FC Dynamo Kyiv have an old score to settle as they take on FC Thun in UEFA Europa League Group G, with the Swiss side having eliminated their Ukrainian opponents en route to their biggest European achievement.
• In their run to the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage, Urs Schönenberger's Thun eliminated Leonid Buryak's Dynamo in the second qualifying round. The sides drew 2-2 in Kyiv before Tiago Bernardini's late goal handed Thun a 1-0 win in the return fixture in Berne.
• The teams for the sides' first meeting in Kyiv on 26 July 2005 were:
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy*, Rodolfo, Rebrov, Leko (Aliyev 69), Belkevich (Rincón 58), Rotan, Shatskikh (Verpakovskis 58), Gusev*, Nesmachniy, Gavrančić, Yussuf.
Thun: Jakupović, Leandro Vieira (Tiago Bernardini 29), Miličević, Adriano (Gelson 90), Gerber (José Gonçalves 40), Deumi, Aegerter, Lustrinelli, Nelson Ferreira*, Pallas, Hodžić.
*registered to play in this season's competition.
• Those previous meetings with Dynamo represent the sum total of Thun's experience of Ukrainian opposition.
• Dynamo have disputed six games against Swiss sides, with the outcome reading W2 D2 L2 (W1 D2 L0 in Kyiv – W1 D0 L2 in Switzerland).
• Dynamo took just a point from their two opening Group G matches and have won only one of their last five home fixtures in European competition.
• This is Dynamo's third UEFA Europa League group stage campaign; they made it all the way to the quarter-finals in 2010/11 but failed to reach the last 32 the following season.
• Thun are competing in the UEFA Europa League group stage for the first time, having lost to Stoke City FC in the play-offs two years ago. They memorably made it to the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage, finishing third in their section to earn a transfer to the UEFA Cup round of 32, where they lost to Hamburger SV.
• Following their 2-1 defeat at KRC Genk on matchday two, Thun have yet to win in four away games in UEFA club competition group stages.
• Dynamo forward Andriy Yarmolenko will take on Thun the day after celebrating his 24th birthday.
• Dynamo defender Aleksandar Dragovic knows Swiss football well, having spent two and a half years at FC Basel 1893 prior to joining his current side this summer.
• Thun goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre played alongside Dynamo's Ideye Brown during the latter's time in Switzerland as a Neuchâtel Xamax FC player.
• Oleh Blokhin has been coaching the club he graced as a player, Dynamo, since September 2012, stepping down as Ukraine coach for a second time after leading them out as co-hosts at UEFA EURO 2012. The European Footballer of the Year in 1975, Blokhin won eight Soviet titles and two European Cup Winners' Cups in a glorious spell at Dynamo from 1969 to 1988. He started coaching in Greece but returned home to help Ukraine reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.
• Urs Fischer took charge of Thun in November 2012 following a long spell working with FC Zürich, where he was in charge of various youth teams before becoming assistant and then senior coach. The centre-back made a record 545 Swiss league appearances – over 300 of them for Zürich, where he played his first and last games. In between, he captained FC St Gallen and was capped four times by Switzerland.
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