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København v Club Brugge background

FC København are yet to lose in four meetings with Club Brugge KV, but their matchday four guests have been impressive on the road in this season's UEFA Europa League.

Club Brugge's Francisco Silva chases FCK's Nicolai Jørgensen
Club Brugge's Francisco Silva chases FCK's Nicolai Jørgensen ©AFP/Getty Images

FC København are yet to lose in four meetings with Club Brugge KV following a 1-1 draw on matchday three – and they will be aiming for another positive result when the sides reconvene in UEFA Europa League Group B.

Form guide
• Current FCK coach Ståle 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 in the sides' last two-legged competitive encounter, a 3-2 success for Ariël Jacobs' FCK in Belgium 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 their only previous meeting in Copenhagen, a 0-0 draw on 1 August 2012, were:
FCK: Wiland*, Lars Jacobsen, Ottesen, Claudemir*, Santin, Kristensen, Sigurdsson, Nicolai Jørgensen*, Oviedo, Cornelius*, Bolaños (Vingaard 70).
Club Brugge: Kujović*, Hoefkens, Zimling (Van Acker 68), Tchité (Akpala 74), Refaelov*, Blondel*, Larsen, Donk, Meunier*, Jordi, Odjidja.

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

Club Brugge are unbeaten in seven European games this season (W5 D2) and have won all three of their 2014/15 continental away fixtures.

Trivia and links
Club Brugge's midfielder Laurens De Bock turns 22 the day after the FCK game.

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
FCK's Norwegian coach Ståle 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.

• 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).