Five things you need to know about the play-offs in the Champions League
Twenty clubs compete in the play-offs to the ten remaining tickets for the group stage of the Champions League. NU.nl send Tuesday and Wednesday, the heenwedstrijden TSG Hoffenheim-Liverpool and Napoli-OGC Nice. These are five things you should know about those duels.
1. Wijnaldum is hoping to debut
Georginio Wijnaldum has in his career 37 European duels played, but the 26-year-old midfielder was never in the main draw of the Champions League. The Orange-international was played only once before in the preliminaries. In the season 2013/2014 he was with PSV too strong for Zulte Waregem, and then with AC Milan the way to the main event was in the play-offs.
In his 37 European matches for Feyenoord, and PSV was Wijnaldum well for eleven hits. With Liverpool missing the born Rotterdammer last year in Europe.
2. First for Hoffenheim?
Hoffenheim may be the smallest village ever be a club in the group stage of the Champions League. In the German hamlet of living less than 3,000 people. The current record is in the hands of the Romanian village of Urziceni, where 14,000 people live. FC Unirea Urziceni came in 2009/2010 in the group stage against Sevilla, VfB Stuttgart and Glasgow Rangers. The Romanians took less than eight points and were third in the group.
With Justin ‘ has Hoffenheim since this summer, a Dutchman, under contract. The 19-year-old defender was acquired from Heracles Almelo.
3. Sneijder on the hunt for top five
With 131 matches for Orange is Wesley Sneijder record international, but the list of the played number of Champions League matches should he five compatriots. The 33-year-old midfielder stands at 76 duels in the miljoenenbal. Phillip Cocu (79), Frank de Boer (81), Arjen Robben (97), Edwin van der Sar (98) and record holder, Clarence Seedorf (125) are the top Side in the eternal ranking.
Sneijder will be in Naples probably haven’t come into action for OGC Nice. The playmaker has a trainingsachterstand and focuses on the return. Nice can after Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale and Galatasaray are the fifth club that the Utrechter in the Champions League is active.
Sneijder works training at new club OGC Nice
4. Sixth French opponent
Napoli came into his European history, all five times previously a French opponent. That happened for the last time in 2013/2014, when Olympique Marseille about two duels was defeated in the Champions League. The Italians won a diptych with Girondins Bordeaux (1988/1989) and FC Metz (1969/1970), both in the UEFA Cup. Napoli was in the same tournament in the past, eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain (1992/1993) and Toulouse (1986/1987).
Incidentally played Napoli more often against teams from three other countries. The team performed against no less than eight different Swiss, nine German and ten British teams.
5. Live on NU.nl
TSG Hoffenheim against Liverpool (Tuesday) and Napoli against OGC Nice (Wednesday) will be broadcast live on NU.nl. The broadcast starts at 20.00 hours and the kick-off is at 20.45 hours. On NU.nl directly after, also all the clips with highlights to see.
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