PSV out to settle Trabzonspor tie

PSV Eindhoven won 2-1 at Trabzonspor AŞ in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie to edge closer to a last-16 meeting with Stoke City FC or Valencia CF.

Jeremain Lens fends off Trabzonspor's Marek Čech
Jeremain Lens fends off Trabzonspor's Marek Čech ©Getty Images

Fresh from their UEFA Champions League group stage debut, Trabzonspor AŞ are playing post-winter break European football for the first time as they visit PSV Eindhoven in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 decider.

• Tim Matavž (6) and Ola Toivonen (11) put PSV two up early on in Tukey, though Olcan Adın's goal (33) halved the deficit to give the visitors some hope in the Netherlands.

Previous meetings
• The sides have been paired for the first time in UEFA competition, and this is Trabzonspor's first tie against a Dutch side.

• PSV's record in 15 games against Turkish teams read W8 D2 L5 (W6 D1 L0 at home).

• The clubs met in a friendly on 12 January 2004 in Antalya, with a PSV side featuring Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink beating Trabzonspor on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Match background
• PSV are unbeaten in ten European outings, eight of them this term – a run comprising seven wins and three draws.

• The Dutch outfit have reached the last 32 for the fourth time in the last five seasons. They lost to Hamburger SV at this stage in 2009/10, but overcame Helsingborgs IF in 2007/08 and LOSC Lille Métropole last season, going on to reach the quarter-finals each time.

• Trabzonspor are without a victory in six European games – four draws and two defeats – since winning 1-0 at FC Internazionale Milano in their first UEFA Champions League group stage game in September.

• The Black Sea club are competing in the round of 32 for the first time since the advent of the UEFA Cup group stage in 2004/05. Indeed, this is their first post-winter break game in a UEFA competition.

Team facts
• PSV coach Fred Rutten announced at the end of December that he would leave the club this summer once his contract expires. "It is time for PSV and me to let each other go," said Rutten.

• Rutten spent his entire playing career as a defender with FC Twente (1979-92), moving on to the club's coaching staff, and taking charge between 1999 and 2001. He was then Guus Hiddink's assistant at PSV before a second spell at Twente and a season as FC Schalke 04 boss. He took sole command at PSV in 2009.

• Trabzonspor's Alanzinho celebrates his 29th birthday on the eve of the game.

• PSV's Orlando Engelaar and Trabzonspor's Halil Altıntop were team-mates at Schalke in 2008/09, when Rutten was coach.

• Trabzonspor's Brazilian forward Paulo Henrique played in the Netherlands for sc Heerenveen from 2007-10. He featured in two draws against PSV and then scored twice in a 3-2 league win in Eindhoven on 27 February 2009.

• PSV's Brazilian defender Marcelo played alongside Trabzonspor's Polish contingent of Arkadiusz Głowacki and brothers Piotr and Paweł Brożek (now on loan at Celtic FC) at Wisła Kraków from 2008 to 2010. They won the Polish title together in 2008/09.

• Didier Zokora took on PSV with Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16. PSV won the tie 6-5 on penalties after the sides traded 1-0 home defeats, with Zokora among the shoot-out scorers – the only time he ever found the net for Tottenham.

• PSV's Moroccan reserve goalkeeper Khalid Sinouh played in the Turkish Super League with Kasımpaşa SK in 2007/08.

• Trabzonspor coach Şenol Güneş won six league titles as the club's goalkeeper in the 1970s and 1980s and is in his fourth spell as coach at the Black Sea side, with whom he has overseen four runners-up finishes in the top division. He also led Turkey to third place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Round of 16
• The winners will take on Stoke City FC or Valencia CF in the round of 16 on 8 and 15 March, playing the second leg at home.

• Trabzonspor have met neither of their potential opponents in UEFA competition.

• PSV have never come across Stoke, but were paired with Valencia in the 1999/00 UEFA Champions League first group stage. The teams drew 1-1 in Eindhoven, Valencia then winning their home match 1-0.

Competition statistics
• An updated version of the UEFA Europa League Statistics Handbook is available here: