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Vitória SC v Salzburg background

Vitória SC come into Group I on a poor run of form in Europe, while first-night visitors Salzburg are aiming to make it ten continental games unbeaten.

Hannes Wolf in action for Salzburg
Hannes Wolf in action for Salzburg ©GEPA

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Vitória SC come into UEFA Europa League Group I on a poor run of form in Europe; in contrast, first-night visitors Salzburg aim to make it ten continental games unbeaten.

Previous meetings
• These clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.

• In Vitória SC's only previous encounter with an Austrian side, they were beaten 2-1 away and 4-1 at home by Altach in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. That was their last European tie until Thursday.

• Salzburg's only past meeting with Portuguese opponents was a 1993/94 UEFA Cup third-round tie against Sporting CP; they lost 2-0 away but won the return leg 3-0 after extra time and eventually reached the final.

Form guide
• Vitória SC are without a victory in seven European matches (D2 L5), including defeats in their last three home fixtures.

• Salzburg, in comparison, are unbeaten in nine in Europe (W6 D3), including five away games (W3 D2).

• Fourth in the Liga and runners-up in the Portuguese Cup last season, Vitória SC are participating in their third UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage. They have yet to make it through.

• Austrian champions, and 1994 UEFA Cup runners-up, Salzburg missed the cut in last year's UEFA Europa League group stage, after succeeding in their previous three attempts.

• Along with FCSB, Salzburg are in a record seventh UEFA Europa League group stage and hold the record for this round of points (71) and goals (63). They are the only team to record a maximum 18 points twice (2009/10 and 2013/14).

Links and trivia
• The journey from Salzburg to Guimaraes is around 1,800km.

• Vitória SC have played 58 UEFA matches; Salzburg have played 160.

• Salzburg won last season's UEFA Youth League, beating Benfica in the final.

The coaches
• Vitória SC coach since summer 2016, Pedro Martins previously led Marítimo (2012/13) and Rio Ave (2014/15) in this competition's group stage. A former Guimarães midfielder, he was capped once during his time at Sporting CP (1995–98).

• Previously youth-team boss, Marco Rose stepped up to the Salzburg helm after predecessor Óscar García left in June. A defender with home-town club Leipzig, Hannover and Mainz, he has been on Salzburg's staff since 2013.