Sporting CP have some unhappy memories of previous encounters with Russian sides as they welcome Lokomotiv Moskva in their UEFA Europa League Group H opener.
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Sporting Clube de Portugal will look to put an end to a miserable run of results against Russian clubs as they welcome FC Lokomotiv Moskva in their UEFA Europa League Group H opener.
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition.
• Sporting's record against Russian clubs is W1 D1 L5 (W1 D0 L3 at home – W0 D1 L2 in Russia). Those games include a defeat – at their home stadium – against PFC CSKA Moskva in the 2005 UEFA Cup final, and a 4-3 aggregate loss to the same side in this season's UEFA Champions League play-offs.
• The Russian side has scored three goals in five of Sporting's seven encounters with the nation's clubs.
• Lokomotiv's record against Portuguese sides is W1 D0 L3 (W1 D0 L1 at home – W0 D0 L2 in Portugal). Both of those away defeats were by 1-0 scorelines.
• Sporting have lost just once (to Chelsea FC last season) in their last 21 European home games: W16 D4 L1.
• Sporting have never lost a UEFA Europa League (group stage to final) home game, and hold the competition record (group stage to final) of 20 successive home games without defeat.
• In five previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, Sporting have only once failed to make it to the round of 32 – in their most recent campaign, in 2012/13.
• Lokomotiv have successfully navigated their way through two of their previous three UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.
Trivia and links
• The journey from Moscow to Lisbon is just over 3,900km.
• Sporting's João Pereira and Lokomotiv's Manuel Fernandes were team-mates at SL Benfica.
• Sporting's Ewerton played in Russia for FC Anji Makhachkala, where current Lokomotiv players Arseni Logashov and Mbark Boussoufa were among his team-mates.
• A losing UEFA Europa League finalist with SL Benfica in 2013 and 2014, Jorge Jesus unexpectedly left the Eagles for fierce local rivals Sporting this summer. The 61-year-old had started his playing career at Sporting – where his father Virgolino had also been a player – but had coached Benfica since 2009.
• A six-times capped Tajikistan international, Igor Cherevchenko won four Russian Cups as a Lokomotiv player between 1996 and 2001, and a fifth as coach last season. He is the first man to have won the competition as a player and a coach. He has been on the club's coaching staff since 2008.