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Napoli out to protect proud record against AIK

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 10.05CET
SSC Napoli host AIK Solna for the first time as Walter Mazzarri's men aim to negotiate a third consecutive successful group stage and protect an excellent record at the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli out to protect proud record against AIK
Kwame Karikari (left) scored in AIK's win at CSKA Moskva in the play-offs ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

NapoliAIK

Goals scored12
 
5
Attempts on target36
 
15
Attempts off target55
 
27
Corners36
 
21
Offsides16
 
14
Fouls committed144
 
89
Yellow cards24
 
14
Red Cards2
 
0

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Standings

Group F

PPts
SSC Napoli Napoli13
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Dnipro13
PSV Eindhoven PSV10
AIK AIK10
Last updated: 24/10/2012 04:33 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 10.05CET

Napoli out to protect proud record against AIK

SSC Napoli host AIK Solna for the first time as Walter Mazzarri's men aim to negotiate a third consecutive successful group stage and protect an excellent record at the Stadio San Paolo.

SSC Napoli are looking to make it three successful group stages in a row as they take on AIK Solna at the start of their UEFA Europa League Group F campaign.

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

• Napoli's only previous experience of Swedish opponents saw them get the better of IF Elfsborg in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League play-offs, winning 1-0 in Naples and 2-0 in Boras. Thus, they have yet to concede against Swedish teams.

• AIK, meanwhile, have not scored in four meetings with Italian sides, with their record reading W0 D1 L3 (W0 D1 L1 at home – W0 D0 L2 in Italy).

Match background
• Walter Mazzarri's Italian Cup holders are back in the group stage for a second time, having made it through to the knockout phase on their debut in 2010/11. They then qualified for last season's UEFA Champions League group stage, and reached the round of 16, where they lost to eventual winners Chelsea FC.

• Napoli are unbeaten in 14 European home games (ten wins and four draws), a run which stretches back to a 1-0 UEFA Cup third round loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on 7 December 1994.

• AIK are playing in the group stage of this competition for the first time, but played in the UEFA Champions League group stage under Englishman Stuart Baxter in 1999/2000, registering their only point with a 0-0 draw against another Italian side, Giovanni Trapattoni's ACF Fiorentina.

• AIK won two of their three away games in qualifying, beating FH Hafnarfjördur (1-0) and PFC CSKA Moskva (2-0) either side of a 1-0 loss at KKS Lech Poznań.

Team facts
• Napoli are playing their 100th game in UEFA club competition; the previous 99 ended W42 D31 L26.

• With Helsingborgs IF also having qualified, this is the first time that more than one Swedish club has competed in the group stage of a UEFA competition in the same season.

• AIK striker Henok Goitom was under contract at Udinese Calcio from 2004-07, scoring in his only Serie A appearance, as a substitute against FC Internazionale Milano. Much of his time in Italy was spent out on loan with Spanish side CF Ciudad de Murcia. His Udinese team-mates included Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis (2004-07) and right-back Andrea Dossena (2006-07).

• Napoli coach Mazzarri spent most of his playing career as a central defender outside Serie A, and after assisting Renzo Ulivieri as Napoli boss, struck out on his own. He worked his way up the divisions as a coach, before reaching Serie A with AS Livorno Calcio and Reggina FC, guiding UC Sampdoria through the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage and then taking command at Napoli in October 2009.

• AIK coach since December 2010, Andreas Alm played for Stockholm rivals Hammarby before coming to his current club as a striker from 2000-03. After hanging up his boots, Alm worked as a TV summariser and then joined the coaching staff at AIK, helping them to win a 2009 domestic double under Mikael Stahre, and assisted two further coaches before taking sole command.

Last updated: 17/09/12 18.45CET

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