected the 1975 version of Blokhin as he was at the peak of his career then. The formation we chose could only be the classic Kiev 4-4-2.
Click Read More to read biogs about the players who made our selection.