Boosted by an considerable matchday dual feat in Belarus, PAOK will wish to connect their position in UEFA Europa League Group L as they horde a Vidi side still seeking a initial indicate and idea in a section.
â€¢ Defeated 1-0 during home by Chelsea on matchday one, PAOK rallied with a 4-1 feat during BATE Borisov, a organisation that kick Vidi 2-0 in Budapest on opening night. The Hungarian champions also constructed an softened opening second time out, usually to humour a intrepid 1-0 better during Chelsea.
â€¢ This is a clubs’ initial UEFA encounter.
â€¢ PAOK’s one before tie opposite a Hungarian side finished in an divided goals better by Debrecen (1-1 home, 0-0 away) in a second turn of a 2003/04 UEFA Cup, while Vidi’s usually before knowledge of Greek antithesis came progressing this deteriorate when they mislaid their UEFA Champions League play-off opposite AEK Athens (1-2 home, 1-1 away).
â€¢ PAOK enjoyed a successful 2017/18 on a domestic front, atoning for a singular early exit in Europe â€“ they mislaid to Swedish debutants Ã–stersund in a UEFA Europa League play-offs â€“ by maintaining a Greek Cup and finishing runners-up to AEK Athens in a Superleague. They harboured high hopes of reaching a UEFA Champions League organisation theatre for a initial time this deteriorate when they knocked out Basel and Spartak Moskva in subordinate ties and afterwards hold Benfica 1-1 in Lisbon in a initial leg of their play-off â€“ usually to humour a second-leg 1-4 better in Salonika.
â€¢ That means PAOK have extended their record of carrying participated in any deteriorate of a UEFA Europa League to a tenth unbroken year. They have reached a organisation theatre in 6 before campaigns, 4 of that have extended into a knockout proviso though never over a turn of 32. Schalke were a many new organisation to finish their seductiveness during that connection with a 4-1 total win in 2016/17.
â€¢ The Salonika side have unsuccessful to measure on matchday 3 in any of their final 3 UEFA Europa League participations (D1 L2) and have won only once during home in their final 10 fixtures in a foe correct (D4 L5), unwell to measure in 7 of them, including 4 of a final five.
â€¢ Vidi were Hungarian champions final deteriorate for a third time â€“ after 2010/11 and 2014/15 â€“ and were one step divided from a UEFA Champions League organisation theatre entrance after subordinate wins opposite Dudelange, Ludogorets and MalmÃ¶ â€“ 3 teams who have also found their approach into a UEFA Europa League organisation stage. However, a 3-2 total better by AEK Athens finished that partial of their 2018/19 European journey.
â€¢ Vidi have reached a UEFA Europa League organisation theatre once before, in 2012/13, though progressed no further, losing all 3 divided fixtures opposite Genk (0-3), Basel (0-1) and Sporting CP (1-2).
â€¢ The club’s 10 European games this deteriorate have yielded only dual wins, though they were undefeated outward Hungary in a subordinate phase, sketch all 4 divided fixtures. Victories on a road, however, have generally valid tough to come by, Vidi recording only 3 in 24 trips over their final 8 European campaigns (D10 L11).
Links and trivia
â€¢ Vidi’s Bulgarian general Georgi Milanov was a team-mate of PAOK’s Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom for 5 years during CSKA Moskva (2013â€“18).
â€¢ Fernando Varela (PAOK) and Stopira (Vidi) are general team-mates for a Cape Verde Islands.
â€¢ The son of Mircea Lucescu, Bucharest-born RÄƒzvan spent many of his career as a goalkeeper with clubs from a Romanian capital. As a coach, he enjoyed early success with Rapid BucureÅŸti, winning back-to-back domestic cups and also steering a bar into a UEFA Cup quarter-finals. He afterwards had dual years in assign of a Romanian inhabitant team, though it was in Greece that he serve extended his reputation, firstly with Xanthi, afterwards as a Greek Cup leader and joining runner-up in his entrance deteriorate during PAOK.
â€¢ His personification career carrying been curtailed during an early age by injury, Belgrade-born Marko NikoliÄ‡ began coaching during several levels with internal bar Rad and graduated to a position of conduct manager in 2008. His repute grew year on year during spells with Vojvodina, Partizan and Slovenian bar Olimpija Ljubljana, and he was re-employed by Partizan in Aug 2016, soon winning a joining and crater double. Further success followed in 2017/18 as he masterminded Vidi’s Hungarian joining delight in his entrance campaign.