Are you trying to come up which team to manage on Football Manager 2021 in your next save? Shakhtar Donetsk might just be a team for you in
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If you are on the lookout for a save to try and build something genuinely impressive, consider moving to Ukraine. You might have noticed that Ukraine is in the middle of what is essentially a civil war. This has seen the eastern region of the country essentially become independent in many ways, albeit contested and unrecognised in most matters. This does mean that one of the genuine powerhouses of Eastern European football, Shakhtar Donetsk, is essentially homeless.
If you are not aware, Donetsk have been playing across Ukraine for the best part of the last decade. Chased out of the Donbass region due to the war, the club still holds a fantastic mesh of Eastern European and South American talent. Why, then, is Shakhtar Donetsk one of the most enticing roles that you could take on in FM2021 if you are looking for a challenge?
Typically, the FM database has had a return date back home to the famous Donbass Arena and everything else in the city of Donetsk.
And FM 2021 database is the same, you’ll have the chance to return home to a glorious stadium on 1/7/2025, world-class training facilities, and a club that is genuinely capable of competing with the very best in the world.
Ukraine is a nation that regularly produces impressive talent, and you should find that your academy can help to fill out your first team. Combine that with smart scouting across Europe and South America, and building a dominant Shakhtar side shouldn’t be as hard as it might seem.
Dominating at home is the easy part, though. Thanks to a generous chairman, you’ll either have funds to spend or a squad with high enough value that you could shift talent to make space for new signings.
While Zenit St. Petersburg are often seen as the Eastern European club closest to becoming a European giant, Shakhtar were prior to the war arguably ahead of them. This is a club with the ambition and (in-game at least) the means to win the UEFA Champions League.
We recommend that you look to use that ambition, paired with your at-home facilities when you return home, to build a squad your chairman will be happy with. This is a club with the desire to win everything, so you will be expected to progress beyond domestic trinkets pretty fast.
This is a good kind of pressure, though, and the fact that the Ukrainian league is such a competitive league outside of yourself should make it easy to bring in good quality players to the league as the seasons' progress. If you do get the chance to go home, you’ll find it even easier to build a squad worth keeping hold of.