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PSV v Panathinaikos background

A raft of former team-mates could come together in UEFA Europa League Group E as PSV Eindhoven take on Panathinaikos FC for a third time.

Phillip Cocu played in PSV's previous meetings with Panathinaikos
Phillip Cocu played in PSV's previous meetings with Panathinaikos ©Getty Images

PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu may recall his side's previous meetings with Panathinaikos FC as a raft of former team-mates gear up to renew acquaintances in UEFA Europa League Group E.

Form guide
• Guus Hiddink's PSV came up against Itzhak Shum's Panathinaikos in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage; PSV won 1-0 at home but lost 4-1 in the return fixture in Athens.

• The teams for their encounter in Eindhoven on 29 September 2004 were:
PSV: Gomes, Young-Pyo, Alex, Bouma, Van Bommel, Ji-Sung (Vogel 89), Cocu, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Lucius, Farfán (Sibon 63), John de Jong.
Panathinaikos: Chalkias, Münch, Goumas, González, Papadopoulos (Morris 71), Andrić, Kyrgiakos, Konstantinou, Basinas, Vyntra (Sapanis 84), Skácel (Epallé 59).

• Current PSV coach Phillip Cocu featured in both legs of that tie as a player.

Panathinaikos have gone eight games (D1 L7) without a UEFA group stage away win; PSV have won all three of their European home matches this season 1-0.

Trivia and links
Panathinaikos's Swedish striker Marcus Berg played for PSV – on loan from Hamburger SV – in the 2010/11 season. Berg also played for FC Groningen in the Netherlands.

PSV's Jeffrey Bruma played alongside Berg and Panathinaikos team-mate Mladen Petrić during his time at Hamburger SV (2011-13).

Panathinaikos's David Mendes played alongside Stijn Schaars of PSV at AZ Alkmaar from 2006-10, and also turned out for Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax and NAC Breda in the Netherlands.

Panathinaikos's Emir Bajrami and PSV's Luuk de Jong were team-mates at FC Twente (2010-12).

PSV winger Luciano Narsingh and Panathinaikos's Danijel Pranjić played together at sc Heerenveen (2008-09).

PSV are the only club to have been involved in all six UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, and they have also played more matches in the competition than any other club (44).

The coaches
• Having led PSV to Dutch Cup glory as caretaker coach in 2012, former midfielder Phillip Cocu took permanent command in 2013, after learning the ropes in a number of roles at the club. As a player, he collected 101 caps for the Netherlands and won four titles in two spells at PSV, as well as the 1998/99 Spanish crown with FC Barcelona, his club from 1998 to 2004.

Panathinaikos coach Giannis Anastasiou was capped five times by Greece and played abroad with RSC Anderlecht, Roda JC and AFC Ajax among others. Briefly a first-team coach at Reading FC in England, he took command at Panathinaikos in May 2013.

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