The matchday two fixture between Juventus and Galatasaray AŞ is something of a rarity: they have not met in Europe for ten years but now both seek a first Group B victory.
• While Juve opened their group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw at FC København, Galatasaray were overwhelmed 6-1 by Real Madrid CF in Istanbul – their joint heaviest home defeat in UEFA competition – and parted company with coach Fatih Terim on 24 September.
• The sides have faced each other in two UEFA Champions League group stages, most recently in 2003/04 when Alessandro Del Piero scored twice (5, 73) in Turin to give Juventus a 2-1 win after Hakan Şükür (19) had equalised.
• The teams at the Stadio Delle Alpi on 17 September 2003 were:
Juventus: Buffon, Thuram, Ferrara, Montero, Zambrotta, Camoranesi (Tudor 65), Tacchinardi (Davids 45), Appiah, Nedvěd, Del Piero, Trezeguet (Di Vaio 78).
Galatasaray: Mondragón, Bülent Korkmaz, F De Boer, César Prates, Hakan Ünsal (Tamaş 84), Mertol Karatay, Hasan Şaş (Cihan Haspolatlı 66), Sabri Sarıoğlu, Ergün Penbe, Hakan Şükür, Fábio Pinto (Arif Erdem 80).
• In the Istanbul return, Hakan Şükür scored both goals in a 2-0 Galatasaray victory.
• The sides also met in the 1998/99 group stage with both games ending in draws, 2-2 in Italy 1-1 in Turkey.
• Juventus have played only one other Turkish opponent, winning home and away against Fenerbahçe SK in the 1996/97 group stage. Defending champions, Juve advanced to another final but lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Munich.
• Galatasaray have not won in ten previous visits to Italy, drawing four and losing six. That September 2003 trip to Turin was their most recent outing; the prior fixture was a 1-1 draw at AS Roma in the second group stage in March 2002.
• Making their return to the competition last season after a three-year absence, Juventus reached the quarter-finals where they went down 2-0 home and away to FC Bayern München.
• The defeat spoiled Juve's record of six wins and five draws in 11 home European fixtures since Bayern won a matchday six encounter in December 2009.
• In the group stage the Bianconeri drew 1-1 with FC Shakhtar Donetsk in their first European game at the new Juventus Stadium. They followed up with home wins over FC Nordsjælland 4-0 and Chelsea FC 3-0 before a 2-0 second-leg success against Celtic FC completed a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16.
• Galatasaray also reached last season's quarter-finals for the first time since 2001, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Real Madrid who had also knocked them out at the same stage 12 years earlier. A 3-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabéu put them on the back foot in 2012/13, with a measure of compensation gained in a 3-2 home victory.
• After losing away to Manchester United FC on matchday one they posted successive victories at CFR 1907 Cluj, SC Braga and FC Schalke 04, and have lost just three of their last 19 European away fixtures, winning ten.
• Juve coach Antonio Conte scored with an acrobatic overhead kick as Italy defeated Turkey 2-1 in Arnhem in the UEFA EURO 2000 group stage on 11 June 2000. Galatasaray assistant coach Ümit Davala played for Turkey.
• Roberto Mancini was confirmed as Terim's replacement as Galatasaray coach on 30 September. The 48-year-old played for Bologna FC, UC Sampdoria and SS Lazio in his homeland and has had spells in charge of ACF Fiorentina – where he replaced Terim in 2001 – Lazio (2002-2004) and FC Internazionale Milano (2004-2008) before taking charge of Manchester City FC from 2009 to 2013.
• Mancini oversaw two 1-1 draws against Juventus with City in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage. As a coach his overall record against Juve is W5 D8 L5; in Turin it is W3 D2 L2. He guided Lazio to victory against the Bianconeri in the 2004 Coppa Italia final, winning 2-0 in Rome before a 2-2 away draw, and also knocked Juve out of the same competition in the 2007/08 quarter-finals with a 3-2 away win after a 2-2 home draw.
• Mancini's last cap for Italy came in a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany on 23 March 1994; Conte had been called up to the squad for the second time but did not play.
• Felipe Melo played for Juventus between 2009 and 2011, scoring four goals in 58 Serie A games. The previous season he made 29 appearances for Fiorentina, scoring twice.
• Didier Drogba scored in both games as Chelsea FC eliminated Juventus in the 2008/09 round of 16 with a 3-2 aggregate win, winning 1-0 at home before a 2-2 away draw.
• Wesley Sneijder played for FC Internazionale Milano from 2009 to 2012, making 76 league appearances and scoring 13 goals. He was part of the side that won the 2009/10 treble of UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia.
• Sneijder scored past Gianluigi Buffon in the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Italy in a UEFA EURO 2008 group fixture in Berne on 9 June 2008. Andrea Barzagli and Pirlo were also in the Italy team.
• Fernando Muslera played for SS Lazio between 2007 and 2011, making 96 league appearances.
• Muslera and Martín Cáceres are team-mates with Uruguay.
• Stephan Lichsteiner was a team-mate of Muslera at Lazio between 2008 and 2011 and played alongside Aurélien Chedjou at LOSC Lille in 2007/08.
• Albert Riera and Fernando Llorente have played together for Spain.
• Drogba scored the opening goal in Ivory Coast's 1-1 draw against an Italy team including Barzagli and Pirlo in a Geneva friendly on 16 November 2005.
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