18 Facts About Shakhtar Donetsk


Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk.

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In May 2020, Shakhtar started to play home matches at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv.

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Shakhtar Donetsk has appeared in several European competitions and is often a participant in the UEFA Champions League.

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FC Shakhtar Donetsk is one of two Ukrainian clubs, the other being Dynamo Kyiv, who have won a major UEFA competition.

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Shakhtar Donetsk is one of Ukraine's most popular football clubs, and is particularly favoured in the eastern Donbas region.

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Club Shakhtar Donetsk was originally formed on a decision of the All-Union Council on physical culture and sports of 3 April 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.

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In 1987, Shakhtar Donetsk received the fewest yellow and red cards in the championship, for which the club was awarded the "Soviet Top League Fair Play Award" by Man and Law magazine.

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Between 1982 and 1988, Shakhtar Donetsk received the "Together With The Club" award five times, an award given for good organization of home games and behaviour of the home fans.

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That year, Shakhtar Donetsk competed in the UEFA Champions League for the first time, drawn in a group with Lazio, Arsenal and Sparta Prague.

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Shakhtar Donetsk appeared in all three editions of the Channel One Cup, winning the 2007 edition and finishing runners-up in 2008.

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Shakhtar Donetsk was named the Ukraine Premier League MVP by Komanda, Armenian Footballer of the Year and the CIS Footballer of the Year for 2012.

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Shakhtar Donetsk spent the following summer trying to integrate new young players into the team, who along with the remaining players were to form the backbone of the renewed Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Shakhtar Donetsk won the 2014 Ukrainian Super Cup, holding the trophy for the sixth time.

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Until 2009 Shakhtar had been playing most of its games at the RSC Olimpiyskiy stadium which is a property of administration of Donetsk Oblast and the Serhiy Bubka College of Olympic Reserve.

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Shakhtar Donetsk are rated 40th by the average game attendance, being the top eastern European club on the rating charts.

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Shakhtar Donetsk has its own training facilities for its first team, reserve team and youth academy all located at Kirsha Training Centre.

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Shakhtar Donetsk has its football academy that fields four teams in a special youth league designated for teenagers.

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Shakhtar Donetsk has participated in European competition since 1976, playing its first game against Berliner FC Dynamo in the UEFA Cup.

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