Introducing opponents: Fenerbahce (Turkey)
As part of the Champions League third qualifying round, Shakhtar will take on Fenerbahce.
This club was founded 108 years ago. It represents Istanbul, also being one of the giants of Turkish football.
In the 2014-15 season, the best team in Turkey was Galatasaray, who finished it standing three points ahead of the runners-up Fenerbahce. Curiously enough, previously the clubs had the same number of titles – 19 each. The Canaries also won the past 2013-14 edition of the Turkish Super League season.
Fenerbahce raised the Turkish Cup six times and won the Super Cup nine times. The club regularly presents their country in European competitions. The Istanbul side’s best results are their reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and advancing to the Europa League semi-final stage.
This summer, Vitor Pereira has taken charge of the team. In the 2011-12 season, being at the helm of Porto, he opposed Shakhtar in the Champions League group stage. That period of work in his home country can be considered the best for the Portuguese specialist.
It is important to note a number of changes in Fenerbahce’s squad, which took place during the summer break. The club has signed deals with the Dutchman Robin van Persie, the Portuguese Nani, the Brazilian Souza, the Dane Simon Kjaer and striker Fernandao. The latter belonged to Atlético Paranaense, and spent the past season on loan at Bursaspor, becoming the best scorer of the Turkish league (22 goals). Besides, the goalkeeper Fabiano and defender Abdoulaye Ba have been on loan from from Porto.
Fenerbahce play their home games at the over 50,000-capacity Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, which Shakhtar fans have been well familiar with.
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