Summary: Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk has announced the termination of Dutch coach Patrick van Leeuwen’s contract, just three months after his appointment. Van Leeuwen leaves along with his coaching staff, and Shakhtar has not provided a reason for his departure or named a successor. Despite a recent win in the Champions League, Shakhtar is currently ranked third in the Ukrainian league. Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the team is playing its home games in Hamburg, Germany.
Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk has made a surprising announcement by terminating the contract of coach Patrick van Leeuwen after only three months. Van Leeuwen, who was appointed in July on a two-year contract, departs along with his coaching staff. The club has not disclosed the reason for his sudden departure or revealed any plans for a replacement.
Shakhtar Donetsk is currently ranked third in the Ukrainian league standings. In their most recent domestic game against Vorskla Poltava on September 30, they suffered a 2-1 defeat. The team’s last game under Van Leeuwen’s leadership was a 3-2 victory over Royal Antwerp on October 4 in the Champions League, leaving Shakhtar in third place in their group, behind Barcelona and Porto.
As a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk has been forced to relocate their Champions League home games. They are now playing these matches in the German city of Hamburg, a temporary arrangement necessitated by the conflict in their home country.
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