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Rivalry timeline
1992–2001
Dynamo’s dominance
and Shakhtar’s development
After Tavriya claimed the first Ukrainian championship, Dynamo won nine titles in a row. In that period, the Kyiv outfit enjoyed successful campaigns in Europe and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 1999. Meanwhile, Rinat Akhmetov became Shakhtar's president in 1996. A new era began in the history
of the Donetsk club: a second force appeared in the domestic league. Already in 2000, Shakhtar would make their Champions League debut.
After Tavriya claimed the first Ukrainian championship, Dynamo won nine titles in a row.
In that period, the Kyiv outfit enjoyed successful campaigns in Europe and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 1999. Meanwhile, Rinat Akhmetov became Shakhtar's president in 1996.
A new era began in the history of the Donetsk club:
a second force appeared in the domestic league. Already in 2000, Shakhtar would make their Champions League debut.
2002
The Miners’ first title
Emergence of the Ukrainian Clasico. Dynamo's hegemony
was interrupted. The title went to Donetsk after
the Orange-and-Blacks had secured a decisive victory in Uzhgorod.
Emergence of the Ukrainian Clasico. Dynamo's hegemony was interrupted. The title went to Donetsk after the Orange-and-Blacks had secured a decisive victory in Uzhgorod.
2006
The first golden match
In 2005, Shakhtar became the champions again. The following season,
the Miners challenged the title again. Earlier, the Miners had been coached
by Mircea Lucescu who would play a significant role in the history
of this rivalry.

Before the 2005/06 Ukrainian Championship, they introduced the ‘golden match’ rule (in case of two leading clubs having the same number of points). And in the very first season, the medals’ future was decided this way.
In 2005, Shakhtar became the champions again.
The following season, the Miners challenged the title again. Earlier, the Miners had been coached
by Mircea Lucescu who would play a significant role
in the history of this rivalry.

Before the 2005/06 Ukrainian Championship,
they introduced the ‘golden match’ rule (in case
of two leading clubs having the same number
of points). And in the very first season, the medals’ future was decided this way.
2008
Battle in Kharkiv:
the toughest Ukrainian Cup final
By the year 2008, the rivalry between Shakhtar and Dynamo became classic for Ukrainian football, with meetings between the opponents being the major ones in a season. The Donetsk team featured Fernandinho,
Willian and Luiz Adriano.

The cup final in Kharkiv is remembered not only for Shakhtar's victory
and the club's second ‘golden double’, but also for the record five red cards awarded.
By the year 2008, the rivalry between Shakhtar
and Dynamo became classic for Ukrainian football, with meetings between the opponents being
the major ones in a season. The Donetsk team featured Fernandinho, Willian and Luiz Adriano.

The cup final in Kharkiv is remembered not only
for Shakhtar's victory and the club's second ‘golden double’, but also for the record five red cards awarded.
2009
UEFA Cup semi-final
Until 2009, not a single Ukrainian club had won the European trophy since Ukraine’s independence. That year, in the semi-finals of the last UEFA Cup edition, two giants locked horns with huge ambitions not only to make it further, but also to win
the competition. Shakhtar advanced further and won
the European trophy in Istanbul on May 20.

In August 2009, the Shakhtar team moved to the 52,000-capacity Donbass Arena. The same month, the best player in the history
of independent Ukraine and the national team’s current coach Andriy Shevchenko returned to Dynamo.
Until 2009, not a single Ukrainian club had won
the European trophy since Ukraine’s independence. That year, in the semi-finals of the last UEFA Cup edition, two giants locked horns with huge ambitions not only to make it further, but also to win
the competition. Shakhtar advanced further and won the European trophy in Istanbul on May 20.

In August 2009, the Shakhtar team moved
to the 52,000-capacity Donbass Arena. The same month, the best player in the history of independent Ukraine and the national team’s current coach Andriy Shevchenko returned to Dynamo.
2010–2014
Shakhtar's dominance
Starting from the 2010/11 season, Shakhtar won four UPL titles in a row;
in 2011 the team reached the Champions League quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Dynamo could not return to winning ways: in the 2012/13 Ukrainian League edition they finished third, being fourth the following season.
Starting from the 2010/11 season, Shakhtar won four UPL titles in a row; in 2011 the team reached
the Champions League quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Dynamo could not return to winning ways:
in the 2012/13 Ukrainian League edition they finished third, being fourth the following season.
2014
Shakhtar left Donetsk —
Dynamo claimed two titles in a row
In 2014, due to the military conflict in Donbass, Shakhtar left their home city of Donetsk.

Having not recovered from the shock, Shakhtar gave two consecutive titles away to Dynamo who, on the wave of success, made
it to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2000. In 2016, the Miners reached the Europa League semi-finals
and suffered a defeat at the hands of Sevilla. At the same time,
the longstanding coach Mircea Lucescu left the club.
In 2014, due to the military conflict in Donbass, Shakhtar left their home city of Donetsk.

Having not recovered from the shock, Shakhtar gave two consecutive titles away to Dynamo who,
on the wave of success, made it to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2000. In 2016, the Miners reached the Europa League semi-finals and suffered a defeat at the hands
of Sevilla. At the same time, the longstanding coach Mircea Lucescu left the club.
In August 2020, the Ukrainian football community got shocked by the news about the new coach of Dynamo. That was Mircea Lucescu - the iconic figure in Shakhtar's success in 2000s. The White-and-Blues have reached
the UCL group stage for the first time since 2017
and imposed their game on the Donetsk side
in the domestic league.

After several years of playing in Lviv and Kharkiv, Shakhtar announced as their home ground the NSC Olimpiyskiy
in Kyiv, where Dynamo also host their opponents.
In August 2020, the Ukrainian football community got shocked by the news about the new coach
of Dynamo. That was Mircea Lucescu -the iconic figure in Shakhtar's success in 2000s.
The White-and-Blues have reached the UCL group stage for the first time since 2017 and imposed their game on the Donetsk side in the domestic league.

After several years of playing in Lviv and Kharkiv, Shakhtar announced as their home ground
the NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv, where Dynamo also host their opponents.
2017–2020
The new Shakhtar went to claim titles.
Lucescu joined Dynamo,
the Miners moved to Kyiv
The new Shakhtar went to claim titles.
Lucescu joined Dynamo,
the Miners moved to Kyiv
Since the 2016/17 season, Shakhtar have secured four league titles in a row. At the same time, in 2019, the Orange-and-Blacks outperformed Dynamo
in the number of Ukrainian Cup triumphs - 13. The Donetsk team returned
to the Champions League knockout stages, the club made some successful transfers, selling players and inviting newcomers.

In the 2019/20 season that was complicated by COVID-19, Shakhtar again stopped just one step away from the Europa League final (despite the fact that the team already launched their new domestic league campaign while finishing the European one).
Since the 2016/17 season, Shakhtar have secured four league titles in a row. At the same time, in 2019, the Orange-and-Blacks outperformed Dynamo
in the number of Ukrainian Cup triumphs - 13.
The Donetsk team returned to the Champions League knockout stages, the club made some successful transfers, selling players and inviting newcomers.

In the 2019/20 season that was complicated
by COVID-19, Shakhtar again stopped just one step away from the Europa League final (despite the fact that the team already launched their new domestic league campaign while finishing the European one).
All that is classic Ukrainian football,
All that is about Shakhtar vs Dynamo
It will be won by the champions!