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Pre-match

This is Shaktar Donetsk!

Shaktar Donetsk is a Ukranian club from the city of Donetsk. They play their home games at Donbass Arena, which holds 52.518 spectators. They are nickmaned “Hirnyky”(miners). The manager is Mircea Lucescu, who also have been the manager of Galatasaray, Besiktas, and Inter. He was recently involved in a car crash, and received severe injuries. Let’s cross our fingers and hope he get’s well soon.

History

The football to the Donetsk region came in times of the Russian Empire when the industrialization of the country has began. Numerous foreigns, particularly the British workers, were forming their own football teams. In September 1911 at the factory of Novorossiysk Association (currently Donetsk Steel Works Factory – DMZ) owned by John Hughes was created the Yuzovka Sports Association which contained a football club as well. The football team existed until 1919. In 1920s the club was reorganized into the Lenin’s club. One of the most prominent players of that period was Viktor Shylovsky who became famous, however, playing for Dynamo Kyiv.

The club Shakhtar was originally formed in May 1936 and was initially named Stakhanovets meaning the participant of Stakhanovite movement which derived from Aleksei Stakhanov, a coal-miner in the Donets basin and propaganda celebrity in 1935. The first team was based upon two other local teams, the participants of the All-Ukrainian Spartakiads: Dynamo Horlivka and Stalino. The first game was unofficial against Dynamo Odessa and took place on May 12, 1936 at Balitsky Stadium. The team of Donbas lost it 2:3 after scoring the first. Its first official game with Dynamo Kazan was even more disappointing, which they lost 1:4. Nonetheless, the selective job conducted constructively by the clubs administration allowed the club to compete successfully at the top level by the end 1930s. During the war championship of 1941 which was interrupted unexpectedly the club defeated the Soviet champions FC Dynamo Moscow and after about ten games was placing the fifth. The last game of that championship they played on June 24 two days after the start of the Great Patriotic War,which they lost at home to Traktor Stalingrad.

The All-Union coal mining society of Stakhanovite had changed its name in July 1946 to Shakhtyor. The first success for the team was in 1951, under name of Shakhtyor when it took the third place in the USSR Championship.

In the 1960s, Shakhtar under Oleg Oshenkov’s coaching were three-time USSR Cup finalists, winning it twice in 1961 and 1962. The club was nicknamed “The Cup Team” due to Shakhtar’s success in vying for the trophy every year, however the Miners’ more notable achievements occurred later from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s.

In 1975, Shakhtar took 2nd in the USSR Championship and received the right to represent the Soviet Union in European competition. In 1978, Shakhtar finished third in the USSR Championship. A year later, the team finished second and its captain – striker Vitaliy Starukhin – was named the best player and the best forward in the USSR Championship (26 goals scored).

Shakhtar twice, in 1980 and 1983, brought home the crystal USSR Cup to Donbas and in 1983, it won the USSR Super Cup over then-domestic league champions Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

In October of 1995, a bombing-assassination took place at the team’s stadium, killing team president Akhat Bragin. In the year that followed Rinat Akhmetov ook over as president and subsequently invested heavily in the club.

In the newly independent Ukraine, Shakhtar along with Dynamo Kyiv became perennial first place competitors. In 1999, a Shakhtar Football academy was opened and now hosts football training for roughly 3000 children.

Shakhtar have, to date, appeared in all three editions of the First Channel Cup, winning the 2006 edition and finishing runners up in 2008.

For the last several seasons Shakhtar has the highest home attendance in a league, averaging at about 20,000 per game.

In 2009, they became only the second Ukrainian team to win a European competition (and the first since independence), and the first to win the UEFA Cup, beating Werder Bremen in the final, with goals from Brazilians Luiz Adriano and Jadson.This also made them the last UEFA Cup winners before the tournament was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League.

(borrowed from wikipedia)

Key player:

William Borges Da Silva

Brazilian international who plays central midfield or winger for Shaktar. He’s a player with good technique, pace and goalscoring abilities. Voted as the best player in the Ukranian league last season.

William Borges Da Silva

William Borges Da Silva

Young talent:

 Dentinho

Brazilian striker who was bought from Corinthians last summer. According to Pelé, he is the best Brazilian attacker since Ronaldo, and he has the possibility to become the best in the world.

Current form

Untill the winther pause Shaktar was in an outstanding form, with for wins in five games:

Shaktar – Porto 0-2

Karpaty – Shaktar 0-5 (fernandinho, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Seleznov 2)

Shaktar – Arsenal 5-0 (Srna, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Eduardo, own goal)

Apoel – Shaktar 0-2 (Adriano, Seleznov)

Kryvbas – Shaktar 0-4 (Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Eduardo, Adriano)

During the winter pause they also attend Copa del sol, of which they played their first game just two days ago:

Shaktar – Aalesund 2-2 (Fernandinho, Seleznov)

This is the first ever meeting between the two clubs!

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