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RSC Anderlecht will be hoping history repeats itself as they host FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the first leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie.
• The two clubs met in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup third round, with Anderlecht winning 4-2 on aggregate. Nenad Jestrovic and Besnik Hasi scored as the Belgian side won 2-0 away in the first leg, and further goals from Aruna Dindane and Jestrovic put them 4-0 up on aggregate in Brussels before two late goals from Jean-Claude Darcheville restored some pride for the French side.
• Current Anderlecht players Daniel Zítka and Walter Baseggio took part in both legs of that tie while defender Olivier Deschacht was twice an unused substitute.
• Current Bordeaux goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé also played in both legs. Marc Planus played in the first leg and came on as a substitute in the second while fellow defender David Jemmali started in the second leg.
• Anderlecht have played 12 games against French opponents in total, winning five, drawing six and losing just one. They remain unbeaten at home against Ligue 1 sides, having won three and drawn three of their six ties in Brussels.
• Bordeaux's eight games against Belgian sides have produced five wins, two draws and a solitary defeat, against Anderlecht. However, they remain unbeaten on Belgian soil, with their four previous visits bringing two wins and two draws.
• Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc played twice against Belgian opposition in his long, illustrious playing career and both were international friendly games. He was involved in France's 2-0 away victory against their neighbours in March 1996 and appeared in a 1-0 win against Belgium in 1998, in the run up to winning the FIFA World Cup on home soil.
• Bordeaux have fielded some notable Belgian stars over the years, including playmaker Enzo Scifo and Patrick Vervoort, both of whom also played for Anderlecht. More recent Belgian stars at the Stade Chaban-Delmas include Marc Wilmots and goalkeeper Gilbert Bodart.
• Anderlecht have won only one of their last ten home games in European club competition.
• Bordeaux have won all three of their UEFA Cup away games this season.
• Anderlecht qualified for the Round of 32 by finishing third in Group G. Bordeaux finished top of Group H, and along with Everton FC were one of only two sides to win all of their group stage games.
• Bordeaux host the second leg in France on 21 February. The aggregate winners will meet the victors of the tie between Aberdeen FC and FC Bayern München in the Round of 16 on 6 and 12/13 March, playing the first leg at home.
• Winter UEFA Cup registrations
Anderlecht: In - Thomas Chatelle, Guillaume Gillet, Oleksandr Yakovenko, Cor Gillis, Quentin Crommen.
Out – Max von Schlebrügge, Mohamed Tchité, Cyril Théréau, Mineiro, Walter Baseggio, Sven Kums, Vadis Odijidja-Ofoe.
Bordeaux: In - none.
Out – none.
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