Partizan v Beşiktaş background

FK Partizan will be vying for a first UEFA group stage win in 15 attempts as Beşiktaş JK come to Belgrade for their maiden visit in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Partizan fans unfurl a banner
Partizan fans unfurl a banner ©Getty Images

FK Partizan will be eager to end their UEFA Europa League Group C scoring drought – not to mention their long wait for a group stage win – as Beşiktaş JK visit Belgrade for the first time.

Form guide
• Turkish clubs are unbeaten in three games in Serbia (W1 D2) since the turn of the millennium. However, Galatasaray AŞ's 5-1 victory at OFK Beograd in 2010/11 UEFA Europa League qualifying remains the only triumph for a Turkish side on Serbian soil.

Partizan have yet to score in Group C; they have also gone 14 matches (D4 L10) without a UEFA group stage win since beating FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in their final game of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.

Beşiktaş are unbeaten in five UEFA group stage encounters (W3 D2), having kicked off Group C with back-to-back 1-1 draws.

Trivia and links
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.

• 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.

Partizan's Saša Ilić (Galatasaray AŞ 2005-07) and Nikola Drinčić (Gaziantepspor 2006-07) both have Turkish league experience.

The coaches
• 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.

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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