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Tottenham Hotspur FC will welcome Slaven Bilić back to London as the former West Ham United FC man oversees Beşiktaş JK's bid in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Beşiktaş coach Slaven Bilić
Beşiktaş coach Slaven Bilić ©AFP/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur FC fans will recognise Beşiktaş JK coach Slaven Bilić from his time in England when the sides meet again in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Form guide
• Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov scored as Martin Jol's Spurs beat Jean Tigana's Beşiktaş 2-0 in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage – the two teams' only previous competitive meeting.

• The lineups for that match on 19 October 2006 were:
Beşiktaş: Runje, Serdar*, Mehmet Sedef (Bobô 46), Gökhan Zan, Burak, Baki, Mert Nobre, Ricardinho, İbrahim Üzülmez, Fahri (İbrahim Akin 66), İbrahim Toraman.
Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Jenas, Berbatov (Defoe 90), Keane, Murphy (Zeigler 79), Ghaly (Lennon* 82), Dawson, Huddlestone, King, Assou-Ekotto.

* registered to play for their club in this season's UEFA Europa League.

Beşiktaş's UEFA club competition record in England is W2 D0 L5; in London it is W1 D0 L1 – they beat Chelsea FC 2-0 in 2003 but lost 1-0 at Arsenal FC in this season's UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Spurs have won ten of their last 13 European home games, losing just one – 3-1 to SL Benfica in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16.

Trivia and links
Beşiktaş defender Tomáš Sivok can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance against Tottenham.

Beşiktaş's Dutch-born midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup was previously on the books at Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal, but he made just two appearances for the Gunners – both in League Cup games.

• Two other Beşiktaş players have English experience: Demba Ba (West Ham United FC, Newcastle United FC, Chelsea FC), Kerim Koyunlu* (Fulham FC, Cardiff City AFC).
*Was known as Kerim Frei during his time in England

• This is Beşiktaş's sixth group stage campaign in this competition; they failed to make it through three UEFA Cup group stages but have progressed on both attempts since the advent of the UEFA Europa League.

The coaches
• 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.

Beşiktaş coach since June 2013, Slaven Bilić earned a bronze medal as a defender with Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, and went on to lead his team to UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012 as a coach. A rock music fan with a law degree, he was in charge at FC Lokomotiv Moskva before moving to Turkey.

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