EA Guingamp are breaking new ground as they take on FC Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, the French side hoping their inexperience will not show.
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French Cup holders EA Guingamp are on new terrain as they face FC Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, having made it to the spring phase of a UEFA competition for the first time.
• The sides are meeting for the first time and this is Guingamp's first exposure to Ukrainian opposition.
• Dynamo have won only once in eight games in France – a 3-1 victory at RC Lens in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage – resulting in a record of W1 D1 L6; their four matches in France since the turn of the millennium have ended D1 L3.
• Guingamp have yet to draw in ten European home games (W7 L3). This is their fourth UEFA competition campaign.
• Dynamo have won their last three UEFA Europa League matches by the same 2-0 scoreline.
• Since reaching the quarter-finals in 2010/11, Dynamo have failed to survive beyond the round of 32 in two attempts, bowing out to FC Girondins de Bordeaux (2012/13) and Valencia CF (2013/14).
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• Guingamp are the only team in the round of 32 who are experiencing the spring phase of a UEFA competition for the first time.
• On matchday five of the group stage, goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy made his 582nd outing for Dynamo, breaking Oleh Blokhin's club appearance record.
• Dynamo's Lukman Haruna and Dieumerci Mbokani both plied their trade in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco FC, while Younes Belhanda started his career at Montpellier Hérault SC.
• A losing UEFA Cup finalist as an Olympique de Marseille midfielder in 1999, Jocelyn Gourvennec played for several clubs across France but returned to his native Brittany to take charge of Guingamp in 2010, leading them to their second French Cup triumph in 2013/14.
• Dynamo boss Serhiy Rebrov formed a deadly attacking partnership with Andriy Shevchenko for the Bilo-Syni, though his goals dried up somewhat after moving abroad. Having retired in 2009, Rebrov took a job with Dynamo's youth team, but became head coach in May 2014 after a successful caretaker spell.