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Fulham away at Wisla Krakow ~ Match Preview

last updated Monday 17th October 2011, 9:00 PM


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Fulham FC will be eager to secure their second away victory in Group K against a Wisla Kraków side who have lost their opening two matches and never beaten an English side.

Wisla Kraków host Fulham FC looking for their first UEFA Europa League Group K points and a maiden victory against an English side.

  • The sides are meeting for the first time and this is also Fulham's first tie against a Polish club.


  • Wisla's three games against English outfits - two against Tottenham Hotspur FC and one against Blackburn Rovers FC - have ended W0 D1 L2 (W0 D1 L1 at home).


  • Wisla have lost only two of their last ten European home games - a 3-1 defeat by Odense BK on matchday one and a surprise 1-0 reverse against FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan in last season's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. That run includes seven victories.


  • Fulham have already played ten European games this season, since entering the first qualifying round through the UEFA Respect Fair Play system. They have won six of those, drawing three and losing one.


  • The game against Wisla will be Fulham's 21st competitive game this season, since beginning their campaign with a 3-0 win against NSÍ Runavík on 30 June.


  • The Cottagers are the only side to have made it all the way from the first qualifying round to the group stage this season.


  • David Biton's strike in matchday two's 4-1 loss at FC Twente was Wisla's 100th goal in 58 UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League games - their first was scored by Michal Wrobel during a 2-2 draw at Celtic FC on 15 September 1976.


  • Wisla's Dutch defender Kew Jaliens and Fulham's Belgian attacking midfielder Moussa Dembélé were team-mates at AZ Alkmaar from 2006 to 2010. They won the Dutch title together in 2008/09.


  • Wisla's Dutch defender Michael Lamey is on loan from English side Leicester City FC. He made his professional debut under Fulham coach Martin Jol at RKC Waalwijk in the 2001/02 season.


  • Fulham striker Andrew Johnson was once considered a potential Poland player by virtue of a Polish grandfather. However, in February 2005 then England Sven-Göran Eriksson handed Johnson his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands when in came on for Wayne Rooney as a second-half substitute.


  • Wisla boss Robert Maaskant was a midfielder, who earned acclaim coaching RBC Roosendaal, Willem II and NAC Breda before winning the title with Wisla in 2010/11, his first season in Poland.


  • A former midfielder, capped three times by the Netherlands, Fulham boss Jol played in Germany (FC Bayern München) and England (West Bromwich Albion FC and Coventry City FC) as well as his home country (ADO Den Haag and FC Twente), and has coached in all three nations too with Tottenham Hotspur, Hamburger SV and AFC Ajax.


  • Jol's AFC Ajax beat Maaskant's NAC Breda side 6-0 in Amsterdam in a 13 September 2009 Eredivisie game. The rematch in Breda on 17 January 2010 ended 1-1.
























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