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Shakhtar-Anderlecht: who will play with Ukrainians?

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

18:05, 1 March 2016
Shakhtar-Anderlecht: who will play with Ukrainians?

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

It is not Schalke that just collapsed after the first goal into its own net. However, Anderlecht is not Dortmund or Tottenham that could be Shakhtar's opponents

18:05, 1 March 2016

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"Shakhtar" Donetsk in the 1/8 finals is to play with the Belgian "Anderlecht".

"Anderlecht" is the most titled team of Belgium. 33-time champion of Belgium, the nine-time winner of the Cup, the 12-time winner of the Super Bowl in Belgium, as well as a five-time winner of the European Cup - only a few clubs in Europe can boast such titles.

Since then, as in 1947, "Anderlecht" won the first championship, and the purple finally become one of the leading football teams in Belgium and with an enviable rate finished in first place of the standings. Between 1963 and 1968, the club set a national record by winning five consecutive gold national championship. The club became the base for the national team.

Speaking about the European arena, the club has also achieved considerable success. In the 1982/83 season, "Anderlecht" won the , and reached the finals of this tournament in 1970 and 1984, respectively. Also, "Anderlecht" twice won the UEFA Super Cup (in 1976 and 1978 respectively) and the Cup Winners Cup (in seasons 1975/76 and 1977/78).

For the team at different times were such well-known players like Jan Koller, Enzo Scifo, Mbo Mpenza, Celestine Babayaro, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and many others. In Brussels on 10 years he spent Ukrainian striker Oleg Yashchuk. Here "Dynamo" Kyiv has acquired Dieumerci Mbokani, forward to Congolese.

Now their things are not the best way. Last season they lost the championship, and did come in third place. The team won only half the matches - 14, nine times roll up a draw and lost four times. Separation from going first "Bruges" is seven points.

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"Anderlecht" plays away very bad even by the standards of the Belgium. Of the 14 matches, only 5 were won. In this case, all of Brussels gathered his defeat was at a party, losing to such teams as "Oostende" and "Beveren". The cup flew from the humble "Kortrijk" back in the 1/8 finals. Guest defeat of the "Standard" and "Ghent" at least on the strength of the opponent can be written off. Let us also add to this the defeat of the "Karabakh" and "Tottenham" in the European League, and we will get 7 bagels in this season. And it's strange, because a key game in the group against the LES "Monaco" mauve won 2: 0 in the capital of the principality. Already in the playoffs European Cup away was defeated by "Olympiakos". In the championship away in a magical match in December rendered "Bruges" 4: 1, this team is confidently heading the table.

These differences can be explained by the bidding for the Europa League. "Anderlecht" came out of a very serious group. They played together with "Monaco", "Karabakh" and "Tottenham", in the end they left behind the French and the Azerbaijanis. Check to Belgium for all these teams was extremely difficult. "Anderlecht" scored 7 points in home games, and in a single match, which they did not win his field (with the "Monaco"), they lead up to the 85th minute.

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Now "Anderlecht" has a very promising young team. It may not have enough stability, but enthusiasm is strong. All players, except the two Super Veteran Silvio Proto and Olivier Deschacht are younger than 30. By the standards of "Anderlecht" 27-year-old Ivan Obradović, Steven Defour and Matias Suarez are “old”.

At the gate the only option is Silvio Proto. He is only 32, oriented to the education of young players. Proto stands for "Anderlecht" since 2005, and December 10, 2013 rescued two penalties in the Champions League match against a friend of Brussels "Olympiakos". But in the national team of Belgium he was not lucky enough to play.

Protection of "Anderlecht" belongs to Buettner, Deschacht, Mbodzhi, and Nahar. The first came to the team only in the winter. He was rented by "Dynamo" in Moscow, Buettner previously played for "Manchester United". Alex immediately staked out a place at left-back, and even scored a goal. In the first round of the gap I played a Serb Ivan Obradovic, who is sometimes substituted for Fabrice N'Sakala. However, if there is no injury, then with "Shakhtar" will play Buettner. If there is a force majeure, the wings have the Dutchman Bram Nuytinck that changed Buttner with "Olympiakos".

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Andy Najar comes to protect from the right side. He is from Honduras, and he played in the league 22 games, and was the principal in the Europa League. In Jupiler Pro League he scored two goals. Another posted at the gate "Karabakh". Actually Nahar is a winger, but this season was forced to "move" in defense of the phenomenal game of the young Dennis Pratt, who took his place on the right midfield.

Protection Center "Anderlecht" is a pair of Olivier Deschacht - Kara Mbodzhi. First played in 26 league matches, the second - 21. The Senegalese Mbodzhi only last summer went to the camp "Andrelehta" of "Gena" and immediately took his place in central defense. It was he who scored the winning goal in the home match with "Olympiakos". Plays well head is dangerous if standards. He has behind him 18 caps for Senegal.

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Deschacht is graduate of the club. In 1997-2001 he played for the reserve team, "purple and white", and in 2001 the then head coach Aimé Antunis gave him the opportunity to make his debut for the first team, where he plays to this day. Also played for the national team of Belgium, it has 20 games in it. Seven times with "Anderlecht" took the championship.

Protection from "Anderlecht" very experienced. Mbodzhi is 26 years Deschacht is 35, Buettner is27 and Nahar is only 22. These guys pass in the championship less - 24 goals in 27 games, less than one per game. In the Europa League, "Anderlecht" missed 7 goals in eight games.

"Anderlecht" plays in various configurations, depending on the opponent, but because here the midfield is the variation line. Purple can go 4-4-2 with a diamond in midfield, and can 4-2-3-1 with two defensive midfielders or may 4-1-4-1 with one pronounced defensive midfielder and two central higher.

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On the flanks in "Anderlecht" are young Ghanaian Frank Acheampong and Belgian Dennis Praet. The first is 22, second is 21. They played 17 and 25 league games, scored 3 goals and 4, respectively. With that, half of their goals Dennis Praet held at the gate leading "Bruges", when the capital on the road beat rivals 4: 1. Acheampong became the hero of purple in the Europa League, scoring two crucial goals against "Olympiakos". But when the young Acheampong in 2011 passed to the championship in Thailand, his career in the big football buried, but a good game for the youth team of Ghana in the World 2013 Championship, where Frank scored a goal in the United States gates and Iraq and with the team won the bronze medal world championship, gave him the opportunity to move to Belgium, which became his Ghanaian.

In the middle of the field of "Anderlecht" several players can play, because the coach has to wrestle with, whom to choose. He comes from a tactic. If it is an exit option may come to play in the team this winter and Stephane Badji known Steven Defour. If there are more attacking options, it is possible the appearance on the 18-year-old Youri Tielemans or leased from "Benfica" Philip Djuričić. In 2016, the central axis of the team will vary from match to match, and therefore to predict which of them will be from the "Miner", is difficult. Rather, it will have different compositions depending on the result of the first game. We note only that Defour and Bogey play lower than Thielemans and Djuričić. Juri is a graduate of "Anderlecht". His debut in the championship was held July 28, 2013 in a match against "Lokeren" in 16 years. October 23, 2013 Yuri made his debut in the Champions League, becoming the third among the young players ever to come on the field in this tournament.

Defour returned to his home championship after voyage in "Port" and became the main midfielder of "Anderlecht". Djuričić once lit in the Dutch "Heerenveen" and after going to "Benfica" he has lost. Since then, and wanders the rent. First it was the "Mainz" and "Southampton", and now the team from Brussels. Stephane Badji moved to the "Anderlecht" this winter from the Turkish "Istanbul Başaksehir" and immediately began to play.

But the richest choice of the coach, "Anderlecht" has in the attacking line.

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The main striking force of the team is Italian Stefano Okaka Chuka. He has not a lot, not a little, 10 goals in the league and two in the Europa League. In 2015, the purple gave "Sampdoria" 3 million EUR for him. And if Italy Stefano was not able to reach their potential, in Belgium it is his level. If in the European League, "Anderlecht" usually plays in a forward, in the championship to help Okaka-Chuka overlook either Matias Suarez or Idrissa Sylla, or Ima Ezekiel. All of them played in the championship match at 17-20. On account of Suarez there are 4 goals, Sylla scored 6, and Ezekiel 1. But in recent games the coach trusts more than the young Nigerian. But a well-known Argentine Matias Suarez, who played more than 150 matches for the club and scored 50 goals, could leave this winter, "Anderlecht", but it rent in France burnt. The fact that the Argentine has recently "passed" and not up to the level. Although he is still only 27 years old.

Four-time champion of Belgium, Besnik Hasi trains "Anderlecht" Albanian. In 2000, he moved to the "Anderlecht" as a player at the club spent 6 years and three times champion of Belgium (again in "Genk"). He spent 47 games in the national team of Albania, scoring 2 goals. It is the first Kosovo Albanian to play for Albania, because of what is often quoted in the press as a man, symbolizing the unification of Kosovo and Albania. When it "Anderlecht" playing fun football, but the stability of the results of the team is no different.

Against the "Olympiakos" in the second leg played a part:

Porto – Nahar, Mbodzhi, Deschacht, Buettner (Nuytinck, 91) - Praet, Baji, Dendoker (Defour, 97), Acheampong - Djuričić (Suarez, 81), Okaka.

Something similar will be in opposition to "Shakhtar". By the force of this command is similar to the "Schalke", although still it is able to take a punch. In the first match with the Greeks, giving them in class, and the Belgians suffered grind out winning goal. In the return game missed time without giving Assertive Greeks drive a second nail, and then twice caught them on the counter in overtime. Of course, this is not "Schalke", which after the first goal into his own net just collapsed. However, "Anderlecht" is not "Dortmund" or "Tottenham", who could get in the opponents of "Shakhtar". So you can enjoy reserved lot and prepare for intense duel.

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