|I||Athletic||H. Kiryat Shmona|
Danish teams have had the better of past meetings with Norwegian opponents as FC København prepare to take on Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Molde FK in UEFA Europa League Group E.
• The clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, and this is also Molde's first experience of Danish opposition.
• København have played seven games against Norwegian sides in Europe, with the record W4 D2 L1 (W3 D1 L0 at home – W1 D1 L1 in Norway). Most recently, they eliminated Rosenborg BK in the play-offs to reach the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• There have been 19 games between Danish and Norwegian sides in UEFA competition, with the Danes' record reading W9 D4 L6 (W6 D1 L3 at home – W3 D3 L3 in Norway).
• FCK lost to LOSC Lille in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, parachuting down to start their fifth group stage campaign in this competition, having made it through to the round of 32 in two of their four previous attempts.
• Their 1-0 first-leg win against Lille ended a run of three home games without a European victory, encompassing a draw and two defeats.
• Molde, whose sole previous group stage participation of any sort came in the 1999/2000 edition of the UEFA Champions League, have not lost in their last four European away games, though three of those ties ended in draws.
• Solskjær remains unbeaten away from home in three European games as Molde coach.
• København's Lars Jacobsen celebrates his birthday (33) on the day of the match, as do Molde's Davy Claude Angan (26) and Martin Linnes (21).
• Molde coach Solskjær played against FCK twice in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage, coming on for 30 minutes as his Manchester United FC side prevailed 3-0 at Old Trafford. He then featured for the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss in Copenhagen.
• FCK's coach is Ariël Jacobs, who led RSC Anderlecht from 2007-12, winning two titles and a Belgian Cup to add to the one he picked up at RAA Louviéroise in 2002/03. Once a striker with K. Diegem Sport, the 59-year-old coached national youth teams and assisted Guy Thys as senior Belgium boss before returning to club football.
• Jacobs took charge of Anderlecht midway through the 2007/08 UEFA Europa League group stage, steering them through to the round of 32. He repeated that feat in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 and thus has never failed to lead a side through a European group stage.
• Solskjær left his home-town club Clausenengen FK for Molde in 1994, and played for them in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup before embarking on a glittering career as a forward at Manchester United, where he won six English titles, two FA Cups and scored the winner in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League final. Taking charge of the Old Trafford club's reserves after hanging up his boots, he returned to Molde to become coach, leading them to a first Norwegian title in his debut season, 2011.
• Solskjær never appeared in the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League as a player.
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