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 of AFC Ajax in action with Dossa Júnior and Tomasz Brzyski (R) of Legia Warszawa during their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg
Arkadiusz Milik of AFC Ajax in action with Dossa Júnior and Tomasz Brzyski (R) of Legia Warszawa during their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

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:
Legia:
Kuciak, Dossa Júnior, Jodłowiec*, Guilherme*, Masłowski (Hélio Pinto 72), Kucharczyk*, Vrdoljak, Rzeźniczak*, Broź*, Żyro (Saganowski 60), Sá (Kosecki 60).
Ajax:
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.

Legia were involved in some high-scoring group games
Legia were involved in some high-scoring group games©AFP/Getty Images

Form guide
• Legia's 1-0 victory against Sporting CP on UEFA Champions League 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.

• Ajax need four more goals to reach 600 in UEFA club competition. With 596 in 364 games, they have averaged around 1.64 goals per game so far.

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).

Suspended: none.
Misses next match if booked: Guilherme, Vadis Odidja, Michał Pazdan, Miroslav Radović, Jakub Rzeźniczak (Legia); Davinson Sánchez, Joël Veltman (Ajax).

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.

UEFA makes new donation of €100,000 to ICRC
UEFA will mark a decade of helping Afghan landmine victims on Wednesday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos presents a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

"I would like to pay tribute to the ICRC, who have been working relentlessly to help landmine victims, many of whom are children. Their programme in Afghanistan, which has been in place for several years, shows that football can offer real hope in challenging times," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

"I am glad that UEFA can help this cause, and that the sport we love can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of so many people in this troubled region," he added.

The donation supports the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme for landmine victims and other people with disabilities in Afghanistan – providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy, vocational training and access to the rehabilitation centre's football team. About a third of patients are children.

Sergio Ramos will present the donation before his side's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Napoli at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on 15 February.

"The people benefiting from the ICRC programme in Afghanistan are an inspiration to us, as they set an example of how to approach life in a positive manner despite the problems that they face," the Real Madrid captain said.

Sergio Ramos was chosen to hand over the cheque after receiving the most votes in UEFA.com's Team of the Year, which was published in January, and added that it is "a privilege" to be "a source of motivation" to so many people.

"They don't stop dreaming, and they fight to make their dreams come true. As key figures in this sport, it's a true privilege for us footballers to be a source of motivation in their day-to-day lives, and to help them out," he said.

Over the course of a partnership lasting almost 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5m to the ICRC to help disadvantaged people around the globe. Meanwhile, over 7 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2016. More information on the award is available online at en.toty.uefa.com.