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København will want to improve their disappointing record of one victory in five UEFA Champions League play-off ties when they renew acquaintances with APOEL.

APOEL, in yellow, triumphed when the teams met in the 2009/10 play-offs
APOEL, in yellow, triumphed when the teams met in the 2009/10 play-offs ©Getty Images

Ståle Solbakken can settle an old score as København face APOEL for a second time in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Previous meetings
• In their only previous meetings, Ivan Jovanović's APOEL eliminated Solbakken's FCK in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-offs. Zdeněk Pospěch scored the only goal as FCK won in Copenhagen, but Kamil Kosowski (2) and Chrysostomos Michail (18pen 41) struck in a 3-1 home victory for APOEL in the return leg.

• Current APOEL men Nektarios Alexandrou and Nuno Morais played in both legs of that tie; Mikael Antonsson, Mathias Jørgensen and William Kvist featured in the matches for FCK, while Thomas Delaney was an unused substitute in the second leg.

Watch dramatic APOEL winner against København
Watch dramatic APOEL winner against København

• FCK's only previous games against Cypriot opponents were in that tie; APOEL's record in eight encounters with Danish sides is W3 D1 L4 (W2 D0 L2 at home – W1 D1 L2 in Denmark).

• APOEL eliminated another Danish club – Aalborg – in the 2014/15 play-offs and overcame Midtjylland on away goals in last season's third qualifying round; they are thus unbeaten in their last three ties against Danish opponents since a 7-0 aggregate loss to B1903 København in the 1979/80 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Match background
• FCK defeated Crusaders and Astra Giurgiu to reach this stage, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one.

• FCK have won only one of their five UEFA Champions League play-off ties, ousting Rosenborg on away goals in 2010/11. They have lost to APOEL (2009/10), Viktoria Plzeň (2011/12), LOSC Lille (2012/13) and Bayer Leverkusen (2014/15).

• APOEL eliminated The New Saints and Rosenborg in the second and third qualifying rounds respectively; they have won 3-0 in both of their European home games this season.

• APOEL have not won in six European away fixtures (D1 L5) since they prevailed 2-1 against Midtjylland on 28 July 2015.

• APOEL won their first three play-off ties before being eliminated by Astana at this stage last season.

Aílton, now in Saudi Arabia, has represented both clubs
Aílton, now in Saudi Arabia, has represented both clubs©Getty Images

Team and coach links
• Former APOEL striker Aílton was signed from FCK in summer 2010 and would go on to lead the Legend to the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Coach profiles
• APOEL's Thomas Christiansen was raised in Copenhagen and represented FCK's rivals Brøndby as a youngster prior to being picked up by Barcelona. Capped twice by Spain – his mother's home country – he also played in Greece and Germany, and joined APOEL after a two-year spell in charge of AEK Larnaca.

• Former Norway midfielder Solbakken has won six Danish titles in the course of two stints as FCK coach. Hired for a second time in August 2013, he picked up Danish championships with Aalborg and FCK as a player. FCK coach from 2006 to 2011, he tried his luck elsewhere with Köln and Wolverhampton Wanderers before returning to Copenhagen.