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Hannover aim to protect unbeaten record against FCK

FC København will look to end Hannover 96's unbeaten record in the competition as they travel to Germany in search of their 200th goal in UEFA club competition.

Hannover coach Mirko Slomka will be hoping his side can maintain their unbeaten record
Hannover coach Mirko Slomka will be hoping his side can maintain their unbeaten record ©Getty Images

Hannover 96 will aim to protect their unbeaten record in the UEFA Europa League as FC København go in search of a goalscoring milestone in Germany.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, in what is Hannover's first UEFA game against Danish opponents.

• FCK's four contests against German sides ended W0 D1 L3 (W0 D1 L1 in Germany).

• Hannover beat a Danish side, B1909 Odense, 3-2 at home and 1-0 away in a 1969 tie in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the non-UEFA affiliated predecessor of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League.

• The clubs that merged to form FCK both played German teams in UEFA competition. Kjøbenhavns BK took on FC Schalke 04 in the preliminary round of the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup, winning 3-0 at home, losing 5-2 in Gelsenkirchen and then going down 3-1 in a replay at the Diekman Stadion in Enschede, the Netherlands.

• B 1903 København, meanwhile, lost 2-0 away and 3-2 at home against 1. FC Köln in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup first round. However, they eliminated FC Bayern München in a 1991/92 UEFA Cup second round tie, beating them 6-2 at home on 22 October 1991 – just shy of 20 years before this encounter with Hannover – and losing 1-0 away.

Match background
• Hannover's 2-1 win at FC Vorskla Poltava on matchday two was their first victory on the road in UEFA competition at the third attempt.

• Hannover are the only team in this season's group stage who have never lost a UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League game; this is their fifth outing in the competition.

• København have won only one of their last five European away games, beating Shamrock Rovers FC 2-0 in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Team facts
• Both of FCK's group stage goals in this season's competition have come between the 31st and 45th minutes.

• FCK's next goal will be their 200th in UEFA club competition. This is their 135th UEFA game. Their first was scored by Jens Koch during a 1983 UEFA Cup game at home to FC Baník Ostrava. The match finished 1-1.

• Hannover coach Mirko Slomka led the club he had previously served as a player and assistant coach into Europe with a fourth-placed Bundesliga finish in his first season in charge.

• Slomka enjoyed success in the 2005/06 edition of the competition. He led Schalke from the round of 32 to the semi-finals, before succumbing to a 1-0 aggregate defeat by Sevilla FC, after replacing Ralf Rangnick as coach following the group stage.

• Roland Nilsson replaced Ståle Solbakken at the FCK helm this year, after winning the 2010 Swedish title with Malmö FF. This is his first European season as a coach, but the former Swedish international defender has extensive European experience, having been capped 116 times by his country.

• Nilsson twice took on Bayern in the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League with Helsingborgs IF, losing 3-1 at home and drawing 0-0 in Germany.

• Nilsson started for hosts Sweden in the EURO '92 semi-final against Germany, his side losing 3-2.

• FCK's Christian Grindheim plays for the Norwegian national team alongside København's Mohammed Abdellaoue and Henning Hauger.

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