The official website for European football

Benfica out to turn tables on Stuttgart

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 10.15CET
SL Benfica will look to eradicate the memory of their only previous encounter with VfB Stuttgart when the two sides are reunited in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
Benfica out to turn tables on Stuttgart
Benfica parachuted into the last 32 from the UEFA Champions League group stage ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

BenficaStuttgart

Goals scored15
 
17
Attempts on target48
 
55
Attempts off target54
 
52
Corners60
 
38
Offsides13
 
21
Fouls committed131
 
105
Yellow cards14
 
19
Red cards0
2

Media Services

Standings

 
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 10.15CET

Benfica out to turn tables on Stuttgart

SL Benfica will look to eradicate the memory of their only previous encounter with VfB Stuttgart when the two sides are reunited in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

SL Benfica will look to eradicate the memory of their only previous encounter with VfB Stuttgart as the two sides are reunited in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, with the German club yet to lose against Portuguese opponents.

Previous meetings
• Stuttgart, under Matthias Sammer, met Giovanni Trapattoni's Benfica in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup group stage, winning 3-0 in Germany.

• The teams for that game on 4 November 2004 were:
Stuttgart: Hildebrand, Hinkel, Stranzl, Babbel, Meissner, Hleb (Vranješ 87), Heldt (Tiffert 73), Cacau*, Soldo, Lahm, Kuranyi (Szabics 77).
Benfica: Moreira*, Amoreirinha, Luisão*, Paulo Almeida, Geovanni, Dos Santos, Simão, Nuno Gomes* (Bruno Aguiar 65), Ricardo Rocha (Fucks 42), Manuel Fernandes, João Pereira (Karadas 55).

*still with the club

Match background
• Benfica's 34 games against German clubs have produced the record W8 D12 L14 (W8 D6 L2 in Lisbon).

• Aside from their previous joust with Benfica, Stuttgart's sole experience of Portuguese opposition came in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup, when they beat Vitória FC 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals before losing to Feyenoord in the last four.

• Benfica were on a nine-game unbeaten run at home (eight wins and a draw) when they lost 2-1 to FC Schalke 04 in their final UEFA Champions League group stage game of 2010. They are thus facing German opposition for the second match in succession.

• Stuttgart are unbeaten in seven home outings (four wins and three draws) since a 3-1 loss to Sevilla FC in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage. They triumphed in all three of their UEFA Europa League group stage home fixtures in the autumn.

Team facts
• Benfica are two goals shy of their 550th in UEFA club competition; this will be their 328th European game. Meanwhile, their next defeat will be their 100th in UEFA club competition.

• Stuttgart's Arthur Boka was responsible for five assists in the UEFA Europa League group stage, leaving him as the joint-top supplier along with FC Dynamo Kyiv's Roman Eremenko.

• Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has overseen seven games against German sides during his coaching stints with CF Os Belenenses, SC Braga and Benfica. His record reads W1 D1 L5 (W1 D0 L3 at home).

• His only positive results against German opposition came when his Benfica team eliminated Hertha BSC Berlin at this stage of last season's UEFA Europa League, drawing 1-1 at the Olympiastadion before prevailing 4-0 at home.

• New Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia kicked off his European reign at the club with a 5-1 win against Odense BK in their final UEFA Europa League game of 2010. Labbadia led Hamburger SV to the semi-finals last season but was dismissed following their 0-0 first-leg home draw against Fulham FC.

• The overall winners will take on the victors in the tie between FC BATE Borisov and Paris Saint-Germain FC in the round of 16 on 10 and 17 March, playing the first leg at home.

Last updated: 12/01/11 18.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000129/match=2003780/prematch/background/index.html#benfica+steeled+stuttgart

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.