UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|BSC Young Boys||Stadion Wankdorf - BerneThursday 22 October 2020|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group A - Matchday 1
Swiss champions Young Boys and Italian heavyweights Roma both return for a second successive season of UEFA Europa League group stage action as they meet for the first time in an intriguing Matchday 1 encounter in Berne.
• Young Boys have won all three of their UEFA encounters at home to Italian opposition, most recently 2-1 against Juventus on Matchday 6 of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League – the Swiss side's only group stage victory that season. Their other two wins have come in UEFA Europa League group games – 3-1 against Udinese in 2012/13 and 2-0 versus Napoli in 2014/15.
• This is Roma's first visit to Switzerland since a 3-2 win at Basel in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage – their first success in the country at the fifth attempt (D2 L2). The Giallorossi had lost away to the same opponents the previous season on Matchday 1 of the inaugural UEFA Europa League (0-2).
• Champions of Switzerland for the third season running in 2019/20, and the 14th time in all, Young Boys lost their UEFA Champions League play-off on away goals to Crvena zvezda but reached the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they finished third in a section containing Porto, Rangers and Feyenoord despite scoring in every game.
• YB missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification again this season, Gerardo Seoane's side losing 3-0 at Midtjylland in the third qualifying round after winning their opening tie 3-1 at home to KÍ Klaksvík. However, they beat Tirana 3-0 at the Stadion Wankdorf in the UEFA Europa League play-offs and are therefore competing for a Swiss-record seventh time in the competition's group stage, from which they have made further progress twice before, in 2010/11 and 2014/15, but not in their three most recent campaigns.
• The Berne club have won 13 of their 18 home games in the UEFA Europa League group stage (D1 L4), including two out of three last term. They have lost just one of their last eight European encounters in the Swiss capital, winning five.
• Roma finished fifth in Serie A last term to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage for the second season running and fourth time in all. They were defeated 2-0 by eventual winners Sevilla in last season's round of 16, which remains the furthest they have gone in the competition – though they were UEFA Cup runners-up in 1990/91.
• The Giallorossi's third participation in the UEFA Europa League group stage, like the previous two, resulted in qualification for the knockout phase, although unlike in 2009/10 and 2016/17 they did not top their group, finishing second to İstanbul Başakşehir despite beating the Turkish club home (4-0) and away (3-0). Their only other European win last season was 1-0 at home to Gent in the first leg of the round of 32 (1-1 a).
• Roma have recorded only one victory in their last seven European matches outside Rome (D2 L4). Their overall away record in the UEFA Europa League group stage is W3 D4 L2.
Links and trivia
• Roma coach Paulo Fonseca led Shakhtar Donetsk to a penalty shoot-out victory against Young Boys in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (2-0 h, 0-2 a, 4-2 pens) – his first European tie in charge of the Ukrainian club.
• Roma defender Chris Smalling played in both of Manchester United's victories against Young Boys in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage (3-0 a, 1-0 h).
• Young Boys midfielder Gianluca Gaudino played two games in Serie A for Chievo in 2017/18.
• Mohamed Ali Camara (Young Boys) and Amadou Diawara (Roma) are both internationals for Guinea.
• Miralem Sulejmani (Young Boys) and Bryan Cristante (Roma) were team-mates at Benfica in 2014/15.