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UEFA Europa League: OGC Nice - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits

OGC NiceOGC NiceGrand Stade de Nice - NiceThursday 29 October 2020
21.00CET (21.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 2
Hapoel Beer-Sheva FCHapoel Beer-Sheva FC
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Match background Only this chapter

Nice will hope to make a quick recovery from a chastening Matchday 1 defeat as they play host to Israeli Cup winners Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the south of France.

• Nice felt the full force of last season's UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists Bayer Leverkusen as they went down 6-2 to the Bundesliga side at the BayArena, but there was opening-night joy in Group C for Hapoel as two late goals from Dutchman Elton Acolatse earned them a 3-1 home win against Slavia Praha. That made it three Matchday 1 victories out of three in this competition for the Israeli club.

Previous meetings
• This is Nice's maiden UEFA encounter with opponents from Israel and Hapoel's first against a team from France.

Form guide
• After two years without European football, Nice qualified for a third appearance in the UEFA Europa League group stage after finishing fifth in the truncated 2019/20 Ligue 1 campaign.

• Les Aiglons finished bottom of their group in 2016/17 but progressed as runners-up the following year in a section comprising Lazio, Vitesse and Zulte Waregem before going out to Lokomotiv Moskva (2-3 h, 0-1 a) in the round of 32.

• Nice have won three and lost three of their six home fixtures in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Fourth in the Israeli league in 2019/20, Hapoel secured European qualification for the seventh successive season by winning the Israeli State Cup, beating Maccabi Petach-Tikva 2-0 in the final. Last season's European adventure ended in the UEFA Europa League play-offs against Feyenoord (0-3 a, 0-3 h).

• This season Josef Abukasis's side won their play-off tie, against Plzeň, following earlier qualifying phase successes against Dinamo Batumi (3-0 h), Laç (2-1 a) and Motherwell (3-0 h). Hapoel are therefore through to the UEFA Europa League group stage for the third time, having previously participated in 2016/17 – when they beat Internazionale twice and reached the round of 32 – and 2017/18, when they finished bottom of their group.

• The Israeli side's away record in the UEFA Europa League proper is W1 D2 L4. The victory at Laç this term ended a six-match winless run in European away fixtures (D3 L3).

Links and trivia
• Opposition coaches Patrick Vieira and Abukasis played for France and Israel respectively in a UEFA EURO 2004 qualifier in April 2003 that took place in Palermo. Lillian Thuram, father of current Nice player Kephren Thuram, was also in the France side that won 2-1.

• Hapoel's assistant coach Maor Melikson was in the Valenciennes team that lost 4-0 at Nice on 23 September 2013 in the inaugural match played at the Stade de Nice.

• Hapoel's Gaëtan Varenne was born in France and played briefly for Bastia after starting his career with French amateur side Cournon.




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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