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Club Brugge v København background

Ståle Solbakken's FC København return to Belgium in UEFA Europa League Group B having won on both of their previous visits to face Club Brugge KV.

Tom De Sutter scores Club Brugge's second against HJK
Tom De Sutter scores Club Brugge's second against HJK ©AFP/Getty Images

Club Brugge KV will look to avoid a third successive home defeat against FC København as Ståle Solbakken's side return to Belgium in UEFA Europa League Group B.

Form guide
• Current FCK coach Solbakken was in charge when the Danish outfit beat Club Brugge 1-0 in Belgium during the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, César Santin scoring the only goal.

• The teams for that encounter on 17 December 2008 were:
Club Brugge: Stijnen, Evens, Alcaraz (Ciman 47), De Mets, Klukowski (Leko 47), Dirar, Clement, Geraerts, Daerden, Vargas, Sonck (Akpala 61).
FCK: Jesper Christiansen, Pospěch, Laursen, Antonsson*, Wendt, Kvist, Nørregaard (Würtz 88), Kristensen (Mathias Jørgensen* 82), Hutchinson, Nordstrand (Sionko 65), Santin.

• Santin also scored the winner during the sides' most recent meeting in Bruges – a 3-2 success for Ariël Jacobs' FCK completing a 3-2 aggregate UEFA Champions League third qualifying round win against Georges Leekens' Club Brugge. Nicolai Jørgenson struck FCK's opening goal.

• The teams for that meeting in Bruges on 8 August 2012 were:
Club Brugge: Kujović*, Hoefkens (Akpala 81), Zimling (Vázquez* 84), Tchité, Refaelov* (Lestienne 90), Blondel*, Larsen, Donk, Meunier*, Jordi, Odjidja.
FCK: Wiland*, Lars Jacobsen, Ottesen, Claudemir*, Santin, Kristensen, Sigurdsson, Nicolai Jørgensen* (Grindheim 85), Oviedo, Vingaard (Cornelius* 71), Bolaños (Bengtsson* 90).

*registered to play for the club in this season's competition.

Trivia and links
Club Brugge have yet to concede in Group B; FCK have failed to score in three European away games this season.

FCK defender Tom Høgli joined the side in the summer after a three-year spell at Club Brugge.

FCK boast Belgian talent in the form of striker Steve De Ridder.

Club Brugge midfielder Timmy Simons and FCK defender Per Nilsson were team-mates at 1. FC Nürnberg from 2010 to 2013.

The coaches
• A goalkeeper for R. Standard de Liège, KV Mechelen, SL Benfica and Belgium, for whom he won 58 caps, Michel Preud'homme has been in charge at Club Brugge since September 2013. As a coach, he has won league titles in Belgium (Standard, 2007/08) and Saudi Arabia (Al-Shabab FC, 2011/12) in addition to the Belgian Cup (KAA Gent, 2009/10) and the Dutch Cup (FC Twente, 2010/11).

FCK's Norwegian coach 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.