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Maribor v Celtic background

Published: Saturday 9 August 2014, 21.45CET
NK Maribor have lost their previous two UEFA Champions League play-offs but will hope that their luck can change as they welcome Celtic FC for the first time.
Maribor v Celtic background
Maribor stalwart Tavares ©UEFA.com

Tournament statistics

MariborCeltic

Goals scored7
 
7
Total attempts76
 
89
on target34
 
35
off target30
 
37
blocked12
 
17
against woodwork0
4
Corners36
 
41
Offsides10
 
12
Yellow cards9
 
10
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed61
 
56
Fouls suffered62
 
53

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
 
Published: Saturday 9 August 2014, 21.45CET

Maribor v Celtic background

NK Maribor have lost their previous two UEFA Champions League play-offs but will hope that their luck can change as they welcome Celtic FC for the first time.

NK Maribor will hope that third time is the charm as they approach their third UEFA Champions League play-off in as many seasons, with Celtic FC eager to deny them a second group stage tilt.

Previous meetings
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Form guide
Maribor have played three previous two-legged ties against Scottish sides, with the overall record W3 D1 L2 (W2 D0 L1 at home – W1 D1 L1 in Scotland).

• Having lost 6-1 over two legs to the same side in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, Maribor got the better of Celtic's arch-rivals Rangers FC in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs. Maribor are now on a four-game unbeaten run (W3 D1) against Scottish clubs.

Celtic are meeting Slovenian opponents for the first time.

• Eliminated in the play-offs in both 2012/13 (by GNK Dinamo Zagreb) and 2013/14 (by FC Viktoria Plzeň), Maribor's only previous UEFA Champions League group stage campaign was in 1999/2000, when they had beaten Olympique Lyonnais in the third qualifying round; Celtic are veterans of eight group stage campaigns.

Celtic have won their last two UEFA Champions League play-offs since going down to Arsenal FC in 2009/10; they overcame Helsingborgs IF in 2012/13 and FC Shakhtar Karagandy last season.

Links and trivia
• Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths celebrates his 24th birthday on the day of the first leg against Maribor. He has yet to score in four UEFA club matches.

• Scotland's record in three encounters with Slovenia at senior international level is W1 D2 L0; in UEFA age-group competitions, Scotland's record against Slovenia is W7 D1 L3.

• The colour of Celtic's shirts may provide an extra spur for Maribor, whose traditional main rivals in Slovenia, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, also wear green.

Maribor's naturalised Brazilian captain Tavares recently became one of just six players to reach 300 appearances for the team.

Last updated: 31/05/15 1.33CET

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