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FC Shakhtar Donetsk: The Brazilian Colony
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Shakhtar Donetsk have been experiencing great success in recent years.  

After winning the UEFA Cup in the 2008-09 season, Shakhtar have topped their Champion's League group this season and are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League table.

This success is in large part to their vast array of Brazilian talents. Their squad currently contains seven Brazilian players and in the past eight years, 13 Brazilians have graced the fields of the Donbass Arena, something which has led to the nickname "The Brazilian Colony".

But even more spectacular than the quantity of these players was the quality. Players such as Brandao, Elano, Matuzalem and Ilsinho are just a few who have played at Shakhtar.  

The reason I am writing this article is because their Brazilian players are some of Europe's fastest rising stars and they have a real chance to shine in the Champion's League this year; not to mention they are some of the Selecao's future stars.

Many have predicted that the Miners will fall to Roma in the next round of the Champion's League, but as a fan of Shakhtar I have complete faith that our Brazilian players will help us get through and go on to do great things in European football.

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