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Club Brugge playing catch-up in Toulouse

Winners at FK Partizan last time out, Toulouse FC will have a spring in their step ahead of the Matchday 2 meeting with a Club Brugge KV side out to make amends for a heavy loss to FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Club Brugge playing catch-up in Toulouse
Club Brugge playing catch-up in Toulouse ©UEFA.com

After winning 3-2 at FK Partizan on Matchday 1, Toulouse FC should be on something of a high going into their Group J home tie against a Club Brugge KV side under pressure to make amends for a 4-1 loss to UEFA Cup holders FC Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening fixture.

Previous meetings
• This is Toulouse's first game against Belgian opposition, but Club Brugge have played in France on seven occasions, losing six times before a 2-1 win at LB Châteauroux in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup first round (30/09/04) ended that unwanted streak.

Match background
• Toulouse missed the cut in their only UEFA Cup group stage campaign, finishing bottom of their section in 2007/08. Club Brugge's record is no better, the Belgian outfit missingout on three occasions (2004/05, 2006/07 and 2008/09).

• Toulouse have won only one of their last six European home matches, a 2-1 victory against FC Spartak Moskva in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage (19/12/07).

• Club Brugge have not won away in Europe in five attempts, though four of those matches did end in draws. Their last success was a 1-0 victory at SK Brann in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round (20/09/07).

Team facts
• A former goalkeeper, Toulouse coach Alain Casanova played for Le Havre AC and Toulouse either side of a two-season spell at Olympique de Marseille in which he did not make a single competitive appearance. He replaced Elie Baup as Toulouse coach in May 2008.

• Former Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven winger Adrie Koster replaced Jacky Mathijssen as Club Brugge coach in April. The former Dutch international (three caps) held the reins at a number of smaller Eredivisie sides before briefly becoming AFC Ajax coach in October 2007.

• Koster came across French opposition as a player, scoring in a 2-0 home victory for PSV over AS Saint-Etienne in the second round of the 1979/80 UEFA Cup. However, he was also present for the return fixture, which St-Etienne won 6-0, current UEFA President Michel Platini finding the net twice.

• Club Brugge midfielder Ivan Perišić played in France with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (2007-09) while the club's French forward Mohamed Dahmane was a trainee at RC Lens.

• The beret-wearing former Toulouse coach André Riou – who died aged 90 in 2005 – was a big name in Belgium, having led R. Standard de Liège to their first trophies: the Belgian Cup in 1953/54 and league in 1957/58.

• Toulouse visit FC Shakhtar Donetsk on Matchday 3, with Club Brugge hosting FK Partizan on the same night, 22 October.