Feyenoord v Fenerbahçe background

Feyenoord lost 1-0 away to Fenerbahçe in September and therefore require a two-goal margin of victory on home soil on matchday six in order to qualify for the round of 32.

Dirk Kuyt and Mehmet Topal vie for possession when the teams met on matchday two
Dirk Kuyt and Mehmet Topal vie for possession when the teams met on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images

Both Feyenoord and Fenerbahçe harbour hopes of reaching the UEFA Europa League round of 32 going into their Group A denouement in Rotterdam.

• Leaders Fenerbahçe won 1-0 at home to Feyenoord and will be through with a point; they can also lose and qualify on head-to-head depending on the result between Zorya and Manchester United.

• Due to their defeat in Istanbul, third-placed Feyenoord need a two-goal victory to be assured of qualifying on head-to-head. A one-goal win would only be good enough for Feyenoord if United lose.

Previous meetings
• Emmanuel Emenike scored the only goal as Fenerbahçe beat Feyenoord 1-0 on matchday two.

• In the clubs' only previous encounters, Bert van Marwijk's Feyenoord – then UEFA Cup holders – made light work of Werner Lorant's Fenerbahçe in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Shinji Ono got the lone goal of the first leg, and was on target again in Istanbul along with Thomas Buffel as the Dutch side completed a 3-0 aggregate success.

• The line-ups for their last Rotterdam meeting, on 13 August 2002, were:
Feyenoord: Zoetebier, Gyan, Rzaşa (Van Haaren 46), Bosvelt, Kalou, Van Wonderen, Van Hooijdonk, Lurling (Leonardo 59), Ono, Paauwe, Emerton.
Fenerbahçe: Rüştü Reçber, Ogün Temizkanoğlu, Mustafa Doğan, Ümit Özat, Mirković, Rapaić, (Ortega 74) Revivo, Washington (Akın Serhat 70), Fatih Akyel, Johnson (Abdullah Ercan 85), Stević.

• Robin van Persie – then of Feyenoord, now at Fenerbahçe – was an unused substitute in the second leg, making the bench for the first time in a UEFA Champions League fixture.

• Feyenoord's only other matches with Turkish opposition produced two defeats by Beşiktaş in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

• Fenerbahçe's record in 19 games against Dutch teams is W6 D4 L9 (W1 D3 L5 in the Netherlands), but they are unbeaten in the most recent four (W3 D1), during which they have not conceded.

Form guide
• Feyenoord have won their last five group stage home matches, and have not conceded in the most recent four.

• Feyenoord's 4-0 reversal at United on matchday five was one of their two heaviest defeats in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League, along with a 5-1 loss at Real Madrid in the 1986/87 second round.

• Fenerbahçe have scored at least once in their last seven European away games, but with very mixed results (W2 D2 L3).

• Feyenoord have lifted the UEFA Cup twice, in 1973/74 and 2001/02. They last featured in this competition in 2014/15, making the round of 32 where a 2-1 home loss to Roma halted their challenge.

• Semi-finalists in 2012/13, Fenerbahçe successfully negotiated all four of their previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Istanbul to Rotterdam is around 2,200km

• Midfielder Dirk Kuyt, now 36, spent three years with Fenerbahçe before rejoining Feyenoord in summer 2015.

• Former team-mates:
Gregory van der Wiel (Fenerbahçe) & Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord) – Ajax 2007–12
Gregory van der Wiel (Fenerbahçe) & Jan-Arie van Heijden (Feyenoord) – Ajax 2007–11

Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahçe) & Marko Veijnović (Feyenoord) – AZ, 2007–09

• Feyenoord midfielder Bilal Başaçıkoğlu plays for Turkey's Under-21s, the Dutch-born 21-year-old having elected to represent his father's home country at international level.

• Fenerbahçe defender Hasan Ali Kaldırım turns 27 the day after the Feyenoord tie.

The coaches
• Giovanni van Bronckhorst led Feyenoord to Dutch Cup glory last term, his first in charge of his old club. As a player, the former Netherlands captain landed league titles with Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona, scooping the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League with the Catalans.

• Dick Advocaat is in his first campaign with Fenerbahçe. The one-time Oranje coach has amassed domestic championships in the Netherlands (with PSV), Scotland (Rangers) and Russia (Zenit), having also guided Zenit to glory in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup.

• Advocaat was Van Bronckhorst's coach at Rangers from 1998–2001, during which time the club won two Scottish doubles, and was also his boss with the Netherlands from 2002–04.

• Advocaat played for Feyenoord's neighbours Sparta Rotterdam from 1980–82.

Chapecoense commemoration
Teams taking part in all of the matchday six UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League fixtures will observe a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of last week's air disaster involving the Chapecoense team and accompanying delegation.

The Brazilian club lost most of their players and coaching staff in the accident, which occurred in Colombia, where Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional.

"European football is united in expressing its deepest sympathy to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF], CONMEBOL and the families of all the victims," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "This tragedy has shaken the world of football, and we would like to send our support to all of those affected by it."

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