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Shakhtar’s European dream lives on far from Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk are better suited than most to deal with the eery surroundings of a Europa League semi-final behind closed doors as the Ukrainian champions continue to thrive despite not playing in their home city in six years.Uprooted by a war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, Shakhtar have been forced to relocate. Firstly to Lviv, 1,200 kilometres from home, and for the past three years in Kharkiv, a mere 300 kilometres from their Donbass Arena in Donetsk.The state-of-the-art 52,000 capacity stadium when it opened in 2009 went onto host a Euro 2012 semi-final and was meant …read more

Source:: Gulf times