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UEFA Europa League: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - Beşiktaş JK Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

Wolverhampton Wanderers FCWolverhampton Wanderers FCMolineux - WolverhamptonThursday 12 December 2019
21.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group K - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Europa League
03/10/2019GSBeşiktaş JK - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC0-1
IstanbulBoly 90+3
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Beşiktaş JK100100000000100101

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

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

Beşiktaş JK - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
26/02/2015R32Beşiktaş JK - Liverpool FC1-0
agg: 1-1 (aet, 5-4 pens)
IstanbulTolgay Arslan 72
19/02/2015R32Liverpool FC - Beşiktaş JK1-0
LiverpoolBalotelli 85 (P)
11/12/2014GSBeşiktaş JK - Tottenham Hotspur1-0
IstanbulCenk Tosun 59
02/10/2014GSTottenham Hotspur - Beşiktaş JK1-1LondonKane 27; Ba 89 (P)
UEFA Champions League
27/08/2014POArsenal FC - Beşiktaş JK1-0
agg: 1-0
LondonAlexis Sánchez 45+1
19/08/2014POBeşiktaş JK - Arsenal FC0-0Istanbul
UEFA Europa League
14/12/2011GSBeşiktaş JK - Stoke City FC3-1
IstanbulManuel Fernandes 59 (P), Mustafa Pektemek 74, Edu 82; Fuller 29
29/09/2011GSStoke City FC - Beşiktaş JK2-1
Stoke-on-TrentCrouch 15, Walters 78 (P); Hilbert 14
UEFA Champions League
25/11/2009GSManchester United FC - Beşiktaş JK0-1
ManchesterTello 20
15/09/2009GSBeşiktaş JK - Manchester United FC0-1
IstanbulScholes 77
UEFA Champions League
06/11/2007GSLiverpool FC - Beşiktaş JK8-0
LiverpoolCrouch 19, 89, Benayoun 32, 53, 56, Gerrard 69, Babel 78, 81
24/10/2007GSBeşiktaş JK - Liverpool FC2-1
IstanbulHyypiä 13 (og), Bobô 82; Gerrard 85
19/10/2006GSBeşiktaş JK - Tottenham Hotspur0-2
IstanbulGhaly 31, Berbatov 63
20/10/2005GSBeşiktaş JK - Bolton Wanderers FC1-1IstanbulAílton Gonçalves 7; Borgetti 29
UEFA Champions League
09/12/2003GS1Beşiktaş JK - Chelsea FC0-2
GelsenkirchenHasselbaink 77, Bridge 85
01/10/2003GS1Chelsea FC - Beşiktaş JK0-2
LondonSergen Yalçın 24, 29
UEFA Champions League
18/10/2000GS1Beşiktaş JK - Leeds United0-0Istanbul
26/09/2000GS1Leeds United - Beşiktaş JK6-0
LeedsBowyer 7, 90, Viduka 12, Matteo 22, Bakke 65, Huckerby 90
European Champions Clubs' Cup
29/09/1982R1Beşiktaş JK - Aston Villa FC0-0
agg: 1-3
15/09/1982R1Aston Villa FC - Beşiktaş JK3-1
BirminghamWithe 4, Morley 9, Mortimer 29; Eksi 74
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Match background Only this chapter

Wolverhampton Wanderers' first European campaign for 39 years will extend into the spring, but the Group K Matchday 6 encounter at Molineux is the last continental engagement of the season for Turkish visitors Beşiktaş.

• Wolves sealed their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase with a 3-3 draw at Braga on Matchday 5 – though they were 3-1 up at half-time – to reach ten points and qualify alongside the Portuguese side, who defeated them 1-0 in Wolverhampton on Matchday 1 and top the group on 11. Beşiktaş lost their first four group encounters but earned their first win last time out, beating Slovan Bratislava with an added-time Adem Ljajić penalty.

• Wolves need to beat Beşiktaş to stand a chance of topping the group. Should they do so and Braga fail to win at Slovan, the English side will go through as section winners.

Highlights: Beşiktaş 0-1 Wolves

Previous meetings
• Wolves' first match against a Turkish club in UEFA competition had a dramatic denouement as Willy Boly's 93rd-minute strike earned them a 1-0 win in Istanbul on Matchday 2 – the first of three successive victories in the section for the Premier League side.

• Beşiktaş have now played 21 matches against English clubs and won only six (D5 L9), with just two victories coming in England – UEFA Champions League group stage successes against Chelsea (2-0 in 2003/04) and Manchester United (1-0 in 2009/10). The club's heaviest European defeat also took place in England – an 8-0 loss to Liverpool in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Highlights: Braga 3-3 Wolves

Form guide
• In their first season after promotion to the Premier League, Wolves finished seventh in 2018/19 to qualify for European competition for the first time since they lost in the 1980/81 UEFA Cup first round to PSV Eindhoven.

• The West Midlanders' best European experience by some distance came in the inaugural UEFA Cup of 1971/72, when they went all the way to the final before losing 3-2 on aggregate to English rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

• Wolves won all six of their qualifying matches this season, knocking out Crusaders (2-0 h, 4-1 a), Pyunik (4-0 a, 4-0 h) and, in the play-offs, Torino (3-2 a, 2-1 h), but the Matchday 1 defeat by Braga ended a seven-match European winning streak at Molineux that had lasted since they were beaten 2-1 by Spurs in the first leg of that 1972 UEFA Cup final. They also won their most recent European outing at home, 1-0 against Slovan on Matchday 4 thanks to a 92nd-minute Raúl Jiménez strike.

Highlights: Beşiktaş 2-1 Slovan Bratislava

• 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 qualified at the first three attempts but have now come up short on each of the last three 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 35 matches in the UEFA Europa League group stage have yielded 16 wins, eight draws and 11 defeats. Outside Istanbul their record is W6 D5 L6, with defeats this season at both Slovan (2-4) and Braga (1-3).

Highlights: Wolves 1-0 Slovan Bratislava

Links and trivia
• Beşiktaş defender Rebocho has played for Portugal's Under-21s alongside Wolves pair Rúben Neves and Diogo Jota.

• Douglas (Beşiktaş) was a Benfica team-mate of Wolves striker Jiménez in 2017/18.

• Two Beşiktaş players are currently on loan from English clubs – Loris Karius (Liverpool) and Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal). Another, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, joined in a permanent deal from Tottenham in the summer.

• Wolves are among six UEFA Europa League group stage debutants this season; the others are Espanyol, Ferencváros, Olexandriya and two Austrian clubs, LASK and Wolfsberg. The English side are one of three, alongside Espanyol and LASK, who have already qualified for the round of 32.

Highlights: Braga 3-1 Beşiktaş

The coaches
• A former goalkeeper who was in Portugal's UEFA EURO 2008 squad but never won a senior cap, Nuno Espírito Santo was mostly a back-up during his playing career but as a manager he is very much at the forefront, having emerged as a studious, progressive coach during spells at Valencia, Porto and, since May 2017, Wolves. He first made his mark by taking Portuguese provincial club Rio Ave to two cup finals and into Europe before shining in Spain during an 18-month stint at Mestalla. He led Wolves into the Premier League in his first season and into the UEFA Europa League in his second.

• 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.


Team facts Only this chapter

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1972)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League titles: 3 (1959)
FA Cup: 4 (1960)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
did not take part in UEFA competition
did not take part in UEFA competition
2016/17: did not take part in UEFA competition
2015/16: did not take part in UEFA competition
 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
did not take part in UEFA competition
2009/10: did not take part in UEFA competition

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
5-0: Wolves v Austria Wien
30/11/60, European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg

• Biggest away win
Pyunik v Wolves
08/08/19, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
2-5: Wolves v Barcelona
02/03/60, European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
-0: Barcelona v Wolves
10/02/60, European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final first leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
4-0 twice, most recently v Pyunik
15/08/19, third qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-4: Pyunik v Wolves (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
1-2: Wolves v Tottenham Hotspur
03/05/72, final first leg
Wolves v Braga
19/09/19, group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: Porto v Wolves
18/09/74, first round first leg


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


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

  • UEFA Europa League - Second qualifying round
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2-0 Crusaders FC
    1-0 Diogo Jota 37, 2-0 Rúben Vinagre 90+3
    Rui Patrício, Bennett, Rúben Neves (58 Jiménez), Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (84 Saïss), Diogo Jota, Jonny (64 Rúben Vinagre), João Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traoré
  • (01/08/2019)
    Crusaders FC 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (agg: 1-6)
    1-0 Bennett 13 (og) , 1-1 Jiménez 15, 1-2 Bennett 38, 1-3 Jiménez 45, 1-4 Forsythe 77 (og)
    Rui Patrício, Bennett, Rúben Neves (68 Saïss), Jiménez (55 Gibbs-White), Boly, Coady, Diogo Jota (67 Rúben Vinagre), Jonny, João Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traoré
  • Third qualifying round
    FC Pyunik 0-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    0-1 Doherty 29, 0-2 Jiménez 42, 0-3 Jiménez 46, 0-4 Rúben Neves 90+1 (P)
    Rui Patrício, Doherty (63 Cutrone), Bennett, Jiménez (71 Rúben Neves), Boly, Coady, Diogo Jota (63 Jonny), Saïss, João Moutinho, Rúben Vinagre, Dendoncker
  • (15/08/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4-0 FC Pyunik (agg: 8-0)
    1-0 Pedro Neto 54, 2-0 Gibbs-White 58, 3-0 Rúben Vinagre 64, 4-0 Diogo Jota 87
    Ruddy, Vallejo, Pedro Neto (72 Diogo Jota), Cutrone (72 Jiménez), Coady, Gibbs-White, Saïss, João Moutinho (52 Dendoncker), Rúben Vinagre, Traoré, Kilman
  • Play-off
    Torino FC 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    0-1 Bremer 43 (og) , 0-2 Diogo Jota 59, 1-2 De Silvestri 61, 1-3 Jiménez 72, 2-3 Belotti 89 (P)
    Rui Patrício, Vallejo, Jiménez (76 Cutrone), Boly, Coady, Diogo Jota (69 Pedro Neto), Saïss, João Moutinho, Rúben Vinagre, Dendoncker, Traoré (64 Jonny)
  • (29/08/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2-1 Torino FC (agg: 5-3)
    1-0 Jiménez 30, 1-1 Belotti 58, 2-1 Dendoncker 59
    Rui Patrício, Vallejo, Jiménez (92 Pedro Neto), Boly, Coady, Diogo Jota (81 Cutrone), Jonny, Saïss, João Moutinho (90 Rúben Neves), Dendoncker, Traoré
  • Group stage
    Group K - Group Standings
    SC Braga532011711
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC53117510
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava5113894
    Beşiktaş JK51046113
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0-1 SC Braga
    0-1 Ricardo Horta 71
    Rui Patrício, Doherty (80 Traoré), Bennett, Rúben Neves, Jiménez, Cutrone, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (67 João Moutinho), Jonny, Dendoncker (76 Diogo Jota)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    0-1 Boly 90+3
    Rui Patrício, Doherty, Pedro Neto (46 Traoré), Rúben Neves, Jiménez (79 Cutrone), Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (62 Dendoncker), Jonny, Saïss, João Moutinho
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    1-0 Šporar 11, 1-1 Saïss 58, 1-2 Jiménez 64 (P)
    Rui Patrício, Doherty, Jiménez, Cutrone (46 Traoré), Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (59 Diogo Jota), Saïss (76 Dendoncker), João Moutinho, Rúben Vinagre, Kilman
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1-0 ŠK Slovan Bratislava
    1-0 Jiménez 90+2
    Rui Patrício, Doherty, Pedro Neto (69 Cutrone), Rúben Neves, Jiménez, Coady, João Moutinho, Rúben Vinagre (97 Jonny), Dendoncker, Traoré (100 Bennett), Kilman
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    SC Braga 3-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
    1-0 André Horta 6, 1-1 Jiménez 14, 1-2 Doherty 34, 1-3 Traoré 35, 2-3 Paulinho 65, 3-3 Fransérgio 79
    Rui Patrício, Doherty, Rúben Neves, Jiménez (69 Pedro Neto), Coady, Diogo Jota (80 Cutrone), Jonny, Saïss, João Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traoré (75 Rúben Vinagre)
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC-Beşiktaş JK

Beşiktaş JK

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    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 1-2 SC Braga
    0-1 Ricardo Horta 38, 1-1 Umut Nayir 71, 1-2 Wilson Eduardo 80
    Karius, Roco, Güven Yalçın, Oğuzhan Özyakup (61 Kartal Yılmaz), Boyd (84 Erdem Seçgin), Elneny , Necip Uysal (67 Umut Nayir), Ljajić, Rebocho, Vida, Caner Erkin
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    SC Braga 3-1 Beşiktaş JK
    1-0 Paulinho 14, 1-1 Boyd 29, 2-1 Paulinho 37, 3-1 Wilson Eduardo 81
    Karius, Roco, Umut Nayir, Güven Yalçın (88 Erdem Seçgin), Oğuzhan Özyakup, Boyd, Necip Uysal, Vida, Lens, Kartal Yılmaz (73 Elneny ), Caner Erkin (63 Rebocho)
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    Beşiktaş JK 2-1 ŠK Slovan Bratislava
    0-1 Daniel 35, 1-1 Roco 75, 2-1 Ljajić 90+2 (P)
    Karius, Roco, Umut Nayir, Oğuzhan Özyakup (76 Güven Yalçın), Boyd (46 N'Koudou), Elneny , Necip Uysal, Rebocho (46 Ljajić), Vida, Caner Erkin, Diaby
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC-Beşiktaş JK

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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
  • 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