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Europa League round of 32: meet your opponents

Introducing this season's last 32 – how well do you know your team's opponent?

Joseph Aidoo takes a look at Genk's potential opponents
Joseph Aidoo takes a look at Genk's potential opponents ©AFP
  • Seeded teams, on the right of each fixture, are at home in the second legs.
  • Matches take place on 14 and 21 February except:
    first leg of Fenerbahçe v Zenit on Tuesday 12 February at 18:55CET;
    second leg of Sevilla v Lazio on Wednesday 20 February at 18:00CET.

Lazio v Sevilla

Highlights: Marseille 1-3 Lazio
Highlights: Marseille 1-3 Lazio

Lazio (ITA)
UEFA ranking
:
39
Domestic position: 5
Group stage: W3 D0 L3 F9 A11
Last season: UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (lost 6-5 v Salzburg)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: runners-up (1997/98)
Did you know?: Lazio's colours were taken from the Greek flag, in honour to the nation's Olympic tradition, while the Eagle on their badge is a nod to Greek god Zeus.

Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA ranking
:
8
Domestic position: 2
Group stage: W4 D0 L2 F18 A6
Last season: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals (lost 2-1 v Bayern München)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2015/16*, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2006/07, 2005/06)
Did you know?: Sevilla were formed by a group of Scottish and Spanish men after celebrating Burns Night in Seville in 1890. The club won their only Spanish title in 1945/46 but have won the #UEL/UEFA Cup five times since 2006.

BATE Borisov v Arsenal

Highlights: PAOK 1-3 BATE
Highlights: PAOK 1-3 BATE

BATE Borisov (BLR)
UEFA ranking
:
57
Domestic position: 1 (summer season)
Group stage: W3 D0 L3 F9 A9
Last season: UEFA Europa League group stage
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: round of 32 (2018/19, 2012/13*, 2010/11)
Did you know?: BATE stands for Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics and the club have won the last 13 Belarusian titles. They are the only team from Belarus to have reached the #UCL group stage (five times).

Arsenal (ENG)
UEFA ranking
:
10
Domestic position:
6
Group stage:
W5 D1 L0 F12 A2
Last season:
UEFA Europa League semi-finals (lost 2-1 v Atlético Madrid)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best:
runners-up (1999/2000*)
Did you know?: Arsenal have played top-flight football since 1919/20 – the longest unbroken streak of any club in England. Last season was their first in the #UEL – they had played in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League in each of the previous 17 campaigns.

Malmö v Chelsea

Highlights: Malmö 2-0 Beşiktaş
Highlights: Malmö 2-0 Beşiktaş

Malmö (SWE)
UEFA ranking: 72
Domestic position: 3 (summer season)
Group stage: W2 D3 L1 F7 A6
Last season: UEFA Champions League second qualifying round (lost 4-2 v Vardar)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: round of 32 (2018/19)
Did you know?: Malmö have won a record 23 titles in Sweden, and are the only Nordic side to have reached the European Cup final, losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in 1979.

2013 final highlights
2013 final highlights

Chelsea (ENG)
UEFA ranking
:
18
Domestic position: 4
Group stage: W5 D1 L0 F12 A3
Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16 (lost 4-1 v Barcelona)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2012/13*)
Did you know?: The club's first crest was an image of a Chelsea pensioner, one of the army veterans who reside at the nearby Royal Hospital Chelsea, hence their original nickname 'The Pensioners'.

Fenerbahçe v Zenit

Highlights: Fenerbahçe 2-0 Anderlecht
Highlights: Fenerbahçe 2-0 Anderlecht

Fenerbahçe (TUR)
UEFA ranking
:
47
Domestic position: 17
Group stage: W2 D2 L2 F7 A7
Last season: UEFA Europa League play-offs (lost 4-1 v Vardar)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: semi-finals (2012/13)
Did you know?: Fenerbahçe translates from Turkish as "lighthouse garden" (fener = lighthouse, bahçe = garden), and refers to a historic lighthouse located at Fenerbahçe Cape in Istanbul.

2008 final: Zenit overcome Rangers
2008 final: Zenit overcome Rangers

Zenit (RUS)
UEFA ranking: 17
Domestic position: 1
Group stage: W3 D2 L1 F6 A5
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (lost 3-2 v RB Leipzig)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (2007/08)
Did you know?: Once a club representing a local munitions factory, Zenit translates as 'the pinnacle'; the club was formed with the merger of two other local sides with evocative Soviet names: 'Bolshevik' and 'Stalinets'.

Galatasaray v Benfica

Galatasaray's 2000 surprise
Galatasaray's 2000 surprise

Galatasaray (TUR)*
UEFA ranking
:
70
Domestic position: 5
Group stage: W1 D1 L4 F5 A8
Last season: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round (lost 3-1 v Östersunds)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (1999/2000)
Did you know?: Galatasaray was founded by Ali Sami Yen and other students of Galatasaray High School in 1905 and the club has won a record 21 Turkish titles – a fourth star was added to their badge when they claimed their 20th in 2014/15.

Benfica (POR)*
UEFA ranking:
26
Domestic position: 4
Group stage: W2 D1 L3 F6 A11
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: runners-up (2013/14*, 2012/13*, 1982/83)
Did you know?: One of three clubs never to have been relegated from the Portuguese top flight, Benfica have won the title a record 36 times. The club's badge features a bicycle wheel as well as a football, since cycling was a major department in the club early on.

Rapid Wien v Internazionale

Highlights: Rapid Wien 2-0 Spartak Moskva
Highlights: Rapid Wien 2-0 Spartak Moskva

Rapid Wien (AUT)
UEFA ranking
:
63
Domestic position: 8
Group stage: W3 D1 L2 F6 A9
Last season:
not in Europe
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: round of 32 (2015/16)
Did you know?: Austrian champions a record 32 times, Rapid have not won the Bundesliga since 2008. Since the 1910s, Rapid fans have heralded the last 15 minutes of matches with a burst of rhythmic clapping – 'the Rapidviertelstunde' (Rapid 15 minutes).

Internazionale Milano (ITA)*
UEFA ranking
:
55
Domestic position: 3
Group stage: W2 D2 L2 F6 A7
Last season: not in Europe
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: winners (1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98)
Did you know?: Internazionale are the only team that have played Serie A football in every season since the league began in 1929/30.

Club Brugge v Salzburg

Highlights: Monaco 0-4 Club Brugge
Highlights: Monaco 0-4 Club Brugge

Club Brugge (BEL)*
UEFA ranking:
38
Domestic position: 2
Group stage: W1 D3 L2 F6 A5
Last season: UEFA Europa League play-offs (lost 3-0 v AEK Athens)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: runners-up (1975/76)
Did you know?: The 15-time domestic champions were UEFA Cup finalists in 1976 and became the only Belgian side to make the European Cup final in 1978; they lost both deciders to Liverpool.

Salzburg (AUT)
UEFA ranking: 30
Domestic position: 1
Group stage: W6 D0 L0 F17 A6
Last season: UEFA Europa League semi-finals (lost 3-2 v Marseille)
Previous UEFA Cup/Europa League best: runners-up (1993/94)
Did you know?: Salzburg have won the Austrian title 12 times – all of them since the 1993/94 season. They are the only side to have won all six of their #UEL group games in three seperate seasons.

Slavia Praha v Genk