|I||H. Kiryat Shmona||Sparta Praha|
Erstwhile FC København midfielder William Kvist returns to Parken in the colours of VfB Stuttgart aiming to put one over his former club and help the bottom side in UEFA Europa League Group E register their first win in the section.
• A resolute defensive display helped København hold Stuttgart to a 0-0 draw in Germany last time out.
• The sides met for the first time in UEFA club competition on matchday three.
• Stuttgart's record in four games against Danish opponents now reads W2 D1 L1 (W1 D1 L1 in Stuttgart – W1 D0 L0 in Denmark).
• FCK have yet to win in seven matches against German teams, boasting the unenviable record W0 D3 L4 (W0 D0 L3 in Copenhagen - W0 D3 L1 in Germany).
• København have failed to score in three of their last four UEFA matches.
• Stuttgart are without a win in four European fixtures and have not won on the road in continental competition in the same number of games.
• FCK are three goals shy of their 100th in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League – this will be their 72nd game in the two competitions.
• Denmark midfielder Kvist won five titles and a Danish Cup between 2004 and 2011 with København, his first club, before moving to Stuttgart.
• Defender Lars Jacobsen (Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg) spent two seasons in Germany either side of his first spell with FCK.
• Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia played up front for some of Germany's top clubs – Hamburger SV, FC Bayern München and SV Werder Bremen among others – and is the only player to have scored more than 100 goals in each of the country's top two divisions. Since starting his coaching career at home-town side SV Darmstadt 98, he has been in charge at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hamburg, taking over at Stuttgart in 2010.
• 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, Jacobs 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 Cup group stage, steering them through to the round of 16. He repeated that feat in 2009/10, and then led them to the last 32 in 2010/11 and 2011/12. He has thus never failed to lead a side through a European group stage.
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