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Rapid and Legia reunited 40 years on

Published: Monday 3 October 2011, 10.05CET
Exactly 40 years and a day since they last met in Romania, FC Rapid Bucureşti will look to earn another rousing home victory against Legia Warszawa in UEFA Europa League Group C.
Rapid and Legia reunited 40 years on
Rapid celebrate Dan Alexa's goal against PSV Eindhoven ©Getty Images

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Rapid BucureştiLegia

Goals scored5
 
9
Attempts on target20
 
35
Attempts off target27
 
39
Corners43
 
53
Offsides19
 
22
Fouls committed87
 
160
Yellow cards15
 
19
Red cards2
 
2

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Monday 3 October 2011, 10.05CET

Rapid and Legia reunited 40 years on

Exactly 40 years and a day since they last met in Romania, FC Rapid Bucureşti will look to earn another rousing home victory against Legia Warszawa in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Exactly 40 years and a day since their last meeting in Romania, FC Rapid Bucureşti will look to earn another rousing home victory against Legia Warszawa in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Previous meetings
• Bazil Marian's Rapid beat Tadeusz Chruściński's Legia 4-2 on aggregate in the second round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup in the sides' only previous UEFA meeting.

• The teams for their encounter in Bucharest on 19 October 1971 – a day shy of 40 years before this contest – were:

Rapid: Rică Raducănu, Pop, Boc, Codrea, Dinu, Lupescu, Năsturescu, Ene, Neagu, Dumitru, Anghelescu (Codreanu 46).
Legia: Tomaszewski (Mowlik 32), Stachurski, W Blaut, Trzaskowski, Zygmunt, Z Blaut, Cypka, Korzeniowski, Brychczy, Deyna, Gadocha.

• Legia goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski was replaced after 32 minutes with Legia 3-0 down. Wiesław Korzeniowski was sent off on 46 minutes.

• Lucjan Brychczy, now 77, played in that game and is still on the coaching staff at Legia. He is the club's second highest scorer of all time with 182 top-flight goals.

Match background
• Rapid's five games against Polish sides – including their previous meetings with Legia – ended W3 D1 L1 (W1 D1 L0 as the home side). They eliminated WKS Śląsk Wroclaw in the play-offs to reach this season's group stage, winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

• Legia's record in four games against Romanian clubs reads W3 D0 L1 (W1 D0 L1 away). They beat FCM UTA Arad 8-0 at home in the 1969/70 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round to record their second biggest continental victory.

• Rapid's 3-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven on matchday two ended a 17-game unbeaten home run in UEFA games (ten wins and seven draws). It was a record dating back to a 1-0 defeat by Vitesse in the UEFA Cup first round on 3 October 2002.

• Legia's 1-0 loss at PSV ended a four-game unbeaten run on the road in Europe, comprising three wins and a draw.

Team facts
• Legia goalkeeper Dušan Kuciak spent the past three seasons in Romania with FC Vaslui; his five games against Rapid ended W2 D2 L1 with Kuciak keeping two clean sheets.

• Rapid boss Razvăn Lucescu played in goal for a number of Romanian clubs, including Rapid, and briefly played in Italy for Crema Calcio in 1992/93, while his father Mircea was coaching Serie A side Brescia Calcio. In a previous spell as Rapid coach, he won two Romanian Cups and led them to the quarter-finals of the 2005/06 UEFA Cup and into the group stage once more the following season. He then coached Romania from 2009 to 2011.

• Legia midfielder Maciej Rybus made his first appearance for Poland in a 1-0 defeat by a Romania side coached by Lucescu in November 2009. Team-mate Michał Żewłakow also featured.

• Legia coach Maciej Skorża had abandoned his playing career as a defender by his early 20s, but became a successful coach with KS Amica Wronki, Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski and Wisła Kraków, where he won two Polish league titles.

Last updated: 17/10/11 12.12CET

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