FK Partizan will be aiming to end a run of three consecutive defeats against English clubs when Tottenham Hotspur FC arrive in Belgrade to get their Group C campaign under way.
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FK Partizan face a daunting task as they kick off their UEFA Europa League Group C campaign in the form of a home fixture against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur FC.
• Partizan have lost their last three games against English opponents – including 3-1 home-and-away defeats by Spurs' neighbours Arsenal FC in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage. They have also lost their last three home fixtures against English teams since beating Newcastle United FC 1-0 in a 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup tie.
• Spurs defeated Partizan's arch-rivals FK Crvena zveda 2-1 on aggregate in the third round of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup en route to a semi-final exit to Liverpool FC.
• Partizan are unbeaten in six qualifying games this season (W4 D2) – though they lost out to PFC Ludogorets Razgrad after two draws in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
• Tottenham have lost just one of their last eight European away games – 1-0 at FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in last season's round of 32 – with that run including five wins.
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• Partizan have failed to make it through their last five UEFA group stage campaigns since getting to the round of 16 via the inaugural UEFA Cup group stage in 2004/05.
• Spurs have a young Serbian talent in their ranks, with Swiss-born 18-year-old defender Miloš Veljković making his first-team debut last season. He will look to make a bigger impact at the club than Goran Bunjevčević, the 'Serbian Beckenbauer' who spent five low-key years at White Hart Lane from 2001 to 2006.
• Spurs forward Roberto Soldado could make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance; he has scored 24 goals in his previous 49 outings.
• Partizan forward Danko Lazović was a member of the PSV Eindhoven side that eliminated Tottenham 6-5 on penalties in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 16. Lazović had his penalty saved in the shoot-out, but a save from Jermaine Jenas's effort took it into sudden death, where Pascal Chimbonda's miss proved decisive.
• Partizan forward Ismaël Fofana was on the books at Spurs' London rivals Charlton Athletic FC, though he spent most of his time with the club out on loan abroad.
• Just 35, Marko Nikolić took charge of Partizan in December 2013, having started his career as a youth coach at FK Rad, going on to coach their senior team, plus Serbia's Under-18 side and FK Vojvodina.
• Former Argentina defender Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Tottenham in the summer after a successful first season in England at Southampton FC. A Copa del Rey winner in both of his spells at RCD Espanyol, he also played for Paris Saint-Germain and FC Girondins de Bordeaux but returned to the Barcelona club for his first coaching role in 2009.