Legia Warszawa v Ajax background

Ajax return to the Polish capital to face Legia Warszawa in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 two years after they defeated the Army Men at the same stage of the competition.

Arkadiusz Milik (AFC Ajax), Dossa Júnior & Tomasz Brzyski (Legia Warszawa)
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Legia Warszawa have conceded 25 goals in their last seven European games and may need to tighten up if they are to avenge a 4-0 aggregate defeat by Ajax in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Previous meetings
• Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scored three goals against his compatriots as Frank de Boer's Ajax beat Henning Berg's Legia 1-0 at home and 3-0 away in that tie. Current Ajax defender Nick Viergever scored the other goal.

• The teams for their last Warsaw meeting on 26 February 2015 were:
Kuciak, Dossa Júnior, Jodłowiec*, Guilherme*, Masłowski (Hélio Pinto 72), Kucharczyk*, Vrdoljak, Rzeźniczak*, Broź*, Żyro (Saganowski 60), Sá (Kosecki 60).
Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman* (Van der Hoorn 72), Boilesen, Klaassen (Sinkgraven* 46), Kishna (Andersen 79), Milik, El Ghazi*, Serero*, Viergever*, Bazoer*.

* registered to play for the club in this season's competition

• Legia's eight games against Dutch sides have ended W2 D1 L5 (W1 D1 L2 in Warsaw – W1 D0 L3 in the Netherlands). Ajax's only encounters with Polish teams are those previous matches against Legia.

Dortmund 8-4 Legia, scoreboard
Legia were involved in some high-scoring group games©AFP/Getty Images

Form guide
• Legia's 1-0 victory against Sporting CP on matchday six ended a six-game wait for a European win (D2 L4), during which time they conceded 25 goals – including 14 in two meetings with Borussia Dortmund.

• Ajax advanced through the group stage unbeaten (W4 D2) after losing to Rostov in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

• Ajax eliminated Legia the last time they reached the round of 32. Legia have not triumphed in a springtime European tie since 1990/91, when they overcame Sampdoria before losing to Manchester United in the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup – the closest they have come to winning a UEFA competition.

• Ajax last made it through the round of 32 in 2014/15, when they beat Legia en route to an away-goals loss to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. They lifted the UEFA Cup in 1992 to complete a full set of major UEFA trophies; they were European champions in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995 and claimed the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1987.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Amsterdam to Warsaw is around 1,100km.

Suárez, Milik, Jonk: Watch great Ajax goals
Suárez, Milik, Jonk: watch great Ajax goals

• Ajax (1992) are one of seven former UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners in the round of 32, along with Tottenham Hotspur (1972, 1984), Borussia Mönchengladbach (1975 & 1979), Anderlecht (1983), Schalke (1997), Zenit (2008) and Shakhtar Donetsk (2009).

• Legia are one of eight domestic champions involved in the round of 32, along with Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL), APOEL (CYP), København (DEN), Olympiacos (GRE), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR), Astra Giurgiu (ROU) and Beşiktaş (TUR).

• Legia's Georgian international midfielder Valeri Kazaishvili played under Ajax boss Peter Bosz at Vitesse (2013–16).

The coaches
• Coach since September 2016, Jacek Magiera first joined Legia as a player in 1997, spending the remainder of his career in Warsaw and joining the club's coaching staff after retiring. He has a degree in history, his masters' thesis having covered the origins of football club badges.

• A Dutch title winner as a midfielder with Feyenoord, Bosz returned from Israel to take charge of Ajax in May 2016. Bosz has managed Heracles and Vitesse in the Netherlands, also briefly coaching Maccabi Tel-Aviv.