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Club Brugge KV will look to maintain their unbeaten home record against English sides as Birmingham City FC come calling in UEFA Europa League Group H.
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, and this is also Birmingham's first UEFA contest against a Belgian team.
• The Blues took on R. Union Saint-Gilloise in the 1959 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-finals, the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. They won 4-2 away and at home.
• Club Brugge's 16 games against English sides have ended W6 D2 L8 (W6 D1 L0 in Bruges). They lost to Liverpool FC in the two-legged 1976 UEFA Cup final and 1-0 against the same side in the 1978 European Champion Clubs' Cup final, which was staged in London.
• Brugge have won their last three UEFA Europa League home games. They failed to secure a single win at the Jan Breydelstadion in last season's group stage, drawing the first and losing the remaining two. They have already topped that by beating NK Maribor 2-0 in their first Group H home fixture.
• Birmingham are yet to lose in two UEFA away games, having recorded a draw and a win on their travels. The 2010/11 English League Cup finalists lost their first European game on matchday one, going down 3-1 at home to SC Braga.
• Birmingham boss Chris Hughton came up against Club Brugge as a Tottenham Hotspur FC player in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup second round; his side lost 2-1 in Bruges but won the return fixture 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
• Birmingham's Chilean midfielder Jean Beausejour spent the 2006/07 season in Belgium with KAA Gent but left without making a senior appearance.
• Club Brugge's Dutch defender Ryan Donk was loaned to Birmingham's West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion FC in the 2008/09 season.
• The Belgian side's defender Carl Hoefkens spent four seasons in England, with Stoke City FC (2005-07) and West Brom (2007-09), playing in a draw and two defeats against the Blues.
• Club Brugge midfielder Jonathan Blondel spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur from 2002, but made just two league appearances – both as a substitute.
• Club Brugge's Dutch boss Adrie Koster played for Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven before moving into coaching. He led AFC Ajax for a while after a spell running their youth team and took over as boss at the Jan Breydelstadion in 2009.
• Chris Hughton replaced Alex McLeish as Birmingham coach in June following their relegation from the Premier League. The London-born former Irish international left-back spent the bulk of his playing career at Tottenham (1977-90), where he also started coaching. His first senior role came at Newcastle United FC from 2009 to 2010.
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