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CFR and FCK ready to tread new ground

Published: Wednesday 2 September 2009, 23.05CET
The first night of action in UEFA Europa League Group K brings FC København to Romania to face CFR 1907 Cluj, who competed in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season.
CFR and FCK ready to tread new ground
CFR coach António Conceição ©CFR 1907 Cluj

Tournament statistics

CFR ClujKøbenhavn

Goals scored4
 
9
Attempts on target67
 
76
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners30
 
41
Offsides11
 
29
Fouls committed104
 
98
Yellow cards19
 
8
Red cards2
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 2 September 2009, 23.05CET

CFR and FCK ready to tread new ground

The first night of action in UEFA Europa League Group K brings FC København to Romania to face CFR 1907 Cluj, who competed in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season.

The first night of action in UEFA Europa League Group K brings FC København to Romania to face CFR 1907 Cluj, who competed in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season.

Previous meetings

• The two sides have not met before, while CFR have never played a Danish side and København – in their current incarnation – have yet to come up against Romanian opposition.

Match background

• Deposed Romanian champions CFR never played in the UEFA Cup group stage. However, they did compete in last season's UEFA Champions League group phase, triumphing 2-1 at AS Roma on Matchday 1 before finishing bottom of their section.

• A 2-1 play-off round win against FK Sarajevo ended a five-game run without a home victory for CFR, stretching back to the semi-finals of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

• København competed in the last two UEFA Cup group stages, missing the cut in 2007/08 but making it to the Round of 32 last season.

• København matched their biggest European away win in their first overseas game of 2009/10, prevailing 6-0 against Montenegro's FK Mogren in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

Team facts

• CFR – the intials stand for Căile Ferate Române, Romania's national railway – are coached by former SC Braga and FC Porto right-back António Conceição, more widely known as Toni. He led CFR to Romanian Cup success last season.

• København are led by former Norwegian international Ståle Solbakken, who represented the club as a midfielder at the end of a career which also took in spells at Hamarkameratene, Lillestrøm SK, Wimbledon FC and Aalborg BK. He won two Danish titles as a player and last season won his third since becoming a coach in 2006, making five in total.

• Solbakken's playing career came to an abrupt end at København when he suffered a heart attack in training in March 2001. Despite being pronounced clinically dead, he recovered and now has a pacemaker fitted.

• Solbakken's only experience of Romanian opposition came in a 1998 friendly game, which Norway drew 0-0 at home against Romania.

• København were founded in 1992 following a merger between Kjøbenhavns BK and B1903 København. KB met Romanian opposition in the second round of the 1981/82 European Champion Clubs' Cup, winning 1-0 at home against FC Universitatea Craiova but losing 4-1 away.

• AC Sparta Praha visit København on Matchday 2, while PSV Eindhoven are at home against CFR on the same night, 1 October.

Last updated: 09/09/09 18.32CET

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