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Stuttgart seek change of luck against Genk

Published: Wednesday 9 January 2013, 7.16CET
While this is KRC Genk's first appearance in the new year of a UEFA club competition, VfB Stuttgart are looking to end many seasons of pain at this stage in Europe.
Stuttgart seek change of luck against Genk
Stuttgart have struggled at this stage in recent seasons ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 9 January 2013, 7.16CET

Stuttgart seek change of luck against Genk

While this is KRC Genk's first appearance in the new year of a UEFA club competition, VfB Stuttgart are looking to end many seasons of pain at this stage in Europe.

VfB Stuttgart will look to end a miserable run in springtime European fixtures as they take on KRC Genk in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

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

• Stuttgart's record in 15 games against Belgian sides reads W8 D3 L4 (W3 D3 L2 at home – W5 D0 L2 in Belgium). They have won their last seven games against Belgian sides – home and away – and have not lost in eight fixtures against Belgian clubs since 2000.

• Genk's record in eight games against German clubs is W2 D2 L4 (W1 D1 L2 at home – W1 D1 L2 in Germany). Worryingly, their only win against German opponents came in Brussels – the draw and two defeats were in Genk.

Match background
• Stuttgart failed to win a home game in the UEFA Europa League group stage this season, following up two draws with a 1-0 home defeat by Molde FK on matchday six.

• Genk came through the group stage unbeaten as they finished top of Group G. They recorded three wins and three draws, with their current seven-game unbeaten run matching their previous continental best – a streak which extended from the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup into their 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup campaign.

• Stuttgart qualified by coming second in Group E. They have yet to make it through the round of 32 since the advent of the UEFA Cup group stage in 2004/05, having fallen at this stage on four occasions (2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2010/11).

• Indeed, they have not won a two-legged springtime European tie in eight attempts since losing the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, with their record in those 16 games reading W2 D4 L10.

• Genk are appearing in UEFA club competition in the new year for the first time in their history.

• Coach Mario Been reached the round of 32 with NEC Nijmegen in 2008/09, but his side were no match for Hamburger SV.

Team facts
• Stuttgart have been losing finalists in major UEFA club competitions twice: they lost to SSC Napoli in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup final and Chelsea FC in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

• Stuttgart's Ivorian left-back Arthur Boka's first European club was KSK Beveren (2002–04), who were Genk's domestic rivals before the club merged with KV Red Star Waasland in 2010.

• Stuttgart midfielder Támas Hajnal also played in Belgium for K. Sint-Truidense VV (2004–06), with Genk midfielder Benjamin De Ceulaer among his team-mates in 2004/05, and defender Jeroen Simaeys playing alongside him in 2005/06.

• 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 both of Germany's top 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.

• Genk's coach since August 2011 has been Dutchman Been, most famous for his work as a midfielder – and then coach – with Feyenoord and their satellite club SBV Excelsior. He led NEC through the group stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, but lost out to KAA Gent in the 2010/11 play-offs when he was coaching Feyenoord.

Round of 16: Stuttgart/Genk v VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach/S.S. Lazio
• The first legs will be played on 7 March, with the returns the following Thursday.

• Stuttgart could meet Mönchengladbach in an all-German round of 16 tie. They have actually met in Europe before, with Gladbach edging out their Bundesliga rivals 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the 1979/80 UEFA Cup. Jupp Heynckes' side were then beaten by another German team – Eintracht Frankfurt – in the two-legged final.

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