FC Porto won the UEFA Champions League by beating French opponents the last time the final was staged in Germany; an encouraging sign as they take on LOSC Lille in their play-off decider.
• The teams had not met prior to Porto's 1-0 triumph over their Ligue 1 opponents in the first leg in France.
• Porto's 26 games against French opponents have ended W13 D7 L6 (W9 D2 L1 at home – W3 D5 L5 in France). Most notably, José Mourinho's side beat AS Monaco FC 3-0 in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League final.
• LOSC's record in seven games against Portuguese opponents is W1 D2 L4 (W0 D2 L2 at home – W1 D0 L2 in Portugal). They are without a win in their five most recent fixtures against Liga opponents (D1 L4).
• LOSC have yet to lose a two-legged tie in qualifying for a UEFA club competition – three wins in UEFA Champions League qualifying and three in qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
• Porto have featured in the UEFA Champions League group stage 18 times; LOSC have done so five times.
Links and trivia
• LOSC boast Portuguese talent in the form of on-loan Manchester City FC forward Marcos Lopes. The Brazilian-born teenager played alongside Porto's Rafa, Francisco Ramos, Tomás Podstawski, André Silva and Ivo Rodrigues at the recent UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Hungary.
• Should they reach the group stage, Porto's matchday one fixture would be their 200th in Europe's top club competition.
• LOSC forward Ryan Mendes – who was born in Cape Verde – came out as a Porto fan after the play-off draw, saying: "This is the first time I will not be cheering for FC Porto. I admit, they are the club I have supported since I was a child."
• Porto's Parisian-born Algeria attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi played in Ligue 1 with Stade Rennais FC.
• LOSC's Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama played faced Porto's Mexican duo, Héctor Herrera and Diego Reyes, in a 0-0 friendly draw in early March.
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