Brazilian dreamer in Ukraine during the war:
Football is definitely amazing. Lucas Taylor did what many Brazilians wouldn’t. By no means this is criticism, I understand why players like Tetê and Ismaily left Shakhtar after the war started.
But Lucas Taylor left Greece to play for Shakhtar after the beginning of the war. Shakhtar is a club famous for the Brazilian legion that use to help them.
If he was one of those guys already there and decided to stay, the story would already be impressive. But he actively chose this transfer during wartime.
The UEFA Champions League dream: worth a war
Lucas Taylor had already played in Ukraine for Lviv and Dnipro. But a chance to play for a team with such a history involving Brazilians, considering their presence in the Group Stage, at Group F, was tempting enough to make him decide to go to Ukraine.
The player is living in Poland, where Shakhtar Donetsk is playing their home fixtures, but visits Ukraine for the match days of the Ukrainian Premier League.
He has played in all 5 games of the Ukrainian national top league so far. And he played in 2 of 3 games of the UEFA Champions League so far, against Celtic and Red Bull Leipzig.
His dream came true due to his bravery to face the risk of having to play the Ukrainian domestic games.
The saying that optimists see opportunity in the adversities, and pessimists see problems in the opportunities definitely applies to the Brazilian footballer.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Profitable in the Asian Handicap markets
The Asian Handicap is a market in which big clubs like Real Madrid are heavily handicapped. Yesterday, when the Ukrainian team visited Madrid, the lines of this market paid a profit to the bettors that believed in Shakhtar.
To understand why, check out our beginners’ guide: Asian Handicap markets.
This means that the Ukrainians and the two foreigners still with them, Lucas Taylor and Traoré from Burkina Faso, played better than the market anticipated. Even though Real Madrid won the game, which ended 2-1, profits in the house of 85% were earned by bettors that believed in Shakhtar, the Ukrainians, and the brave foreign footballers with them.
The dream of Lucas Taylor is coming true as he already played two games in the UEFA Champions League. Of course, when we love the beautiful game we have our own beloved team or teams, but it’s impossible not to root for Lucas and Shakhtar, that lost so many players, in the current edition of the UEFA Champions League.
Sometimes the beautiful game is even more beautiful than we expect. The current results of the Ukrainian team are impressive as they finished 2nd in their group after the third round of Group F!
Keep an eye on our website for match previews for the UEFA Champions league containing information for you to bet as well as football stories like Lucas Taylor’s one.