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Stuttgart coach Gross reunited with Young Boys

Published: Tuesday 31 August 2010, 8.05CET
VfB Stuttgart's Swiss coach Christian Gross comes up against familiar opposition in BSC Young Boys, with the German side boasting a great record against clubs from Switzerland.
Stuttgart coach Gross reunited with Young Boys
Christian Gross knows all about Swiss football ©Getty Images

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Goals scored17
 
13
Attempts on target55
 
48
Attempts off target52
 
49
Corners38
 
47
Offsides21
 
15
Fouls committed105
 
126
Yellow cards19
 
19
Red cards2
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 31 August 2010, 8.05CET

Stuttgart coach Gross reunited with Young Boys

VfB Stuttgart's Swiss coach Christian Gross comes up against familiar opposition in BSC Young Boys, with the German side boasting a great record against clubs from Switzerland.

VfB Stuttgart coach Christian Gross should know what to expect from BSC Young Boys in the sides' opening Group H game, with the German side boasting a great record against clubs from Switzerland.

Previous meetings
• The teams are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition.

• Stuttgart's record in six games against Swiss sides is an impressive W6 D0 L0 (W3 D0 L0 at home). Those fixtures have left them with the aggregate score of 22-5, meaning they have averaged well over three goals a game.

• Young Boys' nine games against clubs from Germany have ended W1 D5 L3 (W0 D3 L1 away). That sole win was a 2-1 success against FC Wismut Aue in a 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final replay staged on neutral territory in Amsterdam, in which the Berne club were the nominal home side.

Match background
• Back in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage for a fourth time, Stuttgart's six group phase home games to date have produced five wins and one loss – 2-0 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2005/06 edition.

• This is Young Boys' first game in the group stage of a major UEFA club competition.

• Young Boys' last five European away games have produced three wins and two defeats, most recently a 4-0 UEFA Champions League play-off round loss at Tottenham Hotspur FC – one of Stuttgart coach Gross's old clubs.

Team facts
• Gross will have a good idea of what to expect from Young Boys. As a player, the Zurich-born defender represented the likes of Grasshopper-Club, FC Lausanne-Sport, Neuchâtel Xamax FC and VfL Bochum 1848. He won six Swiss titles and five cups in spells as coach of Grasshoppers and FC Basel 1893 either side of his nine-month stint at Spurs from November 1997 until early the following season, and joined Stuttgart in December 2009.

• Young Boys' Sarajevo-born coach Vladimir Petković was a midfielder for FK Sarajevo as well as a number of Swiss clubs. As a coach, he worked his way up from assistant at AC Bellinzona to lead AC Lugano, then Bellinzona before taking charge of Young Boys in 2008.

• The two coaches met in the 2008 Swiss Cup final, with Gross's Basel coming through as 4-1 winners against Petković's Bellinzona, though it was 1-1 after 56 minutes.

• Young Boys midfielder David Degen played under Gross at Basel.

• His brother and former Basel team-mate Philipp Degen is in Gross's Stuttgart squad.

Last updated: 05/04/11 18.05CET

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