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Bordeaux hunt repeat as they host Club Brugge

FC Girondins de Bordeaux, unbeaten in nine European home games, will hope that history repeats itself as they start their UEFA Europa League Group D campaign at home against Club Brugge KV.

Bordeaux's Jussiê and Yoan Gouffran celebrate scoring against FK Crvena zvezda
Bordeaux's Jussiê and Yoan Gouffran celebrate scoring against FK Crvena zvezda ©Getty Images

FC Girondins de Bordeaux start their UEFA Europa League Group D campaign unbeaten in nine European home games, hoping for a repeat of the outcome when they first faced Club Brugge KV in a European tie.

Previous meetings
• The clubs' only previous encounters came in the fourth round of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup, where Michel Pavon's Bordeaux beat Trond Sollied's Club Brugge 4-1 on aggregate, en route to elimination in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Valencia CF.

• The teams for their first meeting, a 3-1 home win for Bordeaux on 11 March 2004, were:
Bordeaux: Ramé, Jemmali (Basto 46), Marco Caneira, Jurietti, Eduardo Costa, Celades, Riera, Feindouno, Planus*, Chamakh, Mavuba.
Club Brugge: Verlinden, Simons, Rozenhal, Van Der Heyden, Clement, Verheyen, Čeh (Smolders 84), Gvozdenović, Andrés Mendoza (Sæternes 84), Lange (Victor Simões 73), Maertens.

• The lineups for the return fixture, which Bordeaux won 1-0, a fortnight later were:
Club Brugge: Verlinden, De Cock, Simons, Rozenhal, Van Der Heyden, Clement, Verheyen, Sæternes, Lange (Gvozdenović 68), Smolders, Blondel* (Andrés Mendoza 68).
Bordeaux: Ramé, Jemmali, Marco Caneira, Jurietti, Eduardo Costa (Paulo Miranda 68), Celades, Riera (Basto 88), Planus*, Chamakh, Mavuba, Francia.
* Registered to play for the club in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Match background
• Including their previous meetings with Club Brugge, Bordeaux's record in ten games against Belgian sides is W5 D3 L2 (W3 D1 L1 at home – W2 D2 L1 in Belgium).

• Club Brugge's 17 matches against French clubs have ended W6 D2 L9 (W5 D1 L3 at home – W1 D1 L6 in France). They have yet to lose in three games against French teams in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage, recording a win and two draws.

• Bordeaux are kicking off their second UEFA Europa League group stage campaign, having made it through in their only previous appearance in 2006/07.

• Bordeaux have not lost in nine European home games (seven wins and two draws) since a 3-1 defeat by AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 1 October 2008. They are on a six-match continental winning streak at the Stade Chaban-Delmas coming into this game.

• This is Club Brugge's seventh tilt at this group stage – and their fifth in succession – but they have only twice made it through, in 2009/10 and last season.

• Club Brugge have lost only once in their last seven European away games (2-1 at Hannover 96 in last season's round of 32), recording three wins and three draws in that spell.

Team facts
• Bordeaux's Brazilian attacker Jussiê turns 29 on the eve of the match.

• Celebrated France striker Jean-Pierre Papin played for both clubs: he won the 1985/86 Belgian Cup in his only season with Club Brugge, then represented Bordeaux from 1996-98.

• Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot was a defender who spent the bulk of his playing career at RC Lens. He coached at the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard academy before returning to Lens to take joint-charge and then sole command of the first team in 2004. Subsequent spells with Sochaux and (since 2011) Bordeaux have cemented his reputation as a straight-talking coach with a penchant for attacking football.

• Twice coach of Belgium, Club Brugge boss Georges Leekens represented the Bruges side as a defender from 1972-81, winning five titles. He then scooped a sixth crown – and indeed a second Belgian Cup – as the club's coach in the early 1990s. Leekens has coached most of Belgium's top clubs, as well as Trabzonspor AŞ in Turkey and Roda JC in the Netherlands.