UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Feyenoord||Stadion Feijenoord - RotterdamThursday 29 October 2020|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group K - Matchday 2
Feyenoord and Wolfsberg both have a point in the bag as they meet in Rotterdam for their second game of UEFA Europa League Group K.
• The Dutch side held Dinamo Zagreb to a goalless draw in Croatia despite losing defender Marcos Senesi to a second yellow card on 72 minutes, while Wolfsberg were indebted to an equalising penalty from Michael Liendl as they drew 1-1 at home to CSKA Moskva.
• While this is Wolfsberg's first game against Dutch opponents in UEFA competition, Feyenoord's record against Austrian clubs is W2 D2 L2 with a win and two draws in the Netherlands. The victory came in the most recent of the three fixtures, 2-1 against Kärnten in the first leg of a 2003/04 UEFA Cup first round tie that the Rotterdammers won 3-1 on aggregate.
• Feyenoord were placed third in the Dutch Eredivisie last season to return to the UEFA Europa League group stage, where they ended up bottom of their section in 2019/20 behind Porto, Rangers and Young Boys. They also reached the Dutch Cup final, against Utrecht, although the fixture was cancelled.
• This is the Rotterdam club's fourth appearance in the UEFA Europa League group stage and the first time they have participated two seasons running. They topped their section in 2014/15 but have failed to qualify in their two appearances since, finishing third in 2016/17 despite beating eventual winners Manchester United 1-0 at home on Matchday 1.
• Feyenoord won their first five home UEFA Europa League group games and have six victories in nine matches overall, losing just once. They won their first three European games in Rotterdam last term but were held to draws in the next two and are currently seven UEFA encounters unbeaten at home (W4 D3) since going down 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 3 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
• Promoted to the Austrian top flight for the first time in 2012, Wolfsberg finished third in the 2019/20 Bundesliga, repeating their highest ever placing of a year earlier, to re-qualify for the UEFA Europa League for the second successive season. Last term they finished bottom of Group J with five points despite winning their Matchday 1 encounter 4-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
• This is only the club's third European campaign. The first, in 2015/16, ended with a 6-0 aggregate defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, though they had won their inaugural tie a round earlier, beating Shakhtyor Soligorsk 3-0 over two legs.
• Wolfsberg's overall European record is now W3 D3 L5; away it is W2 D1 L2.
Links and trivia
• Wolfsberg midfielder Liendl spent 2017/18 with Eredivisie club FC Twente.
• Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jørgensen's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Feyenoord coach Dick Advocaat won the 2007/08 UEFA Cup with Zenit. He has also led three other clubs in the UEFA Europa League group stage, suffering elimination with PSV Eindhoven in 2012/13 before taking AZ Alkmaar (2013/14) and Fenerbahçe (2016/17) through to the knockout phase.
• Feyenoord are one of six former UEFA Cup winners competing in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage, together with Bayer Leverkusen (Group C), PSV Eindhoven (E), Napoli (F), Tottenham (J) and Group K rivals CSKA Moskva.
• The Rotterdam club are also one of six ex-European Cup winners among the 48 group stage participants – alongside Benfica (Group D), PSV (E), Celtic and AC Milan (H) and Crvena zvezda (L).