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UEFA Europa League: VfL Wolfsburg - FC Olexandriya Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

VfL WolfsburgVfL WolfsburgVolkswagen Arena - WolfsburgThursday 19 September 2019
21.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group I - Matchday 1
FC OlexandriyaFC Olexandriya
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

VfL Wolfsburg - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

VfL Wolfsburg have not played against a club from their opponents' country

FC Olexandriya - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

FC Olexandriya have not played against a club from their opponents' country

Last updated 17/09/2019 14:56CET

Match background Only this chapter

Wolfsburg and Olexandriya both get their 2019/20 European campaigns under way on the opening matchday of UEFA Europa League Group I. The German club are back in continental competition after a four-year absence while their Ukrainian visitors are making their debut in a UEFA group stage.

Previous meetings
• Wolfsburg have never previously faced Ukrainian opponents in UEFA competition, nor have Olexandriya come against a club from Germany.

Form guide
Wolfsburg
• A sixth-placed finish in last season's Bundesliga ensured Wolfsburg direct entry into the group stage and a first European campaign since they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2015/16.

Flashback: See how Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid in 2016

• The German club are competing in the UEFA Europa League group stage for a second time, their 2014/15 campaign having proved successful and ending in the quarter-finals at the hands of Napoli. They also reached the last eight in the competition's inaugural 2009/10 season having finished third in their UEFA Champions League section.

• Quarter-finalists therefore in each of their last three European campaigns, Wolfsburg won all five home fixtures in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League but have lost three of nine in the UEFA Europa League, including the most recent, 1-4 against Napoli, their heaviest home European defeat.

Olexandriya
• Olexandriya finished third in the 2018/19 Ukrainian Premier League – the club's highest ever final placing – to gain direct access to the UEFA Europa League group stage and sample European football in the autumn for the first time.

• This is only the club's third European campaign, their 2016/17 debut having ended in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round (against Hajduk Split), the second, in 2017/18, concluding in the play-offs (against BATE Borisov). Their only European victory came against Astra Giurgiu in the 2017/18 third qualifying round (0-0 a, 1-0 h).

Top ten goals of the 2018/19 Europa League

• Olexandriya have yet to win away in Europe (D2 L1), scoring two goals and conceding four.

Links and trivia
• Wolfsburg's Swiss international forward Admir Mehmedi played in Ukraine for Dynamo Kyiv from 2012–13.

• Olexandriya are the ninth different Ukrainian club to compete in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

The coaches
• Austrian coach Oliver Glasner signed a three-year contract in the spring of 2019 to succeed Bruno Labbadia at Wolfsburg. He arrived in Germany with a growing reputation having led LASK Linz to a runners-up spot in the Austrian Bundesliga just two seasons after steering the club to promotion from the second tier. A former centre-back, Glasner spent virtually his entire career with Ried, with whom he won the Austrian Cup twice, in 1998 and 2011. He also spent a season as the club's coach before joining LASK in 2015.

• A one-cap Ukrainian international midfielder who won two domestic league titles with Dynamo Kyiv in the early 1990s, Volodymyr Sharan has been the Olexandriya coach for the best part of a decade, a first spell, lasting two years, preceding a brief stint at Karpaty Lviv before he returned in 2013 and steered the club into the Ukrainian top flight two years later. He has since qualified Olexandriya for the UEFA Europa League on three occasions, their third-place finish in 2018/19 securing a first experience of group stage football.

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2020/matches/round=2001150/match=2027794/prematch/background/index.html#wolfsburg+olexandriya+facts

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Team facts Only this chapter

VfL Wolfsburg
Formed:
1945
Nickname: Die Wölfe (The Wolves)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 1 (2009)
Germany Cup: 1 (2015)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2018/19:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2017/18:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2016/17:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2015/16: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
2014/15: quarter-finals
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2011/12:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2010/11:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2009/10:
quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)

Records
UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
5-1 twice, most recently v Krasnodar
06/11/14, UEFA Europa League group stage
4-0: Wolfsburg v Cibalia
06/08/03, UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals second leg

• Biggest away win
1-4:
Cibalia v Wolfsburg
30/07/03, UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals first leg
0-3
twice, most recently v LOSC Lille
11/12/14, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
1-4: Wolfsburg v Napoli
16/04/15, UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0: Lens v Wolfsburg
03/08/05, UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-1 twice, most recently v Krasnodar (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-3: LOSC Lille v Wolfsburg (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
1-4: Wolfsburg v Napoli (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: Everton v Wolfsburg
18/09/14, group stage

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=854499.html#club+facts+wolfsburg

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FC Olexandriya
Formed:
1948
Nickname:
Mistiany (The Citizens), Sashka (The Alex)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
None

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2018/19:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2017/18:
play-offs
2016/17: third qualifying round
2015/16: did not take part in UEFA competition
2014/15:
 did not take part in UEFA competition
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: did not take part in UEFA competition
2011/12: did not take part in UEFA competition
2010/11:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2009/10: did not take part in UEFA competition

Records
UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
1-0: Olexandriya v Astra Giurgiu
03/08/17, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
N/A

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Olexandriya v Hajduk Split
28/07/16, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
3
-1: Hajduk Split v Olexandriya
04/08/16, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
1-0: Olexandriya v Astra Giurgiu (see above)

• Biggest away win
N/A

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Olexandriya v Hajduk Split (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
3-1: Hajduk Split v Olexandriya (see above)

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=2617804.html#club+facts+olexandriya

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Squad list Only this chapter

VfL Wolfsburg - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
UELLeagueUELUEFA
No.PlayerNat.DoBAgeDPldGlsPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Koen CasteelsBEL25/06/199227 - --3---2-
12Pavao PervanAUT13/11/198731 - --1-----
30Niklas KlingerGER13/10/199523 - --------
35Lino KastenGER17/01/200118 - --------
36Phillip MenzelGER18/08/199821 - --------
Defenders
2WilliamBRA03/04/199524 - --4-----
5Jeffrey BrumaNED13/11/199127 - ----11-31-
6Paulo OtávioBRA23/11/199424 - --------
15Jérôme RoussillonFRA06/01/199326 - --41----
19Kevin MbabuSUI19/04/199524 - ----7-181
25John BrooksGER28/01/199326 - --3-----
31Robin KnocheGER22/05/199227 - --4-11-13-
32Marcel TisserandFRA10/01/199326 - --1-----
39Tim SierslebenGER09/03/200019 - --------
Midfielders
8Renato SteffenSUI03/11/199127 - --1-112265
10Yunus MallıTUR24/02/199227 - ----6181
13Yannick GerhardtGER13/03/199425 - --3-----
23Josuha GuilavoguiFRA19/09/199029 - --4-101251
24Xaver SchlagerAUT28/09/199721 - --3-242282
27Maximilian ArnoldGER27/05/199425 - --418-181
37Elvis RexhbecajGER01/11/199721 - --------
42Dominik MarxGER02/02/200019 - --------
43Julian JustvanGER02/04/199821 - --------
44Iba MayGER06/06/199821 - --------
Forwards
7Josip BrekaloCRO23/06/199821 - --42----
9Wout WeghorstNED07/08/199227 - --4381121
11Felix KlausGER13/09/199227 - --4-1-1-
14Admir MehmediSUI16/03/199128 - --3-1824110
22Lukas NmechaGER14/12/199820 - --1-----
33Daniel GinczekGER13/04/199128 - --------
40Joao VictorBRA27/03/199425 - --4---21
46Charles-Jesaja HerrmannGER08/02/200019 - --------
47Phillip KönigGER22/03/200019 - --------
Coach
-Oliver GlasnerAUT28/08/197445 - ------4-
FC Olexandriya - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
UELLeagueUELUEFA
No.PlayerNat.DoBAgeDPldGlsPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
21Dmytro RudykUKR26/08/199227 - --------
31Oleh BilykUKR11/01/199821 - --------
79Yuriy PankivUKR03/11/198434 - --7---7-
Defenders
4Vladislav BabolgoUKR14/11/199820 - --3-----
5Tymur StetskovUKR27/01/199821 - --1-----
11Denys MiroshnichenkoUKR11/10/199424 - --6-----
13Hlib BykhalUKR12/11/199523 - --6-----
20Pavlo PashayevAZE04/01/198831 - --5---2-
26Anton ShendrikUKR26/05/198633 - --31--2-
55Kyrylo ProkopchukUKR14/02/199821 - --1-----
90Kaspars DubraLVA20/12/199028 - --4---20-
Midfielders
6Kyrylo KovaletsUKR02/07/199326 - --52----
7Yevhen ProtasovUKR23/07/199722 - --3-----
8Oleksiy DovgyyUKR02/11/198929 - --31----
10Maxym TretyakovUKR06/03/199623 - --61--3-
15Andriy ZaporozhanUKR21/03/198336 - --1---41
16Kyrylo DryshliukUKR16/09/199920 - --------
17Valeriy LuchkevychUKR11/01/199623 - --7-11-11-
23Dmytro ShastalUKR30/12/199523 - --61----
27Dmytro GrechyshkinUKR22/09/199127 - --7-111151
29Bohdan LytviakUKR05/05/199821 - --------
44Yevhen BanadaUKR29/02/199227 - --7---61
57João TiagoFRA07/05/199623 - --------
94Maksym ZaderakaUKR07/09/199425 - --4-----
Forwards
9Denys BezborodkoUKR31/05/199425 - --511-1-
18Artem SitaloUKR01/08/198930 - --72--4-
Coach
-Volodymyr SharanUKR18/09/197148 - ------6-

Last updated 19/09/2019 10:32CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

VfL WolfsburgFixtures and results
DateCompetitionOpponentResultGoalscorers
12/08/2019CupHallescher FC (A)W 5-3 aetWeghorst 44, Gerhardt 49, William 70, Knoche 92 ET, Brekalo 94 ET
17/08/2019League1. FC Köln (H)W 2-1Arnold 16, Weghorst 60
25/08/2019LeagueHertha BSC Berlin (A)W 3-0Weghorst 9 (P), Brekalo 82, Roussillon 90+1
31/08/2019LeagueSC Paderborn 07 (H)D 1-1Brekalo 56
13/09/2019LeagueFortuna Düsseldorf (A)D 1-1Weghorst 29
19/09/2019UELFC Olexandriya (H)
23/09/2019LeagueTSG 1899 Hoffenheim (H)
28/09/2019League1. FSV Mainz 05 (A)
03/10/2019UELAS Saint-Étienne (A)
06/10/2019League1. FC Union Berlin (H)
19/10/2019LeagueRB Leipzig (A)
24/10/2019UELKAA Gent (A)
27/10/2019LeagueFC Augsburg (H)
30/10/2019CupRB Leipzig (H)
02/11/2019LeagueBorussia Dortmund (A)
07/11/2019UELKAA Gent (H)
10/11/2019LeagueBayer 04 Leverkusen (H)
23/11/2019LeagueEintracht Frankfurt (A)
28/11/2019UELFC Olexandriya (A)
01/12/2019LeagueSV Werder Bremen (H)
07/12/2019LeagueSC Freiburg (A)
12/12/2019UELAS Saint-Étienne (H)
14/12/2019LeagueVfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (H)
18/12/2019LeagueFC Schalke 04 (H)
21/12/2019LeagueFC Bayern München (A)
18/01/2020League1. FC Köln (A)
25/01/2020LeagueHertha BSC Berlin (H)
01/02/2020LeagueSC Paderborn 07 (A)
08/02/2020LeagueFortuna Düsseldorf (H)
15/02/2020LeagueTSG 1899 Hoffenheim (A)
22/02/2020League1. FSV Mainz 05 (H)
29/02/2020League1. FC Union Berlin (A)
07/03/2020LeagueRB Leipzig (H)
14/03/2020LeagueFC Augsburg (A)
21/03/2020LeagueBorussia Dortmund (H)
04/04/2020LeagueBayer 04 Leverkusen (A)
11/04/2020LeagueEintracht Frankfurt (H)
18/04/2020LeagueSV Werder Bremen (A)
25/04/2020LeagueSC Freiburg (H)
02/05/2020LeagueVfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (A)
09/05/2020LeagueFC Schalke 04 (A)
16/05/2020LeagueFC Bayern München (H)
Pos.ClubsPWDLGFGAPts
1RB Leipzig431010310
2Borussia Dortmund43011359
3SC Freiburg43011039
4FC Bayern München42201248
5VfL Wolfsburg4220738
6FC Schalke 044211847
7VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach4211547
8Bayer 04 Leverkusen4211677
9Eintracht Frankfurt4202556
10SV Werder Bremen4202896
11Fortuna Düsseldorf4112674
121. FC Union Berlin4112584
13TSG 1899 Hoffenheim4112364
14FC Augsburg41126104
151. FC Köln4103473
161. FSV Mainz 0541034133
17SC Paderborn 0740135121
18Hertha BSC Berlin40133101
FC OlexandriyaFixtures and results
DateCompetitionOpponentResultGoalscorers
31/07/2019LeagueFC Shakhtar Donetsk (H)L 1-3Tretyakov 42
03/08/2019LeagueFC Mariupol (A)L 1-2Sitalo 90+5
10/08/2019LeagueFC Olimpik Donetsk (H)W 2-1Shendrik 43, Bezborodko 61
18/08/2019LeagueFC Zorya Luhansk (A)W 2-1Kovalets 57, 75
24/08/2019LeagueDesna (H)L 0-3
31/08/2019LeagueFC Vorskla Poltava (A)W 1-0Shastal 23
14/09/2019LeagueDnipro-1 (H)W 2-0Dovgyy 54, Sitalo 77
19/09/2019UELVfL Wolfsburg (A)
22/09/2019LeagueKolos Kovalivka (A)
25/09/2019CupDinaz Vyshhorod (A)
28/09/2019LeagueFC Lviv (H)
03/10/2019UELKAA Gent (H)
06/10/2019LeagueFC Karpaty Lviv (H)
19/10/2019LeagueFC Dynamo Kyiv (A)
24/10/2019UELAS Saint-Étienne (A)
26/10/2019LeagueFC Shakhtar Donetsk (A)
02/11/2019LeagueFC Mariupol (H)
07/11/2019UELAS Saint-Étienne (H)
09/11/2019LeagueFC Olimpik Donetsk (A)
23/11/2019LeagueFC Zorya Luhansk (H)
28/11/2019UELVfL Wolfsburg (H)
30/11/2019LeagueDesna (A)
07/12/2019LeagueFC Vorskla Poltava (H)
12/12/2019UELKAA Gent (A)
14/12/2019LeagueDnipro-1 (A)
22/02/2020LeagueKolos Kovalivka (H)
29/02/2020LeagueFC Lviv (A)
07/03/2020LeagueFC Karpaty Lviv (A)
14/03/2020LeagueFC Dynamo Kyiv (H)
Pos.ClubsPWDLGFGAPts
1FC Shakhtar Donetsk770023621
2Desna 74219314
3FC Olexandriya740391012
4FC Zorya Luhansk7322121011
5Kolos Kovalivka73136910
6FC Dynamo Kyiv62221078
7FC Mariupol62227108
8FC Karpaty Lviv7223698
9Dnipro-17223898
10FC Vorskla Poltava7214897
11FC Lviv72057136
12FC Olimpik Donetsk70254142

Last updated 17/09/2019 17:26CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

VfL Wolfsburg

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group I - Group Standings
    ClubPldWDLGFGAPts
    AS Saint-Étienne0000000
    FC Olexandriya0000000
    KAA Gent0000000
    VfL Wolfsburg0000000
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    VfL Wolfsburg-FC Olexandriya
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    AS Saint-Étienne-VfL Wolfsburg
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    KAA Gent-VfL Wolfsburg
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    VfL Wolfsburg-KAA Gent
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    FC Olexandriya-VfL Wolfsburg
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    VfL Wolfsburg-AS Saint-Étienne

FC Olexandriya

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    VfL Wolfsburg-FC Olexandriya
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    FC Olexandriya-KAA Gent
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    AS Saint-Étienne-FC Olexandriya
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    FC Olexandriya-AS Saint-Étienne
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    FC Olexandriya-VfL Wolfsburg
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    KAA Gent-FC Olexandriya

Last updated 17/09/2019 14:57CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeHalis Özkahya (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesCeyhun Sesigüzel (TUR) , Hakan Yemisken (TUR)
  • Fourth officialAlper Ulusoy (TUR)
  • UEFA DelegateWilliam Campbell (NIR)
  • UEFA Referee observerCharles Agius (MLT)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA Europa League matchesUEFA matches
Halis Özkahya30/05/19802951

Halis Özkahya

Referee since: 1997
First division: 2005
FIFA badge: 2009

Tournaments: N/A

Finals
N/A

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
24/10/2013UELGSFC Dynamo KyivFC Thun3-0Kyiv
11/12/2014UELGSLOSC LilleVfL Wolfsburg0-3Villeneuve d'Ascq
28/09/2017UELGSAthletic ClubFC Zorya Luhansk0-1Bilbao
20/09/2018UELGSFC Dynamo KyivFC Astana2-2Kyiv

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
19/10/2009U17QRSloveniaUkraine0-1Rakvere
22/10/2009U17QRUkraineFrance1-1Rakvere
16/10/2012U19QRRepublic of IrelandGermany2-2Grevenmacher
26/03/2013WCQRGermanyKazakhstan4-1Nuremberg
24/10/2013UELGSFC Dynamo KyivFC Thun3-0Kyiv
10/10/2014U21POUkraineGermany0-3Cherkassy
11/12/2014UELGSLOSC LilleVfL Wolfsburg0-3Villeneuve d'Ascq
28/09/2017UELGSAthletic ClubFC Zorya Luhansk0-1Bilbao
20/09/2018UELGSFC Dynamo KyivFC Astana2-2Kyiv

Last updated 18/09/2019 03:29CET

Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, 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 UEFA.com.