Lucescu's band of Brazilians aim to bring down Man United

By rights, he probably shouldn’t even be here at all, let alone still with Shakhtar Donetsk. Mircea Lucescu has, after all, survived an earthquake, Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime, a heart attack and, last year, a car crash, not to mention the whim of billionaire owner Rinat Akhmetov.

In his first eight years as president, eight different managers passed through the club. Lucescu himself had been something of an itinerant wanderer before arriving in eastern Ukraine in May 2004, having hopped through clubs in Romania, Italy and Turkey.

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