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Trabzonspor eager to lay into Legia

Published: Monday 7 October 2013, 2.00CET
Trabzonspor AŞ will look to make amends for letting a two-goal lead slip in their last UEFA Europa League Group J home game as Legia Warszawa return to Turkey.
Trabzonspor eager to lay into Legia
Trabzonspor celebrate one of their three goals against Lazio ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 7 October 2013, 2.00CET

Trabzonspor eager to lay into Legia

Trabzonspor AŞ will look to make amends for letting a two-goal lead slip in their last UEFA Europa League Group J home game as Legia Warszawa return to Turkey.

Trabzonspor AŞ will look to keep up the pressure on SS Lazio in UEFA Europa League Group J as they take on a Legia Warszawa side still without a point or a goal going into matchday three.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition.

• Trabzonspor's four previous games against Polish clubs have ended W1 D0 L3 (W1 D0 L1 at home – W0 D0 L2 in Poland). They are on a three-game losing streak against Ekstraklasa opponents since that sole victory, a 2-1 at home against Szombierki Bytom in the 1980/81 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round.

• Legia's nine games against Turkish teams have ended W4 D3 L2 (W2 D2 L0 at home – W1 D1 L2 in Turkey). Those fixtures include a 1964/65 European Cup Winners' Cup replay against Galatasaray AŞ staged in Bucharest, which Legia won 1-0.

Match background
• Following a 3-3 draw against Lazio on matchday two, Trabzonspor are unbeaten in regular and extra time in ten European games (W6 D4), including victories in five of their six matches in qualifying this season.

• Trabzonspor are making their debut in the UEFA Europa League group stage, though they played in the 2011/12 round of 32 after finishing third in their section in their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign.

• Following a 1-0 loss at home against Apollon Limassol FC on matchday two, Legia are one of four sides yet to score in this season's group stage along with FC Anji Makhachkala, APOEL FC and SV Zulte Waregem.

• Legia enjoyed their maiden UEFA Europa League group stage campaign in 2011/12, finishing second in their pool before losing to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the round of 32.

Team facts
• Legia and Slovenia's NK Maribor have made it to the group stage after winning doubles last season; Legia are one of nine domestic champions and 11 cup winners in this term's starting lineup.

• Trabzonspor boast Polish talent in the form of attacking midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski, who joined the club from Legia's local rivals KSP Polonia Warszawa in 2011. He and Legia defenders Tomasz Brzyski and Tomasz Jodłowiec were team-mates at Polonia.

Coach information
• Legia coach Jan Urban will turn 52 on the day of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final. Having scored at an impressive rate for Zagłębie Sosnowiec and Górnik Zabrze, the striker had a long spell in Spain, notably with CA Osasuna from 1989 to 1994. Capped 57 times for Poland, he started coaching with Osasuna's B team and is now in his second stint in charge at Legia, winning a domestic double in his first season back in 2012/13.

• Trabzonspor's Mustafa Akçay spent several spells observing AFC Ajax at close hand during his coach education. He made his name by winning promotion to the second tier with TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor in 2009/10; their survival at that level the following season prompted Trabzonspor's feeder club 1461 Trabzon to take him on, and Trabzon's third-place finish in the same division last term earned the trainer a move to Trabzonspor in summer 2013.

Last updated: 21/10/13 16.34CET

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