Last season they finished top of the Ukrainian Premier League, 13 points clear of Metalist Kharkiv.
Their Armenian striker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, was the league’s top scorer with 25 goals. He has since been sold to Borussia Dortmund for £21.5m.
Their manager is Mircea Lucescu, who has previously managed Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Besiktas. He became the Shakhtar Donetsk manager in 2004, and has won the title 7 out of the 8 seasons he’s been there. He’s also won 5 Ukranian Cups, 5 Ukranian Super Cups, and the UEFA Cup in 2009 after beating Werder Bremen in the final.
Last season they finished 3rd in the Bundesliga, 26 points behind champions Bayern Munich.
Their German striker, Stefan Kießling, was the league’s top scorer, ahead of Robert Lewandowski, with 25 goals.
Their manager is former Liverpool player Sami Hyypiä who was promoted last season after joining the club as a player in 2009. He shares the responsibility with their form U-19 manager under-19 coach Sascha Lewandowski. Lewandowski is responsible for the press conferences after the match and takes care of the training sessions. Hyypiä watches them, intervenes with personal talks, is at the pre-game press conference, and addresses the team last before the match.
Last season they finished 4th in La Liga, 34 points behind champions Barcelona.
Mexican striker, Carlos Vela (who they had just signed from Arsenal, was their top scorer with 14 goals, and was the league’s 9th highest scorer.
Their manager is Jagoba Arrasate who joined the club as youth team manager in 2010. He was promoted to assistant in 2012 and was made manager at the start of this season. Their former manager, Philippe Montanier, opted not to renew his contract at the end of the last season and has since been appointed as manager of Rennes.
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