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Mönchengladbach plan 70s revival

Published: Thursday 16 August 2012, 17.45CET
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach are looking to reach Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1978 but first must get the better of an old foe in FC Dynamo Kyiv.
Mönchengladbach plan 70s revival
Mönchengladbach have had a long wait to return to this stage ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 16 August 2012, 17.45CET

Mönchengladbach plan 70s revival

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach are looking to reach Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1978 but first must get the better of an old foe in FC Dynamo Kyiv.

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach will attempt to launch a 1970s revival when they take on FC Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.

• Mönchengladbach have not competed in Europe's elite club competition since reaching the semi-finals in 1978 but, 34 years on, their fourth-place finish in last season's Bundesliga has taken them to within one step of making a group stage debut.

• Runners-up in Ukraine last season, Dynamo will have other ideas after beating Feyenoord 3-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round.

Past meetings
• The teams' sole previous encounter came in the semi-finals of the 1976/77 European Champion Clubs' Cup when Mönchengladbach overcame a 1-0 loss in Kyiv – Volodymyr Onyschenko the scorer – thanks to a 2-0 victory courtesy of Rainer Bonhof's first-half penalty and a Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp goal with eight minutes remaining. Mönchengladbach's reward was a final date with Liverpool FC in Rome, where they ran out 3-1 losers.

• These ties represent Mönchengladbach's only previous experience of Ukrainian opponents.

• Of those goalscorers, Onyschenko is still with Dynamo, where he is deputy director of the club's football department and head of the club's youth academy. Bonhof, meanwhile, is now Mönchengladbach's vice-president.

Match background
• Yuri Semin's Dynamo are bidding to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the 15th time overall and the first time since 2009/10. They suffered defeats by AFC Ajax in the 2010/11 play-offs and by FC Rubin Kazan in last term's third qualifying round.

• Dynamo's record against German clubs is P26 W11 D5 L10 (W8 D3 L2 at home, W3 D2 L8 in Germany). Among those victories are the 1-0 away win and the 2-0 home success against FC Bayern München that secured the 1975 UEFA Super Cup.

• For Mönchengladbach, this is the first taste of European football since their 1996/97 UEFA Cup campaign when they eliminated Arsenal FC before losing to AS Monaco FC in the second round.

Team ties
• As FC Lokomotiv Moskva coach, Semin won 1-0 at Bayern in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup first round, only to see his team crushed 5-0 in the return. Semin had further disappointment against Bundesliga opponents as Lokomotiv lost home and away to first VfB Stuttgart in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, and then Borussia Dortmund in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Lucien Favre's previous visit to Ukraine as a coach resulted in a goalless draw for Hertha BSC Berlin at FC Metalist Kharkiv in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Raffael, who played under Favre at Hertha between 2008 and 2010, was a late substitute.

• Dynamo forward Admir Mehmedi scored past Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen in Switzerland's 5-3 friendly win against Germany in May this year. Mehmedi is an international colleague of Mönchengladbach's Granit Xhaka.

• Andriy Yarmolenko scored in Ukraine's 3-3 friendly draw with Germany in Kyiv last November.

• Mönchengladbach defender Martin Stranzl was in the FC Spartak Moskva side beaten 8-2 on aggregate by Dynamo in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League in 2008/09.

• While playing for Club Atlético de Madrid, Mönchengladbach's Álvaro Domínguez got the better of a Sporting Clube de Portugal side featuring Dynamo's Miguel Veloso in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 16, winning on away goals.

• With the Spain Under-21 side, meanwhile, Domínguez enjoyed victories over a Ukraine team featuring Dynamo's Denys Garmash and Yarmolenko in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship group stage – Garmash was sent off – and then Mehmedi's Switzerland in the final.

• Mönchengladbach's Luuk de Jong scored past Dynamo's Denys Boyko when the Netherlands took on Ukraine in a play-off for those same U21 finals – but it was Ukraine who progressed on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

• Striker and 1986 European Footballer of the Year Ihor Belanov left Dynamo for Mönchengladbach in 1989 and hit four goals in 24 appearances in 18 months with the club.

Last updated: 20/08/12 14.59CET

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