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Shakhtar Donetsk - The Shining Light in a Crisis

Started on 19 October 2014 by Tallery
Latest Reply on 23 October 2014 by Zed
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Very nice graphics, a great start to your story! :D
Great start to the story mate, really like Shakhtar so will be following!
Shakhtar should be making waves in the Champions League. They could easily be that good. I'm hoping you're the man to get them there :)

Bruce: Rule Me Out

Speaking in his press-conference, Hull manager Steve Bruce has ruled himself out of the running for the current vacant job at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Bruce, 53, said it was great to be linked to such a high profile job, but it wasn’t for him.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be linked to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. But, the job isn’t right for me. I feel that I am at home here at Hull and to leave would be disrespectful to the fans, and I have not finished my job here.”

When asked by reporters who should take the job, he said it would be one brave a crazy man.

“To be honest, I have no idea. But, all I do know, is it will be someone with experience, passion, and bravery. To go and manage in the current situation is actually crazy, mad. Most probably, it will be a former goalkeeper! But seriously, someone with some with a lot of bravery, and I fully support whoever that might be.”

Current favourite is Ukraine’s all-time top scorer, Andriy Shevchenko, who was spotted in Donetsk yesterday. A new contender is Los Angeles Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, who lead Galaxy to two MLS titles, but former Dynamo Kyiv boss Oleh Blokhin is also still in the mix, which has not gone down well with the Donetsk fans.
Good man Brucey! The job would not have been right for him!
Damn, I was hoping for Steve Bruce to take the job :P
I love that Arena is in the speculation for the job haha. Ill be following this story.
Some impressive graphics - Bruce for the Shakhtar job, lel
Aha, Steve Bruce :D
Great start, I love the format in both updates :D
Very nice start here Tallery, I'm liking the graphics especially.
Should be interesting to see who takes charge!
I hope Schevchenko gets it, always liked that guy! Good updates so far, keep it up Tal :)

Shakhtar Swap Stadiums

Shakhtar Donestsk have today announced that the club have left the city of Donetsk for the following season after worries about the fans and players safety when playing at the Donbass Arena, which is situated in the heart of Donetsk.

Next season, Shakhtar will play in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine near the Polish border, and the players and staff will live out of suitcases at a hotel in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, which is over four-hundred miles away from Donetsk.

Shakhtar will play at the Arena Lviv for the next season, which held some games at Euro 2012. It has a capacity of 34,915, and will also play host to Donetsk’s other side, Metalurh Donetsk, along with the usual resident of Karpaty Lviv.

The stadium was built for the 2012 competition, with construction being started 4 years before the tournament, in 2008. The construction finished in October 2011, and cost a whopping £130,987,966.55 to build.

The first football game did not take place until the 15th November, which saw a clash between Ukraine and Austria, in which Ukraine emerged two-one winners. The first goal in the stadium fittingly saw Ukrainian Artem Milevskiy give Ukraine the lead inside sixteen minutes.

The reason for Shakhtar’s move 1,229.6 kilometres west is due to concerned fears over the player and fans safety, after shelling broke out at the club’s Kirsha Training Centre, and a bomb damaged the Donbass Arena.

The damage a bomb caused when it struck the Donbass Arena

Upon moving stadiums, Shakhtar Chairman Rinat Akhmetov told a local newspaper

“Even though it is far from ideal, we had to move. It is far from safe there, and our number one concern is our fans and players safety. We have found a good new home for the next season or so, one that can fit our many fans in. Hopefully, this move won’t unsettle anyone and the success will still be sustained, but the move was vital.”

The fifteen hour journey will put off many fans, which could see a huge decrease in Shakhtar’s ticket sales, which could affect their ability to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

However, Donetsk have more pressing worries at the moment, after Mircea Lucescu resigned over fears of his safety, they are looking for a new manager to take charge.

With Hull City boss Steve Bruce distancing himself from the job this week, Akhmetov will have to pursue other targets, but it will become increasingly harder with the current situation in Ukraine showing no signs of improving.
Very smart move there, you wouldn't want to be in that stadium during this period in time. Nice update!
Unfortunate you had to move, but I'm sure you'll bring success with you!

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