Shakhtar Donetsk is a professional football club from Ukraine which was founded in 1936. It is named after its city, located in the east of the country. The club has 12 national titles, all won in the 21st century.
History of Shakhtar Donetsk:
The team has played under the following names: Stakhanovets (1936-1946), Shakhtyor (1946-1992) and FC Shakhtar (since 1992).
In 1975, Shakhtar held 2 USSR Championships and received the right to represent the Soviet Union in the European competition. In 1978, Shakhtar finished third in the USSR Championship.
A year later, the team finished in second place and their captain, Vitaliy Starukhin, was elected the best player to finish the USSR Championship as top scorer with 26 goals scored.
Shakhtar won twice, in 1980 and 1983, brought home the USSR crystal Donbass Cup and in 1983. They won the USSR Super Cup then over the national championship champions Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
In 2000 Shakhtar Donetsk contracted the first foreign player from a Romanian Marian Aliuta. Each year he has hired international players from Nigeria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, and Macedonia.
A foreign coach, an Italian Nevio Scala, secured first gold for the Ukrainian Championship Shakhtar. After a German coach Bernd Shuster and now – a Romanian Mircea Lucescu.
At present, Shakhtar team does not hide its ambitions. Its president Rinat Akhmetov was aiming to win a European championship. It’s been the third year when Donetsk appears in the UEFA Cup final. Shakhtar Donetsk is still waiting for the UEFA Champions League next season.
In May 1936, the team adopted its first symbol. It was a blue hexagon with a red border with the letter C intersected with a coal hammer. In 1946, when the team sports society renames Stakhanovets in Shakhtar, the club acquired the signature crest and a photo of a Bisca stack and a driver’s stack.
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