Shakhtar Donetsk and their incredible link to Brazilian players
Although Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk were put to the sword by Bayern Munich last week and subsequently eliminated from the Champions League, the eastern European club’s story of success over recent years has been extraordinary.
Since the Ukrainian Premier League was formed in 1991, the Donbass Arena outfit have been ever-presents in the top flight and challenging for the title every single campaign apart from four seasons.
A five-year period of finishing second every season was ended in 2001-02 as Shakhtar were crowned national champions for the first time, with the Miners winning nine of the last 13 top flight titles since.
Although homegrown stars have played their part in the club’s domestic dominance over the years, the continued reli...
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