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UEFA Europa League: Beşiktaş JK - SC Braga Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

Beşiktaş JKBeşiktaş JKBeşiktaş Park - IstanbulThursday 24 October 2019
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Group K - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Europa League
23/02/2012R32Beşiktaş JK - SC Braga0-1
agg: 2-1
IstanbulLima 25
14/02/2012R32SC Braga - Beşiktaş JK0-2
BragaSivok 37, Simão 58
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SC Braga100111000000210112

Beşiktaş JK - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
21/11/2017GSBeşiktaş JK - FC Porto1-1IstanbulTalisca 41; Felipe 29
13/09/2017GSFC Porto - Beşiktaş JK1-3
PortoD. Tošić 21 (og); Talisca 13, Cenk Tosun 28, Babel 86
UEFA Champions League
23/11/2016GSBeşiktaş JK - SL Benfica3-3IstanbulCenk Tosun 58, Quaresma 83 (P), Aboubakar 89; Gonçalo Guedes 10, Semedo 25, Fejsa 31
13/09/2016GSSL Benfica - Beşiktaş JK1-1LisbonCervi 12; Talisca 90+3
UEFA Europa League
10/12/2015GSSporting Clube de Portugal - Beşiktaş JK3-1
LisbonSlimani 67, Ruiz 72, Gutiérrez 78; Gomez 58
01/10/2015GSBeşiktaş JK - Sporting Clube de Portugal1-1IstanbulGökhan Töre 61; Ruiz 16
UEFA Europa League
04/11/2010GSFC Porto - Beşiktaş JK1-1PortoFalcao 36 (P); Nihat Kahveci 62
21/10/2010GSBeşiktaş JK - FC Porto1-3
IstanbulBobô 90+2; Falcao 26, Hulk 59, 78
UEFA Champions League
11/12/2007GSFC Porto - Beşiktaş JK2-0
PortoLucho González 44, Quaresma 62
03/10/2007GSBeşiktaş JK - FC Porto0-1
IstanbulQuaresma 90+2
14/12/2005GSVitória SC - Beşiktaş JK1-3
GuimaraesSaganowski 11; İbrahim Toraman 7, 60, Youla 17

SC Braga - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
07/12/2017GSİstanbul Başakşehir - SC Braga2-1
IstanbulVišća 10, Emre Belözoğlu 77 (P); Raúl Silva 55
28/09/2017GSSC Braga - İstanbul Başakşehir2-1
BragaAhmed Hassan 26, Fransérgio 89; Emre Belözoğlu 28
UEFA Europa League
03/11/2016GSSC Braga - Konyaspor3-1
BragaVelázquez 34, Wilson Eduardo 45+1, Ricardo Horta 90+7; Rangelov 30
20/10/2016GSKonyaspor - SC Braga1-1KonyaMilošević 9; Ahmed Hassan 55
UEFA Europa League
17/03/2016R16SC Braga - Fenerbahçe SK4-1
agg: 4-2
BragaAhmed Hassan 11, Josué 69 (P), Stoiljković 74, Rafa Silva 83; Alper Potuk 45+3
10/03/2016R16Fenerbahçe SK - SC Braga1-0
IstanbulMehmet Topal 82
UEFA Champions League
05/12/2012GSSC Braga - Galatasaray AŞ1-2
BragaMossoró 32; Burak Yılmaz 58, Aydın Yılmaz 78
02/10/2012GSGalatasaray AŞ - SC Braga0-2
IstanbulRúben Micael 27, Alan 90+4
UEFA Intertoto Cup
26/07/2008R3SC Braga - Sivasspor3-0
agg: 5-0
BragaMatheus 45, Linz 57, Aguiar 70 (P)
20/07/2008R3Sivasspor - SC Braga0-2
SivasLinz 45+1, Moisés 78
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SC Braga640263120000127142011

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Match background Only this chapter

Defeated by late goals in each of their opening two Group K fixtures, Beşiktaş have their work cut out to get back in contention as they play host to a Braga side who arrive in Istanbul with four points on the board.

• Beşiktaş surrendered the lead and conceded two added-time goals in going down 4-2 at Slovan Bratislava on Matchday 1, and there was more late woe two weeks later in Istanbul as they allowed Wolves to pilfer the only goal of the game in the 93rd minute. Braga, meanwhile, beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux before drawing 2-2 at home to Slovan.

2012 flashback: Simão Sabrosa scores for Beşiktaş against Braga

Previous meetings
• Beşiktaş came out on top in the only previous UEFA contest between the clubs, winning their 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie against the previous season's runners-up 2-1 on aggregate – though they lost the second leg at home (0-1) after a 2-0 win in Braga.

• In fact, the Black Eagles have never beaten a Portuguese club at home in six attempts, losing the first three matches and drawing the next three, the most recent against Porto (1-1) in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Braga's overall record against Turkish clubs is W7 D1 L4, and although they have won on three of their six visits to Turkey, the three most recent have produced two defeats and a draw, the latest loss (1-2) coming in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage against an İstanbul Başakşehir side coached by current Beşiktaş boss Abdullah Avcı.

Highlights: Beşiktaş 0-1 Wolves

Form guide
• Third in the 2018/19 Turkish Süper Lig, Beşiktaş's reward was direct access to the UEFA Europa League group stage; they also participated last season, failing to reach the round of 32.

• This is the Istanbul club's sixth participation in the UEFA Europa League group stage, from which they have qualified three times but come up short on each of the last two occasions. Their best season in the competition came in 2016/17 when, after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group, they went on to reach the quarter-finals, where they succumbed on penalties to Lyon.

• Beşiktaş's 32 matches in the UEFA Europa League group stage have yielded 15 wins, eight draws and nine defeats. In Istanbul their record is W9 D3 L4, but they are currently on a three-game losing streak, the Wolves reverse following back-to-back losses last term against Genk (2-4) and Malmö (0-1).

Highlights: Braga 2-2 Slovan Bratislava

• Braga's 15th European qualification in the last 16 years was achieved with a fourth-placed finish in the 2018/19 Portuguese Liga, a season in which their European ambitions ended early with elimination on away goals by Zorya Luhansk in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

• Brøndby (4-2 a, 3-1 h) and Spartak Moskva (1-0 h, 2-1 a) were both overcome in this season's qualifying phase to take Braga into the group stage for the fifth time. They have made further progress on three of the previous four occasions, though their best season in the competition – and in Europe overall – came in 2010/11 when they crossed over in mid-campaign from the UEFA Champions League and knocked out, among others, Liverpool and Benfica before losing 1-0 in the Dublin final to domestic rivals Porto.

• Braga are unbeaten in nine European games (W6 D3), their last defeat having come at Marseille (0-3) in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32. Their away record in the UEFA Europa League group stage is W4 D6 L3, with all four wins, curiously, having occurred on Matchday 1.

Highlights: Slovan Bratislava 4-2 Beşiktaş

Links and trivia
• Beşiktaş forward Abdoulay Diaby is on loan from Sporting CP, having been a regular Portuguese Liga participant for the Lisbon club last term.

• Other Beşiktaş players to have played in Portugal are Rebocho (Benfica B, Moreirense), Tyler Boyd (Vitória SC, Tondela) and Douglas (Benfica).

• Braga goalkeeper Eduardo spent 2012/13 on loan at Beşiktaş's local rivals İstanbul BB.

• Beşiktaş's Mohamed Elneny and Braga's Ahmed Hassan play together for Egypt.

• Diaby was a team-mate of Braga's Claudemir at Club Brugge for two seasons; they won the Belgian title together in 2015/16.

• Beşiktaş duo Georges-Kévin N'Koudou and Burak Yılmaz have both scored European goals in wins against Braga for previous clubs, the former for Marseille in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage (1-0 h), the latter for Galatasaray in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage (2-1 a).

Highlights: Wolves 0-1 Braga

The coaches
• Appointed by Beşiktaş on a three-year contract in May 2019 to replace Şenol Güneş, who had left to take charge of the Turkish national side, Abdullah Avcı moved across the city having just led İstanbul Başakşehir to a runners-up spot in the Süper Lig. That ended the second of his two five-year spells with the club, which was preceded by an unsuccessful two-year sojourn in charge of the Turkish national side. He had previously led the country to victory in the 2005 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Italy.

• A gifted support striker who represented Portugal on 45 occasions, scoring ten goals, and appeared at the UEFA European Championship in 1996 and 2000, Ricardo Sá Pinto spent the majority of his club career at Sporting CP, his two spells at the Lisbon club broken by a three-year stint at Real Sociedad. His first head coach position was back at Sporting, in 2012, but it was short-lived and from there he moved abroad, working in Serbia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Belgium and latterly Poland with Legia Warszawa before signing a two-year contract with Braga in July 2019.

FootballPeople weeks
The FootballPeople weeks take place from 10 to 24 October 2019 and are organised by UEFA's social responsibility partner Fare. The weeks are a global campaign aimed at tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity in football. The UEFA Europa League is offering its full support to the FootballPeople weeks; teams will line up for a mixed photo with the referees, while an #EqualGame hashtag will also be on display. Videos will be played on giant screens at stadiums across Europe, and child mascots will be wearing #FootballPeople t-shirts. UEFA's collaboration with the Fare network's FootballPeople weeks has been running since 2001. The aim of this initiative fits in perfectly with the goals of #EqualGame, which is looking to promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility.


Team facts Only this chapter

Beşiktaş JK
Nickname: Kara Kartal (The Black Eagles)

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

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 15 (2017)
Turkish Cup: 9 (2011)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless otherwise indicated)
group stage
UEFA Champions League round of 16
quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
group stage
round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2013/14: play-offs (excluded from the group stage)
did not participate in UEFA competition
round of 16
round of 32
2009/10: UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
6-0: Beşiktaş v B36 Tórshavn
02/08/18, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5: Sarajevo v Beşiktaş
03/10/02, UEFA Cup first round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Beşiktaş v Dynamo Kyiv
14/03/87, European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
8-0: Liverpool v Beşiktaş
06/11/07, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
6-0: Beşiktaş v B36 Tórshavn (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-5: Sarajevo v Beşiktaş (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
1-4: Beşiktaş v Dynamo Kyiv
17/02/11, round of 32 first leg
0-3: Beşiktaş v Atlético Madrid
15/03/12, round of 16 second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0: Dynamo Kyiv v Beşiktaş
24/02/11, round of 32 second leg


SC Braga
Os Arsenalistas (The Arsenal fans)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Europa League: (2011)
• UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 2008

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
Portuguese Cup: 2 (2016)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
third qualifying round
round of 32
2016/17: group stage
2015/16: quarter-finals
did not take part in UEFA club competition
2013/14: play-offs
2012/13: UEFA Champions League group stage
2011/12: round of 32
runners-up (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2009/10: third qualifying round

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
Braga v Hibernians
13/09/78, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away win
Brøndby v Braga
08/08/19, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg
Birmingham City v Braga
15/09/11, UEFA Europa League group stage
twice, most recently v Galatasaray
02/10/12, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3 twice, most recently v Shakhtar Donetsk
28/09/10, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
twice, most recently v Arsenal
15/09/10, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-0: Braga v Hibernians (see above)

• Biggest away win
2-4: Brøndby v Braga (see above)
1-3: Birmingham City v Braga (see above)
Artmedia Petržalka v Braga
02/10/08, first round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Braga v Tottenham Hotspur
19/09/84, first round first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
6-0: Tottenham Hotspur v Braga
03/10/84, first round second leg


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Beşiktaş JK

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group K - Group Standings
    SC Braga2110324
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava2110644
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC2101113
    Beşiktaş JK2002250
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava 4-2 Beşiktaş JK
    1-0 Šporar 14, 1-1 Ljajić 29 (P) , 1-2 Bozhikov 45+1 (og) , 2-2 Šporar 58, 3-2 M. Ljubičić 90+3, 4-2 Rharsalla 90+4
    Karius, Víctor Ruiz (74 Hutchinson), Douglas, Umut Nayir, Elneny , N'Koudou (82 Güven Yalçın), Ljajić, Rebocho, Vida, Dorukhan Toköz, Diaby (79 Lens)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    0-1 Boly 90+3
    Karius, Douglas, Güven Yalçın (27 Umut Nayir), Elneny , Necip Uysal, Ljajić, Rebocho, Vida, Dorukhan Toköz (79 Oğuzhan Özyakup), Lens (84 Gökhan Gönül), Caner Erkin
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK-SC Braga
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    SC Braga-Beşiktaş JK
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK-ŠK Slovan Bratislava
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC-Beşiktaş JK

SC Braga

  • UEFA Europa League - Third qualifying round
    Brøndby IF 2-4 SC Braga
    1-0 Kaiser 15, 1-1 Paulinho 18, 1-2 André Horta 20, 2-2 Kaiser 50, 2-3 Ricardo Horta 90+2, 2-4 Hermannsson 90+4 (og)
    Matheus, Nuno Sequeira, Wilson Eduardo (70 Costa), Santos, André Horta, Paulinho (81 Ahmed Hassan), Ricardo Horta, Fransérgio (68 Novais), Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha
  • (15/08/2019)
    SC Braga 3-1 Brøndby IF (agg: 7-3)
    1-0 João Palhinha 19, 2-0 André Horta 41, 3-0 Paulinho 66, 3-1 Bjur 85
    Matheus, Wilson Eduardo (67 Francisco), Santos (70 Tormena De Faria), André Horta (58 Bruno Xadas), Novais, Costa, Paulinho, Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha, Caju
  • Play-off
    SC Braga 1-0 FC Spartak Moskva
    1-0 Ricardo Horta 74
    Matheus, Nuno Sequeira, Wilson Eduardo, Santos (64 Tormena De Faria), André Horta (85 Costa), Paulinho, Ricardo Horta, Fransérgio (46 Novais), Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha
  • (29/08/2019)
    FC Spartak Moskva 1-2 SC Braga (agg: 1-3)
    0-1 Ricardo Horta 42, 0-2 Ricardo Horta 45+3, 1-2 Z. Bakaev 89
    Matheus, Tormena De Faria (39 Lucas Cunha), Nuno Sequeira, Wilson Eduardo (23 Galeno), André Horta, Novais (75 Fransérgio), Paulinho, Ricardo Horta, Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0-1 SC Braga
    0-1 Ricardo Horta 71
    Matheus, Nuno Sequeira, Santos, André Horta (86 Novais), Paulinho, Ricardo Horta (88 Costa), Fransérgio, Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha, Galeno (84 Francisco)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    SC Braga 2-2 ŠK Slovan Bratislava
    1-0 Bruno Viana 31, 1-1 Šporar 45+4, 2-1 Galeno 63, 2-2 Bruno Viana 87 (og)
    Eduardo, Nuno Sequeira, Santos, André Horta (70 Novais), Paulinho, Ricardo Horta (70 Francisco), Fransérgio (88 Rui Fonte), Bruno Viana, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha, Galeno
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK-SC Braga
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    SC Braga-Beşiktaş JK
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    SC Braga-Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava-SC Braga

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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
  • 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
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