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Torino FC take on FC København in UEFA Europa League Group B having beaten one of the clubs that merged to form the Danish powerhouse en route to the 1991/92 UEFA Cup final.

Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli
Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli ©Getty Images

Torino FC fans with long memories will remember encounters with one of FC København's predecessor teams as the sides are reunited in UEFA Europa League Group B.

Form guide
• Emiliano Mondonico's Torino beat Benny Johansen's B 1903 København 1-0 at home and 2-0 away in the 1991/92 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Torino went on to reach the final, losing to AFC Ajax on away goals. B1903 merged with Kjøbenhavns BK to become FCK in summer 1992.

• The teams for that meeting in Turin on 19 March 1992 were:
Torino: Marchegiani, Bruno, Mussi (Cois 73), Annoni, Benedetti, Cravero, Scifo (Sordo 57), Lentini, Casagrande, Martín Vázquez, Venturin.
B 1903: Petersen, Wegner, Tur, Piechnik, Højer, Pierre Larsen, Bjerre, Uldbjerg (Birkedal 45), Manniche, Martin Johansen (Rasmussen 75), Lyng.

FCK's only success in eight meetings with Italian sides was a 2-1 victory at home against SS Lazio in 2001/02 UEFA Champions League qualifying. Their heaviest European defeat to date was a 6-0 loss at home to another Serie A club, AC Milan, in October 1993.

Torino have yet to concede in five European games this season.

Trivia and links
Torino goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet and FCK defender Mikael Antonsson were team-mates at Bologna FC (2011-12).

FCK defender Kris Stadsgaard also played in Italy, with Reggina Calcio.

Torino are playing in Europe for the first time since the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

The coaches
• Giampiero Ventura led Torino back to Serie A after taking charge in 2011, and is now enjoying – at the age of 66 – his first season in Europe. Previously a player at UC Sampdoria, he once led US Lecce from Serie C to Serie A, and also oversaw promotion to the top tier with Cagliari Calcio, as well as winning a club record 50 Serie A points with AS Bari in 2009/10.

FCK's Norwegian coach Ståle Solbakken earned 58 caps during a successful playing career, which ended abruptly after he suffered a heart attack. Having won five Danish titles in his first spell as the club's coach, Solbakken returned to FCK in 2013.

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