Champions League 2015/16: Shakhtar’s prospective opponents
On July 17, they will hold the Champions League 3rd qualifying round draw. Shakhtar will know their rivals for that stage. Let us remind you that by finishing second in the Ukrainian League, the Orange-and-Blacks secured their participation in Europe’s most prestigious competition (league route qualification). The Donetsk side kicks off at that stage.
Traditionally, ten teams will be divided into two groups before the qualifying round draw, seeded and unseeded ones. Shakhtar Donetsk are in the seeded pot. Together with the Pitmen, this group includes: AFC Ajax (Netherlands), PFC CSKA Moskva (Russia), Club Brugge KV (Belgium), AS Monaco FC (France). Thus, just the unseeded pot teams may become Shakhtar’s prospective opponents at this stage, namely: BSC Young Boys (Switzerland), AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic), Fenerbahce SK (Turkey), Panathinaikos FC (Greece), SK Rapid Wien (Austria).
According to the UEFA official website, the first matches of the 3rd round will be held on 28 and 29 July, with the return legs taking place on 4 and 5 August.