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FC SHAKHTAR

#SEASON REVIEW 2015/16


#season 2015/16

Shakhtar’s 2015/16 season was filled with bright events, stunning victories, and new historical records. 2016 is a milestone year for the club and its fans with Shakhtar celebrating its 80th anniversary. Due to the military conflict in the Donbass, the team has been based in Kyiv for the past two years, playing most of its home games in Lviv. During the pre-season, Shakhtar sold their Brazilian leaders to Europe’s top clubs: Douglas Costa was transferred to Bayern Munich, Luiz Adriano to Milan, and Fernando to Sampdoria. In the course of the season, midfielder Alex Teixeira left the team to join the Chinese Jiangsu Suning F.C. Thus, the team counted on the young Ukrainian players, the Shakhtar Academy graduates. In just a year, midfielders Viktor Kovalenko and Maksym Malyshev went from beginners to being leaders at Shakhtar first team and Ukraine national team. The Donetsk team had one of the most successful seasons in European club competitions – their sixth consecutive Champions League group stage campaign was followed by participation in the Europa League, where the team reached the semi-finals for the second time in their history. In the domestic competitions, Shakhtar won the Ukrainian Cup and Super Cup. The period also included several milestone events in Shakhtar’s history: the Pitmen went on their first tour of the US, Darijo Srna surpassed Mikhail Sokolovskyi’s record for club appearances, and in May 2016, FC Shakhtar Donetsk marked its 80th anniversary! The end of the season also saw the completion of an era in the club’s history. After 12 years of work, Mircea Lucescu, the most awarded head coach of Shakhtar, left the team. The Pitmen will begin their next season under the guidance of Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca.

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ФК «Шахтер» Сезон 2015|16


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#MEET FC SHAKHTAR DONETSK


#club philosophy

OUR VISION

OUR MISSION

TO BE THE AMBASSADOR OF UKRAINIAN FOOTBALL IN THE WORLD, AND OF INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL IN UKRAINE, ULTIMATELY DRIVING THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOOTBALL CULTURE IN OUR COUNTRY.

TO REDEFINE THE BOUNDARIES AND STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN FOOTBALL.


OUR GOAL

OUR VALUES

TO BE ONE OF EUROPE’S TOP FOOTBALL CLUBS.

YOUTH We believe in youth as a universal source of change, ambition and achievement. We believe that youth is the time of life when talent and skills are most brightly shown. That is why we give our players and the Academy pupils the opportunity for their complete fulfilment in football and in life. We believe in our country’s youth, their growing potential, and the role football can play as a unifying, sincere, and passionate force.

LOYALTY Our history is a part of us, just as is our future: we are true to what we have been and what we aspire to be. We are devoted to the people who believe in us – to our fans. Fans are the key focus, the essence, the purpose and the prime reason for our existence. For their sake the team takes the field. For their sake the team tries to win every game in every competition. FC Shakhtar highly appreciates and values their every fan.

DETERMINATION We are not afraid of thinking big. We set the goals which others can only dream of. We always fight to the end. Team spirit leads us to victory. We do not stop at what has already been achieved, always setting new, even more ambitious goals instead.

KNOWLEDGE We believe that knowledge is a source of growth and development. We write our new history by applying the knowledge and experience of the many generations of our players, our club staff and fans. We utilize the best minds in every field from all over the world.


#club history

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1946-1955

1956-1965

1966-1975

1976-1985

May 24, 1936 - the first game of the Donbass pitmen team Stakhanovets, named after the famous innovative coal miner Aleksei Stakhanov.

In June 1946, the team’s name was changed to Shakhtar. In 1951, the Pitmen won their first USSR Championship medals.

In 1961 and 1962, Shakhtar led by coach Oleg Oshenkov won the USSR Cup twice.

1975 witnessed Shakhtar’s greatest success in the USSR Championships – winning the silver medals.

The most successful decade in Shakhtar’s Soviet history: winning three USSR Championship top spots, raising two USSR Cups (1980, 1983) and one USSR Super Cup (1984), as well as a successful debut in European club competitions.

#honours and silverware

1961

UEFA Cup Winners

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1962

Ukrainian Premier League Winners

1980

Ukrainian Cup Winners

1983

Ukrainian Super Cup Winners

1984

USSR Cup Winners

1995

USSR Super Cup Winners

1997


1986-1995

1996-2005

2009

2010-2016

Shakhtar opened its Ukrainian stage in history by winning the Ukrainian Cup 1994/95.

On October 11, 1996, Rinat Akhmetov became the president of Shakhtar. In 2000, the Pitmen qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. In the 2001/02 season, Shakhtar led by head coach Nevio Scala became the Ukraine Premier League Winners. In May 2004, Mircea Lucescu became the team’s new head coach.

In 2009, Shakhtar became the UEFA Cup Winners after beating Werder Bremen 2-1 in the final. The Grand Opening of the team’s new stadium - the Donbass Arena - took place on August 29, 2009. The seating capacity of the stadium is 52,667.

Shakhtar won five consecutive domestic league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and five Super Cups. The Pitmen have qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage for six consecutive years.

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SILVERWARE

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#Donbass Arena


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#2009 UEFA CUP

The 2008/09 season will remain forever in the hearts and memory of Shakhtar fans. Shakhtar Donetsk became the last UEFA Cup Winners in history. Shakhtar’s opponents in the final were Werder Bremen. The 90 minutes ended 1-1, and in the 97th minute of extra time, a precise shot by Brazilian Jadson resulted in the Pitmen’s victory (2-1).

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#SEASON STARTS WITH SILVERWARE


#season 2015/16

“I believe the season will be very hard, but we will do our best to keep Shakhtar’s name in Europe at the highest level, which we have reached in recent years,” head coach Mircea Lucescu said in the summer of 2015. Due to the military confrontation in the Donbass, the team continued to live and play away from their native city of Donetsk, being deprived of their fans’ support. Shakhtar opened the 2015/16 season with a confident 2-0 Ukrainian Super Cup victory over their archrivals Dynamo Kyiv (goals scored by Bernard and Srna).

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#season 2015/16


Furthermore, four Brazilian players left Shakhtar during the pre-season: Ilsinho’s contract expired, Fernando moved to Sampdoria (€8 million), but the most significant was the loss of Shakhtar’s two leaders - Douglas Costa (signed by Bayern Munich for €30 million) and the top scorer in the club’s history Luiz Adriano (moved to Milan for €8 million). They were replaced by young Ukrainian players, graduates of the Shakhtar Academy: Viktor Kovalenko, Maksym Malyshev, Mykola Matviienko, Andrii Boriachuk and Oleksandr Zubkov. Croatian striker Eduardo also returned to the team.

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#season 2015/16

The team traditionally started preparing for the season in Austria.

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#season 2015/16

“The team have become younger and more Ukrainian. Last season, the graduates of our Academy managed to achieve success and put on a decent performance in the Youth League final. We always make sure that the starting eleven are backed up by young pupils, who can substitute the former in case anything happens,� the head coach stressed during the Ukrainian League pre-season.

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#season 2015/16


Ukrainian Super Cup. 14 July 2015. Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Shakhtar Donetsk. Darijo Srna celebrates the first goal.

Ukrainian Super Cup. 14 July 2015. Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Shakhtar Donetsk. Bernard scored the second goal.

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Shakhtar raised the Ukrainian Super Cup for the third consecutive time

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#THE GOAL IS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE


#season 2015/16

In July, the Donetsk team started in the Champions League third qualifying round, where they were matched with Fenerbahçe S.K. The first leg took place in Istanbul and ended in a draw (0-0), and in the second leg at the Arena Lviv, Shakhtar confidently won 3-0 (goals by Gladkyy, Srna, Teixeira). Shakhtar’s opponents in the play-off round were Rapid Vienna. Thanks to a goal by Marlos in the first leg, the Orange-and-Blacks scraped a 1-0 away win and managed to hold on to a 2-2 draw in the home game. After two qualifying rounds, Shakhtar Donetsk reached the UEFA Champions League group stage for the sixth consecutive time.

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In the third qualifying round, Shakhtar faced the strong opponents Fenerbahce

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#season 2015/16


5 August 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 Fenerbahce. Shakhtar qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on aggregate

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#season 2015/16


19 August 2015. Rapid Wien 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

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#season 2015/16

25 August 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Rapid Wien. The draw was enough for Shakhtar to advance to the Champions League group stage

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Champions League draw. Shakhtar’s Group А opponents – Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Malmo

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#SANTIAGO BERNABEU WELCOMES SHAKHTAR


#season 2015/16

Shakhtar’s opponents in the Champions League group stage were Real Madrid, PSG, and Malmö – this difficult group created an interesting challenge for Mircea Lucescu’s young team. The Pitmen’s group stage opener took place at the Santiago Bernabeu, but they were defeated. Real Madrid and PSG proved stronger, so the Donetsk team counted on the Europa League. A major victory over the Swedish champions Malmö in Lviv (4-0) turned out to be decisive. Shakhtar finished third in their group and advanced to the Europa League.

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#season 2015/16

“I have long been looking forward to facing Real Madrid. It will be a pleasure to face such players as Modric, Ronaldo, Bale, and play at the Santiago Bernabeu, especially since we have never played there before,� Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna noted after the draw.

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Champions League. 15 September 2015. Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Champions League. 30 September 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Paris Saint-Germain

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Champions League. 21 October 2015. Malmo vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Champions League. 3 November 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Malmo

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Champions League. 25 November 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid

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UEFA Champions League. 25 November 2015. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid

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#season 2015/16

7 December 2015. Paris. Place de la Republique. Shakhtar paid tribute to the victims of terrorist attacks

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UEFA Champions League. 8 December 2015. Paris Saint-Germain vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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#UKRAINIAN CLASICO


#season 2015/16

Shakhtar as usual held leading positions domestically in the autumn of 2015. In the opening rounds of the Ukrainian Cup, the team beat representatives of the lower leagues - ArsenalKyiv (3-0) and Ternopil (5-0 and 4-0). The Pitmen had a confident start in the Ukrainian Premier League, but then lost points in the matches against Vorskla (2-2) and Dnipro (0-2). However, that was followed by an 11-game winning streak, which brought Mircea Lucescu’s team back to the top of the table. The key match was against the principal opponents Dynamo Kyiv. The second Ukrainian Clasico that season took place at the capital’s NSC Olympiyskyi and resulted in Shakhtar’s biggest away win over the Kyiv team in the history of confrontation - 3-0 (a goal by Marlos and two goals by Teixeira).

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#season 2015/16

GOLDEN BOOT AWARD FOR VIKTOR KOVALENKO The awarding ceremony of Shakhtar midfielder Viktor Kovalenko took place at half-time of the Dynamo vs Shakhtar match at the NSC Olympiyskyi. Based on his performance at the FIFA U20 World Cup, Viktor Kovalenko was named the competition’s top scorer. At the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand, he notched up five goals in four games, earning the FIFA Golden Boot award. The honorary award was presented by the President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Andriy Pavelko.

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“I would highlight our good organisation of the game throughout the whole match. We deployed fast actions with quick transitions from defence to attack. The players were virtually flawless. I don’t think anyone has any doubts as to our win being well-deserved, as well as a big score that reflects it,” Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu summarised.

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16 October 2015. Dynamo Kyiv 0-3 Shakhtar Donetsk. Teixeira netted two goals.

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#season 2015/16

1 May 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv. Nem scored the second goal.

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#season 2015/16


1 May 2016. Shakhtar 3-0 Dynamo

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1 May 2016. Shakhtar 3-0 Dynamo

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#GETTING TO KNOW THE UNITED STATES


#season 2015/16

In 2015, Shakhtar toured Brazil, and in winter 2016 they went overseas once again. The Donetsk team spent January in the US preparing for the following season. Shakhtar were based in Bradenton, Florida with a training camp in the famous IMG Academy - one of the world’s leading centers for professional athletes’ training. In the US, Shakhtar took part in the international Florida Cup 2016 football tournament where the Pitmen played against the Brazilian Fluminense and Corinthians. The Donetsk team captain Darijo Srna took part in the Champions Parade together with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Shakhtar’s goalkeeping coach Dmytro Shutkov played in an All-Star Game in the Florida Cup. The Pitmen also held a series of friendlies involving American teams - Boca Raton (5-1), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1-0), and Miami City (5-0).

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#season 2015/16

During the US training camp, Shakhtar took part in the Florida Cup international competition and played five friendly games


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#season 2015/16

27 January 2016. Miami City 0-5 Shakhtar

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USA Global Tour. Training seassion on the Gulf coast beach

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#season 2015/16

Orlando. In the Champions Parade hosted by the renowned Walt Disney studio, Shakhtar was represented by Darijo Srna.

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#THANK YOU, ALEX!


#season 2015/16

On February 5, 2016, Shakhtar and Jiangsu Suning F.C. signed the transfer of Alex Teixeira to the Chinese club. The Brazilian midfielder’s transfer fee became a record one for Ukraine and China, amounting to 50 million euros. Alex Teixeira joined Shakhtar in December 2009. Over the 6 years with Shakhtar, the Brazilian made 223 appearances and scored 89 goals. Together with the Donetsk club, Alex Teixeira became a five-time Ukrainian Premier League Winner, three-time Ukrainian Cup Winner and a three-time Ukrainian Super Cup Winner. The midfielder also became the top scorer of the Ukrainian Premier League two times (with 17 goals in the 2014/15 season and 22 goals in the 2015/16 season). “I experienced many happy moments at Shakhtar. I won various trophies and people’s respect alike. I wholeheartedly want to thank the fans of Shakhtar for all the things that they have experienced together with me. I will always remember how full our home stadium was!” Alex said in his farewell interview.

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UEFA Champions League, 2012/13 season. 2 October 2012. Juventus 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Champions League, 2012/13 season. 23 October 2012. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Chelsea

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UEFA Champions League, 2013/14 season. 27 November 2013. Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Real Sociedad

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#EUROPA LEAGUE: A STEP AWAY FROM THE FINAL


#season 2015/16

Shakhtar showcased one of the most successful European seasons in its history. In the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Shakhtar played against FC Schalke 04. A draw in Lviv (0-0), and a big win in Gelsenkirchen (3-0) advanced the Orange-and-Blacks to the next round and outlined the club’s ambitions. 20-year-old midfielder Viktor Kovalenko scored his first goal in a European competition. The Croatian striker Eduardo became the hero of the game against Anderlecht in the Round of 16. In the first leg home game, he finalised the 3-1 score for Shakhtar on 79 minutes. And in the second leg in Brussels, the experienced goal scorer pulled a lastminute victory for Shakhtar (1-0). The quarter-finals against S.C. Braga were the most exciting matches of the season. Strong and reliable defensive performance alongside the top conversion rate ensured the team’s away success (2-1), with the total dominance in the second leg resulting in the opponents’ crushing defeat (4-0). Shakhtar’s advancement was stopped by Sevilla in the semi-finals. 2-2 in the first leg at the Arena Lviv and 1-3 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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#season 2015/16


UEFA Europa League, Round of 32. 18 February 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Schalke 04

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Europa League, Round of 32. 25 February 2016. Schalke 04 0-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Europa League, Round of 32. 25 February 2016. Schalke 04 0-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Europa League, Round of 16. 10 March 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Anderlecht

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UEFA Europa League, Round of 16. 10 March 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Anderlecht

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Лига Европы УЕФА, 1/8 финала 17 марта, 2016 года. «Андерлехт» – «Шахтер» 0-1


UEFA Europa League, Last 16. 17 March 2016. Anderlecht 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Europa League, Last 16. 17 March 2016. Anderlecht 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

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UEFA Europa League, Quarter-finals. 7 April 2016. Braga 1-2 Shakhtar

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#season 2015/16


UEFA Europa League, Quarter-finals. 7 April 2016. Braga 1-2 Shakhtar

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Europa League, Quarter-finals. 14 April 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Braga

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Europa League, Semi-finals. 28 April 2016. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Sevilla

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UEFA Europa League, Semi-finals. 28 April 2016. Shakhtar 2-2 Sevilla

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UEFA Europa League, Semi-finals. 5 May 2016. Sevilla vs Shakhtar

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UEFA Europa League, Semi-finals. 5 May 2016. Sevilla vs Shakhtar

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#season 2015/16

UEFA Europa League, Semi-finals. 5 May 2016. Sevilla vs Shakhtar

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#DARIJO 486


#season 2015/16

On April 14, 2016, the Pitmen’s captain Darijo Srna broke the club record for the number of appearances for Shakhtar: the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals against S.C. Braga became his 486th for the Donetsk club in various competitions.

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#season 2015/16

By the end of the season, Srna made 492 appearances: 308 matches in the Ukrainian Premier League, 47 in the Ukrainian Cup, 10 in the Ukrainian Super Cup, and 127 in European competitions. Thus, Darijo Srna outstripped another legendary captain – the 80s midfielder Mikhail Sokolovskiy, who was honoured with one of the seven stars at the Donbass Arena Walk of Fame. His achievement of 485 appearances lasted 29 years.

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10 #CUP TRIUMPH OF THE SEASON


#season 2015/16

Losing points in the matches against Dnipro (1-4), Stal (3-3) and Chornomorets (1-1) was crucial for the standings in the Ukrainian Premier League. These mishaps cost the Pitmen the title. At the same time, Shakhtar beat Dynamo at home for the second time in the season - 3-0 (a goal by Wellington Nem and two goals by Eduardo). The Pitmen’s midfielder Alex Teixeira, who played for Shakhtar until February 2016, became the Premier League’s top scorer in the 2015/16 season. The Brazilian footballer amassed 22 goals in 15 games. Shakhtar could not finish its anniversary season without any silverware. And the Pitmen made a spectacular season finish winning the Ukrainian Cup. In the early stages of the tournament during the previous autumn, the Donetsk team beat Arsenal-Kyiv (3-0) and Ternopil (5-0, 4-0). In spring they beat Vorskla on aggregate (4-0, 2-1), and Oleksandriya in the semi-finals (1-1, 2- 0).

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#season 2015/16

Ukrainian Cup. Round of 32. 22 August 2015. Arsenal Kyiv 0-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

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Ukrainian Cup Final. 21 May 2016. Zorya 0-2 Shakhtar

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Shakhtar wins the Ukrainian Cup for the 10th time On May 21, Shakhtar locked horns with their Zorya Luhansk opponents in the final match at the Arena Lviv. The Orange-and-Blacks won 2-0 and Shakhtar became the Ukrainian Cup Winners for the 10th time, making it their 22nd trophy with Mircea Lucescu at the helm!

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Ukrainian Cup Final. 21 May 2016. Zorya 0-2 Shakhtar

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11 #THE LUCESCU ERA


#season 2015/16

The Ukrainian Cup final has been the last game in Mircea Lucescu’s spell at Shakhtar. Mister took charge of Shakhtar back in May 2004. In over 12 years with him at the helm, the team played 573 games and won 22 trophies including 8 domestic league titles. The biggest achievement in European competitions was raising the UEFA Cup back in 2009. Mircea Lucescu is the alltime Shakhtar record holder in terms of his tenure as head coach and the number of games. Mister was voted Ukraine’s best coach 8 times. Mircea Lucescu has inscribed his name in golden letters into the team’s history. Back in 2011, a personal star was unveiled in Mircea Lucescu’s honour on the Walk of Fame at the Donbass Arena.

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Mircea Lucescu joined Shakhtar in May 2004. Over 12 years with him at the helm, the team played 573 games

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Shakhtar celebrates the 2007/08 Ukrainian League title

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8 May 2011. Mircea Lucescu has been awarded with the perosonalised star on the FC Shakhtar Walk of Fame

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Donbass Arena. Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu

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Mister created a great atmosphere in the team

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FC Shakhtar dressing room. Mircea Lucescu’s farewell speech

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Thank You, Mister!

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12 #PAULO FONSECA IS NEW SHAKHTAR MANAGER


#season 2015/16

The 43-year-old Portuguese Paulo Fonseca became the new head coach of FC Shakhtar Donetsk on June 1, 2016. “This is a young, ambitious and highly qualified professional, who, I am sure, will do everything to make the fans proud of their team. Paulo needs Shakhtar and Shakhtar needs Paulo,� the president of FC Shakhtar Rinat Akhmetov noted. "I am very happy to become a part of a club such as Shakhtar. Working for this club is a huge privilege for any coach. I want to tell the fans that we will continue all the work that has been carried out at Shakhtar for many years. We are very ambitious, and we will turn all our ambitions into spectacular and quality football," Paulo Fonseca stated.

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#season 2015/16

31 May 2016. Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov hands a pesonalised shirt to the new head coach Paulo Fonseca

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Paulo Fonseca and Nuno Campos (assistant head coach)

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#season 2015/16

Fonseca's coaching staff includes assistant Nuno Campos, fitness coach Pedro Moreira, goalkeeping coach Antonio Ferreira, assistant coach and analyst Tiago Leal, as well as Miguel Cardoso and Igor Duljaj, who worked with the Pitmen's reserve team.

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13 #MEMORABLE MOMENTS


#season 2015/16

Shakhtar had an outstanding season by winning the Super Cup and the Ukrainian Cup, also finishing their Europa League campaign just a step away from the final. But in addition to the photos of training sessions and football matches, the team’s life was full of interesting and memorable moments that will be remembered with a smile and warmth. The club photographer’s camera shots feature the best moments of the 2015-16 season.

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Shakhtar USA Tour 2016

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9 March 2016. Lucescu makes the first move in the chess crown match between Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan

FC Shakhtar players congratulate HC Donbass on winning the Ukrainian League title


Dentinho and Kanibolotskyi training

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Shakhtar players on a plane

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FC Shakhtar dressing room before Shakhtar Donetsk vs Braga on 14 April 2016

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6 December 2015. Shakhtar gave new year gifts to the refugee children from the Donbass

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28 August 2015. On the Donetsk City Day and Miner's Day, the team took to the pitch wearing mining helmets for the game vs Metalurh Donetsk

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