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AaB v Dynamo Kyiv background

Aalborg BK lost their first two home games against FC Dynamo Kyiv but will look to bring an end to that sequence when the teams meet again in UEFA Europa League Group J.

The Aalborg dressing room
The Aalborg dressing room ©Getty Images

Aalborg BK will look to record a first win against FC Dynamo Kyiv when the teams meet up for a fifth time in UEFA Europa League Group J.

Form guide
• József Szabó's Dynamo eliminated John Andersen's AaB in 1995/96 UEFA Champions League qualifying, and Valeriy Lobanovskiy's Dynamo accounted for Hans Backe's Aalborg in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Current Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov played in all four games.

• The teams for their first encounter in Denmark – a 3-1 Dynamo win on 23 August 1995 – were:
AaB: Gill, Lars Thomsen, Madsen (Kristian Thomsen 76), Kristensen (Gronkjær 46), Boye, Jessen, Simonsen, Jan Pedersen (Facius 46), Andersen, Henrik Rasmussen, Peter Rasmussen.
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy*, Luzhny (Khomin 82), Bezhenar, Golovko, Maximov (Mikhailenko 77), Dmytrulin, Pokhlebaev, Kalitvintsev, Kossovskiy, Skachenko (Rebrov 73), Shevchenko.

• The teams for their last encounter in Aalborg – a 2-1 Dynamo win on 11 August 1999, in which Rebrov scored the opening goal – were:
AaB: Nielsen, Lars Thomsen (Frederiksen 78), Bælum, Gaarde, Oper, Jessen, Andersson, Matovac, Priske, Gaardsoe (Henrik Rasmussen 65), Strandli.
Dynamo: Shovkovskiy*, Gerasimenko, Golovko. Vaschuk, Dmytrulin, Kaladze, Rebrov, Gusin, Yashkin, Shatskikh, Kardash (Konovalov 61).

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

Trivia and links
Dynamo forward Andriy Yarmolenko turns 25 on the day of the AaB game.

Dynamo's record at home against Danish sides is W3 D2 L1; the only Danes to prevail in Kyiv to date were Brøndby IF – 1-0 winners in a 1997/98 UEFA Champions League qualifier.

Dynamo striker Dieumerci Mbokani and AaB counterpart Rasmus Jönsson were team-mates at VfL Wolfsburg while the former was on loan in 2011.

AaB kicked off Group J with the heaviest defeat in UEFA Europa League (group stage to final) history, 6-0 at FC Steaua Bucureşti. It was also their worst result in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. They have conceded ten goals in their last two European away matches.

Dynamo midfielder Vladyslav Kalitvintsev's father Yuriy Kalitvintsev was in the starting lineup the first time these clubs met in Denmark.

The coaches
• Kent Nielsen led Aalborg to a domestic double in 2013/14 after taking command in 2010. Having turned out – like his father and brother – for Bronshøj BK, Nielsen won titles with Brøndby IF and played abroad with Aston Villa FC. Capped 54 times, he coached AGF Aarhus, AC Horsens and Brøndby before taking up his current role.

Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov formed a deadly attacking partnership with Andriy Shevchenko for the Bilo-Syni, though his goals dried up somewhat after moving abroad. Following retirement in 2009, Rebrov took a job with Dynamo's youth team, but became first team coach in May 2014 after a successful caretaker spell.

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