Shakhtar Donetsk will be competing in their seventh successive Champions League group stage campaign in 2023/24 after winning the Ukrainian Premier League title last season.
Shakhtar have emerged as the dominant force in Ukrainian football over the last two decades with an incredible haul of 14 league titles since 2002.
However, despite their impressive performances on the pitch, the club has found itself at the centre of a worsening political and military situation in eastern Ukraine.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 only highlighted the issues facing Ukrainian football teams but Shakhtar's safety concerns forced a much earlier exit from the region.
Where are Shakhtar Donetsk playing home Champions League games this season?
Shakhtar have found themselves moving between temporary home bases since 2014 following initial moves by Russian forces to annex part of Ukraine.
That forced Shakhtar to play home games in Lviv (1,000 km east) until 2017 before switching to Kharkiv (200km north) until 2020.
They set up a more settled 'home' in the capital Kyiv in 2020, taking up residence at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, as part of a partial ground share with rivals Dynamo Kyiv.
However, UEFA restrictions over safety concerns of playing home games anywhere in Ukraine forced another change at the start of 2022, with neutral Poland hosting their 'home' Champions League games last season.
They played three Champions League, and two UEFA Europa League matches, at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw.
With the UEFA ruling remaining in place for the 2023/24 season, Shakhtar reached an agreement to play their 'home' games in Germany at Hamburg SV's 57,000 capacity Volksparkstadion for the 2023/24 Champions League season.
Can Shakhtar Donetsk play in Ukraine?
Since February 2022, the Ukrainian team have opted against playing international games in their home nation, with UEFA and FIFA working with the Ukrainian FA to make alternative arrangements.
The Ukrainian Premier League was suspended in April 2022, in the final weeks of the 2021/22 domestic season, due to the impact of the war.
Teams from the Donbas region moved away from their home bases of previous years with Shakhtar already in exile in Kyiv.
However, despite appearing to be set for a prolonged suspension, top-flight football returned in Ukraine for a delayed 2022/23 season in August.
Certain security restrictions remain in place, with matches involving teams from the east moved into Kyiv or other areas of the country, with restrictions on fans not being allowed to attend games until measures are relaxed.
Shakhtar Donetsk Champions League record
Shakhtar's sole European title came in the 2009 UEFA Cup final as they beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in Istanbul.
The 2010/11 Champions League season saw their first appearance in the knockout stages, and a club best return in the competition, as they lost out to eventual winners Barcelona in the quarterfinals, and they will face Xavi's team in Group H in 2023.
That was followed by three Round of 16 spots in 2013, 2015, 2018.
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