Gent v Genk facts

Separated by just 125km – and a letter – Gent and Genk meet in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 in what will be only the second all-Belgian tie in UEFA competition.

Gent celebrate their surprise success against Tottenham in the round of 32
Gent celebrate their surprise success against Tottenham in the round of 32 ©Getty Images

It is Belgium v Belgium in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, with Gent welcoming fellow high scorers Genk in the first leg.

Previous meetings
• Gent v Genk is only the second all-Belgian tie in UEFA competition history; Mechelen defeated Anderlecht 3-0 on aggregate in the other, a 1988/89 European Cup Winners' Cup second round encounter.

• Genk's record against Gent in Belgian league meetings is W27 D10 L19. The clubs recorded a win each in their two Belgian Cup fixtures.

Form guide
• Prior to their 1-0 first-leg victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 32, Gent had scored at least twice in all five of their European home games this season.

• Genk, meanwhile, have scored at least two goals in each of their last six continental away matches.

Gent made it to last season's Champions League last 16
Gent made it to last season's Champions League last 16©AFP/Getty Images

• Gent made it to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last season, losing to Wolfsburg. Their best UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League campaign came in 1991/92, when they were eliminated by Ajax in the quarter-finals.

• Genk have reached the last 16 of a major UEFA competition for the first time, winning their first springtime UEFA match in the round of 32 second leg against Astra Giurgiu.

Links and trivia
• The journey from Genk to Ghent is around 125km.

• Former team-mates
Daniel Miličević (Gent) & Sebastien Dewaest (Genk) – Charleroi, 2013–14
Kalifa Coulibaly (Gent) & Sebastien Dewaest (Genk) – Charleroi, 2014–15
Lovre Kalinić (Gent) & Tino-Sven Sušić (Genk) – Hajduk Split, 2012–16

• In addition, Gent's Miličević and Genk's Sušić are international team-mates with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Genk came through qualifying this season
Genk came through qualifying this season©AFP

• Genk are the only side to have made it from the second qualifying round of this season's competition to the round of 16; APOEL and København have had similarly long campaigns, having started out in the equivalent round of the UEFA Champions League.

• Two of 12 Swedish players involved in the round of 16, Gent's Jacob Rinne and Emir Kujovic are dreaming of playing in the UEFA Europa League final in Stockholm.

• Belgium, with three clubs, is the nation most heavily represented in the round of 16. Only Germany and Russia, with two apiece, also have more than one representative.

The coaches
• Hein Vanhaezebrouck guided Gent to the Belgian title in 2014/15 and steered them to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last season. He established his reputation during two periods in the dugout of home-town club Kortrijk, for whom he had also played.

• Vanhaezebrouck was also coach of Genk from July to November 2009.

• Peter Maes took Genk to the round of 32 but was dismissed in late December after a disappointing run of league results.

Genk coach Albert Stuivenberg
Genk coach Albert Stuivenberg©Sportsfile

• Genk's new boss is Albert Stuivenberg. Once a Feyenoord trainee, he later ran the club's academy, and led the Netherlands to UEFA European Under-17 Championship successes in 2011 and 2012. He was Louis van Gaal's assistant at Manchester United.

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