UEFA Champions League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Ferencvárosi TC||Ferencváros Stadion - BudapestWednesday 28 October 2020|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group G - Matchday 2
|FC Dynamo Kyiv|
Memories will be stirred of one of the finest chapters in Dynamo Kyiv's European history, and one of their greatest players, as they travel to Hungary to take on Ferencváros in the second round of Group G games.
• Dynamo claimed Ukraine's first piece of European silverware with victory in the 1975 European Cup Winners' Cup final against Ferencváros, whose current coach Serhiy Rebrov enjoyed glittering spells as a Dynamo player and coach.
• In the present day, both sides are already playing catch-up in Group G. Dynamo were beaten 2-0 at home by Juventus on Matchday 1, while Ferencváros went down 5-1 at Barcelona, their heaviest European away defeat since 1998.
• That 1975 European Cup Winners' Cup final at St. Jakob-Park in Basel is the sides' only previous fixture. Valeriy Lobanovskyi's Dynamo ran out comfortable winners to claim their first European trophy, Volodymyr Onyshchenko scoring twice in the first half and Oleh Blokhin sealing their triumph with a third midway through the second period.
• Having claimed their 31st league title – and second in succession – in 2019/20, Ferencváros are making their second appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, having featured in 1995/96.
• Twenty-five years ago the Hungarian club finished third in a section behind Ajax and Real Madrid, four of their five points coming against Swiss club Grasshoppers – including their sole victory, a 3-0 away win.
• All of Ferencváros’s next five UEFA Champions League campaigns foundered in the qualifying phase, including in 2019/20 when they came through two rounds only to suffer a heavy defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the third qualifying round (1-1 a, 0-4 h) – the second leg equalling their heaviest home European loss.
• Ferencváros went on to defeat Sūduva of Lithuania in the UEFA Europa League play-offs (0-0 a, 4-2 h) before picking up seven points in the group stage to finish third in their section behind Espanyol and Ludogorets.
• Rebrov's team scored two or more goals in each of their first four UEFA Champions League matches this season, beating Swedish side Djurgården 2-0 at home in the first qualifying round before 2-1 successes at Celtic and at home to Dinamo Zagreb. They drew 3-3 at Molde in the first leg of their play-off tie and went through on away goals after a scoreless home draw in the return.
• The most successful of Fradi's 12 previous European Cup campaigns came in 1965/66, when they got as far as the quarter-finals before losing to Internazionale.
• Ferencváros are the first Hungarian club to feature in the UEFA Champions League group stage since Debrecen in 2009/10 – only the country's second appearance after Ferencváros in 1995.
• Ferencváros are unbeaten in their last five home European matches (D2 L3).
• That 1975 meeting with Dynamo is Ferencváros's only previous fixture against a Ukrainian club.
• Dynamo finished as Ukrainian Premier League runners-up behind Shakhtar for the fourth season running in 2019/20, although they did claim a 21st domestic cup, defeating Vorskla Poltava 8-7 on penalties in the final after a 1-1 draw.
• In Europe, Bilo-Syni lost to Club Brugge 4-3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round before moving into the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they were eliminated after finishing third in their section behind Malmö and Copenhagen.
• Dynamo kicked off their 2020/21 European campaign with a 2-0 home win against AZ Alkmaar in their one-off third qualifying round tie. They then eased past Gent in the two-legged play-offs (2-1 a, 3-0 h), Carlos De Pena scoring in each game.
• Dynamo's most successful UEFA Champions League campaign came in 1998/99 when they made it as far as the semi-finals. Twelve of their subsequent 13 appearances in the competition proper have ended in the group stage, including the most recent in 2016/17 when they finished bottom of their section.
• The Kyiv side had gone out in the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase three seasons running before 2020/21.
• The 2-1 victory at Gent in this season's play-offs ended Dynamo's run of six European away games without a win (D3 L3).
• Dynamo have won all three of their games against Hungarian clubs in UEFA competition, beating MTK Budapest 4-0 in Kyiv and 2-1 in Budapest in the 1989/90 UEFA Cup first round.
Links and trivia
• Ferencváros head coach Rebrov was a Dynamo player between 1992 and 2000 and again from 2005 to 2008, winning nine league titles in Ukraine and reaching the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League semi-final.
• Rebrov also was Dynamo's head coach between 2014 and 2017, leading them to back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016 – the club's only league titles since 2009.
• In 2015/16 Rebrov led Dynamo to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, their first knockout appearance in the competition since 1998/99.
• As Dynamo head coach Rebrov faced Mircea Lucescu eight times, all when the Romanian was in charge of Shakhtar (W3 D1 L4).
• Ferencváros' Ihor Kharatin came through the Dynamo academy, joining the club in 2004. The midfielder played only 11 minutes in the first team, making his solitary appearance in 2014, and left for Metalist Kharkiv on loan two years later. Having played only eight matches for Metalist, in August 2016 he moved to Zorya Luhansk, scoring nine goals in 81 games before joining Ferencváros in December 2018.
• Kharatin played with Denys Garmash, Serhiy Sydorchuk and Vitaliy Buyalskiy at Dynamo.
• Kharatin's Zorya team-mates included four current Dynamo players: Oleksandr Karavaev (2016–18), Oleksandr Andriyevskiy (2017–18) and Oleksandr Tymchyk and Bogdan Lednev (both 2018).
• Kharatin scored twice in his ten games against Dynamo (W1 D2 L7).
• Has also played in Ukraine:
Oleksandr Zubkov (Shakhtar Donetsk 2011–20, Mariupol 2018/19 loan)
• Ferencváros's Róbert Mak scored the only goal as Slovakia won 1-0 away to Ukraine in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier at NSK Olimpiyskiy on 8 September 2014. Mak was also on target in a 4-1 home win against Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on 16 November 2018, his 50th international appearance.
• Have played together:
Gergő Lovrencsics & Tomasz Kędziora (Lech Poznań 2012–16)
• International team-mates:
Ihor Kharatin, Oleksandr Zubkov & Serhiy Sydorchuk, Vitaliy Buyalskiy, Viktor Tsygankov, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Georgiy Bushchan, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Shaparenko, Vladyslav Supryaha, Illia Zabarnyi, Volodymyr Shepeliev (Ukraine)
Miha Blažič & Benjamin Verbič (Slovenia)
• Summer transfers
In: Roko Baturina (Dinamo Zagreb), Ádám Bogdán (free agent), Adnan Kovačević (Kielce), Aïssa Laïdouni (Voluntari), Róbert Mak (free agent), Myrto Uzuni (Lokomotiva Zagreb), Oleksandr Zubkov (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Out: Lukács Bőle (released), Davide Lanzafame (Adana Demirspor), Leandro (retired), Kenneth Otigba (Vasas), Erik Silye (Vasas), Mikalay Sihnevich (Khimki)
• Fourteen Ferencváros players made their debuts in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, at Barcelona.
• Only two members of the Ferencváros squad had ever played in the UEFA Champions League before Matchday 1: Róbert Mak (two appearances for Zenit in 2019/20) and Oleksandr Zubkov (one for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2017/18). All three of those appearances had been as a substitute.
• The Green Eagles' first match of the season was a 1-1 draw at city rivals MTK Budapest on 14 August.
• Ferencváros are unbeaten in the league this season (W5 D1). They were 2-0 winners at home to Újpest on Saturday.
• The loss in Barcelona was Ferencváros's first of the season in all competitions; their record otherwise in 2020/21 is W9 D3.
• Isael has three goals in his last three league games, as many as he managed in his previous 19 outings.
• Serhiy Rebrov's team also progressed to the last 32 of the Hungarian Cup with a 6-1 victory at lower-league Ráckeve on 19 September.
• Dávid Sigér and substitute Endre Botka helped Hungary to a 3-1 win in Bulgaria in the UEFA EURO 2020 play-off semi-final on 8 October.
• Summer transfers
In: Clayton (Atlético Mineiro), Volodymyr Kostevych (Lech Poznań), Tudor Băluţă (Brighton, loan)
Out: Josip Pivarić (Lokomotiva Zagreb), Fran Sol (Tenerife, loan), Mohammed Kadiri (Arsenal Tula, loan), Benito (Olimpik Donetsk, loan), Ibrahim Kargbo Jr (Olimpik Donetsk, loan)
• On 25 August, Dynamo beat coach Mircea Lucescu's former side Shakhtar 3-1 to lift the 2020 Ukrainian Super Cup.
• The Matchday 1 loss to Juventus was Dynamo's first under Lucescu but they are still unbeaten in domestic matches (W6 D2) since his appointment on 23 July. They were 1-0 winners at home to Olexandriya on Saturday.
• Dynamo have agreed new five-year contracts with a group of their most promising young players: Denys Popov, Vladyslav Supryaha, Oleksandr Syrota, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Mykola Shaparenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko.
• Substitute Viktor Tsygankov scored the winner in Ukraine's 1-0 home defeat of Spain in the UEFA Nations League on 13 October.
• Tsygankov, also as a substitute, had scored Ukraine's only goal in a 7-1 away friendly loss to France on 7 October.
• Georgiy Bushchan, Vitaliy Mykolenko and Illia Zabarnyi started all three of Ukraine's October internationals: 1-7 vs France, 1-2 vs Germany and 1-0 vs Spain. The France match was Bushchan and Zabarnyi's international debuts.
• The 18-year old Zabarnyi made his Dynamo debut on 11 September; less than a month later, he was making his first international appearance.
• Oleksandr Tymchyk has been sidelined since suffering an adductor injury in Dynamo's 0-0 home draw with Desna Chernihiv on 11 September.
• Mykyta Burda tore an Achilles tendon on 5 September and is expected to be out for at least six months; he has not been included in Dynamo's UEFA Champions League squad.
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