Club Brugge - Galatasaray: Club Facts

Europe's finest gather again for the UEFA Champions League. Club Brugge start the group stage on Wednesday against Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray. Get ready for the game with some key facts and read more about the history between the two clubs and the glorious history of our opponent.

SEASON 48 IN EUROPA

The start of a European campaign is always accompanied by some impressive figures. For the 26th season in a row, Club plays European football. It's been since 1993 that Club didn't manage to qualify for European football. No team in Belgium does better.

 

It will be Club's 314th European match, which is slightly better than the 280 matches of Galatasaray. It'll be Club's 71th fixture in the Champions League, the 37th in the group stage.

17 YEARS LATER

Club and Galatasaray are no strangers in the Champions League. In the 2002-2003 campaign Club won 3-1 at home after goals by Martens, Verheyen and Saeternes. In Istanbul the game ended on a 0-0 draw. Club eventually finished third in a group with also FC Barcelona and Lokomotiv Moscow.

 

So far Blauw-Zwart played seven matches against Turkish sides, resulting in 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. Galatasaray on the other hand already played 6 matches against Belgian teams and has yet to win a first game. They lost four matches and shared the spoils twice.

DONK BACK IN BRUGGE

It will be a pleasant reunion with Ryan Donk. The Dutchman has been playing for the Aslanlar since 2016, after having played four seasons at Jan Breydel. Apart from Donk, Robert Spehar (1 season), Sinan Bolat (1 season) and new signing Mbaye Diagna (1 season) have a history at Galatasaray.

ABOUT GALATASARAY

Galatasaray Spor Kulübü was founded in 1905 - when the republic of Turkey still didn't exist - by Ali Sami Yen where Galatasaray's previous stadium was named after. Galatasaray have quite some silverware in their trophy cabinet: 22 league titles and 17 Cup wins.

 

Last season Galatasaray won the Süper Lig and thus got a ticket for the Champions League group stage. Gala started this season somewhat dissapointing with only 4 points out of nine.

 

Galatasaray have some well-known players in their ranks. Younès Belhanda (who assisted nine goals last year), Christian Luyindama (ex Standard), Ryan Babel (ex Liverpool and Ajax) and Radamel Falcao (ex Atlético, Manchester United and Monaco). With twelve internationals in the squad, the games against Galatasaray won't be a walk in the park.

 

Fatih Terim is at the helm since 2017. He's a living legend at Galatasaray since winning the UEFA Cup in the 1999-2000 season during his first spell as coach. Afterwards he coached the team between 2002 and 2004 and a third time between 2011 and 2013. Apart from his fourth spell as Galatasaray coach, he was also the coach of the Turkish national team three times. Terim was also the coach at Galatasaray when they were paired with Club Brugge in 2002.

SLOVENIAN REFEREE

The Slovenian Slavko Vinčič is the referee for this first UCL group stage fixture. He will be assisted by Tomaž Klančnik and Andraž Kovačič. Nejc Kajtazovič is the fourth official. The Italian Daniele Orsato and Michael Fabbri will be in the VAR van.

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