Birthday wishes to the club president Rinat Akhmetov

Tuesday, September 21, 2021



Wishes by the Shakhtar senior executives, its current and former footballers and coaches for the club president Rinat Akhmetov on the occasion

Sergei Palkin, FC Shakhtar CEO:

“First of all, I want to wish him that Shakhtar always win, because Shakhtar is his heart, Shakhtar is his soul. He is a big fan of our team, his heart aches for them. And, of course, I would like to wish him to return to the stadium as soon as possible because we really miss him, the players miss him. To watch our team, to root for them, to be their fan and worry about them, you need really good health. That’s why I want to wish the president sound health. These days in our life, taking into account the world situation we are experiencing, this is a very important aspect. Therefore, I would like to wish him good health – to him and his loved ones. And when Shakhtar claim wins and he is in good health, everything will be fine for all of us.”

Darijo Srna, FC Shakhtar Director of Football:

“Our president marks two milestone events this year – his 55th birthday and 25 years of his presidency at Shakhtar. First, I want to wish him a happy birthday! I wish him good health, happiness, love. Together with him, I am sure, we will achieve many sporting successes – this delights him the most. He loves Shakhtar, he loves Donbass, Donetsk, Ukraine. For my part, I promise him that we, together with everyone else, will do our best to make him happy, for him to watch the great, attacking Shakhtar that he loves. At the same time, he marks another anniversary – 25 years of his presidency. I know that many presidents of other clubs envy him, everyone wants to be like him, but no one succeeds. I joined Shakhtar in 2003, made his acquaintance and after 10 minutes asked for a 10-year contract. What does this mean? This suggests that he is simply loves football, he loves Shakhtar, he loves creating a high-quality, good, attacking team. Therefore, from all the fans, from me, from the whole team, I want to thank him for 25 wonderful years! For worrying and helping every minute, every second. We will try to delight him with our games, our goals scored, our results. Once again, Mr Akhmetov, happy birthday, thank you for everything, I wish you all the best!”

Roberto De Zerbi, FC Shakhtar head coach:

“I wish the club president a happy birthday! I hope that I can bring him a lot of pleasure through the results and through our play, because I know how much he loves football and Shakhtar.”

Andriy Pyatov, FC Shakhtar goalkeeper and captain:

“He is the man without whom all this would not exist. In the situation in which we found ourselves, he did not give up, he did not turn around, but, on the contrary, he made us stronger, gave us a hand, showed that he is interested in football as before, that he lives and breathes it. The club keeps up the mark, keeps the same level – it’s really valuable. What can I wish? Just more gusto to our president. And, of course, we all are missing him as we haven't seen each other for a long time. Hopefully, maybe he will reconsider his decision and start attending matches. Still, when the president is with us, next to us, we feel more drive and strength.”

Taras Stepanenko, FC Shakhtar midfielder and vice-captain:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov, I wish you a happy 55th birthday! I would like to wish you good health so that Shakhtar always delight you with beautiful victories and outstanding performance. We try very hard and do our utmost for that. We will work really hard to meet your expectations. Happy birthday again and all the best to you!”

Dodo, FC Shakhtar defender:

“Mr. president, I wish you a very happy birthday and great happiness, every success, and many happy returns. We are really happy that you are always by our side. We will try to win everything for you and dedicate it to you.”

Paulo Fonseca, FC Shakhtar head coach 2016-2019:

“Hello, my president! Today is a very special day – it’s your birthday. I would like to sincerely wish you good health, great happiness, joy and great success. Continue to love Shakhtar just as much and lead it forward, both in Ukraine and on the European stage. I wish you all the best, I hug you tightly and wish you many more returns of the day!”

Luis Castro, FC Shakhtar head coach 2019-2021:

“Good day, my president! May the day when you celebrate your 55th birthday be filled with happiness and joy in the circle of your family and friends. I wish you good health and only the happiest moments. Many hugs!”
Mikhail Sokolovskiy, FC Shakhtar midfielder 1974-1987:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov, I want to wish you a happy birthday and the most important thing – very sound health, prosperity of your great football activity. You managed to create a grand club without exaggeration. And credit for the fact that the fans and I personally enjoy it thanks to the team, goes to you. Because these days, Shakhtar is definitely an elite club in European football. We, the veterans, are proud to be part of this club.”
Aleksandr Sopko, FC Shakhtar defender 1981-1990, TK Futbol expert:

“On behalf of the veterans of Shakhtar Donetsk, I would like to with the club president Rinat Akhmetov a very happy birthday. Our generation held the USSR Cup and Super Cup in their hands - we just didn’t win the title. I believe that if we had had this kind of president, we would have definitely become champions of the country several times. We envy the current generation of footballers in a good way - they are really lucky. They have one of those presidents who are really few in the football world. I have many wishes, but I would stress just one wish which, I am sure, is the dearest to him and to all Donetsk residents. I want to wish him that 52,000 fans sing together the ‘Dark Mounds Sleeping’ and the Shakhtar anthem at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk in the nearest future. Happy birthday, our president!”
Andrii Vorobei, FC Shakhtar forward 1995-2007, Shakhtar Social Ambassador:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov! On behalf of all the veterans of Shakhtar Donetsk and on my own behalf, I would like to wish you a happy milestone birthday. First of all, I would like to wish you good health, patience, longevity, all the very best! The things that you are doing for football players, for Ukrainian football in general, are beyond words. I wish you to continue treating football in this way. What you are doing for the development of children's and adult football, for our national team is a very big contribution, there are net to no such people in Ukraine. Thank you so much. I wish you to remain the same kind of person. I wish Shakhtar to raise the bar to the level they deserve. With more wins, fewer defeats and less wasted energy. We love you and wish you many happy returns!”

Serhii Popov, FC Shakhtar defender 1992-1995, 1998-2004, Zorya assistant coach:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov, I wish you a happy birthday. First of all, I would like to wish you strong and sound health, as well as wisdom and right decisions in life. Knowing your irrepressible desire to win, I want to wish you many bright and resounding victories in football. Happy birthday!”

Jadson, FC Shakhtar midfielder 2005-2012, Athletico Paranaense player:

“I am shooting this video because today is a special day: our president Rinat Akhmetov is marking his milestone birthday. I wish you a happy birthday and many happy returns of the day! It was an honour for me to defend Shakhtar colours and win the 2009 UEFA Cup. Many hugs, my president! I wish you the very best!”
Fernandinho, FC Shakhtar midfielder 2005-2013, Manchester City player:
“Greetings, my president! Happy birthday to you! I wish you a great day with your family and the loved ones.”

Oleksandr Kucher, FC Shakhtar defender 2006-2017, Metalist head coach:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov, on this beautiful day I want to wish you a happy birthday, as well as good health and the peaceful sky over your head. I wish you that Shakhtar please you with their victories. And, of course, I wish you to win the Champions League!”

Valeriy Kryventsov, FC Shakhtar midfielder 1991-2001, Metalist 1925 head coach:

“I wish you a happy milestone birthday! I would like to wish you and your family good health, more victories, as well as a spectacular performance to your favourite team. Happy birthday!”

Oleksii Belik, FC Shakhtar forward 2000-2008, Shakhtar U15 assistant coach:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov, I wish you a happy birthday! I also wish you health and happiness. Let FC Shakhtar please you just with bright victories, and let the passions you experience during the matches motivate you to set new goals. And may our common dream come true – returning to our home city of Donetsk and singing the Shakhtar anthem together at the Donbass Arena. Happy birthday, my president!
Igor Duljaj, FC Shakhtar midfielder 2004-2010, Partizan assistant coach:

“Dear president! I wish you a happy birthday, as well as good health to you and to all your loved ones, and let the team delight you with their beautiful play and victories!”
Tomas Hubschman, FC Shakhtar midfielder 2004-2014, Jablonets player:

“Hello, dear president! I would like to wish you health, happiness, love and the best of luck on your birthday in everything you do. I wish you to be happy, that your whole family make you happy, I wish you to be healthy and to succeed in life. And, of course, that your favourite team pleases you and all the fans.”

Yaroslav Rakitskyy, FC Shakhtar defender 2009-2019, Zenit player:

“Dear Mr Akhmetov! I with you a happy birthday, lots of happiness, to always be as cool as you are, a real role model for Donbass and the entire Ukraine. You are my friend. Thank you for everything you have done for my family.”
Douglas Costa, FC Shakhtar midfielder 2010-2015, Gremio player:
“Hello, my president! I wish you a happy birthday and all the best. Thank you for everything you have done for me and the other Brazilians. Enjoy your birthday!”