SC Braga coach José Peseiro will want to avoid history repeating itself when his team take on Udinese Calcio in the UEFA Champions League play-offs. It was the Italian side who denied Peseiro passage to the group stage with Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2005/06 and he will be determined to make amends.
• Third in last season's Portuguese top flight, Braga are looking to add to their debut UEFA Champions League appearance in 2010/11 but Udinese – whose own solitary appearance was in that 2005/06 campaign – want the same thing after missing out at this stage 12 months ago.
• Braga hold home advantage in the first leg but had mixed fortunes at their Estádio Municipal de Braga in last term's UEFA Europa League – winning two and losing two of five matches.
• The Portuguese team won their only previous UEFA Champions League play-off against Sevilla FC two summers ago under coach Domingos Paciência, embarking on a journey that led eventually to the 2011 UEFA Europa League final.
• Udinese went down 3-1 on aggregate to Arsenal FC in last season's play-offs but did get the better of Peseiro's Sporting seven years ago. Under then coach Serse Cosmi, the Italian club won the first leg 1-0 in Lisbon before a 3-2 home triumph. The only survivor of those ties in Udinese's UEFA Champions League squad is Antonio Di Natale.
• Braga can take heart from a 100% record against Italian opposition in two-legged ties – both in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup. They beat AC Chievo Verona 3-2 on aggregate in the first round, winning 2-0 at home then scoring a decisive third goal in extra time of the second leg through Wender after Chievo had levelled the aggregate scores. Braga subsequently overcame Parma FC with successive 1-0 victories in the round of 32 – both thanks to late goals.
• There has been a goal scored after the 80th minute every time Braga have faced a Serie A side and that tradition continued with Ronaldinho's solitary 93rd-minute winner when the Portuguese side visited AC Milan in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Alan and Paulo César featured in that match.
• Hugo Viana helped Valencia CF eliminate FC Internazionale Milano from the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in 2006/07. He faced AS Roma too in that season's group stage in a 1-0 defeat in Rome and his experience also includes games against Juventus and Inter in the 2002/03 competition as a Newcastle United FC player – indeed he came up against Udinese's Giovanni Pasquale when Inter won 4-1 at Newcastle in the second group stage.
• Quim played in both legs of SL Benfica's 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round tie against SCC Napoli – a 3-2 loss in Italy and 2-0 home win – while Ruben Amorim featured as a second-leg substitute. Quim also faced Milan with the Eagles in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing 2-1 away before a 1-1 draw in Lisbon.
• Custódio was in the Sporting side beaten 1-0 at Inter in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions group stage.
• Alan played against Inter for FC Porto in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage, winning 2-0 at home before losing 2-1 in Milan.
• Mossoró and Danilo were team-mates at Paulista FC in Brazil in 2004/05.
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