The official website for European football

Maribor revising for Braga exam

Published: Monday 3 October 2011, 10.15CET
NK Maribor will look to buck the trend in previous games between Slovenian and Portuguese sides as they welcome SC Braga in UEFA Europa League Group H.
Maribor revising for Braga exam
Maribor celebrate scoring against Birmingham ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 3 October 2011, 10.15CET

Maribor revising for Braga exam

NK Maribor will look to buck the trend in previous games between Slovenian and Portuguese sides as they welcome SC Braga in UEFA Europa League Group H.

NK Maribor will look to buck the trend in previous games between Slovenian and Portuguese sides as they welcome SC Braga in UEFA Europa League Group H.

Previous meetings
• The teams are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition having never met opponents from their opposite numbers' home country before.

• Only four games in UEFA competition have been played between Slovenian and Portuguese club sides – all of them involving SL Benfica. The Slovenian teams' record in those fixtures is W0 D1 L3 (W0 D1 L1 at home) with an aggregate scoreline of 17-2 in favour of the Lisbon outfit.

Match background
• Maribor had gone six matches without defeat at home in Europe (five wins and a draw) before going down 2-1 to Birmingham City FC on matchday two.

• A 3-1 win at Birmingham City on matchday one was Braga's first victory in seven European away games (three draws and four defeats – not counting the 1-0 loss to FC Porto in last season's UEFA Europa League final in Dublin).

Team facts
• Maribor are within one goal of conceding their 50th in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. This is their 33rd game in the two competitions, the first being a 0-0 draw with ACF Gloria 1922 Bistriţa on 15 September 1993.

• Maribor sporting director Zlatko Zahovič spent ten years as a player in Portugal with Vitória SC, Porto and Benfica. Capped 80 times by Slovenia, the attacking midfielder also won four league titles (three with Porto and one with Benfica) as well as two Portuguese Cups (one with Porto, one with Benfica).

• Maribor coach Darko Milanič started his career as a defender with FK Partizan (1986-93), moving on to SK Sturm Graz (1993-2000) and representing both Yugoslavia and Slovenia internationally, earning 47 caps in total. Hired to coach Maribor in 2008, he has now won two league titles and one Slovenian Cup.

• Leonardo Jardim is in charge at Braga having replaced Sporting Clube de Portugal-bound Domingos Paciência in the summer. The Venezuelan-born coach was in charge at AD Camacha (2003-08), GD Chaves (2008-09) and SC Beira-Mar (2009-11) before becoming Braga boss in May 2011.

Last updated: 14/10/11 2.39CET

Related information

Team profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1669443.html#maribor+revising+braga+exam

UEFA.com features

Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Ones to watch in the group stage
  • Masterclass: Xavi on passing and control
  • Newcomers ready for Champions League debuts
  • Pick of the Week of Football
  • Berezovski and Frick join Europe's 40-somethings
  • Europe's all-time top international goalscorers
  • Introducing football in Gibraltar ...
  • Given has 'unfinished business' with Ireland
  • Cerci aims to join Italy's past leading lights in Spain
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.