- On Tuesday, Shakhtar Donetsk will face Barcelona in Champions League.
- The Ukrainian team currently occupies third place in Group H
- Barca will be playing at the Volksparkstadion, Germany.
Shakhtar donetsk remains one of the most amazing stories in football this season.
Shakhtar has managed to play in both their own domestic league as well as the premier European competition despite Russia’s ongoing invasion.
Ukrainian team has been impressive in Champions League, with Porto, Barcelona and even Royal Antwerp all struggling to win.
Marino Pusic and his team will face the Catalan giants on Tuesday in Germany, in their return to ‘home’ action.
When will Shakhtar Donetsk play Barcelona?
Shakhtar nearly got a shock win against Barcelona last outing / Alex Caparros/GettyImages
After narrowly losing to Barcelona in their last encounter of the Champions League in Catalonia, Shakhtar normally has the advantage to improve on the result.
The Ukrainian team will play Barcelona on Tuesday night at the Volksparkstadion in Germany – which is the home of the 2. Bundesliga side Hamburger SV in Hamburg.
Shakhtar played Porto at the Volksparkstadion earlier this season. They lost the game 3-1.
What is the reason for Shakhtar Donetsk’s presence in Germany?
Shakhtar is currently not able to play at their own stadium. / Global Images Ukraine/GettyImages
Due to the war that is raging in Ukraine, Shakhtar plays its European football matches in Germany. The club is unable to host European matches at home due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Shakhtar had the option of playing in a different stadium this year after last season’s European match at Legia Warsaw Stadion Wojska Polskiego. Hamburg is 2,240 km from Donetsk.
Shakhtar has not been playing in the Donbas Arena since 2014. This is due to conflict that broke out in Ukraine after 2022’s full-scale Russian invasion. Instead, they play their matches in Lviv or Kharkiv.
Shakhtar has been playing in the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex since 2020. Due to the conflict, Shakhtar has played domestic football at a variety of different venues.