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Manchester City have been drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C of this season’s Champions League. The Citizens will be hoping to have a better European campaign this time around, having only reached the quarter-finals for two seasons running.
If you’re not too familiar with their group stage opponents, here is a rundown of all the background information you need to know…
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
How They Qualified – Shakhtar won their third consecutive Ukrainian Premier League title last season to automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.
A Brief History – The Miners never had much success back in the days of the Soviet Union, but that all changed following the takeover of Rinat Akhmetov in 1995. Akhmetov’s investment turned Shakhtar into Ukraine’s premier club in the 21st century, winning twelve Ukrainian titles since 2000.
European Pedigree – Shakhtar have been close to ever-present in the Champions League over the last d
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