FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti will look to avenge Matchday 3's 4-1 loss in Istanbul as they host a Galatasaray AŞ side that can qualify from UEFA Europa League Group F if the section's other result goes their way.
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FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti will look to avenge Matchday 3's 4-1 loss in Istanbul when they host Galatasaray AŞ for a third time, with a win for the Turkish side certain to net them a UEFA Europa League knockout phase place provided SK Sturm Graz do not beat Panathinaikos FC.
• The clubs crossed paths in two previous two-legged ties, with the first – in the preliminary round of the 1956/57 European Champion Clubs' Cup – representing both teams' UEFA club competition debut.
• Angelo Niculescu's Dinamo won the first leg in Bucharest 3-1, with Gündüz Kılıç's Galatasaray prevailing in the return fixture 2-1. The teams for that opening game, on 26 August 1956, were:-
Dinamo: Birtaşu, Gheorghe Băcuţ, Ladislau Băcuţ, Florian Anghel, Călinoiu, Nunweiler, Vasile Anghel, Dumitru, Ene, Voica, Suru.
Galatasaray: Turgay Şeren, Saim Tayşengil, Metin Kınay, Ali Beratlıgil, Ergün Ercins, Rober Eryol, İsfendiyar Açıksöz, Metin Oktay, Suat Mamat, Kadri Aytaç, Güngör Okay.
• Dinamo were eliminated by PFC CSKA Sofia – then named CDNA Sofia – in the next round.
• Kılıç's Galatasaray avenged that 1956 defeat in the same round of the 1962/63 competition, drawing 1-1 in Romania before seeing off Nicolae Nicuşor Dumitru's charges 3-0 at home.
• The teams for the 1-1 draw on 9 September 1962 were:-
Dinamo: Uţu, Ivan, Nunweiler, Popa, Alexandru, Ştefan, Vasile Anghel, Eftimie, Fratila, Pîrcălab, Tircovnicu.
Galatasaray: Turgay Şeren, Candemir Berkman, Ahmet Berman, Ergün Ercins, Talat Özkarslı, Suat Mamat, Metin Oktay, Mustafa Yürür, Kadri Aytaç, Uğur Kökten, Tarik Remzi Kutver.
• Galatasaray went on to reach the quarter-finals, succumbing to eventual winners AC Milan.
• Including their two previous ties against Dinamo, Galatasaray have never won in Romania, recording a draw and four defeats in their five visits.
• Dinamo have played five games at home against Turkish sides, winning three and drawing the other two.
• Galatasaray are unbeaten in nine European fixtures this season.
• Dinamo are without a victory in their last six European home games since a 2-1 UEFA Cup group stage win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 29 November 2006 – a run that will stretch to three years if they fail to beat Galatasaray. They have failed to score in their last three European home ties.
• Galatasaray are unbeaten in nine European away games, but lost their previous fixture in Romania, 1-0 against FC Steaua Bucureşti, in last season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on 27 August 2008.
• Dinamo caretaker coach Ion Marin – who stepped up to replace Dario Bonetti when he was dismissed before Matchday 3 after just three months in the job – left to take a job in Saudi Arabia the day after the defeat by Galatasaray.
• Cornel Tălnar, a 52-year-old who spent eight successful years at the club (1977-1985) as a player, has been appointed for a third spell as interim coach after previous short stints in 1996-97 and 2007-08.
• Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard won friendly games against Romania as both a player (2-0 on 1 June 1988) and a coach (2-1 on 27 May 2000) with the Netherlands. He was also in the Milan side which beat Steaua 4-0 in the 1988/89 European Champion Clubs' Cup final.
• Dinamo's Gabriel Tamaş and Florin Bratu played for Galatasaray in the 2003/04 season.
• Galatasaray goalkeeper Leo Franco and Dinamo defender Francisco Molinero were team-mates at Club Atlético de Madrid from 2004 to 2006.
• The clubs share a famous former coach in Mircea Lucescu, who lifted last season's UEFA Cup trophy with FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The former Dinamo and Romania striker coached his old club from 1986 to 1990, winning both cup and league titles and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1990. He led Galatasaray from 2000 to 2002, bringing in the 2000 UEFA Super Cup and a domestic championship in 2001/02.
• Having scored twice in Group F, Milan Baroš is expected to miss the remainder of the group stage after breaking two metatarsal bones in his left foot during his side's 3-1 derby loss to Fenerbahçe SK on 25 October.
• This is not the only game between Romanian and Turkish sides on Matchday 4 as Fenerbahçe SK and Steaua will be locking horns in Group H.
• Galatasaray's Mustafa Sarp celebrates his 29th birthday on the day of the match.
• Galatasaray host Panathinaikos on Matchday 5, with Dinamo at home to Sturm on the same day, 3 December.