Rinat Akhmetov’s New Year greetings

Dear friends, 

The year 2016 is coming. It will be a landmark year for Shakhtar. Our club will turn 80. In football terms, that’s a mature age and Shakhtar justly have every reason to be proud of it, being the UEFA Cup winners, nine-time Ukrainian League title holders, multiple winners of domestic Cups and Super Cups.

Each of the trophies is backed by many years of daily hard work of several generations: hundreds of players, dozens of coaches, numerous club employees. And most importantly, each of those trophies is secured by the enormous genuine support and passion of millions of our fans. Each of the above people wrote Shakhtar’s history. Each of them gave their professionalism, energies, soul and a part of their heart for their favourite team to win.

These days, our club and our fans have a difficult and dramatic period in their history. We all live and breathe a dream of returning to the Donbass Arena. With all our fans looking forward to that. So that the Donbass Arena would always be filled to capacity, receiving the world’s top clubs just as it happened previously. So that the Champions League theme song would go at the Donbass Arena, with the fans enjoying our team’s performance.

My friends, on the New Year’s eve I want to wish you and your families sound health, welfare, peace, happiness, may all your dreams and wishes come true for sure.

Happy New Year!

With deepest respect,

Rinat Akhmetov
FC Shakhtar president