Football is the most popular sport in Ukraine
, a country vying with Russia for the honour of being the best team to have emerged from the former Soviet Union. The association can look back on a string of successes. The flag bearer of Ukrainian football, Dynamo Kiev, won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and 1986 while the national futsal team claimed the silver medal at the UEFA Futsal Championship in 2003. Oleg Blochin is the most-famous Ukrainian player of recent times. He was part of the Dynamo Kiev team that won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and was also named as European Player of the Year in the same year. He scored 211 goals in 432 games. The highlight of his coaching career so far has been to help Ukraine
to their first ever World Cup final competition, which they will be contesting in Germany 2006. Today's star is Andriy Shevchenko, who plays for AC Milan, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2003. Valeri Lobanovski was the coach of the Soviet Union and Ukraine
. He also led Dynamo Kiev to their European Cup Winners' Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1986. An international football tournament, held in Kiev, has been held in his honour ever since his death in 2002 (Lobanovski Memorial International Tournament).