Champions League draw: introducing opponents

On August 27, Shakhtar discovered their opponents in the group stage of the Champions League. We are introducing the teams that the Pitmen will face.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)

For the first time in their history, Shakhtar will face a team from Paris. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was founded relatively recently, in 1970. Nevertheless, the club quickly climbed to the elite French division and, in 1981-82 season they won the first trophy - the domestic Cup. Four years later, Parisians won the French league. PSG won this trophy again in 1994.

The Pitmen’s opponents have achieved the biggest domestic success in recent history. The last three seasons have seen the Parisians finish first in the French league, the club have also recently won the domestic Cup. As for the European tournaments, the highest achievement in the Champions League was the semi-finals of the 1994-95. The last three years have seen PSG reach the last-16 stage, but Barcelona (twice) and Chelsea did not allow the French side to advance further. In addition, Paris Saint-Germain have won the Cup Winners Cup and theIntertoto Cup in 1996 and 2001 respectively.

Since 2013, the Paris team have been coached by decorated former captain of the France national team, 49-year-old Laurent Blanc. Now, under his leadership, the team feature a lot of stars. This Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and Brazilian national team players David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell and attacking triangle in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi.

In the current football season Parisians started with three wins in a row and, no doubt, expect to build on this success successful performances in the Champions League. PSG hold their home matches at the Parc des Princes stadium, which holds 49,691 seats.

Real Madrid

From the Pot 2 of the Champions League draw, Shakhtar got Real Madrid.

This team do not need special introduction. Real Madrid are the most decorated club in Spain, who won the domestic league on 32 occasions. Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey 19 times, claimed the Super Cup 9 times.

But first of all, it is necessary to talk about Real Madrid success in the European arena. Nobody won the Champions League more often than them – the Madrid side 10 trophies of the most prestigious club tournament in Europe. Also, they won the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Shakhar will face Real Madrid for the firs time. The Donetsk team will play at the Santiago Bernabeu, which holds 80,000 seats.

Real Madrid got to the 2015-16 Champions League group stage, finishing second in the Spanish league. Last season, Real Madrid lost the league title race to Barcelona. Since June this year, the team are led by Spanish coach Rafael Benitez, who succeeded Carlo Ancelotti. A week ago, under his leadership, Real Madrid started the new season in Spain. In the first round they played out a 0-0 away with Sporting Gijon.

Malmo

Malmo are considered one of the strongest football clubs in Sweden. In addition to participating in the Champions League, it is confirmed by the fact that this team are the most decorated side in this country. They won 18 league titles, 14 Cup trophies and two Super Cup trophies. And one of the main achievements of the Swedish side is the final of the European Cup in 1979. In that match they suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

Currently, Malmo are sitting in the fifth place of the standings. After 21 matches, they have 37 points under their belt.

The leaders of the team are defenders Jotun Josimar, Rasmus Bengtsson, midfielders Simon Krohn, Tobias San and striker Marcus Rusenberg.

The team play their home matches at the stadium called Swedbank, which holds 24,000 seats.

Since 2014, Malmo are coached by Aage Hareide. Previously, he worked with the Norway national team and Rosenborg.

Photo courtesy of UEFA
 

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