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FC Shakhtar Donetsk - The Miners FM12

Getting Shakhtar to UEFA glory
Started on 9 June 2013 by Duncanwilliam7
Latest Reply on 15 June 2013 by KingPadster
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For this challenge I have decided to take charge of FC Shakhtar Donetsk, one of my favourite clubs in Ukraine and a club with very good Brazilian influences and players.

Shakhtar is located in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine a city of just under one million people. Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and currently is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year before the competition was revamped as the Europa League. They are one of only two Ukrainian clubs, the other being Dynamo Kyiv, to have won a major UEFA competition. The club plays its home matches at the Donbass Arena. Which can hold up to 52 187 and cost about £300M to build.

Shakhtar was founded in may 1936 and is 77 years old, their nickname is the Miners and their current chairman is Rinat Akhmetov. The club is also very financially secure and invest heavily in youth talents from outside the country as well as inside the country.

Shakhtar's biggest rival today is Dynamo Kyiv. The match between them has grown into what is called the Ukrainian derby. The stadiums in Kiev and Donetsk are nearly full for matches between the two teams and are the main football events within the country. The other rivalry with Metalurh Donetsk is local and, although not as significant as games against the rivals from the capital, the games between the two Donetsk teams have been proclaimed the Donetsk Derby.

Among the extinguished rivalries are the games against Spartak Moscow and, particularly, the third place champions Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia that took place at times during the Soviet Top League. Another interesting rivalry, the Donbas Derby, is with Zorya Luhansk, which gather a significant crowd in Luhansk. During the early Ukrainian championships, another interesting rivalry developed with Chornomorets Odessa labelled the "Miners vs. Sailors," which declined with the turn of the millennium due to inconsistent performance of the Odessa-based club.

Club Kit:

Club Song:

Glory to you, Shakhtar!
Heavens of football stars
Will always be on your side,
And the light of your best dreams
Is shining from above.

Beauty of green fields, that's for you, Shakhtar.
My fate is in your hands, you are the best, Shakhtar.
And for you, Shakhtar, the medal of my love
Will always shine on pitch where you are,
And forever will protect you from defeat
The brightest football star!

My aim for this project is to get Shakhtar to the UEFA Champions League Final within 5 seasons, I can not spend more than £30M on an individual player and must try to keep as many Ukrainian players as possible in the team. In my first season I will be trying to work with what I already have and iron out any kinks in my staff, training and tactics. I will be making a few signings that will hopefully be molded into stars of my UEFA Final time over the 5 season period.

Any feedback is welcome, suggesting or anything thats on your mind. PS this is on FM12 as I cant afford FM13.

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