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Twente counting on success against Steaua

Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 1.16CET
FC Steaua Bucureşti are out of the running for the UEFA Europa League round of 32, but they could take one-time Group H pacesetters FC Twente down with them if they manage to win or draw on Matchday 6.

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Tournament statistics

SteauaTwente

Goals scored3
 
7
Attempts on target57
 
67
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners20
 
29
Offsides12
 
32
Fouls committed77
 
99
Yellow cards12
 
14
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 1.16CET

Twente counting on success against Steaua

FC Steaua Bucureşti are out of the running for the UEFA Europa League round of 32, but they could take one-time Group H pacesetters FC Twente down with them if they manage to win or draw on Matchday 6.

FC Steaua Bucureşti are out of the running for the UEFA Europa League round of 32, but they could take one-time Group H pacesetters FC Twente down with them if they manage to win or draw on Matchday 6.

• Twente need a victory to be sure of qualifying as they would bow out with a draw if FC Sheriff triumph at section winners Fenerbahçe SK, their Moldovan rivals crucially enjoying a superior head-to-head record.

Previous meetings
• The sides drew 0-0 on Matchday 2 in Twente's first game against a Romanian side. Steaua have lost two of their three home contests with Dutch opponents, winning the other.

Match background
• Twente reached the first knockout round in their only UEFA Cup group stage campaign last season, losing 7-6 on penalties to Olympique de Marseille after trading 1-0 home defeats. Steaua competed successfully in two UEFA Cup group-stage competitions, reaching the round of 16 in 2004/05 and then making it to the semi-finals the following year, when they lost out to Steve McClaren's Middlesbrough FC.

• Steaua have not won in eleven UEFA club competition group-stage home games since beating Halmstads BK 3-0 in a UEFA Cup tie on 30 November 2005. They have not scored at home in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Twente have won just two of their last 13 European away games, but beat major European sides on both occasions – Marseille and, most recently, Fenerbahçe on Matchday 1.

Team facts
• Once Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United FC, McClaren's reputation was undermined by a disappointing spell as England manager when his team missed out on UEFA EURO 2008™. However, he demonstrated his coaching acumen when Twente finished second in the Eredivisie last season, his first in the Netherlands.

• McClaren faced Cosmin Olăroiu's Steaua with Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the 2005/06 UEFA Cup. Boro lost 1-0 in Bucharest and were then trailing 2-0 at home in the return leg before recovering to win the match 4-2. Sorin Ghionea, Petre Marin, Bănel Nicoliţă and Eugen Baciu were involved in that match for Steaua.

• Mihai Neşu, who also played in the second leg of that game for Steaua, now plays in the Netherlands with FC Utrecht.

• Steaua became the first club to dismiss their coach after the start of the group stage, sacking Italian Cristiano Bergodi on the night of their 0-0 draw with Sheriff.

• His replacement, Mihai Stoichiţă, has returned to the side he led to the 1997/98 Romanian title. He has also coached PFC Litex Lovech, Panama, Armenia, Kuwait and most recently AEL Limassol FC in Cyprus. He said: "You can't say no to a team like Steaua. You can always negotiate a contract later: you just jump in and start working."

• Steaua midfielder Andrei Ionescu has prior experience of Dutch football, having played for PSV Eindhoven's reserves before returning home to join FC Universitatea Craiova in 2005.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.31CET

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