Why is the Barcelona vs. Shakhtar Donetsk match taking place in Germany?

One of the most amazing stories in football this year has been Shakhtar Donetsk.


Russia’s continuous invasion of Ukraine hasn’t stopped Shakhtar from competing in both their home league and the top European competition.


The Ukrainian team has performed admirably in the Champions League thus far, defeating Royal Antwerp and making life difficult for teams like Porto and Barcelona.


In their upcoming European match, Marino Pusic’s team will be back in action on Tuesday in Germany against Barcelona at “home.”

Where will the Barcelona vs. Shakhtar Donetsk match take place?

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Shakhtar would typically have the advantage of playing at home in an attempt to improve their performance in Catalonia after losing to Barcelona by a narrow margin in the Champions League the previous time around.


On Tuesday night, though, the Ukrainian team will play Barca in Germany at the Volksparkstadion, home of Hamburger SV of the 2. Bundesliga.


Shakhtar will play their remaining European matches at the Volksparkstadion. They previously played Porto there earlier in the season, a match they lost 3-1.

Shakhtar Donetsk is playing in Germany; why is that?

Because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Shakhtar is currently playing their European football in Germany. Not surprisingly, this means that the club cannot play European matches at home.


After playing their European season at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego of Legia Warsaw, Shakhtar was offered a choice of venues this season. Hamburg, 2,240 kilometers from Donetsk, was selected by the Ukrainian side.


Due to the crisis in Ukraine that followed the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022, Shakhtar has actually not played in their home stadium, Donbas Arena, since 2014. Instead, they have played their games in Lviv and Kharkiv.


Shakhtar has played at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex since 2020. But they’ve been participating in domestic football in a variety of owing to the conflict, this season’s venues.

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