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Blokhin: the Golden ball waited more than a year

Блохин: Свой Золотой мяч ждал больше года

Former player and coach of Dynamo Oleg Blokhin remembered how nearly 40 years ago won a referendum on France Football as the best football player of Europe.

“Indeed, the victory in I know a week before the New year. It seems sitting at home – I’d like something with his leg. I got a call from the edition “the Soviet sports” – and announced the winning of the Golden ball.

At first thought this new year was a joke. To quickly verify the veracity of this information, calling someone from the Dynamo, I could not – mobile in those years was not. Especially before the New year everything was on leave. But when the trail began to be heard calls from different people – colleagues, friends and journalists, I realized this was me no joke.

The team congratulated and praised: good, supported the reputation of the team. We’re at that time played for the honor of the club, were a United team. My success was due to the whole team, its assistant coach. The Golden ball is a prestige Dynamo!

Exhibited? I do not remember. But I think so. (Laughs). Though the exhibit had no place – in Kiev there existed, only a few large restaurants – Kiev, Moscow, the Dnieper and the Cuckoo, on Park Avenue…

Been waiting the prize more than a year. The prize was handed to me in March 1977 – at the Republican stadium in Kyiv. By the way, before the match with Bayern.

Kept the prize at home. The apartment in Uman, where the parents lived. Wouldn’t want to make a copy and pass a Golden ball in a Museum? Never thought about this, and proposals have been made,” said Blokhin.