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UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona - Sporting Clube de Portugal Match press kits

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FC BarcelonaFC BarcelonaCamp Nou - BarcelonaTuesday 5 December 2017
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group D - Matchday 6
Sporting Clube de PortugalSporting Clube de Portugal
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
27/09/2017GSSporting Clube de Portugal - FC Barcelona0-1
LisbonCoates 49 (og)
UEFA Champions League
26/11/2008GSSporting Clube de Portugal - FC Barcelona2-5
LisbonMiguel Veloso 65, Liedson 66; Henry 14, Piqué 17, Messi 49, Marco Caneira 67 (og), Bojan Krkić 73 (P)
16/09/2008GSFC Barcelona - Sporting Clube de Portugal3-1
BarcelonaMárquez 21, Eto'o 60 (P), Xavi Hernández 87; Tonel 72
05/11/1986R2Sporting Clube de Portugal - FC Barcelona2-1
agg: 2-2 ag
LisbonNegrete Arias 41, Meade 61; Roberto 83
22/10/1986R2FC Barcelona - Sporting Clube de Portugal1-0
BarcelonaJulio Alberto 72
FC Barcelona2200320100005401115
Sporting Clube de Portugal3102200200005104511

FC Barcelona - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
05/12/2012GSFC Barcelona - SL Benfica0-0Barcelona
02/10/2012GSSL Benfica - FC Barcelona0-2
LisbonAlexis Sánchez 6, Fàbregas 55
UEFA Super Cup
26/08/2011FFC Barcelona - FC Porto2-0
MonacoMessi 39, Fàbregas 88
UEFA Champions League
05/04/2006QFFC Barcelona - SL Benfica2-0
agg: 2-0
BarcelonaRonaldinho 19, Eto'o 89
28/03/2006QFSL Benfica - FC Barcelona0-0Lisbon
UEFA Champions League
07/03/2000GS2FC Porto - FC Barcelona0-2
PortoAbelardo 37, Rivaldo 59
01/03/2000GS2FC Barcelona - FC Porto4-2
BarcelonaRivaldo 16, 89, F. de Boer 23, Kluivert 45; Jardel 5, 79
31/10/1995R2Vitória SC - FC Barcelona0-4
agg: 0-7
GuimaraesKodro 19, Óscar García 61, Celades 66, Sergi Barjuán 76
17/10/1995R2FC Barcelona - Vitória SC3-0
BarcelonaKodro 45, 66, Celades 76
UEFA Champions League
27/04/1994SFFC Barcelona - FC Porto3-0
BarcelonaStoichkov 10, 35, R. Koeman 72
European Champions Clubs' Cup
15/04/1992R3 (GS)FC Barcelona - SL Benfica2-1
BarcelonaStoichkov 12, Bakero 23; Brito 27
11/12/1991R3 (GS)SL Benfica - FC Barcelona0-0Lisbon
30/09/1987R1Os Belenenses - FC Barcelona1-0
agg: 1-2
LisbonN'kiamba Esalo 7
16/09/1987R1FC Barcelona - Os Belenenses2-0
BarcelonaMoratalla 90, Víctor Muñoz 90+2
European Champions Clubs' Cup
06/11/1985R2FC Porto - FC Barcelona3-1
agg: 3-3 ag
PortoJuary 67, 71, 89; Archibald 78
23/10/1985R2FC Barcelona - FC Porto2-0
BarcelonaMarcos Alonso 61, Schuster 70
29/09/1976R1FC Barcelona - Os Belenenses3-2
agg: 5-4
BarcelonaRexach 33, Asensi 53, Clares 87; Vasques 43, Rocha 55
15/09/1976R1Os Belenenses - FC Barcelona2-2LisbonPerrulas Quearesma 30, Alfar Horta 56; Heredia 15, 85
29/09/1972R1FC Barcelona - FC Porto0-1
agg: 1-4
BarcelonaMiglieti 19
20/09/1972R1FC Porto - FC Barcelona3-1
PortoFlávio 48, Miglieti 51, 66; Barrios 33
European Champions Clubs' Cup
31/05/1961FSL Benfica - FC Barcelona3-2
BerneÁguas 31, Ramallets 32 (og), Coluna 55; Kocsis 21, Czibor 75

Sporting Clube de Portugal - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
22/11/2016GSSporting Clube de Portugal - Real Madrid CF1-2
LisbonAdrien Silva 80 (P); Varane 29, Benzema 87
14/09/2016GSReal Madrid CF - Sporting Clube de Portugal2-1
MadridRonaldo 89, Morata 90+4; Bruno César 48
UEFA Europa League
26/04/2012SFAthletic Club - Sporting Clube de Portugal3-1
agg: 4-3
BilbaoSusaeta 17, Ibai Gómez 45+1, Llorente 88; Van Wolfswinkel 44
19/04/2012SFSporting Clube de Portugal - Athletic Club2-1
LisbonInsua 76, Diego Capel 80; Aurtenetxe 54
UEFA Europa League
18/03/2010R16Sporting Clube de Portugal - Club Atlético de Madrid2-2
agg: 2-2 ag
LisbonLiedson 19, Polga 45+1; Agüero 3, 33
11/03/2010R16Club Atlético de Madrid - Sporting Clube de Portugal0-0Madrid
UEFA Champions League
25/10/2000GS1Real Madrid CF - Sporting Clube de Portugal4-0
MadridGuti 12, Sávio 42, Morientes 62, 70
12/09/2000GS1Sporting Clube de Portugal - Real Madrid CF2-2LisbonSá Pinto 39, André Cruz 42; Roberto Carlos 50, Rui Jorge 75 (og)
27/09/1994R1Sporting Clube de Portugal - Real Madrid CF2-1
agg: 2-2 ag
LisbonSá Pinto 3, Oceano 31; M. Laudrup 15
13/09/1994R1Real Madrid CF - Sporting Clube de Portugal1-0
MadridMartín Vázquez 11
09/11/1988R2Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Sporting Clube de Portugal0-0
agg: 2-1
San Sebastian
26/10/1988R2Sporting Clube de Portugal - Real Sociedad de Fútbol1-2
LisbonBacinello 30 (P); Iturrino Cenekorta 16, Juarros Garcia 50
11/12/1985R3Sporting Clube de Portugal - Athletic Club3-0
agg: 4-2
LisbonFernandes 20 (P), Meade 56, Sousa 74
27/11/1985R3Athletic Club - Sporting Clube de Portugal2-1
BilbaoSarabia 13, Salinas 58; Meade 72
28/09/1983R1Sporting Clube de Portugal - Sevilla FC3-2
agg: 4-3
LisbonBuyo 30 (og), Fernandes 60, António Oliveira 88; Montero 27, Francisco López 51
14/09/1983R1Sevilla FC - Sporting Clube de Portugal1-1SevilleMagdaleno 19; Fernandes 72
European Champions Clubs' Cup
16/03/1983QFReal Sociedad de Fútbol - Sporting Clube de Portugal2-0
agg: 2-1
San SebastianGurruchaga 42, Bakero 68
02/03/1983QFSporting Clube de Portugal - Real Sociedad de Fútbol1-0
LisbonFernandes 88
FC Barcelona1210111253421012616464823
Sporting Clube de Portugal126241103800002365122638

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Match background Only this chapter

Sporting Clube de Portugal face a tall order on matchday six: to have any chance of extending their UEFA Champions League season, they must win away to FC Barcelona, who have already wrapped up first place in Group D.

• The Portuguese side must turn round the 1-0 home defeat they suffered against the Blaugrana on matchday two, but even that might not be enough; trailing second-placed Juventus by a point, Sporting CP need the Italian team to fail to win away to Olympiacos FC, who will finish bottom.

Previous meetings
• When these clubs met in the 2008/09 group stage, Barcelona – who went on to finish first in the section, with Sporting CP second, and ended the season by lifting the trophy – won 3-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Rafael Márquez, a Samuel Eto'o penalty and Xavi Hernández; Tonel replied for the visitors.

• The line-ups in Spain on 16 September 2008 were:
Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Puyol (Sylvinho 89), Piqué, Márquez, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o (Touré 66), Henry (Pedro 75).
Sporting CP: Rui Patrício, Anderson Polga, Caneira (Pereirinha 79), Abel, Romagnoli (Miguel Veloso 66), Rochemback, Moutinho, Tonel, Izmailov, Derlei, Yannick Djaló (Postiga 62).

• Gerard Piqué and Lionel Messi were both on target in Barcelona's 5-2 away win against Sporting CP on 26 November 2008. Thierry Henry, a Marco Caneira own goal and Bojan Krkić, a penalty after Sporting CP keeper Rui Patrício had been sent off, also registered for Barça, with Miguel Veloso and Liedson getting the home goals.

• The Spanish side were also victorious in the teams' only other contest, although by a much narrower margin. Barcelona's Julio Alberto scored the only goal of their first leg in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup second round but strikes in Lisbon from Manuel Negrete and Raphael Meade looked to have taken Sporting CP through, only for Roberto's 83rd-minute effort to earn Barça an away-goals triumph.

Highlights: Sporting CP 0-1 Barcelona

Match background

• The Spanish giants have won both home games in Group D, scoring three goals in beating both Juventus (3-0) and Olympiacos (3-1).

• Barcelona are unbeaten in 23 UEFA Champions League home matches, a run that started in September 2013 (W21 D2).

• Barcelona's record at home against Portuguese clubs is W10 D1 L1. The draw came in their most recent fixture, on matchday six against SL Benfica in 2012/13 (0-0). The only defeat came in their first game, with FC Porto winning 1-0 in Spain in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup first round.

• The Blaugrana are unbeaten in their last 15 matches against Portuguese teams, home and away (W12 D3), since a 1-0 loss at CF Os Belenenses in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup first round.

• This is Barcelona's record-equalling 22nd UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, and 14th in succession. They last failed to reach the last 16 in 2000/01, although they did not take part in 2003/04.

• Barça last failed to progress beyond the round of 16 in 2006/07; their last two campaigns have been ended in the quarter-finals, by Juventus last season and by Club Atlético de Madrid in 2015/16.

Sporting CP
• Sporting CP have never won in Spain, where their record is W0 D3 L8. Their most recent trip was a 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid CF on matchday one last term.

• Their elimination from last season's edition of the UEFA Champions League was confirmed by a 2-1 loss at home to Madrid on matchday five; this season's defeat by Barcelona was a fourth successive loss to Spanish opponents, home and away.

• Sporting CP have won only one of their last 11 fixtures against Spanish opposition (D3 L7), beating Athletic Club 2-1 at home in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg; they bowed out after losing the return 3-1.

• The Lisbon side opened Group D with a 3-2 success at Olympiacos on matchday one, before going down 2-1 at Juventus in their most recent away game.

• The Olympiacos victory was Sporting CP's third in their last 25 European away fixtures (D5 L17). It was also their first away win in this competition proper since a 1-0 triumph at FC Basel 1893 on 9 December 2008; their subsequent record was D1 L6, with a five-game losing run prior to the Olympiacos victory including all three away matches in last season's group stage.

• The Portuguese team were 5-1 aggregate winners against Romania's FCSB in the play-offs, following up a 0-0 home draw with a 5-1 success in Bucharest. That win in Romania ended Sporting CP's four-game losing streak in European away matches.

• Sporting CP are in the group stage for a third time in four years. In 2016/17, they came fourth in their section behind Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid CF and Legia Warszawa.

Coach and player links
• André Gomes played 41 games under Jorge Jesus – who gave him his professional debut – at Benfica between 2012 and 2014, scoring four goals. Nélson Semedo was part of Benfica's B team during Jesus' last two seasons at the club, but did not make his first-team debut until the coach had departed for Sporting CP.

• Gomes won all three of his Benfica matches against Sporting CP; Semedo's record against Sporting CP with Benfica was W1 D1 L1.

• Andrés Iniesta scored past Rui Patrício as Spain beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-finals; Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Fábio Coentrão also played.

• Lionel Messi beat Rui Patrício from the penalty spot as Argentina won 2-1 in a friendly match against Portugal in Switzerland, in February 2011; Javier Mascherano and Coentrão also featured.

• Bruno Fernandes and Daniel Podence were in the Portugal side beaten 3-1 by Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suárez's Spain in this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship group stage; Tobias Figueiredo was an unused substitute.

• Between 2014 and 2017 Jérémy Mathieu made 63 league appearances for Barcelona, scoring three goals. Mathieu faced the Catalan side eight times in all competitions for Valencia CF between 2009 and 2014 (W1 D3 L4).

• As a Real Madrid player between 2011 and 2017, Coentrão made 58 Liga appearances, scoring once. He faced Barcelona ten times in all competitions (W4 D2 L4).

• Also played in Spain:
Tobias Figueiredo (CF Reus, 2013/14)
Cristiano Piccini (Real Betis Balompié, 2014–17)

• International team-mates:
Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembélé & Jérémy Mathieu (France)
Nélson Semedo, André Gomes & Rui Patrício, Fábio Coentrão, Gelson Martins, William Carvalho (Portugal)
Jasper Cillessen & Bas Dost (Netherlands)
Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi & Marcos Acuña (Argentina)
Luis Suárez & Sebastián Coates (Uruguay)

• Have played together:
Luis Suárez & Sebastián Coates (Liverpool FC, 2011–14)
André Gomes & Bruno Cèsar (Benfica, 2012)
Jordi Alba & Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia CF, 2009–12)
Paco Alcácer & Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia, 2013/14)

Match facts

• Nélson Semedo will incur a suspension with his next booking.

• Ernesto Valverde's side had won nine in a row at the Camp Nou prior to Saturday's 2-2 home draw with RC Celta de Vigo. They have scored 33 and conceded five in that ten-game sequence.

• Lionel Messi found the net for the first time in seven games at the weekend and now has 20 goals in 26 outings for club and country this term.

• Barcelona are unbeaten in 21 matches in all competitions, winning 16, and have kept 14 clean sheets during that run including seven in their last ten matches.

• Jordi Alba has scored three in his last six games for club and country, including a late equaliser at second-placed Valencia CF on 26 November – his first for Barcelona in 2017.

• Messi is just three away from 100 UEFA Champions League goals.

• Messi and Luis Suárez are on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, the winner of which will be revealed on 7 December.

• Ousmane Dembélé has been out since 16 September after a hamstring injury sustained against Getafe CF.

Sporting CP
• Sebastián Coates returns from suspension. Marcos Acuña, Fábio Coentrão, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes are all a booking away from a ban.

• Sporting CP are yet to lose in domestic competition this season (W12 D4).

• Sporting CP have scored 19 goals in 13 home games in all competitions this season; away from home they have 27 goals in ten matches.

• Sporting CP have scored in 19 consecutive away games in all competitions.

• Bas Dost has scored nine goals in his last eight games.

• Rodrigo Battaglia scored his first Liga goal for Sporting CP in the 2-1 win at FC Paços de Ferreira on 26 November.

• Rui Patrício is one game away from going third on Sporting CP's all-time appearance list. With 432 games for the club so far, the 29 year-old goalkeeper could overtake Hilário's club-record tally of 453 this season.

• Marcos Acuña returned to the team at Paços de Ferreira, his first appearance since 5 November.

• Seydou Doumbia injured himself in the last international break and has not played for Sporting CP since 5 November.

• Jonathan Silva has had surgery after damaging knee ligaments against FC Famalicão on 16 November.


Squad list Only this chapter

FC Barcelona - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Marc-André ter StegenGER30/04/199225 - --5-14-37-47-
13Jasper CillessenNED22/04/198928 - ------12-33-
31Adrián OrtoláESP20/08/199324 - ----------
2Nélson SemedoPOR16/11/199324*--4-9-151151
3Gerard PiquéESP02/02/198730 - --4-10193119711
14Javier MascheranoARG08/06/198433 - --2-6-96-1101
18Jordi AlbaESP21/03/198928 - --4-121502653
19Lucas DigneFRA20/07/199324 - --213-221242
22Aleix VidalESP21/08/198928 - --1-7-2-142
23Samuel UmtitiFRA14/11/199324 - --5-12-17-352
25Thomas VermaelenBEL14/11/198532 - ----2-311572
33Sergi PalenciaESP23/03/199621 - ----------
34Dani MorerESP05/02/199819 - ----------
35Rodri TarínESP05/07/199621 - ----------
36CucuESP22/07/199819 - ----------
4Ivan RakitićCRO10/03/198829 - --5114-485869
5Sergio BusquetsESP16/07/198829 - --5-141894924
6Denis SuárezESP06/01/199423 - --1-922-254
7Arda TuranTUR30/01/198730 - ------3298219
8Andrés IniestaESP11/05/198433 - --4-1211261113411
12RafinhaESP12/02/199324 - ------16-171
15Paulinho BRA25/07/198829 - --5-1345-182
20Sergi RobertoESP07/02/199225 - --4-101293303
21André GomesPOR30/07/199324 - --4-5-201332
26Carles AleñáESP05/01/199819 - ----------
28Ferrán SarsanedasESP11/02/199720 - ----------
30Oriol BusquetsESP20/01/199918 - ----------
9Luis SuárezURU24/01/198730 - --5-11638197640
10Lionel MessiARG24/06/198730 - --53141312097124100
11Ousmane DembéléFRA15/05/199720 - --1-2-112112
16Gerard DeulofeuESP13/03/199423 - --3-916-11-
17Paco AlcácerESP30/08/199324 - ----628-237
27Carles PérezESP16/02/199819 - ----------
29Abel RuizESP28/01/200017 - ----------
-Ernesto ValverdeESP09/02/196453 - --5---19-92-
Sporting Clube de Portugal - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Rui PatrícioPOR15/02/198829 - 2-5-13-25-86-
18Romain SalinFRA29/07/198433 - --------10-
30Vladimir StojkovicPOR04/10/199621 - ----------
60Filipe RodriguesPOR22/01/200017 - ----------
81Luís MaximianoPOR05/01/199918 - ----------
82Pedro SilvaPOR13/02/199720 - ----------
99Diogo SousaPOR16/09/199819 - ----------
3Jonathan SilvaARG29/06/199423 - --4-6-71131
4Sebastián CoatesURU07/10/199027 - 2-4-13110-161
5Fábio CoentrãoPOR11/03/198829*2-3-9-372653
6André PintoPOR05/10/198928 - --2-4-2-161
13Stefan RistovskiMKD12/02/199225 - --3-1-3-101
22Jérémy MathieuFRA29/10/198334 - 2-4-12130-784
43Gonçalo VieiraPOR31/01/199819 - ----------
53Gonçalo CostaPOR18/02/200017 - ----------
55Tobias FigueiredoPOR02/02/199423 - --1---1-71
59João OliveiraPOR30/01/199918 - ----------
63Tiago DjalóPOR09/04/200017 - ----------
64Ivanildo FernandesPOR26/03/199621 - ----------
71Rodrigo VazaPOR31/01/200017 - ----------
74Guilherme RamosPOR11/08/199720 - ----------
75Abdu ContéPOR24/03/199819 - ----------
92Cristiano PicciniITA26/09/199225 - 2-4-12-4-6-
95Thierry CorreiaPOR09/03/199918 - ----------
96João RicciulliGNB10/10/199918 - ----------
8Bruno FernandesPOR08/09/199423*2-511365171
9Marcos AcuñaARG28/10/199126*214-1224-61
11Bruno CésarBRA03/11/198829 - 1-429-256296
14William CarvalhoPOR07/04/199225 - --4-9-16-22-
16Rodrigo BattagliaARG12/07/199126 - 215-1315-71
21MattheusBRA07/07/199423 - --1---1-1-
25Radosav PetrovićSRB08/03/198928 - 1-1-1-7-301
45Iuri MedeirosPOR10/07/199423 - 1---5---1-
51Bubacar DjalóPOR02/02/199720 - ----------
62Bernardo SousaPOR27/03/200017 - ----------
66João PalhinhaPOR09/07/199522 - --2---2-2-
68Daniel BragançaPOR27/05/199918 - ----------
76Pedro FerreiraPOR05/01/199819 - ----------
77Gelson MartinsPOR11/05/199522*2151134111203
80Bruno PazPOR23/04/199819 - ----------
90Miguel LuísPOR27/02/199918 - ----------
94Rafael BarbosaPOR29/03/199621 - ----------
10Alan RuizARG19/08/199324 - ----5-----
17Daniel PodencePOR21/10/199522 - 1---7---1-
28Bas DostNED31/05/198928 - 21521310174287
57GelsonANG13/07/199621 - ----------
61Diogo BrásPOR16/03/200017 - ----------
70Ronaldo TavaresPOR22/07/199720 - ----------
88Seydou DoumbiaCIV31/12/198729 - 21416-31154828
89Elves BaldéPOR02/10/199918 - ----------
91Nuno MoreiraPOR16/06/199918 - ----------
93Rafael LeãoPOR10/06/199918 - ----------
97Jovane CabralCPV14/06/199819S----------
-Jorge JesusPOR24/07/195463 - 2-5---42-116-

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ernesto Valverde

Date of birth: 9 February 1964
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Deportivo Alavés, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona, Athletic Club, RCD Mallorca
Coaching career: Athletic Club (twice), RCD Espanyol, Olympiacos FC (twice), Villarreal CF, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona

• Known as 'Txingurri' – or worker ant – as a player, former striker Valverde scored 44 goals in 170 appearances over a six-year stay with Athletic. Had previously helped Espanyol to a third-place Liga finish in 1987 and an appearance in the following season's UEFA Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

• Began coaching career in Athletic's youth ranks before stepping up to handle first-team affairs with the Basque club in 2003/04; guided the Leones to UEFA Cup qualification in his first term in charge.

• Valverde again found himself losing a UEFA Cup final on penalties in 2007 – this time as coach of Espanyol – with Liga rivals Sevilla FC emerging victorious in Glasgow.

• In his first season outside Spain, steered Olympiacos to a Greek league and cup double in 2008/09 before signing a one-year deal with Villarreal in June 2009. Was sacked the following January with the Yellow Submarine in tenth.

• Rejoined Olympiacos in August 2010, lifting another championship at the end of his first campaign. Added a second domestic double the next year but then stood down, taking the Valencia helm in December 2012 on a deal until the end of the season. Reappointed by Athletic in June 2013 and took them to fourth in the Liga in his first term back, winning the 2015 Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 defeat of Barcelona – where he succeeded Luis Enrique as head coach in May 2017.


Jorge Jesus

Date of birth: 24 July 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing Career: Sporting Clube de Portugal, GD Peniche, SC Olhanense, CF Os Belenenses, GD Riopele, Juventude SC, UD Leiria, Vitória FC, SC Farense, CF Estrela da Amadora, Benfica e Castelo Branco, SR Almancilense
Coaching career: Amora FC, FC Felgueiras, CF Estrela da Amadora (twice), Vitória FC, Vitória SC, Moreirense FC, UD Leiria, CF Os Belenenses, SC Braga, SL Benfica, Sporting Clube de Portugal

• A midfielder at Sporting, Jesus enjoyed a long if low-key career with a number of smaller Portuguese sides before moving into coaching with fourth division Amora after hanging up his boots in 1989, leading them to a title. Then led Felgueiras from the third division to the Liga in successive seasons, though they were relegated in his third campaign in 1995/96.

• Further Liga experience came at hometown side Estrela da Amadora, Setúbal and Guimarães, though he endured another relegation with Moreirense in 2004/05. In 2006/07, he guided Belenenses to fifth place and the Portuguese Cup final, where despite losing to Sporting they earned a place in the UEFA Cup.

• Even better followed at Braga in 2008/09 as he guided them to UEFA Intertoto Cup success and subsequently the UEFA Cup round of 16. A fifth-place Liga finish prompted Benfica to lure him back to Lisbon in 2009 and Jesus rewarded their faith with the league title and League Cup in his debut campaign.

• After completing a hat-trick of Portuguese League Cup triumphs in 2012, Jesus's Benfica came tantalisingly close to an even bigger treble in 2013, only to finish runners-up in both the Portuguese Liga and Cup and lose the UEFA Europa League final to Chelsea FC.

• Signed a two-year contract extension in June 2013 and led Benfica to another UEFA Europa League final the following season, although they again lost, this time to Sevilla FC. That disappointment was somewhat soothed by a clean sweep of the three domestic trophies, with another league and League Cup secured in 2014/15, during which Jesus became the Benfica coach with the most victories and the most league matches. Unexpectedly left to join Sporting in June 2015, taking the club to the Liga's runners-up spot in his first season – behind Benfica – and third the following year.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeCraig Thomson (SCO)
  • Assistant refereesAlan Mulvanny (SCO) , Graeme Stewart (SCO)
  • Additional assistant refereesKevin Clancy (SCO) , Andrew Dallas (SCO)
  • Fourth officialStuart Stevenson (SCO)
  • UEFA DelegatePatrick Wattebled (FRA)
  • UEFA Referee observerEmil Bozinovski (MKD)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Craig Thomson20/06/19723796

Craig Thomson

Referee since: 1988
First division: 2000
FIFA badge: 2003

Tournaments: 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2012, 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup

UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
24/10/2007UCLGSRosenborg BKValencia CF2-0Trondheim
15/09/2009UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridAPOEL FC0-0Madrid
02/11/2010UCLGSSL BenficaOlympique Lyonnais4-3Lisbon
23/11/2010UCLGSAFC AjaxReal Madrid CF0-4Amsterdam
06/04/2011UCLQFFC BarcelonaFC Shakhtar Donetsk5-1Barcelona
23/08/2011UCLPOVillarreal CFOdense BK3-0Villarreal
19/10/2011UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenValencia CF2-1Leverkusen
23/11/2011UCLGSFC Shakhtar DonetskFC Porto0-2Donetsk
14/02/2012UCLR16Bayer 04 LeverkusenFC Barcelona1-3Leverkusen
23/10/2012UCLGSFC BATE BorisovValencia CF0-3Minsk
04/12/2012UCLGSParis Saint-GermainFC Porto2-1Paris
20/02/2013UCLR16AC MilanFC Barcelona2-0Milan
09/04/2013UCLQFBorussia DortmundMálaga CF3-2Dortmund
18/09/2013UCLGSFK Austria WienFC Porto0-1Vienna
01/10/2014UCLGSPFC Ludogorets 1945Real Madrid CF1-2Sofia
25/11/2014UCLGSSporting Clube de PortugalNK Maribor3-1Lisbon
16/09/2015UCLGSValencia CFFC Zenit2-3Valencia
01/11/2016UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridFC Rostov2-1Madrid
27/09/2017UCLGSFC Basel 1893SL Benfica5-0Basel

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
24/07/2004UICR3FC Spartak MoskvaVillarreal CF2-2Moscow
05/09/2006U21QRPortugalPoland2-0Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)
13/12/2006UELGSUS Città di PalermoRC Celta de Vigo1-1Palermo
24/10/2007UCLGSRosenborg BKValencia CF2-0Trondheim
06/09/2008WCQRSpainBosnia and Herzegovina1-0Murcia
04/12/2008UELGSKKS Lech PoznańRC Deportivo La Coruña1-1Poznan
19/03/2009UELR16SC BragaParis Saint-Germain0-1Braga
27/08/2009UELPOVillarreal CFNAC Breda6-1Villarreal
15/09/2009UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridAPOEL FC0-0Madrid
01/04/2010UELQFValencia CFClub Atlético de Madrid2-2Valencia
02/11/2010UCLGSSL BenficaOlympique Lyonnais4-3Lisbon
23/11/2010UCLGSAFC AjaxReal Madrid CF0-4Amsterdam
17/02/2011UELR32Sevilla FCFC Porto1-2Seville
06/04/2011UCLQFFC BarcelonaFC Shakhtar Donetsk5-1Barcelona
28/04/2011UELSFSL BenficaSC Braga2-1Lisbon
23/08/2011UCLPOVillarreal CFOdense BK3-0Villarreal
19/10/2011UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenValencia CF2-1Leverkusen
23/11/2011UCLGSFC Shakhtar DonetskFC Porto0-2Donetsk
14/02/2012UCLR16Bayer 04 LeverkusenFC Barcelona1-3Leverkusen
19/04/2012UELSFClub Atlético de MadridValencia CF4-2Madrid
23/10/2012UCLGSFC BATE BorisovValencia CF0-3Minsk
04/12/2012UCLGSParis Saint-GermainFC Porto2-1Paris
20/02/2013UCLR16AC MilanFC Barcelona2-0Milan
09/04/2013UCLQFBorussia DortmundMálaga CF3-2Dortmund
29/08/2013UELPOFC PaschingEstoril Praia1-2Linz
18/09/2013UCLGSFK Austria WienFC Porto0-1Vienna
01/10/2014UCLGSPFC Ludogorets 1945Real Madrid CF1-2Sofia
25/11/2014UCLGSSporting Clube de PortugalNK Maribor3-1Lisbon
16/09/2015UCLGSValencia CFFC Zenit2-3Valencia
18/02/2016UELR32Olympique de MarseilleAthletic Club0-1Marseille
01/11/2016UCLGSClub Atlético de MadridFC Rostov2-1Madrid
09/03/2017UELR16RC Celta de VigoFC Krasnodar2-1Vigo
27/09/2017UCLGSFC Basel 1893SL Benfica5-0Basel

Last updated 04/12/2017 03:01CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

FC BarcelonaFixtures and results
20/08/2017LeagueReal Betis Balompié (H)W 2-0Toşca 36 (og), Sergi Roberto 39
26/08/2017LeagueDeportivo Alavés (A)W 2-0Messi 55, 66
09/09/2017LeagueRCD Espanyol (H)W 5-0Messi 26, 35, 67, Piqué 87, Luis Suárez 90
12/09/2017UCLJuventus (H)W 3-0Messi 45, 69, Rakitić 56
16/09/2017LeagueGetafe CF (A)W 2-1Denis Suárez 62, Paulinho 84
19/09/2017LeagueSD Eibar (H)W 6-1Messi 20 (P), 59, 62, 87, Paulinho 38, Denis Suárez 53
23/09/2017LeagueGirona FC (A)W 3-0Benítez 17 (og), Gorka Iraizoz 48 (og), Luis Suárez 69
27/09/2017UCLSporting Clube de Portugal (A)W 1-0Coates 49 (og)
01/10/2017LeagueUD Las Palmas (H)W 3-0Sergio Busquets 49, Messi 70, 77
14/10/2017LeagueClub Atlético de Madrid (A)D 1-1Luis Suárez 82
18/10/2017UCLOlympiacos FC (H)W 3-1Nikolaou 18 (og), Messi 61, Digne 64
21/10/2017LeagueMálaga CF (H)W 2-0Deulofeu 2
24/10/2017CupReal Murcia CF (A)W 3-0Paco Alcácer 44, Deulofeu 52, Arnáiz 56
28/10/2017LeagueAthletic Club (A)W 2-0Messi 36, Paulinho 90+2
31/10/2017UCLOlympiacos FC (A)D 0-0
04/11/2017LeagueSevilla FC (H)W 2-1Paco Alcácer 23, 65
18/11/2017LeagueCD Leganés (A)W 3-0Luis Suárez 28, 60, Paulinho 90
22/11/2017UCLJuventus (A)D 0-0
26/11/2017LeagueValencia CF (A)D 1-1Jordi Alba 82
29/11/2017CupReal Murcia CF (H)W 5-0Paco Alcácer 16, Piqué 56, Aleix Vidal 60, Denis Suárez 74, Arnáiz 79
02/12/2017LeagueRC Celta de Vigo (H)D 2-2Messi 22, Luis Suárez 62
05/12/2017UCLSporting Clube de Portugal (H)
10/12/2017LeagueVillarreal CF (A)
17/12/2017LeagueRC Deportivo La Coruña (H)
23/12/2017LeagueReal Madrid CF (A)
07/01/2018LeagueLevante UD (H)
14/01/2018LeagueReal Sociedad de Fútbol (A)
21/01/2018LeagueReal Betis Balompié (A)
28/01/2018LeagueDeportivo Alavés (H)
04/02/2018LeagueRCD Espanyol (A)
11/02/2018LeagueGetafe CF (H)
18/02/2018LeagueSD Eibar (A)
25/02/2018LeagueGirona FC (H)
28/02/2018LeagueUD Las Palmas (A)
04/03/2018LeagueClub Atlético de Madrid (H)
11/03/2018LeagueMálaga CF (A)
18/03/2018LeagueAthletic Club (H)
01/04/2018LeagueSevilla FC (A)
08/04/2018LeagueCD Leganés (H)
15/04/2018LeagueValencia CF (H)
18/04/2018LeagueRC Celta de Vigo (A)
22/04/2018LeagueVillarreal CF (H)
29/04/2018LeagueRC Deportivo La Coruña (A)
06/05/2018LeagueReal Madrid CF (H)
13/05/2018LeagueLevante UD (A)
20/05/2018LeagueReal Sociedad de Fútbol (H)
1FC Barcelona14113036736
2Valencia CF14941331331
3Club Atlético de Madrid1486023730
4Real Madrid CF14842251128
5Sevilla FC14914191428
6Villarreal CF14635221821
7CD Leganés14626121320
8Getafe CF14545201519
9Real Sociedad de Fútbol14545282619
10RC Celta de Vigo14536262118
11Real Betis Balompié14536232818
12Girona FC14455182217
13SD Eibar14527162717
14Levante UD14374142016
15RCD Espanyol14446111816
16Athletic Club14356141814
17RC Deportivo La Coruña14338172712
18UD Las Palmas143110113210
19Deportivo Alavés14301110249
20Málaga CF14221011288
Sporting Clube de PortugalFixtures and results
06/08/2017LeagueCD Aves (A)W 2-0Gelson Martins 23, 75
11/08/2017LeagueVitória FC (H)W 1-0Dost 86 (P)
15/08/2017UCLFCSB (H)D 0-0
19/08/2017LeagueVitória SC (A)W 5-0Bruno Fernandes 3, 60, Dost 21, 23, Adrien Silva 85
23/08/2017UCLFCSB (A)W 5-1Doumbia 13, Acuña 60, Gelson Martins 64, Dost 75, Battaglia 88
27/08/2017LeagueEstoril Praia (H)W 2-1Gelson Martins 4, Bruno Fernandes 11
08/09/2017LeagueCD Feirense (A)W 3-2Coates 62, Bruno Fernandes 64, Dost 90+8 (P)
12/09/2017UCLOlympiacos FC (A)W 3-2Doumbia 2, Gelson Martins 13, Bruno Fernandes 43
16/09/2017LeagueCD Tondela (H)W 2-0Mathieu 12, Bruno Fernandes 72
23/09/2017LeagueMoreirense FC (A)D 1-1Aberhoune 61 (og)
27/09/2017UCLFC Barcelona (H)L 0-1
01/10/2017LeagueFC Porto (H)D 0-0
12/10/2017CupOleiros (A)W 4-2João Palhinha 23, 62, Mattheus 41, Rafael Leão 87
18/10/2017UCLJuventus (A)L 1-2Alex Sandro 12 (og)
22/10/2017LeagueGD Chaves (H)W 5-1Dost 6, 15, 75, Acuña 39, 58
27/10/2017LeagueRio Ave FC (A)W 1-0Dost 85
31/10/2017UCLJuventus (H)D 1-1Bruno César 20
05/11/2017LeagueSC Braga (H)D 2-2Dost 66, Bruno Fernandes 90+5 (P)
16/11/2017CupFC Famalicao (H)W 2-0Coates 66, Dost 81
22/11/2017UCLOlympiacos FC (H)W 3-1Dost 40, 66, Bruno César 43
26/11/2017LeagueFC Paços de Ferreira (A)W 2-1Battaglia 20, Gelson Martins 75
01/12/2017LeagueOs Belenenses (H)W 1-0Dost 13 (P)
05/12/2017UCLFC Barcelona (A)
09/12/2017LeagueBoavista FC (A)
13/12/2017CupVilaverdense (H)
17/12/2017LeaguePortimonense SC (H)
03/01/2018LeagueSL Benfica (A)
06/01/2018LeagueCS Marítimo (H)
14/01/2018LeagueCD Aves (H)
20/01/2018LeagueVitória FC (A)
31/01/2018LeagueVitória SC (H)
04/02/2018LeagueEstoril Praia (A)
11/02/2018LeagueCD Feirense (H)
18/02/2018LeagueCD Tondela (A)
25/02/2018LeagueMoreirense FC (H)
04/03/2018LeagueFC Porto (A)
11/03/2018LeagueGD Chaves (A)
18/03/2018LeagueRio Ave FC (H)
31/03/2018LeagueSC Braga (A)
07/04/2018LeagueFC Paços de Ferreira (H)
15/04/2018LeagueOs Belenenses (A)
22/04/2018LeagueBoavista FC (H)
29/04/2018LeaguePortimonense SC (A)
06/05/2018LeagueSL Benfica (H)
13/05/2018LeagueCS Marítimo (A)
1FC Porto13103031533
2Sporting Clube de Portugal13103027833
3SL Benfica1393129830
4SC Braga13913251228
5CS Marítimo13733141024
6Rio Ave FC13625141020
7Vitória SC13625172220
8Boavista FC13526131417
9Portimonense SC13445222316
10Os Belenenses13517131716
11GD Chaves13436151915
12CD Aves13346121913
13CD Tondela13337162112
14FC Paços de Ferreira13337142612
15CD Feirense13328111811
16Vitória FC13247132310
17Moreirense FC131578218
18Estoril Praia132298268

Last updated 04/12/2017 23:15CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

FC Barcelona

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Group D - Group Standings
    FC Barcelona53207111
    Sporting Clube de Portugal5212877
    Olympiacos FC50144111
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    FC Barcelona 3-0 Juventus
    1-0 Messi 45, 2-0 Rakitić 56, 3-0 Messi 69
    ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitić (77 Paulinho ), Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (83 André Gomes), Luis Suárez, Messi, Dembélé (71 Sergi Roberto), Jordi Alba, Umtiti
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-1 FC Barcelona
    0-1 Coates 49 (og)
    ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitić, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (80 Paulinho ), Luis Suárez (89 Aleix Vidal), Messi, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto (87 André Gomes), Umtiti
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    FC Barcelona 3-1 Olympiacos FC
    1-0 Nikolaou 18 (og) , 2-0 Messi 61, 3-0 Digne 64, 3-1 Nikolaou 90
    ter Stegen, Piqué, Sergio Busquets (80 André Gomes), Iniesta (67 Rakitić), Luis Suárez, Messi, Paulinho , Deulofeu (46 Mascherano), Digne, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Olympiacos FC 0-0 FC Barcelona
    ter Stegen, Semedo, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suárez (75 André Gomes), Luis Suárez, Messi, Mascherano, Paulinho (62 Rakitić), Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto (46 Deulofeu), Umtiti
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    Juventus 0-0 FC Barcelona
    ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitić, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (82 Jordi Alba), Luis Suárez, Paulinho , Deulofeu (56 Messi), Digne, Umtiti
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    FC Barcelona-Sporting Clube de Portugal

Sporting Clube de Portugal

  • UEFA Champions League - Play-off
    Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 FCSB
    Rui Patrício, Coates, Fábio Coentrão (86 Iuri Medeiros), Acuña, Battaglia, Daniel Podence (60 Doumbia), Mathieu, Adrien Silva (67 Bruno Fernandes), Dost, Gelson Martins, Piccini
  • (23/08/2017)
    FCSB 1-5 Sporting Clube de Portugal (agg: 1-5)
    0-1 Doumbia 13, 1-1 Júnior Morais 20, 1-2 Acuña 60, 1-3 Gelson Martins 64, 1-4 Dost 75, 1-5 Battaglia 88
    Rui Patrício, Coates, Fábio Coentrão, Bruno Fernandes, Acuña, Battaglia, Mathieu, Adrien Silva (72 Petrović), Gelson Martins (80 Bruno César), Doumbia (59 Dost), Piccini
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    Olympiacos FC 2-3 Sporting Clube de Portugal
    0-1 Doumbia 2, 0-2 Gelson Martins 13, 0-3 Bruno Fernandes 43, 1-3 Pardo 89, 2-3 Pardo 90+3
    Rui Patrício, Silva, Coates, Bruno Fernandes (87 Ristovski), Acuña, William Carvalho, Battaglia, Mathieu, Gelson Martins (72 Bruno César), Doumbia (63 Dost), Piccini
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-1 FC Barcelona
    0-1 Coates 49 (og)
    Rui Patrício, Coates, Fábio Coentrão (74 Silva), Bruno Fernandes, Acuña (73 Bruno César), William Carvalho, Battaglia, Mathieu, Gelson Martins, Doumbia (44 Dost), Piccini
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    Juventus 2-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal
    0-1 Alex Sandro 12 (og) , 1-1 Pjanić 29, 2-1 Mandžukić 84
    Rui Patrício, Coates, Fábio Coentrão (77 Silva), Bruno Fernandes, Acuña, William Carvalho, Battaglia (87 Doumbia), Mathieu, Dost, Gelson Martins (76 João Palhinha), Piccini
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-1 Juventus
    1-0 Bruno César 20, 1-1 Higuaín 79
    Rui Patrício, Silva, Coates, André Pinto, Bruno Fernandes, Acuña, Bruno César (64 João Palhinha), Ristovski (91 Petrović), Battaglia, Dost (81 Doumbia), Gelson Martins
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    Sporting Clube de Portugal 3-1 Olympiacos FC
    1-0 Dost 40, 2-0 Bruno César 43, 3-0 Dost 66, 3-1 Odjidja 86
    Rui Patrício, Fábio Coentrão, André Pinto, Bruno Fernandes, Bruno César (90 Mattheus), William Carvalho, Battaglia, Mathieu (77 Tobias Figueiredo), Dost, Gelson Martins, Piccini (85 Ristovski)
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    FC Barcelona-Sporting Clube de Portugal

Last updated 24/11/2017 10:16CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

• In 2012/13, Chelsea became the first defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defended the UEFA Champions League trophy, with Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) have all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on matchday six in 2007/08 aged 43 years and 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Celestine Babayaro is the youngest player to have appeared; he was 16 years and 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994. He was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Peter Ofori-Quaye is the youngest player to have scored in the UEFA Champions League, aged 17 years and 195 days. He found the net in Olympiacos's 5-1 defeat at Rosenborg on 1 October 1997.

• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Eleven more players, also including Messi, have scored four times in a game, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid CF on matchday six in 2015/16.

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, eclipsing his own mark of nine goals in 2013/14, which Luiz Adriano matched in 2014/15. Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17; Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick on matchday three of the 2016/17 competition was his seventh in the competition, a record Ronaldo matched against Club Atlético de Madrid in the 2016/17 semi-finals.

• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 18 occasions, three more than Real Madrid and four more than Manchester United and FC Bayern München.

• Bayern München (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly hold the record for successive wins in the UEFA Champions League proper with ten. Bayern surpassed the previous mark of nine, set by Barcelona between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

• Six teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage) and Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15).

• Nineteen teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently Club Brugge KV and GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2016/17.

• Borussia Dortmund set a new group stage record by scoring 21 goals in 2016/17, eclipsing the old mark of 20 by Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14).

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13); Malmö FF shipped 21 in 2015/16.

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15) and Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) all let in just one.

• Before their 3-1 win against Sporting Clube de Portugal on matchday six of the 2006/07 campaign, Spartak Moskva went 22 games without a victory in the competition, a mark FCSB surpassed on matchday six in 2013/14.

• RSC Anderlecht hold the unwanted record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 12 in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. GNK Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to December 2012 and again from 29 September 2015 onwards.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and AS Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, eight teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02), Lokomotiv Moskva and eventual finalists Juventus (both 2002/03), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06) and Basel 1893 (2014/15).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03 – both second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and CFR 1907 Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14) and FC Porto (2015/16) all missed out with ten points.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.


Team facts Only this chapter

FC Barcelona
Formed: 1899
Nicknames: Azulgrana (Blue and Reds, Spanish), Blaugrana (Blue and Reds, Catalan)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup (5): (1961), (1986), 1992, (1994), 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (4): (1969), 1979, 1982, 1989, (1991), 1997
• UEFA Super Cup (5): (1979), (1982), (1989), 1992, 1997, (2006), 2009, 2011, 2015
• European/South American Cup: (1992)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 24 (2016)
Spanish Cup: 29 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
2015/16: quarter-finals
2011/12: semi-finals
2008/09: winners
2007/08: semi-finals

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
8-0: twice, most recently v ŠKM Púchov
15/10/03, UEFA Cup first round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-7: Hapoel Beer Sheva FC v Barcelona
12/09/95, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: twice, most recently v FC Dynamo Kyiv
05/11/97, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0: Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona
14/02/17, UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg
4-0: FC Bayern München v Barcelona
23/04/13, UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg
4-0: AC Milan v Barcelona
18/05/94, UEFA Champions League final (played in Athens, Barcelona designated away team)

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest home win
7-0: Barcelona v Celtic FC
13/09/16, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-5: twice, most recently v FC BATE Borisov
28/09/11, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-4: Barcelona v FC Dynamo Kyiv (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0: AC Milan v Barcelona (see above for details)
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona (see above for details)
4-0: FC Bayern München v Barcelona (see above for details)


Sporting Clube de Portugal
Nickname: Leões (Lions)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (2005)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1964

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 18 (2002)
Portuguese Cup: 16 (2015)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
group stage
2015/16: UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
did not take part in UEFA competition
UEFA Europa League group stage
UEFA Europa League semi-finals
UEFA Europa League round of 32
2009/10: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2008/09: round of 16
2007/08: UEFA Cup quarter-finals (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League group stage)

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
16-1: Sporting CP v APOEL FC
13/11/63, European Cup Winners' Cup second round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-9: ÍA Akranes v Sporting CP
17/09/86, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Sporting CP v FC Bayern München
25/02/09, UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: FC Bayern München v Sporting CP
10/03/09, UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
3-0: Sporting CP v FC Dynamo Kyiv
12/12/07, group stage
3-0: Sporting CP v AS Monaco FC
17/09/97, group stage

• Biggest away win
2-3: Olympiacos FC v Sporting CP
12/09/17, group stage
1-2: FC Dynamo Kyiv v Sporting CP
02/10/07, group stage
0-1 twice, most recently FC Basel 1893 v Sporting CP
09/12/08, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
Sporting CP v FC Bayern München (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: FC Bayern München v Sporting CP (see above for details)



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on