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Salzburg v Dinamo Zagreb background

Several members of the FC Salzburg squad will have fond memories of their last encounter with GNK Dinamo Zagreb as Group D brings the sides together again.

Salzburg line up before their game against Celtic
Salzburg line up before their game against Celtic ©Getty Images

FC Salzburg will have fond memories of their last encounter with GNK Dinamo Zagreb as the two sides cross paths again in UEFA Europa League Group D.

Form guide
• Huub Stevens' Salzburg eliminated Krunoslav Jurčić's Dinamo in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, winning 2-1 in Croatia after a 1-1 draw in Austria.

• The teams for the sides' only previous meeting in Salzburg, on 29 July 2009, were:
Salzburg: Gustafsson, Dudić, Zickler (Janko 70), Augustinussen, Tchoyi, Schiemer*, Ulmer*, Švento (Ježek 73), Sekagya, Leitgeb*, Vladavić (Ilić 85).
Dinamo:
Butina, Lovren, Etto, Sammir (Barbarić 90+1), Glavina, Badelj, Mandžukić, Vrdoljak, Bišćan, Morales (Chago 86), Papadopoulos (Slepička 72).

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

Salzburg are unbeaten in three European home games this season (W2 D1), scoring twice in each match.

Trivia and links
Dinamo's Josip Šimunić and Salzburg's Isaac Vorsah, left out of the club's UEFA Europa League squad due to injury, were team-mates at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim from 2009 to 2011.

• Last season's UEFA Europa League top scorer with eight goals, Salzburg's Jonatan Soriano has found the net in both of his team's Group D games so far.

Salzburg and ACF Fiorentina both avoided defeat away from home for the sixth game in a row in the competition proper on matchday two – three games short of PAOK FC's tournament record.

Dinamo have featured in ten UEFA club competition group stages – four in the UEFA Champions League and six in the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup – but have yet to make it through to the next phase.

The coaches
• Adi Hütter took charge of Salzburg following Roger Schmidt's departure for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in summer 2014. A former midfielder with the club, he coached Salzburg's youth teams before moving into senior football with SCR Altach and SV Grödig, whom he led to promotion and then a third-place finish in Austria last season.

• Previously a defensive midfielder, Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić started and ended his playing days with the club but spent much of his career in Germany with the likes of VfL Bochum 1848 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He became Dinamo coach in November 2013 after two caretaker spells, guiding them to the 2013/14 Croatian title.