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Malmö aim to combat AZ's daunting home record

Published: Sunday 4 September 2011, 22.05CET
AZ Alkmaar and Malmö FF meet for the first time in UEFA competition with the away side hoping to overcome AZ's outstanding home record in their UEFA Europa League Group G opener.
Malmö aim to combat AZ's daunting home record
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek will be hoping his side can maintain their impressive home record ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

AZMalmö

Goals scored17
 
4
Attempts on target68
 
29
Attempts off target62
 
31
Corners73
 
39
Offsides23
 
8
Fouls committed168
 
93
Yellow cards23
 
11
Red cards2
 
0

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Group G

PPts
1AZ Alkmaar AZ13
2FC Metalist Kharkiv Metalist13
3FK Austria Wien Austria Wien10
4Malmö FF Malmö10
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 4 September 2011, 22.05CET

Malmö aim to combat AZ's daunting home record

AZ Alkmaar and Malmö FF meet for the first time in UEFA competition with the away side hoping to overcome AZ's outstanding home record in their UEFA Europa League Group G opener.

AZ Alkmaar no longer boast an unsullied European home record, but they will provide stern competition for Malmö FF as the Swedish side head south for their UEFA Europa League Group G opener.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in Europe.

• AZ's only experience of Swedish opposition came in last season's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, where they eliminated IFK Göteborg, winning 2-0 in the Netherlands before a 1-0 defeat in Gothenburg.

• Malmö have played two-legged ties against Dutch sides twice, losing out to Feyenoord (agg: 5-1) in the second round of the 1979/80 UEFA Cup and AFC Ajax (agg: 3-2) in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals. In terms of individual games, their record is W1 D1 L2 (W0 D0 L2 in the Netherlands).

Match background
• While they have now lost two home games (against Everton FC and FC Dynamo Kyiv, both in the group stage of this competition), AZ still boast an impressive European home record of W29 D12 L2. They were unbeaten at home for 30 years in Europe before a 3-2 loss to Everton in December 2007.

• Since their 2-1 loss to Dynamo in last season's group stage, AZ have won all three of their UEFA home games, scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

• Malmö last competed in UEFA competition in 2005/06, when they made it to the UEFA Cup first round, winning 1-0 at Beşiktaş JK but losing the return 4-1 at home. This is their first appearance in a UEFA competition group stage.

Team facts
• AZ feature Swedish internationals Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom, who also played for the Under-21 selection, a team Malmö goalkeeper Johan Dahlin and outfield players Jasmin Sudic, Jiloan Hamad, Jimmy Durmaz and Agon Mehmeti have represented.

• Elm played for Kalmar FF before joining AZ in 2009. Wernbloom moved from IFK to Alkmaar in the same year.

• AZ boss Gertjan Verbeek spent most of his playing career as a defender at sc Heerenveen barring a season on loan at Heracles Almelo. He has twice coached Heracles either side of stints in charge of Heerenveen and (very briefly) Feyenoord. AZ brought him in at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

• Malmö boss Rikard Norling's midfield career was cut short by injury, but he made his name as a coach, taking charge of AIK Solna and Assyriska Föreningen before replacing FC København-bound Roland Nilsson as coach of the Swedish champions.

Last updated: 06/09/11 19.02CET

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