Shakhtar to pay out rest of contract to late striker’s family


Shakhtar Donetsk demonstrated all their class on Friday, announcing that the club would pay out the remainder of late striker Maicon’s contract to his family. The 25-year-old Brazilian’s was killed in a car accident last Saturday.

Appearing at a Q&A session with fans, Shakhtar CEO Sergie Palkin said:

The contract with Maicon was valid through mid-2015. From a legal point of view, in such situations [the contract would normally expire], but Maicon has had a 7-year-old daughter and quite elderly parents left.

Therefore, the president of the club decided to hand his family the amount stipulated by the contract, in full, to support his family at this difficult time.

There is no sum of money that can take the sting out of such a tragedy, but it is wonderful to see Shakhtar do the right thing and help Maicon’s family. We wish them all the best and send our condolences.

(H/T Bleacher Report/Shakhtar)


Juve faces Trabzonspor, Swansea draw Napoli in Europa League round of 32


Not to be outdone, UEFA also announced the Europa League’s round of 32 matches on Monday, were Juventus must return to Turkey, the scene of their surprise Champions League exit, to face Trabzonspor.

Here’s the full draw below:

  • Slovan Liberec vs. AZ
  • Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Genk
  • Lazio vs. Ludogorets
  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Valencia
  • FC Porto vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Swansea vs Napoli
  • Chornomorets vs. Lyon
  • Viktoira Plzen vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Maribor vs. Sevilla
  • Real Betis vs. Rubin Kazan
  • Dnipro vs. Tottenham
  • PAOK vs. Benfica
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Basel
  • Ajax vs. RB Salzburg
  • Juventus vs. Trabzonspor
  • Esbjerg vs. Fiorentina

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There was controversy in Copenhagen during Tuesday’s Champions League match between Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk. The visitors Shakhtar won 5-2, but it was the first strike that has been brought into question.

What do you think of Adriano’s goal here? Unsportsmanlike, or taking advantage of an opportunity? Sound off on this controversial play.