Brugge hurdle between Bordeaux and progress
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Girondins de Bordeaux will hope to end a poor recent run of away form and pick up the win they need to reach the knockout stages when they face Club Brugge KV in Belgium.
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Club Brugge KV will look to avoid a fourth defeat against FC Girondins de Bordeaux – and elimination from the UEFA Europa League – as the sides meet again in Group D.
• Brugge will be out if they fail to win. Victory would guarantee Bordeaux a place in the last 32.
• Bordeaux won 4-0 as the clubs met for a third time on matchday one. Ludovic Sané opened the scoring after 13 minutes. Yoan Gouffran doubled Bordeaux's lead, before Bjorn Engels's second-half own goal and Jussiê's perfectly placed header on 66 minutes set the seal on a resounding victory.
• The clubs' 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.
• Club Brugge's 18 matches against French clubs have ended W6 D2 L10 (W5 D1 L3 at home – W1 D1 L7 in France). They have not lost at home against a French side since the turn of the century, recording three wins and a draw.
• Including their previous meetings with Club Brugge, Bordeaux's record in 11 games against Belgian sides is W6 D3 L2 (W4 D1 L1 at home – W2 D2 L1 in Belgium).
• Club Brugge have scored at least twice in each of their four European home games this season, though only two of those ended in victory.
• Bordeaux are without a win in their last four European away games – two draws and two defeats.
• Club Brugge midfielder Thibaut Van Acker turns 21 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.
• Juan Carlos Garrido took over as Club Brugge coach on 15 November, taking up the position left vacant following Georges Leekens' dismissal. Following several spells as the club's B-team coach, the Spaniard led Villarreal CF to a fourth-placed Liga finish and the semi-finals of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League, where they lost out to eventual winners FC Porto.
• 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 January 2005. Subsequent spells with Sochaux and (since 2011) Bordeaux have cemented his reputation as a straight-talking coach with a penchant for attacking football.