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Heavyweight bout in Bavaria

Two of European football's great names go head to head when FC Bayern München meet Juventus in Group A – the first time Louis van Gaal and Ciro Ferrara have crossed paths since the 1996 final.

Heavyweight bout in Bavaria
Heavyweight bout in Bavaria ©UEFA.com

Two of European football's great names go head to head again on Matchday 2 when FC Bayern München meet Juventus in Group A. The sides experienced mixed fortunes in their opening games, Bayern winning 3-0 at Maccabi Haifa FC while Juve drew 1-1 at home against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Previous meetings
• This is the fifth encounter between the sides, who met previously in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

• Juventus recorded 1-0 wins home and away against Bayern in 2004/05. The Bianconeri prevailed in Munich on 3 November 2004 through a 90th-minute goal by Alessandro Del Piero. It was the last time Bayern lost at home in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

• The lineups that evening were:
: Kahn, Sagnol (Görlitz 46, Scholl 69), Lucio, Robert Kovač, Salihamidžić (Guerrero 90+2), Hargreaves, Ballack, Frings, Schweinsteiger, Pizarro, Makaay.
: Buffon, Zambrotta, Thuram, Cannavaro, Pessotto, Camoranesi, Emerson, Blasi, Nedvĕd, Del Piero, Ibrahimović.

• The teams traded 2-1 home victories when they met the following season. Sebastian Deisler and Martín Demichelis struck first-half goals when Bayern beat Juventus in Munich on 18 October 2005, Zlatan Ibrahimović replying late on for the visitors.

• The sides were:
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol, Lucio, Ismaël, Lizarazu (Schweinsteiger 30), Zé Roberto, Demichelis, Ballack, Deisler, Makaay, Santa Cruz (Scholl 88).
: Abbiati, Blasi (Chiellini 46), Thuram, Cannavaro, Zambrotta, Camoranesi (Del Piero 46), Giannichedda, Emerson, Nedvĕd, Trezeguet (Mutu 66), Ibrahimović.

Match background
• Bayern beat ACF Fiorentina 3-0 at this same stage last term, Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zé Roberto scoring.

• Juventus lost 3-2 at Werder Bremen on their most recent visit to Germany in the first knockout round in February 2006, surrendering a 2-1 lead late on after Pavel Nedvĕd and David Trezeguet had found the net.

• The Turin club lost European Champion Clubs' Cup finals against German clubs in 1983 (Hamburger SV 0-1) and, with Ciro Ferrara in the team, 1997 (BV Borussia Dortmund 1-3). They defeated Dortmund 6-1 on aggregate to land the UEFA Cup in 1993.

Team ties
• This is the first meeting of the two coaches since the 1996 UEFA Champions League final in Rome when Bayern's Louis van Gaal was in charge of an AFC Ajax side beaten on penalties by a Juventus team featuring Ferrara, his present-day Bianconeri counterpart.

• Van Gaal had led Ajax to victory against another Italian side, AC Milan, in the final 12 months earlier.

• Van Gaal also guided Ajax past Juventus's city rivals, Torino FC, in the 1992 UEFA Cup final.

• Van Gaal last faced Italian opposition in the 1999/00 group stage, guiding FC Barcelona to a 4-2 win at home to Fiorentina and a 3-3 draw away.

• Ferrara was in the Juventus side that beat Bayern 1-0 in Turin in October 2004.

• The Juve coach was also in the SSC Napoli team that got the better of Bayern in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup semi-finals, drawing 2-2 in Munich to complete a 4-2 aggregate success.

• Juventus midfielder Hasan Salihamidžić spent nine years with Bayern from 1998 to 2007 and was part of their UEFA Champions League-winning team in 2001.

• Bayern's Italy striker Luca Toni played against Juventus for US Città di Palermo and Fiorentina in Serie A. He was on target for Fiorentina in a 1-1 draw at Juventus in April 2006.

• Bayern's Arjen Robben appeared as a substitute for Real Madrid CF when they lost 2-1 at Juventus in the 2008/09 group stage.

• Juventus playmaker Diego was unbeaten in three visits to Bayern's stadium with Bremen – helping his old club earn one win and two draws, finding the net once.