The chronicle has it that the first match was played on June 17, 1928 against Dynamo Odesa. Yet the first crucial trial came later in the month, when the squad was beaten 2:6 by a more experienced Dynamo Moscow in a friendly.
As the years passed, able youngsters joined the team, adding the feeling of thorough performance and team discipline. The matches of the multi-generation squad were beginning to draw crowds of those football-crazed.
The first crucial point for the Kyiv-based team came in the year 1936, when the USSR club championship was held for the first time. The Kyiv club hosted the opener, the fact alone proving its recognition. Unluckily, it was the visitors from Moscow who won the encounter by putting the ball five times into the net. The matches following the infamous 1:5 defeat proved more fruitful, with 4 wins and just one defeat. Consequently, the club returned home runner-up. A promising start!
The first match to open a passport to the international life was the encounter against Lower Austria. The team kicked three goals, this, however, not sufficing to secure a win (3:4).
Kyiv soccer players soon were capped by the USSR international and made a significant contribution to the two wins over a then-serious contender, Turkey international in 1933 – with Shchehodskyy scoring a hat trick – and 1934.
1946 - 1961
Naturally, the post-war years proved challenging in terms of pooling the team together. The sports veterans from the previous squad and the “coach fever” did very little to contribute to the team’s revival and did not bring much joy to the numerous devout followers, the 4th placed year of 1947 being the only exception.
Shortly, a number of Zakarpattya players joined the Kyiv team to notch up the first success in the reserves tournament of 1949.
Crucial turned out to be the 1951 season. The new coach Oleh Oshenkov selected youngsters from the reserves team. Also, his new approach presupposed shorter winter vacations and thorough training that involved team sports, a vast variety of exercises and even boxing.
In the following one-legged round-robin championship hosted by Moscow, the team was ready to reap the awards of his meticulous coaching work. Once a second-rate squad, Dynamo now emerged as a favorite to take the title. The team,however, took the silver, with Moscow Spartak winning the gold.
The team tasted its first glorious victory in the 1954 USSR Cup. The contenders beaten included Vilnus Spartak 4:2, Moscow Spartak 3:1 and CDKA (present CSKA) 3:1 (extra time) and Leninhrad Zenit 1:0 (also extra time). Finally, there was a dangerous contender from Erevan in the final match. The Moscow audience was glued to the exciting Koman-Zatykyan fight. Though it lasted a few seconds, the Dynamo player showed his agility, stamina, confidence and high-level technique.
The late 50’s saw a lot of old players leaving the team and the new ones joining it.
The youth demonstrated energetic and tempered performance. Its domestic experience was further broadened in the international matches. The 1960 season meant silverware for the Kyiv squad.
A year later, Dynamo won the USSR championship for the first time, leaving Moscow Torpedo four points behind and becoming the first non-Moscow-based club to clinch the title. The golden medals went to O. Makarov, M. Koltsov, V. Shcheholkov, A. Suchkov, V. Anufriyenko, Y. Sabo, Y. Voynov, V. Turyanchyk, V. Serebryanyakov, O. Bazylevych, A. Biba, V. Troyanovskyy, V. Lobanovskyy, V. Kanyevskyy
Dynamo players got their regular caps in the USSR international. Makarov, Fomin and Voynov played in 1958 world qualifiers, whereas Yerokhin and Voynov set off to Sweden for the final part.
In the 1960 Euro Cup, halfback Yuriy Voynov was elected to the symbolic championship international team.
After the “golden” 1961, the team seemed to enjoy moderate success: 5th placed in 1962 and 7th placed in 1963. However, this was the time when several interesting players including Bannykov, Sosnykhin and Medvid came to shore up the squad.
In January 1964, the team received a new head coach. It is Viktor Maslov who we owe the top-notch international team. His first 1964 season brought a clear-cut victory to the Kyiv squad in the USSR Cup
Maslov’s team was the first to take part in the 1965-1966 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, defeating Northern Irish and Norwegian opponents in the first and second rounds. Yet, in the quarter final, they were shown a shining example of tactics from a more experienced Scottish Celtic, losing 4:1 on aggregate.
The year 1966 was abundant in crushing victories: USSR championship, USSR Cup, bronzeware for five Dynamo players in the World Championship in England. Andriy Biba picked up Best USSR Footballer of the Year Award.
USSR Championship victories in the two following years of 1967 and 1968 meant the CDKA (Moscow) record for three consecutive wins was now equaled.
In its debut performance in the 1969 Champions’ Cup, the Ukrainian squad defeated the legendary Celtic from Scotland, conceding, however, to the Poland’s champion Górnik in the round of 16.
In 1971, new welcome additions to the club were 22-year-old halfback Viktor Kolotov and defender Stepan Reshko as well as honorary USSR coach Oleksandr Sevydov. Another handsome USSR Championship win… Keeper Yevhen Rudakov was voted the best USSR goalkeeper and soccer player.
Careful player selection (of both seasoned and highly promising novice footballers) did its work. For instance, Olekh Blokhin became the top goal scorer in two consecutive seasons: 1972 (14 goals) and 1973 (18 goals).
The major upheaval for the squad was the arrival of a new coach. Popular Dynamo player in the recent past, the 33-year-old Valeriy Lobanovskyy was introduced in November 1973. He managed to pull together most talented and like-minded associates (Oleh Bazylevych to be mentioned first) and personally selected the exercises that were deployed by Europe’s leading teams. In the same year, Oleh Blokhin was acclaimed the best country’s player.
This was only the start of the “Lobanovskyy era”, which later on brought about remarkable achievements, within the international arena in the first place.
Lobanovskyy steered his team to the triumphs in the Cup Winners’ Cup. On their way to the final, the “white-blues” celebrated victories over CSKA (Bulgary), Eintracht (Germany), Bursaspor (Turkey), PSV (Holland) and finally Ferencváros (Hungary).
Then followed another major triumph in the fall of 1975, when the Kyiv team defeated Bayern in the two-legged UEFA Super Cup final. Three goals from Oleh Blokhin (one goal in the first leg and two more added in the second leg played in Kyiv) made the Dynamo player a 1975 Golden Ball winner.
1976 - 1991
The year 1976 was fairly tough. In search of keys to success, coaches Lobanovskyy and Bazylevych were one of the first in the USSR to pursue a common aim: footballers should attain certain conditions at a certain time point, depending on the tournament objectives and calendar features.
Dynamo’s runaway success in the 1975 season grabbed attention to the coaches’ methodology. Sports and science pundits made things clear: the optimum training cycles program could be drawn up only using comprehensive data about the sportsmen’s functional conditions.
In the 1976 USSR championship Dynamo youngsters ended 8th, with 1st team players performing only in two matches. Poor performance that followed also made Valeriy Lobanovskyy streamline the training scheme turning close attention to recovery procedures.
With every day, footballers attained their fitness and honed their sporting skills. Three consecutive wins in the final matches made the Kyiv team a silver winner. The success was followed by the bronze medals for the USSR national team in the XXI Olympics in Monreal.
Another stunning victory followed in 1977. Viktor Yurkovskyy, Volodymyr Lozynskyy, Oleksandr Berezhnyy, Petro Slobodyan and Volodymyr Bezsonov received their first gold medals. The latter also became an under-21 world champion as well as the best player of the tournament.
The triumph did not come without its trenchant critics. Moscow media accused the champion of a wealth of ties, although other teams including Moscow Spartak, CSKA, Shakhtar, Neftchi and Kayrata earned more draws. The away performance was labeled by a pundit as being “coward”. Yet the squad scored more away points than any other team and was awarded with the Aggressive Visitor prize.
In the year 1978 the club performed without Volodymyr Muntyan, Volodymyr Troshkin and Viktor Matviyenko – three players whose names are related to the club’s triumph of 1975. Yet, it managed to win the USSR Cup by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the final and pick up championship silver medals.
The 1979 season brought no awards: unsuccessful UEFA Cup and USSR Cup qualifiers. The squad had to content itself with championship bronze medals.
The three ensuing years proved better: two champion titles (1980, 1981), USSR Cup (1982) as well as silverware in the 1982 championship and Season Cup in 1981. It was the period when Viktor Chanov, Andriy Bal and Vadym Yevtushenko joined the squad.
In 1983 Lobanovskyy became a head coach of the USSR international. This could not but exert an impact on the team’s performance. Yuriy Morozov joined to train the squad, but under his coaching the White-Blues won no awards.
Only with Lobanovskyy’s return, the team was again at the top of the USSR and European football. In 1985 the team won both the USSR championship and the Cup. In the “Ukrainian” final Dynamo beat the Donetsk Shaktar 2:1.
The next season meant the 12th USSR gold medals and brilliant European performance. Having conceded to the Dutch Ultrecht in the away match 2:1, Ukrainians then snatched a convincing 4:1 victory in the return home match. It was more the performance itself rather than the result that brought heady joy to the fans.
Next, having delivered a dazzling performance in the matches against Romanian FC Universitatea (2:2 and 3:0), Vienna Rapid (4:1 і 5:1), Prague Dukla (3:0 and 1:1), the team made it to the final to compete with the title-studded Atlético de Madrid. The match was hosted by the French city of Lion. The Kyiv squad took the lead as early as on 6 minutes, with two more goals following later. In that season, Viktor Belanov was named the Golden Ball award winner.
Team-miracle, Kyiv express, phenomenal squad – those are the names given to the Dynamo of that epoch.
The team was hit by the slump in the years 1988 (silverware) and 1989 (bronzeware). The awards, which were distant dreams for other clubs, meant for the Kyiv club only a temporary “retreat”. It was the time when Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, Oleh Protasov and Hennadiy Lytovchenko joined the team and played in the USSR international as well.
Although a wealth of players was beginning to leave for international clubs, Dynamo was not going to step down.
In the 1990 USSR championship, the battle over the prize was focused between Dynamo and four Moscow squads. With the highest number of wins and lowest number of defeats and goals conceded, the Kyiv squad left the Russian quartet behind.
The first championship of the independent Ukraine came as a sharp disappointment for FC Dynamo. With just one away match lost, the White-Blues looked clear favorites to take the title. The debut goal in the competition came from Yuriy Hritsyn in the match against Metalist in the 3rd minute. The team easily made it to the final, yet to be beaten in Lviv by Tavriya Simferopol 0:1. In the final match the Kyiv team lined up as following: Martinenkas, Luzhnyy, Bezsmertnyy, (Matveev, 55), Aleksanenkov, Shmatovalenko, Kovalets, Yuriy Moroz, Zayets, Salenko, Betsa, Sharan (Hritsyna, 75).
The next year brought gold medals both in the championship (after the tremendous fight with Dnipro) and the Cup (win over Karpaty Lviv), with Viktor Leonenko, Serhiy Mizyn, Oleh Rebrov and right-flanked captain Oleh Luzhnyy becoming top players.
In the Euro Cup, however, the club went down to two bitter defeats by the Belgian Anderlecht.
The summer of 1993 found the club on the brink of bankruptcy. The White-Blues received new President Hryhoriy Surkis at the helm. Not only did the famous business man rescue the club, but he also commenced to update the infrastructure: the European-standard training center and Dynamo school are few to name.
The team was able to corner the championship title for quite a spell. With eight victories in a row, Dynamo players made up the backbone of the national team. Former junior soccer players now grew into key players, Oleksandr Shovkovskyy, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Yuriy Dmytrulin and Andriy Shevchenko being among them. The management also made a decision on some overseas transfers: Yuriy Kalytvyntsev (moved from Moscow on crutches! to later become the team’s leader and to acquire Ukrainian citizenship), the Belorussian pair of Valentin Belkevich and Aleksandr Hatskevich.
Yet the major “transfer” took place in the 1996/97 season when Valeriy Lobanovskyy returned to his native squad from the Middle East. Not only did the remarkable coach continue the championship streak, but also transformed his team into a European-level club. The White-Blues got their victories over Real, Barselona, Arsenal and made it to the Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals. Despite a complete advantage in a home encounter, the team conceded to Bayern.
After the squad’s best season in its modern history, Andriy Shevchenko abandoned the club to move to Milan. The next players to travel to Western clubs became Serhiy Rebrov and Kaha Kaladze.
The day of May 13, 2002 became a mourning day nationwide. In a Zaporizhya hospital, Valeriy Lobanovskyy passed away. Dynamo entered a new era…
… Entered with losing the championship title. As the national competition was drawing to its end, the team conceded to their chief opponent FC Shakhtar.
The team was then coached by one of Dynamo best halfbacks Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, who steered his squad to two championship titles.
In the year 2000 foreign players began joining the club, with Hungarian Laslo Bondar being the first. Later, Goran Gavrančić and Georgiy Peev moved to Kyiv.
Under Mykhaylychenko’s coaching, we saw the superb performance from Diogo Rinkon, the afore mentioned Gavrančić, the Romanian pair of Cernat-Ghioane and top scorer Maksim Shatskikh. The “white-blues” ensured a string of remarkable victories (Newcastle, Feijenoord, Lokomotiv, Arsenal), however they did not manage it to qualify for last 16 of the tournament.
The 2004/05 season was marked by a bitter defeat by Shakhtar. Then came a defeat in a Champions League home qualifier against Trabzonspor. Mykhaylychenko was forced to step down.
For a while, his work was continued by József Szabó, acting head coach, whose squad made it to the Champions League tournament to defeat Roma and Bayern and be defeated by Real in a home match. The team then set off for the UEFA Cup. The opposing Spanish Villarreal proved to be better at El Madrigal.
The “white-blues” lost the championship race in the summer of 2005 as well, when they were guided by Leonid Buryak. Guided not very successfully…
Former Kyiv defender of the 80’s Anatoliy Demyanenko tuned the team’s performance. Alas, the national league title was lost to the archrival Shaktar, when the Kyiv squad was not able to maintain the lead and the opponents got their victory in extra time.
Following the league competition, a number of Dynamo players set off for the Ukraine international. Under Oleh Blokhin’s coaching, the national squad enjoyed its greatest success ever: they made it to the quarter-final. The key roles belonged to Dynamo players: Oleksandr Shovkovskyy, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Andriy Nesmachnyy, Ruslan Rotan, Artem Milevskyy, Oleh Husev, Serhiy Rebrov as well as the team’s former players Andriy Husin, Volodymyr Yezerskyy and Andriy Shevchenko.
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 2
UEFA Super Cup: 1
UEFA Super Cup Finalist: 1
Ukrainian Championship: 12 (record)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
Ukrainian Cup: 9 (record)
1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Ukrainian Super Cup: 3 (record)
2004, 2006, 2007
USSR Championship: 13 (record)
1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990
USSR Cup: 9
1954, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990
USSR Super Cup: 3 (record)
1980, 1985, 1986
Other Notable Achievements:
UEFA Champions League Semifinalist: 3
1977, 1987, 1999;
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinalist: 6
1973, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1998
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Quarterfinalist: 2